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Enjoy the LAKE BLUFF PARK, DOWNTOWN ST. JOSEPH, MI ECRWSS Local Postal Customer SAT. JULY 11 • 10 – 6 SUN. JULY 12 • 10 – 5 July 11, 2015 Paper. News Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on July 11, 2015 Volume 16, Ver. 28 Moody on The Market M oody Pat Check Out Our Ad on Page 3 W hen Nick Kuhn launched his career, he per-formed his undergrad work in construction management. He liked the concept that “something was there that wasn’t there before.” When he earned his MBA from Loyola University , he established his own real estate management business in Chicago. Having always enjoyed craft beers, Nick says he was suddenly struck by the desire for a career with a more tangible product at the end of the day. That’s when he packed up and moved to Michigan’s Great Southwest and began his chase for the dream that is becoming Cultivate Brewing Company . Unlike many other craft breweries, however, Nick is approaching the business from the unique perspective of the win-eries you will find along the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail . He has great appreciation for the creation of tasting rooms surrounded by the bounty of nature, and the proximity to the agri-cultural ingredients that go into the finished product. That’s why Cultivate Brewing Company will be a true “Farm to Pint Experience.” Cultivate Brewing is gearing up to open the doors soon at 961 East Shawnee Road in Berrien Springs . Smack dab in the heart of wine country, Cultivate Brewing is actually a working farm, growing its own key ingredients include barley and hops on premise for the ultimate experience. Nick wants craft beer enthusiasts to enjoy this new way of being a part of the craft process, “not just from tanks and tours, but from the growth of the primary ingredients.” Cultivate Brewing is anchored on an 18-acre farm and is creating pathways for visitors to walk through the hops and barley being grown on site. They want you to stroll the grounds to experience the full nature of the creative brewing process. The sandy soils and clay of the Southwest Michigan terroir drew Nick to the region where he predicts there will be probably 150 micro-breweries within a 100 mile radius soon. Nick picked up his liquor license from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission on a recent Friday and they began brewing bright and early the fol-lowing Monday. All production at Cultivate will be small 5-barrel batches to begin with as they experiment. Hannah Lee and Nick Dumont are a couple of brewers working with Mr. Kuhn. Interestingly, Hannah told my friend Jonny Reinhardt in his podcast, “Something’s Brewing,” that she had worked at a winery and co-opted some wine making equipment to make beer and traveled to Canada for a formal brewing education. She got lost while traveling through Southwest Michigan and stumbled onto a hops farm with its myriad tall post and wire system and it was “as if they were beacons, calling me.” Cultivate has nine craft beers in the stable now, all with one-word names related to the experience of the beer-making process. That’s why you’ll find beers named “Smile,” “Strive,” “Imagine,” Continued on page 8 first time ever! No interest for 6 years! † †Minimum purchase required. See See back Page page. 3 Massa Sectional $ special purchase – while 250 last! Leather-look upholstery with quilted sides and seat cushions. Wall widths 111 and 143. 37d 34h. SKU# PLIF417 PILLOWS NOT INCLUDED. Commander 1585 70% OFF Disclaimers on Page 3 Swivel Chair 2 for $799 98 , Single Chair $449 99 756 E Napier Ave Benton Harbor, MI (269) 925-7430 Store Hours: Saturday 10am -6pm Weekdays 10am -8pm, Sunday 11am -5pm Corner of Napier and M-139, B.H. 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.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax • Martins Super Markets •Hardings Friendly Market • Ace Hardware • Jets Pizza • Pater True Value Inserts may vary by Zip Code

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When Nick Kuhn launched his career, he performed his undergrad work in construction management. He liked the concept that “something was there that wasn’t there before.” When he earned his MBA from Loyola University, he established his own real estate management business in Chicago. Having always enjoyed craft beers, Nick says he was suddenly struck by the desire for a career with a more tangible product at the end of the day. That’s when he packed up and moved to Michigan’s Great Southwest and began his chase for the dream that is becoming Cultivate Brewing Company. Unlike many other craft breweries, however, Nick is approaching the business from the unique perspective of the wineries you will find along the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail. He has great appreciation for the creation of tasting rooms surrounded by the bounty of nature, and the proximity to the agricultural ingredients that go into the finished product. That’s why Cultivate Brewing Company will be a true “Farm to Pint Experience.” Cultivate Brewing is gearing up to open the doors soon at 961 East Shawnee Road in Berrien Springs. Smack dab in the heart of wine country, Cultivate Brewing is actually a working farm, growing its own key ingredients include barley and hops on premise for the ultimate experience. Nick wants craft beer enthusiasts to enjoy this new way of being a part of the craft process, “not just from tanks and tours, but from the growth of the primary ingredients.”

