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SouthweSt Michigan autoMotive Marketplace ECRWSS Local Postal Customer Special pull out Section November 8, 2014 Paper. News Good our Y POSTMASTER: Please deliver on November 8, 2014 Moody on The Market When the Trend Center on M-139 in Benton Harbor sold at an online auction in early July, there was no immediate indica-tion as to who the buyer was or what plans he or she might have for the sprawling 25,000 square foot build-ing. Up until recently, there appeared to be little or no action on the property either. That has all changed rather dramatically, as contractors began dismantling the mansard-style roof line of the facade and installing all new plywood panels preparatory to an entirely new roof. Turns out the winning bidder in the July 8th auc-tion was Cedar Creek LLC. That’s a St. Joseph invest-ment firm co-owned by Gil Logan and Eric Stoub. Officials at Miedema Company of Byron Center out-side of Grand Rapids announced the winning bid at $91,000, but declined to identify the buyers at that time. Logan told me they have successfully negotiated to retain the R.A. Mort Bath Gallery which has anchored the Trend Center property for the past 18 years or longer, and will help them to reposition in the center and showcase their top quality designs and fix-tures in a refurbished facility. He says they have also successfully negotiated another yet to be named long-term tenant for 5,100 square feet of space adjacent to Mort in the near future. Logan, who also is co-owner of Ability In-Home Care of St. Joseph, says a portion of the Trend Center building will be utilized as a train-ing facility for caregivers of that agency. Essentially, that leaves roughly 4,000 square feet of space still available for lease, and Logan says they are actively searching for tenants compatible with R.A. Mort, such as a quality window firm or a granite counter top crew or something similar. Negotiations are underway for about 1,000 square feet of that last remaining space and they are hopeful of sealing that deal in the near future. Logan & Stoub also have highly successful StorSmart Self-Storage & Truck Rental facilities at three sites in the region including one along Red Arrow Highway adjacent to Bosch Braking Systems, one across from the UPS facility on Palladium Drive in St. Joseph Township, which is also where Ability In Home Care is headquartered, and in a refurbished factory at 390 Park Street in Coloma where they have converted 110 units with temperature & humidity controlled atmo-spheres for more specialized and protective storage needs. Cedar Creek was also the successful bidder recently for the former Payless Tire Store in the 700 block of Napier Avenue adjacent to Slumberland Furniture. Logan tells me he was amazed at the incred-ibly good shape that facility was in when he bought it at the Berrien County tax foreclosure auction. He calls it a first-class space with three hydraulic hoists in place and an ideal slot for a potential quick lube business, a tire shop or other automotive service and repair facility. He has it on the market for lease currently. Additionally, Cedar Creek still owns five acres of prime vacant land directly across Cleveland Avenue from Al Stockman Stadium, the home of the Lakeshore Lancer football squad at Lakeshore High School. They sold of one parcel of that prime space a couple of years ago for Honor Credit Union’s new Lakeshore branch, and the balance is readily available in a high-traffic, high-visi-bility site. We’d be reasonably safe in saying that M oody Pat there’s not much grass growing under these guy’s feet as they continue to work their development skills and turnaround magic in multiple locations. Interested parties in any of their space or land can reach Logan and Cedar Creek at 269-208-1950. After 28 years in the same location, there’s just no more room at the inn for Siemans Mazda in Southtown St. Joseph. Add in an all new Mazda lineup MOODY Continued from page 1 www.MailMaxOnline.com that Craig Siemans calls “more exciting than ever before,” and the decision has been made to move the dealership to the Siemans family’s anchor slot on Red Arrow Highway in Bridgman. Targeting early December for completion of the move, Siemans Mazda will take advantage of their 18-acre site in Bridgman to accommodate their expansion needs. Craig tells me with the new lineup they need to increase their Mazda inventory substantially and there just is no room left at 2712 Niles Avenue, their home since 1986. The current site on Niles was originally a gasoline service station and Kaiser Frasier auto dealership. At the time it was constructed it was considered to be “out in the coun-try.” In fact, Niles Avenue was a dirt road and the building was surrounded by open land. Later in its life, the property became an AMC/Jeep dealership. Craig says when they bought the dealership, they literally gutted it and built a first-class showroom that to this day sports fine oak wood finishing from floor to ceil-ing. He seems almost wistful when saying, “It has truly Volume 15, Ver. 45 been a wonderful place to work.” When you grow beyond capacity, however, you have to move on and that’s what the entire award-winning team will be doing as every employee on staff makes the shift to join the team in Bridgman. Sales Manager Bob Betker and salesmen Dave Werner and Brandon Borr will serve customers in their Mazda exclusive showroom at Bridgman, while Service Manager Ron Tipton will head up Mazda service along with Jon Bus and service technicians Dave Wright and David Briney. Siemans