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Friday, July 31 -Sunday, August 2 ECRWSS Local Postal Customer Paper. News Good Your July 25, 2015 www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on July 25, 2015 Volume 16, Ver. 30 Moody on The Market M oody Pat T he misty, almost ethere-al cloud rolls rapidly up and over the rim of the stainless steel bowl and within sec-onds the cream at the bottom of the bowl has been flash-frozen into the beginnings of a dish of the freshest ice cream I’ve ever had in my life. A few chunks of chocolate and Reese’s peanut butter cup are dropped into the bowl, a few squirts of chocolate and peanut butter go liberally across the top and then some mad churning with a stain-less spatula that looks like a putty knife blends the flavors together. Mr. Nico Dimas from Kissimmee, Florida has just hand-crafted a glo-rious cup of ice cream treat for me in less than 30-seconds. Welcome to Fire & Ice Pizza & Cream of St. Joseph . Now, you can get your own version of this amazing new treat yourself starting along Niles Road . Owner & Operator Lori Costanza had originally hoped to be open for the Memorial Day holiday, but all the prep work took a little more time than she had antici-pated. Final inspections from the Berrien County Health Department were completed, just ahead of the 4 th of July, and Lori and crew threw open the doors at 3848 Niles Road in St. Joseph for what they hope will be a long and fruitful run at a decidedly family-friendly place of business that will mystify people of all ages. Fire & Ice Pizza & Cream creates instantly flash-frozen treats right before your eyes at tem-peratures up to 328-degrees below zero. Large liquid nitrogen tanks supply the magic and Lori’s skilled ice cream artists do the rest for you. Nico taught them the art. He is a manager at the Abracadabra Ice Cream Factory in Kissimmee which caught the Costanza family’s attention during a Christmas vacation to Florida . The life-changing adventure for the entrepreneurial family from Sodus has been a fast-track ever since. They were so enamored with the concept while touring the region they went back a second time and found the business packed that time, too. They launched their research on the concept as soon as they got home from vacation and asked the crew at Abracadabra about the potential for opening a place of her own here in Michigan’s Great Southwest . They returned to Florida in February to work with Nico and his colleagues and learn the trade. Now, he has completed the training and gotten the business up and running. The new Fire & Ice Pizza & Cream is an eye-pop-ping place in its own right, with colorful concrete creations, nooks and crannies, seating for proba-bly around 100 people, a small party room, a large indoor soccer field/sport court, and game room, kid’s play house for the littler kids, and plenty of good things to enjoy. Todd & Lori Costanza bought the former Rental Branch Decorative Concrete Showroom from Mike Branch who moved his business down the road closer to I-94 . Lori also owns and operates Private Duty Homecare , also on Niles, but clos-er to town alongside the Neon Grill . Todd works for the family farm, Russell Costanza Farms of Sodus, a major produce supplier to Meijer and others. The Costanza’s two 17-year old daughters will be working there and potentially running the place in the future, with Todd & Lori sharing Continued on page 8 Southwest Michigan’s only retina specialist Dr. Nicholson will be joining Great Lakes Eye Care in August. He will be working with the doctors and staff at Great Lakes Eye Care to manage the care and treatment of retinal diseases. Dr. Nicholson will be seeing patients both in St. Joseph and Niles. Please call to set up an appointment. Dr. Nicholson received his medical degree at St. Louis University School of Medicine and then completed a residency in ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic in 2011. He went on to complete two subspecialty fellowships. The first was at the National Eye Institute and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. There he trained in medical retina and uveitis. The second was a surgical retina fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Nicholson and his wife, Jo, have four children and are looking forward to calling Berrien County home. Ben Nicholson, M.D., Great Lakes Eye Care is welcoming 269-428-3300 1-800-424-2393 Niles • St. Joseph • South Haven www.greateyecare.com Clinical Research Site 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 • Chalk the Block St. Joseph • Harbor Freight & Tools Inserts may vary by Zip Code

Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

