eMailMax 4/18/15 : Page 1

ECRWSS Local Postal Customer See Our Ad on Page 15 April 18, 2015 Paper. News Good our Y www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on April 18, 2015 Volume 16, Ver. 16 Moody on The Market M oody Pat W hen Jean & Mathew (Bud) Borre purchased the Ace Hardware store in the “Scottdale Triangle” of Royalton Township nearly 50 years ago, even they likely didn’t expect to be crafting a family hardware dynasty, but it’s certainly shaping up that way. It was 1966 when Jean & Bud purchased the Ace Hardware store from Mr. Hobby Nelson . At that time the Ace shop was located in the actual triangular shaped parcel of land along Miner’s Road at M-139 . Today, that property is the home of the Scottdale Crossings Center which includes Joe’s Cafe , Mr. Goody’s and other businesses. Seven years later, on July 13, 1973, as Bud & Jean were celebrating Bud’s birthday at Tosi’s in Stevensville , a major fire erupt-ed in their store and literally burned it to the ground. Fortunately, they had already purchased the land across the street a few years prior and elected to rebuild their store on that side of the road where the current True Value store is located. That property today is owned by their daughter and son-in-law. The Borre’s son, Mathew “Chip” Borre , began working around the store at a young age and joined the business upon graduation from Michigan State University in 1979. Over time he eventually pur-chased the business from his parents. In 1988 Chip opened another Ace Hardware in downtown Stevensville where a True Value Hardware had closed the prior year. The store grew so rapidly that they outgrew the 6,300 square foot building they had been leasing. So, Chip elected to purchase a vacant parcel of land between the current Martin’s Supermarket and Lakeshore Middle School along John Beers Road in Stevensville. There he erected a larger, 15,000 square foot, Ace Hardware store. In 2006 Chip purchased property at the base of the Niles Road hill south of Hilltop and built a new 20,000 square foot store that was more suited for the size building he felt would be required to operate in considering the arrival of Lowes , Home Depot , Meijer and WalMart i nto the market. He felt that continued operation of the larger, 36,000 square foot store built by his father before him at Scottdale was counterproductive in light of the big box stores. The smaller Niles Road store has allowed Ace to operate in the most efficient and cost effective manner for the foreseeable future. Now, the third generation has arrived on the scene in the form of Mathew P. Borre IV . He has joined his father in running both the Stevensville and St. Joseph stores with plans to succeed to the helm upon the retirement of his father, Chip. Mathew graduated from St. Joseph High School in 2003 and went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management at the Haworth School of Business at Western Michigan University . While still studying at WMU, he enlist-ed in the U.S. Marine Corps , and served with Bridge Company Alpha as a Combat Engineer for 4 1/2 years rising to the rank of Sergeant. Following Mathew’s enlistment, he spent a year and a half in Chicago working for CDW as an Account Manager. He then applied for, and was selected, to become an active duty officer for the Marine Corps. Upon com-pletion of his required officer training, he served with V27 Infantry Battalion located in Twentynine Palms, California for four years. Mathew served in SUMMER CLASSES BEGIN MAY 11 Register today! lakemichigancollege.edu 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&#0e;-AIL-AX/NLINE&#0e;COMsWWW&#0e;FACEBOOK&#0e;COM&#0f;E-AIL-AX s-ARTINS3UPER-ARKETS s(ARDINGS&RIENDLY-ARKET s4RACTOR3UPPLY )NSERTSMAYVARYBY:IP#ODE Continued on page 8

Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

When Jean & Mathew (Bud) Borre purchased the Ace Hardware store in the “Scottdale Triangle” of Royalton Township nearly 50 years ago, even they likely didn’t expect to be crafting a family hardware dynasty, but it’s certainly shaping up that way. It was 1966 when Jean & Bud purchased the Ace Hardware store from Mr. Hobby Nelson. At that time the Ace shop was located in the actual triangular shaped parcel of land along Miner’s Road at M-139. Today, that property is the home of the Scottdale Crossings Center which includes Joe’s Cafe, Mr. Goody’s and other businesses. Seven years later, on July 13, 1973, as Bud & Jean were celebrating Bud’s birthday at Tosi’s in Stevensville, a major fire erupted in their store and literally burned it to the ground. Fortunately, they had already purchased the land across the street a few years prior and elected to rebuild their store on that side of the road where the current True Value store is located. That property today is owned by their daughter and son-in-law. The Borre’s son, Mathew “Chip” Borre, began working around the store at a young age and joined the business upon graduation from Michigan State University in 1979. Over time he eventually purchased the business from his parents. In 1988 Chip opened another Ace Hardware in downtown Stevensville where a True Value Hardware had closed the prior year. The store grew so rapidly that they outgrew the 6,300 square foot building they had been leasing. So, Chip elected to purchase a vacant parcel of land between the current Martin’s Supermarket and Lakeshore Middle School along John Beers Road in Stevensville. There he erected a larger, 15,000 square foot, Ace Hardware store. In 2006 Chip purchased property at the base of the Niles Road hill south of Hilltop and built a new 20,000 square foot store that was more suited for the size building he felt would be required to operate in considering the arrival of Lowes, Home Depot, Meijer and WalMart into the market. He felt that continued operation of the larger, 36,000 square foot store built by his father before him at Scottdale was counterproductive in light of the big box stores. The smaller Niles Road store has allowed Ace to operate in the most efficient and cost effective manner for the foreseeable future. Now, the third generation has arrived on the scene in the form of Mathew P. Borre IV. He has joined his father in running both the Stevensville and St. Joseph stores with plans to succeed to the helm upon the retirement of his father, Chip. Mathew graduated from St. Joseph High School in 2003 and went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management at the Haworth School of Business at Western Michigan University. While still studying at WMU, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, and served with Bridge Company Alpha as a Combat Engineer for 4 1/2 years rising to the rank of Sergeant. Following Mathew’s enlistment, he spent a year and a half in Chicago working for CDW as an Account Manager. He then applied for, and was selected, to become an active duty officer for the Marine Corps. Upon completion of his required officer training, he served with V27 Infantry Battalion located in Twentynine Palms, California for four years. Mathew served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from February through September of 2009 as a Combat Engineer, and in Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan from September of 2012 through April of 2013, as a Collection & Targeting Officer. During that service he was awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He has also served billets to include Battalion Intelligence Officer, Scout Sniper, Platoon Commander, and Liaison/Training Officer for allies overseas. Mathew has since then completed his active duty contract and will be serving as a Captain in the active reserve Marine Corps as an infantry Platoon Commander for Charlie Company, 1/24 out of Lansing. He will do that in addition to his employment with the family corporation at Ace Hardware. If there’s one thing the Borre family knows and knows very well, it is the world of hardware and its myriad product lines. Chip and his son have recently returned from a major Ace Hardware convention and show in Las Vegas, taking a look at the next generation of products coming into play. Congratulations to Mathew IV and welcome home!

Mark Twain is often referred to as one of the greatest authors of all time. So, it’s rather fortuitous that the famous book writer once said, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” Especially in light of the need for the owners of Parable Christian Store, a religious book and gift store in Southtown St. Joseph to invoke that same proclamation. The current rumor mill reports of the death of Parable are absolutely unfounded, but might be exacerbated by signage in the window of the P. Graham Dunn Gallery & Laser Engraver side of the house. Lorraine Valk is owner and operator of both shops at 2913 Niles Avenue behind the new Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant & bar. Lorraine and her staff are hearing ongoing “reports of their death” in the form of people bemoaning the store going out of business. The major problem with that is the fact that they are not going out of business. Rather they are mid-stream in a major consolidation and remodeling project that will free up the space that had been home to P. Graham Dunn Gallery operations for several years. Lorraine says they are incorporating the Dunn line-up and laser engraving work back into the spacious Parable footprint. In the process they are painting and re-setting fixtures to provide a new, updated, enhance shopping experience for customers of the Christian store. Work is ongoing and the project is expected to be near completion by the end of April. Signage in the windows of the gallery side of the house declare “Clearance Sale,” perhaps leading some to assume the store was going out of business, when that is simply not the case. The bankruptcy of a large Christian chain in Grand Rapids has also led to some confusion regarding the fate of the store. In the meantime, the soon to be former gallery space is becoming available for a new tenant for those interested in co-locating alongside the crew at Parable Christian Store. Meanwhile, Parable will still comprise more than 5,500 square feet of retail showroom and will continue to provide personalized laser engraving, Bible imprinting and the myriad other products and services that customers have grown to love the store for.

