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The bump in the road, which eventually became a fork in the road, was seemingly the only glitch in an otherwise happy ‘marriage’ that was launched several years ago and led to a very successful enterprise in Suite 104 of 4100 M-139 in the Scottdale Crossings Business Center across Miners Road from Pater True Value Hardware. The extremely popular diner featuring a broad array of breakfast offerings, Mexican fare, and a pretty com-prehensive menu of lunch items will become the sole property of Jose Estrada when the formal part-nership is successfully dissolved. Jose Serna is leaving the business, with Estrada flying the flag of ownership solo going forward. Originally, it had been feared that the resulting closure, awaiting the outcome, would run well into the New Year, howev-er Estrada’s lawyers cleared the way for the diner to re-open while the legal process runs its course. A nearly $2-million grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund could pave the way for dozens of new jobs at Lane Automotive, Inc. in Watervliet. The state has awarded the sprawling company along I-94 $1.9-million in Community Development Block Grant funds for a major expansion here to keep the company from establishing that expansion in either Tennessee or Indiana, which were strong contenders for the project. Lane Automotive, which is a world-class supplier of performance parts and accessories for race cars, hot rods, trucks and off-road vehicles has outgrown their massive facility and needs to expand. Tentative plans are to erect a second facility alongside their 159,000 square foot distribution center at M-140 & I-94 in Watervliet Township. The state CDBG dollars would be used toward on-the-job training for 138 new employees at the new site. The company already has roughly 200 employees on the payroll. They pledged to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation that at least 70 of the new positions to be hired-in would be held by individuals with low to moderate incomes if the grant was approved. The Michigan Strategic Fund recently acted on the grant request along with seven other projects around the state destined to create a total of 1,804 jobs on investments in excess of $463-million. According to the MEDC, Watervliet Township has agreed to reduce permitting fees of up to $10,000 to help the project become reality. The township approved a resolution seeking the state’s 47% OFF 249 99 249 generous scale! generous scale! Laguna Queen Size Bed Metal. Includes headboard, footboard and rails. 64.5w 87.25d 51.5h. SKU# PTOP412 M oody $ Pat 349 99 349 fully assembled! oak Loft 5-Piece Counter Height Dining Hardwood solids with okume wood veneers. Includes 40x40 table and 4 leather-look stools. SKU# PINT400 FINAL PRICE. 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SKU# 8018678 †Minimum purchase required. See back page.   participation in the training grant. The training money would flow through the township to Lane Automotive as the training takes place. Lane Automotive has grown exponentially over the years after being started in 1964 in the garage of company founder George Lane. For many years they were headquartered along Red Arrow Highway between Coloma and Watervliet and moved to their massive quarters at 8300 Lane Drive, alongside I-94, in 1998. A small chunk of reasonably prime real estate is back on the market for lease along a busy stretch of M-139 in Benton Township following the depar-ture of Carmelita’s Mexican Restaurant. What start-ed out as El Faro Mexican Restaurant and operated at 1924 M-139 for a couple of years was rebranded to Carmelita’s a little over a year ago when owners Gilberto & Carmelita Villegas relocated that opera-tion from a very successful run in Hartford. In the long run, the marketplace here proved to be tougher to crack and the restaurant was struggling in its final MOODY Continued from page 1 www.MailMaxOnline.com days before closing up shop. The purveyors of “Real Mexican Food,” as their sign proclaimed were noted for their authentic fare, there just didn’t appear to be enough die-hard fans to sustain the business. The building, which was originally constructed to house Western & Southern Life Insurance Company back in the early 60’s has been home to several ethnic restaurants in recent years including several itera-tions as Chinese and Mexican diners. Now, the building is back on the market available for lease. Interested parties can contact Roger Cayo at 269-208-6756 for lease rates, a tour of the property, and other details regarding its availability. The small building is sandwiched in between Pizza Hut and Chet Nichols Auto Parts on M-139 and across the street from KFC and Taco Bell on the M-139 retail corridor opposite the Fairplain Plaza. Cayo had just put the sign in the window when he already had at least one call from an interested party. As for the fate of the Villegas family...no indication at this point on Volume 16, Ver. 1 Continued on page 10 †Minimum purchase required. See back page.   