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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer See Our Ad on Page 8 June 21, 2014 Paper. News Good our Y www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on June 21, 2014 Moody on The Market T he steady rise of White Pine Winery in downtown St. Joseph is on the verge of becoming legendary thanks to the due diligence of the man at the helm, Dr. Dave . Dr. David Miller is the owner and operator of White Pine Winery with vineyards in Lawton and his extremely popular tasting room in the central busi-ness district of St. Joseph. He is also an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University in the Food Science Department where he teaches a winemaking class. Dr. Dave and his crew have begun their fourth summer of action in downtown St. Joseph, but what’s truly remarkable in the White Pine story is the manner in which they have expanded operations year after year and never looked back. Dave tells me that every year since they opened their doors they have grown their sales by purchasing more grapes and making more wine. The goal was to have more wine in tanks and bottles so they could look for more customers and places to sell. In 2011, White Pine Winery sold every-thing exclusively from their popular tasting room on State Street in downtown St. Joseph. In 2012, White Pine expanded their reach into local restaurants and stores in Berrien and Van Buren Counties . Last year, Dr. Dave began exploring sales in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Lansing and the Greater Detroit area . They ventured into Whole Foods, Plum Market and lots of other gourmet food purveyors who also love Michigan wines. Dave tells me that there were so many stores to explore that he realized the need for a distributor to help cover the territory. To that end, he signed on with JY Distributors in Grand Rapids and Cana Distributors in Farmington Hills . His crew began tasting wine with buyers and customers all across the southern half of Michigan and in no time earned placements in numerous stores. For example, White Pine wines can now be found at Whole Foods, Plum Market and The Produce Station in Ann Arbor . In the meantime, White Pine entered numerous competitions and won awards with every wine in every competition in which it was entered. Last year White Pine introduced bottle-fermented bubbly, Effervescence as well as their 2012 Reserve Cabernet Franc and the second vintage of their Reserve Syrah , the 2012. At MSU in addition to his winemaking class, he shares duties on Fermented Beverage Technology with Dr. Kris Berglund , the Distinguished Professor in Chemical Engineering . Dr. Berglund owns and operates Red Cedar Spirits for distillation research, teaching and production and has a tasting room at his facility at 2000 Merritt Road in East Lansing just north of the MSU campus. Dr’s Miller and Berglund brain-stormed an idea with a third partner, Mike Beck of Uncle John’s Cider Mill in St. John’s about sharing a tasting room with products from all three producers: wine, spirits, and hard cider. That would be a first in Michigan, and would show students that their men-tors were active in the private sector selling products they make and it would be fun. Dr. Dave filed the paperwork with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission last fall, and following the work of the commission, the license was granted on April 1st of this year and the shared tasting room is now a reality M oody Pat But, have you ever heard of, or enjoyed a Seattle -style Dog? Or a ‘Frisco Dog ? Those and 8 to 10 other regional Hot Dog favorites will soon wend their way into your lunch-time vernacular when a new lunch house sets up shop early next month on Main Street in downtown Benton Harbor . Rod Curley says it’s a concept that he very nearly introduced to the com-munity last year to the building that formerly housed his Harbortown Cafe . In fact, that’s the reason he was painting the exterior of the diner last summer when the Rios family approached him about leasing the space at 325 W. Main Street in downtown Benton Harbor. Curley instead at that time to The opted Haworth offer a 3-year lease with one-year renewable clauses College of Business to the Rios team who eventually is among fewer opened Frankie’s Breakfast Club at than that five site percent in December. Now that Frankie’s has left of the business building, schools Curley and a couple of experienced chefs from the region worldwide that are are bringing Curley’s concept back to the at front burner with hopes accredited both of being open shortly after the and beginning of July. undergraduate They are still working on an official name for the graduate levels place which will be lunch house offering up to a by a the American dozen different styles of hot dogs of as well as hamburg-Association The Bachelor of Business Administration program at Western Michigan University is incredibly ers, pulled pork sandwiches, fries, soups, salads and Collegiate Schools well-rounded, blending theory