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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer LAKE BLUFF PARK, DOWNTOWN ST. JOSEPH, MI SAT. JULY 11 • 10 – 6 SUN. JULY 12 • 10 – 5 June 27, 2015 Paper. News Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on June 27, 2015 Volume 16, Ver. 26 Moody on The Market M oody Pat W hen Dave Truhn purchased the Grower’s Junction fruit market in Sawyer and converted it to his Local Harvest brand about a year and a half ago, he decided to install a beautiful brick oven with plans to establish a restaurant on the southern end of his build-ing. Beyond putting in the brick oven, seemingly nothing else regarding the restaurant materialized. He ended up calling a friend at JML Catering in Buchanan for advice this spring, and was referred to Jocelyne Tuszysnki . The two started talking to one another about the potential for her to establish a cafe at Local Harvest, and during their second meeting together he simply handed her the keys and said, “Just do it!” He told her, “Do what you want with this hid-den gem!” Long story short --Jocelyne is doing exactly that, having recently opened her new Herb & Crust Cafe , featuring wood-fired, farm-to-table fresh pizzas, sandwiches and desserts alongside Truhn’s Local Harvest Fruit & Vegetable stand just south of the front gates to Warren Dunes State Park. She proudly proclaims: “As long as I can cook, I’m happy!” Thanks to a steady stream of curious diners, she’s decidedly happy. Jocelyne and her crew make all the pizza dough by hand, in house, every day. Her sauces are all homemade, as are her sandwich offer-ings. All ingredients are about as local as you can get, as many of her supplies arrive farm-to-market right next door. It also allows Herb & Crust to feature lots of vegetarian and vegan options for hungry visitors. The eclectic diner has a standing menu with four standard pizzas and four standard sandwiches to which Jocelyne adds at least 2 or 3 specialty pizzas and 2 or 3 specialty sandwiches which change week-ly. Here are the standards, which you should be able to find regularly in the house: Margherita Pizza with tomato, basil, mozzarella, olive oil, balsamic vine-gar… Local Harvest Pizza with red sauce, mixed veggies, shredded cheeses… Sicilian Pizza featuring red sauce, pepperoni, Italian sausage, shredded chees-es, ricotta…and Chicky Pizza with pesto, chicken, tomato, mushroom, shredded cheeses. These are the standard sandwiches offered: Farmer’s Sandwich with mayo, greens, tomato, sliced egg, white cheddar, bacon jam, on French bread… Cajun Chicken Salad Sandwich with greens, tomato, onion, Cajun chicken salad, (hot sauce, green onion, mayo, celery) on multi-grain bread… Pepperoni Pesto Sandwich with balsamic vinegar, greens, provolone, pepperoni, ricot-ta cheese, pesto on French bread…and Roasted Veg Sandwich with roasted garlic spread, roasted vegeta-bles, greens, tomato, onion on multi-grain bread. All pizzas are 10-inch wood-fired pizzas, all sandwiches are cold and served with a side and chips. Ala carte offerings include coleslaw, chips, Greek veggies, bottle drinks, hot coffee, iced coffee, iced tea, and a variety of “Build-Your-Own” ingredients for pizzas. Jocelyne tells me that she’s getting an espresso machine and when that is installed, she will also open for breakfast. The seating for the Herb & Crust Cafe is all outdoors, but her offerings are all available for take-out service as well. She will also be offering carryout beer and wine soon, however due to the nature of the license, those will not able to be con-ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION! THANK YOU FOR 5 YEARS OF … … paint-splashing … floor-covering … chair-sitting … upholstery-choosing … pillow-fluffing … rug-throwing … candle-burning … lamp-lighting … table-setting … dresser-drawering … furniture-finding … gift-giving … shelf-arranging … wall-hanging … art-appreciating … couch-potatoing … home-entertaining … table-gathering … clever-accenting … lakeside-relaxing … cottage-cozying … friend-toasting … room-welcoming … pleasure-hunting … home-improving … texture-pleasing … color-scheming … trend-setting … fun-shopping ! COME IN FOR DISCOUNTS ON ACCESSORIES & FLOOR SAMPLES FOR THE MONTH OF JULY! 613 Broad St., St. Joseph, Michigan • 269-983-7774 • www.harbortowninteriors.com Inserts & Promotions • Martins Super Markets 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.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax •Hardings Friendly Market • Dominion Mega Sale • Krasl Art Fair • Harbor Freight Tools Inserts may vary by Zip Code Continued on page 12

Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

When Dave Truhn purchased the Grower’s Junction fruit market in Sawyer and converted it to his Local Harvest brand about a year and a half ago, he decided to install a beautiful brick oven with plans to establish a restaurant on the southern end of his building. Beyond putting in the brick oven, seemingly nothing else regarding the restaurant materialized.

