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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer Paper. News Good our Y January 17, 2015 POSTMASTER: Please deliver on January 17, 2015 Moody on The Market www.MailMaxOnline.com ANNUAL FLOOR SAMPLE SALE Pat living and designing in the same city for friends and neighbors. Thus, she now anchors her creative world along the shores of Lake Michigan. Lisa love’s Michigan’s Great Southwest. She married her hus-band, Jason 16 years ago in St. Joseph and together they are raising their three sons here. She’s also raising a world-class business enterprise here in the form of her company, Design By Lisa. The goal of Lisa’s design agency is provide captivating design based on the unique business requirements of each client, enhancing their market presence as well as their bottom line. Lisa’s philosophy is that “great design isn’t just visually arresting, it is also a critical means of expressing the DNA of a given business to clients and customers.” For that reason, she takes the time to truly understand each client individually, their brand, and their goals at the outset of each project moving through the pipeline. Design By Lisa Start the new year with a new look for your provides a full range of graphic design services including logo creation, stationery, brochures, sig-home at prices that make it all so affordable. nage, rack cards, annual reports, invitations, maga-Wake up your surroundings with one-of-a-zines, advertisements, direct mail marketing, pack-MOODY Continued from page 1 Volume 16, Ver. 3 aging, web design, and more. Lisa graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Graphic Design. Her experience is both * and deep, from basic logo design to project broad management through the printing process. Having worked in studios in Atlanta, Washington DC, and here in St. Joseph, her industry experience spans Retail, Corporate, and Government Sector services allowing her to bring a fresh, unique perspective to each and every project along the way. You can see examples of Lisa’s work on her website by click-ing the link or you can reach her by phone to arrange for a consultation session at 269-588-0869. http://www.designbylisa.graphics John Doster’s SPI Industries has been a staple in the plastics manufacturing industry for more than 60 years now in South Bend. About five or six years ago he was farming out a fair amount of blow-mold-ing work to the Modern Plastics Blow-Mold Division on Bessemer Road in Hagar Township. With the eventual demise of Modern Plastics, Doster worked with his bank to keep the blow-molding division operational, because he felt the company was doing an excellent job and found no reason to shutter a plant with that much promise. The division had been quite profitable over the years but was eventually dragged down by other factories not far-ing as well. In the long run, Doster ended up suc-cessfully buying that division and that facility in the Coloma neighborhood in 2008, and now is expand-ing operations and hiring new people. Having been not only saved from the brink, but performing well now, Doster was joined by Cornerstone Alliance Business Development Manager Thad Rieder last month as they appeared before the Hagar Township Board of Trustees to set the stage for creation of an Industrial Development District preparatory to seek-ing a tax abatement on a sizable expansion of the plant at 3930 Bessemer Road. The company is increasing building capacity to implement fulfill-ment services. SPI Industries is a custom injection molder in South Bend, and Doster says his expan-sion is taking place in two phases. The first was a smaller, 2,400 square foot storage building in Coloma meant to house fixtures and support equip-ment to the blow-molding and fulfillment functions. Construction on that initial phase began back in Temporary placeholder signage draped over the Courtyard by Marriott logos in Benton Township have sig-naled new ownership and a changing of the flags. The popular hotel on Mall Drive and fronting onto the busiest stretch of I-94 in the region has changed hands to a family that will pump more than $1-mil-lion in renovations into the building in the coming weeks and months. Jai Bhatti and his family already own and operate the Best Western Motel at US-131 and Stadium Drive in Kalamazoo, and they have plans to convert the former Courtyard property to the Best Western flag in the coming months as well. The temporary canvas coverings over both the pylon signs and on the front of the building two doors down from Best Buy currently read “Benton Inn & Suites,” however Bhatti says it will likely not be the final name of the property, it is more about covering over the Marriott signage since they are no longer a part of the Marriott brand and the property is not in the Marriott reservation system, either. Formal branding for both the Kalamazoo property and this one will be forthcoming as they work through the rehabilitation process. The 98-room facility will be dramatically transformed with such upgrades as all new bathrooms in each guest room, new corridor carpeting, a new restaurant facility where breakfasts have been served in recent years, an entirely new front desk and much more. They just closed the deal taking possession of the hotel last month and are working with staff to determine how best to advance the renovation plans. Bhatti did not have a specific timetable, but