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ECRWSS RENAISSANCE ATHLETIC CLUB Fitness Through Community Get a 3-month summer membership starting at $222 racbh.com | 269.927.1129 Local Postal Customer Paper. News Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com What was best known as the former Fireside Inn, and has been opened and closed about half a dozen times under various flags and names since the days of the Fireside Inn which persevered for many years, is now open for business once again. The building, which sits astride the Stevensville Super 8 Motel, is now being called The Galley Grill , and is being run by a longtime restaurateur who has set up shop in several locations around the area over the years. I know him simply as Tony, and he and his sons were the original owners of POSTMASTER: Please deliver on June 15, 2013 June 15, 2013 Volume 14, Ver. 24 garden and will break down over about a 3-week period…can be thrown away with a clear con-science with the knowledge that it will break down 100% in a landfill upon exposure to air and mois-ture…or can be re-used over and over. Rich was a big hit this spring in Orlando at the 2013 Global Pet Expo, and shortly thereafter had a major new client in the form of Pet Stores USA, who will now ship most of their deliveries world-wide using FunPak packing materials. Calling his product “The Bow Inside the Box,” Rich is making his mark, and we wish him the best of luck as he advances his new enterprise. He worked locally with the crew from the Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services team and the Women’s Business Center in establishing his new venture. You can learn more about FunPak at www.funpak.biz. Congratulations, Rich! Keep up the great work, and thanks for helping to save our environment! A few weeks ago I told you about the impend-ing arrival of the Digital Vapor Den. Well, they are now officially open and selling their electronic cigarettes to a variety of people, including at least ten customers who quit smoking cold turkey and are just using the new devices instead. Samantha and Jacob Scott opened for business last month at 3660 Niles Road in St. Joseph Charter Township in the same building as Sunset Coast Golf Center. If you notice an inordinate stream of traffic headed for Weko Beach in Bridgman and were not aware of the reason, today…Saturday, June 15 th … marks the 8 th Annual Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival running from 1 until 10pm. Fourteen win-eries from the region including Cody Kresta, Contessa, Domaine Berrien, Fenn Valley, Founders, Free Run, Gravity, Hickory Creek, Karma Vista, Lawton Ridge, Lemon Creek, Round Barn, Tabor Hill, and Warner are all scheduled to be on hand for the big event along with Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 T hose among us who have been watching with great interest as a new winery has risen majestically from the footings on a hilltop overlooking the conver-gence of interstate highways 94 and 196 will be happy to know that opening day is now just days away for that sizable new tasting room and vine-yard. At press-time, the owners and operators of 12 Corners Vineyards were in full anticipation of swinging open the doors onto their sparkling new tasting room in Benton Harbor this coming Thursday, June 20 th . Finishing touches on the tast-ing room in preparation for final inspections by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission were in process when I visited last week. Prepare to be duly impressed with the creation assembled by business partners Doug & Gloria Oberst of South Haven, Mark Graham from Breckenridge and Jim Hovinga out of Grand Haven. Beautifully show-cased in a 2,500 square foot center in the heart of more than 115 acres of land in Benton Charter Township alongside I-94 at I-196, you will enter the tasting room at 1201 N. Benton Center Road by winding your way to the top of the hill alongside 30 acres of wine grapes and another 15 acres of tart cherries being grown on site. The easiest way to find 12 Corners is by exiting I-196 at Exit 1, head-ing west on Red Arrow Highway and then south on Benton Center Road. Signage will be in place to guide your way. Once inside you will find soaring cathedral ceilings, more than 70 feet of bar-top space and broad, wide open space for visiting with friends, visitors, and staff. On the opposite end of the tasting center, private space is available for par-ties, meetings and the like for groups of 20 to 25 people. Large viewing windows from the wine-maker’s lab overlook the shipping and receiving docks, crushing facilities, and temperature and cli-mate controlled wine storage areas. You will have the opportunity to sample up to 16 of 12 Corners wines now, and that will increase to 24 by late sum-mer. Tasting by the glass is available in the tasting room, and bottles can be purchased for consump-tion in outside seating areas on the porch of the tasting center. Many of you might have already discovered the 12 Corners Vineyards tasting room at 511 Phoenix Street in South Haven which opened for business last November. That tasting facility will continue after the new showroom is opened. Gloria tells me that they gladly welcome and can easily handle bus tours and extended vans conducting wine tours in the area. The beautiful bars were hand-crafted by Mike Kieser of Great Lakes Boat Builders