He ended up calling a friend at JML Catering in Buchanan for advice this spring, and was referred to Jocelyne Tuszysnki. The two started talking to one another about the potential for her to establish a cafe at Local Harvest, and during their second meeting together he simply handed her the keys and said, “Just do it!” He told her, “Do what you want with this hidden gem!” Long story short -- Jocelyne is doing exactly that, having recently opened her new Herb & Crust Cafe, featuring wood-fired, farm-to-table fresh pizzas, sandwiches and desserts alongside Truhn’s Local Harvest Fruit & Vegetable stand just south of the front gates to Warren Dunes State Park. She proudly proclaims: “As long as I can cook, I’m happy!” Thanks to a steady stream of curious diners, she’s decidedly happy. Jocelyne and her crew make all the pizza dough by hand, in house, every day. Her sauces are all homemade, as are her sandwich offerings. All ingredients are about as local as you can get, as many of her supplies arrive farm-to-market right next door. It also allows Herb & Crust to feature lots of vegetarian and vegan options for hungry visitors. The eclectic diner has a standing menu with four standard pizzas and four standard sandwiches to which Jocelyne adds at least 2 or 3 specialty pizzas and 2 or 3 specialty sandwiches which change weekly. Here are the standards, which you should be able to find regularly in the house: Margherita Pizza with tomato, basil, mozzarella, olive oil, balsamic vinegar… Local Harvest Pizza with red sauce, mixed veggies, shredded cheeses…Sicilian Pizza featuring red sauce, pepperoni, Italian sausage, shredded cheeses, ricotta…and Chicky Pizza with pesto, chicken, tomato, mushroom, shredded cheeses. These are the standard sandwiches offered: Farmer’s Sandwich with mayo, greens, tomato, sliced egg, white cheddar, bacon jam, on French bread…Cajun Chicken Salad Sandwich with greens, tomato, onion, Cajun chicken salad, (hot sauce, green onion, mayo, celery) on multi-grain bread…Pepperoni Pesto Sandwich with balsamic vinegar, greens, provolone, pepperoni, ricotta cheese, pesto on French bread…and Roasted Veg Sandwich with roasted garlic spread, roasted vegetables, greens, tomato, onion on multi-grain bread. All pizzas are 10-inch wood-fired pizzas, all sandwiches are cold and served with a side and chips. Ala carte offerings include coleslaw, chips, Greek veggies, bottle drinks, hot coffee, iced coffee, iced tea, and a variety of “Build-Your-Own” ingredients for pizzas.

Jocelyne tells me that she’s getting an espresso machine and when that is installed, she will also open for breakfast. The seating for the Herb & Crust Cafe is all outdoors, but her offerings are all available for take-out service as well. She will also be offering carryout beer and wine soon, however due to the nature of the license, those will not able to be consumed on premise. For now the Herb & Crust Cafe is open 7-days a week from noon until 8pm, but those hours will likely be extended soon. The cafe will remain open through Thanksgiving for now, however, if local residents create enough demand headed into the winter season, Jocelyne is open to the potential to maintain some sort of winter hours as well. You can find the Herb & Crust Cafe at 12120 Red Arrow Highway in Sawyer or by phone at 269-426-2413. Keep tabs on specials and other happenings online by following Herb & Crust on their Facebook fan page.
Here’s the link to their Facebook page: www.facebook. com/herbandcrust/timeline. Here’s the link to their website and menu: www.herbandcrust.com/

Party City’s entry into the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph marketplace five years ago continues to pay huge dividends for investors and now the store is preparing to relocate to the Fairplain Plaza where it will likely more than double in size and become one of the company’s “mega stores.” Michelle Fitzgerald is a Team Leader at the current Party City store in Pipestone Station at 1599 Mall Drive, Benton Harbor alongside Cravings Bistro & Pub. She tells me that they are slated to move to the Fairplain Plaza by August 31st. Their current staff of 14 full and part time employees will nearly double in the early days of the move due to the proximity to Halloween which she refers to as “our Black Friday.” Halloween is the absolute busiest time of the year at Party City nationwide. Michelle has been with the team for three years now. The Party City store took over what had been Factory Card Outlet in the early days after that site was originally home to Office One Super Store, a small version of the big box office supply stores that eventually went out of business nationwide. Party City will relocate to the former Old Navy store at the Fairplain Plaza, alongside Petsmart. Contractors including HVAC teams are working on the makeover for the new mega version of Party City at the Plaza. Party City is the leading party goods and Halloween specialty retailer by revenue in all of North America, and the self-proclaimed largest vertically integrated supplier of decorated party goods in the world. The company operates approximately 900 company- owned and franchise stores throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Corporate headquarters are anchored in Elmsford, New York. The company also designs, manufactures and distributes party goods found in over 40,000 retail outlets worldwide, including the Party City stores and independent party supply stores, mass merchants, grocery retailers, dollar stores and others. Through a series of acquisitions between 2005 and 2010, Party City built a powerful retail operation that captures the full manufacturing- to-retail margin on a significant portion of the products sold in their stores.

Michelle Fitzgerald at the Benton Harbor store says that when they relocate to the former Old Navy store this summer they will likely have 25 or more full and part-time employees on staff for the seasonal Halloween sales period and settle in a range of 20 or so for the regular staff component.