Cultivate Brewing is anchored on an 18-acre farm and is creating pathways for visitors to walk through the hops and barley being grown on site. They want you to stroll the grounds to experience the full nature of the creative brewing process. The sandy soils and clay of the Southwest Michigan terroir drew Nick to the region where he predicts there will be probably 150 microbreweries within a 100 mile radius soon. Nick picked up his liquor license from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission on a recent Friday and they began brewing bright and early the following Monday. All production at Cultivate will be small 5-barrel batches to begin with as they experiment. Hannah Lee and Nick Dumont are a couple of brewers working with Mr. Kuhn. Interestingly, Hannah told my friend Jonny Reinhardt in his podcast, “Something’s Brewing,” that she had worked at a winery and co-opted some wine making equipment to make beer and traveled to Canada for a formal brewing education. She got lost while traveling through Southwest Michigan and stumbled onto a hops farm with its myriad tall post and wire system and it was “as if they were beacons, calling me.” Cultivate has nine craft beers in the stable now, all with one-word names related to the experience of the beer-making process. That’s why you’ll find beers named “Smile,” “Strive,” “Imagine,” and “Explore,” among others. The Cultivate team approaches beer from both its art form and the science involved. While it is fun, it is still a job, but a job where at the end of the day they can all sit down and have a beer together. Cultivate has 5 full time and a couple of part-time people on the staff. Their farmhouse style brewery can seat 45 inside, another 60 on a covered patio and when the crowd gets really big, they can handle another 60 at picnic tables. Eight of the nine current brews in the Cultivate line-up are less than 7-percent ABV and most are less than 6-percent. Nick likes to say they are all great to start a conversation over and all are “food friendly,” refined and will not wreck your palate. Speaking of food, the tasting room is largely a beverage facility, however, future plans include the potential for catering to be brought on site for special events and the like. The decidedly rustic venue even shared sustainable practices when they cleared a stand of pines for greater visibility from the roadway along Shawnee and then used the tree trunks as poles for their onsite hops farm. Nick dreams of creating a hops co-op in the region to help supply the myriad craft brewers emerging onto the scene. He currently grows five varieties of hops at Cultivate and a field of barley lies just feet away from the patio. Landscaping of the site continues, and the brewing is underway. Watch for the official opening coming later this month and get ready for an entirely new and unique brew house right in the heart of wine country. Here’s a link to the Cultivate website: www.CultivateBrewing.com

A framed map of the Paw Paw Lake area in northern Berrien County hangs on the wall of the second floor Par 3 Lounge inside the region’s largest new restaurant and entertainment center called the Dickerville Bar & Grill in Coloma. The names of multiple resorts are peppered all around the perimeter of the lake on that map, yet today only one of those amazing buildings of yesteryear is still standing. The map is on the upper floor of that building. Entrepreneur Nick Bertuca, who has made a career out of buying distressed properties in the region and turning them into gems, has spent the past year-and-ahalf breathing new life into that 100-year old building at 4896 Paw Paw Lake Road. He has installed a new roof, new siding, new windows, new plumbing, a new HVAC system, and converted the entire 6,000 square foot building to energy-efficient LED lighting. He even put in 465 bags of new energy-efficient insulation. I first met Nick some 15 years ago when he represented Watervliet and became 1st Runner Up to Mr. Blossomtime. The new facade brings nice curb appeal to the neighborhood and a startling capacity of up to 465 people when you take into consideration both indoor and outdoor options. Dickerville is in the place that has been a restaurant of some sort or other for the full 100 years, best known for perhaps its iterations as the Wil O’ Paw and the Paw Paw Lake Pub & Grill. The building has been on the sidelines for at least four or five years now. In fact, it was at high risk for condemnation until Bertuca rode to the rescue and turned things dramatically around. Dickerville, by the way, is the name of the community before it became Coloma. The town was originally known as Shingle Diggins because of the wood shingles that were manufactured in the area. Later, when the timber supply was exhausted, the name was changed to Dickerville because people in the town had to barter or “dicker” for items. The new Dickerville Bar & Grill officially opened for business for the first time during a recent lunch hour, and the parking lot was nearly full through most of the noon hour. When you enter Bertuca’s new domain you are greeted by the Atrium bar and dining area that Nick likens to a ski lodge facility, featuring 16 taps, growlers and more. The bar top there is crafted from a reclaimed bowling alley from the former Ellinee Resort on the north side of Paw Paw Lake from long ago. There’s also a fireplace dining area, the Green Room entertainment venue where live bands and/or Djs will perform every Friday and Saturday night, and the stairway takes you to the more refined Par 3 Lounge on the second floor which features table linens and its own bar service. If you venture through the Green Room you will come to Captain Nix, the outdoor bar and patio designed to feel like something from the Florida Keys, which is fully fenced in and features umbrella tables, lounge areas, fire pits, cornhole competition, and is strung from stem to stern with Edison style lighting held up by truncated re-purposed utility poles. Captain Nix is actually capable of handling up to 300 patrons, or even double that if you were to account for standing room as well. Bertuca has hired a staff of 30 employees for his first ever restaurant and entertainment venture. He contends that thanks to all the spaces and seating, he will be the largest live entertainment club in the area. In the fall he plans to add comedy shows in the complex for “dinner and a show” options. There are a total of seven 55-inch HD Tvs peppered through the house and Bertuca has even commissioned his own Dickerville IPA craft beer which he also uses for his signature wings recipe which tosses the wings in the special sauce, soaked overnight in the IPA, then deep-fried to a crispy, candy-like shell, rolled in the house-made honey-sriracha sauce and topped with crushed peanuts. He says it delivers a hot, sweet, spicy, juicy, crunchy wing all in one taste. Other specialties of the house range from an 8-oz center cut, USDA Choice 21-day aged filet to a good old fashioned, USDA Choice 70/30 blend burger on a pretzel roll or brioche bun. The 70/30 blend of beef and fat is similar to the Five Guys model that delivers the juicy burgers people clamor for. Also on the menu are antibiotic-free chicken, blue gill, cedar plank salmon and much more. The new Dickerville Bar & Grill is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11am until midnight, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am until 2am, Sundays from 7am until 10pm and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The earlier riser 7am offerings on Sundays include three signature breakfast dishes and a Bloody Mary/Mimosa Bar. Nick and his wife Erin are in command, and they hope to see you soon in the Paw Paw Lake neighborhood for their new venture. Follow them on Facebook for additional updates and entertainment information. In a clear bid to draw traffic from the St. Joseph area, the Dickerville website has a name you might never suspect. Here’s the link: www.restaurantinstjosephmi.com/