THE LINE UP -ON SALE NOW THE RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE PRESENTS DON QUIXOTE JIM BELUSHI AND THE BOARD OF COMEDY THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR AND OTHER ERIC CARLE FAVORITES RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES THE ACTING COMPANY PRESENTS MARK TWAIN’S A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR’S COURT WILD KRATTS LIVE! what, if anything, they have planned next. An iconic and historic landmark in Harbor Country has met an untimely demise at the end of the wrecking ball today as the former Hannah’s Restaurant building has been wiped off the map. Less than 24-hours after issuing a statement to the community of New Buffalo, regarding the fate of the building, Marc & Leslie Danesi ordered in the wrecking crew from Howard Excavating to remove the venerable old building that they had desperately MOODY Continued from page 1 hoped to save when they purchased the property back in September. The Danesis own the Stray Dog Restaurant on the other side of town, and had been hopeful they could rehabilitate the once popular Hannah’s building for a yet-to-be-announced devel-opment being planned there. Once they got in and looked at the critical condition of the physical plant it became clear that salvage was not an option. In their statement the entrepreneurial couple said: “We are very upset that we will not be able to save that Saturday, January 10, p.m. building, but it is 2015, simply 4 not possible.” The state-ment continued, “When we bought the Hannah’s Thursday, February 5, 2015, 7:30 p.m. property, we were excited to see the possibilities and potential growth and development building Saturday, February 14, 2015, 11 a.m. for & 2 that p.m. and that area. We have done a great deal to develop the north side of town and we were looking forward to helping the south of town. We have consulted Thursday, February 26, side 2015, 7 p.m. with many builders, developers and architects and Saturday, March 14, 2015, 8 p.m. unfortunately the building is beyond repair and not salvageable. We were really hoping to be able to save at least the central part to transform into a new Saturday, April 25, 2015, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. busines or seen come d the buil a new spirit a Within the task already Whittak ed in th Little B became ly 20 ye ing sat restaura Harry’s busines reveale Country have in MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Phone: 269.934.7522 FAX: 269.934.3297 email: publisher@farahead.com www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax Inserts & Promotions •Hardings Friendly Market • Martins Super Markets • Ace Hardware • Culvers • Save-A-Lot • Pater True Value Inserts may vary by Zip Code Continued on page 9

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A two week long closure has come to an end, and fans of the popular Joe’s Cafe Breakfast House can once again enjoy their favorites following resolution of an ownership dispute. The surprise re-opening the day after Christmas was a delight to fans who had feared that the “closed” sign would be in place until into the New Year. The Royalton Township diner was closed a little over three weeks ago when co-owners Jose Estrada and Jose Serna failed to arrive at common ground regarding the future direction of the place, leading to a ‘divorce’ between the two. The business partners represent the two “Joe’s” on the diner’s logo, and the irresolvable dispute led to the dissolution of their partnership. While the legal battles ensued, the diner went dark with customers greeted at the front door with a hand crafted sign reading, “Business Temporarily Closed.” While the paperwork is still in process, the diner quietly re-opened for business last week. The bump in the road, which eventually became a fork in the road, was seemingly the only glitch in an otherwise happy ‘marriage’ that was launched several years ago and led to a very successful enterprise in Suite 104 of 4100 M-139 in the Scottdale Crossings Business Center across Miners Road from Pater True Value Hardware. The extremely popular diner featuring a broad array of breakfast offerings, Mexican fare, and a pretty comprehensive menu of lunch items will become the sole property of Jose Estrada when the formal partnership is successfully dissolved. Jose Serna is leaving the business, with Estrada flying the flag of ownership solo going forward. Originally, it had been feared that the resulting closure, awaiting the outcome, would run well into the New Year, however Estrada’s lawyers cleared the way for the diner to re-open while the legal process runs its course.<br /> <br /> A nearly $2-million grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund could pave the way for dozens of new jobs at Lane Automotive, Inc. in Watervliet. The state has awarded the sprawling company along I-94 $1.9-million in Community Development Block Grant funds for a major expansion here to keep the company from establishing that expansion in either Tennessee or Indiana, which were strong contenders for the project. Lane Automotive, which is a world-class supplier of performance parts and accessories for race cars, hot rods, trucks and offroad vehicles has outgrown their massive facility and needs to expand. Tentative plans are to erect a second facility alongside their 159,000 square foot distribution center at M-140 & I-94 in Watervliet Township. The state CDBG dollars would be used toward on-the-job