tells me that Wright may, in fact, be the highest award winner of any technician in all of Berrien County. The move to Bridgman will also be a major plus for cus-tomers inasmuch as the shop has the newest front end alignment machine, automatic car wash, loaner vehi-cles, and larger waiting areas. The Siemans Bridgman showrooms are among the largest in the area and they also employ a service lane that keeps guests clear of the rough weather elements. Additionally, the entire Continued on page 10 Bridgman sales force will have access to Mazda sales opportunities, so many existing customers who have a favorite in the Bridgman store will now be able to deal with their personal sales rep for the new Mazda lineup. Ironically, the Niles Avenue building has been sought out by many people over the years wondering of its availability for sale, but the timing was never right. Now, the building is on the market and whether some-MOODY Continued from page 9 NAPIER AVENUE CAMPUS Saturday, November 22, 11 A.M. -1 P.M. You’re bright, you’re driven, you want a great start to a great career. Come visit your new home at LMC! OPEN HOUSE www.lakemichigancollege.edu/openhouse Lake Michigan College Napier Avenue Campus • 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI one is looking to establish a restaurant or office space was selected for induction based on her experience and or any of a variety of uses, for once the building is her passion for providing effective patient-centered actually available for sale on the open market. The new care in the field of Audiology. Her business, Dr. address for Siemans Mazda will be 8961 Red Arrow Kasewurm’s Professional Hearing Services of St. Highway in Bridgman. Joseph, ranks in the top one percent of audiology prac-Immediately after her graduation in 1983 from tices in the entire nation, renowned for exceptional Western Michigan University and its College of Health patient care and customer service. Her practice was & Human Services, Dr. Gyl Kasewurm launched even featured in a PBS documentary sponsored by the Professional Hearing Services. She then went on to Better Hearing Institute. Dean Earlie Washington of earn her Doctor of Audiology degree from Central the College of Health & Human Services at WMU Michigan University. Her business acumen and profes-called Dr. Kasewurm and her fellow inductees, “An sional prowess have now resulted in her induction into inspiration to current students and faculty, representing Western Michigan University’s Outstanding Alumni excellence in their fields and effectiveness of our Academy. More than 17,000 individuals have graduat-teaching-learning efforts over the years.” Dean ed from the College of Health Human and Services Washington “We are proud of our alumni • Tours of Beckwith Hall & housing information • Learn about 70+ & program degree options concluded, from advisors and faculty programs at WMU. Until recently, only 86 of those and grateful for their achievements and contributions • Tours of Napier Avenue Campus • Student life and Red Hawk athletics information people had earned induction into the Academy. On in health care and human service.” • Financial aid assistance Saturday, October 25th, Dr. Gyl and eight fellow alums Some women sit quietly at home when their men joined those ranks, bringing the total to 97 --still a take to the north woods for deer hunting season. Then, highly elite crew out of over 17,000. Dr. Kasewurm there are White Pine Winery fans. They simply rejoice Questions? 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Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

When the Trend Center on M-139 in Benton Harbor sold at an online auction in early July, there was no immediate indication as to who the buyer was or what plans he or she might have for the sprawling 25,000 square foot building. Up until recently, there appeared to be little or no action on the property either. That has all changed rather dramatically, as contractors began dismantling the mansard-style roof line of the facade and installing all new plywood panels preparatory to an entirely new roof. Turns out the winning bidder in the July 8th auction was Cedar Creek LLC. That’s a St. Joseph investment firm co-owned by Gil Logan and Eric Stoub. Officials at Miedema Company of Byron Center outside of Grand Rapids announced the winning bid at $91,000, but declined to identify the buyers at that time. Logan told me they have successfully negotiated to retain the R.A. Mort Bath Gallery which has anchored the Trend Center property for the past 18 years or longer, and will help them to reposition in the center and showcase their top quality designs and fixtures in a refurbished facility. He says they have also successfully negotiated another yet to be named longterm tenant for 5,100 square feet of space adjacent to Mort in the near future. Logan, who also is co-owner of Ability In-Home Care of St. Joseph, says a portion of the Trend Center building will be utilized as a training facility for caregivers of that agency. Essentially, that leaves roughly 4,000 square feet of space still available for lease, and Logan says they are actively searching for tenants compatible with R.A. Mort, such as a quality window firm or a granite counter top crew or something similar. Negotiations are underway for about 1,000 square feet of that last remaining space and they are hopeful of sealing that deal in the near future. Logan & Stoub also have highly successful StorSmart Self-Storage & Truck Rental facilities at three sites in the region including one along Red Arrow Highway