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The new Sandbar & Grille, located at 2701 Lakeshore Drive in St. Joseph virtually in the shad-ows of the goalposts at St. Joe High School’s Dickinson Stadium , proved to be far more than the “bit of tender loving care” clean up process originally anticipated. Managing partner Jon Vliet told me recently about the full-on transformation undertaken, which has dramatically updated the place, and brings things up to code. The new kids closed things down for about a month recently to accomplish the deep cleaning and they ended up putting in an entirely new hickory wood floor, rebuilt the bar, installed all brand new kitchen equipment, replaced every stick of furni-ture in the house with good looking tables, chairs, high-tops, and bar stools. They also installed an amaz-ing new entertainment system featuring 20-to-30,000 songs complete with video and new DJ gear, Karaoke materials and more. Every Wednesday night is Karaoke night , but they also do some light Karaoke on Fridays and heavier action on Saturdays, with a live DJ in the house each Thursday. The beautiful 40’s style art-deco bar-back has been beautifully cleaned up and restored, and more than a dozen flat screen TV’s throughout the house provide for viewing of the music videos, College Football & Basketball, NFL Ticket action (with every game in the league avail-able for viewing somewhere in the house) and more. On game days the “Game of the Day” will feature $1 draft beer specials. An entirely new glycol-nitrogen fed draft beer system has been installed to assure super cold delivery right from the tap. They also maintain a wine list featuring many local wines and more. The same crew of investors own Port St. Joseph on State Street in downtown St. Joseph and Edgewater Gifts in the same block. Their knowledge in the kitchen is earning them kudos with a nice initial array of burgers, sandwiches, baskets and salads. A new, expanded menu with additional options and some appetizers is due in the next 30 to 45 days or so. Look for game night specials to match up with every SJ High School home game for hungry fans, too. Thanks to their new kitchen, the Sandbar & Grille chefs are offering daily food specials in addition to the regular menu, and coming soon they’ll bring you a Ladies’ Night . Not only are the famous pool tables still in the house, the Sandbar features pool leagues three nights a week with regular competition ongoing. The new Sandbar & Grille has 13 people on staff, not counting the owners and managers, and everyone on staff regularly samples the special of the day out of the kitchen so they can speak directly to the flavors, tastes and styles being offered. You’ll find the crew in the house from 11am until 2am Monday through Saturday and Sundays from noon until 2am. Look for “Wing Wednesdays,” with 40-cent wings through the night. An entirely new point-of-sale (POS) system even Moody on The Market speeds an accurate accounting of your tab when you’re ready to cash out. Now that they’ve got every-thing up and running, look for new additions of still more TV screens and plans are already being crafted to expand the business even more with an addition in the range of 30-by-40 feet at the back of the house where they will also build a deck with a beer garden, expand the parking lot by demolishing the vacant home out back and provide an expanded space for those who wish to step outside for a quick cigarette. On Monday, September 15th, the old Vickie’s Sandbar Facebook page was switched over to the new name of The Sandbar & Grille, but all of the content and pho-tos and such have been carried over to the new IP address so fans of old still have their memories intact while new stories regarding the bar and restaurant can be shared under the new name. Even former owner Vickie Page still swings by regularly to enjoy the years of memories while scoping out the upgrades and improvements of the new Sandbar & Grille. Jon says she likes it...and he thinks you will, too. MOODY Continued from page 1 Volume 15, Ver. 39 For the last twenty years, Terry Richardson and his crew at DeGroot, Inc. of Coloma Township have conservatively operated their business with the thought that one day they would be in a position for facilities expansion and business growth. That day has arrived. Richardson appeared before the Coloma Township Board recently (Wednesday, September 10th) with Cornerstone Alliance Business Development Manager Thad Rieder seeking a tax break on a nearly $3-million investment in building expansion and new equipment acquisition to facilitate that growth. The Coloma Township Board heard details of the project and granted DeGroot a 12-year, 50-percent tax abatement for their expansion plans. DeGroot is a family-owned business in the wholesale nursery industry first established back in 1957 along Coloma North Road . They grow and supply quality perennials, flowerbulbs, shrubs, small fruit and vege-table plants for wholesale distribution to growers, landscapers, garden centers and retailers across the United States . Their current facilities