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Continued from page 1 homebuyers and sellers throughout Berrien, Joseph office of @properties is currently staffed Southwest Michigan this past year, and that’s a Cass, Van Buren and Allegan Counties . @ by top-producing brokers Chris Marzke, great feeling.” properties new St. Joseph office is located at Jackson Matson and the Wortman team, The rapid growth pattern of a Chicago-3330 S. Lakeshore Drive just east of I-94 , and which includes Mark & Mary Wortman. Wong based real estate firm is growing deeper into expands their reach into Michigan beyond their & Golden are planning an aggressive growth Pat Michigan’s Great Southwest beyond even office in Harbor Country. The New Buffalo pattern in St. Joe with facilities to accommodate Harbor Country . @properties co-founders office was opened a year ago, allowing the com-another 10 brokers within the next year. Golden Thaddeus Wong and Michael Golden tell me pany to quickly emerge as one of the leading real says, “We moved into southwest Michigan pri-they are establishing a new real estate office on estate brokerage firms in the region. The St. marily to serve the second-home market, and Christopher South Lakeshore Drive in St. Joseph to serve quickly established relationships with local buy-Blaine is a victim of his own ers and sellers who were seeking the higher level success. As owner and oper-of service that we provide.” He adds, “This new ator of Lakeside Books in office allows us to more effectively serve clients The Orchards Mall , Blaine has become such an throughout the entire region.” Wong says, incredible success in the online marketplace, that “Agents and clients in the area have been incred-he simply cannot maintain a retail presence in the ibly receptive to @properties from the get-go,” mall anymore. However, make no mistake, adding, “We’re looking forward to bringing our Lakeside Books is very much alive and will local brand to many more communities in actually acquire even larger spaces inside the Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana mall than he has had in his retail shop to handle and building more market share.” In addition to the volume of his online and fulfillment business-regional offices in St. Joseph and New Buffalo, es. Christopher and his wife Amber launched @properties has several offices throughout the Lakeside Books just five years ago in the family’s city of Chicago, and Chicago’s North Shore and basement before transitioning into a small store western suburbs. in Coloma a year later in 2010. They then moved A first class offering from Bud Distributing into their current location in The Orchards Mall could go a long way toward improving the quali-in 2011. Blaine says, “Our growth over the last ty of customer service we all receive from local four years has been absolutely phenomenal. But, restaurants, diners, bars, and nightclubs. The consistent with the book industry as a whole, 2014 Server Academy was launched recently we’re seeing the lion’s share of that growth with a standing-room only class of two dozen through online marketplaces.” He adds, “We servers from the hospitality world in Michigan’s couldn’t have gotten where we are without our Great Southwest. In their drive to provide the retail stores, the great support of the Orchards Mall, and especially the many dedicated custom-ers that we’ve had the pleasure of serving. We’re focusing our efforts on the area of our business that show the most growth potential. It’s just the right thing to do, and the right time to do it.” The Blaines will remain in the Orchards Mall, but will be relocating from their storefront to only a few spaces down, where they’ve secured larger spac-es to operate a temporary fulfillment warehouse. From that location, they will continue buying college textbooks, accepting consignment accounts, and working with local schools and Southwest. Joanne Davidhizar with Michigan other bulk purchasing projects. This is just the Continued from page 9 State University Extension in Benton Harbor first step in what is expected to be a six-month The Buchanan District Library will be the start tells me that collaborative business arrangements transition to a larger, permanent home for and end point of the progressive chili walk, of all types are welcome to attend the sessions, Lakeside Books. The Blaines would like you to wherein the public is encouraged to participate in keep an eye out for fresh announcements by vis-the sampling, and each attendee may cast a vote not just those engaged in food or agriculture. The iting their website at www.LakesideBooks.com for their favorite chili and for the best-named conference is for directors and members of small and friending them on Facebook . The retail store chili in the competition. A portion of the money and recently organized cooperatives as well as was closed to the public after February 22, 2014. raised each year goes to a local charity and this anyone contemplating starting a cooperative or Anyone with Store Credit is authorized to use year’s recipient will be the Buchanan High association. The conference will provide infor-100% of it, in their online world. Effective imme-School Robotics Club. Prizes will be awarded diately, Lakeside Books will no longer be accept-mation about basic cooperative operation includ-for the Judges’ Choice, the People’s Choice, ing books on Trade terms. Donations of used ing types of