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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer See O Our Ad on P Page 12 May 9, 2015 Paper. News Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on May 9, 2015 Volume 16, Ver. 19 Moody on The Market The Area’s Premier 0 RRG\  3DW  Sunglasses Dealer T ake a couple of pas-sionate “foodies” with a back-ground in hospitality, blend in a wealth of experience in both the retail and culinary trades, sprinkle liberally with a track record for hand-crafting award-winning maple syrups, varietal honeys, preserves and more, and then serve up artisanal delights from a new venue on Lake Street and you have the perfect rec-ipe for the brand new Thornburg & Company Cafe in the heart of downtown Bridgman . The husband-wife team of Ryan & Julie Thornburg quietly opened for business and were genuinely surprised and happy with the word-of-mouth turnout at their eclectic new diner at 4209 Lake Street in downtown Bridgman in the space that previously housed the Beachside Bakery . The two have been working diligently for the past two months getting ready for their opening which they had set for May 1st, but with everything hitting on all cylinders they went ahead and cranked open the doors a couple of weeks early, serving up a fine array of homemade pastries and quiche in the morning, and gourmet sandwiches, soups and salads for the lunch crowd. The Thornburg name is certainly no stranger to the culinary set as Ryan & Julie have been a staple at the St. Joseph Farmers Market for at least the last four years since their Thornburg & Company concept was first established in 2011 with the simple goal in mind to create genuine, artisanal foods in a tradition-al, time-honored manner using fresh produce from the fields and orchards of Michigan’s Great Southwest . Last year they expanded their brand to the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids where they have the original Thornburg & Company Cafe. The new Bridgman cafe is a dream come true thanks to the couple’s roots in the fruitbelt region. It also provides a full, professional kitchen that has allowed them to close up the kitchen they had established just off of Colfax & Napier in Benton Harbor several years ago and consolidate those operations in Bridgman. Chef Ryan will be serving up all homemade pastries each morning and the lunch menu as well. Additionally, the Cafe will also fea-ture their line of Thornburg & Company products including fruit preserves, granolas, maple syrups, balsamic vinegars, honeys and more. A refrigerated display case in the cafe will also provide local and regional artisanal meats, cheeses, olives, crackers and the like. A recent morning’s line up included Bacon Cheddar Scones, Chocolate Cherry Scones, Peach Almond Cake, Blueberry Muffins, and Chocolate Chip Cookies among other offerings. Ryan is also the Executive Chef at the Bistro on the Boulevard overlooking Lake Michigan in St. Joseph, and Julie’s degree in Hospitality & Tourism from Grand Valley State University manages day to day operations for Thornburg & Company’s dual cafes. Both were born and raised in the region with Ryan growing up in Watervliet and Julie in St. Joseph. The new cafe is open Tuesday through Friday for breakfast & lunch from 7am until 3pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am until 4pm. ,&#1e;(!-!)-&#1b;&#1e;&#1f;&&#1e;#!-&#1c;.&#1e;,.%)#&#1e;. 2!1&#1e;(-&#1c;.&#1e;,.%)#&#1e;. $ 79 00 $ 58 00 &#1c;*(!,!-.,%&#1f;.%*)-&#1e;++'2-!!-.*,!"*, !.&#1e;%'-
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Take a couple of passionate “foodies” with a background in hospitality, blend in a wealth of experience in both the retail and culinary trades, sprinkle liberally with a track record for hand-crafting award-winning maple syrups, varietal honeys, preserves and more, and then serve up artisanal delights from a new venue on Lake Street and you have the perfect recipe for the brand new Thornburg & Company Cafe in the heart of downtown Bridgman. The husband-wife team of Ryan & Julie Thornburg quietly opened for business and were genuinely surprised and happy with the word-of-mouth turnout at their eclectic new diner at 4209 Lake Street in downtown Bridgman in the space that previously housed the Beachside Bakery. The two have been working diligently for the past two months getting ready for their opening which they had set for May 1st, but with everything hitting on all cylinders they went ahead and cranked open the doors a couple of weeks early, serving up a fine array of homemade pastries and quiche in the morning, and gourmet sandwiches, soups and salads for the lunch crowd. The Thornburg name is certainly no stranger to the culinary set as Ryan & Julie have been a staple at the St. Joseph Farmers Market for at least the last four years since their Thornburg & Company concept was first established in 2011 with the simple goal in mind to create genuine, artisanal foods in a traditional, time-honored manner using fresh produce from the fields and orchards of Michigan’s Great Southwest. Last year they expanded their brand to the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids where they have the original Thornburg & Company Cafe. The new Bridgman cafe is a dream come true thanks to the couple’s roots in the fruitbelt region. It also provides a full, professional kitchen that has allowed them to close up the kitchen they had established just off of Colfax & Napier in Benton Harbor several years ago and consolidate those operations in Bridgman. Chef Ryan will be serving up all homemade pastries each morning and the lunch menu as well. Additionally, the Cafe will also feature their line of Thornburg & Company products including fruit preserves, granolas, maple syrups, balsamic vinegars, honeys and more. A refrigerated display case in the cafe will also provide local and regional artisanal meats, cheeses, olives, crackers and the like. A recent morning’s line up included Bacon Cheddar Scones, Chocolate Cherry Scones, Peach Almond Cake, Blueberry Muffins, and Chocolate Chip Cookies among other offerings. Ryan is also the Executive Chef at the Bistro on the Boulevard overlooking Lake Michigan in St. Joseph, and Julie’s degree in Hospitality & Tourism from Grand Valley State University manages day to day operations for Thornburg & Company’s dual cafes. Both were born and raised in the region with Ryan growing up in Watervliet and Julie in St. Joseph. The new cafe is open Tuesday through Friday for breakfast & lunch from 7am until 3pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am until 4pm.