were originally built roughly 40-years ago, and comprise more than 100,000 square feet under roof. Even that is not enough for the prolific company inasmuch as Rieder tells me they have had to resort to leasing 50,000 square feet of additional warehouse space in St. Joseph over the last two winters with 12 to 15 employees there just to handle their book of business. Thanks to the impending facility expansion in Coloma, those employees will relocate to the mother ship. DeGroot is a formidable competitor in their industry, where the competition is fierce. They are the third largest nursery wholesaler in the entire United States behind only Garden State Bulb in Vineland, New Jersey and Van Zyverden in Meridian, Mississippi . To continue to compete effectively with those two larger firms, Richardson told Coloma Township officials they need to upgrade and expand their facilities here in Michigan’s Great Southwest . Richardson purchased majority ownership of the busi-ness and property 22 years ago in 1992 and two years ago ended up purchasing the entire company while enticing his sons Tyler and Wade to move back to Coloma from Florida and Virginia with the plan that in the future they will take over total operation of the nursery. All three families now reside in Coloma Township. Last year DeGroot had about 147 employ-And just look at your carpets! It’s the perfect time for a Carpet SALE. Your rooms will be clean and bright at 20-40% off roll balances and 50% off room size remnants. Nice for you. Nice for the holidays. Come select your carpet now before someone else gets it. Tile • Stone • Carpet • Remnants • Area Rugs • Hardwood • Glass Tiles • Laminate Flooring M ,T, W , F 9-5 , Thursday 9-7 , Saturday 10-3 Be proud of your floor. 269.925.2900 www.FloorArtWorld.com 2467 S. 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For long time fans of the former Vickie's Sandbar in St. Joseph, the ambience is fully intact. For new fans of what has become The Sandbar & Grille, the trans formation has become a perfect balance that will delight you and bring you back week after week and make it your new favorite watering hole. New owners and managing partners Larry Vliet, Tracy Ostrowski and Larry's son Jon Vliet have been quietly amazing everyone who steps through the door of the decades old establishment for the attention to heritage in combination with the perfection of upgrades and renovations. The new Sandbar & Grille, located at 2701 Lakeshore Drive in St. Joe High School's Dickinson Stadium, proved to be far more than the "bit of tender loving care" clean up process originally anticipated. Managing partner Jon Vliet told me recently about the full-on transformation undertaken, which has dramatically updated the place, and brings things up to code. The new kids closed things down for about a month recently to accomplish the deep cleaning and they ended up putting in an entirely new hickory wood floor, rebuilt the bar, installed all brand new kitchen equipment, replaced every stick of furniture in the house with good looking tables, chairs, high-tops, and bar stools. They also installed an amazing new entertainment system featuring 20-to-30,000 songs complete with video and new DJ gear, Karaoke materials and more. Every Wednesday night is Karaoke night, but they also do some light Karaoke on Fridays and heavier action on Saturdays, with a live DJ in the house each Thursday. The beautiful 40’s style art-deco bar-back has been beautifully cleaned up and restored, and more than a dozen flat screen TV’s throughout the house provide for viewing of the music videos, College Football & Basketball, NFL Ticket action (with every game in the league available for viewing somewhere in the house) and more. On game days the “Game of the Day” will feature $1 draft beer specials. An entirely new glycol-nitrogen fed draft beer system has been installed to assure super cold delivery right from the tap. They also maintain a wine list featuring many local wines and more. The same crew of investors own Port St. Joseph on State Street in downtown St. Joseph and Edgewater Gifts in the same block. Their knowledge in the kitchen is earning them kudos with a nice initial array of burgers, sandwiches, baskets and salads. A new, expanded menu with additional options and some appetizers is due in the next 30 to 45 days or so. Look for game night specials to match up with every SJ High School home game for hungry fans, too. Thanks to their new kitchen, the Sandbar & Grille chefs are offering daily food specials in addition to the regular menu, and coming soon they’ll bring you a Ladies’ Night. Not only are the famous pool tables still in the house, the Sandbar features pool leagues three nights a week with regular competition ongoing. The new Sandbar & Grille has 13 people on staff, not counting the owners and managers, and everyone on staff regularly samples the special of the day out of the kitchen so they can speak directly to the flavors, tastes and styles being offered. You’ll find the crew in the house from 11am until 2am Monday through Saturday and Sundays from