and practice. The degree-completion program at WMU-the like. The new diner will likely revert to the cafe of Business. Southwest offers a Management major. In today’s style of service utilized by Harbortown wherein cus-competitive job market, the BBA from WMU can tomers place their order at the counter and it will be truly set you apart from the competition. delivered to their table when prepared. Curley and his wife Kim were visibly upset over the report by Pedro Rios II that he closed his Frankie’s Breakfast Club because they, as landlords, were pressing for a mini-mum two-year lease commitment. Rod says, “Here WASHINGTON MONTHLY CALLS WMU ONE OF THE NATION’S TOP-100 UNIVERSITIES—SCHOOLS THAT ARE “BOTH EFFECTIVE are the facts of the lease they (Rios) had: They signed AND INEXPENSIVE,” OFFERING THE “BIGGEST BANG FOR THE BUCK” a lease that technically started on July 1st 2013 (we IN HIGHER EDUCATION. let them go in and start in the middle of June, no charge). The lease was a sweet deal for them because it was a three-year lease that they could exercise 1 year at a time. At no point were they asked to sign a two year commitment! Kim and I wanted nothing more than to see them succeed and we did everything that we could to help them at every turn. Fact of the matter is they were not happy with the sales, etc. and in East Lansing. You can now stop in to visit and taste the products while talking to students from many disciplines including Food Science, Chemical Engineering, Biology and Hospitality and Institutional Management. Students there are learning how to do everything from making the products to selling them in a tasting room. It’s been a busy year for Dr. Dave and his wife Sandy and daughter Sophie . White Pine Winery is really set to grow this year as they expand their customer base and find new areas to sell in to. Their goal is to sell all the wine they can in SW Michigan before venturing into Indiana and beyond. There’s even hope for out-of-state fans of White Pine, inasmuch as the Millers are beginning a Wine Club this summer, so keep an eye on their Facebook page, stop by the tasting room, or keep tabs on their website These days, it as the plans develop. Here’s a direct link to their web-seems like you can get a business site right now: www.WhitePineWinery.com degree just about anywhere. The Haworth College Living in Michigan’s Great Southwest , we’ve of Business at WMU has a reputation unmatched in southwest all been at least exposed to Chicago -style Hot Dogs. Michigan. Why get a degree from just anywhere when you can get one from an institution that business leaders know and trust? MOODY Continued from page 1 Volume 15, Ver. 25 Continued on page 12 Continued on page 11 did not want to commit to ONE more year.” Curley benchmark for practices all across the nation. Luke Brown and his colleagues at LPL will own & operate the new business coming to the site and will partner with the two veteran foodies Financial are celebrating another top rank victory coming to make it happen there next month. He tells among independent broker-dealers across America as me he’s open to suggestions for the name of the new they hold court at the top of the heap in a prestigious restaurant, so if you’d like to tee one up, let him know industry measure that compares them to all other such firms in the nation. Brown, who recently settled into by e-mailing to rod.curley@yahoo.com. WMU-Southwest Transform your workforce through the Gift giving has been very much on the minds of state-of-the-art new office space at 7889 Red Arrow 2875 E. Napier Avenue use of innovative learning technologies most Americans in the front-half of June, driven Highway between Stevensville and Bridgman , Benton Harbor, MI 49022 offered by the Organizational Learning largely by the arrival of Father’s Day and millions of represents the LPL Financial brand in the region. The (269) 934-1500 and Performance Master of Arts degree new high school and college graduates. For one of the June 2014 edition of Financial Planning magazine wmich.edu/southwest at Western Michigan University. more well-known among us, gift-giving was consid-is sharing the FP50 ...the 50 leading independent erably more personal than stopping off at a depart-broker-dealers in the nation and Brown and his ment store or a computer center to pick up a little colleagues are ranked #1 in the nation. Sporting over something. For Dr. Gyl Kasewurm gift-giving this $4-billion in revenues for 2013, the LPL Financial spring and early summer has changed the lives of team far outstrips even #2 ranked Ameriprise more than 1,500 children and adults who live under Financial at $3.2-billion, and Ameriprise itself is considerably tougher conditions than you and I. You substantially larger than 3rd ranked Raymond James see, the good doctor was providing the gift of hear-Financial Services at $1.3-billion in revenues for the ing on a mission trip to Honduras . This is not the year. LPL Financial’s top slot was fueled by a first time that Dr. Inc. Kasewurm has offered up her skill 13.1-percent