Optimistic people tend to believe that when one door closes another opens, and if your business or enterprise is among those who have always wondered how cool it would be to have office space high atop the Box Factory for the Arts on the Broad Street hill in St. Joseph, a couple of doors have just opened up to you. With the recent departure of Fathom Works to their old roots on Upton Drive following their merger with Holt Bosse, a spectacular 8,000 square foot space has become available for lease. The highly desirable third floor space was occupied by Whirlpool innovators for ten years prior to Fathom Works taking the space, and virtually every space that ever comes open in the venerable building gets snapped up quickly. The crew at Cornerstone Alliance has the details regarding the space on their website under their “Sites & Buildings” tab, and you can also contact Judy Sokolowski at the Box Factory as well. She is a volunteer who serves as co-chair of the Building & Grounds Committee for the co-op that runs the building. On the Cornerstone site, the “Sites & Buildings” menu is under the “Site Selectors” tab at the top. Once into the list, scroll until you get to the listing for 1101 Broad Street. The link below should make that easy for you. The space includes two private offices, a conference room, a large training room, break room, and several cubicles. The space has a private entrance from the first floor lobby and access by way of elevator from the east side of the parking lot. A separate, small studio space is also available on the third floor, and Sokolowski says that lesser square footage can be negotiated if one does not need or desire the full 8,000 sf space. All of the details and other photos can be found on the website. If you’d like to talk to Judy about the space you can leave a voicemail message for her at 269-983- 3688 or 269-983-2875. Her email address is jasoko@sbcglobal.net. I wouldn’t wait too long if the space looks like your perfect new location... things tend to move quickly at The Box. Here’s the link: www.cstonealliance.org/sitesandbuildings/

The Lincoln Township Volunteer Corps will conduct its second clean up of Exit 23 this year next Saturday, July 18. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Lincoln Township Hall at 8:30am for the mandatory MDOT safety briefing, distribution of safety vests and collection bags. Volunteers are asked to sign up by contacting the township hall at 429-1589. You must wear long pants, a hat, gloves, leather shoes, and sun screen. All volunteers are required to be 12 years of age or older and sign both a waiver and release form. Anyone with questions can ask them at that same number at the township hall. Glenn Youngstedt is the Lincoln Township Volunteer Coordinator and he very much appreciates your consideration in joining the clean up effort next weekend.

That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great day, remember to shop local whenever possible, and we’ll see you right here in MailMax next Saturday, or online 24/7 with many, many more stories, photos and weblinks at www.MoodyontheMarket.com. You can also follow Moody on the Market by “liking” the Facebook fan page of the same name.

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

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