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Lloyd Wells has been a mighty busy man of late. He’s had crews on the homefront at Ridge & Kramer Auto Parts on M-139 busy packing up everything from headlights to tail lamps, while down the street at Napier & Colfax he recruited a build-out team working around the clock replacing the tile flooring and making other adjustments to what used to be Advance Auto Parts. The former Advance building has, as a result, become the new home of Ridge & Kramer’s Federated Auto Parts now that the staff and store have relocated to the new, higher visibility location in St. Joseph Charter Township. Wells is General Manager for the Benton Harbor store which has been a staple across from the Fairplain Plaza dating back to 1986. That location has always served as the flagship store for the thirteen Ridge & Kramer sites scattered around Michigan’s Great Southwest, largely because it came with a 30,000 square foot warehouse which served as a central clearing house for the other stores for inventory. Three years ago this month Chris Neuser, CEO of Ridge & Kramer sold the 13-store chain to Bo Fisher of Fisher Auto Parts in Staunton, Virginia. The Ridge & Kramer dynasty was born in 1934 by Chris’ grandfather Reinhold Neuser and carried on by his (Chris’) father Donald Neuser. Neuser retained the real estate for each of the Ridge & Kramer stores, but with the huge distribution capabilities of Fisher’s 750,000 square foot warehouse and distribution center, the feeder system of the 30,000 square foot Benton Harbor warehouse became increasingly redundant and unnecessary. Neuser closed the deal a couple of weeks ago to acquire the vacant Advance Auto Parts store building at 123 Napier and is leasing it to the Ridge & Kramer Federated team. The new space is dramatically more “right-sized” for the new operation at just under 6,800 square feet, according to Wells. It is now more in line with the other Ridge & Kramer stores in communities like St. Joe, Coloma, and South Haven as a result. With the massive distribution system capabilities of the combined Ridge & Kramer/Fisher Auto Parts complex, any part that sells out today in a local store can be immediately back in stock by tomorrow, according to Wells who is pretty excited about the move. He says that ever since Big Lots left the sprawling complex set back off of M-139 in the winter of 2012-13, the Ridge & Kramer visibility and exposure has been noticeably reduced. Big Lots themselves relocated to the former Kmart Plaza at Pipestone & I-94 in Benton Township. Ridge & Kramer has been a major player in the replacement auto parts business in the region for decades and well noted for their pledge to help mechanics and do-it-yourselfers to “fix it right the first time.” The new store opened for business on Monday, April 20th at Napier & Colfax.

To tell you that Brooke Vladic of St. Joseph has a passion for Yoga would be the classic understatement of all time. Half a dozen years after she discovered the Yoga lifestyle, and then totally immersed herself in the symmetry and serenity of it all, this dynamic young woman is laser-focused on sharing the power, beauty and athleticism of her expertise. After teaching Yoga professionally on America’s west coast and in Costa Rica, and graduating from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona where she continued to teach the art of Yoga, Brooke returned a few years ago to her hometown of St. Joseph. Her mission then was to teach privately at gyms and along the shores of Lake Michigan in spectacular beach settings. She suddenly arrived at the conclusion that Michigan’s Great Southwest truly needed a special place where people could come together and practice Yoga in a charming setting dedicated to the Yoga tradition, proper nutrition and an overall natural approach to health and wellness. Thus was born the concept behind her new Yoga Life Studio. Yoga Life is designed to be a place where the Yoga community can grow and nurture its students by supporting and encouraging one another. In what, for decades, was a lawyer’s office and later a two-bedroom apartment, Brooke Vladic has developed a beautiful, contemporary studio at 219 Main Street in downtown St. Joseph above 221 Main Restaurant & Cocktail House. She performed most of the modernized renovation herself over the past nine months. As you ascend the staircase you begin to feel the aura of what you are about to enter. Gorgeous French doors lead into the main studio featuring a beautiful cedar plank ceiling, natural cork floors, freshly painted walls, updated skylights, exposed original brick harkening back to the beginning of the historic building, and all wrapped in an inviting decor sheathed in warm colors and a remarkable sense of calm. Plants, natural wood, candles and serene furnishings lend an earthy and peaceful environment for those engaged in the art of Yoga. As lead instructor and business owner at Yoga Life, Brooke teaches safe and alignment- based Yoga, linking breath to movement. Each class in the house is unique and geared towards the level of everyone present and their needs for the day. In addition to teaching Yoga, she also offers nutritional consultation and healthy lifestyle coaching. Her Bachelor’s of Science degree from ASU is in Dietetics. Keep an eye out for monthly workshops at Yoga Life on a variety of topics surrounding Yoga and Nutrition as well as series classes for specific needs, disorders and ailments. Brooke has completed her 500-hour advanced teacher training and features Ashtanga-inspired eclectic flows that link breath to movement. New students to Yoga can sign on now for “30 Days for $30 Dollars” at the Yoga Life Studio, affording those students access to any and all classes on an unlimited schedule for those 30-days.

There are also Drop-In-Prices, 5-10-and-20-Class Passes at various price points as well as Brooke’s nutrition and wellness services. Learn more about class schedules and the like by clicking the links to the Yoga Life Studio website and Facebook Fan Page listed below.