increase in revenues over 2012’s perfor-MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, and expertise to people around the world. In fact, it mance and their commission revenues topped 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 marks her fourth mission trip with the team from the $2.023-billion for a 14.5-percent gain year-over-year. Starkey Hearing Foundation . Just last August Dr. Industry-wide, the independent broker-dealer sector Phone: 269.934.7522 Gyl joined that crew in Peru where they fit over delivered average revenue growth of 15.1-percent, FAX: 269.934.3297 4,000 children and adults with hearing aids to increase attributed largely to strong markets, increased recruit-their quality of life. The Starkey Hearing Foundation ing, growth of fee-based assets and sales of alterna-email: publisher@farahead.com tive investments. LPL Financial may vary by Zip Code is a comprehensive brings understanding among people through hearing Inserts www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax care by focusing on awareness, education, protection financial services firm specializing in retirement and treatment, so that the world may hear. As Dr. planning, investment management and insurance Kasewurm puts it, “I feel fortunate to be able to join solutions. You can reach Brown and his Stevensville the Starkey Hearing Foundation on their mission team at 269-982-2710. MOODY Continued from page 11 Inserts & Promotions • Harding’s Friendly Markets • Martins Super Market • Ace Hardware H B H s d l d S n m k m r t B V S L H o

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The steady rise of White Pine Winery in downtown St. Joseph is on the verge of becoming legendary thanks to the due diligence of the man at the helm, Dr. Dave.<br /> <br /> Dr. David Miller is the owner and operator of White Pine Winery with vineyards in Lawton and his extremely popular tasting room in the central business district of St. Joseph. He is also an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University in the Food Science Department where he teaches a winemaking class. Dr. Dave and his crew have begun their fourth summer of action in downtown St. Joseph, but what’s truly remarkable in the White Pine story is the manner in which they have expanded operations year after year and never looked back. Dave tells me that every year since they opened their doors they have grown their sales by purchasing more grapes and making more wine. The goal was to have more wine in tanks and bottles so they could look for more customers and places to sell. In 2011, White Pine Winery sold everything exclusively from their popular tasting room on State Street in downtown St. Joseph. In 2012, White Pine expanded their reach into local restaurants and stores in Berrien and Van Buren Counties. Last year, Dr. Dave began exploring sales in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Lansing and the Greater Detroit area. They ventured into Whole Foods, Plum Market and lots of other gourmet food purveyors who also love Michigan wines. Dave tells me that there were so many stores to explore that he realized the need for a distributor to help cover the territory. To that end, he signed on with JY Distributors in Grand Rapids and Cana Distributors in Farmington Hills. His crew began tasting wine with buyers and customers all across the southern half of Michigan and in no time earned placements in numerous stores. For example, White Pine wines can now be found at Whole Foods, Plum Market and The Produce Station in Ann Arbor. In the meantime, White Pine entered numerous competitions and won awards with every wine in every competition in which it was entered. Last year White Pine introduced bottle-fermented bubbly, Effervescence as well as their 2012 Reserve Cabernet Franc and the second vintage of their Reserve Syrah, the 2012. At MSU in addition to his winemaking class, he shares duties on Fermented Beverage Technology with Dr. Kris Berglund, the Distinguished Professor in Chemical Engineering. Dr. Berglund owns and operates Red Cedar Spirits for distillation research, teaching and production and has a tasting room at his facility at 2000 Merritt Road in East Lansing just north of the MSU campus. Dr’s Miller and Berglund brainstormed an idea with a third partner, Mike Beck of Uncle John’s Cider Mill in St. John’s about sharing a tasting room with products from all three producers: wine, spirits, and hard cider. That would be a first in Michigan, and would show students that their mentors were active in the private sector selling products they make and it would be fun. Dr. Dave filed the paperwork with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission last fall, and following the work of the commission, the license was granted on April 1st of this year and the shared tasting room is now a reality in East Lansing. You can now stop in to visit and taste the products while talking to students from many disciplines including Food Science, Chemical Engineering, Biology and Hospitality and Institutional