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LOOK INSIDE FOR ECRWSS Local Postal Customer SPECIAL SECTION PULL OUT! March 29, 2014 Paper. News Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on March 29, 2014 Moody on The Market T he excitement is palpable for a new steak and seafood restaurant coming this spring to the stately mansion alongside the St. Joseph Holiday Inn Express . Look for a sub-stantial makeover of the historical estate that formerly housed Cozumel Restaurant , beginning with a full transformation to a venerable Lake House. Coming in May, Chef Eduardo Pesantez will unveil the all new LakeHouse by Cravings at the corner of Lakeshore Drive and Hilltop Road in South St. Joseph. If Chef Eduardo’s name is already familiar to you, you are likely a fan of his Cravings Catering and Cravings Bistro in Benton Harbor . This, however, will be an entirely new, totally independent venture featuring the look and feel of a fine Lake House with entirely differ-ent cuisine. What does that mean? Well, Chef Eduardo promises a uniquely different and extensive menu with an outstanding array of quality steaks, seafoods, sand-wiches, salads, and offerings unlike any other establish-ment in the region. He will employ many fresh ingredi-ents from local farmers and growers to capture the local flavor in his offerings. Shortly after George Vargas closed the doors on the three year run of Cozumel at that location, building owner Don Bleich and his team swept in for a substantive makeover including all new windows, new wood floors, fresh paint inside and out, a larger, expanded and open area bar and more. The dining room fireplace will be restored to working order for fireside dining, all new lighting will be installed, and when the weather breaks the exterior will once again match the color and look of the neighboring St. Joseph Holiday Inn Express. Both buildings are owned by the St. Joseph attorney who also bought the restau-rant business from Vargas and has created an active partnership with Pesantez to bring the new quality experience of the LakeHouse. The restaurant will cur-rently seat 135 inside and that will be expanded to seat up to 180 with additional lake view patio seating for 60 to 70 diners al fresco. Bleich’s daughter, Amy Bleich Heugel , will play an integral role in greeting patrons and helping maintain quality customer service. Her son, Don’s grandson, Alex will be learning the culinary trade side-by-side with Chef Eduardo as well. Additionally, the new partnership will provide the Holiday Inn Express with the amenities of a full-service hotel, providing event and meeting catering, room ser-vice and other connections. LakeHouse by Cravings will return to the roots of the original Mansion Grille inasmuch as it will be available for hosting weddings, reunions, rehearsal dinners, business meetings and the like, and will feature live music every weekend, and perhaps a couple of nights a week during the summer season on the patio which will also offer a Tiki Bar . Amy tells me that with her family deeply rooted in the community, the restau-rant will also play an active role with community fund-raising organizations, Give-Back Dinner events, and the like. Since the restaurant owns the property along the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan as well, they will M oody RENAISSANCE Pat YOUR SWEAT EQUITY BUILD JOIN NOW AND TAKE 50% OFF YOUR JOINING FEE Work out 12 times in your first 30 days to earn back your initiation fee. * Offer ends April 30, 2014 work to “raise the canopy” of the tree-line on the bluff ever before now that their campaign to bring Hello to provide a more panoramic view of the big lake for Donuts to fruition has surpassed its goal bringing them the brick and mortar world of a retail bakery . You Through Community ATHLETIC CLUB diners inside and out. Amy promises they will Fitness only be into trimming trees, not removing them. The Bleich family may recall back in January when I told you about the has owned the former Colby mansion dating back to Kickstarter fundraising campaign of Stacey Koziel the early 90’s and they are deeply excited to bring the and Sara McLauchlin of Harbor Country . They had changing look, feel and format of the new LakeHouse. a dream of taking their online business created in 2012 Pesantez tells me he will have a staff of approximately to the major reality of an actual shop for you and I to 30 people on board, and he is very eager to get the visit to enjoy their incredible baking talents. On the project up and running. The target for opening of the final day of their Kickstarter campaign, January 18th, LakeHouse is early May...but stay tuned and I’ll keep they surpassed their $16,000.00 funding goal with just hours to go and proceeded to work around the clock you posted as the progress continues. Grandmother Margie’s warbling greeting, ever since to bring