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Sunday May 4 31 August 10am -5pm Lake Bluff Park, St. Joseph ECRWSS Local Postal Customer www.stjoetoday.com Paper. News Good our Y POSTMASTER: Please deliver on August 23, 2014 August 23, 2014 Moody on The Market Y ears ago the team at Southshore Development asked for St. Joseph City approval to build up a low lying area at the base of the Broad Street hill where the road name changes to Langley . Some of that fill came from the basement excavation for the current St. Joseph City Hall. Now, bulldozers are back on the site prepping it for a brand new business venture coming this fall. Jordan Kirshenbaum of Southshore Development is crafting a build-to-suit project for SWM Indoor Golf . The new sports & recreation center at 600 Langley Avenue will be a first class indoor golf facility , com-plete with four state-of-the-art golf simulators to begin with. The owners of the facility are Richard Askren and his step-father Michael Alexander. Askren, an entrepreneur from Coloma , will operate the center. The new 2,700 square foot building will be totally cli-mate-controlled allowing you to play in air-condi-tioned comfort in the heat of summer or balmy warm conditions in the middle of a blizzard for the year-round center. The simulators will allow golf fans to “play” some of the most famous golf courses in the world, more than 80 in all, without leaving town. Golfers of all ages and experience will be more than welcome. Askren tells me that he feels the simulators will be a fantastic starting place for beginner golfers to start to learn the game, but he will also cater to the more experienced among us to help keep the swing in shape in the off season. Says Richard, “More than anything, I’m giving golfers finally a place to go near-by in SW Michigan to continue golfing in the long Michigan winter months!” Askren is working on obtaining a beer & wine license, and is still looking for people interested in running leagues or teams to join them. He is also looking for teaching pros interested in using the facilities to give lessons in the off season. Plans also include addition of a portable simulator to have available for off-site corporate events, family picnics, weddings, and so on. The construction site, owned by Southshore Development, sits alongside Premier Promotions Twin City Engraving and across the road from Clementine’s Too Restaurant . Southshore is a development firm that specializes in trucking, warehousing, materials management, real estate development and space-making expertise. They have multiple sites around the region that they have built for a broad array of uses. They themselves are headquartered at 3515 Lakeshore Drive in St. Joseph. Askren and his crew at SWM Indoor Golf have taken delivery on the simulators and they are busy getting them tested and ready for installation once the building is complete. Current plans show that the building is expected to be done by around the 1st of September, and the business is projected to be open by early October. An Opening Day event will feature challenges on each simulator with prizes being awarded for best performances that day. Once open for business, cus-tomers will be able to rent time on any of the simula-tors at SWM Indoor Golf to play a round or practice any part of their game. Stay tuned for additional infor-mation once Richard’s shop is set up and ready to go. The center’s website is still under construction, but will be found at www.swmindoorgolf.com. You can also follow their progress on their Facebook page by click-M oody Pat ing here: https://www.facebook.com/SWMIndoorGolf Chicagoland foodies readily recognize the name Rich Melman . He is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises , owners & operators of more than 100 restaurants nationwide. While they’ve got a way to go before they achieve “Melmanesque” status, Linda & Earl Foster clearly enjoy the food service industry immensely. To the degree that they now own four Niles area eating estab-MOODY Continued from page 1 www.MailMaxOnline.com Volume 15, Ver. 34 WIN TICKETS TO THE BIG HOUSE o higan ic M higan es o Minn f Minnesot a r Septembe --SECT --T SEC 5 ROW --ROW lishments that they run with great pride and joy. The Saugatuck some 20-years ago, and opened up in newest member of the Foster stable of offerings is the downtown St. Joseph in April of 2013. The popularity 12/31 Diner on Mayflower Road alongside the St. of the shop stems largely from the wide-ranging inven-Joseph Valley Parkway (more affectionately referred tory which features colorful clothing for men, women to simply as “The Bypass”) in Niles. The power couple and children inter-mixed with dozens, if not hundreds, also own and operate Linda’s Hob Nob Bistro, Red of whimsical signs, placards, posters and wall hang-Roof Cafe, and Home Plate ...all in and around the ings peppered throughout the store. With more and Niles community. 12/31 opened for business back in more people discovering the shop seemingly every April in the busy J&D’s Truck Stop plaza where US day, Jose and his wife decided to capitalize on their 31 and US 12 intersect. Thus, the 12/31 moniker. 