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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer See Our Ad on Page 4 June 14, 2014 Paper. News Good our Y www.MailMaxOnline.com and Spanish from Vanderbilt University . As part of his MBA program, Fettig played a pivotal role as a brand management intern for the fast food giant, The Wendy’s Company . He built branding tactics to boost market share in the Late Night category; and led several Cause Marketing programs, result-ing in a 20% surge over the organization’s previous year. Fettig worked as a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers , Chicago, IL from 2008-POSTMASTER: Please deliver on June 14, 2014 Moody on The Market Volume 15, Ver. 24 ence.” Fettig plans to strengthen Competitive Edge’s online offerings; adding another purchase option aligned to customers’ buying behaviors ultimately leading to a broader client base. Fettig and his wife, Jordan are both native to the St. Joseph area and are excited to return to the community with their 18-month old daughter, Kennedy . Equally delight-ed, I can assure you, are grandparents Jeff & Marcia Fettig and John & Linda Rajewski of St. Joseph. Competitive Edge is a full-service promo-tional products and premium women-owned compa-ny, specializing in branded merchandise as well as web-based company e-stores. Mary Jo and her team have been the recipient of many awards including: “Top 500 Women Owned Businesses in the US” and “Top 50 Women Owned Businesses in Michigan” by Diversitybiz.com ; “Best Bosses” by Promotional Products Association International ; and “Best Places to Work” by the Advertising Specialty Institute . A two year old enterprise in the heart of down-town St. Joseph’s central business district continues to make sure that visitors and residents alike in Michigan’s Great Southwest have every possible option to purchase goods hand-crafted by artisans and manufacturers from across the great state of Michigan. Lynne Christiano took a leap of faith two summers ago that a concept store wherein everything in the house was created by Michigan people, crafted in Michigan factories, conceived by Michigan dreamers, or depicts this great state in all of its glory would be a winning idea. Now, two years MOODY Continued from page 1 Dolphin Fish & Chicken of Benton Harbor has faded into folklore. The barely year-old business on E. Napier Avenue quietly took down the neon signs in the window, packed up the deep-fat-fryers and simply sailed away into the night early last week. Several pretty fair warning signals should have sent us all an S.O.S. regarding the potential fate of the business. While most food reviews were pretty solid, many customers complained about the erratic and incon-sistent hours maintained by the owners and opera-tors. Additionally, despite being located directly next door to a quality sign shop, Art & Image Custom Designed Signs , the proprietor never replaced the temporary banner covering over the framework of the sign for the former Domino’s Pizza that preceded Dolphin at that location with more permanent signage. Another fair warning shot over the bow came back in early April when the business mysteriously closed without notice for a full week and told us at that time that the closure was for a deep-cleaning process to rejuvenate the place. The eatery ended up only being re-opened after that incident for about six weeks before deep-sixing this week. Then, too when you investigate the other holdings of the Chicago-area owners and learn that they have shuttered two other Dolphin Fish & Chicken locations in the Windy City over the past couple of years, we might have all been able to pre-dict rough sailing for the restaurant located at 610 E. Napier Avenue in Benton Harbor between Art & Image and Signature Automotive Group . Dolphin ventures have closed up shop at both 5810 W. North Avenue and 1828 W. 79th Street in Chicago. There is no indication that any other businesses matching that name still exist in the region. The Don Meeks family owns the building and had operated the Domino’s Pizza franchise for several years there before losing the franchise to corporate interests. I haven’t been able to reach Mr. Meeks regarding the possible fate of the building going forward, but stay tuned and I’ll try to keep you posted. Jay Fettig has landed a major new role as Chief Marketing Officer at CE Competitive Edge , a task he will assume effective the 1st of July. Competitive Edge is well known in the community and across the nation as a leader in promotional products for businesses from mom & pop shops to Fortune 100 companies. The appointment was announced by Mary Jo Tomasini , Founder & CEO of Competitive Edge. Fettig will lead the com-pany’s marketing initiatives and report directly to Tomasini. Mary Jo says, “Jay brings a fresh perspec-tive to our organization,” adding, “We are delighted to add Jay to our talented group of promotional product professionals. His background and