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In Downtown St. Joseph! See details on page 5 February 28, 2015 FABULOUS SAVINGS ECRWSS Local Postal Customer Paper. News Good our Y POSTMASTER: Please deliver on February 28, 2015 Moody on The Market Amy & Kirby Briske may not play the matchmaker role when young couples dis-cover their true love with one another, but they are having a huge impact on the busi-ness that solemnifies that love through the art of mar-riage. The Briskes already welcome an estimated 25,000 people through their doors in Michigan’s Great Southwest each wedding season, and they’re about to score an even larger piece of the wedding cake with their third venue in Berrien County . Coming this spring is Sundance Studios Vintage Event Space in Millburg . More on that in a moment. Amy & Kirby, expert artist-designers, first brought The Blue Dress Barn of Benton Harbor to the wedding venue trade about a dozen years ago. That rustic site, the historic House of David Dairy Barn at 3839 Territorial Road , has been home to thousands of revelers celebrat-ing with brides and grooms virtually every decent weather weekend since it was established. The success of The Blue Dress Barn has paid a handsome dividend by being selected this month by The Knot Magazine as being among “ 5 of the Greatest Places to Get Married in the U.S.!” They are side by side with places like the Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards in Malibu, California and San Francisco City Hall with its soar-ing rotunda and grand marble staircase. Additionally, Brides Magazine out of New York plac-es them in the heady company of venues that have been in business for more than 100 years. Places like The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island...Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo...and The Cultural Center of Chicago. The Blue Dress Barn is the flagship photo for a 76 venue slide show from across the nation. The Blue Dress Barn hosts an average of 70 weddings a year in a spectacular venue that seats 280 in a 4,600 square foot area under a vast open timber roof, overlooking gardens and fields galore. The Briskes purchased the barn in 2000 and worked to get it ready for guests, maintaining upgrades and improvements every year for the past eleven or so. Several years ago, the demand for the Blue Dress Barn was so intense, the Briskes launched their second venue in the form of their Millcreek Barns event space at 68770 80th Avenue in Watervliet . Millcreek has been a huge hit, now hosting about 70 weddings each year, and bringing still more people to the region. About five years ago Amy bought a building along Territorial Road in downtown Millburg . Initially, she had bid on it during a silent auction, but it ended up being sold to another bidder and she walked away a very sad woman. Amazingly, six months later the auctioneer called Amy, apologized for what turned out to be a “bad sale,” and asked if she still wanted to buy it. Needless to say, Amy burst with excitement saying, “Yes!!! Yes!!! Yes!!!” The building had sat vacant for several decades and she simply wanted, with all her heart, to save it. They went for it, and now fol-lowing seven months of painstaking renovation, the Sundance Studios Vintage Event Space is in the final stages of a spring opening. Not surprisingly with the stellar track record they’ve assembled at their two other eclectic venues, Sundance Studios are already almost booked solid for the 2015 wedding season. The spectac-ular retro and vintage touches achieved by the Briskes and the crew they have hired have converted a ram-shackle building into a highly desirable event center M oody Pat that will be creating new memories just weeks from now. If you take into account that each wedding held in these great venues results in the hiring of hotel and motel lodgings, caterers, bartenders, professional pho-tographers, DJ’s and bands, rehearsal dinners at local restaurants, florists, shuttle services, gas stations and myriad other services...Amy & Kirby Briske are creat-ing a massive ripple effect throughout the local econo-my that is almost priceless. The stability and fate of the automotive industry’s largest single integrated resource for high quality, pre-cision chassis casting and machining solutions are being called into question by media reports in Detroit regarding missed bond payments, potential restructur-ing of the company and even the potential for a declared bankruptcy. Chassix, which has major facilities in both Stevensville and Benton Harbor , is clearly facing financial challenges. Crain’s Detroit Business recently reported that Chassix has missed a payment of $17.4 million to bondholders, and has apparently asked them MOODY Continued from page 1 www.MailMaxOnline.com to organize and retain advisers in the case. The report indicates that sources familiar with the situation have said that Chassix may file bankruptcy around the time that a grace period on $375-million worth of senior secured notes to bondholders expires early next month. This latest report is not the first indication of troubles for the automotive parts manufacturer. Bloomberg News reported back in mid-November that Chassix owner, billionaire Tom Gores , was encourag-ing creditors to hire advisers as the firm, held by Gores’ Platinum Equity, LLC , was contemplating reorganiz-ing some $525-million