co-ops, the roles of directors, manag-books are still, and always welcome. They will and the Best Named chilis. Each contestant will ers & members, and basics for starting and sus-continue servicing consignment accounts, and be matched up with a local business to showcase taining a cooperative or association. Other topics those interested in the program are encouraged to both the chili and the place of business. Visitors contact Lakeside Books in March. All Gift will deal with financing, legal issues, and busi-will then travel door-to-door to sample and min-Certificates issued by Lakeside Books will main-ness planning. The program provides plenty of gle with one another. Downtown Buchanan tain their full value without expiration. Gift time for networking and input from the partici-Certificate holders were encouraged to use them businesses are invited to share their spaces and pants into and opportunities for co-ops in Inserts & issues Promotions prior to the retail store closure, however, you will give the community a chance to get to know them Michigan. The conference will be held in three still be able to redeem them via LakesideBooks. better. Teams are signing up now, so if are • you Harding’s Friendly Markets com by contacting the Blaines directly. Amber different locations on three consecutive dates interested in registering, please contact the MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. Blaine tells me, “This has been a difficult deci-next month including: Northwest Michigan • or Martins Super Market Buchanan Area Chamber at 269-695-3291 sion, but it’s necessary for our future growth. It’s 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Horticultural Research Center , 6686 S. Center been a great journey, and we’ve learned so much. bacc@buchanan.mi.us for an application. There Traverse on March 17 th … Highway, • Great Clips • Ace City Hardware Phone: 269.934.7522 We will surely miss our customers and hope to is an entry fee of $20. Entrants may sign up today Cabela’s , 110 Cabela Boulevard East, Dundee, FAX: 269.934.3297 see them frequent our next store, when that time through March 13th. Last year, • visitors found Downtown St. Coupons comes. We’ve gone from running the stores our-Michigan on Joseph March 18 th … Southwest Michigan email: publisher@farahead.com chilis made with ground beef, steak, turkey, ven-selves to creating five additional jobs in Research Extension Center , 1791 Hillandale Inserts may & vary by Zip Code www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax ison, pumpkin, chocolate, and vegetables. The Continued on page 8 Road, Benton Harbor on March 19 th . Other 8th Annual event is sponsored by the Buchanan sponsors include CoBank, the Mid-America Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Cooperative Council, the Food Systems Buchanan Meadows Life House Properties. Moody on The Market Volume 15, Ver. 9 MOODY M oody Southwest Michigan’s Retinal Specialist, Dr. Nick Patel wants you to know: Macular degeneration is the lead-ing cause of blindness in older adults. Symptoms include blurred, wavy or distorted vision and a blind spot in the center of vision. Dr. Patel is specially trained to treat retina diseases. 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Christopher Blaine is a victim of his own success. As owner and operator of Lakeside Books in The Orchards Mall, Blaine has become such an incredible success in the online marketplace, that he simply cannot maintain a retail presence in the mall anymore. However, make no mistake, Lakeside Books is very much alive and will actually acquire even larger spaces inside the mall than he has had in his retail shop to handle the volume of his online and fulfillment businesses. Christopher and his wife Amber launched Lakeside Books just five years ago in the family’s basement before transitioning into a small store in Coloma a year later in 2010. They then moved into their current location in The Orchards Mall in 2011. Blaine says, “Our growth over the last four years has been absolutely phenomenal. But, consistent with the book industry as a whole, we’re seeing the lion’s share of that growth through online marketplaces.” He adds, “We couldn’t have gotten where we are without our retail stores, the great support of the Orchards Mall, and especially the many dedicated customers that we’ve had the pleasure of serving. We’re focusing our efforts on the area of our business that show the most growth potential. It’s just the right thing to do, and the right time to do it.” The Blaines will remain in the Orchards Mall, but will be relocating from their storefront to only a few spaces down, where they’ve secured larger spaces to operate a temporary fulfillment warehouse. From that location, they will continue buying college textbooks, accepting consignment accounts, and working with local schools and other bulk purchasing projects. This is just the first step in what is expected to be a six-month transition to a larger, permanent home for Lakeside Books. The Blaines would like you to keep an eye out for fresh announcements by visiting their website at www.LakesideBooks.com and friending them on Facebook. The retail store was closed to the public after February 22, 2014. Anyone with Store Credit is authorized to use 100% of it, in their online world. Effective immediately, Lakeside Books will no longer be accepting books on Trade terms. Donations of used books are still, and