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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer See Our Ad on Page 5 May 24, 2014 Paper. News Good our Y www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on May 24, 2014 Moody on The Market As spectacular as life in Michigan’s Great Southwest has increasingly become, there always seemed to be a gaping hole in the amenities the community has managed to bring to life. Nowhere in mid-to-northern Berrien County was there a place to enjoy overnight accom-modations at the water’s edge and enjoy first-class food and drink just steps from one’s boat all while taking part in an executive retreat, a wedding cere-mony, or an organizational convention. That gap has been remarkably filled with a gleaming new throw-back to days gone by in the form of the striking new Inn at Harbor Shores. Beautifully tucked into the protective cove of the harbor at the confluence of the St. Joseph and Paw Paw Rivers, The Inn at Harbor Shores is making its debut just in time for its own “walk with history” alongside the 75th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. With a siz-able staff of fine-tuned associates laser-focused on quality of customer service, The Inn took a bow as hosts to the 2014 Rotary International District Con-ference last weekend ahead of the Championship. A contingent of nearly 400 supporters of the SW Michigan Symphony Orchestra got a sneak preview of the spacious second-floor ballroom the previous weekend during a major fundraiser for the organi-zation. Many people in the community were placing bets that the incredibly brutal winter would keep the Inn from being ready anywhere near show time, but an equally laser-focused construction team worked through some of the harshest weather conditions in decades to get the job done and in style. According to the inaugural issue of the online “Harbor Shores Post,” the official publication of The Inn at Harbor Shores, the building and grounds were complet-ed in 13 months from groundbreaking ceremonies with an average of 150 construction workers on site throughout the entire project in spite of record cold temperatures across the region. They even go so far as to remind us that fully 80-percent of the days from January to March were pegged at lower than aver-age temperatures for the hardy team of contractors. Ron Schults is a partner at Edgewater Resources and managing director of the project. He proudly points to The Inn’s “placemaking” in Michigan’s Great Southwest, with many historical elements har-kening back to another era when steamships from the Graham and Morton Line would ferry Chicago passengers to the local harbor to enjoy the ameni-ties we all share every day including our amazing stretches of sandy beaches, the abundance of fresh fruits and produce in the heart of the fruitbelt and the quiet tree-dotted, brick-lined streets of small town America. The Inn at Harbor Shores features 92 ho-tel rooms on floors three through six and space for 14 condominiums on the seventh and eighth floors. Three of the condos are completed and one or more will be used as a model soon to show to prospec-tive purchasers of the remaining space on those two floors. The list of waterfront amenities will easily impress even the most sophisticated travelers with a waterfront marina complete with 61 dock spaces and a waterfront pier that can accommodate major watercraft of 55-feet and longer, something that was M oody Pat Check Out Our Ad on Page 3 memorial up to sale list price of advertised items also seriously lacking in the local harbor. Visitors the man who developed the Grand Hotel on Macki-will also find both indoor and outdoor swimming nac Island, John Oliver Plank. The original Plank’s pools on the property, an indoor-outdoor hot tub, a Tavern was built where the current Tiscornia Park is fitness center, and coming soon a spa and gift shop. today on the north side of the St. Joseph River chan-For hungry travelers the stellar new Plank’s Tavern nel. It, unfortunately, was destroyed by fire ten years will seat 76 in the main dining room and an addi-later. A sweeping spiral staircase welcomes guests tional 88 waterside seats on the covered porch. The to The Inn, with a colorful, kaleidoscopic sculpture lounge at Plank’s Tavern is foregoing “Happy Hour,” cascading from the ceiling to mid-atrium level in in favor of the historically more welcoming “Com-blues and greens as a nod toward the cornerstones munity Hour” daily from 2pm until 6pm. According of The Inn in the form of water and golf. A massive to the “Harbor Shores Post” story, the menu is an beam rises from floor to ceiling at the center of the “approachable modern menu,” featuring the handi-lobby to anchor the wrought-iron-lined staircase and work of a team of professionals headed up by Ex-closely resembles the main mast of a sailing vessel. ecutive Chef Tim Hendren who joins The Inn from Even the wrought-iron wrap at the top of the stair-his former post at Keystone Resort in Vail, Colorado. case leading to the second-floor ballroom appears to Tim will be assisted by Executive Sous Chef Matt replicate a sailing ship’s crow’s nest. All in all, this Coleman, Sous Chef Will Jachim and Lead Cook is likely just the beginning of a whole new level of Audrey Williams. Plank’s Tavern, which opens to waterfront amenities astride the rivers. 