suggested it would be likely that the hotel will close down in order to expedite the mas-sive makeover and minimize disruption to guests lodging there. There is a slight chance that they will elect to remain open for business during the trans-formation, but Bhatti says they are leaning toward closing down for the majority of the work with plans to have everything ready to go by early spring. The facility has been a staple of the local lodging com-munity for several decades and the Bhatti family is eager to bring it up to industry standards with seri-ous upgrades throughout the property. The property features an indoor/outdoor pool, dining area for quick service breakfast options, a fireplace lobby with vaulted ceilings, business center work stations, a formal board room and small meeting and conven-tion space on the first floor. There are several jac-cuzzi suites on site, a small “Market” off the lobby for sundries and other amenities. Bhatti is already engaged with the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council, having attended one of their meetings, and will be a part of the Shoreline Hotel/Motel Assessment Association which collects a “bed tax” to help pay for tourism-based marketing for the community. He tells me he is very excited to be in the market now and is very interested in becoming involved in many community activities and events going forward. Stay tuned for additional information regarding the changing of the guard at the former Courtyard and plans for the new Best Western in its place. Lisa Vetne is originally from Buchanan, here in Berrien County, but her career has taken her to sub-stantial power and money centers like Washington D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia over the years. She has worked major league corporate projects in her career, but she has come to appreciate the value of M oody SALE STARTS JANUARY 2, 2015 20-70% off New year, New look, Great prices! kind furnishings, floor coverings, lighting and accessories! Come in and take a look – you’ll be glad you did! You’ll love coming home to HarborTown Interiors. Come in for the fun of it! 613 Broad St., St. Joseph, Michigan 269-983-7774 • www.harbortowninteriors.com *All floor sale samples are final. 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 • Great Clips • 2015 Bridal Guide Inserts may vary by Zip Code Continued on page 8

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Temporary placeholder signage draped over the Courtyard by Marriott logos in Benton Township have signaled new ownership and a changing of the flags. The popular hotel on Mall Drive and fronting onto the busiest stretch of I-94 in the region has changed hands to a family that will pump more than $1-million in renovations into the building in the coming weeks and months. Jai Bhatti and his family already own and operate the Best Western Motel at US-131 and Stadium Drive in Kalamazoo, and they have plans to convert the former Courtyard property to the Best Western flag in the coming months as well. The temporary canvas coverings over both the pylon signs and on the front of the building two doors down from Best Buy currently read “Benton Inn & Suites,” however Bhatti says it will likely not be the final name of the property, it is more about covering over the Marriott signage since they are no longer a part of the Marriott brand and the property is not in the Marriott reservation system, either. Formal branding for both the Kalamazoo property and this one will be forthcoming as they work through the rehabilitation process. The 98-room facility will be dramatically transformed with such upgrades as all new bathrooms in each guest room, new corridor carpeting, a new restaurant facility where breakfasts have been served in recent years, an entirely new front desk and much more. They just closed the deal taking possession of the hotel last month and are working with staff to determine how best to advance the renovation plans. Bhatti did not have a specific timetable, but suggested it would be likely that the hotel will close down in order to expedite the massive makeover and minimize disruption to guests lodging there. There is a slight chance that they will elect to remain open for business during the transformation, but Bhatti says they are leaning toward closing down for the majority of the work with plans to have everything ready to go by early spring. The facility has been a staple of the local lodging community for several decades and the Bhatti family is eager to bring it up to industry standards with serious upgrades throughout the property. The property features an indoor/outdoor pool, dining area for quick service breakfast options, a fireplace lobby with vaulted ceilings, business center work stations, a formal board room and small meeting and convention space on the first floor. There are several jaccuzzi suites on site, a small “Market” off the lobby for sundries and other amenities. Bhatti is already engaged with the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council, having attended one of their meetings, and will be a part of the Shoreline Hotel/Motel Assessment Association which collects a “bed tax” to help pay for tourism-based marketing for the community. He tells me he is very excited to be in the market now and is very interested in becoming involved in many community activities and events going forward. Stay tuned for additional information regarding the changing of the guard at the former Courtyard and plans for the new Best Western in its place.