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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer www.lapitarestaurant.com | ph: (269)982-0982 2019 Niles Rd, St. joseph Mi 49085 Mediterranean Cuisine Paper. News Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com a formal grand opening on June 18 th …but they’ve been hard at it at the new site for almost a month now. Whereas customers at the original site were relegated to either picnic tables out front or take-out status, new customers have found a modern, edgy, urban-style dining room complete with free Wi-Fi hookup and mellow jazz for your background. Kitchen manager, Marilyn Lark , who is Willie’s wonderful wife hand-crafts nearly everything on the menu beyond the grilled meats which are still fired over the barrel pits outside the building proper. She enjoys a beautiful, newly stocked indoor kitchen for creation of her jambalaya, catfish sandwiches, and all of the great sides that long time customers have grown to know and love. New to the reincarnation of Lark’s is a daily breakfast beginning at 6am fea-turing eggs, biscuits with sausage gravy, grits, pan-cakes and a choice of breakfast meats. Ribs and chicken are still the superstars of the menu, slow-cooked to perfection in a tradition dating back to the beginning. If you haven’t visited the new Lark’s yet…you’ll find them in the house Monday through Thursday from 6am until 10pm and from 6am until POSTMASTER: Please deliver on June 8 , 2013 June 8, 2013 Volume 14, Ver. 23 away at the last minute, and familiarization tours by three other interested parties were being given last weekend…so, there is hope for the return soon of a successful food service at that site, located at 325 W. Main Street. If you or someone you know has interest, Rod would likely love to hear from you soon at the number posted out front. Mark Hewitt worked in the automotive industry for over 30-years and relocated from Ann Arbor to our corner of Michigan about ten years Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 O ne of the best parts of my various jobs here in Michigan’s Great Southwest is the back-story I learn about so many of the businesses we have in our midst. One such great story comes from a truly unique, homegrown business locally that flies under the radar virtually every day but is thriving in its chosen career field. Fire Findings of Benton Harbor is the 1996 brainchild of husband and wife Jack & Mary Sanderson , and most people have no clue how much of an impact their small firm has on the local economy. Fire Findings is a forensic engineering firm dedicated to determining how products, devices and systems work and fail…and how they cause fires, explosions, floods, freezing or other types of damage. Where that becomes impor-tant to our local community is the fact they use their expertise to train others in the field in a regular series of highly respected seminars at their lab in Benton Harbor. By way of example, this spring they conducted two training sessions that were filled to capacity and held waiting lists to get in. What does that mean for us? About 400 motel room nights were booked for just those two sessions. With additional trainings yet to come this year, Jack tells me they expect to surpass 1,000 room nights in 2013. They work routinely with the team at the SW Michigan Tourist Council , which provides visitor packets to each attendee in their hotel room. Many bring spouses and even extend their stay when they see the amenities we have in the area. Our friends at B&L Information Systems in Bridgman rou-tinely do the same thing, bringing industrial clients to town for in-depth software training at their facilities on Rambo Road and filling hotel and motel rooms across the region. Both are quiet champions of our area. My friend and Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year Will Sanders is justifiably beaming over a mammoth five-page, full-color, spread in the current issue of Vows: The Bridal & Wedding Business Journal. That national publication, based in Ladera Ranch, California has made Wedding Belles Bridal Salon of Stevensville its showcase Retail Standout fea-ture in the industry magazine. Wedding Belles is owned and operated by Sanders and his mother Patty , and their great success story has now gone to a substantial national audience of bridal industry vendors thanks to the publication. Willie Lark has to be wondering aloud these days why he didn’t pack up operations and move to a larger space a long time ago. His new Lark’s Bar-B-Que center at 174 W. Main Street in downtown Benton Harbor has looked like the will-call window at the Super Bowl since the moment he and his new partners re-fired the barrel pit and unlocked the doors. What for years was known at Lark and