experi-ence will be instrumental in helping lead Competitive Edge into its next stage of growth. His integrated marketing knowledge and work on national cam-paigns will help us gain market share and expand our business on a national level.” Fettig received his Master of Business Administration from Kelley School of Business, Indiana University in May, 2014 and earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics M oody Pat 2012 where he developed and implemented process improvements. Jay tells us, “Competitive Edge is a phenomenal company.” He adds, “They are perfect-ly poised for growth. I am joining a smart and orga-nized leadership team that is focused on the trajecto-ry of an all-encompassing integrated campaign. In my role as CMO, I will drive branding initiatives; develop relationships to gain entry into new mar-kets; and expand Competitive Edge’s national pres-into the Christia her stor Joseph. The Ca Buck B tal in a h 400 bloc They ar and crea motiona events w downtow visit at t-shirts t Mitten! fessiona candies a-kind p sion and things M in St. Jo wish Ly business http://ww Do Michiga names P ly synon in the re Duffys Alphay . Inserts & Promotions MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Phone: 269.934.7522 FAX: 269.934.3297 email: publisher@farahead.com www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax • Harding’s Friendly Markets • Martins Super Market • Ace Hardware • Jets Pizza Inserts may vary by Zip Code Continued on page 10

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Dolphin Fish & Chicken of Benton Harbor has faded into folklore. The barely yearold business on E. Napier Avenue quietly took down the neon signs in the window, packed up the deep-fat-fryers and simply sailed away into the night early last week. Several pretty fair warning signals should have sent us all an S. O.S. regarding the potential fate of the business. While most food reviews were pretty solid, many customers complained about the erratic and inconsistent hours maintained by the owners and operators. Additionally, despite being located directly next door to a quality sign shop, Art & Image Custom Designed Signs, the proprietor never replaced the temporary banner covering over the framework of the sign for the former Domino’s Pizza that preceded Dolphin at that location with more permanent signage. Another fair warning shot over the bow came back in early April when the business mysteriously closed without notice for a full week and told us at that time that the closure was for a deep-cleaning process to rejuvenate the place. The eatery ended up only being re-opened after that incident for about six weeks before deep-sixing this week. Then, too when you investigate the other holdings of the Chicago-area owners and learn that they have shuttered two other Dolphin Fish & Chicken locations in the Windy City over the past couple of years, we might have all been able to predict rough sailing for the restaurant located at 610 E. Napier Avenue in Benton Harbor between Art & Image and Signature Automotive Group. Dolphin ventures have closed up shop at both 5810 W. North Avenue and 1828 W. 79th Street in Chicago. There is no indication that any other businesses matching that name still exist in the region. The Don Meeks family owns the building and had operated the Domino’s Pizza franchise for several years there before losing the franchise to corporate interests. I haven’t been able to reach Mr. Meeks regarding the possible fate of the building going forward, but stay tuned and I’ll try to keep you posted.<br /> <br /> Jay Fettig has landed a major new role as Chief Marketing Officer at CE Competitive Edge, a task he will assume effective the 1st of July. Competitive Edge is well known in the community and across the nation as a leader in promotional products for businesses from mom & pop shops to Fortune 100 companies. The appointment was announced by Mary Jo Tomasini, Founder & CEO of Competitive Edge. Fettig will lead the company’s marketing initiatives and report directly to Tomasini. Mary Jo says, “Jay brings a fresh perspective to our organization,” adding, “We are delighted to add Jay to our talented group of promotional product professionals. His background and experience will be instrumental in helping lead Competitive Edge into its next stage of growth. His integrated marketing knowledge and work on national campaigns will help us gain market share and expand our business on a national level.” Fettig received his Master of Business Administration from Kelley School of Business, Indiana University in May, 2014 and earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Spanish from Vanderbilt University. As part of his MBA program, Fettig played a pivotal role as a brand management intern for the fast food giant, The Wendy’s Company. He built branding tactics to boost market share in the Late Night category; and led several Cause Marketing programs, resulting in a 20% surge over the organization’s