The misty, almost ethereal cloud rolls rapidly up and over the rim of the stainless steel bowl and within seconds the cream at the bottom of the bowl has been flash-frozen into the beginnings of a dish of the freshest ice cream I’ve ever had in my life. A few chunks of chocolate and Reese’s peanut butter cup are dropped into the bowl, a few squirts of chocolate and peanut butter go liberally across the top and then some mad churning with a stainless spatula that looks like a putty knife blends the flavors together. Mr. Nico Dimas from Kissimmee, Florida has just hand-crafted a glorious cup of ice cream treat for me in less than 30-seconds. Welcome to Fire & Ice Pizza & Cream of St. Joseph. Now, you can get your own version of this amazing new treat yourself starting along Niles Road. Owner & Operator Lori Costanza had originally hoped to be open for the Memorial Day holiday, but all the prep work took a little more time than she had anticipated. Final inspections from the Berrien County Health Department were completed, just ahead of the 4th of July, and Lori and crew threw open the doors at 3848 Niles Road in St. Joseph for what they hope will be a long and fruitful run at a decidedly family-friendly place of business that will mystify people of all ages. Fire & Ice Pizza & Cream creates instantly flash-frozen treats right before your eyes at temperatures up to 328-degrees below zero. Large liquid nitrogen tanks supply the magic and Lori’s skilled ice cream artists do the rest for you. Nico taught them the art. He is a manager at the Abracadabra Ice Cream Factory in Kissimmee which caught the Costanza family’s attention during a Christmas vacation to Florida. The life-changing adventure for the entrepreneurial family from Sodus has been a fast-track ever since. They were so enamored with the concept while touring the region they went back a second time and found the business packed that time, too. They launched their research on the concept as soon as they got home from vacation and asked the crew at Abracadabra about the potential for opening a place of her own here in Michigan’s Great Southwest. They returned to Florida in February to work with Nico and his colleagues and learn the trade. Now, he has completed the training and gotten the business up and running. The new Fire & Ice Pizza & Cream is an eye-popping place in its own right, with colorful concrete creations, nooks and crannies, seating for probably around 100 people, a small party room, a large indoor soccer field/sport court, and game room, kid’s play house for the littler kids, and plenty of good things to enjoy. Todd & Lori Costanza bought the former Rental Branch Decorative Concrete Showroom from Mike Branch who moved his business down the road closer to I-94. Lori also owns and operates Private Duty Homecare, also on Niles, but closer to town alongside the Neon Grill. Todd works for the family farm, Russell Costanza Farms of Sodus, a major produce supplier to Meijer and others. The Costanza’s two 17-year old daughters will be working there and potentially running the place in the future, with Todd & Lori sharing administrative and management responsibilities while continuing to maintain their individual jobs on the local front. The new place will operate from 11am until 10pm seven days a week, although weekend hours will likely be adjusted a bit to open later in the day. They are staffed by a crew of 20 full and part-time employees. In addition to flash frozen ice cream treats and soft drinks, Fire & Ice will also offer an array of wood-fired pizzas from the special oven at the center of the kitchen area. Families are going to love this place with lots of play areas to keep the kids occupied, and if the ice cream melts while they’re playing, it can actually be refrozen in seconds, good as new! Be sure to check it out soon.

The first and only licensed Southwest Michigan winery owned and operated by women has opened for business in downtown St. Joseph under the name of Lazy Ballerina, but there is anything but laziness involved in this exciting new venture in the heart of the central business district. The owners, who are cousins, are Melanie Owen and Lauren Kniebes. They grew up in Coloma right along the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail, and learned the art of wine making at a very early age. The two grew up next to the family vineyards and were taught about the art of viticulture and winemaking from the start. As Melanie tells it, they watched their Grandmother, Juanita Kniebes, make her homemade wine from Concord grapes grown right on the family farm. Through their formative years, the two became avid wine drinkers and aficionados working side-by-side in the Michigan wine industry. The most logical next step after garnering all of that industry experience was to venture off onto their own, and they have successfully landed right in the heart of State Street, in the brick-lined shopping district, and thanks to their tenacity at following through on every measure since acquiring their space they have opened their doors to eager wine tasters at least a couple of weeks ahead of when they thought the opening would take place. The two have transformed what had been a grill and diner for several years into a first-class wine tasting room that also features food items and snacks with the farm-to-table fresh approach capitalizing on home grown products from the orchards and fields of the region. The playful name, Lazy Ballerina, is a nod to the lighter side of fun, while also a legitimate term in viticulture to describe the trellis that a grapevine is grown on, specifically in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. The whimsical nature of the winery is also prominently played out on the bartop with sayings and quotes captured there including things like: “This wine is making me awesome!”