training for 138 new employees at the new site. The company already has roughly 200 employees on the payroll. They pledged to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation that at least 70 of the new positions to be hired-in would be held by individuals with low to moderate incomes if the grant was approved. The Michigan Strategic Fund recently acted on the grant request along with seven other projects around the state destined to create a total of 1,804 jobs on investments in excess of $463-million. According to the MEDC, Watervliet Township has agreed to reduce permitting fees of up to $10,000 to help the project become reality. The township approved a resolution seeking the state’s Participation in the training grant. The training money would flow through the township to Lane Automotive as the training takes place. Lane Automotive has grown exponentially over the years after being started in 1964 in the garage of company founder George Lane. For many years they were headquartered along Red Arrow Highway between Coloma and Watervliet and moved to their massive quarters at 8300 Lane Drive, alongside I-94, in 1998. <br /> <br /> A small chunk of reasonably prime real estate is back on the market for lease along a busy stretch of M-139 in Benton Township following the departure of Carmelita’s Mexican Restaurant. What started out as El Faro Mexican Restaurant and operated at 1924 M-139 for a couple of years was rebranded to Carmelita’s a little over a year ago when owners Gilberto & Carmelita Villegas relocated that operation from a very successful run in Hartford. In the long run, the marketplace here proved to be tougher to crack and the restaurant was struggling in its final days before closing up shop. The purveyors of “Real Mexican Food,” as their sign proclaimed were noted for their authentic fare, there just didn’t appear to be enough die-hard fans to sustain the business. The building, which was originally constructed to house Western & Southern Life Insurance Company back in the early 60’s has been home to several ethnic restaurants in recent years including several iterations as Chinese and Mexican diners. Now, the building is back on the market available for lease. Interested parties can contact Roger Cayo at 269- 208-6756 for lease rates, a tour of the property, and other details regarding its availability. The small building is sandwiched in between Pizza Hut and Chet Nichols Auto Parts on M-139 and across the street from KFC and Taco Bell on the M-139 retail corridor opposite the Fairplain Plaza. Cayo had just put the sign in the window when he already had at least one call from an interested party. As for the fate of the Villegas family...no indication at this point on What, if anything, they have planned next.<br /> <br /> An iconic and historic landmark in Harbor Country has met an untimely demise at the end of the wrecking ball today as the former Hannah’s Restaurant building has been wiped off the map. Less than 24-hours after issuing a statement to the community of New Buffalo, regarding the fate of the building, Marc & Leslie Danesi ordered in the wrecking crew from Howard Excavating to remove the venerable old building that they had desperately hoped to save when they purchased the property back in September. The Danesis own the Stray Dog Restaurant on the other side of town, and had been hopeful they could rehabilitate the once popular Hannah’s building for a yet-to-be-announced development being planned there. Once they got in and looked at the critical condition of the physical plant it became clear that salvage was not an option. In their statement the entrepreneurial couple said: “We are very upset that we will not be able to save that building, but it is simply not possible.” The statement continued, “When we bought the Hannah’s property, we were excited to see the possibilities and potential growth and development for that building and that area. We have done a great deal to develop the north side of town and we were looking forward to helping the south side of town. We have consulted with many builders, developers and architects and unfortunately the building is beyond repair and not salvageable. We were really hoping to be able to save at least the central part to transform into a new business of some sort. Everyone who has inspected or seen the building has told us the building has to come down. We will be saving any and all pieces of the building as possible to reclaim and re-purpose in a new business venture in the near future so the spirit and essence can be honored in some way.” Within hours, excavating gear was lining up to get at the task, and by mid-day most of the building was already leveled. The original building at 115 S. Whittaker Street was actually a summer home erected in the 1800s for a faith-healer. Later it became the Little Bohemia Restaurant and the Fairview Hotel. It became Hannah’s around 1989 and thrived for nearly 20 years before closing down in 2009. The building sat idle for a couple of years until a couple of restaurateurs from Key West launched Hannah & Harry’s in 2012 for a short-lived single season in business. Exact plans for the property have not been revealed by the Danesis who promise that Harbor Country will be extremely pleased with what they have in store. When they purchased the restaurant building, they also acquired the parking lot across the street. In the interim, they have also acquired the property alongside the parking lot that currently is home to Indian Summer Boutique. No timeline regarding the development of the sites along S. Whittaker has been revealed by Marc or Leslie Danesi at this time.