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Laminate Flooring Closeout 16 Colors • Large & Small Lots 2467 S. M139 Benton Harbor 269.925.2900 Be proud of your floor. ECRWSS Local Postal Customer Paper. News Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on July 27, 2013 July 27, 2013 Volume 14, Ver. 30 Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 Pat T he cheese-mak-ing prowess of Old Europe Cheese Company in Benton Harbor was on dis-play recently at Michigan State University in East Lansing when the company’s team of mas-ter cheese makers earned the Grand Championship Award at the 2013 Michigan Dairy Expo conducted there. My friends Francois Capt, Bev Parnell and dozens of other Old Europe craftsmen walked away with the highest award possible at the event sponsored by the Michigan Milk Producers Association for their Triple Cream Brie hand-crafted every day on East Empire Avenue here in the heart of Michigan’s Great Southwest. They are a very important cog in the $14.7-billion dollar dairy industry in Michigan that generates more than 40,000 direct and indirect jobs to the state’s agri-culture industry according to the MMPA which is headquartered in Novi in Southeast Michigan. Governor Rick Snyder kicked off the entire affair the week of July 15 th with a keynote speech at the Ag Expo breakfast. The Grand Champion Cheese was purchased at the expo by United Dairy Industry of Michigan , but Francois, Bev and their colleagues earned the trophy and brought it home to the sprawling plant at 1330 East Empire. The company was started there in 1987 as a subsidiary of I.L.A.S. in Anleo-Navia, Spain. Their signature products are soft-ripened Brie and Camembert as well as some semi-soft cheeses like Dutch-style Gouda and Edam. Long-time readers of this column have seen previous stories touting their growth and expertise in the industry over the years, includ-ing stories of dozens of the most prestigious awards in the dairy and cheese worlds. In fact, in 1998 their Brie and Camembert swept first and second place medals respectively in the World Championship Cheese Contest. The company has spared no expense in assuring that their Benton Harbor plant is state-of-the-art and designed exclusively in the manufacture of their award-winning product line which sells largely under the trade name of Reny Picot. Congratulations, Old Europe Cheese on another stellar victory right here at home. A little bit of Hollywood and Las Vegas has arrived in the Scottdale neighborhood of Royalton Township with a spectacular new full-color electronic sign along M-139 at the home of Power in Motion Gymnastics. The sign was recently installed by Art & Image of Benton Harbor and is a real eye-catcher in the stretch of highway between Pater True Value and the Somerlayton Bridge over the St. Joseph River. The sign is being used to tout current classes, events and such while encouraging use of the facility for birthday parties and other similar celebrations. Readers here who saw the story back around the beginning of the month regarding the impending arrival of Rio’s Mexican Restaurant in the space that formerly housed the Continued on page 8 M oody Harbortown Café, Nica’s and other establish-ments are probably wondering if the deal went sour. The answer is a resounding “No!” I talked this past week with Pedro Rios II who said that while they had wanted to jump right into place and start serving their popular cuisine, cooler heads prevailed and said, “Let’s do it up right!” So…they simply put the brakes on the full speed ahead plan, and will hope to be open in the very near future at 325 West Main Street in down-town Benton Harbor . They want to make sure that they are truly ready before plunging in as had been their original plan when they had been planning to be open within days of signing their lease for the property. So, stay tuned, and be patient…Rio’s is still very much alive and on the way. In the long run, Leonard Olson decided that re-branding his new wine tasting room in downtown St. Joseph was not the best plan, and so the new space has officially opened bearing the name of the flagship Baroda Founders Wine Cellar. The main tasting room is still located at 8963 Hills Road in downtown Baroda, but the new satellite tasting room is already a big hit in the 400 block of State Street in St. Joe. Originally, Len had announced he would call the new tasting room the Fort Miami Tasting Room, but elected not to confuse the issue through that re-branding. Check out the new center across the street from The Buck Burgers & Brew. Customers of G.W. Jones Exchange Bank will LITTLE soon have a new BAND branch to conduct