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39 S chroeder • Your HOME • Your LIFESTYLE TH 39 TH ECRWSS Local Postal Customer See Our Pull-Out Inside Todays Paper F urniture • Your COMFORT • Your CHOICE 1335 Hilltop • St. Joseph, MI • 269.983.7733 Paper. News Good Your POSTMASTER: Please deliver on July 19, 2014 July 19, 2014 Moody on The Market The Benton Harbor Trend Center has been sold. An online auction conducted by LastBid Real Estate drew a winning bid of $91,000.00 on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Only four individual bidders took part in the online affair, but the bidding was spirited at times as between them they racked up more than 135 total bids in the process. LastBid Real Estate is a Miedema Company based in Byron Center , on the outskirts of Grand Rapids . They were the ones that laid the ground rules for the bid-ding on the 25,000 square foot retail center on M-139 a half-mile north of I-94 in Benton Charter Township . The 1.47 acre parcel between IDEX Corporation’s Gast Manufacturing facility and M&W Tire Center was once designed to be a vir-tual year-round home & garden show-style of exhib-it space with multiple vendors all under one roof. For many years now it has been largely the home of a showroom for the R. A. Mort Bath Gallery and a few other small vendors. The inside of the retail center is wide open with high ceilings and six dis-tinctly separate areas including three showrooms, two offices and storage areas, some with concrete floors and cubicles for storage. Floors in the show-rooms and office areas are either tiled or carpeted. Two tenants currently maintain month to month leasing for about one tenth of the overall available space. The building, located at 2254 M-139 went on the auction block for the online-only auction which ran for just six hours from 8am until shortly after 2pm. It is considered commercial/industrial in nature. It is zoned E -Restricted Industrial, and bears a state equalized valuation of $283,700.00. The bidding started at $25-thousand dollars, and didn’t reach the $30-thousand dollar mark until after 12 noon. A flurry of back and forth bids doubled that number in the next 90-minutes, and nearly half of the bids chased one another in the final 10-to-15 minutes of the auction. There was no immediate indication regarding the identity of the winning bid-der, or what plans they might have for the building and property on M-139. Nancy Stuck has always had a flair for buying & selling things, whether from a garage sale, on E-bay , or even at her small booth in a resale mall. So she finally decided to grab a little power after 16 years working for Heath/Zenith and another 16 after that at Whirlpool’s Plant 7 in Benton Harbor. When Plant 7 ceased operations in March of 2011, Nancy decided to head back to college to better her lot in life and take control of her own destiny. Last fall, during her second year at Lake Michigan College , Nancy was accepted into the Women’s Business Center’s eleven-week P.O.W.E.R. Program . Her flair for scoring deals and her ability to find fabulous things and then fix, paint or polish them to a new luster, made the concept of a re-sale store a natural fit. At the Women’s Business Center, Margaret Adams put Nancy in touch with a SCORE member to help develop a business plan for presentation to 1st Source Bank . Next, Nancy con-tacted Bob Jones at Kinexus for guidance and assistance in prioritization of the steps necessary to make the business plan a winning proposition. Nancy proceeded to buy 2620 and 2622 W. John Beers Road parcels in Stevensville’s Village Square . In a M oody Pat brilliant effort to assure potential customers could easily distinguish her front door from the myriad look-alike store fronts in the Square, Nancy painted the front doors purple and crafted the name Explore the Purple Door for her new business venture. Now, Explore the Purple Door is a very special and unique sort of re-sale store. You see, Nancy offers an assortment of hand-selected new and gently-loved items of interest including antiques, collectibles, home decor, and stylish plus-size fashions. You will find such things as an intriguing collection of local memorabilia including a House of David collection and books portraying Southwest Michigan histo-ry. Nancy is also eager to let the world know that she carries the popular Chalk Country paints made in Battle Creek and used by crafters worldwide for painting and distressing furniture pieces. Also fea-tured in the house you will find Butera Original Jewelry Designs . In the near future, Nancy plans to expand her store to include other vendors and con-signment items. Her wish is for Stevensville to become a destination for quality re-sale opportuni-ties in light of recent openings in the village of both What’s New I Re-Sale and the new Goodwill Boutique at the crossroads in addition to her own new shop. You will find Nancy in the house for business at Explore the Purple Door every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10am until 6pm and Thursdays and Fridays from noon until 6pm. The shop is closed Sundays and Mondays. Look to Explore the Purple Door at 2622 W. John Beers Road in the Stevensville Village Square, on Facebook and by phone at 269-281-7116. She also MOODY Continued from page 1 www.MailMaxOnline.com has an online presence at www. ExploreThePurpleDoor.com. Next time you find yourself in the ‘Ville...stop by, look for the purple doors and get ready to explore. 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He says, “Not only did we add close to 20 new customers last year, we also saw a return of 15 customers from previous years, which is a great sign of a much stronger employment market and that our clients had a very good experience when they worked with us previously.” Once again this year, Express provided services to the Event Services vendor at the 2014 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid , employing 60 associates for the tournament from the area. In fact, 95% of the jobs and people being employed were from Benton Harbor and Express is very proud to be in the posi-tion to support the community that the event is held in. Murray also stated that the company is always looking for good people who are willing, able and ready to work; particularly in the skilled industrial trade fields like welders and machinists along with Volume 15, Ver. 29 Southwest Michigan’s only local LASER VISION CORRECTION facility. What does that mean? 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Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

