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Scott worked for nine years at Silver Beach Pizza and was selected by Jay to run the new business in South St. Joe. The luxurious new high-tech car wash is a thing of beau-ty just to look at. From the 3-bay drive-up ramp to the arcing array of vacuum hoses at the exit, the gleaming new gear gives you the feeling that your car is getting pampered all through the tunnel. The 3,500 square foot building sits on a 1.7-acre parcel south of the commercial strip that houses Family Video at the corner of Hilltop & Cleveland . The street address is 2206 S. Cleveland Avenue on land bordering the CSX Railroad track. Costas has a partner, veteran American Airlines pilot Mark Davidson , and the project was financed by Edgewater Bank of St. Joseph . Crawford has a crew of seven employees who provide live-assist washes as operators who prep-spray your vehicle before sending it through a tunnel of 100-percent fresh water, 100-percent patented cloth washes fea-turing premium detergents, heated dryers, and fast service. The full run through the system takes just 2 1/2 minutes and offers a free vacuum token for use at the opposite end for those who would like to clean their interior as well. The wash system is one where you never leave your vehicle. Soft Touch Car Wash operates Monday through Saturday from 7am until 8pm and Sundays from 8am until 6pm. This is the latest business entity for Costas who already owns and operates Soft Touch Car Wash operations in Valparaiso, Merrillville, and Crown Point, Indiana . He is partners with Tony Bertig in the ever-growing Silver Beach Pizza which is putting the finishing touches on a new roof-top dining experi-ence coming this summer overlooking Silver Beach , the Compass Rose Fountain and Lake Michigan itself. That project should be complete soon accord-ing to Bertig. When Amber Williams first launched Power in Motion Gymnastics , she was renting out a space in Royalton Township capable of handling the 20 or so students that she had accumulated thanks to her expertise and training. That was in 2008. Barely a year later, Amber and her colleagues were growing rapidly with enrollment increasing virtually every day. In November of 2009 Amber cut the ribbon on a brand new 12,400 square foot facility just yards away and her business was soaring high. 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Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

Jay Costas doesn’t do anything half-way. It’s either first-class or no-go for the man who brought Silver Beach Pizza to Michigan’s Great Southwest. Recently Costas and his crew, headed up by new General Manager Scott Crawford, quietly opened their newest enterprise, the Soft Touch Car Wash Center along Cleveland Avenue in St. Joseph Charter Township. No big hoopla, just turn on the water, fire up the sign and “let’s see what happens.” Considering there was no formal announcement, declaration, or sign-waving teenagers on site, Crawford tells me they enjoyed a “respectable day.” For Scott Crawford it is a resounding reward for nearly a decade of service to Costas and his business empire. Scott worked for nine years at Silver Beach Pizza and was selected by Jay to run the new business in South St. Joe. The luxurious new high-tech car wash is a thing of beauty just to look at. From the 3-bay drive-up ramp to the arcing array of vacuum hoses at the exit, the gleaming new gear gives you the feeling that your car is getting pampered all through the tunnel. The 3,500 square foot building sits on a 1.7-acre parcel south of the commercial strip that houses Family Video at the corner of Hilltop & Cleveland. The street address is 2206 S. Cleveland Avenue on land bordering the CSX Railroad track. Costas has a partner, veteran American Airlines pilot Mark Davidson, and the project was financed by Edgewater Bank of St. Joseph. Crawford has a crew of seven employees who provide live-assist washes as operators who prep-spray your vehicle before sending it through a tunnel of 100-percent fresh water, 100-percent patented cloth washes featuring premium detergents, heated dryers, and fast service. The full run through the system takes just 2 1/2 minutes and offers a free vacuum token for use at the opposite end for those who would like to clean their interior as well. The wash system is one where you never leave your vehicle. Soft Touch Car Wash operates Monday through Saturday from 7am until 8pm and Sundays from 8am until 6pm. This is the latest business entity for Costas who already owns and operates Soft Touch Car Wash operations in Valparaiso, Merrillville, and Crown Point, Indiana. He is partners with Tony Bertig in the ever-growing Silver Beach Pizza which is putting the finishing touches on a new roof-top dining experience coming this summer overlooking Silver Beach, the Compass Rose Fountain and Lake Michigan itself. That project should be complete soon according to Bertig.

