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LOOK INSIDE: Sale Dates: Sept 20 Thru Sept 26, 2009 of St. Joseph Schroeder Furniture The Helpful Place PATER Benton Harbor, Sodus, Berrien Springs, St. Joseph, Stevensville Your Good News Paper. Page 11 POSTMASTER: Please deliver on Saturday, September 26, 2009 Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com Angler Dangler Austin proves that the big ones don’t always get away. Submitted by Phylis “Nana” McDaniel We Want Your Colorful and Exciting Pictures! Please send your favorite horizontal photos with a brief description to MailMax at 2202 Plaza Drive, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 or email attached photo to Photos@FarAhead.com ATTN: MAIL SUBMISSIONS: If you would like your photo(s) returned, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your photo submission. Moody on The Market Pat Moody One of the major gateways to the Benton Harbor Arts District and the Harbor Shores community is reportedly quietly working toward resurrection. Keen observers have noted that The Phoenix Cafe on Water Street has been serving hand-crafted soups prepared by chefs from the former Ideal Place Restaurant for several weeks now. The restaurant, perfectly situated on a major flank into the district and a key road into Harbor Shores, has been shuttered for several years now, and on the block for sale. Word in the street now is that Chris Kasperzak is working behind the scenes to pave the way toward re-opening The Ideal Place for busi- ness in the near future. Sources close to the transaction process are telling me that Christine is hopeful of being open again shortly…perhaps in time for the upcoming holiday season. That would be a major boost to the Arts District which has long mourned the loss of the eclectic and extremely popular restaurant ever since its closure. The decision to close was not arrived at lightly, but Chris and her crew were near exhaustion mentally and physically after a partner elected to with- draw from the equation. The toll was more than they could handle, and the bar and restau- rant were listed for sale and closed up shop. While many potential restaurateurs were immediately interested in owning and operat- ing the site, most were reluctant to take on the entire multi-story building purchase, having only interest in the ground floor facilities. The cosmopolitan, contemporary menu was extremely well received by fans of the restau- rant from as far away as Chicago, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis and Detroit. So, keep your fingers crossed, hope for a speedy pro- cess and until the restaurant returns to the scene, you can at least enjoy some of their amazing soup creations with Tony and Elizabeth at The Phoenix Café. Stay tuned for more on this great news story. Local roots for key players, a holistic approach beyond the mantra of “location, location, location,” and the strong capabilities of a five-star marketing team are already pushing the future Lake Park Place project into the Super Star column when it comes to first class real estate opportunities for Michigan’s Great Southwest. Granted, developers haven’t even torn down the exist- ing building, let alone launched construction of the new design…but Lake Park Place is Continued on page 10 Postal Customer PRSRT. STD. U.S. Postage PAID Benton Harbor, MI PERMIT NO.225 Just 5 Min. N. St. Joe on M-63 Left at blinking light (269) 849-3360 New Hours Starting October 2nd • M-F 10-6 • Sat 10-5 • Sun 12-5

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One of the major gateways to the Benton Harbor Arts District and the Harbor Shores community is reportedly quietly working toward resurrection. Keen observers have noted that The Phoenix Cafe on Water Street has been serving hand-crafted soups prepared by chefs from the former Ideal Place Restaurant for several weeks now.<br /> <br /> The restaurant, perfectly situated on a major flank into the district and a key road into Harbor Shores, has been shuttered for several years now, and on the block for sale. Word in the street now is that Chris Kasperzak is working behind the scenes to pave the way toward re-opening The Ideal Place for business in the near future. Sources close to the transaction process are telling me that Christine is hopeful of being open again shortly…perhaps in time for the upcoming holiday season. That would be a major boost to the Arts District which has long mourned the loss of the eclectic and extremely popular restaurant ever since its closure. The decision to close was not arrived at lightly, but Chris and her crew were near exhaustion mentally and physically after a partner elected to withdraw from the equation. The toll was more than they could handle, and the bar and restaurant were listed for sale and closed up shop.<br /> <br /> While many potential restaurateurs were immediately interested in owning and operating the site, most were reluctant to take on the entire multi-story building purchase, having only interest in the ground floor facilities.