previous year. <br /> <br /> Fettig worked as a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Chicago, IL from 2008- 2012 where he developed and implemented process improvements. Jay tells us, “Competitive Edge is a phenomenal company.” He adds, “They are perfectly poised for growth. I am joining a smart and organized leadership team that is focused on the trajectory of an all-encompassing integrated campaign. In my role as CMO, I will drive branding initiatives; develop relationships to gain entry into new markets; and expand Competitive Edge’s national presence.” Fettig plans to strengthen Competitive Edge’s online offerings; adding another purchase option aligned to customers’ buying behaviors ultimately leading to a broader client base. Fettig and his wife, Jordan are both native to the St. Joseph area and are excited to return to the community with their 18-month old daughter, Kennedy. Equally delighted, I can assure you, are grandparents Jeff & Marcia Fettig and John & Linda Rajewski of St. Joseph. Competitive Edge is a full-service promotional products and premium women-owned company, specializing in branded merchandise as well as web-based company e-stores. Mary Jo and her team have been the recipient of many awards including: “Top 500 Women Owned Businesses in the US” and “Top 50 Women Owned Businesses in Michigan” by Diversitybiz.com; “Best Bosses” by Promotional Products Association International; and “Best Places to Work” by the Advertising Specialty Institute.<br /> <br /> A two year old enterprise in the heart of downtown St. Joseph’s central business district continues to make sure that visitors and residents alike in Michigan’s Great Southwest have every possible option to purchase goods hand-crafted by artisans and manufacturers from across the great state of Michigan. Lynne Christiano took a leap of faith two summers ago that a concept store wherein everything in the house was created by Michigan people, crafted in Michigan factories, conceived by Michigan dreamers, or depicts this great state in all of its glory would be a winning idea. Now, two years into the life and times of Purely Michigan, Ms. Christiano has logged well over 25,000 visitors to her store at 406 State Street in downtown St. Joseph. She and relatively new shop owners like The Candlestick Maker, The Olive Cart, The Buck Burgers & Brew and others were instrumental in a huge resurgence of business and traffic in the 400 block of State Street over the past several years. They are all like family members working together and creating destination attractions alongside promotional offerings like the It’s Finally Friday events working to educate residents and tourists that downtown St. Joseph is a vibrant, exciting place to visit at any time of the day, week or year. From t-shirts that playfully caution, “Don’t Mess with the Mitten!” to stunning photography from skilled professionals and amateurs alike, from tasty foods and candies created here to books, souvenirs and one-ofa- kind pieces, there are gifts for virtually any occasion and all age ranges at Purely Michigan. For all things Michigan, make your way to 406 State Street in St. Joe or visit online at www.purelymi.com and wish Lynne and her crew a happy 2nd anniversary in business. Here’s a direct link to the website for you: http://www.purelymi.com <br /> <br /> Dozens, if not hundreds, of people across Michigan’s Great Southwest will recognize the names Pam & Tony Duffy. They have been virtually synonymous with health, wellness and prevention in the region for more than 15-years now. Well, the Duffys have recently aligned themselves with Alphay. That’s a 50-year old company that is new to the North American continent. The Duffys are Independent Distributors who are assisting with the launch of Alphay in Michigan and beyond. So what is Alphay? It is the world’s largest grower, supplier and knowledge-base of the revered Lingzhi mushroom. The company leverages 5,000 years of traditional Chinese medicine based on the 5-elements - - largely unknown in the Western world -- to bring the world the profound health and well-being benefits found in Lingzhi. Alphay is currently introducing products to the world offering proven health benefits that support cardiovascular, digestive, immune, kidney and liver health, plus restful sleep and stress reduction. Lingzhi, which is also known variously as Reishi or Ganoderma, is called the herb of longevity. The potent super-food is infused into a unique nutriceutical family of products and into beverages, tea and coffee. The coffee is a 50/50 mix of organic Black Arabica coffee and a potent mix of four mushrooms. The tea is 85-percent Lingzhi with 15-percent black tea leaves.