When Amber Williams first launched Power in Motion Gymnastics, she was renting out a space in Royalton Township capable of handling the 20 or so students that she had accumulated thanks to her expertise and training. That was in 2008. Barely a year later, Amber and her colleagues were growing rapidly with enrollment increasing virtually every day. In November of 2009 Amber cut the ribbon on a brand new 12,400 square foot facility just yards away and her business was soaring high. Now, just over five years later, blueprints have been drawn, steel has been ordered, and shovels will soon break ground on a sizable expansion for Power in Motion Gymnastics as Amber’s success has now surpassed the 700 student level. Construction should get underway any day now on a new 4,650 foot addition which will bring the facility to more than 17,000 square feet under roof. Amber wisely designed the building for relatively easy expansion on the north side of the property at 3889 M-139 in Royalton Township, in anticipation of future growth. She tells me that she will be renovating the current viewing area, office space and bathrooms into another pre-school area for classes. In the new addition there will be a new office and staff room, a viewing area for parents, a birthday party room, locker rooms, and some added gym space expanding the large gym area in the existing building. Additionally, the front of the gym will be renovated for a more appealing look, and the new entrance to the gym will be in the newest part of the building. Amber Williams and her dynamic staff enjoy a sterling reputation for training championship caliber students at all levels as the growing list of student participants will attest. Anyone interested in enrolling classes will find registration information and details on what is available by clicking the link below. The phone number for Power in Motion Gymnastics is 269-429-5100. Here’s the link www.pimgymnastics.com

Mary Ellen Tainer of Chicago has been coming to Harbor Country for some 35 years now. So, when she decided to retire her real estate license after 27-years on Chicago’s North Shore, she knew exactly where her next venture would drop anchor. She conducted a little market research by asking virtually everyone she came into contact with what they felt the region of Harbor Country needed. She hit the great advice jackpot, however, when one of the people she quizzed suggested rather than wondering what Harbor Country might need that she instead, “Do what you love!” Thus was born the concept for Tainer’s new Marmalade Boutique in the heart of downtown Sawyer. Housed in the old Flynn Theater building at 5861 Sawyer Road, she’s just steps from regional hotspots including the Greenbush Brewery and the famous Sawyer Garden Center. Mary Ellen visited the Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance in search of guidance and says from that point forward, “Margaret Adams and her team held my hand.” She says she had no idea where to begin, but “they helped me with writing my business plan, getting my financial resources in order, and everything else that you need to launch your own business.” She opened the new women’s clothier on May 1st and conducted a formal ribbon cutting recently, joined by the crew from the WBC, the Harbor Country Chamber, and elected officials from Chikaming Township. Marmalade Boutique features more than 40 brands that Mary Ellen has personally admired, ranging from casual to dressy. The boutique also sells handbags, scarves, jewelry and more. Shoppers are treated to a fine array of dresses, tops, sweaters, linen pants, casual jackets, multi-piece outfits, tunics and even the Not Your Daughter brand of jeans. This historic building sparkles with the authenticity of interior brick and urban-look, exposed duct-work overhead. You can find Marmalade in the house Thursday through Monday each week from 11am until 6pm. You can follow them on Facebook for details on events and new arrivals. The phone number at Marmalade Boutique is 269-405-1042.

If you were among those who heard through the grapevine last fall that a Tim Horton’s was coming to the building project at the corner of Red Arrow Highway and Glenlord Road -- you were this close to hearing correctly. Unfortunately for fans of the Canadian multinational doughnut chain, negotiations to bring Tim to town fell apart quickly when franchisors demanded 20-percent of gross sales from the proposed franchisee, sinking it faster than a fried cake dunked into a fresh cup of coffee. The search for another national brand that could perform well quickly turned up a winning alternative in the form of the fresh Mexican offerings of Taco John’s.