<br /> <br /> The cosmopolitan, contemporary menu was extremely well received by fans of the restaurant from as far away as Chicago, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis and Detroit. So, keep your fingers crossed, hope for a speedy process and until the restaurant returns to the scene, you can at least enjoy some of their amazing soup creations with Tony and Elizabeth at The Phoenix Café. Stay tuned for more on this great news story.<br /> <br /> Local roots for key players, a holistic approach beyond the mantra of “location, location, location,” and the strong capabilities of a five-star marketing team are already pushing the future Lake Park Place project into the Super Star column when it comes to first class real estate opportunities for Michigan’s Great Southwest. Granted, developers haven’t even torn down the existing building, let alone launched construction of the new design…but Lake Park Place is Of the new design…but Lake Park Place is already hitting on all cylinders. Lake Park Place is the name of the dynamic new condominium development that will sit on the site of the former YWCA in downtown St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> While real estate agents across Michigan struggle with varying degrees of a housing slump, the team at 508 Pleasant Street LLC, is enjoying brisk sales interest in the coming sevenstory project. Paul Heaps, owner and agent of Realty Executives Pro Brokers, the agency responsible for selling the property units there, tells me that they have hired the incredible talent bank at Perry Ballard Incorporated to help distinguish the property from all other competitors. PBI President and Creative Director Gary Tipton immediately points out that, “No other residential option offers this property’s city and lake views,” adding, “It is truly a luxurious location that heightens your senses and your lifestyle.” The Ballard team is putting the focus squarely on the project’s lifestyle experiences that fit each of the five senses.<br /> <br /> They have used that theme in crafting the interior design of the project’s Information and Sales Center located at 517 Pleasant Street, as well as in the printed promotional material and their website, www.301LakeBoulevard. com. The multi-million dollar project is slated for occupancy next year at the corner of Pleasant Street and Lake Boulevard downtown.<br /> <br /> The developers, the architect and Pearson Construction all have local roots and know the market well, and agree it is a good place to call home. You can see floor plans for each style of unit at the website, and learn a lot more at the sales center across from Caffe Tosi.<br /> <br /> Regular readers of Moody on the Market here in MailMax know that the primary focus is always on the good news of the region…and the success stories of businesses and organizations not only surviving but thriving. So, I have to tell you that I’m impressed that PentaVision Integrated Digital Media of South Bend shares that same philosophy. In fact, company president Ryan Geist is so fed up with hearing the bad news all the time of business closures, employee layoffs and the like that they have gone out in search of good news celebrations.<br /> <br /> As a result, from now until November 1st, local companies in Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana are being invited to take part in their “What’s Your Story?” Contest.<br /> <br /> It’s a forum for businesses, organizations, employees and members of the general community to submit stories and nominations on positive stories impacting the local business community. One story will be selected as a winner to earn a three-minute video production from the PentaVision team. To learn more about how you can get your good news in the running, go to www.whatsyourstorysite.com. Good luck!<br /> <br /> Apparently when I told you the success story of Diana Graham’s new business About Faces Permanent Cosmetics in St. Joseph, many of you got the impression that her Lake Shore Drive business was just another “wake up with makeup,” operator. Reality could not be further from the truth. She actually began her career 30-years ago in Kalamazoo as the first medical aesthetician in the state working with Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. She specialized in makeup and skin care for burn victims, cancer patients and anyone with facial disfigurements. When permanent cosmetics came into being, it was a natural progression that she began permanent makeup procedures for those very same people. She offers a broad range of services, including any kind of regular makeup look you want to achieve from the Sophia Loren eye liner look to the smudgy, sexy Heather Locklear look. Thanks to her local success, she tells me that she will be expanding next month…so stay tuned for more on that venture.