12/31 growing clientele by enlarging their retail floor space. Diner is a 24-hour operation in the truck plaza featur-A couple of weeks ago, an entirely new section at the ing smoked meats from their own smoker on site from rear of the store debuted with a broad array of women’s which they craft smoked chicken, smoked turkey, shoes and sandals and an entirely new wall of posters, smoked ribs, pulled pork, chicken wings, smoked signs and other memorabilia. Jose says that his wife prime rib and more. The diner serves breakfast, lunch suggested the name Grins for the shop because so and dinner from a bright space with a decided urban, many people walked through with a big grin on their industrial decor. Breakfast features pancakes, waffles, face most of the time they were in the house. He tells omelettes, skillets and more. Lunch brings on burgers, me they have been very well received and his new sandwiches, soups, salads and the like, including many space, about a third again as large as the original retail offerings from the smoker, and Dinners include appe-floor, provides lots of space for new merchandise and tizers, steaks, prime rib, meatloaf, stir fry options, new ideas. New fall fashions are arriving on the racks seafood, pasta and more. They also offer a kids’ menu along with hats, handbags, jewelry and other accesso-and desserts. You can reach the diner via phone at 269-ries, as summer clearance prices are being scored to **S 695-1231. make room for more. Grins of St. Joseph is located at aturday 7, 2014** 2 er , mb Se Santos has never told you the story, it’s If Jose , 218 State Street across from Kilwin’s and can be pte pte e S mber rday probably fairly obvious where the name of 27 his , store, reached by phone at 982-3000. 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Years ago the team at Southshore Development asked for St. Joseph City approval to build up a low lying area at the base of the Broad Street hill where the road name changes to Langley. Some of that fill came from the basement excavation for the current St. Joseph City Hall. Now, bulldozers are back on the site prepping it for a brand new business venture coming this fall. Jordan Kirshenbaum of Southshore Development is crafting a build-to-suit project for SWM Indoor Golf. The new sports & recreation center at 600 Langley Avenue will be a first class indoor golf facility, complete with four state-of-the-art golf simulators to begin with. The owners of the facility are Richard Askren and his step-father Michael Alexander. Askren, an entrepreneur from Coloma, will operate the center. The new 2,700 square foot building will be totally climate- controlled allowing you to play in air-conditioned comfort in the heat of summer or balmy warm conditions in the middle of a blizzard for the yearround center. The simulators will allow golf fans to “play” some of the most famous golf courses in the world, more than 80 in all, without leaving town. Golfers of all ages and experience will be more than welcome. Askren tells me that he feels the simulators will be a fantastic starting place for beginner golfers to start to learn the game, but he will also cater to the more experienced among us to help keep the swing in shape in the off season. Says Richard, “More than anything, I’m giving golfers finally a place to go nearby in SW Michigan to continue golfing in the long Michigan winter months!” Askren is working on obtaining a beer & wine license, and is still looking for people interested in running leagues or teams to join them. He is also looking for teaching pros interested in using the facilities to give lessons in the off season. Plans also include addition of a portable simulator to have available for off-site corporate events, family picnics, weddings, and so on. The construction site, owned by Southshore Development, sits alongside Premier Promotions Twin City Engraving and across the road from Clementine’s Too Restaurant. Southshore is a development firm that specializes in trucking, warehousing, materials management, real estate development and space-making expertise. They have multiple sites around the region that they have built for a broad array of uses. They themselves are headquartered at 3515 Lakeshore Drive in St. Joseph. Askren and his crew at SWM Indoor Golf have taken delivery on the simulators and they are busy getting them tested and ready for installation once the building is complete. Current plans show that the building is expected to be done by around the 1st of September, and the business is projected to be open by early October. An Opening Day event will feature challenges on each simulator with prizes being awarded for best performances that day. Once open for business, customers will be able to rent time on any of the simulators at SWM Indoor Golf to play a round or practice any part of their game. Stay tuned for additional information once Richard’s shop is set up and ready to go. The center’s website is still under construction, but will be found