If you’d like to call ahead orders for catering events such as graduations and the like you can reach the cafe at 269-266-7093. Stop in for true, hand-crafted, artisanal goodness at the new Thornburg & Company Cafe in downtown Bridgman.

The racing community loves a green light. The racing community also loves Lane Automotive in Watervliet, so you can be sure that the racing community loves the green light given to Lane Automotive recently by the Watervliet Township Board for a $30-million expansion plan that will actually take two years to build out, but will add 138 new jobs when it is all said and done. Manufacturing consultant Cindy LaGrow of LaGrow Consulting has shepherded the massive expansion process for the Lane Automotive crew for several months now, clearing the way for site plan approvals, training dollars, a building-height variance, and an Industrial Facilities Tax abatement for 12-years. She says that Watervliet Township’s approval is great news for the region, because the company had options to invest elsewhere, but elected to remain on the home front where the company was created more than 50-years ago in the garage of founder George Lane. The company has grown exponentially and this new expansion to their massive headquarters at 8300 Lane Drive alongside I-94 will put another 214,500 square feet under roof when the project is complete about two years out. Now that approvals are all lined up contractors are expected to break ground on the facility in early June. One of those approvals had come earlier in the process when the Watervliet Township Zoning Board of Appeals granted a height variance, authorizing a building height of 50 feet. Just last December LaGrow had paved the way for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s green light on nearly $2-million in worker training dollars to get new hires up to speed quickly on the technologies to operate the new facility. In combination with the existing distribution center staff the company will employ nearly 360 people just south of I-94 at the Watervliet interchange. The sizable new building will bring the total square footage at Lane to just under 375,000 square feet. Lane Automotive is a world-class supplier of performance parts and accessories for race cars, hot rods, trucks and off-road vehicles. Sites in both Tennessee and Indiana were competing for the $30-million project which is about to advance from the blueprint stage to full-tilt construction. The aerial photo accompanying this story on Moody on the Market.com is from coverage of the company’s 2014 Memorial Day Weekend Car Show & Cruise-In last May. This year’s show is slated for Friday and Saturday, May 22nd and 23rd. Here is a link to details regarding that big event which annually draws thousands of spectators and car enthusiasts: www.laneautomotive.com/Annual-Car-Show