Sons Bar-B-Que and Hand Car Wash now goes by simply Lark’s…and affords lots of great new options for hungry customers. Backed by partners Marv Raglon, Jim Stokes, and a fourth silent friend, Willie and his crew will host M oody Pat midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Congratulations on your hugely successful new location, Willie & Marilyn! Elsewhere on Benton Harbor’s Main Street a couple of short blocks away I was extremely excited to see a colorful new fresh coat of paint being applied to the former HarborTown Café building which most recently was the short-lived home of the onetime Nica’s Mexican Restaurant . I mistakenly assumed that it meant the impending arrival of a new owner or tenant in the strategically located diner building just a short walk from Whirlpool’s rapidly growing Riverview Campus at the river-front. Unfortunately, for the moment, the exterior facelift is just an attempt to make the building more marketable for a potential owner or lease arrange-ment. Building owner Rod Curley has brightened the building considerably with a contrasting russet red/orange and goldenrod color scheme that makes it leap off the curb. While he still hasn’t been suc-cessful in finding new takers, negotiations were very close for one restaurateur who later stepped MOODY Continued from page 9 ago. N life tha Again Colom on thei across town. H gently-You’ll Monda Continued on page 10 MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Phone: 269.934.7522 FAX: 269.934.3297 email: publisher@farahead.com www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax Inserts & Promotions • Harding’s Friendly Markets • Martin’s Super Markets • Pater True Value • Jets Pizza • Ace Hardware • Tractor Supply Co. Inserts may vary by Zip Code Continued on page 9

Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

One of the best parts of my various jobs here in Michigan’s Great Southwest is the back-story I learn about so many of the businesses we have in our midst. One such great story comes from a truly unique, homegrown business locally that flies under the radar virtually every day but is thriving in its chosen career field. Fire Findings of Benton Harbor is the 1996 brainchild of husband and wife Jack & Mary Sanderson, and most people have no clue how much of an impact their small firm has on the local economy. Fire Findings is a forensic engineering firm dedicated to determining how products, devices and systems work and fail…and how they cause fires, explosions, floods, freezing or other types of damage. Where that becomes important to our local community is the fact they use their expertise to train others in the field in a regular series of highly respected seminars at their lab in Benton Harbor. By way of example, this spring they conducted two training sessions that were filled to capacity and held waiting lists to get in. What does that mean for us? About 400 motel room nights were booked for just those two sessions. With additional trainings yet to come this year, Jack tells me they expect to surpass 1,000 room nights in 2013. They work routinely with the team at the SW Michigan Tourist Council, which provides visitor packets to each attendee in their hotel room. Many bring spouses and even extend their stay when they see the amenities we have in the area. Our friends at B&L Information Systems in Bridgman routinely do the same thing, bringing industrial clients to town for in-depth software training at their facilities on Rambo Road and filling hotel and motel rooms across the region. Both are quiet champions of our area.<br /> <br /> My friend and Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year Will Sanders is justifiably beaming over a mammoth five-page, full-color, spread in the current issue of Vows: The Bridal & Wedding Business Journal. That national publication, based in Ladera Ranch, California has made Wedding Belles Bridal Salon of Stevensville its showcase Retail Standout feature in the industry magazine. Wedding Belles is owned and operated by Sanders and his mother Patty, and their great success story has now gone to a substantial national audience of bridal industry vendors thanks to the publication.