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Peter Colovos is one of the most fascinating and focused individuals I have ever met, and his commercial real estate drive is becoming legendary for his outstanding quality and keen attention to detail. You will never find anything the man does come up short of expectations in my experience. Rather, you will be wowed by his desire for perfection and authenticity. Colovos is the man behind Prairie Real Estate Group with anchors in three key Midwest cities: Chicago, Grand Rapids, and Benton Harbor. Prairie Real Estate Group is a commercial real estate firm focused on the redevelopment of historically significant buildings throughout the Midwest for the purpose of leasing great space to quality tenants. Here in Michigan’s Great Southwest, we’ve been treated to his attention to detail in the form of the Entergy Center at 330 W. Main Street in Benton Harbor. Originally constructed in the mid-1920’s, Colovos and his crew acquired the space in 2005 and converted it into world class office space. Having enjoyed that successful venture, Colovos shifted his focus to the amazing building next door at 376 W. Main. Known for decades as the Saranac Building, named after its original occupant, the Saranac Machine Company, it too, dates back to the 20’s. Thanks to Colovos and his desire to play a major role in the renaissance of downtown Benton Harbor, that building is nearing completion as a multi-purpose structure that he has taken great care to preserve the unique historical elements on and replicate its original appearance. The work began on creation of what is being called Saranac Flats late last spring to convert the building to a commercial center on the ground floor and loft-style apartments on the second floor. The apartments are scheduled to be available for rent in February of 2014, as work continues unabated at the historical site. The transformation is creating 9,300 square feet of retail and commercial space on the ground floor and eight (8) loft-style apartments overhead. Additionally, Saranac Flats will feature amenities such as key-card access, an elevator, secure & covered parking, a private 24-hour fitness facility, professional management, 24-hr emergency maintenance, and a smoke free, pet friendly environment. A variety of floor plans from one to two bedrooms are available featuring open concept floor plans, wall-to-wall windows, private balconies, stainless appliances, unique recycled-glass kitchen countertops, dishwashers, window treatments, washer/dryer, and cable and internet ready access. The Saranac Flats building is just one of many projects undertaken by Colovos and Prairie Real Estate Group, which he founded in 1994 in Chicago.<br /> <br /> If Carlos Ortiz had his way, we’d all be gathering for a New Year’s toast right now in his sparkling new Azul Tequila Restaurant in the Courthouse Square in downtown St. Joseph. Unfortunately for Carlos and all of the rest of us, a rather extensive list was handed to him recently by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission inspectors detailing a laundry list of issues that need to be resolved before the business can open up shop. One major item on that list was a virtual reconstruction of the building’s sprinkler system. Also on the punch list were some issues with electrical service, and completion of installations in the kitchen. Carlos was not despairing, however, as he remained at the mercy of holiday period schedules for both contractors and inspection teams. He appears to be taking it all in stride, despite the fact that the Ortiz family had planned to be well underway with service to the community by now. I chatted briefly with Carlos recently inside the spacious restaurant and bar at a major crossroads in the center of the action downtown. The Courthouse Square property sits across Port Street from the Berrien County Courthouse...and across Ship Street from the St. Joseph Post Office. The months long renovation process has paid handsome dividends for Ortiz and his brother from Kalamazoo who have done an extensive makeover inside. Included in the wall to wall remodeling you will find massive, colorful murals, creation of a small Mexican village look and feel with overhead faux balconies, a central fountain that anchors the main dining room as if it were the town square, and a massive chandelier created from an array of used tequila bottles designed to draw considerable reaction from arriving guests. Carlos says that the eatery should be capable of handling up to 160 guests comfortably once they are open for business. So...the big question now is when will those guests be allowed to begin arriving on the scene? Carlos tells me he hopes that the punch list of inspector-driven upgrades will be complete and they can be open by mid-to-late January. The yet-to-be-completed work list is extensive enough that it could actually be February before the doors swing open, but Carlos has pledged to keep me up to date as the work progresses. In the meantime, the Ortiz family has hired key personnel for the kitchen staff, and additional applications are being accepted for other positions on the staff. A weather-protected plexiglass box has been placed at the entrance ramp to the front door for those interested in picking up an application from the restaurant, even if no one is on premises when you stop by.