Mike Balmes has been creating 2D and 3D animation sequences for more than 25-years for some of the biggest names in business and now he has anchored his own corporate home in Coloma. Balmes has set up shop with his MiCo Graphics after falling in love with Michigan’s Great Southwest when he took a job with a design agency in New Buffalo that eventually ceased operations there. Half a dozen years ago, Balmes was offered a job by the small marketing firm, Upside Marketing & Sales in Harbor Country. He came here from Monroe, Georgia outside of Atlanta to perform animation for Upside, but the company has since gone dark. Having established his roots in the region, Balmes has elected to make this his headquarters for his freelance animation projects. It’s not his first solo venture...he established MiCo Services as owner & operator in 2002 after a 5-year stint with Six D Studios as Creative Director and prior to that a 5-year run with Computer Visualizations, Inc or CVI where he was Animation Director. His first job as animator came with Mango Hill Productions. Those three companies are all in Hawaii where he lived for many years until his move to Georgia. Mike has done a variety of animation and video projects for Disney...special effects for ABC TV’s “Lost.”...program openings & closings for The Outdoor Channel...and other projects for Jamba Juice, Ingersoll Rand, Recognition Systems, Schlage locks, Baxter Medical, Pacific Digital Media, Abudanza, Inc, Union 76, Taco Bell, Dominos Pizza, Hawaiian Airlines, GTE, and the Hawaii State Department of Transportation. With his MiCo Graphics, Mike specializes in teaching/ instructional animations and product placement/ demonstration animations. He also has experience in producing forensic accident recreation animations and special effects for broadcast applications and commercials. Take a look at a short reel showcasing Some of Mike’s talents as an animator by clicking the link. You can also see that reel, Mike’s resume and other examples of his considerable capabilities by clicking the link to his website. You can reach Mr. Balmes for consideration of work on your projects by phone at 269-612-7488 or by email at mike@micographics.Com. Here’s the link to Mike’s show reel: www.micographics.com/Video/MiCo%20 ShowReel.mp4 Here’s the link to Mike’s website: www.micographics.com

The owners of Big Head Farm of Benton Harbor are anything but the kind of folks who will get a big head over this, but they are absolutely giddy and rightfully proud for being tabbed as a Regional Winner in the Comcast Business Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs Program, and now they could use your support as well. Karen & Jody Warner founded Big Head Farm north of Benton Harbor six years ago in 2009. It is a 70-acre farm that is a USDA Certified Organic Farm that currently grows more than 60 varieties of vegetables, herbs, blueberries and apples along with value-added products like raw apple cider pressed right on site at their orchard and available seasonally. The farm is located at 3835 Pier Road, north of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph. This week, Comcast Business headquarters in Philadelphia revealed that Big Head Farm is one of 32 small business owners from across the nation who have been named regional winners in the Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs Program, more commonly referred to as I4E. That’s a national competition that will award more than $600,000 to aspiring entrepreneurs who are leveraging technology to enhance their business. Each of the regional winners, including Big Head Farm, earns a $10,000 cash award to fuel growth within their business. Of the 32 regional winners, 16 are start-up businesses and 16 are entrepreneurs like Karen & Jody. Winners were selected based on essays submitted highlighting how each would use technology to take their business to the next level. Entries were judged by John Jantsch, marketing consultant, speaker and best-selling author of Duct Tape Marketing, The Commitment Engine and The Referral Engine, and Anita Campbell, founder, CEO, and publisher of Small Business Trends. They come from a wide range of locations, backgrounds and types of businesses in industries including healthcare, technology, hospitality, retail, media and video production, children’s camps and education, agriculture, counseling, construction, and many more. Here’s where you and I come in. The next round of competition is the public vote, where six businesses will be selected as grand prize winners and receive an additional $20,000 cash award as well as an all-expenses-paid trip to Comcast Business headquarters in Philadelphia. While in Philadelphia, they will have the opportunity to receive one-on-one consulting with nationally recognized business experts including Patrick Fitzgerald, MB & Undergrad Entrepreneurship Lecturer at the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania and Dreamit Ventures Managing Director, as well as Robert Irvine, Celebrity Chef & Entrepreneur along with Comcast Senior Executives. Public voting is underway and concludes on May 10th. The six grand prize winners will be announced the week of June 1st, with the grand prize winner event in Philadelphia coming in mid-August. Denice Hasty is Senior VP of Marketing and Product Management for Comcast Business. She says, “Entrepreneurs and startups can accelerate their growth by leveraging technology to make their business more efficient and scalable.” She adds, “The Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs Program celebrates these 32 businesses that are using technology in smart, strategic ways and we are pleased to underwrite the investments they need to help them continue to execute on their plans.” We, in the public realm, can vote for our favorites online once per day from now through May 10th by clicking the link and casting our vote. Best of luck to Karen & Jody and the entire crew at Big Head Farm of Benton Harbor. Business.comcast.com/i4e/vote

The Shoreline Garden Club of Stevensville will conduct its annual Plant Sale today, Saturday, May 9, at Lakeshore High School from 9 a.m. until noon. They will feature hardy Michigan-grown perennials as well as some vegetable, heirloom tomato, and herb plants. They will also showcase a limited supply of locally-grown house plants. Proceeds from the fundraiser help fund their multiple service projects and activities. Shoreline Garden Club is non-profit and a member of the Michigan Garden Clubs, Inc.

That’s it for this week, folks. See you Saturday right here in MailMax and online 24/7 at www.MoodyontheMarket.com

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