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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer In and Around Downtown Special Holiday Pull-out Inside Paper. News Good our Y Continued from page 1 facilities in Hong Kong, Shenzhen China and Cambridge England along with a small base-ment office in Bridgman up until now. Memcon has been successful in Europe and Asia for approximately 15 years now and launched their North American presence in October of 2010. Corporate Directors Martin Gilbert and Ian Braithwaite are headquartered in Cambridge England. They were clients of Simon Blackwell of Bridgman who afforded them space in his basement in order to establish their U.S. pres-ence. As a leading supplier in their specialty market place, Memcon has diversified their prod-uct range from Electro-Mechanical technology used in an extensive range of connectors and metal domes to the latest Opto technology to bring to the market one of the world’s thinnest LED’s in a 1206 Chip Package. Sales at Memcon doubled in 2012 and are currently on pace to double again here in 2013, leading to their need to expand again. Company officials have com-pleted lease negotiations preparatory to their POSTMASTER: Please deliver on November 16, 2013 November 16, 2013 Moody on The Market MOODY www.MailMaxOnline.com establishment of a facility at 6000 Red Arrow Highway . The company is looking to employ a full time sales and customer service administrator to join their small and dynamic team at the new Stevensville office. Prospective candidates will be interviewed in the new office the week of November 18th. The lights are out...the doors are locked...the phone has been disconnected...and even the web-site has been shut down as the culinary team at Soe Cafe of Sawyer calls it quits after nine years in business. Seemingly without warning... and with little more than a Facebook fan page posting telling the story, the widely acclaimed restaurant on the northern edge of Harbor Country fades into memory now. This is the Facebook post which arrived on the scene appar-ently after the close of business on Sunday, November 4, 2013: Dear friends and neighbors, after 9 years Soe Cafe is closing its doors. We would like to thank all of the local farmers and craftsmen who helped us to produce a product that (we) were proud of. We would also like to thank our many friends and neighbors --The Staff of Soe Cafe. We will miss you! The outpour-ing of sorrow that followed the news included well over 50 responses from distraught customers and fans of the popular restaurant. Many cited the restaurant as being a summertime favorite...or a family gathering site, and the like. Despite multiple requests for the reasoning behind the shutdown from incredulous Facebook fans, the site remains silent regarding any of the particu-lars. The restaurant, which was located at 12868 Red Arrow Highway in Sawyer served lunch, Volume 14, Ver. 46 John Lovell was always fascinated by monsters and the things that make them scary when he was a kid. He loved magic and the ability to alter your percep-tion of what it is you think you see. Way back in 1994 John started using special effects make-up applications for individuals for parties and other events. Then he came to the realization that working alone he could only do so many applica-tions in a single night. So, he set out to find a pre-made solution and started designing his own masks as a quick fix. As a result, customers could buy one of his creations and not have to sit in a chair for three hours’ worth of make-up applica-tion. John knew it wasn’t a substitute for good make-up work, but it was certainly easier on the customer and less stressful on himself. As people began arriving on his doorstep the day before Halloween over the years all wanting custom work, he ended up creating a selection for them to choose from. Eventually, his day job caused the craft to slip away, still daydreaming of someday running a larger studio where he could create all the time. In 2007 that dream was partially ful-filled when he leased a small corner of a much larger building owned by a friend and launched Chaotic Creations FX Studio in Stevensville. He worked diligently with copious amounts of raw material and blazing tools to create Studio Halloween products, not mass-produced papery type masks. Fast forward to today and John, the Master Effects Artist has expanded into a much larger shop in Watervliet . His Chaotic Creations FX Studios creates original sculpture and unique limited production pieces like mon-ster zombies from masks to prosthetics as well as prosthetic items that are used in training hospitals for surgeons as shown in the photo accompanying this story. In this new shop, John will be able to create much bigger, more expanisve pieces, as well as conduct classes for people interested in learning how to do professional theatrical make-up and prosthetic arts. At the moment, John is assisting Children’s Music Workshop Director Susan Matheny for the production of Shrek the Musical where he is doing the special effect makeup for Max Daniel , the Coloma Schools student playing the role of Shrek. John’s connec-tions to Hollywood and Broadway special effects makeup artists allowed him to consult with the Shrek prosthetic designer for the Broadway musical in planning for the local ver-sion coming to the Lakeshore High School Auditorium on November 22nd, 23rd, and 24th. The show features a cast of 81 students from nearly every school in Michigan’s Great Southwest . John’s medical prosthetic assistance includes a training device he crafted for doctors performing carpal tunnel surgery. All surgeons trained to do what is called the “manos device” procedure for the surgery have been trained on the device created right here in Berrien County . John Lovell, Master Effects Artist, and someone we all should know ! A global supplier to the membrane switch and flexible technology industry is establishing a new office along Red Arrow Highway in Stevensville . Memcon has grown over the past six years to be a multi-national business with M oody Pat FOR CHRISTMAS? TOP Dollar, Hands Down! 