<br /> <br /> Is your company on the road and going places... or is it virtually stuck on a treadmill...moving faster all the time and seemingly getting nowhere? It’s increasingly difficult to keep up with the Joneses.Unless, of course you go to the right Jones. In this case...it’s Bob Jones. As the regional economy of Michigan’s Great Southwest continues to get back on track and grows steadily, forecasts continually reflect additional growth projected over the next several years. Many business owners are finding themselves in need of experienced help to capitalize upon the opportunities that await. That’s why Bob Jones is taking flight now with his new firm, Jones Business Solutions. He knows that his more than 20 years of consulting experience with several agencies has prepared him well for his own consulting business. Drawing upon his own extensive experience in business ownership, industrial engineering and sales & marketing, Jones also brings along his contacts from seven other firms to provide an array of business services with a focus on business growth. Bob’s partners have an average of 23-years working with Jones, and their focus is on a broad array of services including, but not limited to, the following areas of expertise: Access to capital, Cash flow relief, Business planning, Strategic planning, Succession planning, Employee retention, Productivity, and Sales & Marketing. Among the Jones Business Solutions partners you will find such notables as: Lake Michigan College, TriState HR Solutions, Schooley Mitchell Telecom Consultants, Bang Web Design, FelCom, LLC Marketing Communications, Kaden Arts, Inc. Film, Advertising & Design and Linkage Capital Management. Bob Jones is President of the new firm and says, “Since the recession in 2008, businesses have been operating in a very lean fashion and may now lack the internal resources to achieve long term growth.” He adds, “We provide the time and experience to assist growth-minded firms in a highly efficient and cost effective manner.” Jones and his team have plenty of relevant experience. In the last 8 years as an SBA funded business consultant, Jones has assisted in the launch of over 100 companies, accounting for over $20 million dollars in capital formation and literally hundreds of jobs across the region. Jones has also counseled over 1,000 firms in his career ranging from manufacturing to hospitality. You can find additional information about Jones Business Solutions online at his newly crafted website link, or you can call him at 269-449-6888. His email address is bob.jones@jbs.guru. Here’s the link to his website: http://www.bobjonesbusinesssolutions.com <br /> <br /> Gary Easterling has long been known in the community as the consummate professional, but most might not realize just how well respected he is within his own industry not only statewide but nationwide. Gary is President and CEO of United Federal Credit Union in St. Joseph. Proof of Gary’s powerful persona comes shining through with word that he has been named Credit Union Professional of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL). In making the announcement the MCUL called Easterling “A CEO who lives and breathes the credit union philosophy.” The award recognizes an individual whose leadership and accomplishments have bettered his individual credit union as well as the credit union industry as a whole. Award criteria includes financial strength and performance, new and improved services to members, new activities and programs, growth in membership, employee development, financial literacy efforts, community involvement and other areas that contribute to strengthening the credit union to position it for greater success. When Easterling learned of the honor bestowed upon him he said, “I thank the league for this recognition and thank my team for their engagement, my board for their support, and my members for their confidence in United Federal Credit Union.” Gary has served as President/CEO of UFCU since 2007. He has more than 30 years of credit union experience. When Easterling took over the reins of UFCU, a recent merger had increased membership to 79,075 members with an asset size of $749 million. Today, UFCU’s membership exceeds 130,000, and it manages assets in excess of 1.83 billion. <br /> <br /> Gary is also a superstar within the community, playing roles in key organizations such as Cornerstone Alliance, United Way of Southwest Michigan and many others. United Federal Credit Union has served its Members since 1949 with corporate offices and main branch located in St. Joseph, and additional branches in Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, and Ohio.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, folks. Have a great weekend and we’ll see you Saturday right 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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