in South Haven, and feature 100-year old barn wood facings. Winemaker Glen Greiffendorf is in charge of all of the facilities here. In addition to their wines, 12 Corners Vineyards will also showcase Vineyard Gourmet Chocolates of Coloma both as part of their tastings and in their gift shop for sale. Cherries grown on site will be used in the making of their Cherry Wine, too. Hours for the new tasting room, once they are up and running, will be 12 noon until 7pm Monday through Saturday and noon until 5pm on Sundays. When you go, keep your eye out for some of the native wildlife there, including deer that freely roam the farm’s acreage. You can learn more online at www.12CornersVineyards.com. M oody Pat Sophia’s in Benton Harbor. His brother was one of the operators at the Red Arrow Highway site, oper-ating briefly as the Greek Islands restaurant, but the brother later died and the restaurant was closed. Tony and his sons recently re-opened as the new Galley Grill and in the two short weeks since they launched operations, have drawn rave reviews from Facebook fans who subscribe to the group Southwestern Michigan Food Critics. At press-time I was still trying to reach Tony for details regarding his hours of operation and so forth. You can find them at 4296 Red Arrow Highway in Stevensville. Rich Daniels, originally from Palatine, Illinois , is now working diligently here in Michigan’s Great Southwest to make his mark in the world of business. Rich recently launched RNS Packaging of Dowagiac , but increasingly family, friends and especially pet lovers are coming to know him as the FunPak man! Rich is working hard to revolutionize the world of “void-fill packag-ing” through the re-invention of what most of us would have called the Styrofoam packing peanuts. Rich, however, crafts his FunPak packing materials from corn. It is non-toxic, 100% bio-degradable and all natural…so it is as safe for the environment as popcorn. The cool thing is, FunPak materials resist crushing, won’t pop like those inflated plastic packing bags do, are static free, making it safe for sensitive electronics packaging, too, and will make your business more green. FunPak is reusable, reducing still more waste, and won’t harm children or animals that might get their hands on it. Pet lov-ers are enamored by FunPak because it is not only safe around their pets, but is shaped like tiny dog bone biscuits. Rich lives in Sister Lakes and is a U.S. military veteran. Believe it or not, FunPak can be placed in a sink and soaked with water to break it down…can be sprinkled on a lawn or in a MOODY Continued from page 9 REGISTER NOW FOR FALL CLASSES Inserts & Promotions • Harding’s Friendly Markets • Martin’s Super Markets • Box Factory • Ace Hardware • Von Tobel • Schroeder Furniture Inserts may vary by Zip Code 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 Continued on page 12

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Those among us who have been watching with great interest as a new winery has risen majestically from the footings on a hilltop overlooking the convergence of interstate highways 94 and 196 will be happy to know that opening day is now just days away for that sizable new tasting room and vineyard.At press-time, the owners and operators of 12 Corners Vineyards were in full anticipation of swinging open the doors onto their sparkling new tasting room in Benton Harbor this coming Thursday, June 20th. Finishing touches on the tasting room in preparation for final inspections by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission were in process when I visited last week. Prepare to be duly impressed with the creation assembled by business partners Doug & Gloria Oberst of South Haven, Mark Graham from Breckenridge and Jim Hovinga out of Grand Haven. Beautifully showcased in a 2,500 square foot center in the heart of more than 115 acres of land in Benton Charter Township alongside I-94 at I-196, you will enter the tasting room at 1201 N. Benton Center Road by winding your way to the top of the hill alongside 30 acres of wine grapes and another 15 acres of tart cherries being grown on site. The easiest way to find 12 Corners is by exiting I-196 at Exit 1, heading west on Red Arrow Highway and then south on Benton Center Road. Signage will be in place to guide your way. Once inside you will find soaring cathedral ceilings, more than 70 feet of bar-top space and broad, wide open space for visiting with friends, visitors, and staff. On the opposite end of the tasting center, private space is available for parties, meetings and the like for groups of 20 to 25 people. Large viewing windows from the winemaker’s lab overlook the shipping and receiving docks, crushing facilities, and temperature and climate controlled wine storage areas. You will have the opportunity to sample up to 16 of 12 Corners wines now, and that will increase to 24 by late summer.Tasting by the glass is available in the tasting room, and bottles can be purchased for consumption in outside seating areas on the porch of the tasting center. Many of you might have already discovered the 12 Corners Vineyards tasting room at 511 Phoenix Street in South Haven which opened for business last November. That tasting facility will continue after the new showroom is opened. Gloria tells me that they gladly welcome and can easily handle bus tours and extended vans conducting wine