the blueprint to reality. Last Friday, “Haaaalllo?” is indelibly etched in the memory of two March 21, 2014, the two sisters flung open the door sisters from Three Oaks who fondly recall the woman onto Hello Donuts on Red Arrow Highway in Sawyer . who taught them everything they know about being in They recently closed the deal to take over the former the kitchen. They tell me that her memory lives on Lark & Pear building at 13057 Red Arrow Highway , vibrantly in everything they bake, and that’s a good and have been prepping the bakery ever since. The two will tell you that they are polar opposites, thing because they are going to be baking more than but share one common agreement: there’s nothing like the taste of a fresh baked donut. They claim they have never met a baked good they didn’t like, but do believe in making their own creations, and making them as fresh and unique as possible. Hello Donuts are always baked and never fried, made with fresh and natural ingredients on site. They are also tremendous support-ers of local farmers, so fruit ingredients are often from a farm a few blocks away whenever they can get them. Hello Donuts also features their own special blend of Hello Donuts Coffee from Uncommon Grounds of Saugatuck . The new shop is now open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 6:30am until 2:30pm, or until all product for the day has been sold out. Check out the amazing array of offerings they are showcasing by visiting their website at www.hel-lodonutsmi.com or their Facebook f an page. You can *Credit will be applied to monthly dues. reach them by phone at 269-426-2600. Here’s the direct link to their website: http://www.hellodonutsmi.com The deal is done paving the way for the new Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant in Southtown St. Joseph . Dino Tripodis concluded business at 2939 Niles Avenue in St. Joseph to make way for the new place. If his master plan develops on paper the way he has it sketched in his head, however, it will actually also launch the rebirth of Dino’s Family Restaurant in the not-too-distant future. As first reported on Moody on the Market.com on Valentine’s Day , Buffalo Wild Wings will build a new 5,000 square foot restaurant on the site currently occupied by Dino’s. 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Pat Moody<br /> <br /> The excitement is palpable for a new steak and seafood restaurant coming this spring to the stately mansion alongside the St. Joseph Holiday Inn Express. Look for a substantial makeover of the historical estate that formerly housed Cozumel Restaurant, beginning with a full transformation to a venerable Lake House. Coming in May, Chef Eduardo Pesantez will unveil the all new LakeHouse by Cravings at the corner of Lakeshore Drive and Hilltop Road in South St. Joseph. If Chef Eduardo’s name is already familiar to you, you are likely a fan of his Cravings Catering and Cravings Bistro in Benton Harbor. This, however, will be an entirely new, totally independent venture featuring the look and feel of a fine Lake House with entirely different cuisine. What does that mean? Well, Chef Eduardo promises a uniquely different and extensive menu with an outstanding array of quality steaks, seafoods, sandwiches, salads, and offerings unlike any other establishment in the region. He will employ many fresh ingredients from local farmers and growers to capture the local flavor in his offerings. Shortly after George Vargas closed the doors on the three year run of Cozumel at that location, building owner Don Bleich and his team swept in for a substantive makeover including all new windows, new wood floors, fresh paint inside and out, a larger, expanded and open area bar and more. The dining room fireplace will be restored to working order for fireside dining, all new lighting will be installed, and when the weather breaks the exterior will once again match the color and look of the neighboring St. Joseph Holiday Inn Express. Both buildings are owned by the St. Joseph attorney who also bought the restaurant business from Vargas and has created an active partnership with Pesantez to bring the new quality experience of the LakeHouse. The restaurant will currently seat 135 inside and that will be expanded to seat up to 180 with additional lake view patio seating for 60 to 70 diners al fresco. Bleich’s daughter, Amy Bleich Heugel, will play an integral role in greeting patrons and helping maintain quality customer service. Her son, Don’s grandson, Alex will be learning the culinary trade side-by-side with Chef Eduardo as well. Additionally, the new partnership will provide the Holiday Inn Express with the amenities of a full-service hotel, providing event and meeting catering, room service and other connections.