Work continued unabated recently even in a thunderous downpour as Kachur Tree Service of Niles turned a heavily wooded lot into wood chips and mulch at the corner of M-63 and Enterprise Way in Benton Charter Township. Clear-cutting has been completed on property owned by Pri Mar Petroleum Company of St. Joseph. What you are seeing is the beginnings of what Pri Mar’s Kurt Marzke tells me will be a first-class, upscale convenience store that may actually be more akin to a small grocery than a simple grab-and-go C-store. “It will be much different than any of our other convenience stores,” says Marzke and one that we can all be proud of. Pri Mar owned 7-acres of property at that intersection north of Harbor Shores and south of the Whirlpool Corporate Headquarters Administrative Building, and tried about 8 years ago to obtain a special-use permit to erect a Pri Mart Convenience Store & Gasoline Station at that site. The special-use was sought to install gasoline pumps at that time. They eventually withdrew the request for the special-use permit, but were successful in garnering a zoning change from A-2 Single Family Residential to D-2 Commercial Office Buildings. They sold off 2.69 acres of the property to Benton Charter Township in the spring of 2007 for construction of a new Fire Station which is immediately adjacent to the large parcel being cleared. The Township approved the zoning change to D-2 commercial saying it is consistent with their 10-year master land use plan at that time. Township Building Inspector Tom Baldwin says Pri Mar officials have not presented township officials with any formal site plan as yet, and Marzke says that’s because they are in the very early stages. Baldwin, however, said, “It’s their property, they have the right to do whatever they want with it, so long as it fits within the zoning designation.” Baldwin says he has fielded at least 100 phone calls from people asking what’s going on and Marzke ventured into the neighborhood to talk with residents nearby to explain their early vision for the property. He says he heard applause from more than 95-percent of the people he talked with who all wondered when the company would do something with the property. Pri Mar still owns 4.31 acres, but will likely only used about 2 to 2.5 for their proposed project, according to Marzke. While they needed to clear a large portion of the land and will need to level things out, they hadn’t planned to remove all the trees. “We found, however, that many of the trees were just scrub trees and not in good shape, so we will be establishing a tremendous amount of new landscaping to give the parcel a nice natural feel again with lots of new trees and other plantings.” He says they did leave a stand of lilacs at the rear of the property as requested by a neighboring land owner. Kurt says they’re continuing to design the center and adds, “We want to be good neighbors, and we will do it right.” There is no immediate timeline for how soon construction will get underway, but Marzke says he’s heard from many people who have long wanted a quality amenity like what they are proposing for the growing number of residents in that area as well as the myriad people traveling daily to and from Whirlpool’s Corporate Headquarters and many other businesses north of the St. Joe River. Stay tuned.

The first of what Joey Andrews IV hopes will be many renewable energy installations to come is underway in Benton Harbor for his new venture Parasol Solar, LLC of St. Joseph and Eastern Tennessee. The first installation also signals new life for a former quick lube site coming back on line. Andrews and his partners Daniel Way of Kingsport, Tennessee and Andrew Cox of Johnson City, Tennessee, launched Parasol Solar in early March of this year and have partnered with Sand Kastle Builders of St. Joseph for the solar installation on the roof of Victory Lube Quick Lube at 1870 Pipestone Road in Benton Harbor. It is the first step in re-establishing the oil change station on the periphery of The Orchards Mall, and at the same time the first commercial solar installation for Andrews’ father, Joey Andrews III, owner & operator of Sand Kastle Builders. Joey IV tells me Parasol Solar is committed to partnering with contractors like Sand Kastle to assist them in every aspect of solar installations from educating their customers on renewable energy, to training the contractor in the installation process and managing their project. Indiana Michigan Power Company and American Electric Power have both granted approval for net metering on the Victory Quick Lube project. Parasol Solar is actively seeking additional partnerships across the entire Midwest and Southeastern United States, with the Benton Harbor installation a linchpin launch point for Sand Kastle in the world of solar. They are hopeful to accomplish many more in the years to come. While Sand Kastle is the inaugural contractor for Parasol, they are currently in negotiations with other contractors in multiple states. Sand Kastle Builders of St. Joseph was launched in February of 2009 and has been active in the area in residential construction and general contracting projects. Parasol can be contacted for solar installation information at 269-313-8989. Stay tuned for more on the impending return to the market of Victory Lube on Pipestone.

Tomorrow and Monday, June 28th and 29th, internationally renowned speaker, author and radio host Matthew Leonard will appear at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 5353 South Roosevelt Road in Stevensville for two dynamic presentations open to the public. Sunday’s session is “Spiritual GPS: The 3 Stages of the Spiritual Life,” and Monday evening he will address: “Our Beautiful End: Exploring the Timeless Mystery of Heaven.” Each session gets underway at 7pm by Leonard, who is also Executive Director of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Matthew contends that the spiritual life isn’t a free for all, there are actually three traditional stages of Catholic spiritual life, and he says, “We know it’s beyond our wildest imagination, but what else can we know about heaven?” Join either or both sessions and bring a friend as well.

That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great weekend, shop locally as much as possible, even with your local farm and fruit stands, f a rmers markets and the like, and we’ll see you Saturday right here in MailMax…and 24/7 online at www.MoodyontheMarket.com where there’s far more than can ever make it to print every single week.

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