in bonds. Here in Michigan’s Great Southwest, Chassix burst onto the scene several years ago by taking over the former Intermet facility on Yasdick Drive in Stevensville, and then a sizable expansion where they took over the for-mer Bowater Nuway Paper Company facility on Paw Paw Avenue in Benton Harbor. They entered the local market under the AluTech flag, and announced last October plans on investing nearly $3.2-million in new equipment for the Benton Harbor facility to manufac-ture large volumes of safety-critical parts for the auto-motive industry. The AluTech name disappeared when parent company SMW Automotive Inc of Troy merged with Diversified Machine, Inc. of Wixom in April of 2013 and changed the name to Chassix. Platinum Equity was the primary force behind the coupling of the two major manufacturing forces. Locally, the company has grown to more than 150 employees manufacturing control arms and steering knuckles for cars and trucks in the auto industry. Worldwide, the company employs some 3,600 people...1,200 of them at 10 Michigan Volume 16, Ver. 9 locations including the plants in Stevensville and Benton Harbor. By summertime some people driving by the Pipestone Plaza in Benton Charter Township might think that Harbor Freight Tools is a homegrown busi-ness born in the community because of the similarity of its name to the community it is establishing a new store in. Reality is, however, that there are actually more than 500 Harbor Freight Tools across the nation, and the forthcoming Benton Harbor store is among the latest. The new tool center, targeted for the end-cap closest to Pipestone Road in the former Kmart building at the I-94 interchange, will be the 18th Harbor Freight Tools site in Michigan. Company officials hope to have the store open in May. A Columbus, Ohio firm, Construction One will be responsible for the build-out project. Finish work on the 15,692 foot shell will include everything from some demolition work to car-pentry, drywalling, electrical work and more. Harbor Freight Tools was founded in Calabasas, California 38 years ago in 1977. It began as a small, family-owned business committed to providing working people with great quality tools at the lowest possible prices. All 500 stores in the chain today are corporate-owned, not fran-chise operations. Each store in the Harbor Freight Tool line-up features well over 7,000 tools and accessories at quality levels capable of matching or exceeding com-peting brands, but at prices up to 80-percent lower. The broad array of tools tee’d up at each store ranges from power tools and air tools to hand tools, welding gear, generators and more. The new Benton Harbor store is just one of 80 or better opening during 2015 according Celebrating birthdays... an excellent reminder to check the medical condition of your eyes. 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Amy & Kirby Briske may not play the matchmaker role when young couples discover their true love with one another, but they are having a huge impact on the business that solemnifies that love through the art of marriage. The Briskes already welcome an estimated 25,000 people through their doors in Michigan’s Great Southwest each wedding season, and they’re about to score an even larger piece of the wedding cake with their third venue in Berrien County. Coming this spring is Sundance Studios Vintage Event Space in Millburg. More on that in a moment. Amy & Kirby, expert artist-designers, first brought The Blue Dress Barn of Benton Harbor to the wedding venue trade about a dozen years ago. That rustic site, the historic House of David Dairy Barn at 3839 Territorial Road, has been home to thousands of revelers celebrating with brides and grooms virtually every decent weather weekend since it was established. The success of The Blue Dress Barn has paid a handsome dividend by being selected this month by The Knot Magazine as being among “5 of the Greatest Places to Get Married in the U.S.!” They are side by side with places like the Malibu Rocky Oaks Estate Vineyards in Malibu, California and San Francisco City Hall with its soaring rotunda and grand marble staircase. Additionally, Brides Magazine out of New York places them in the heady company of venues that have been in business for more than 100 years. Places like The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island...Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo...and The Cultural Center of Chicago. The Blue Dress Barn is the flagship photo for a 76 venue slide show from across the nation. The Blue Dress Barn hosts an average of 70 weddings a year in a spectacular venue that seats 280 in a 4,600 square foot area under a vast open timber roof, overlooking gardens and fields galore. The Briskes purchased the barn in 2000 and worked to get it ready for guests, maintaining upgrades and improvements every year for the past eleven or so. Several years ago, the demand for the Blue Dress Barn was so intense, the Briskes launched their second venue in the form of their Millcreek Barns event space at 68770 80th Avenue in Watervliet. Millcreek has been a huge hit, now hosting about 70 weddings each year, and bringing still more people to the region. About five years ago Amy bought a building along Territorial Road in downtown Millburg. Initially, she had bid on it during a silent auction, but it ended up being sold to another