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As spectacular as life in Michigan’s Great Southwest has increasingly become, there always seemed to be a gaping hole in the amenities the community has managed to bring to life. Nowhere in mid-to-northern Berrien County was there a place to enjoy overnight accommodations at the water’s edge and enjoy first-class food and drink just steps from one’s boat all while taking part in an executive retreat, a wedding ceremony, or an organizational convention. That gap has been remarkably filled with a gleaming new throwback to days gone by in the form of the striking new Inn at Harbor Shores. Beautifully tucked into the protective cove of the harbor at the confluence of the St. Joseph and Paw Paw Rivers, The Inn at Harbor Shores is making its debut just in time for its own “walk with history” alongside the 75th Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. With a sizable staff of fine-tuned associates laser-focused on quality of customer service, The Inn took a bow as hosts to the 2014 Rotary International District Conference last weekend ahead of the Championship. A contingent of nearly 400 supporters of the SW Michigan Symphony Orchestra got a sneak preview of the spacious second-floor ballroom the previous weekend during a major fundraiser for the organization. Many people in the community were placing bets that the incredibly brutal winter would keep the Inn from being ready anywhere near show time, but an equally laser-focused construction team worked through some of the harshest weather conditions in decades to get the job done and in style. According to the inaugural issue of the online “Harbor Shores Post,” the official publication of The Inn at Harbor Shores, the building and grounds were completed in 13 months from groundbreaking ceremonies with an average of 150 construction workers on site throughout the entire project in spite of record cold temperatures across the region. They even go so far as to remind us that fully 80-percent of the days from January to March were pegged at lower than average temperatures for the hardy team of contractors. Ron Schults is a partner at Edgewater Resources and managing director of the project. He proudly points to The Inn’s “placemaking” in Michigan’s Great Southwest, with many historical elements harkening back to another era when steamships from the Graham and Morton Line would ferry Chicago passengers to the local harbor to enjoy the amenities we all share every day including our amazing stretches of sandy beaches, the abundance of fresh fruits and produce in the heart of the fruitbelt and the quiet tree-dotted, brick-lined streets of small town America. The Inn at Harbor Shores features 92 hotel rooms on floors three through six and space for 14 condominiums on the seventh and eighth floors. Three of the condos are completed and one or more will be used as a model soon to show to prospective purchasers of the remaining space on those two floors. The list of waterfront amenities will easily impress even the most sophisticated travelers with a waterfront marina complete with 61 dock spaces and a waterfront pier that can accommodate major watercraft of 55-feet and longer, something that was also seriously lacking in the local harbor. Visitors will also find both indoor and outdoor swimming pools on the property, an indoor-outdoor hot tub, a fitness center, and coming soon a spa and gift shop. For hungry travelers the stellar new Plank’s Tavern will seat 76 in the main dining room and an additional 88 waterside seats on the covered porch. The lounge at Plank’s Tavern is foregoing “Happy Hour,” in favor of the historically more welcoming “Community Hour” daily from 2pm until 6pm. According to the “Harbor Shores Post” story, the menu is an “approachable modern menu,” featuring the handiwork of a team of professionals headed up by Executive Chef Tim Hendren who joins The Inn from his former post at Keystone Resort in Vail, Colorado. Tim