always welcome. They will continue servicing consignment accounts, and those interested in the program are encouraged to contact Lakeside Books in March. All Gift Certificates issued by Lakeside Books will maintain their full value without expiration. Gift Certificate holders were encouraged to use them prior to the retail store closure, however, you will still be able to redeem them via lakesideBooks.com by contacting the Blaines directly. Amber Blaine tells me, “This has been a difficult decision, but it’s necessary for our future growth. It’s been a great journey, and we’ve learned so much. We will surely miss our customers and hope to see them frequent our next store, when that time comes. We’ve gone from running the stores ourselves to creating five additional jobs in Southwest Michigan this past year, and that’s a great feeling.” <br /> <br /> The rapid growth pattern of a Chicagobased real estate firm is growing deeper into Michigan’s Great Southwest beyond even Harbor Country. @properties co-founders Thaddeus Wong and Michael Golden tell me they are establishing a new real estate office on South Lakeshore Drive in St. Joseph to serve homebuyers and sellers throughout Berrien, Cass, Van Buren and Allegan Counties. @ properties new St. Joseph office is located at 3330 S. Lakeshore Drive just east of I-94, and expands their reach into Michigan beyond their office in Harbor Country. The New Buffalo office was opened a year ago, allowing the company to quickly emerge as one of the leading real estate brokerage firms in the region. The St.Joseph office of @properties is currently staffed by top-producing brokers Chris Marzke, Jackson Matson and the Wortman team, which includes Mark & Mary Wortman. Wong & Golden are planning an aggressive growth pattern in St. Joe with facilities to accommodate another 10 brokers within the next year. Golden says, “We moved into southwest Michigan primarily to serve the second-home market, and quickly established relationships with local buyers and sellers who were seeking the higher level of service that we provide.” He adds, “This new office allows us to more effectively serve clients throughout the entire region.” Wong says, “Agents and clients in the area have been incredibly receptive to @properties from the get-go,” adding, “We’re looking forward to bringing our local brand to many more communities in Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana and building more market share.” In addition to regional offices in St. Joseph and New Buffalo, @properties has several offices throughout the city of Chicago, and Chicago’s North Shore and western suburbs.<br /> <br /> A first class offering from Bud Distributing could go a long way toward improving the quality of customer service we all receive from local restaurants, diners, bars, and nightclubs. The 2014 Server Academy was launched recently with a standing-room only class of two dozen servers from the hospitality world in Michigan’s Great Southwest. In their drive to provide the region with the most knowledgeable servers, Bud Distributing is offering a dozen classroom opportunities for bartenders, wait-staff, and servers of all kinds with an outstanding baseline education in wine and craft beer sales and service in their free Server Academy being hosted in the second- floor conference room at the Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor. Sommelier Terry Stingley and MBAA Beer Steward & Craft Specialist Melissa Southworth are providing restaurant, club and bar owners and their staff with the fundamental tools and information to confidently and professionally serve the beverages that drive the industry. The Academy’s first class was held on Monday, February 17th and will feature various dates and times running through mid-March. The course runs 3-hours and attendees will be certified upon successful completion of the course and be provided with certification credentials. Bud Distributing’s Server Academy is open, free of charge, to anyone who serves or sells beer or wine either on-premise or in a retail setting. To reserve a time for the course, find the date and time that works best for you and contact Terry at 269-599-3394 or Melissa at 520- 548-4127. Bud Distributing fully embraces the Live Here...Work Here...Play Here lifestyle of the region and is working hard to assure residents and visitors alike enjoy the finest hospitality at every turn. Here are the remaining class dates and times in the 2014 Server Academy Schedule: Monday, March 3 from 1-4pm…Tuesday, March 4 from 1-4pm…Thursday, March 6 from1-4pm… Tuesday, March 11 from 1-4pm…Wednesday, March 12 from 5-8pm…Tuesday, March 18 from 2-5pm…Wednesday, March 19 from 1-4pm… and Thursday, March 20 from 1-4pm. The odds are considerably better than the long shot of becoming the next American Idol, but WNIT Public Television is ready to give you a shot at becoming Michiana’s Rising Star for 2014. The South Bend Public Television station has announced the launch of their second annual competition in search of the best and brightest talent in the entire region of Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan. Building on last year’s inaugural Rising Star competition, WNIT is looking to make this year’s contest bigger and better than ever. Four regional competitions will be held during April and May. The top performers from each region will then compete at the WNIT studio each evening from Sunday, August 