<br /> <br /> Willie Lark has to be wondering aloud these days why he didn’t pack up operations and move to a larger space a long time ago. His new Lark’s Bar-B-Que center at 174 W. Main Street in downtown Benton Harbor has looked like the will-call window at the Super Bowl since the moment he and his new partners re-fired the barrel pit and unlocked the doors. What for years was known at Lark and Sons Bar-B-Que and Hand Car Wash now goes by simply Lark’s…and affords lots of great new options for hungry customers. Backed by partners Marv Raglon, Jim Stokes, and a fourth silent friend, Willie and his crew will host a formal grand opening on June 18th…but they’ve been hard at it at the new site for almost a month now. Whereas customers at the original site were relegated to either picnic tables out front or take-out status, new customers have found a modern, edgy, urban-style dining room complete with free Wi-Fi hookup and mellow jazz for your background. Kitchen manager, Marilyn Lark, who is Willie’s wonderful wife hand-crafts nearly everything on the menu beyond the grilled meats which are still fired over the barrel pits outside the building proper. She enjoys a beautiful, newly stocked indoor kitchen for creation of her jambalaya, catfish sandwiches, and all of the great sides that long time customers have grown to know and love. New to the reincarnation of Lark’s is a daily breakfast beginning at 6am featuring eggs, biscuits with sausage gravy, grits, pancakes and a choice of breakfast meats. Ribs and chicken are still the superstars of the menu, slowcooked to perfection in a tradition dating back to the beginning. If you haven’t visited the new Lark’s yet…you’ll find them in the house Monday through Thursday from 6am until 10pm and from 6am until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Congratulations on your hugely successful new location, Willie & Marilyn!<br /> <br /> Elsewhere on Benton Harbor’s Main Street a couple of short blocks away I was extremely excited to see a colorful new fresh coat of paint being applied to the former HarborTown Café building which most recently was the short-lived home of the onetime Nica’s Mexican Restaurant. I mistakenly assumed that it meant the impending arrival of a new owner or tenant in the strategically located diner building just a short walk from Whirlpool’s rapidly growing Riverview Campus at the riverfront. Unfortunately, for the moment, the exterior facelift is just an attempt to make the building more marketable for a potential owner or lease arrangement. Building owner Rod Curley has brightened the building considerably with a contrasting russet red/orange and goldenrod color scheme that makes it leap off the curb. While he still hasn’t been successful in finding new takers, negotiations were very close for one restaurateur who later stepped away at the last minute, and familiarization tours by three other interested parties were being given last weekend…so, there is hope for the return soon of a successful food service at that site, located at 325 W. Main Street. If you or someone you know has interest, Rod would likely love to hear from you soon at the number posted out front.<br /> <br /> Mark Hewitt worked in the automotive industry for over 30-years and relocated from Ann Arbor to our corner of Michigan about ten years ago. Now, he’s enjoying a whole new chapter in his life thanks to his creation and launch of Home Again Resale & Consignment in downtown Coloma. Mark and his crew recently cut the ribbon on their new business at 222 N. Paw Paw Street across from the Loma Theater at the center of town. His shop specializes in top quality new and gently-used home furnishings and accessories. You’ll find Mark in the house Thursday through Monday each week beginning at 10am and open late on Fridays. Consignment merchandise is accepted into the shop by appointment only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You can reach Mr. Hewitt at 468-3999 or mark@homeagaincoloma.com. <br /> <br /> Congratulations to Valerie Krause of Coloma. She has garnered a promotion to Lake Michigan Credit Union Branch Supervisor at the downtown St. Joe branch. Cited by management for a “skill set that is a wonderful fit” for the local community, Valerie’s years of financial experience are paying off at the credit union.<br /> <br /> Longtime acquaintance Michael Lirones has launched his uniquely different new real estate brokerage which he is calling Buyers Rebate Realty. What makes Mike’s venture uniquely different is his offer of a 1% rebate on the purchase price upon closing of the transaction. By paying a flat rate, one-time, fee of $299.00 and partnering with Lirones’ agency, sellers get listed through the normal channels and a one-percent rebate is offered to the buyers from proceeds generated at closing. Buyers who want to enlist his services, pay nothing for the representation, but sign up for exclusive buyers agency services under the plan. For all of the details and a complete list of frequently asked questions and answers, go to www.BuyersRebateRealty.com and see if the plan works for you as either a buyer or a seller of real estate across the region.