<br /> <br /> Tfactor principal Fred Pieplow has been honored again…this time as a Michigan 2009 Entrepreneur of Distinction. Pieplow’s award from Corp! Magazine is one designed to recognize people who bring extraordinary passion to the marketplace by creating something special or by foreseeing and formulating a response to market demand. Specifically, Fred was cited, “for his ability to pinpoint current economic challenges and build business solutions that meet those challenges.” Tfactor, as you may recall, was recently formed by Pieplow and his partners Steve Murray and Calli Berg to help clients with time, tools and talent where their individual business capabilities may come up short. Congratulations, Fred. Nice work!<br /> <br /> It was the original wristband reminder, and is still the most notable among a sea of wristbands in a rainbow of colors. The bright yellow message of the LIVESTRONG band still resonates today among the millions of people affected by cancer who are working hard to raise awareness of cancer issues around the globe. Locally, Patrick Bonuso of GenFusion in St. Joseph has taken up the banner and the cause and is putting the finishing touches on Livestrong Day, next Friday, October 2nd. The big event is a two-pronged approach with an afternoon Golf Outing at Harbor Shores, and an evening Luau on the Veranda at the Whitcomb in downtown St. Joseph. More than 1,000 local events will take place around the world as a part of the global celebration, and these are our local opportunities to get involved and help raise money to benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation.<br /> <br /> The Luau starts at 6pm with live music from The Last Mangoes at 7pm. It’s a pig roast with Hawaiian sides. The golf tournament tees off at 4pm. The event is sponsored by GenFusion, the Whitcomb and by BlueStarHighway.com. You can sign up for any or all of the events at www.livestrongmichigan. com.<br /> <br /> The Vineland Center is working around the clock on preparations for an unforgettable night of dining, dancing, creativity and fun again this year for the Masquerade Ball 2009 on Saturday, October 24th. Only 300 tickets will be sold for this great fundraiser hosted by Dani’s Dancers from Relay for Life. Tickets are $30 each, and Glen Head promises it is guaranteed to be a ball! Tickets are available at the MailMax office at 2202 Plaza Drive in Benton Harbor.<br /> <br /> Speaking of Glen…congratulations are due his direction for winning one of the Twin City Players’ Golden Neophyte Awards for his first time performance as Captain Von Trapp in their production of The Sound of Music. Equally as impressive was the win by his fellow lead, Elizabeth McAndrew for her performance as Maria, which also earned her the Golden Neophyte trophy among actresses.<br /> <br /> The St. Joseph Band & Orchestra 269-934-7522 • www.MailMaxOnline.com Parents Association is busy with plans for their upcoming Outdoor Movie Night fundraiser at St. Joseph High School’s Dickinson Stadium next Saturday night, October 3rd.<br /> <br /> The event is a double-feature presentation of “Herbie Fully Loaded,” and “Back to the Future,” on the big screen under the stars. The event is scheduled to run from 6pm until 12:30am, and will include a tricycle race featuring St. Joseph school and city officials, carnival games and a silent auction. Tickets are $3 in advance or $5 at the gate and are available at Moxie’s in downtown St. Joseph or by calling 428-0697. Proceeds from the twin-bill will benefit the St. Joseph High School Band and Orchestra student’s East Coast music enrichment trips.<br /> <br /> The SW Michigan Symphony Orchestra launches their new season, An American Celebration, tonight, Saturday, September 26th at 7:30pm on the Mendel Center Mainstage at Lake Michigan College. They’ll be celebrating the American Orchestra at this opening performance, underwritten by Oncology Care Associates and Fifth Third Bank.<br /> <br /> If you think you know when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em, the Southwestern Michigan Home Builders Association is holding a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament on Saturday, October 10th from 1pm until 7pm at the St. Joseph Elks Club in downtown St. Joseph. A $50 buy-in gets you $2,500.00 in chips and prizes will be paid out through 10th place. You can pre-register by calling the office at 473-5035 or online at www.swmhba.com. An entire fall roster of classes at Water Street Glassworks includes something for anyone who ever wanted to try making glass art. Classes are now getting under way and will continue through December 16th at 140-142 Water Street in the Benton Harbor Arts District.<br /> <br /> For a full class schedule, log onto www.waterstreetglassworks. org. Or, call 925-5555.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Enjoy your weekend…and we’ll see you right here in MailMax next Saturday!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody is Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org 269-925-6100 ext. 216<br /> <br />

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