tours in the area. The beautiful bars were hand-crafted by Mike Kieser of Great Lakes Boat Builders in South Haven, and feature 100-year old barn wood facings. Winemaker Glen Greiffendorf is in charge of all of the facilities here. In addition to their wines, 12 Corners Vineyards will also showcase Vineyard Gourmet Chocolates of Coloma both as part of their tastings and in their gift shop for sale. Cherries grown on site will be used in the making of their Cherry Wine, too. Hours for the new tasting room, once they are up and running, will be 12 noon until 7pm Monday through Saturday and noon until 5pm on Sundays.When you go, keep your eye out for some of the native wildlife there, including deer that freely roam the farm’s acreage. You can learn more online at www.12CornersVineyards.com. Pat What was best known as the former Fireside Inn, and has been opened and closed about half a dozen times under various flags and names since the days of the Fireside Inn which persevered for many years, is now open for business once again.The building, which sits astride the Stevensville Super 8 Motel, is now being called The Galley Grill, and is being run by a longtime restaurateur who has set up shop in several locations around the area over the years. I know him simply as Tony, and he and his sons were the original owners of Sophia’s in Benton Harbor. His brother was one of the operators at the Red Arrow Highway site, operating briefly as the Greek Islands restaurant, but the brother later died and the restaurant was closed.Tony and his sons recently re-opened as the new Galley Grill and in the two short weeks since they launched operations, have drawn rave reviews from Facebook fans who subscribe to the group Southwestern Michigan Food Critics. At presstime I was still trying to reach Tony for details regarding his hours of operation and so forth. You can find them at 4296 Red Arrow Highway in Stevensville.<br /> <br /> Rich Daniels, originally from Palatine, Illinois, is now working diligently here in Michigan’s Great Southwest to make his mark in the world of business. Rich recently launched RNS Packaging of Dowagiac, but increasingly family, friends and especially pet lovers are coming to know him as the FunPak man! Rich is working hard to revolutionize the world of “void-fill packaging” through the re-invention of what most of us would have called the Styrofoam packing peanuts.Rich, however, crafts his FunPak packing materials from corn. It is non-toxic, 100% bio-degradable and all natural…so it is as safe for the environment as popcorn. The cool thing is, FunPak materials resist crushing, won’t pop like those inflated plastic packing bags do, are static free, making it safe for sensitive electronics packaging, too, and will make your business more green. FunPak is reusable, reducing still more waste, and won’t harm children or animals that might get their hands on it. Pet lovers are enamored by FunPak because it is not only safe around their pets, but is shaped like tiny dog bone biscuits. Rich lives in Sister Lakes and is a U. S. military veteran. Believe it or not, FunPak can be placed in a sink and soaked with water to break it down…can be sprinkled on a lawn or in a garden and will break down over about a 3-week period…can be thrown away with a clear conscience with the knowledge that it will break down 100% in a landfill upon exposure to air and moisture… or can be re-used over and over. Rich was a big hit this spring in Orlando at the 2013 Global Pet Expo, and shortly thereafter had a major new client in the form of Pet Stores USA, who will now ship most of their deliveries world-wide using FunPak packing materials. Calling his product “The Bow Inside the Box,” Rich is making his mark, and we wish him the best of luck as he advances his new enterprise. He worked locally with the crew from the Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services team and the Women’s Business Center in establishing his new venture.You can learn more about FunPak at www.funpak.biz. Congratulations, Rich! Keep up the great work, and thanks for helping to save our environment!<br /> <br /> A few weeks ago I told you about the impending arrival of the Digital Vapor Den. Well, they are now officially open and selling their electronic cigarettes to a variety of people, including at least ten customers who quit smoking cold turkey and are just using the new devices instead. Samantha and Jacob Scott opened for business last month at 3660 Niles Road in St. Joseph Charter Township in the same building as Sunset Coast Golf Center.<br /> <br /> If you notice an inordinate stream of traffic headed for Weko Beach in Bridgman and were not aware of the reason, today…Saturday, June 15th… marks the 8th Annual Lake Michigan Shore Wine Festival running from 1 until 10pm. Fourteen wineries from the region including Cody Kresta, Contessa, Domaine Berrien, Fenn Valley, Founders, Free Run, Gravity, Hickory Creek, Karma Vista, Lawton Ridge, Lemon Creek, Round Barn, Tabor Hill, and Warner are all scheduled to be on hand for the big event along with five bands, great foods and more. Admission is $15 and that includes your souvenir glass with wines being sold by the taste or by the glass. It’s time again to Toast the Coast! Check it out.