noon until 2am. Look for “Wing Wednesdays,” with 40-cent wings through the night. An entirely new point-of-sale (POS) system even speeds an accurate accounting of your tab when you’re ready to cash out. Now that they’ve got everything up and running, look for new additions of still more TV screens and plans are already being crafted to expand the business even more with an addition in the range of 30-by-40 feet at the back of the house where they will also build a deck with a beer garden, expand the parking lot by demolishing the vacant home out back and provide an expanded space for those who wish to step outside for a quick cigarette. On Monday, September 15th, the old Vickie’s Sandbar Facebook page was switched over to the new name of The Sandbar & Grille, but all of the content and photos and such have been carried over to the new IP address so fans of old still have their memories intact while new stories regarding the bar and restaurant can be shared under the new name. Even former owner Vickie Page still swings by regularly to enjoy the years of memories while scoping out the upgrades and improvements of the new Sandbar & Grille. Jon says she likes it...and he thinks you will, too.<br /> <br /> For the last twenty years, Terry Richardson and his crew at DeGroot, Inc. of Coloma Township have conservatively operated their business with the thought that one day they would be in a position for facilities expansion and business growth. That day has arrived. Richardson appeared before the Coloma Township Board recently (Wednesday, September 10th) with Cornerstone Alliance Business Development Manager Thad Rieder seeking a tax break on a nearly $3-million investment in building expansion and new equipment acquisition to facilitate that growth. The Coloma Township Board heard details of the project and granted DeGroot a 12-year, 50-percent tax abatement for their expansion plans. DeGroot is a family-owned business in the wholesale nursery industry first established back in 1957 along Coloma North Road. They grow and supply quality perennials, flowerbulbs, shrubs, small fruit and vegetable plants for wholesale distribution to growers, landscapers, garden centers and retailers across the United States. Their current facilities were originally built roughly 40-years ago, and comprise more than 100,000 square feet under roof. Even that is not enough for the prolific company inasmuch as Rieder tells me they have had to resort to leasing 50,000 square feet of additional warehouse space in St. Joseph over the last two winters with 12 to 15 employees there just to handle their book of business. Thanks to the impending facility expansion in Coloma, those employees will relocate to the mother ship. DeGroot is a formidable competitor in their industry, where the competition is fierce. They are the third largest nursery wholesaler in the entire United States behind only Garden State Bulb in Vineland, New Jersey and Van Zyverden in Meridian, Mississippi. To continue to compete effectively with those two larger firms, Richardson told Coloma Township officials they need to upgrade and expand their facilities here in Michigan’s Great Southwest. Richardson purchased majority ownership of the business and property 22 years ago in 1992 and two years ago ended up purchasing the entire company while enticing his sons Tyler and Wade to move back to Coloma from Florida and Virginia with the plan that in the future they will take over total operation of the nursery. All three families now reside in Coloma Township. Last year DeGroot had about 147 employees both regular and seasonal and this year they have surpassed 175 employees. With the impending $2.1-million investment in the building and another more than $812,000 in new equipment, 15 new jobs will be created and plans are to continue to add more full time, year-round positions going forward. With a payroll approaching $1.6-million, DeGroot is a major player on the homefront, attracting many dollars into the local economy from all across the nation. Thanks to the assistance of Cornerstone’s Rieder and the progressive approval of the Coloma Township Board, the homegrown company will continue to flourish and compete on a national scale right here in the heart of the fruit belt.<br /> <br /> Hard to believe it’s already been a year, but Trent Watford’s baby, Tech Help, is celebrating its first birthday in Michigan’s Great Southwest. Trent elected at that time to take his part-time computer training and service business into the realm of full-time work. It has been a rewarding year, and Trent is gearing up for a full Fall Computer Class Schedule beginning soon. Tech Help offers a broad array of training that can be customized specifically for your team and at your location, or you can avail yourself of evening classes offered through the Lakeshore Enrichment Program. Some daytime classes are also offered at several convenient locations in the area as well. Classes slated this fall as an expanded resource for your technology training needs include basic computer skills, Word and Excel (both in basic and advanced