Management. Students there are learning how to do everything from making the products to selling them in a tasting room. It’s been a busy year for Dr. Dave and his wife Sandy and daughter Sophie. White Pine Winery is really set to grow this year as they expand their customer base and find new areas to sell in to. Their goal is to sell all the wine they can in SW Michigan before venturing into Indiana and beyond. There’s even hope for out-of-state fans of White Pine, inasmuch as the Millers are beginning a Wine Club this summer, so keep an eye on their Facebook page, stop by the tasting room, or keep tabs on their website as the plans develop. Here’s a direct link to their website right now: www.WhitePineWinery.com <br /> <br /> Living in Michigan’s Great Southwest, we’ve all been at least exposed to Chicago-style Hot Dogs. But, have you ever heard of, or enjoyed a Seattlestyle Dog? Or a ‘Frisco Dog? Those and 8 to 10 other regional Hot Dog favorites will soon wend their way into your lunch-time vernacular when a new lunch house sets up shop early next month on Main Street in downtown Benton Harbor. Rod Curley says it’s a concept that he very nearly introduced to the community last year to the building that formerly housed his Harbortown Cafe. In fact, that’s the reason he was painting the exterior of the diner last summer when the Rios family approached him about leasing the space at 325 W. Main Street in downtown Benton Harbor. Curley opted instead at that time to offer a 3-year lease with one-year renewable clauses to the Rios team who eventually opened Frankie’s Breakfast Club at that site in December. Now that Frankie’s has left the building, Curley and a couple of experienced chefs from the region are bringing Curley’s concept back to the front burner with hopes of being open shortly after the beginning of July. They are still working on an official name for the place which will be a lunch house offering up to a dozen different styles of hot dogs as well as hamburgers, pulled pork sandwiches, fries, soups, salads and the like. The new diner will likely revert to the cafe style of service utilized by Harbortown wherein customers place their order at the counter and it will be delivered to their table when prepared. Curley and his wife Kim were visibly upset over the report by Pedro Rios II that he closed his Frankie’s Breakfast Club because they, as landlords, were pressing for a minimum two-year lease commitment. Rod says, “Here are the facts of the lease they (Rios) had: They signed a lease that technically started on July 1st 2013 (we let them go in and start in the middle of June, no charge). The lease was a sweet deal for them because it was a three-year lease that they could exercise 1 year at a time. At no point were they asked to sign a two year commitment! Kim and I wanted nothing more than to see them succeed and we did everything that we could to help them at every turn. Fact of the matter is they were not happy with the sales, etc. and did not want to commit to ONE more year.” Curley will own & operate the new business coming to the site and will partner with the two veteran foodies coming to make it happen there next month. He tells me he’s open to suggestions for the name of the new restaurant, so if you’d like to tee one up, let him know by e-mailing to rod.curley@yahoo.com. <br /> <br /> Gift giving has been very much on the minds of most Americans in the front-half of June, driven largely by the arrival of Father’s Day and millions of new high school and college graduates. For one of the more well-known among us, gift-giving was considerably more personal than stopping off at a department store or a computer center to pick up a little something. For Dr. Gyl Kasewurm gift-giving this spring and early summer has changed the lives of more than 1,500 children and adults who live under considerably tougher conditions than you and I. You see, the good doctor was providing the gift of hearing on a mission trip to Honduras. This is not the first time that Dr. Kasewurm has offered up her skill and expertise to people around the world. In fact, it marks her fourth mission trip with the team from the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Just last August Dr. Gyl joined that crew in Peru where they fit over 4,000 children and adults with hearing aids to increase their quality of life. The Starkey Hearing Foundation brings understanding among people through hearing care by focusing on awareness, education, protection and treatment, so that the world may hear. As Dr. Kasewurm puts it, “I feel fortunate to be able to join the Starkey Hearing Foundation on their mission trips. I fit twin 12-year old girls in Honduras that had never heard before. Their joy in spite of their difficult circumstances was heartwarming. I am looking forward to future missions.” Hearing loss affects 1 in 10 Americans, and 63-million children worldwide, yet many do not have access to hearing services. Dr. Kasewurm is an audiologist and owner of Dr. Kasewurm’s Professional Hearing Services in the Edgewater District of St. Joseph. Her practice has been serving the residents of Michigan’s Great Southwest for more than 30-years and is a notable benchmark for practices all across the nation.