Here’s the link to the website: http://www.yogalifesj.com/ Here’s the link to her Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/YogaLifeSJ?fref=ts

For seemingly decades now, the cast and crew at Tosi’s in Stevensville has dedicated many days and support to the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen. Most notably, and perhaps most memorably, was the annual Children’s Christmas Party. This year, the Tosi’s crew is shaking things up a bit with an inaugural event they think everyone will run to. Dan & Lori McCrery and Amy Paulin have devised a whole new fun way to reach out and help those in need at the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen. Next week they will host their 1st Ever Tosi’s Minestrone Soup 5k. It’s more than just a run though...participants are invited to run, walk or even bike a 5k route that begins and ends at Tosi’s Restaurant at 4337 Ridge Road in Stevensville. The new event is slated for next Saturday, May 9th and will begin at 9am. Organizers are planning a five minute delay between each method used to maneuver the route with runners, walkers and bicyclists each departing in their own wave along the route. Cost to take part is just $20 per participant, but private and all other donations are also welcome. The 100-percent of the proceeds will go directly to the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen. Dan tells me this is designed as a Family Fun event to help others in need within the community. No registration is necessary, and the event is not a chip-timed affair, it’s simply a day of fun to help others with fewer resources than most of us enjoy. Take a look at their Facebook page for more.

After your trip to the Blossomtime Grand Floral Parade today (Saturday, 5/2/15) swing by Third Coast Surf Shop in downtown St. Joseph and help the crew celebrate their 10th Anniversary in business from 2pm until 6pm today. Every customer making a purchase today will receive a raffle ticket for a new 3rd Coast Surfboard with the winner being drawn at 4pm. You must be present to win. The first Third Coast Surf Shop storefront opened in New Buffalo in May 2005, and thanks to 10 years of rapid growth they now include their flagship location in downtown St. Joe at 212 State Street, their store at 110 N. Whitaker in New Buffalo and four stand-up paddleboard and kayak rental sites throughout Michigan’s Great Southwest. Happy Anniversary Ryan Gerard and everyone at 3rd Coast!

Music is the Heartbeat of the Soul and to celebrate, the Monday Musical Club is marking National Music Week at the Heritage Museum & Cultural Center at 601 Main Street in St. Joseph this coming Monday, May 4th with a program open to the public. Featuring the Monday Musical Club Student & Junior Club Annual Officers’ Recital, the Monday Musical Club Chorus under the direction of Michelle DeFrancesco Bythrow and the Junior Club Scholarship Competition Winners’ Recital, the event gets underway at 7pm Monday night, with the doors opening at 6:30pm. The club provides musically-inclined youth with scholarships to attend music camps such as Interlochen and Blue Lake Fine Arts Academy.

Kim Jorgensen Gane is a writer, coach, media consultant and avid community ambassador, but at the moment the best characterization for Kim is “giddy” local producer and co-director for a national show being produced on the local scene in Southwest Michigan for the first time ever in celebration of Mother’s Day – Listen to Your Mother: Southwest Michigan. It’s all in support of the Readiness Center in Benton Harbor. The local community was selected to host a special local performance as part of the national series and that performance is coming next Saturday at the newly renovated St. Joseph High School’s John & Dede Howard Auditorium. The amazing show will feature live readings by some of the area’s most talented authors, writers and bloggers including Jessica Ashley, Tracy Becker, John Berecz, Pamela Buford, Pen Campbell, Ami Hendrickson, Jamie Huber, Mrs. Mabel L. Johnson, Jenny Miner, Jena Razor, Christine Sherene, Tawana Taylor, and Martha Thieneman. The show features live readings on the beauty, the beast, and the barely rested of motherhood. Working with Kim on the project is author and co-director Meagan Francis, and associate producer Beth Haire-Lewis of Benton Harbor, emcee and co-chair of the annual Gene Harris: Coming Home, Coming Together concert at City Center Park. Next Saturday’s performance, on May 9th, will take place at 3pm and tickets can be obtained online at http://ListenToYourMotherSWMI.bpt.me

It happens far too often. We scroll to a shocking story in social media about another young life lost to suicide and wonder what happened to bring such finality to a sad situation. It happens in our own neighborhoods without a hint sometimes. It even happens within our own families. But, there are people hoping to help. The Berrien County Council for Suicide Prevention Coalition is a recently formed organization working to find solutions. Launched by a lunch meeting of 22 interested parties, the coalition last summer officially became an advisory committee of the Berrien County Mental Health Authority at Riverwood. Meg Hines is a School Counselor at Roosevelt Elementary in Stevensville. She has reached out to me to ask for my assistance in helping the coalition with a major project currently underway. The Berrien County Council for Suicide Prevention Coalition is currently engaged in gathering vital information through an informative online survey. Data gathered in the completion of the survey will be used by the organization in programming they hope to implement in order to meet the gaps in suicide prevention in Berrien County, as well as to aid in their grant writing research. The organization’s website can be found by clicking the link below, which will also afford anyone the opportunity to take the brief survey to assist in their research and planning. Http:// www.berriencares.org/home

That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great time at the parade, and we’ll see you around town as well as right back here in MailMax next Saturday and online 24/7 at www.MoodyontheMarket.com Please remember to shop local for Mother’s Day, Graduation gifts, birthday celebrations and beyond. There’s more here than you know!

Pat Moody
Morning Radio Personality
WSJM Radio
moody@wsjm.com
(269) 925-1111
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