will be assisted by Executive Sous Chef Matt Coleman, Sous Chef Will Jachim and Lead Cook Audrey Williams. Plank’s Tavern, which opens to the public for the first time on May 26th, is named after a hotel of the same name erected in 1888 by the man who developed the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, John Oliver Plank. The original Plank’s Tavern was built where the current Tiscornia Park is today on the north side of the St. Joseph River channel. It, unfortunately, was destroyed by fire ten years later. A sweeping spiral staircase welcomes guests to The Inn, with a colorful, kaleidoscopic sculpture cascading from the ceiling to mid-atrium level in blues and greens as a nod toward the cornerstones of The Inn in the form of water and golf. A massive beam rises from floor to ceiling at the center of the lobby to anchor the wrought-iron-lined staircase and closely resembles the main mast of a sailing vessel. Even the wrought-iron wrap at the top of the staircase leading to the second-floor ballroom appears to replicate a sailing ship’s crow’s nest. All in all, this is likely just the beginning of a whole new level of waterfront amenities astride the rivers. Several additional condominium buildings are on the blueprints for ongoing development along with dozens of new cottages. Best of all for hometown folks who likely won’t be among those staying on the property very often, the new development includes a broad promenade of a waterfront walkway that is freely accessible to the general public as a community-wide waterfront amenity. Additionally, if the plans of visionaries like Dan Fette with the Berrien County Economic Development team are successful in relocating some of the more industrial aspects of the waterfront to property on the opposite side of M-63, not only would dredging costs be potentially more manageable, it would free up extremely valuable waterfront property for even further such amenities into the future. Stay tuned.<br /> <br /> Frankie’s Breakfast Club has closed up shop just days before a parade of golf fans will drive by their front door. The mysterious departure came with virtually no warning on Tuesday morning. Earlier this week fans of the diner on Main Street in downtown Benton Harbor were expressing their continued delight with the great offerings, and now, the doors are locked, and a shade has been pulled over the front door telling the story of their “permanent” departure. Here’s what the sign said: “We are permanently closed. Thank you for supporting our venture here in Benton Harbor. Please visit our Rios Premium Mexican Cuisine locations in Stevensville, MI, New Buffalo, MI, Michigan City, IN, and Portage, IN. You can find the addresses to these locations and additional information on our website www.riospmc.com.” No additional information regarding the sudden closure was made available.<br /> <br /> Patrick Glenn arrived on the shores of Lake Michigan some 27 years ago after growing up in Arizona. He joined the team at the D.C. Cook Nuclear Plant at Bridgman, and still works there to this day. About ten years into his life near the big lake, he made his first batch of home-brewed beer. That was in 1997, and he rapidly developed a passion for craft brewing, often sharing the results with family and friends. One of the friends that quickly became a fan of Mr. Glenn’s mastery of the micro-brew was Chef Eduardo Pesantez. Eduardo regularly sampled Patrick’s work and sang his praises each time, telling Mr. Glenn that he should get into the brewing business. Patrick finally decided to challenge Chef Eduardo. He said to him, “You’re the one with Cravings Bistro & Pub. If you want me to make beer for you and your establishment, get a brewers license!” He told Eduardo, “If you get the license, I’ll make your beer.” Well...fast forward to May of 2014, and Patrick Glenn and his wife Beth are feverishly crafting beer for what will become the newest stop on the Microbrew Trail across Michigan’s Great Southwest. They are aiming for a release date of June 12th at Cravings Bistro & Pub located in Suite B at 1599 Mall Drive in Benton Harbor. Patrick tells me that they will have five beers that are currently brewing on site for placement on tap in the popular restaurant and bar. He says they will include an Irish Red, a Black IPA, a Porter, a Wheat Beer, and a Double IPA. He says they haven’t created names for the beers yet, but that continues to be a work in progress. The venture is still going to be a side-bar, part-time affair for him, with his wife handling most of the logistics involved as he will maintain his full-time position with the team at Indiana Michigan Power and the Cook Plant. Congratulations to the Glenns, Chef Eduardo, and everyone at Cravings as we eagerly await the arrival of some new tastes on the craft brew trail.