Fans of sushi and other Japanese delicacies have long bemoaned the dearth of options in Michigan’s Great Southwest, but that is just about to change thanks to a couple of veteran restaurateurs who are bringing their Little Tokyo to the Edgewater District of St. Joseph just north of the St. Joe River. Brothers Bruce & John Wei already own and operate three other versions of the restaurant and have just signed a long term lease to take over the space that was once home to Mammina’s at Edgewater and later the fits and starts of J’s Vitale Fresh Deli in the Edgewater commercial complex along Upton Drive in St. Joseph. The two own and operate Little Tokyo in Homewood, Illinois, a restaurant they launched about 13 years ago, and later followed that up with the Little Tokyo Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar in Munster, Indiana about a dozen years ago. Just ahead of Memorial Day 2012 they opened what became a very popular restaurant in the Lookout Landing Plaza along U.S. 12 at Smith Street in Downtown New Buffalo. That restaurant was forced to close back on October 20, 2014 by a grease fire caused by grease build-up in the ventilation system. It has remain closed for some six months now. Not a lot is known about the new St. Joe version, inasmuch as multiple attempts to contact the Wei brothers have proven fruitless thus far. However, the Edgewater Resources group assembled the lease deal and there are now large red and yellow signs in the front windows of the diner foretelling the impending arrival of the restaurant sometime this spring. Assuming the Wei brothers plan to recreate a similar variation to their existing sushi houses, one would expect Little Tokyo at Edgewater to feature a colorful array of sushi and other Japanese delicacies. Their wide ranging menus in the past have included not only sushi, but a large selection of steamed, fried, broiled and sauteed dishes made with beef, pork, chicken, many seafoods such as shrimp, scallops, crabmeat, and a wide array of vegetables. They are also known for offering a nice selection of Chinese dishes as well. The New Buffalo store maintained hours seven days a week of 11am until 11pm, but there’s no word on what the hours of operation will be at the St. Joseph restaurant in Edgewater, or when they plan to have the place up and running so stay tuned.

John Schmidt of Stevensville has been building things with his hands since he was a teenager. His grandfather and father before him were both skilled craftsmen and cabinet makers in the building trades and he worked at their knee before eventually entering the trades himself in roofing, siding and remodeling. He took a brief detour into the world of tool & die, but when tough times struck that industry years ago he reverted to the skills that he grew up with and launched a handyman service of sorts, helping people with various projects large and small around their homes and businesses. Since the mid to late 90’s Schmidt has increasingly mastered his building arts skills through remodeling and contracting jobs to the point that he was recently recruited into the world of Wausau Homes of Rothschild, Wisconsin. John and his wife Kim are the newest owners of a Wausau Homes Design Studio, only the 40th in the nation...and their new center is located at 5827 Red Arrow Highway in Stevensville, directly across the highway from the Grand Mere Inn. The couple hosted a VIP Open House recently to celebrate their arrival on the scene and will hold a public Grand Opening on April 25th to showcase their new design center. Schmidt has been a licensed contractor for the past 15 years or better, and now he’s offering the Wausau Home experience to prospective new home builders all across the region. His Corporate Recruitment Director Kyle Slamans Was also in the house for the VIP affair explaining the concept to prospective vendors, tradesmen, and potential home owners. John's personal specially now is in carpentry, but he provides new homeowners with intricate knowledge of specialized and custom building. The more than 50-year history of Wausau Homes is one of constant growth and improvement. In fact, Slamans projects as many as 65 to 70 Design Centers like the one in Stevensville will dot the landscape of the Midwest by the end of the year. The Wausau Homes brand is a finely turned system of home building that is recognized as one of the best in the industry of controlled construction. Finished components are produced and transported to the job site and erected there, minimizing the time that key components are exposed to potentially debilitating weather conditions. The system results in significant cost containment and speed, not to mention quality control and engineering excellence. Schmidt tells me that with the controlled atmosphere of the system, they can typically deliver a finished custom designed home in 90-days. They work diligently to take the uncertainty out of the home building process and employ their brand promise of "Your Way, Firm Price, On Time." It all begins with a simple conversation at their Design Center on Red Arrow Highway where customers select from 119 tloor plans that each offer three distinct elevations, thereby producing more than 300 total options all of which arc completely customizable for a resulting home of anywhere from 800 square feet to virtually unlimited square footage. The company built an award-winning 12,000 square foot home in recent years that has become the talk of the industry. John & Kim say that essentially, " I f you can dream it, we can build it, and build it in the manner in which you wish." Each home is 100-percent customizable and the Schmidts are dedicated "shop local" fans who will use vendors, subcontractors, and other trades people regularly on the local scene. The Wausau Homes Design Center showcases everything from roofing shingles and siding options to window styles, trim packages, and counter tops...from faucets and door handles to 3D computerized "walkthroughs" of every floor plan in the system. The Design Center is located at 5827 Red Arrow Highway and can be reachcd by phone at 269-281-0368. Learn more, or even start the process of designing your own Wausau Home by clicking this link: http://www.wausauhomes.com

That's it for this week, folks. Have a great week, shop local, and we'll see you Saturday right here in MailMax and online 24/7 at www.MoodvontheMarkct.com

Read the full article at http://www.onlinedigitalmagazines.com/article/Moody+On+The+Market/1983366/253779/article.html.

Lake Michigan College

Using a screen reader? Click Here