<br /> <br /> If you’d like to learn more about the products involved in launching this 50-year old company in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, you can reach Pam or Tony at 269-876-8637 or log onto this website: http://www.getalphay.com/duffy<br /> <br /> The longest running wine festival in the entire state of Michigan is marking a milestone this Father’s Day and you’ve got the perfect chance to make Dad’s day! Lemon Creek Winery of Berrien Springs will celebrate their 30th Annual Father’s Day Festival & Corvette Show all at the same time, and everyone’s invited. When Lemon Creek was founded in 1984, it was only the 15th winery in the entire state of Michigan, and they’ve been celebrating in style ever since. Tomorrow, Sunday, June 15th from noon until 6pm, the Lemon Creek Winery grounds will burst at the seams from an infusion of hot cars, cool wines, and a warm welcome. Corvette Coventry of Southwestern Michigan will feature their Father’s Day Corvette Show affording you the opportunity to vote for your personal favorite Corvette from the dozens on hand. An entry fee of $10-bucks at the gate covers your admission fee, special souvenir wine glass, and tickets for five tastings. Parking is free. 21-and-under also get in free if accompanied by their parents. The big show will feature great wine tastings, food fresh off the grill available for your purchase, and you can bring your own snacks, however no coolers are allowed, please. Enjoy dancing and live music by Libido Funk Circus -- known throughout the Mid-West for their talent and fun shows featuring energetic covers of dance music spanning the past five decades. There is an area for supervised games and activities for kids including hay rides and a bounce house. There’s literally fun for the entire family on one of the longest days of the year in the heart of Michigan’s spectacular wine country. It’s tomorrow, Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15th. If you have questions you can call 269-471-1321 or email to lemoncreekwinery@ gmail.com. You’ll find Lemon Creek’s vineyard at 533 E. Lemon Creek Road in Berrien Springs. You can also learn more online by clicking this link right now: http://www.lemoncreekwinery.com<br /> <br /> Visitors to the Benton Harbor Arts District have nearly two dozen options next Friday night for the Summer Solstice Art Hop in downtown Benton Harbor. From Cycle-Re-Cycle to Charlie’s Piggin’ n’ Grinnin’ there are at least 20 official stops along the looping route with something for everyone. Showtime is next Friday, Jun 20th, from 6pm until 9pm, as we approach the longest day of the year with a festival of celebrations all across the district. Moving from west to east along the route that loops to the northern tier of the triangular center of the district and then to the south tier, here’s what you can find along the way: Cycle-Re-Cycle -- Empower people...Recycle bikes...Build Community through Cycling…6-Degrees Resale Store -- 205 W. Main for a funky resale experience...Larks & Son BBQ - - Legendary Benton Harbor Bar-B-Que <br /> <br /> Terazza Gallery -- Artist Exhibit: Brad Bigford “Stolen Masterpieces”...Antiques...Unique Finds...Wall Street Studios -- 20 new paintings by Scott Elliott…Wall Street Antiques -- Great Antiques + Books…The Phoenix Cafe -- The Arts Distric “Cafe Central”...Breakfast & Lunch...pastries & artisan bread…Water Street Gelato Works - - Artisan Gelato featuring sangria sorbetto, strawberry chocolate chip & Mackinac Island Fudge... Fired Up! Student work for sale...Water Street Glassworks -- Two by Two: A Community Glass Project -- make a 2” x 2” tile as part of a collective installation...Sizzling Summer Sidewalk Sale…The Citadel Dance Campus -- Outdoor open rehearsals with performances by the Citadel Dance Company… The Oak Room at the Citadel -- Open House, art & refreshments in the premier Arts District event space...Art Hop Exhibit: The Nathan & Peyton Show: Sculpture and paintings by Nathan Margoni and Peyton Brown…3 Pillars Music -- The Art Hop’s newest store, featuring new & used instrument sales and repair, vinyl records, turntables and audio accessories...The Citadel Music Center @ 204 Water Street -- Open House with Live music by students & faculty...wine & snacks...Art Space @ 210 -- Artist Studios, Gallery and Classrooms... Jak’s Books...The Mason Jar -- The Art’s District newest restaurant...Breakfast & Lunch with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options...The Livery -- Music: Art Hop Cabaret with Paul Mow & Aiden Ankli -- 8pm / $15 cover... Microbrewery & Cafe... ARS Gallery -- Artist Exhibit: “Oil, Water and Glass” Paintings by Susan Henshaw & Glass by Jerry Catania...Live music, small bites & wine... The Ideal Place -- Fine Dining...Urban Bistro...The Library -- Pub & Eatery...Charlie’s Piggin’ n’ Grinnin’ -- Award winnin’ Bar-B-Que.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, folks. See you Saturday in MailMax and 24/7 online at www.MoodyontheMarket.com. Please Shop Locally…there’s more here than you know!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Morning Radio Personality<br /> WSJM Radio<br /> moody@wsjm.com<br /> (269) 925-1111

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