business RIVER in downtown Watervliet. Word in the street is that SUSAN the bank ASHTON has signed on to take over the for-mer Fifth Third Bank building on Main Street SANDY HACKETT’S RAT PACK SHOW If you consider yourself an entrepreneur and in that Paw Paw Lake neighborhood. The rela-tively low-profile G. W. Jones folks have a long are interested in detailed, in-depth, business plan-history dating back to 1877 when they were first ning to help set the stage for your company’s established in Cass County. There are only success the Michigan Small Business & three other branches of the bank and they operate Technology Development Center at Kinexus of in Cassopolis, Edwardsburg and Marcellus, Benton Harbor is teeing-up a seven-week work-all in Cass County. No timeline on the arrival in shop beginning September 5 th which originally Watervliet, except for “by the end of summer.” bore a cost of $700 but has been reduced to just Elsewhere in Watervliet the community’s new $90 thanks to the financial support of the Family Dollar store has officially opened in a Broadband Technology Opportunity Program portion of the former downtown supermarket. grant award through Michigan State University. What was once a sizable empire in the To get the full story from leader Bob Jones log world of booksellers is about to diminish from a onto www.misbtdc.org/southwestmichigan. You peak of nearly three dozen storefronts in its hey-can get details and/or register at that site, too. day to a single retail operation in Niles. The Women’s Business Center at Majerek’s Readers World has officially Cornerstone Alliance and partners at 1 st Source announced its impending departure from The Bank will reprise their popular POWER Orchards Mall in Benton Township. This fol-Program beginning on September 10 th , but the lows the company’s decision late last winter to class is limited to just 5 participants. POWER shutter operations in downtown St. Joseph after stands for Promotion Opportunities for Women many years in business there as well. Citing the Entrepreneurs, and is designed for first time busi-struggle to compete against seemingly everyone ness owners, current women owned businesses in else selling books and greeting cards, Tom operation for less than a year, or women who Majerek says once the mall store closes there have owned a business in the past but are no will be only one store left…the store that started longer in operation. Sign up for the 11-week it all 53 years ago in Niles. The Orchards Mall program online at www.cornerstonewbc.com. store will close as soon as the inventory there is Hard to believe, but it’s nearly time for the depleted. annual Chalk the Block Festival from St. For four years now the crew at Elwood Joseph Today! The big and popular event is Staffing has conducted a private wage and ben-presented by Cook Nuclear and Indiana efit survey called Dollars & Sense. The results Michigan Power Company, and it takes place of the 4 th annual survey, launched in January, are on Broad Street in downtown St. Joseph next now being made public, showcasing data com-weekend, August 2 nd through the 4 th . Artists will September 28, 2013, piled from hundreds Saturday, of companies of all sizes. begin 8 to p.m. make their magic at 4pm on Friday after-Nick Seger is Vice President of Operations for noon and Saturday, October 12, 2013, 8 p.m. finish things up by 4pm the next day. the staffing agency and he says that unlike most Judging will then get underway with prizes for nd Saturday, October 26, 2013, such surveys which focus on average wages, his 1 st , 8 2 p.m. and 3 rd places. Downtown Sidewalk Sale firm specifically looks at starting wages. Seger Days will from August 1 st through the 4 th as a Saturday, November 9, 2013, 11 a.m. & run 2 p.m. DINOSAUR TRAIN LIVE! says one interesting trend revealed is that wages huge part of the celebration. It is a colorful event BOYZ II MEN Thursday, November 14, 2013, 7:30 p.m. so don’t miss it! paid for positions requiring technical skills saw beyond compare, th greater increases than all other positions, which A week NOBODIES OF COMEDY Saturday, November 30, 2013, 8 p.m. later, on the weekend of August 9 could provide a competitive advantage when it and 10 th , the All In Love Band re-unites for a MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS BY CHIP DAVIS and Sunday, December 22, 2013, 4 p.m. concert to benefit all of the local pet comes to attracting retaining talent. Those spectacular interested in reading the full results of the survey rescue folks. The band will mark their 40 th year BRASS TRANSIT – THE MUSICAL LEGACY OF CHICAGO Friday, February 21, 2014, 8 p.m. can find a link to the final report at the compa-together with members traveling from as far . 