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John Lovell was always fascinated by monsters and the things that make them scary when he was a kid. He loved magic and the ability to alter your perception of what it is you think you see. Way back in 1994 John started using special effects make-up applications for individuals for parties and other events. Then he came to the realization that working alone he could only do so many applications in a single night. So, he set out to find a pre-made solution and started designing his own masks as a quick fix. As a result, customers could buy one of his creations and not have to sit in a chair for three hours’ worth of make-up application. John knew it wasn’t a substitute for good make-up work, but it was certainly easier on the customer and less stressful on himself. As people began arriving on his doorstep the day before Halloween over the years all wanting custom work, he ended up creating a selection for them to choose from. Eventually, his day job caused the craft to slip away, still daydreaming of someday running a larger studio where he could create all the time. In 2007 that dream was partially fulfilled when he leased a small corner of a much larger building owned by a friend and launched Chaotic Creations FX Studio in Stevensville. He worked diligently with copious amounts of raw material and blazing tools to create Studio Halloween products, not mass-produced papery type masks. Fast forward to today and John, the Master Effects Artist has expanded into a much larger shop in Watervliet. His Chaotic Creations FX Studios creates original sculpture and unique limited production pieces like monster zombies from masks to prosthetics as well as prosthetic items that are used in training hospitals for surgeons as shown in the photo accompanying this story. In this new shop, John will be able to create much bigger, more expanisve pieces, as well as conduct classes for people interested in learning how to do professional theatrical makeup and prosthetic arts. At the moment, John is assisting Children’s Music Workshop Director Susan Matheny for the production of Shrek the Musical where he is doing the special effect makeup for Max Daniel, the Coloma Schools student playing the role of Shrek. John’s connections to Hollywood and Broadway special effects makeup artists allowed him to consult with the Shrek prosthetic designer for the Broadway musical in planning for the local version coming to the Lakeshore High School Auditorium on November 22nd, 23rd, and 24th. The show features a cast of 81 students from nearly every school in Michigan’s Great Southwest. John’s medical prosthetic assistance includes a training device he crafted for doctors performing carpal tunnel surgery. All surgeons trained to do what is called the “manos device” procedure for the surgery have been trained on the device created right here in Berrien County. John Lovell, Master Effects Artist, and someone we all should know!<br /> <br /> A global supplier to the membrane switch and flexible technology industry is establishing a new office along Red Arrow Highway in Stevensville. Memcon has grown over the past six years to be a multi-national business with facilities in Hong Kong, Shenzhen China and Cambridge England along with a small basement office in Bridgman up until now. Memcon has been successful in Europe and Asia for approximately 15 years now and launched their North American presence in October of 2010. Corporate Directors Martin Gilbert and Ian Braithwaite are headquartered in Cambridge England. They were clients of Simon Blackwell of Bridgman who afforded them space in his basement in order to establish their U.S. presence. As a leading supplier in their specialty market place, Memcon has diversified their product range from Electro-Mechanical technology used in an extensive range of connectors and metal domes to the latest Opto technology to bring to the market one of the world’s thinnest LED’s in a 1206 Chip Package. Sales at Memcon doubled in 2012 and are currently on pace to double again here in 2013, leading to their need to expand again. Company officials have completed lease negotiations preparatory to their establishment of a facility at 6000 Red Arrow Highway. The company is looking to employ a full time sales and customer service administrator to join their small and dynamic team at the new Stevensville office. Prospective candidates will be interviewed in the new office the week of November 18th.<br /> <br /> The lights are out...the doors are locked...the phone has been disconnected...and even the website has been shut down as the culinary team at Soe Cafe of Sawyer calls it quits after nine years in business. Seemingly without warning... and with little more than a Facebook fan page posting telling the story, the widely acclaimed restaurant on the northern edge of Harbor Country fades into memory now. This is the Facebook post which arrived on the scene apparently after the close of business on Sunday, November 4, 2013: Dear friends and neighbors, after 9 years Soe Cafe is closing its doors. We would like to thank all of the local farmers and craftsmen who helped us to produce a product that (we) were proud of. We would also like to thank our many friends and neighbors -- The Staff of Soe Cafe. We will miss you! The outpouring of sorrow that followed the news included well over 50 responses from distraught customers and fans of the popular restaurant. Many cited the restaurant as being a summertime favorite...or a family gathering site, and the like. Despite multiple requests for the reasoning behind the shutdown from incredulous Facebook fans, the site remains silent regarding any of the particulars. The restaurant, which was located at 12868 Red Arrow Highway in Sawyer served lunch, dinner and drinks for nine years at that location in a very attractive building just off the intersection with Sawyer Road. Culinary team members Chad Miller, Tom Cariano, Joey Gallagher, Brandon Card, Devin Maloney, and Donald Johnson, all listed on the Facebook fan page, are all now out of work or off to other adventures with the closure of Soe Cafe in Sawyer.