<br /> <br /> LakeHouse by Cravings will return to the roots of the original Mansion Grille inasmuch as it will be available for hosting weddings, reunions, rehearsal dinners, business meetings and the like, and will feature live music every weekend, and perhaps a couple of nights a week during the summer season on the patio which will also offer a Tiki Bar. Amy tells me that with her family deeply rooted in the community, the restaurant will also play an active role with community fundraising organizations, Give-Back Dinner events, and the like. Since the restaurant owns the property along the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan as well, they will Work to “raise the canopy” of the tree-line on the bluff to provide a more panoramic view of the big lake for diners inside and out. Amy promises they will only be trimming trees, not removing them. The Bleich family has owned the former Colby mansion dating back to the early 90’s and they are deeply excited to bring the changing look, feel and format of the new LakeHouse. Pesantez tells me he will have a staff of approximately 30 people on board, and he is very eager to get the project up and running. The target for opening of the LakeHouse is early May...but stay tuned and I’ll keep you posted as the progress continues.<br /> <br /> Grandmother Margie’s warbling greeting, “Haaaalllo?” is indelibly etched in the memory of two sisters from Three Oaks who fondly recall the woman who taught them everything they know about being in the kitchen. They tell me that her memory lives on vibrantly in everything they bake, and that’s a good thing because they are going to be baking more than ever before now that their campaign to bring Hello Donuts to fruition has surpassed its goal bringing them into the brick and mortar world of a retail bakery. You may recall back in January when I told you about the Kickstarter fundraising campaign of Stacey Koziel and Sara McLauchlin of Harbor Country. They had a dream of taking their online business created in 2012 to the major reality of an actual shop for you and I to visit to enjoy their incredible baking talents. On the final day of their Kickstarter campaign, January 18th, they surpassed their $16,000.00 funding goal with just hours to go and proceeded to work around the clock ever since to bring the blueprint to reality. Last Friday, March 21, 2014, the two sisters flung open the door onto Hello Donuts on Red Arrow Highway in Sawyer. They recently closed the deal to take over the former Lark & Pear building at 13057 Red Arrow Highway, and have been prepping the bakery ever since.<br /> <br /> The two will tell you that they are polar opposites, but share one common agreement: there’s nothing like the taste of a fresh baked donut. They claim they have never met a baked good they didn’t like, but do believe in making their own creations, and making them as fresh and unique as possible. Hello Donuts are always baked and never fried, made with fresh and natural ingredients on site. They are also tremendous supporters of local farmers, so fruit ingredients are often from a farm a few blocks away whenever they can get them. Hello Donuts also features their own special blend of Hello Donuts Coffee from Uncommon Grounds of Saugatuck. The new shop is now open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 6:30am until 2:30pm, or until all product for the day has been sold out. Check out the amazing array of offerings they are showcasing by visiting their website at www.hellodonutsmi. com or their Facebook fan page. You can reach them by phone at 269-426-2600. Here’s the direct link to their website: http://www.hellodonutsmi.com <br /> <br /> The deal is done paving the way for the new Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant in Southtown St. Joseph. Dino Tripodis concluded business at 2939 Niles Avenue in St. Joseph to make way for the new place. If his master plan develops on paper the way he has it sketched in his head, however, it will actually also launch the rebirth of Dino’s Family Restaurant in the not-too-distant future. As first reported on Moody on the Market.com on Valentine’s Day, Buffalo Wild Wings will build a new 5,000 square foot restaurant on the site currently occupied by Dino’s. In fact, Mr. Tripodis told me he was hopeful of clearing the building out so that bulldozers can arrive on the scene this week to remove the building which began its life decades ago as a Mr. Steak restaurant. Mike Jones, the Indiana restaurateur who has purchased Dino’s building and property, already owns and operates 30 Buffalo Wild Wings locations in six states ranging from Virginia to Alaska. He told me last month that his new restaurant will seat 190 patrons, employ 50 to 55 full and part-time employees, and will feature the full Buffalo Wild Wings menu found nationwide. For Dino Tripodis it is an absolute win-win situation. First of all, he helps friend, Mike Jones find the ideal spot for the restaurant he has contemplated in the local market