2014, The 8 away ny’s website, www.elwoodstaffing.com PFX – THE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE Saturday, March 8, p.m. as Hawaii and California. Once every firm has 220 service locations including one in two years they come together for the animals, and HAIR Thursday, March 13, 2014, 7 p.m. St. Joseph. this year they will perform at Czars 505 in St. Joe. THE UGLY DUCKLING & THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE Saturday, March 15, 2014, 11 a.m. Doors open at 8pm and the music starts at 9. A $10-dollar cover charge will be split NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL: NOW 60 Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 7:30 the p.m. between Humane Society, Save-a-Stray and Animal Aid. You’ll find Czar’s at 505 Pleasant ATLANTIC STEPS Saturday, April 12, 2014, 8 p.m. Street. JACK HANNA’S INTO THE WILD LIVE Friday, May 9, 2014, 7:30 p.m. If you find yourself singing in the shower and think there’s some actual talent there, the crew at the Fruit Belt Chorus of the Barbershop Harmony Society would like to strongly encour-age your participation in their fun times at LMCMAINSTAGE.ORG Crown Pointe Senior Living Facility in BOX OFFICE (269) 927-1221 • MONDAY – FRIDAY 10 A.M. – 2 P.M. Stevensville. These fun-loving singers in four-part harmony have been at it for 65 years now, Program subject to change ON SALE JULY 31! THE LINE UP 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 • Harding’s Friendly Markets • Martin’s Super Markets • Pater True Value • Tractor Supply Co. • Chalk the Block Inserts may vary by Zip Code Inserts & Promotions

Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

The cheese-making prowess of Old Europe Cheese Company in Benton Harbor was on display recently at Michigan State University in East Lansing when the company’s team of master cheese makers earned the Grand Championship Award at the 2013 Michigan Dairy Expo conducted there. My friends Francois Capt, Bev Parnell and dozens of other Old Europe craftsmen walked away with the highest award possible at the event sponsored by the Michigan Milk Producers Association for their Triple Cream Brie hand-crafted every day on East Empire Avenue here in the heart of Michigan’s Great Southwest. They are a very important cog in the $14.7-billion dollar dairy industry in Michigan that generates more than 40,000 direct and indirect jobs to the state’s agriculture industry according to the MMPA which is headquartered in Novi in Southeast Michigan. Governor Rick Snyder kicked off the entire affair the week of July 15th with a keynote speech at the Ag Expo breakfast. The Grand Champion Cheese was purchased at the expo by United Dairy Industry of Michigan, but Francois, Bev and their colleagues earned the trophy and brought it home to the sprawling plant at 1330 East Empire. The company was started there in 1987 as a subsidiary of I.L.A.S. in Anleo- Navia, Spain. Their signature products are softripened Brie and Camembert as well as some semi-soft cheeses like Dutch-style Gouda and Edam. Long-time readers of this column have seen previous stories touting their growth and expertise in the industry over the years, including stories of dozens of the most prestigious awards in the dairy and cheese worlds. In fact, in 1998 their Brie and Camembert swept first and second place medals respectively in the World Championship Cheese Contest. The company has spared no expense in assuring that their Benton Harbor plant is state-of-the-art and designed exclusively in the manufacture of their award-winning product line which sells largely under the trade name of Reny Picot. Congratulations, Old Europe Cheese on another stellar victory right here at home.<br /> <br /> A little bit of Hollywood and Las Vegas has arrived in the Scottdale neighborhood of Royalton Township with a spectacular new fullcolor electronic sign along M-139 at the home of Power in Motion Gymnastics. The sign was recently installed by Art & Image of Benton Harbor and is a real eye-catcher in the stretch of highway between Pater True Value and the Somerlayton Bridge over the St. Joseph River. The sign is being used to tout current classes, events and such while encouraging use of the facility for birthday parties and other similar celebrations.