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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer Paper. News Good our Y January 24, 2015 POSTMASTER: Please deliver on January 24, 2015 Moody on The Market www.MailMaxOnline.com Volume 16, Ver. 4 An incredible journey began more than ten years ago. A journey that has taken a brilliant and driven young woman to the pinnacle of her dreams and she has now unleashed the beauty of her striking new business enterprise on the rest of the world here in our region. Mandy McDonald, entrepreneur, has slapped a world-class exclamation point on the Great in Michigan’s Great Southwest. She, her husband and virtually the entire family worked to hand-craft her dreamscape into a salon truly in a class of its own. This stage of the jour-ney took flight in mid-August of 2012 when Mandy boldly stepped up to the window, pen in hand, and signed on the dotted line to acquire what had been for years the former George Dent Sales building, a converted private residence along Niles Road just off of I-94 in St. Joseph Charter Township. Seemingly minutes later she wielded a sledgehammer like a seasoned demoli-tion expert and began the transformation of a decidedly ugly duckling into a truly elegant swan. Introducing M-Squared Modern Hair...the myste-rious rehab project underway for nearly two-and-a-half years now...at 3094 Niles Road, across the road from the orchards alongside Nye’s Apple Barn. Speculation in the community was rampant as the building underwent a massive transforma-tion. There were also widespread rumors that whoever was converting the building had run out of money. Nothing could be further from the truth. Mandy and her husband Scott are business partners who both have full-time jobs and have been reshaping, remodeling, and molding the salon after hours and on weekends and days off. He works for Griffin Tool in Stevensville, and she is a part-time radio announcer and full-time styl-ist who has been caring for clients at Allure Hair Design in Stevensville throughout the restoration process. The last thing Mandy wanted for her clientele, however, was to simply slap up a pole barn, drop in some sinks and call it a day. Instead, she has scoured the world for nothing but the finest design elements, nothing but the best equipment, and steadfastly refused to simply race the project along to get her dream in motion. Visitors are immediately taken by the chic, styl-ishly modern decor, the amazing amenities and the perfection of the attention to detail. A laser-cut stainless steel logo sign crafted by Revolution Design of Benton Harbor, beyond a small wel-coming sitting parlor greets guests from a striking tile-studded wall with the miniature subway-style tiles that set the stage for a magnificent raised salon floor to the left and a reception desk, refreshment station, and manicure and pedicure stations to the right. Beyond the six stylist sta-tions with large back-lit mirrors and state-of-the-art chairs, a Lather Lounge, Blow Out Bar, Color Bar, and a process lounge complete with chande-lier, fireplace, and upholstered chairs and couches comprise the main salon floor. The striking visual of a spiral staircase carved from stainless steel to M oody Pat Southwest Make a difference where you live. BSW Bachelor of Social Work at WMU-Southwest The Bachelor of Social Work at WMU-Southwest reflects the diversity and values of Southwest Michigan. Start toward a rewarding career in social work with this bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University. This unique hybrid program features online learning and limited face-to-face sessions, ideal for working adults and part-time students. Most importantly, it’s focused on issues important to you and your community, so you can make a difference where you live. Learn more at: wmich.edu/southwest/bsw 2785 E Napier Ave | Benton Harbor, MI 49022 | (269) 934-1500 Inserts & Promotions 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 •Hardings Friendly Market • Martins Super Markets • SW School of Music Inserts may vary by Zip Code Continued on page 8

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An incredible journey began more than ten years ago. A journey that has taken a brilliant and driven young woman to the pinnacle of her dreams and she has now unleashed the beauty of her striking new business enterprise on the rest of the world here in our region. Mandy McDonald, entrepreneur, has slapped a world-class exclamation point on the Great in Michigan’s Great Southwest. She, her husband and virtually the entire family worked to hand-craft her dreamscape into a salon truly in a class of its own. This stage of the journey took flight in mid-August of 2012 when Mandy boldly stepped up to the window, pen in hand, and signed on the dotted line to acquire what had been for years the former George Dent Sales building, a converted private residence along Niles Road just off of I-94 in St. Joseph Charter Township. Seemingly minutes later she wielded a sledgehammer like a seasoned demolition expert and began the transformation of a decidedly ugly duckling into a truly elegant swan. Introducing M-Squared Modern Hair...the mysterious rehab project underway for nearly two-anda- half years now...at 3094 Niles Road, across the road from the orchards alongside Nye’s Apple Barn. Speculation in the community was rampant as the building underwent a massive transformation. There were also widespread rumors that whoever was converting the building had run out of money. Nothing could be further from the truth. Mandy and her husband Scott are business partners who both have