<br /> <br /> A successful women’s specialty retailer in downtown Dowagiac will close at the end of the year. Laurie Kinzler, owner and operator of The Tipsy Gypsy, is beginning a six-month long “farewell tour” for her shop at 120 S. Front Street, counting down the days until the end of her lease in a building owned by the Masonic Lodge. While her “cowgirl chic clothing and accessories store with a western flair” opened in mid-November of 2011, she has conducted business in the building for eleven years now, having sold her adjacent property, Laurie Anne’s at 122 S. Front Street last summer to Michelle Stambaugh. At that time, the Laurie Anne’s name disappeared and the shop became known as Mud-Luscious. As for The Tipsy Gypsy, Kinzler informed her landlords last week that this year is the end for her retail world. Her lease is up at the end of December, but she tells her Facebook fans that she will close on the 30th of November because she’ll “need a good month to clean up.” She’s looking forward to spending time with her husband. Laurie’s slogan has been “Where Miss Kitty would have shopped,” giving a nod to Amanda Blake’s “Gunsmoke” character on TV years ago. The shop has been popular with the Western set with lots of horse showmanship clothing, chic women’s apparel, boots, jewelry, accessories and Western home decor in a “shabby chic” genre. Laurie’s announcement to her customer base has been met with an overwhelming outpouring of dozens of fans who are sad for themselves, but happy for Mrs. Kinzler and the time she’ll finally be able to dedicate to herself and her family after years in the grind of retail work. While the store closure is a blow to many, there’s still an entire summer and fall of shopping opportunity to show your love at the cash register, so you might want to schedule your trip to downtown Dowagiac sooner rather than later.<br /> <br /> Benton Harbor native Joique Bell’s story is the kind of story that Americans love. His dedication, determination, drive and his incredible will to succeed have carried him directly into the spotlight on the NFL stage. His new 3-year contract worth $9.3-million exhibits the substantial value that Detroit Lions execs and coaches are placing on the rising star to help spark the team to victory. The Lions running back’s star will shine bright at Benton Harbor High School at the end of the month as he brings a few of his friends to town for the Joique Bell II Foundation Youth NFL Football & Cheer Camp with the Pros. Students aged 5 through 18 are invited to sign up for this star-studded camp on May 31st when Joique brings Lions teammates Calvin “Megatron” Johnson...Reggie Bush...and Stephen Tulloch along for the ride in a four-hour session at Benton Harbor High. Also on hand will be Detroit Pride Cheerleaders hosting a cheerleader camp for students from the region. The Saturday event on May 31st will run from 10am until 2pm and be followed that evening by a Celebrities vs High School Students Basketball Game from 6pm until 8pm at BHHS. Student players from Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, Berrien Springs, Lakeshore, and Lake Michigan Catholic will all be involved as they take on the professional athletes including NBA star Wilson Chandler and others. Camp registration fee is just $25.00 per student for all of the activities and drills with the NFL stars, cheerleaders and more. Cheerleading campers will perform with the Detroit Pride Cheerleaders during half time of the Celebrities vs Students game. For parents of students involved, while your child is at the Football or Cheerleading Camp, there’s something for you that is absolutely free. The Renaissance Athletic Club will feature Zumba, Bootcamp, and Cycling opportunities from 10:30am until 1:30pm that day. Additionally...any parents who attend the RAC that day will get a 14-day pass to the RAC for additional exposure and experience to the amazing array of offerings the club brings to the community. Here is a direct link to the camp registration form which can be found at www.joiquebell.com: http:// joiquebell.com/summer-camps/ <br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, folks. See you at the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. Enjoy your Memorial Day Holiday! Back Saturday here in MailMax and online 24/7 at www.MoodyontheMarket.com<br /> <br /> Pat Moody <br /> Morning Radio Personality <br /> WSJM Radio <br /> moody@wsjm.com<br /> (269) 925-1111

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