4th through Friday, August 8th to determine the grand prize winner and “Michiana’s Rising Star.” Steve Funk is Associate General Manager and Vice President of Development and Marketing for WNIT. He says, “This is a tremendous opportunity for singers, musicians, actors, and other performing artists to showcase their talent. We invite performing artists from throughout our 22-county broadcast area to submit entries. Michiana’s got talent and we want to see it!” Angel Hernandez is WNIT’s Vice President for Production. He tells me, “It’s easy to apply. Just send WNIT a tape or disc of your act. Applications are being accepted from now until March 28, 2014. This is going to be an exciting and fun event!” The grand prize winner will receive $1,000.00 cash and the opportunity to appear on WNIT programs. Other awards will be given to each of the top two contestants. Judging will be conducted by area arts professionals, media personnel, professional performers and local celebrities. In addition, the public will be invited to text for their favorites. Watch for more details to be announced in print, radio, on WNIT’s Experience Michiana and on posters throughout the region. For detailed instructions on how to enter, visit the contest web site at www.wnit.org/risingstar or call the station at (574) 675-9648 ext 309. Here’s a link for you: http://www.wnit.org/risingstar<br /> <br /> The Buchanan Area Chamber is gearing up for what they contend is “the best chili walk in the area.” Buchanan’s 8th Annual Chili Walk will stir things up in the chase for the coveted Golden Ladle on Thursday, March 20th. That evening from 4:30pm until 7pm, local businesses and organizations will stand off to see who has the best chili in town in a free-wheeling competition that last year witnessed more than 30 entries with a remarkable variety of chilis for the town to taste. A $2.00 Spoon Charge this year, and a panel of local celebrity judges will highlight the chili face-off in Buchanan’s central business district.<br /> <br /> The Buchanan District Library will be the start and end point of the progressive chili walk, wherein the public is encouraged to participate in the sampling, and each attendee may cast a vote for their favorite chili and for the best-named chili in the competition. A portion of the money raised each year goes to a local charity and this year’s recipient will be the Buchanan High School Robotics Club. Prizes will be awarded for the Judges’ Choice, the People’s Choice, and the Best Named chilis. Each contestant will be matched up with a local business to showcase both the chili and the place of business. Visitors will then travel door-to-door to sample and mingle with one another. Downtown Buchanan businesses are invited to share their spaces and give the community a chance to get to know them better. Teams are signing up now, so if you are interested in registering, please contact the Buchanan Area Chamber at 269-695-3291 or bacc@buchanan.mi.us for an application. There is an entry fee of $20. Entrants may sign up today through March 13th. Last year, visitors found chilis made with ground beef, steak, turkey, venison, pumpkin, chocolate, and vegetables. The 8th Annual event is sponsored by the Buchanan Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Buchanan Meadows LifeHouse Properties.<br /> <br /> Directors and members of small and recently organized cooperatives have a unique opportunity thanks to the Michigan Cooperative Development Program. That program, which is part of the Michigan State University Product Center Food-Ag-Bio in Lansing, is co-sponsoring a conference for small and emerging cooperatives next month in three venues in the state including right here in Michigan’s Great Southwest. Joanne Davidhizar with Michigan State University Extension in Benton Harbor tells me that collaborative business arrangements of all types are welcome to attend the sessions, not just those engaged in food or agriculture. The conference is for directors and members of small and recently organized cooperatives as well as anyone contemplating starting a cooperative or association. The conference will provide information about basic cooperative operation including types of co-ops, the roles of directors, managers & members, and basics for starting and sustaining a cooperative or association. Other topics will deal with financing, legal issues, and business planning. The program provides plenty of time for networking and input from the participants into issues and opportunities for co-ops in Michigan. The conference will be held in three different locations on three consecutive dates next month including: Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center, 6686 S. Center Highway, Traverse City on March 17th… Cabela’s, 110 Cabela Boulevard East, Dundee, Michigan on March 18th…Southwest Michigan Research & Extension Center, 1791 Hillandale Road, Benton Harbor on March 19th. Other sponsors include CoBank, the Mid-America Cooperative Council, the Food Systems Economic Partnership and other support organizations. Here’s the link for registration details: http://events.anr.msu.edu/MSCC0314. <br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, see you Saturday in MailMax…or online every day.<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Morning Radio Personality<br /> WSJM Radio<br /> moody@wsjm.com<br /> (269) 925-1111

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