at www.swmindoorgolf.com. You can also follow their progress on their Facebook page by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/SWMIndoorGolf <br /> <br /> Chicagoland foodies readily recognize the name Rich Melman. He is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, owners & operators of more than 100 restaurants nationwide. While they’ve got a way to go before they achieve “Melmanesque” status, Linda & Earl Foster clearly enjoy the food service industry immensely. To the degree that they now own four Niles area eating establishments that they run with great pride and joy. The newest member of the Foster stable of offerings is the 12/31 Diner on Mayflower Road alongside the St. Joseph Valley Parkway (more affectionately referred to simply as “The Bypass”) in Niles. The power couple also own and operate Linda’s Hob Nob Bistro, Red Roof Cafe, and Home Plate...all in and around the Niles community. 12/31 opened for business back in April in the busy J&D’s Truck Stop plaza where US 31 and US 12 intersect. Thus, the 12/31 moniker. 12/31 Diner is a 24-hour operation in the truck plaza featuring smoked meats from their own smoker on site from which they craft smoked chicken, smoked turkey, smoked ribs, pulled pork, chicken wings, smoked prime rib and more. The diner serves breakfast, lunch and dinner from a bright space with a decided urban, industrial decor. Breakfast features pancakes, waffles, omelettes, skillets and more. Lunch brings on burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads and the like, including many offerings from the smoker, and Dinners include appetizers, steaks, prime rib, meatloaf, stir fry options, seafood, pasta and more. They also offer a kids’ menu and desserts. You can reach the diner via phone at 269- 695-1231.<br /> <br /> If Jose Santos has never told you the story, it’s probably fairly obvious where the name of his store, Grins, has its origins. It’s almost impossible not to grin from ear to ear shortly after you cross the threshold of the colorful shop in downtown St. Joseph. Santos came to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic in 1991 and he and his wife have lived in the Holland area ever since. They launched their original store in downtown Saugatuck some 20-years ago, and opened up in downtown St. Joseph in April of 2013. The popularity of the shop stems largely from the wide-ranging inventory which features colorful clothing for men, women and children inter-mixed with dozens, if not hundreds, of whimsical signs, placards, posters and wall hangings peppered throughout the store. With more and more people discovering the shop seemingly every day, Jose and his wife decided to capitalize on their growing clientele by enlarging their retail floor space. A couple of weeks ago, an entirely new section at the rear of the store debuted with a broad array of women’s shoes and sandals and an entirely new wall of posters, signs and other memorabilia. Jose says that his wife suggested the name Grins for the shop because so many people walked through with a big grin on their face most of the time they were in the house. He tells me they have been very well received and his new space, about a third again as large as the original retail floor, provides lots of space for new merchandise and new ideas. New fall fashions are arriving on the racks along with hats, handbags, jewelry and other accessories, as summer clearance prices are being scored to make room for more. Grins of St. Joseph is located at 218 State Street across from Kilwin’s and can be reached by phone at 982-3000. The original store in Saugatuck is in a 100 year old building at 326 Butler, next to the Saugatuck Village Square. The St. Joe store is open 7 days a week, from 10am until 9pm Monday through Saturday and Sundays from 10am until 6pm.<br /> <br /> When you’re dedicated to “giving another day of life to our community’s less fortunate animals,” you can be reasonably assured that friends and fans will be with you for the long haul. That is certainly the case for the selfless crew at Animal Aid who are celebrating 35-years of service to Michigan’s Great Southwest. To celebrate their outstanding work and good fortune over the decades, the non-profit organization is conducting its Annual Mutt March along Lake Bluff Park today, Saturday, August 23rd. The all-volunteer animal rescue group, Animal Aid, will colorfully kick off the birthday party with a huge hand-crafted birthday cake created by volunteer Toni Miller. While that particular cake is for display purposes only and crafted out of foam core, there will be plenty of real life, edible cake to be had along with colorful face-painting and more. Festivities begin at 11am and run until 2pm today unless rain holds it off until tomorrow. You are invited to use a pledge form, available on-site or simply make a donation in addition to the reasonable $8 entry fee. Animal Aid is a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal organization. You can see their pets at www.animalaidswmi.com and on Facebook, or contact them by phone at 269-934- SPAY.