full-time jobs and have been reshaping, remodeling, and molding the salon after hours and on weekends and days off. He works for Griffin Tool in Stevensville, and she is a part-time radio announcer and full-time stylist who has been caring for clients at Allure Hair Design in Stevensville throughout the restoration process. The last thing Mandy wanted for her clientele, however, was to simply slap up a pole barn, drop in some sinks and call it a day. Instead, she has scoured the world for nothing but the finest design elements, nothing but the best equipment, and steadfastly refused to simply race the project along to get her dream in motion. Visitors are immediately taken by the chic, stylishly modern decor, the amazing amenities and the perfection of the attention to detail. A lasercut stainless steel logo sign crafted by Revolution Design of Benton Harbor, beyond a small welcoming sitting parlor greets guests from a striking tile-studded wall with the miniature subway-style tiles that set the stage for a magnificent raised salon floor to the left and a reception desk, refreshment station, and manicure and pedicure stations to the right. Beyond the six stylist stations with large back-lit mirrors and state-of-the-art chairs, a Lather Lounge, Blow Out Bar, Color Bar, and a process lounge complete with chandelier, fireplace, and upholstered chairs and couches comprise the main salon floor. The striking visual of a spiral staircase carved from stainless steel to Mandy’s private office in the loft creates a sweeping effect of urban modernity that will likely be the subject of many a conversation in the years to come. A colorful backlit product wall showcasing M-Squared’s Paul Mitchell Focus line rounds out the space nicely. Shampoo chairs are heated and massaging with wash basins that tilt into place for maximum comfort. Four large leather pedicure chairs also have massage elements for total relaxation while the guest is being serviced. Whole house central vacuuming systems allow for rapid clean up, and a sophisticated ventilation system assures that the more pungent aromas of a standard salon will be virtually undetectable. A full basement will be used for storage and will be converted next into educational classroom space and an employee lounge and break area. Mandy says, her dreamscape was to, “Have a nice place to work, have a nice place for guests to come for their services, and to make some money.” With the place-making she has accomplished, there’s little doubt the salon will be the talk of the town. It has been a breathtaking conversion. Janet Bomke from Luxe Home Interiors of South Bend helped Mandy’s wishes become reality with great panache. Scott McDonald helped make sure that whatever was needed was accomplished, even if he had to handcraft the solution. An excellent example is the series of back-lit stylist stations at the center of the salon. Mandy scoured the globe in search of free-standing stations and came up short at every turn. Everything was designed to hang on a wall or be supported by one. So, Scott crafted free-standing bases, and hard-wired the lighting through the base in each station for an almost floating feel for each stylist and guest in the house. Mandy was ecstatic, saying, “He’s remarkable! If I can dream it, he can do it!” Natural light plays a huge role in the entire salon even in areas with fewer or no immediate windows through a series of light tubes connected to large bubbles on the roof to let the light in. All artificial lighting is comprised of daylight LED bulbs with no fluorescent lighting employed anywhere in the house. Music volume controls at each styling station allows for individual preferences by each guest and stylist. Together, the McDonalds (with a tremendous amount of help from Mandy’s father-in-law and many other family members as well) have taken the ordinary and transformed it into the extraordinary in a truly striking new business that will draw huge applause from clients new and old for a long time to come. Mandy graduated from Lake Michigan College and the Vogue School of Beauty Culture and has been a styling practitioner for more than two decades, and she has been joined by 11-year veteran stylist Kate Smith and will be welcoming other new stylists to the additional work stations going forward. She is deeply grateful to Wilma Scharnowske, owner of Allure Hair Design, for providing a temporary home for her during the renovation work. Salon guest reservations for M-Squared Modern Hair can be scheduled by calling 269-588-3059. The salon will be open for business from noon until 7pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9am until 4pm on Fridays and 9 until 3 on Saturdays. Walk-ins will be accepted purely based on availability, and cannot be guaranteed. <br /> <br /> Julianne Benya has had a passion for the hospitality industry along Territorial Road in Benton Harbor dating back to the days when her grandfather, Al Romeo, owned and operated the Bluebird Tavern across from the Twin Cities Airport -- Ross Field, in a stretch of neighborhood traditionally referred to as “Little Italy.” She still has vivid memories of the laughter that occurred and the friendships that were established at that colorful joint where you could eat and drink inside and then head out back to a fullfledged softball diamond and even a camp- ground. Those memories eventually led Julianne and her partner Jim Allen to purchase The Library Pub & Eatery in the Benton Harbor Arts District, a decision that has been a tremendous experience for both. Now, however, Jim’s enterprise, Advantage Plumbing, Inc of Michiana, which