Franchise owner Gautam Paul hopes to have the new 1,700 square foot Taco John’s ready for you to try by the last week of June or the first week of July barring any unforeseen hitches in completion of construction underway. Paul is excited, having just returned from 6-weeks of Taco John’s corporate training at Rockford, Illinois. His new 28 seat restaurant, with drive-thru service as well, will employ up to 26 full and part-time employees inside the 5,000 square foot complex facing Red Arrow Highway in Lincoln Charter Township. The new restaurant is the brainchild of St. Joseph Realtor Dan Morissette of Keller Williams Realty who helped Paul and his business partners Rajbir & Jasbir Singh scan the franchise world for a potential hot selling prospect. Their research turned up a Mexican gap in the line-up of food service establishments on the Red Arrow ride between St. Joseph and Stevensville. The Singh brothers have been in business in the region dating back to 1989, and they owned and operated the Mobil service station and convenience store at the Red Arrow & Glenlord corner for at least the past 10 years. That aging building and the nearby empty car wash center were demolished last September to make way for this beautifully appointed new building. The Taco John brand first emerged onto the scene as a solo taco stand in Cheyenne, Wyoming back in 1968. A year later, partners Harold Holmes and James Woodson purchased the franchise rights to the business and named it after the original owner -- John. Now, Taco John’s restaurants continue to pop up across the Midwest with more than a dozen new ones coming into place in and around Indianapolis, Chicago and here in St. Joseph. Taco John’s built its reputation on fast Mexican food in an original way. Between Meat & Potato Burritos, Potatoes Ole and Taco Burgers, the franchise corporate office contends “No one does Mexican like we do.” Gautam Paul cites the chains rigid standards which go beyond even U. S. Department of Health standards, resulting in top quality performance at every turn. He says Taco John’s standards allow for zero tolerance for compromised quality. The balance of the 5,000 square foot Project will house the Singh brothers’ gasoline service station and convenience store complete with a Beer Cave and wine selections, as well as Sherman’s Dairy Ice Cream products. The gasoline service will feature the BP Oil brand and will include regular and diesel fuels on site. Look for the entire complex to be ready for service late this month or early next.

You got the scoop here last September. You learned of the location in March. Now comes the word you’ve been waiting for. Zoup! Fresh Soup Company will officially open for business in the Courthouse Square in St. Joseph on Thursday, June 25th, with a fundraiser for ARS Gallery the night before on Wednesday. Al & Marilyn Mussman have kept the contractors busy for the past couple of months crafting the build out for their new restaurant, and that work is nearing completion now. They have been converting the empty storefront in the Courthouse Square across the street from the Silver Beach Hotel, and have announced their opening day as June 25th. The Mussmans already own & operate Biggby Coffee just two doors down in the same retail center with Azul Tequila, and they’re now in the process of putting on the finishing touches. Zoup! Is transforming the space that formerly housed Sunset Tanning which ceased operations there last year. The actual street address is 119 Main Street in St. Joseph. Zoup! For those unfamiliar with the concept, is the chain launched 16 years ago in the Detroit suburb of Southfield. Each Zoup! Location offers hundreds of award-winning soups with 12 always-rotating daily varieties, including low-fat, vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free and spicy options - - each served with a hunk of freshly baked bread. The Zoup! Menu also features a distinctive array of made-to-order salads and sandwiches. Customer top picks on the soup line include Chicken Potpie, Lobster Bisque and Vegetarian Split Pea, but everyone will be able to find their own favorite by sampling the soups before ordering...in fact, they encourage it.

Where can you start your Saturday with a pancake breakfast, view dozens of classic and collector cars, shop a great crafts show, enjoy lunch in the park, listen to a live DJ, take part in 50/50 drawings, and help a local scholarship fund all in the same place? Why, that would be the Rendezvous at Riverview! St. Joseph’s Riverview Park off of Niles Road near I-94 and stretching along a colorful expanse of the St. Joseph River will play host to the Lakeshore Masonic Lodge Car Show known popularly as the Rendezvous at Riverview Collector Car & Crafts Show. It all happens on Saturday, June 27th from 7am until 4:00pm and kicks off with the car registration process and a pancake breakfast from 7am until 9:30am in the park. The first 100 cars on the scene will earn commemorative dash plaques for their efforts. Registration for those showing cars is $5.00. Lunch will be served and crafters will be offering their wares throughout the show. A DJ will spin the tunes for you throughout the day on site and you are invited to bring the entire family. If you have questions, you can contact Cabbie at 757-3149 after 5pm. Get it on your calendar and enjoy fun for everyone. Proceeds from the show, sponsored by United Federal Credit Union and many local companies, will benefit the Masonic Lodge #298 local scholarship fund.

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

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

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