bidder and she walked away a very sad woman. Amazingly, six months later the auctioneer called Amy, apologized for what turned out to be a “bad sale,” and asked if she still wanted to buy it. Needless to say, Amy burst with excitement saying, “Yes!!! Yes!!! Yes!!!” The building had sat vacant for several decades and she simply wanted, with all her heart, to save it. They went for it, and now following seven months of painstaking renovation, the Sundance Studios Vintage Event Space is in the final stages of a spring opening. Not surprisingly with the stellar track record they’ve assembled at their two other eclectic venues, Sundance Studios are already almost booked solid for the 2015 wedding season. The spectacular retro and vintage touches achieved by the Briskes and the crew they have hired have converted a ramshackle building into a highly desirable event center that will be creating new memories just weeks from now. If you take into account that each wedding held in these great venues results in the hiring of hotel and motel lodgings, caterers, bartenders, professional photographers, DJ’s and bands, rehearsal dinners at local restaurants, florists, shuttle services, gas stations and myriad other services...Amy & Kirby Briske are creating a massive ripple effect throughout the local economy that is almost priceless.<br /> <br /> The stability and fate of the automotive industry’s largest single integrated resource for high quality, precision chassis casting and machining solutions are being called into question by media reports in Detroit regarding missed bond payments, potential restructuring of the company and even the potential for a declared bankruptcy. Chassix, which has major facilities in both Stevensville and Benton Harbor, is clearly facing financial challenges. Crain’s Detroit Business recently reported that Chassix has missed a payment of $17.4 million to bondholders, and has apparently asked them to organize and retain advisers in the case. The report indicates that sources familiar with the situation have said that Chassix may file bankruptcy around the time that a grace period on $375-million worth of senior secured notes to bondholders expires early next month. This latest report is not the first indication of troubles for the automotive parts manufacturer. Bloomberg News reported back in mid-November that Chassix owner, billionaire Tom Gores, was encouraging creditors to hire advisers as the firm, held by Gores’ Platinum Equity, LLC, was contemplating reorganizing some $525-million in bonds. Here in Michigan’s Great Southwest, Chassix burst onto the scene several years ago by taking over the former Intermet facility on Yasdick Drive in Stevensville, and then a sizable expansion where they took over the former Bowater Nuway Paper Company facility on Paw Paw Avenue in Benton Harbor. They entered the local market under the AluTech flag, and announced last October plans on investing nearly $3.2-million in new equipment for the Benton Harbor facility to manufacture large volumes of safety-critical parts for the automotive industry. The AluTech name disappeared when parent company SMW Automotive Inc of Troy merged with Diversified Machine, Inc. of Wixom in April of 2013 and changed the name to Chassix. Platinum Equity was the primary force behind the coupling of the two major manufacturing forces. Locally, the company has grown to more than 150 employees manufacturing control arms and steering knuckles for cars and trucks in the auto industry. Worldwide, the company employs some 3,600 people...1,200 of them at 10 Michigan locations including the plants in Stevensville and Benton Harbor.<br /> <br /> By summertime some people driving by the Pipestone Plaza in Benton Charter Township might think that Harbor Freight Tools is a homegrown business born in the community because of the similarity of its name to the community it is establishing a new store in. Reality is, however, that there are actually more than 500 Harbor Freight Tools across the nation, and the forthcoming Benton Harbor store is among the latest. The new tool center, targeted for the end-cap closest to Pipestone Road in the former Kmart building at the I-94 interchange, will be the 18th Harbor Freight Tools site in Michigan. Company officials hope to have the store open in May. A Columbus, Ohio firm, Construction One will be responsible for the build-out project. Finish work on the 15,692 foot shell will include everything from some demolition work to carpentry, drywalling, electrical work and more. Harbor Freight Tools was founded in Calabasas, California 38 years ago in 1977. It began as a small, family-owned business committed to providing working people with great quality tools at the lowest possible prices. All 500 stores in the chain today are corporate-owned, not franchise operations. Each store in the Harbor Freight Tool line-up features well over 7,000 tools and accessories at quality levels capable of matching or exceeding competing brands, but at prices up to 80-percent lower. The broad array of tools tee’d up at each store ranges from power tools and air tools to hand tools, welding gear, generators and more. The new Benton Harbor store is just one of 80 or better opening during 2015 according to company officials. The company boasts more than 25-million customers have shopped in the three-decades they’ve been in business. The nearest stores in the chain up until now had been in Mishawaka and Kalamazoo. The company makes it a practice to test their tools in state-of-the-art laboratories similar to those operated by leading consumer advocate organizations, putting the tools through their punishing paces that far exceed the strain of normal use. To complete the assurance, Harbor Freight Tools come with a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee, no hassle return policy and a lifetime warranty on all hand tools. The space to be occupied by Harbor Freight Tools in Benton Harbor is the final remaining space built originally for Kmart. The rest of the building is home to Big Lots and Burlington Coat Factory.