adjacent to Bosch Braking Systems, one across from the UPS facility on Palladium Drive in St. Joseph Township, which is also where Ability In Home Care is headquartered, and in a refurbished factory at 390 Park Street in Coloma where they have converted 110 units with temperature & humidity controlled atmospheres for more specialized and protective storage needs. Cedar Creek was also the successful bidder recently for the former Payless Tire Store in the 700 block of Napier Avenue adjacent to Slumberland Furniture. Logan tells me he was amazed at the incredibly good shape that facility was in when he bought it at the Berrien County tax foreclosure auction. He calls it a first-class space with three hydraulic hoists in place and an ideal slot for a potential quick lube business, a tire shop or other automotive service and repair facility. He has it on the market for lease currently. Additionally, Cedar Creek still owns five acres of prime vacant land directly across Cleveland Avenue from Al Stockman Stadium, the home of the Lakeshore Lancer football squad at Lakeshore High School. They sold of one parcel of that prime space a couple of years ago for Honor Credit Union’s new Lakeshore branch, and the balance is readily available in a high-traffic, high-visibility site. We’d be reasonably safe in saying thatthere’s not much grass growing under these guy’s feet as they continue to work their development skills and turnaround magic in multiple locations. Interested parties in any of their space or land can reach Logan and Cedar Creek at 269-208-1950.<br /> <br /> After 28 years in the same location, there’s just no more room at the inn for Siemans Mazda in Southtown St. Joseph. Add in an all new Mazda lineup that Craig Siemans calls “more exciting than ever before,” and the decision has been made to move the dealership to the Siemans family’s anchor slot on Red Arrow Highway in Bridgman. Targeting early December for completion of the move, Siemans Mazda will take advantage of their 18-acre site in Bridgman to accommodate their expansion needs. Craig tells me with the new lineup they need to increase their Mazda inventory substantially and there just is no room left at 2712 Niles Avenue, their home since 1986. The current site on Niles was originally a gasoline service station and Kaiser Frasier auto dealership. At the time it was constructed it was considered to be “out in the country.” In fact, Niles Avenue was a dirt road and the building was surrounded by open land. Later in its life, the property became an AMC/Jeep dealership. Craig says when they bought the dealership, they literally gutted it and built a first-class showroom that to this day sports fine oak wood finishing from floor to ceiling. He seems almost wistful when saying, “It has truly been a wonderful place to work.” When you grow beyond capacity, however, you have to move on and that’s what the entire award-winning team will be doing as every employee on staff makes the shift to join the team in Bridgman. Sales Manager Bob Betker and salesmen Dave Werner and Brandon Borr will serve customers in their Mazda exclusive showroom at Bridgman, while Service Manager Ron Tipton will head up Mazda service along with Jon Bus and service technicians Dave Wright and David Briney. Siemans tells me that Wright may, in fact, be the highest award winner of any technician in all of Berrien County. The move to Bridgman will also be a major plus for customers inasmuch as the shop has the newest front end alignment machine, automatic car wash, loaner vehicles, and larger waiting areas. The Siemans Bridgman showrooms are among the largest in the area and they also employ a service lane that keeps guests clear of the rough weather elements. Additionally, the entire Bridgman sales force will have access to Mazda sales opportunities, so many existing customers who have a favorite in the Bridgman store will now be able to deal with their personal sales rep for the new Mazda lineup.Ironically, the Niles Avenue building has been sought out by many people over the years wondering of its availability for sale, but the timing was never right. Now, the building is on the market and whether someone is looking to establish a restaurant or office space or any of a variety of uses, for once the building is actually available for sale on the open market. The new address for Siemans Mazda will be 8961 Red Arrow Highway in Bridgman.<br /> <br /> Immediately after her graduation in 1983 from Western Michigan University and its College of Health & Human Services, Dr. Gyl Kasewurm launched Professional Hearing Services. She then went on to earn her Doctor of Audiology degree from Central Michigan University. Her business acumen and professional prowess have now resulted in her induction into Western Michigan University’s Outstanding Alumni Academy. More than 17,000 individuals have graduated from the College of Health & Human Services programs at WMU. Until recently, only 86 of those people had earned induction into the Academy. On Saturday, October 25th, Dr. Gyl and eight fellow alums joined those ranks, bringing the total to 97 -- still a highly elite crew out of over 17,000. Dr. Kasewurm was selected for induction based on her experience and her passion for providing effective patient-centered care in the field of Audiology. Her business, Dr. Kasewurm’s Professional Hearing Services of St. Joseph, ranks in the top one percent of audiology practices in the entire nation, renowned for exceptional patient care and customer service. Her practice was even featured in a PBS documentary sponsored by