<br /> <br /> Lisa Vetne is originally from Buchanan, here in Berrien County, but her career has taken her to substantial power and money centers like Washington D. C. and Atlanta, Georgia over the years. She has worked major league corporate projects in her career, but she has come to appreciate the value of living and designing in the same city for friends and neighbors. Thus, she now anchors her creative world along the shores of Lake Michigan. Lisa love’s Michigan’s Great Southwest. She married her husband, Jason 16 years ago in St. Joseph and together they are raising their three sons here. She’s also raising a world-class business enterprise here in the form of her company, Design By Lisa. The goal of Lisa’s design agency is provide captivating design based on the unique business requirements of each client, enhancing their market presence as well as their bottom line. Lisa’s philosophy is that “great design isn’t just visually arresting, it is also a critical means of expressing the DNA of a given business to clients and customers.” For that reason, she takes the time to truly understand each client individually, their brand, and their goals at the outset of each project moving through the pipeline. Design By Lisa provides a full range of graphic design services including logo creation, stationery, brochures, signage, rack cards, annual reports, invitations, magazines, advertisements, direct mail marketing, packaging, web design, and more. Lisa graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Graphic Design. Her experience is both broad and deep, from basic logo design to project management through the printing process. Having worked in studios in Atlanta, Washington DC, and here in St. Joseph, her industry experience spans Retail, Corporate, and Government Sector services allowing her to bring a fresh, unique perspective to each and every project along the way. You can see examples of Lisa’s work on her website by clicking the link or you can reach her by phone to arrange for a consultation session at 269-588-0869. Http://www.designbylisa.graphics <br /> <br /> John Doster’s SPI Industries has been a staple in the plastics manufacturing industry for more than 60 years now in South Bend. About five or six years ago he was farming out a fair amount of blow-molding work to the Modern Plastics Blow-Mold Division on Bessemer Road in Hagar Township.With the eventual demise of Modern Plastics, Doster worked with his bank to keep the blow-molding division operational, because he felt the company was doing an excellent job and found no reason to shutter a plant with that much promise. The division had been quite profitable over the years but was eventually dragged down by other factories not faring as well. In the long run, Doster ended up successfully buying that division and that facility in the Coloma neighborhood in 2008, and now is expanding operations and hiring new people. Having been not only saved from the brink, but performing well now, Doster was joined by Cornerstone Alliance Business Development Manager Thad Rieder last month as they appeared before the Hagar Township Board of Trustees to set the stage for creation of an Industrial Development District preparatory to seeking a tax abatement on a sizable expansion of the plant at 3930 Bessemer Road. The company is increasing building capacity to implement fulfillment services. SPI Industries is a custom injection molder in South Bend, and Doster says his expansion is taking place in two phases. The first was a smaller, 2,400 square foot storage building in Coloma meant to house fixtures and support equipment to the blow-molding and fulfillment functions.Construction on that initial phase began back in october and was just recently completed. The second phase, which will be connected to the northwest corner of the current production plant on Bessemer Road, will total 6,000 square feet. Its primary uses will be secondary assembly, warehousing of work in process and finished goods as well as providing additional capacity for customer supplied components.All of those functions provide added capacity to perform complete fulfillment services for SPI’s valued customers. The 6,000 square foot addition is expected to commence construction next spring, according to Doster. Rieder says that when both phases have been completed, SPI Blow Molding will have enhanced its ability to mold, assemble, box and ship products to their customers. With the new capacity, products can be fully assembled and drop-shipped to end users. Companies can choose to have blow-molded plastic parts shipped to another of their production facilities, a distribution center or directly to their customers. Multiple loading docks will allow for ease in large shipments and receiving, as shipments will be transported throughout the U.S. and overseas. At one time, Modern Plastics Blow- Mold Division had over 90 employees at the Coloma facility. The company currently has 22 people on staff and with the expansion plans will add another 8 to 10 workers upon completion. The Coloma plant makes parts for GE Medical for the MRI machines with very close tolerance requirements, Roush Racing, Xerox and others. Doster is extremely proud of his work force and their ability to produce parts that many other companies in the industry have difficulty with. The blow-mold division also provides fulfillment services for The Best Bins Company of Minneapolis, currently producing, assembling, warehousing, and distributing their bulk food container product line. The bulk container is used for dispensing coffee beans, candies and a wide variety of bulk food items. Having all such capabilities and fulfillment services under the control of the SPI plant has improved efficiency and saved Best Bin both time and money. The plant provides custom molds and class-A molded parts in a variety of colors.The proposed expansion of the current manufacturing footprint to house the new fulfillment services department will also open up several new jobs to the area going forward.