The Benton Harbor Trend Center has been sold. An online auction conducted by LastBid Real Estate drew a winning bid of $91,000.00 on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Only four individual bidders took part in the online affair, but the bidding was spirited at times as between them they racked up more than 135 total bids in the process. LastBid Real Estate is a Miedema Company based in Byron Center, on the outskirts of Grand Rapids. They were the ones that laid the ground rules for the bidding on the 25,000 square foot retail center on M-139 a half-mile north of I-94 in Benton Charter Township. The 1.47 acre parcel between IDEX Corporation’s Gast Manufacturing facility and M&W Tire Center was once designed to be a virtual year-round home & garden show-style of exhibit space with multiple vendors all under one roof. For many years now it has been largely the home of a showroom for the R. A. Mort Bath Gallery and a few other small vendors. The inside of the retail center is wide open with high ceilings and six distinctly separate areas including three showrooms, two offices and storage areas, some with concrete floors and cubicles for storage. Floors in the showrooms and office areas are either tiled or carpeted. Two tenants currently maintain month to month leasing for about one tenth of the overall available space. The building, located at 2254 M-139 went on the auction block for the online-only auction which ran for just six hours from 8am until shortly after 2pm. It is considered commercial/industrial in nature. It is zoned E - Restricted Industrial, and bears a state equalized valuation of $283,700.00. The bidding started at $25-thousand dollars, and didn’t reach the $30-thousand dollar mark until after 12 noon. A flurry of back and forth bids doubled that number in the next 90-minutes, and nearly half of the bids chased one another in the final 10-to-15 minutes of the auction. There was no immediate indication regarding the identity of the winning bidder, or what plans they might have for the building and property on M-139.<br /> <br /> Nancy Stuck has always had a flair for buying & selling things, whether from a garage sale, on E-bay, or even at her small booth in a resale mall. So she finally decided to grab a little power after 16 years working for Heath/Zenith and another 16 after that at Whirlpool’s Plant 7 in Benton Harbor. When Plant 7 ceased operations in March of 2011, Nancy decided to head back to college to better her lot in life and take control of her own destiny. Last fall, during her second year at Lake Michigan College, Nancy was accepted into the Women’s Business Center’s eleven-week P.O.W.E.R. Program. Her flair for scoring deals and her ability to find fabulous things and then fix, paint or polish them to a new luster, made the concept of a re-sale store a natural fit. At the Women’s Business Center, Margaret Adams put Nancy in touch with a SCORE member to help develop a business plan for presentation to 1st Source Bank. Next, Nancy contacted Bob Jones at Kinexus for guidance and assistance in prioritization of the steps necessary to make the business plan a winning proposition. Nancy proceeded to buy 2620 and 2622 W. John Beers Road parcels in Stevensville’s Village Square. In a brilliant effort to assure potential customers could easily distinguish her front door from the myriad look-alike store fronts in the Square, Nancy painted the front doors purple and crafted the name Explore the Purple Door for her new business venture. Now, Explore the Purple Door is a very special and unique sort of re-sale store. You see, Nancy offers an assortment of hand-selected new and gently-loved items of interest including antiques, collectibles, home decor, and stylish plus-size fashions. You will find such things as an intriguing collection of local memorabilia including a House of David collection and books portraying Southwest Michigan history. Nancy is also eager to let the world know that she carries the popular Chalk Country paints made in Battle Creek and used by crafters worldwide for painting and distressing furniture pieces. Also featured in the house you will find Butera Original Jewelry Designs. In the near future, Nancy plans to expand her store to include other vendors and consignment items. Her wish is for Stevensville to become a destination for quality re-sale opportunities in light of recent openings in the village of both What’s New I Re-Sale and the new Goodwill Boutique at the crossroads in addition to her own new shop. You will find Nancy in the house for business at Explore the Purple Door every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10am until 6pm and Thursdays and Fridays from noon until 6pm. The shop is closed Sundays and Mondays. Look to Explore the Purple Door at 2622 W. John Beers Road in the Stevensville Village Square, on Facebook and by phone at 269-281-7116. She also has an online presence at www.ExploreThePurpleDoor.com. Next time you find yourself in the ‘Ville...stop by, look for the purple doors and get ready to explore.