<br /> <br /> If you are big fan of renowned recording artist Jenna Mammina…and you have always been envious of those who have hosted one of her intimate concerts right in their own home, I may have a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you and your friends. I recently ran into Jenna along Lake Buff Park in St. Joseph, and she told me she was sunday, July 21st. If you have a home with a grand piano and a big living room capable of holding 25 or more fans, Jenna would love to talk to you. The charge at the door would be $25 to $40 per person, and the money would go directly to the artist…but you would be hosting at no charge to you. She will also have her brand new CD, The Music & the Magic of Ms. Abbey Lincoln available for sale at your event. You could invite at least 25 or more close friends and host a potluck, or if you’re comfortable with strangers in your home you can set it up that way, too. She would be accompanied by San Francisco pianist John R. Burr who will be performing with her on gigs in the region separate from these private opportunities. Even if you have no such options, you can obtain Jenna’s great new work at www.jennamammina.com. Her new CD was created through a Kickstarter campaign last year and is now ready and being released. If you would like to talk with Jenna about possibly hosting a party at your place, please call her ASAP at 510-205-1024. This is a truly amazing offer from Jenna to fans in the area.<br /> <br /> The crew at Harbor Lights TV is understandably hyped for the premiere of Series Two which begins next Friday night, June 14th at 6pm on WNIT TV in South Bend. Our local PBS station will air the show each Friday evening at 6pm and again Saturday afternoon at 4:30pm from now through July 6th. The series features positive, uplifting stories from across Michigan’s Great Southwest, created and hosted by Dawn Yarbrough. If you’d like to learn more you can find it at www.HarborLightsTV.com.<br /> <br /> Radio is getting into the act, too…with Radio Harbor Country’s Bike-n-Brunch Fundraiser coming next Saturday, the 15th, beginning at 9:30am. Featured is a boutique ride through Harbor Country’s back roads punctuated by a gourmet brunch at a private country home. All proceeds from the event help support WRHC-LP FM community radio. Learn more by calling 269-861-6225 or online at www.radioharborcountry.com. <br /> <br /> Coming Sunday, June 23rd to the Fernwood Botanical Gardens in Niles, a special slideshow lecture and discussion of the 18 unique fine art tee markers at Harbor Shores Golf Club. Featuring authors Greg Ladewski and Anne Odden along with a surprise guest, the lecture is $8 for members and $10 for non-members of Fernwood for the 90-minute show beginning at 1pm that day. Contact Fernwood for details.<br /> <br /> Speaking of golf sculpture, the 4th Annual Krasl Art Center Swinging for Sculpture Golf Benefit takes place this coming Tuesday (6/11) beginning at 12:30 at Harbor Shores. Registrations were still being accepted at www.krasl.org at the time of my deadline and there’s a nice after-party from 6 until 8pm featuring a silent auction, live entertainment, a cash bar, and food buffet for just $35 per person payable at the door.<br /> <br /> Have you lined up tickets yet for the 2013 Friends of Lincoln Township Library Garden Tour? There is still time…as the folks from the library and the Indian Hills Garden Club prepare to present seven diverse gardens in St. Joseph and Stevensville. The big day is coming on Saturday, June 29th and tickets are available for $10 each at the library at 2099 W. John Beers Road in Stevensville. The tour will run from 9am until 5pm that Saturday. Get yours from the library or at any of the gardens on the 29th.<br /> <br /> The Box Factory for the Arts kicks off their Summer Class schedule with “Book Making with Bill Barrick,” next Saturday (6/15) from 10am until noon. Cost of the workshop is $40, and you will be taken through the steps in making paper from prepared pulp and natural fibers for printmaking, handmade books, or other art forms. Learn more online about this workshop and many more at www.boxfactoryforthearts.org. <br /> <br /> Finally…if you read this on time…I’d love to see your smiling face between 11am and 1pm today, Saturday, June 8th at Pater True Value Hardware for their Grill Crazy event featuring the Weber Advantage. Swing by the parking lot at 4032 M-139 in St. Joseph where I’ll be grilling, and we’ll have free hot dogs for lunch compliments of Roger’s Foodland, including samples of Gourmet Grill Faire! The big Tent Sale is today only at Pater!<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great week, and we’ll see you Saturday right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> <br /> Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cornerstonechamber.com 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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