<br /> <br /> Richard and Irene Trzupek have a new name for their business...they have moved to a considerably larger new office space...and they are adding new staff members...all just three doors down from where they’ve been for the last couple of years. The Trzupeks own and operate what we have known up until now as simply TriState Payroll, LLC. That name is now being retired in favor of a new moniker that more accurately details the scope of their newly expanded business in Southtown St. Joseph. The new name, currently displayed on a banner stretched across their plate-glass window, is the more inclusive TriState H.R. Solutions. The new office, just down the commercial strip on Niles Avenue from their original office, adds fully 700 additional square feet of office space to the growing agency. It’s space they’re going to need, for sure, inasmuch as they are hiring an expanded internal staff to handle the increased volume in business fostered by the growth spurt. Irene recently acquired Great Lakes Staffing, which is a temp-to-hire firm which will now allow the team to offer local companies temporary help, side by side with their drive to find the best qualified employees to hire. TriState clients found that hiring TriState H.R. Solutions to handle the critical issues of employee management allowed them to experience reduced costs, operational efficiency, and cutting-edge solutions all while permitting them to focus on growing their own business like the Trzupeks have. TriState’s newly established platform of services includes Payroll, Competitive Workers Compensation (featuring No Deposits or Audits), Benefit Administration (including Affordable Care Act implementation), Temp-to-Hire services (including recruiting and screening) and, of-course Co-Employment. To learn more about TriState H.R. Solutions, log onto their website at www.tristatehr.com or given them a call for additional assistance and information at 269-408-8791. You’ll find the new offices of TriState at 2944 Niles Avenue, just three doors down from their former office space. The temporary sign is in the window for now, but the new headliner sign above the door and window is on the way. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8am until 5pm. <br /> <br /> If you are a current or prospective small business owner always on the lookout for access to capital, my friend and former colleague Bob Jones of the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center in Benton Harbor would like to invite you to a Free Financing Roundtable coming up. Bob and his colleagues at Kinexus and the U.S. Small Business Administration are partnering to present the free roundtable forum on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 20th from 1pm until 4pm at the Kinexus office located at 499 W. Main Street in Benton Harbor. The roundtable is designed to give both current small business owners and those who are considering the launch of a new small business some insight into the SBA Guaranty Loan Program and the criteria typically used by loan officers to evaluate a loan request. At the forum, a team of experts will work to demystify the lending process, debunk some of the myths about SBA programs, and take time to share real-life examples of successful loan applicants. Gerald Moore is the District Director of the Michigan SBA. He tells us, “What’s unique about the roundtable is the access to the SBA and small business lenders. Every roundtable is different and each is tailored to the needs of the participants. It’s a very interactive process and one of our top-rated training events.” Jones tells me that Horizon Bank, Honor Credit Union, and the Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services Team are all slated to be on hand for the discussion which is done in a very informal setting. Dating back to 1998, more than 2,000 clients have attended roundtables such as this largely because it is so well-suited to those in search of financing for their business, with good credit, a solid business idea, and some money to invest in the business themselves. If you’d like to learn more or get yourself registered to attend, please visit: www.misbtdc.org/events or call 269-387-6004. For the record...the SBA does not provide loan guarantees to real estate investment companies, and that topic will not be a part of the discussion.<br /> <br /> One of the most heartwarming nights on the town of the entire year takes place every November when the folks at St. Joseph Today extinguish the streetlights in favor of hundreds of luminaries lining the brick streets of the central business district. We all have the chance to witness the candlelit beauty of the Victorian-era downtown on Friday, November 22nd this year when the organization celebrates the 19th Annual Luminary Festival presented by Cook Nuclear Plant/Indiana Michigan Power. The holiday season steps off basking in the warm glow of 1,000 luminary candles in white paper bags scattered through the downtown streets. Lined up like a regiment of brightly lit soldiers, the luminaries escort visitors into a festive atmosphere for the entire family with refreshments, special prices and gift ideas galore from participating restaurants and shopkeepers. A free horse-drawn trolley sponsored by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation will pick up riders from 4pm until 7pm at the corner of Elm & State Streets, weather permitting, offering a relaxing ride with a breathtaking view of the city all aglow. The Festival will run from dusk until 9pm on that Friday evening and boasts a long list of participating stores and restaurants. For Luminary Festival updates or more information you can contact St. Joseph Today at 269-985-1111 or visit www.stjoetoday.com or www.facebook.com/stjoetoday. <br /> <br /> You can decorate your home or office for the holidays in style again this year thanks to the folks at Hospice at Home. The Lakeland HealthCare Affiliate is conducting its annual holiday wreath sale offering pick up starting November 25th. The beautifully decorated 24-inch Douglas Fir wreaths are just $25 each or five for $100.00 and all proceeds go to support your local hospice. You can place your order by calling 429-7100 or by visiting www.HospiceAtHomeCares.org. Carmen Biltgen is Volunteer Coordinator for Hospice at Home and also the wreath sale organizer. She tells me that delivery is available upon request, and they also have gravesite easels for remembering loved ones during the holidays. The wreaths can be picked up on weekdays from 9am until 5pm beginning on November 25th at their St. Joseph office located at 4025 Health Park Lane in St. Joe or can be pre-ordered for pick up during regular business hours at Hospice at Home in South Haven, located at 05055 Blue Star Highway...Hospice at Home in Buchanan, located at 4017 Chamberlain Road...or Lory’s Place, located at 455 Upton Drive in St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, folks. See you Saturday here in MailMax or online every day at www.MoodyOnTheMarket.com.

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