the Better Hearing Institute. Dean Earlie Washington of the College of Health & Human Services at WMU called Dr. Kasewurm and her fellow inductees, “An inspiration to current students and faculty, representing excellence in their fields and effectiveness of our teaching-learning efforts over the years.” Dean Washington concluded, “We are proud of our alumni and grateful for their achievements and contributions in health care and human service.” <br /> <br /> Some women sit quietly at home when their men take to the north woods for deer hunting season. Then, there are White Pine Winery fans. They simply rejoice over the opportunity to head to yet another Hunter’s Widow Night on the town! My friend Dr. Dave Miller, who owns and operates the White Pine Winery Tasting Room in downtown St. Joseph helps hunter widows everywhere to enjoy the time while their men are afield. He has scheduled his 4th Annual Hunter Widow Night event for Thursday, November 13th from 6pm to 9pm in the heart of the central business district in downtown St. Joseph. The big night on the town, featuring White Pine Wines, gourmet food selections to pair with the wines, bottled wine discounts and a grab bag of goodies from local merchants costs just $25 per person, or you can sign up with a friend for just $40.00. Prices go up to $30 if you wait to pay at the door, and that’s assuming there’s any space left. Space is limited and will be held to the first 35 who call to arrange tickets. The girl’s night out event ticket gets you two glasses of wine, appetizers & small bites to pair with your wines, the grab bag of goodies from local merchants, plus a $5 coupon toward bottled wine purchased at the event. To reserve your slot, call 269-281-0098 or email Dr. Dave at friends@whitepinewinery.com. The tasting room can be found at 317 State Street in downtown St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> The men and women who have worked tirelessly to remind us all of the sacrifices of those in uniform for our country bring yet another performance to LMC Mendel Center Main Stage tomorrow, Sunday 11/9, with their Annual Veterans Day Patriotic Concert featuring the Southshore Concert Band. The Lest We Forget organization which stages dramatic reenactments of war each summer along the shores of Lake Michigan will once again salute veterans of all conflicts in their 2pm performance tomorrow. This marks the 9th consecutive year that the two have teamed up for the concert under the guiding baton of Director Dale Reuss. Special seating will be set aside, with veterans and their guests being asked to sit in sections designated for each conflict being recognized including WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan. Following the concert, a photo of each group will be taken. The 75-piece band will play a “Tribute to Patriotism Through Music,” featuring patriotic songs connected to the war they were associated with. By way of example, the American Revolutionary War of 1776 will be identified by “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” and the Civil War by “To Heal a Nation.” A tremendous history lesson will be imparted by the remarks and brief presentation by Director Reuss on why each song was significant. The Lest We Forget organization of SW Michigan has conducted many patriotic programs including reenactments from WWII, Korea and Vietnam. They have also conducted classes at Lake Michigan College on the Civil War, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. They have written three books with over 200 veterans’ stories and more. In 2015 the group will stage a “Tribute to Vietnam Veterans” at the Southwest Michigan Regional Airport in Benton Harbor. Membership in the organization is open to anyone interested in American patriotism. Veterans of all conflicts will be recognized at Sunday’s concert with featured speaker WWII Veteran Jimmy Butt. Emcee for the ceremonies will be Jim Cassidy.<br /> Tickets for the event are available at Martin’s Super Markets in St. Joseph and Stevensville, or at the Mendel Center Box Office as well as from members of the Lest We Forget organization. Advance tickets are just $10 or you pay $12.50 at the door. Children 17 and under will be admitted for free when accompanied by an adult.<br /> <br /> The Racine family at the Grand Mere Inn has quietly hosted an Annual Sunday Supper to benefit the Readiness Center in Benton Harbor year after year. They literally give over their entire operation on a Sunday in November each year with 100-percent of the money generated going exclusively to continue the ongoing efforts of administrators at the Readiness Center which is dedicated to providing educational programs for low-income parents and their preschool through grad five children with the goal of fostering self-esteem in both parents and children by offering a variety of educational experiences in a setting where they can be successful. If you’re lucky there might still be a space or two for tomorrow’s dinner, but you must call now to 269-926-4084. Last chance for tomorrow’s dinner (11/9/14). The dinner is $125, but every penny goes to the Readiness Center, inasmuch as the Racine’s generously donate all of the food and beverage cost and the staff donates their time to the cause.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, folks. See you next Saturday right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Morning Radio Personality<br /> WSJM Radio<br /> moody@wsjm.com<br /> (269) 925-111<br /> <br /> Read more at www.MailMaxOnline.com

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