<br /> <br /> This is another story about five guys in St. Joe... but it has nothing to do with burgers and fries. What it does have to do with is a reunion of five premier financial advisors soon to be back together under one roof. It will replicate a team of wealth advisors that spent 15 years together under the A.G. Edwards flag before splitting into two teams. David Kinney and his son Michael from Kinney Wealth Advisors will re-connect with long time associates Craig Herrington, Randy Bettich and Shawn Kinney next month under the Stifel Nicolaus flag as they all relocate to new quarters on Hollywood Road just down the road from those other Five Guys (the ones who do sell burgers and fries). Craig, Dave & Randy originally joined forces in June of 1990 to open the A.G. Edwards office on State Street in downtown St. Joseph. They have been working with many great families in the region over the years in work they all describe as personally very rewarding. As they advance their own careers, they’re now helping the children and grandchildren of many original clients through retirement and investment planning. Dave and Mike, along with Dave’s wife Debbie and long-time Client Service Associate Cindy Ahearn, will continue to serve clients from their existing offices in the Horizon Bank Building at 811 Ship Street in St. Joe until early next month. Craig, Randy, and Dave’s other son, Shawn, will continue to serve their clients from their Niles Road offices alongside Walgreens and Domino’s Pizza just off of Niles & Hilltop until early next month. Then, on March 16th, both teams of financial advisors will move to a combined office building on Hollywood Road in front of Roger’s Foodland alongside Edgewater Bank. It should be very familiar turf for them inasmuch as that’s the same building built for them by Joe Giannola Construction when they were A.G. Edwards and moved in from Hilltop & Niles. The firm later became known as Wachovia, and eventually flew the Wells Fargo flag before Craig, Randy & Shawn departed to Stifel Nicolaus and went back to the top of the hill on Niles. Wells Fargo Advisors Tom King and Zeb Dietrich will move their brokerage from that Giannola property at 4035 Hollywood Road to Suite 3E at 2900 S. State Street in St. Joseph, near The Hanson Group corporate offices the weekend of February 20th and open for business at that site on Monday, February 23rd. Stifel is a full-service brokerage and investment banking firm, established in 1890 and based in St. Louis, Missouri. The company operates more than 350 offices in 45 states, including 12 offices in Michigan.<br /> <br /> If a few ladies headed to dinner and a little fun on the town is a proper “girl’s night out,” then St. Joe Today’s upcoming celebration of Diva Days 2015 will probably need to be categorized as the Girl’s Night Out of the Year. Jill Stone and her organizers at St. Joseph Today are pulling out all the stops to fire up an entire weekend of celebration this time out. She says if you’re anxious to see winter come to an end, “Then call your mother. Call your sister. Call your girlfriends and meet March 13th to the 15th in St. Joseph.” Stone is Executive Director of St. Joseph Today, and she invites everybody because, “Our downtown is welcoming spring by helping women of all ages embrace their inner Diva.” Diva Days -- A Women’s Weekend, is a collaborative celebration hosted by the restaurants, stores and hotels of the central business district and beyond. It gives ladies dozens of reasons to come together for pampering, shopping and entertainment. Jill notes, “While it’s fun to come in for one day, it’s really a great excuse for ‘the girls’ to stay overnight with each other.” She adds that many of the community’s lodging facilities are within walking distance or a short, easy drive of the activities. You can find lodging reservation information online at http://www.stjoetoday. com/sleep. The first 150 women to register and pay for Diva Days weekend events at the St. Joseph Today Welcome Center at 301 State Street in downtown St. Joseph, will receive a Dynamite Diva Swag Bag with special discounts and offers at participating locations. As she puts it, “We have BFF pricing on tickets to our two main events.” Registrants can buy two tickets for $60 ($35 each for singles) at the Welcome Center or online at http://www.stjoetoday.com/diva until March 6th. Table reservations are also available. For updates and more information visit http://www.stjoetoday. com/all-events.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, folks. See you Saturday here in MailMax and 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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