<br /> <br /> Following a highly successful twelve year run in downtown St. Joseph’s central business district, EVE has changed hands and will re-open in the spring under new ownership. Founder Rachel Arent celebrated her 12th Anniversary during the recent Luminary Festival and shortly thereafter began what turned into a full-on liquidation down to the bare walls, setting the stage for a full-tilt makeover of the space at 318 State Street in the heart of downtown, by the new owners. The week before Christmas was tabbed as the final week under Rachel’s watch, and she has sold the business to an unidentified new owner who, according to the EVE Facebook page will, “close to remodel, reorganize and refresh.” When queried by a fan about re-opening in that same post the answer was “Women’s Weekend -- first weekend in March.” A death in the family of the new owner has left further details unavailable at the moment. The store has been well received for its “Artisan Elegance,” and was popular with residents of Michigan’s Great Southwest as well as visitors to the region over the years. The store was well-known for styles for all figures and trend relevant accessories for women everywhere.<br /> <br /> To those who have trouble dealing with winter in Michigan’s Great Southwest a phrase like “Winter Delights” might seem like pretty much of an oxymoron.All the more reason they should join the masses and find a bit of fun and enjoyment at the upcoming 2015 Winter Delights event at Lake Michigan College. The Lake Michigan College Mendel Center will host the sixth annual Winter Delights: A Festival of Wine, Food, and Jazz on Saturday, January 24,from 5 to 9 p.m. in Grand Upton Hall. The event will feature more than 20 Michigan wineries, local cuisine from a variety of restaurants, and live entertainment by Chicago acoustic artist Pat McKillen.Tonya Martindale is Director of Conference & Event Services for the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center, and she tells us that more than 300 people attended last year’s Winter Delights. She says, “We have an outstanding array of local wines and delicious food, and guests can talk with winemakers and winery representatives in a warm and intimate atmosphere. It’s a great way to find relief from mid-winter cabin fever.” Participating wineries to-date include the following: 12 Corners Vineyards of Benton Harbor…Burgdorf’s Winery of Haslett… Chateau Grand Traverse of Traverse City…Cody Kresta Vineyard & Winery of Mattawan…Cogdal Vineyards of South Haven…Contessa Wine Cellars of Coloma…Domaine Berrien Cellars of Berrien Springs…Fenn Valley Vineyards & Wine Cellar of Fennville…Free Run Cellars of Berrien Springs… Gravity of Baroda…Lawton Ridge Winery of Kalamazoo…Leelanau Wine Cellars of Omena… Lehman’s Orchards of Niles…Lemon Creek Winery of Berrien Springs…Round Barn Winery of Baroda…St. Julian Winery of Paw Paw…Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant of Buchanan…and, White Pine Winery of St. Joseph. Food vendors will include: Old Europe Cheese/Reny Picot… Santaniello’s…Bistro on the Boulevard…LMC Conference and Events Services…Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant…Café Mosaic…and Purely Michigan.<br /> <br /> Tickets for the Winter Delights Festival are on sale now for $35 in advance by calling the Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-1221 and online by clicking the link below. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $40. The ticket price includes: 10 wine samples…$10 in food tasting tickets…A souvenir wine glass…An evening of entertainment by Pat McKillen.<br /> <br /> Designated driver tickets are also available for $20 either online, at the Box Office, or at the door.The New York Times has called Chicago-based singer-songwriter Pat McKillen “one of the most versatile emerging artists on the scene.” After getting his start as the lead singer of his 8th grade metal band, he began playing acoustic guitar in high school, and started writing while attending the University of Notre Dame. He plays his original alternative/acoustic music as well as covers regularly at venues around Chicago. Event sponsors include the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council and the Southwest Michigan Tourist Council. For more information, contact Tonya Martindale at (269) 927-8604. Here’s the link: http://www.winterdelightsfestival. com <br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. See you Saturday right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Morning Radio Personality<br /> WSJM Radio<br /> moody@wsjm.com<br /> (269) 925-1111<br /> <br /> Read more at www.MailMaxOnline.com

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