<br /> <br /> Not too far down the road from Bridgman today is also day two of the big three day Three Oaks Flag Day weekend. This is the 61st year for the World’s Largest Flag Day Parade which will step off at 3pm tomorrow, Sunday the 16th, in downtown Three Oaks. Most of the weekend comes free or at a very small cost and you can find the complete line up for all of the festivities by pointing your internet browser to www.threeoaksflagday.com. It’s great fun!<br /> <br /> Today, (6/15) is also a big day in northern Berrien County with the arrival of the Coloma Bar-BQ, Blues & Cruise Festival. Sponsored by Coloma-Watervliet Area Businesses, this is the third year for this free community event conducted in Baker Park in downtown Coloma. Headliners are the Rusty Wright Band, but also appearing are Keith Scott, Rum Boogie, the Marci Linn Band, and David Gerald Blues. Everything gets started at 9am with the motorcycle, classic and muscle car cruise in. The amateur BBQ contest starts at noon and music gets underway at 1pm. Head to the park for a day of family fun, good food, and live music!<br /> <br /> Speaking of family fun in the park, the City of St. Joseph has unveiled its theatrical line-up for a summer full of Free Movie Nights at Whirlpool Centennial Park below the bluff. Every Saturday night in July and August the city puts up the big screen for movies at dusk. The season begins on July 6th with Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. A week later they will show Charlotte’s Web. In ensuing weeks the city will screen North by Northwest…Brave… Rear Window…Mary Poppins…101 Dalmations…The Strongest Man in the World…and Turner & Hooch. All showings are family friendly and totally free.<br /> <br /> There will be no let down in action next weekend with entertainment and events of all sorts including the ultimate beach party with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra and their Kick-Off Beach Party called Here Comes the Sun. That event happens next Saturday (6/22) at 6:30pm at the Shadowland Pavilion at Silver Beach. It’s a grand tribute to the Beatles. A tasty beach menu provided by Classic Catering will be available for purchase. For tickets log onto www.smso.org.<br /> <br /> All day next Saturday, from 9am until 4pm, the 4th Annual Rendezvous at Riverview Collector Car Show will take place at Riverview Park in St. Joseph off Niles Road near I-94. The event now includes a large Craft Show for the ladies, as well.The show features DJ music all day, door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, affordable lunches and baked goods and hosted by the Lakeshore Masonic Lodge and the American Chapter Order of Eastern Star #234. If you have questions, you can reach Cabbie at 269-757-3149.<br /> <br /> Harbor Country’s got it going that day (6/22) as well when the Woodworkers with the Blues returns to celebrate the summer solstice after an eight-year hiatus. The event, including a flea market, will run from 10am until 5pm at Center of the World Workshop at 13400 Red Arrow Highway in Harbert. Admission is free, and you will find new work, demonstrations, and presentations by area woodworkers, plus live music and the flea market featuring antique tools, machinery, wood, and books related to woodworking. More fun on the Lake Michigan coast!<br /> <br /> Five weeks from now, what for many years was a simple softball marathon turns into a fullblown, world-class, major-league fundraiser for the team at GateWay Services of Berrien Springs.Dubbed “A Play for GateWay” this year, the 28th Annual Softball Weekend becomes a whole new affair as a broad array of new ancillary events come on line at the Benton Charter Township Park in a bid to raise enough money to purchase a new handicap accessible vehicle with a lift to transport GateWay participants in the community. Bigger and better than ever before, the event is partnering with Brookview Montessori School and Benton Charter Township to escalate the event to new heights. See all of the details and the full line up for this big event online at www.gatewayvro.org. Take a look…you’ll be impressed with all of the new additions and plans underway thanks to Events by Design.<br /> <br /> Our friends at The American Red Cross have created a unique new event coming Saturday, June 29th at 6pm to LMC’s M-Tec Center in Benton Harbor. Guests at this first-class event will enjoy an exclusive viewing of 25 local, professional artists in action as they create original art works on canvas and clay. That same art will be available for purchase through a silent auction with proceeds benefiting Red Cross disaster relief in Berrien and Van Buren Counties. Chapter exec Breeze Ettl tells me that the event called Red Fusion combines art, music, entertainment and the Red Cross for a great night out. Tickets are $100 now or $125 at the door and can be obtained by calling 269-556-9619.It will be an event like no other in the entire region…so don’t miss out!<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Happy Father’s Day to dads everywhere…and Happy Birthday to my lovely wife Carol! Remember to always shop locally whenever you can, and we’ll see you right here in MailMax bright and early next Saturday<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Executive Vice President of<br /> Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce<br /> pmoody@cornerstonechamber.com<br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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