<br /> <br /> Readers here who saw the story back around the beginning of the month regarding the impending arrival of Rio’s Mexican Restaurant in the space that formerly housed the Harbortown Café, Nica’s and other establishments are probably wondering if the deal went sour. The answer is a resounding “No!” I talked this past week with Pedro Rios II who said that while they had wanted to jump right into place and start serving their popular cuisine, cooler heads prevailed and said, “Let’s do it up right!” So…they simply put the brakes on the full speed ahead plan, and will hope to be open in the very near future at 325 West Main Street in downtown Benton Harbor. They want to make sure that they are truly ready before plunging in as had been their original plan when they had been planning to be open within days of signing their lease for the property. So, stay tuned, and be patient…Rio’s is still very much alive and on the way.<br /> <br /> In the long run, Leonard Olson decided that re-branding his new wine tasting room in downtown St. Joseph was not the best plan, and so the new space has officially opened bearing the name of the flagship Baroda Founders Wine Cellar. The main tasting room is still located at 8963 Hills Road in downtown Baroda, but the new satellite tasting room is already a big hit in the 400 block of State Street in St. Joe. Originally, Len had announced he would call the new tasting room the Fort Miami Tasting Room, but elected not to confuse the issue through that re-branding. Check out the new center across the street from The Buck Burgers & Brew.<br /> <br /> Customers of G.W. Jones Exchange Bank will soon have a new branch to conduct business in downtown Watervliet. Word in the street is that the bank has signed on to take over the former Fifth Third Bank building on Main Street in that Paw Paw Lake neighborhood. The relatively low-profile G. W. Jones folks have a long history dating back to 1877 when they were first established in Cass County. There are only three other branches of the bank and they operate in Cassopolis, Edwardsburg and Marcellus, all in Cass County. No timeline on the arrival in Watervliet, except for “by the end of summer.” Elsewhere in Watervliet the community’s new Family Dollar store has officially opened in a portion of the former downtown supermarket.<br /> <br /> What was once a sizable empire in the world of booksellers is about to diminish from a peak of nearly three dozen storefronts in its heyday to a single retail operation in Niles. Majerek’s Readers World has officially announced its impending departure from The Orchards Mall in Benton Township. This follows the company’s decision late last winter to shutter operations in downtown St. Joseph after many years in business there as well. Citing the struggle to compete against seemingly everyone else selling books and greeting cards, Tom Majerek says once the mall store closes there will be only one store left…the store that started it all 53 years ago in Niles. The Orchards Mall store will close as soon as the inventory there is depleted.<br /> <br /> For four years now the crew at Elwood Staffing has conducted a private wage and benefit survey called Dollars & Sense. The results of the 4th annual survey, launched in January, are now being made public, showcasing data compiled from hundreds of companies of all sizes. Nick Seger is Vice President of Operations for the staffing agency and he says that unlike most such surveys which focus on average wages, his firm specifically looks at starting wages. Seger says one interesting trend revealed is that wages paid for positions requiring technical skills saw greater increases than all other positions, which could provide a competitive advantage when it comes to attracting and retaining talent. Those interested in reading the full results of the survey can find a link to the final report at the company’s website, www.elwoodstaffing.com. The firm has 220 service locations including one in St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> If you consider yourself an entrepreneur and are interested in detailed, in-depth, business planning to help set the stage for your company’s success the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center at Kinexus of Benton Harbor is teeing-up a seven-week workshop beginning September 5th which originally bore a cost of $700 but has been reduced to just $90 thanks to the financial support of the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program grant award through Michigan State University. To get the full story from leader Bob Jones log onto www.misbtdc.org/southwestmichigan. You can get details and/or register at that site, too.