<br /> <br /> Luke Brown and his colleagues at LPL Financial are celebrating another top rank victory among independent broker-dealers across America as they hold court at the top of the heap in a prestigious industry measure that compares them to all other such firms in the nation. Brown, who recently settled into state-of-the-art new office space at 7889 Red Arrow Highway between Stevensville and Bridgman, represents the LPL Financial brand in the region. The June 2014 edition of Financial Planning magazine is sharing the FP50...the 50 leading independent broker-dealers in the nation and Brown and his colleagues are ranked #1 in the nation. Sporting over $4-billion in revenues for 2013, the LPL Financial team far outstrips even #2 ranked Ameriprise Financial at $3.2-billion, and Ameriprise itself is substantially larger than 3rd ranked Raymond James Financial Services at $1.3-billion in revenues for the year. LPL Financial’s top slot was fueled by a 13. 1-percent increase in revenues over 2012’s performance and their commission revenues topped $2.023-billion for a 14.5-percent gain year-over-year. Industry-wide, the independent broker-dealer sector delivered average revenue growth of 15.1-percent, attributed largely to strong markets, increased recruiting, growth of fee-based assets and sales of alternative investments. LPL Financial is a comprehensive financial services firm specializing in retirement planning, investment management and insurance solutions. You can reach Brown and his Stevensville team at 269-982-2710.<br /> <br /> For more than fifteen years, the Dwight P. Mitchell City Center Park in downtown Benton Harbor has resonated with song and dance crafted by homegrown talent returning to the homefront from gigs all across the nation on a Sunday evening in June. That tradition continues unabated tomorrow night, Sunday, June 22, 2014 with the 16th Annual Coming Home Coming Together Concert, as does the tradition of opening the gates to everyone absolutely free of charge. The annual open-air event welcomes the return of Benton Harbor’s own Niki Harris, a world renowned jazz singer, former Miss Benton Harbor, and graduate of Benton Harbor High School. While Niki is well known for her jazz singing talent, she also performs in the inspirational, dance and funk genre’s and does it virtually seamlessly year after year in Benton Harbor’s central business district at the intersection of Pipestone and Main Streets. Niki is the daughter of the late Grammynominated jazz pianist Gene Harris. She is a multi-talented artist who clearly learned well at the knee of her famous father. She has worked with a multitude of recording artists, performing live and recording with a who’s who of the music world with the likes of Ray Charles, Leann Rimes, Michelle Branch, Santana, Kylie Minogue, Luther Vandross, Wilton Felder of the Jazz Crusaders, Stanley Turrentine, the Righteous Brothers, Julian Lennon, Anita Baker, Mick Jagger, Whitney Houston, John Legend, Will I Am, Madonna and others. A special guest performer at Sunday’s concert this year is Bruce Katz. While the Blues are a very important part of his music, Bruce’s talent has more angles and influences, occupying a unique space where blues, “soul-jazz.” jam-band rock, and all aspects of Americana Music collide into a style of original music all his own. Backing Niki at this year’s concert will be the Tim Fitzgerald Quartet. Opening the show this year will be home grown talent including the Lake Michigan College Jazz Band and the Benton Harbor Boys & Girls Club Drum Line. You are encouraged to invite friends and family and to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and other comfortable seating for this outdoor event. The doors will open at 5pm and entertainment gets underway at 6:15pm tomorrow night.<br /> <br /> One of the most dedicated and hardest working teams of veteran U.S. military personnel in the entire nation is putting the finishing touches on a remarkable show coming to the area this weekend. Lest We Forget of SW Michigan has had the singular goal for years to Brighten the Future by Illuminating the Past. That illumination this weekend, June 20th through the 22nd, will include pyrotechnics at Tiscornia Park in St. Joseph and the Southwest Michigan Regional Airport in the form of highly authentic re-enactments of World War II and the Vietnam War, as well as a Korean Tribute. The full schedule, hour-by-hour is best viewed by clicking this link: http://www.LestWeForgetUSA.org. <br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, folks. See you Saturday in MailMax and 24/7 online at www.MoodyontheMarket.com.<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Morning Radio Personality<br /> WSJM Radio<br /> moody@wsjm.com<br /> (269) 925-1111<br /> <br /> Read more at www.MailMaxOnline.com

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