<br /> <br /> When they were in their late teens, they couldn’t get enough of their circuitous travels of the parking lot of the old Fairplain Plaza, complete with Henry’s Hamburgers, classic cars, lots of posturing, plenty of braggadocio, and most of all, as it turns out some lifelong friendships. On Facebook you’ll find them under the tab: “I Used to Cruise Fairplain Plaza.” They are a group of more than 2,500 young-at-heart baby boomers and friends who did, in fact, used to cruise the Fairplain Plaza when they were in high school or the early days of college. They had the sort of cars that turn heads at classic car shows everywhere today, and some of them still have those cars or ones similar to them and they love to share their cars and their stories. Today, Saturday, August 23rd the group that proclaims they “Used to Cruise Fairplain Plaza” is holding their 4th Annual Plaza Cruisers Reunion Show a couple of hundred yards away from the new Fairplain Plaza in the parking lot of the guy who brought the plaza back to life several years ago before selling it and moving on to his new venture at Slumberland Furniture. Jim Paul has graciously opened his front lot to the reminiscing cruisers at 756 E. Napier Avenue in Benton Harbor, about a block shy of the original and current plaza. Anyone with a classic car to showcase is welcome to turn out for the event which is slated to run from noon until 5pm today in the parking lot at Slumberland Furniture. Last year’s event drew about 100 very nice cars and between 300 and 400 spectators allowing organizers to declare the event a resounding success. The Facebook page for the cruisers actually has more than 2,500 members so the potential is seriously real for the show to be huge if everyone decides to bring their wheels out for a little show n’ tell. Organizers say they’ve been getting messages nationwide inquiring about this year’s show, so if even a fraction of them show up it will be another resounding success.<br /> <br /> Whether your fins are to the left or you tend to arc them toward the right, there’s a new crew of ParrotHeads in the neighborhood and they’d like to tell you all about themselves at an upcoming membership meeting. Organizer Paul Pantaleo tells me that the Blossomland Parrot Head Club has officially been formed and will conduct a membership informational meeting on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 at the Lake House by Cravings overlooking Lake Michigan in St. Joseph. Pantaleo says the club will offer up a short introduction into what the ParrottHead club motto, “Party with a Purpose” means and the good that the club will do for the entire community. Last year ParrottHead clubs across the U.S. raised more than $4.1 million dollars and donated more than 78,000 hours for charity while enjoying the music of their idol, musicman Jimmy Buffett. The Lake House ParrottHead event will get underway at 6:30pm at the restaurant. If you have questions regarding this new chapter, you can reach Paul by e-mail at redwino@yahoo.com. <br /> <br /> It’s one of the great sailing traditions of Lake Michigan, routinely referred to as “the best regatta party on the Great Lakes.” It’s the Tri-State Regatta...and you’re invited to the party. St. Joseph River Yacht Club members plan all year for their traditional hosting duties for the Labor Day weekend affair featuring hundreds of sailors and more than a hundred sailboats headed into the local harbor. The annual race begins next Friday, August 29th out of Chicago’s Columbia Yacht Club and makes its way to St. Joseph with boats traditionally arriving anywhere from midnight that night until noon Saturday. Arrival times are typically based on size of the craft, weather conditions, and sailing skills of the crews on board. On Saturday the real party begins as St. Joseph and neighboring communities welcome the sailors for an afternoon and evening of reveling, along with visits to the streets and shops of the community, volleyball on local beaches, live music and more. An all-you-can eat pancake breakfast starts at 7am at the Yacht Club and is open to everyone, sailors, members, families and the general public included. Musician Mike Talbot will be playing from 2pm until 5pm and a lunch grill will be open from noon until 4pm. Following a fantastic dinner opportunity, also open to the public at 6pm, with New York strips and chicken as the main event, the Libido Funk Circus hits the stage from 8pm until midnight to cap off the night. There is no admission charge and food & drink tickets will be available at the door. The party goes on rain or shine thanks to a huge tent on the lawn. Sunday morning the sailors depart for the next leg of the Tri-State moving on Michigan City. The Yacht Club is located at 1 Lighthouse Lane alongside the West Basin Marina in St. Joseph on the north side of the St. Joseph River.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, folks. Enjoy your week and we’ll see you Saturday here 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

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