for a couple of years now. Secondarily, he successfully sells his existing property to produce the sort of cash that he needs to upgrade his own quality desires, and finally he gets to erect a brand new facility of his own, keeping his Dino’s Family Restaurant team intact at a brand new site. A new Dino’s is in the works, and he has narrowed the search to three sites under consideration where he will build a brand new restaurant. He has enjoyed a solid 10-year run in his current location and has built a large and loyal clientele that he wants to provide a whole new opportunity for. The two restaurateurs have known one another dating back some 25 to 30 years to when they both owned independent bars in LaPorte, Indiana. So, the deal is complete, the bulldozers will clear the site for construction to begin in early April, and the new Buffalo Wild Wings should be operational by September or October as had been planned by Jones at the outset. With any luck at all, the new Dino’s won’t be far behind, nor terribly far away, either. I’ll keep you posted on a new site and construction plans as they develop.<br /> <br /> In a day and age when major book store chains like Borders and Barnes & Noble continue to fade from the scene, book lovers still have their little slice of paradise in the heart of downtown St. Joseph. While the big box stores struggle to survive, Forever Books in the central business district continues to thrive. In fact, we are just days away from Robin Allen’s 15th Anniversary in business. Robin is the owner and operator of Forever Books, the remarkably resilient independent bookseller located at 312 State Street. She launched her business on April 1st, fifteen years ago in 1999, with a determination to be the best in the business and a $25,000.00 loan from the St. Joseph Development Fund. She drew immediate acclaim and success and was, in fact, one of the first businesses to completely retire her debt to the Development Fund having never missed a single payment along the way. When she began the business it was largely a children’s book store. Today, the 1,700 square foot store is 60% adult books and 40% children’s. The staff lives by the motto, “We sell books the old-fashioned way -- we read them!” You’ll find staff recommendation notes on books all over the store. Renowned and recognized for both her quality of customer service and her knowledgeable staff, Robin’s store has been recognized for an entire decade as the Reader’s Choice for “Best Place to Buy Books” in the annual poll conducted by readers of The Herald-Palladium newspaper. The store is well known for its capability of tracking down almost any book on the current market and having it in your hands in very short order through their special ordering process. Additionally, the Forever Books book club has been featured on an Oprah Winfrey Show, and has been nominated twice for the Pannell Award for excellence in children’s bookselling. The store has also been featured in Lake Magazine and Midwest Living. A number of years ago, Robin Allen was recipient of the Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Commercial Sector. Robin is also a recognized leader in her own industry sector have served on the Board of Directors of the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association for the past six years, serving in roles as Secretary, Vice President, and as President last year, now finishing her term as Past President of the association. To celebrate the milestone anniversary, Forever Books will be offering an anniversary discount on all purchases made on April 1st, along with free refreshments, and free copies of publisher’s advanced reading books with purchase. You can reach the store by phone at 269-982-1110 or online at www.ForeverBooks.net for additional information.<br /> <br /> My friends at the Lakeshore Rotary Club are hosting their annual fundraiser coming up on April 8th from 4:30pm until 7pm at the Stevensville United Methodist Church. The event is a Spaghetti Dinner and all proceeds will help benefit the Lakeshore High School Marching Band’s trip to Normandy this summer. Tickets are just $8 for adults, $4 for kids aged 5-to-12 and those aged four and under eat free. The club will sincerely appreciate your support. The church is located at 5506 Ridge Road in Stevensville.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week. Thanks for taking the time to catch up happenings in the local marketplace. Please remember to shop for your Spring Break and Easter supplies on the local scene. We’ll see you next Saturday right here in MailMax…and online 24/7 every day with fresh new stories, often multiple times a day, at www.MoodyOnTheMarket.com . Have a great weekend.<br /> <br /> pat moody <br /> morning radio personality <br /> WSJM radio <br /> moody@wsjm.com <br /> (269)925-111

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