versions), iPad, Windows 8, photo editing, and Internet safety. You can find the full schedule by clicking the link at the end of this story. As always, Mr. Watford is available for individual tutoring or to help you with specific computer problems. You can reach him at 269-428-7226. Business owners, take note -- there are several classes that could help build your business. By way of example, An Introduction to Google Adwords, Google+ Business Pages, Create Your Own Website with Wix, and an introduction to Commercial Graphic/Image Editing are all workshops to solve areas of pain for the business community. As noted, these computer classes can be taught at your individual location. Trent brings his laptops and projector to your business or other site and works with you to design training that meets the specific skill needs of your employees. By way of example, that could include basic computer training for employees who have never needed to use computers in the past, but are now faced with the need as your business expands the use of technology. The training from Tech Help also benefits those who have been using computers but wish to improve their skills or need to learn new software such as Office 2013. At any rate, you win through less employee frustration and greater profitability. Here’s the link to the Fall 2014 Computer Class Schedule through Tech Help: http://www.techhelptraining.com <br /> <br /> For more than a third of a century the dedicated people of the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church of Sodus have been hosting one of the largest, most dynamic, and clearly one of the most popular arts & crafts shows in all the region. They’re not about to abandon that winning combination this year either...as they toss down the welcome mat for the 35th Annual Chapel Hill Arts & Crafts show coming next weekend. The Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds in Berrien Springs will anchor the massive show and sale on Saturday, October 4th from 8am until 4pm with both the US 31 Gate #2 and the Shawnee Road Gate #3 open for visitors to enjoy the spectacular event. Parking is free, but there is a $2 admission charge per person at the gate. Spectators and shoppers this year will find nearly 300 exhibitors on hand, nearly a third of which are brand new to the show, having never exhibited there before. More than 50 booths will be showcased inside each of the four commercial buildings and another 75 booths will be set up outside. Exhibitors for this one-of-a-kind show come to us from an eight state area this year including vendors from Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Iowa, and Florida. Look for an abundance of uniquely handcrafted items for Halloween, Fall in general, Thanksgiving and Christmas. It just might be the perfect place to purchase gifts for upcoming birthdays, the holidays and even for yourself and your home. A broad array of different and distinctive arts and crafts will be included in the show again this year with items ranging from clothing and jewelry to purses, rugs, ceramics, stained glass, florals, woodcrafts, furniture, soaps, candles, greeting cards, doll clothing, baskets, fine art and lots more. Since many folks make a full day of it, food will be available on premise all day as well from snacks to lunch items and in between. The only animals allowed at the Chapel Hill Show are Service Dogs. They make that rule for the safety of both patrons and family pets. All profits from the Chapel Hill Arts & Crafts Show go to support mission projects of the church which sponsors the show. Last year, more than 7,500 people showed up for the show, which has generated more than $549,600 in donations to the church’s mission projects over the years. The Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds address is 9122 US Highway 31 in Berrien Springs, across the street from the Apple Valley Market complex.<br /> <br /> The SW Michigan Newcomers Club has been welcoming new people to the area and helping them make friends for more than 50 years and they’re about to do it again with their Fall Welcome & Kickoff Meeting on Monday, September 29th. The group will meet at the Krasl Art Center from 6pm until 8pm for food, fun and friendship. Anyone new to the area is welcome to join the evening to learn more about the club and what it offers as well as to meet some of the current members. No reservation is necessary. Just drop in and enjoy learning more about the area. It can be difficult to begin a new life in unfamiliar surroundings and the SW Michigan Newcomers Club works to make that easier. Check it out for yourself on Monday evening at the Krasl.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week kids. See you at the SJ Wine Festival & Public Art Auction from 4pm until 9 this evening at Whirlpool Centennial Park and again Saturday here in MailMax.<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Morning Radio Personality<br /> WSJM Radio<br /> moody@wsjm.com<br /> (269) 925-1111<br /> Read more at www.MailMaxOnline.com

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