is based in Niles, has a big opportunity to expand, and they want to be able to focus completely on that growth going forward. That has brought the couple to the decision to sell The Library at 190 Territorial Road in the Arts District. The business sits on the same side of the street that the Bluebird Tavern once sat, about 12 blocks away, closer to the center of Benton Harbor. Julianne tells me they made the decision “with a happy heart,” because the adventure of growth for Advantage Plumbing is also a dream coming true. She calls their time in the Benton Harbor Arts District, “a privilege,” and tells me she foresees “great things happening” in that area. As a result, if you have an interest in buying The Library Pub & Eatery, you had better feel the same passion as they do. As Julianne says, “We realize this could take time and we will not be closing our doors. The Library Pub & Eatery is dedicated and will continue to serve you.” Julianne tells me she put the offer to sell the business up on Facebook “to see what kind of buyers we could get.” She adds that they already had a few offers before posting online, but felt it wouldn’t hurt to put it out there for the community to take advantage first. She makes it very clear that they “will not sell to just any buyer without a proposal,” adding, “They have to have a great plan that benefits the Arts District,” inasmuch as “It’s a beautiful place to not keep moving forward.” The offer is a sale-byowner deal, and will be a turn-key opportunity as they want to protect regular clientele urging a slow move to change if any change is coming at all. Julianne says, “Our top priority is finding someone who will see the beauty and gratification we have gotten in the last 3.5-years of watching everything grow around us,” adding, “It’s breathtaking considering these were my old stomping grounds,” and, “We owe it to this community to continue what the future holds for the Benton Harbor Arts District.” Interested parties can contact The Library at 269-934-7938. As for Advantage Plumbing, Jim Allen is owner/operator and Master Plumber for the company he established 15 years ago. The company has enjoyed rapid growth out of headquarters at 2400 N. 5th Street in Niles, and is poised to take the next step as opportunities continue to arise. <br /> <br /> We can all be reasonably certain that finding the 15th green at Harbor Shores might be a bit of a challenge in the middle of recent snowfalls and frigid temperatures...but Brent Curtis of the PGA of America has plenty of great pictures, video and stories to show you that green any time you’d like so you can envision your early-bird opportunity to select your front row seat for the 2016 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. Curtis is Championship Manager for Corporate Hospitality for the 2016 Championship coming to Harbor Shores May 24th to 29th in 2016. His job is an awesome one wherein he gets to tee up an amazing opportunity for businesses large and small to entertain clients, guests, vendors, and even valued employees in first class suites and other options at one of the most prestigious events in the world of sports. Brent can show you hospitality packages in a range of options from the 40-person, private, two-level, executive suites to 20-person Bourne Club packages, even the 5 and 10-person Champions Club packages for the big event which returns to Harbor Shores for the third time in 2016 and is also slated to return to the local scene in 2018 and perhaps beyond. <br /> <br /> Brent can also craft custom hospitality packages designed, creatively, to handle the individual needs of your unique business venture. Ever since the highly successful 2014 Championship won by Colin Montgomery back in May, Curtis has been busy working on renewing previous clients and arranging for their individual package plans. Now, he has opened the door to first-time consideration, or to those who showcased in 2012 but, for whatever reason, did not or could not return in 2014. As a result, there are only four of the 40-person suite options still available for consideration. Only two of the Bourne Club package options are still on the table, and other plans are up for discussion at any time until all options are sold out. Many companies across the region have availed themselves of the first-class hospitality suites at the 2012 and 2014 Championships. Some have reserved the space exclusively for their own use, while others have teamed up as two-company, 3-company, and 4-company options to share the space. The major suites behind the 15th green provide exclusive access to elevated sky-box style seating in air-conditioned comfort, topped off by an open-air canopied deck with stand-up tables, stools and complete bar service. Extensive and elegant meals are also included in the suite packaging price. <br /> <br /> Curtis maintains a year-round office on Main Street in downtown Benton Harbor with the rest of his colleagues who manage the Championship every other year, and you can reach him for additional details by calling 269-487-3202 at the office, or by e-mailing to bcurtis@pgahq.com.<br /> <br /> For additional details on the event itself, click the link below and start thinking warm thoughts about spring and summer in Michigan’s Great Southwest. Here’s the link: http://www.srpga.com <br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, folks. Have a great weekend and we’ll see you next Saturday right here in MailMax, or online 24/7 at www.MoodyontheMarket.com<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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