<br /> <br /> You have to love a fitness competition that rewards not how good you look, but how much you improve over the course of the chase. While $10-thousand dollars was at stake, so was pride and accomplishment in the recently concluded Body Transformation Challenge at the Firekeeper’s Casino in Battle Creek. Thanks to the hard work of the team at Nutrition Now in Southtown St. Joseph, local competitors fared exceptionally well taking home five of the available six 1st Place honors, a Grand Champion, and $4,250.00 in prize money capped off by an additional $2,425.00 in local bonus money to sweeten the pot. Jack Gibson runs Nutrition Now just off of Hilltop & Washington in St. Joseph and he tells me that the 9-week contest provided half a dozen categories accommodating all fitness levels. Throughout the region there were 760 people entered in the contest so the top-down sweep was exceptional for local players. In Female Body Sculpting Jen Naragon took 3rd Place and Kaitlyn Head copped the top honors. For Male Weight Loss Percentage Seth Enders won 1st Place. In Male Muscle Definition, Shane Hardin finished 3rd and Jacorrian Howell was the 1st place finisher. In the Over 40 Female competition Shelly Head finished 2nd to Stacy Wood, the top winner. The Over 40 Male 1st place winner was Dave Maul, and the local team won the Male Grand Champion Award thanks to Loren Michaels. If body transformation improvement is among your New Year’s Resolutions, Mr. Gibson strongly encourages you to join the next 9-week Challenge beginning soon. Registrations will continue through January 11th. If you are interested in learning more, give Jack a call soon at 269-369-9654. Nutrition Now is extremely proud of the success of their clients far beyond the challenge competition. They applaud the team for making healthy lifestyle changes and inspiring others to become their best.<br /> <br /> The Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan built its animal shelter when I was in grade school. That was in the 1950’s. Now, the facility at 641 S. Crystal Avenue in Benton Charter Township is quite simply no longer adequate, and must be replaced. A new shelter will be built on property the organization recently purchased along M-139 in Royalton Township. The Building Fund Capital Campaign was scheduled to be officially kicked off on New Year’s Day. Pearson Construction Company of Benton Harbor has been selected by the Humane Society’s Board of Directors as their Design Builder for the project. They, with the assistance of their in-house architectural firm TERA Architects, will begin design immediately and break ground on the new shelter as soon as fundraising has reached its preliminary goal of $2-million dollars. Jill Svoboda is the Executive Director for the group and she says, “Our primary concern is the welfare of the animals. Our facility is simply outdated and we just can’t provide the environment and level of care for our animals that we feel is necessary at our current shelter, so we opted to build a new one.” The new site is a 5-acre parcel roughly half-a-mile north of John Beers Road. The new facility will be a vast improvement over the current shelter, with the main focus on providing comfortable and adequate space for the animals, with separate quarters, community rooms and a meet-and-greet area for dogs & cats. Additionally, there will be a designated animal intake entrance and room, veterinarian exam room, medical & isolation wards, training rooms, offices, public restrooms, and a multi-purpose room for volunteer training and special events. Don Blackmond is President & Treasurer of the Board and he tells us, “We are kicking off our formal Building Fund Capital Campaign with the new year on January 1, 2014. We are encouraged by the interest of our current supporters and contributors, but we know we have a long way to go to reach our goal.” The Humane Society of SW Michigan is a unique shelter in a whole host of ways. They do not euthanize animals, having become a no-kill facility in 2008. Unlike most shelters, they provide each and every animal with a comfortable environment and daily exercise. They also start each animal on its way to a healthy “new life” by providing medical exams, standard vaccinations, and routine blood tests. The dedicated and compassionate staff and volunteers pride themselves in finding “forever homes” for all of the adoptable pets. You can learn more online at www.Humanesocietyswm.org or by calling 269-927-3303. <br /> <br /> Dennis Bamber’s original dream was to be a professional saxophone player, and he even made a couple of records back in the day. Eventually he switched to development of a boutique business he called The Woodwind in 1978. It grew dramatically so he had to give up playing the instruments and resorted to selling them. It was a mail order firm and became an international success. In 1999 Bamber moved to a massive new center on Technology Drive in South Bend, opened a retail center and sold musical instruments to schools in the region and musicians alike. His company grew by offering a first class and very personal service. In fact he says that on some days more than 4,000 packages were shipped all over the world. The retail model however struggled and Bamber and his most experienced warehouse managers left the company and created a new business doing what they did best...warehousing, shipping and fulfillment services. Taking the name from their location, they launched TechnologyDrive.com. Now, Bamber has moved his world class operation over the state line into a massive, new larger facility at 864 North 12th Street in the Simplicity Industrial Center in Niles. TecchnologyDrive.Com is a product fulfillment service that provides order processing and warehousing for companies which sell their goods nationally. The new site in Niles offers customers low-cost warehousing space, combined with excellent security. Clients from all over the USA and Canada also benefit with his firm’s ability to pay lower overall shipping charges, because of their centralized location. In fact, they are able to reach more than 40-million addresses in Mid-America in one shipping day using low-cost next day ground services provided by UPS and FedEx from nearby operations at the South Bend Airport. The recent move to Niles resulted in half a dozen new jobs to the market.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a superb weekend…work on the New Year’s resolution to Shop Local…and we’ll see you next Saturday right here in MailMax and every single day with new content at www.MoodyOnTheMarket.com. <br /> <br /> Pat Moody Morning Radio Personality <br /> WSJM Radio moody@wsjm.com<br /> (269) 925-1111

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