<br /> <br /> The Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance and partners at 1st Source Bank will reprise their popular POWER Program beginning on September 10th, but the class is limited to just 5 participants. POWER stands for Promotion Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs, and is designed for first time business owners, current women owned businesses in operation for less than a year, or women who have owned a business in the past but are no longer in operation. Sign up for the 11-week program online at www.cornerstonewbc.com. <br /> <br /> Hard to believe, but it’s nearly time for the annual Chalk the Block Festival from St. Joseph Today! The big and popular event is presented by Cook Nuclear and Indiana Michigan Power Company, and it takes place on Broad Street in downtown St. Joseph next weekend, August 2nd through the 4th. Artists will begin to make their magic at 4pm on Friday afternoon and finish things up by 4pm the next day. Judging will then get underway with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Downtown Sidewalk Sale Days will run from August 1st through the 4th as a huge part of the celebration. It is a colorful event beyond compare, so don’t miss it!<br /> <br /> A week later, on the weekend of August 9th and 10th, the All In Love Band re-unites for a spectacular concert to benefit all of the local pet rescue folks. The band will mark their 40th year together with members traveling from as far away as Hawaii and California. Once every two years they come together for the animals, and this year they will perform at Czars 505 in St. Joe. Doors open at 8pm and the music starts at 9. A $10-dollar cover charge will be split between the Humane Society, Save-a-Stray and Animal Aid. You’ll find Czar’s at 505 Pleasant Street.<br /> <br /> If you find yourself singing in the shower and think there’s some actual talent there, the crew at the Fruit Belt Chorus of the Barbershop Harmony Society would like to strongly encourage your participation in their fun times at Crown Pointe Senior Living Facility in Stevensville. These fun-loving singers in fourpart harmony have been at it for 65 years now, and they meet every Monday night at 7pm at Crown Pointe which is located at 4232 Red Arrow Highway, a half-block south of Walgreens. No need to pre-register or prequalify. Simply stop by and join in. You can also contact Milt at 925-9128 to learn more.<br /> <br /> There are still some really cool volunteer job opportunities open for the 2014 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid coming to Harbor Shores next Memorial Day weekend. By way of example, you could work Admissions and sell tickets at spectator entrances, or you could work Contestant Evacuation in which case you would help drive contestants and rules officials off the course in case of evacuation, largely for bad weather. Contestant Transportation workers will be asked to transport players and select VIPs to and from the golf course, the airport and the official hotel. Committee workers who assist with Golf Carts will manage distribution and collection of golf carts and more. Golf Shop Operations volunteers will assist PGA staff in selling merchandise, greeting guests, stocking inventory, bagging purchases and the like. A lot of Junior Standard Bearers will walk the course carrying the individual scoreboards of groups of players. Leader Board and Thru Board workers post updated scores throughout the course, and Marshals help maintain the physical safety of spectators and fair play for players. There are still lots of opportunities to get involved, and you can do so by logging on to www.spga2014.com and clicking on the volunteer button, or by contacting Ryan Ogle at the Championship office at 487-3200. It’s great fun…and well worth the $130 fee.v <br /> <br /> Next Friday, August 2nd at 10am the Heritage Museum & Cultural Center will offer up a walking tour on Lighthouse & Coast Guard History. You’ll learn about the five different lighthouses which have stood in St. Joe throughout history and take a rare tour of the U. S. Coast Guard Station. The tour will run roughly 90-minutes, and will be postponed to August 9th if it is raining. Registration is required due to limited space, so please call soon at 983-1191. Cost is just $5 for members of the museum or $8 for non-members. The tours will originate at Tiscornia Park, where there is a $5 parking fee.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a super week, and we’ll see you again next Saturday, right here in MailMax! Remember to shop locally in the meantime…there’s more here than you know!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Executive Vice President of<br /> Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce<br /> pmoody@cornerstonechamber.com<br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216s

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