<br /> <br /> It has been a long road of survival and recovery since the recession of 2008 and 2009 for Steve & Debra Murray. But, it has been a sweet recovery, too. The Murrays own and operate the Express Employment Professionals franchise in the Panera Bread complex at Niles Road and I-94 in St. Joseph Charter Township. They have just passed the 7th Anniversary milestone a couple of weeks ago and are on a roll. Steve tells me that the business is coming off the best year in their history in 2013 and 2014 is advancing at an even stronger pace than a year ago. He says, “Not only did we add close to 20 new customers last year, we also saw a return of 15 customers from previous years, which is a great sign of a much stronger employment market and that our clients had a very good experience when they worked with us previously.” Once again this year, Express provided services to the Event Services vendor at the 2014 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid, employing 60 associates for the tournament from the area. In fact, 95% of the jobs and people being employed were from Benton Harbor and Express is very proud to be in the position to support the community that the event is held in. Murray also stated that the company is always looking for good people who are willing, able and ready to work; particularly in the skilled industrial trade fields like welders and machinists along with those with strong office and computer skills. Says Murray, “The needs of our clients continue to grow as the local economy steadily improves. In 2013, 65% of the placements we made were evaluation hires where our client hires in our associate providing them and their families the income to support themselves. We are very blessed to be in a business that can help so many people in our community along with the businesses we work with”.<br /> <br /> David Rhoa has never been one to tread lightly when it comes to business advocacy. He has been a powerful voice in Lansing and Washington for many years, always fighting for small businesses and against unnecessary regulation. Now, Rhoa, who is President of Lake Michigan Mailers, Inc., has announced his firm’s support for Proposal 1 appearing on the August 5th ballot for Michigan voters statewide. In making the announcement, Rhoa said, “Michigan’s current Personal Property Tax (PPT) serves as a deterrent to growth for Michigan’s small business community and creates an inconsistent funding source for needed local government services such as police and fire protection.” He added, “Unlike most of our neighboring states, Michigan’s Personal Property Tax creates a lifetime tax liability for any small business that buys equipment or even office furniture. Such a liability makes Michigan less competitive with other states in attracting and growing business.” As a result, Rhoa is encouraging Michigan voters to cast a “yes” vote on Proposal 1 when it appears on the August 5th ballot. He says it, “Will eliminate the double-taxation of small businesses, create a stable funding source for essential local government services, and best of all, will not raise taxes on individuals or businesses.” Lake Michigan Mailers originated in St. Joseph years ago and eventually expanded to the extent that it made far more sense to establish regional operations centers in Kalamazoo and South Bend.<br /> <br /> Wally & Katie Maurer weren’t the first to capitalize on an estate grown winery hosting fun and music in the center of the vineyard on a fine summer day, but they are certainly among the handful who know how to do it with great class and a truly eclectic mix. The Maurer’s own and operate the boutique family winery Domaine Berrien Cellars in the center of wine country in Michigan’s Great Southwest. Ten years ago they decided that their vineyard grounds were entirely too nice to keep to themselves. So, they launched a little party called the Domaine Berrien Cellars Art, Wine & Music Festival. They invited local artists to display their handcrafted work under individual tents scattered across the spacious lawn behind the tasting room. They invited live musicians to perform their magic throughout the afternoon. And, naturally, they performed their own magic with an outstanding array of estate-grown wines through extensive tasting opportunities. Ten years later, the 10th Annual Domaine Berrien Cellars Art, Wine & Music Festival is coming our way on Saturday, July 26th from 11am until 7pm. As has always been the case, the event takes place rain or shine surrounded by beautiful vineyards. This year, more than two dozen artists will display and sell handcrafted works in the art fair area. A unique blend of artistic offerings will be available from handwoven baskets, jewelry, wood carvings, oil-paintings and water colors to photography, fused glass, stoneware ceramics, mosaics, stained glass, pottery and more. Live music will be shared from the stage all day featuring three local groups that play a wide variety of audience favorites including blues, jazz, bluegrass, country rock and rock. Featured performers include Vince Miller... Mike Talbot & Green Valley Peace...and The Oblates of Blues. Prize raffles will be conducted throughout the day, however you must be present to win. Mouth-watering grilled sandwiches from The Outdoor Kitchen can be purchased, and Domaine Berrien Cellars’ wine will be available for sale along with non-alcoholic beverages. Admission and parking are free, however Domaine Berrien Cellars wine is the only alcoholic beverage allowed on the premises by Michigan law. Therefore, coolers will be checked at the gate. Also...no dogs will be allowed on festival day.<br /> <br /> For two decades now The Friends of the Lincoln Township Public Library and the Indian Hills Garden Club in St. Joseph have teamed up to present an incredible array of formal gardens for the enjoyment of the rest of us who lack anything close to a green thumb. This year’s event is noteworthy for marking the 20th Annual Garden Tour, and it is just around the corner on Saturday, July 26th from 9am until 5pm. Eight outstanding gardens are included in this year’s $10 ticket with proceeds supporting the Lincoln Township Public Library. All of this year’s gardens are on or near the St. Joe River. Tickets are available at the Library in Stevensville or at any of the individual gardens on the day of the tour. Two of the gardens actually belong to members of the Indian Hills Garden Club and two others belong to members of the Shoreline Garden Club. Get the garden tour on your calendar, and arrange for tickets today.<br /> <br /> That’s all the time and space this week. See you next Saturday in MailMax and everyday online 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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