…”I love you more after my first glass of wine!”…”I vow to drink more wine so I can do crafty things with the corks.”…”Save water. Drink wines!”…”Squeeze me...stomp me...make me wine!”… and “Wine is to women as duct tape is to men...it fixes everything!” Some tastings at Lazy Ballerina are paired with chocolates from nearby Kilwin’s Chocolate Fudge & Ice Cream Shop. The food menu, and for that matter, the wine menu as well, will change routinely based on seasons and available products. In the fall, special events like Wine & Canvas Nights and other fun outings will take place. Lauren & Melanie craft the wine blends that they desire and Fenn Valley produces for them, however, routinely they will be producing small batch wines right there on premise at the winery and tasting room downtown for pouring only in the tasting room, not for off-premise sale bottling. They are eager for the release next season of a Blueberry Pinot Grigio crafted by Lauren. There are currently 11 wines available for tasting. The wines bear names in keeping with the ballerina theme with names like Pink Tutu, Tiny Dancer, Pirouette, and White Swan. You can take a look at their wine list by checking out their website, which is linked below. On the food side of the card, recent offerings included cheese platters, a spicy dip with pita bread, several salads, and a couple of wraps for light lunch or dinner options while you’re enjoying Lazy Ballerina wine offerings. The comfortable seating available includes a couple of small tables, some upholstered furniture and the like. Hours of operation are currently from noon until 5pm daily, but those hours will vary with summer happenings and increased activity in the central business district. You can reach them by phone at 269-363-6218. Lauren and Melanie bring at least seven years of experience in the industry, and Lauren brings a Bachelors Degree in Sales & Business Marketing from Western Michigan University, with experience as a wine tasting room manager. Melanie brings a degree in business and marketing to the table as well, and has also served as a wine tasting room manager, a banquet facility manager, and is an experienced Realtor. Here’s the link to their website, and they encourage you to follow activities on their Facebook page as well: www.lazyballerinawinery.com/

When Todd Bauswell and Dave Kutchey from Royal Oak, outside of Detroit, sought an American manufacturer to bring their dream product to reality, they had to search nationwide for nearly a year, struggling to find a plastics manufacturer willing to work with small runs of product in order to get their business going. Then they met the crew at All Star Plastics just off of I-94 in Stevensville. Investor Kutchey, who works a family farm that has been in his family since the 1800s was especially adamant that their invention of the CoolGrip microwave caddy be manufactured in the U.S.A. For start-up companies like TCB Concepts of Royal Oak, inventors of the CoolGrip, U.S. manufacturing can be costly, but by working closely with the team at All Star plastics, Bauswell & Kutchey were able to hit a home run and finally bring their revolutionary product to the market place. The story of the evolution of the CoolGrip technology is interesting in its own right. Bauswell tells the story of Laura Henry, who wanted something to help her mom, who suffers from debilitating arthritis, to manage day-to-day tasks, like cooking and reheating food. Using the microwave was hard for Laura’s mom because often the hot plates would burn her fingers or cause messy spills. Bulky oven mitts made grabbing dishes difficult at best. When Todd told Laura about his invention of the CoolGrip microwave caddy, she knew instantly it would be a hit. Bauswell needed some fine-tuning on his plan and that’s where Laura, her mom and some friends all factored in. After months of meeting with the women to get their input, Todd designed ergonomic handles to make the CoolGrip easy to hold and carry for kids and folks with mobility issues. More input from female focus groups contributed to the unique design of the CoolGrip that prevents spills, both inside and outside of the microwave, helping keep everything clean. Realizing that Laura was essential to the design of the CoolGrip, Todd offered her a 50/50 partnership which she accepted and then came months of meetings to get the design into production at All Star Plastics. Now, thanks to Laura and her friends, the CoolGrip is taking the burns and mess out of microwave cooking in kitchens, offices and dorms all over the U.S. with a unique design to capture spills and save fingers from hot dishes. Boil-overs, spills, burned fingers and dirty oven mitts are a thing of the past thanks to the CoolGrip manufactured right here in Stevensville. Easy-to-grip handles and a catch basin crafted in highly durable, BPA-free polypropylene that never gets hot in a microwave mean no spills or burned fingers. Ergonomic handles make it easy for cooks of all ages, even those with arthritis, to securely grasp and carry plates and bowls from microwave to table or counter without the danger of dropping or spilling. The CoolGrip is designed to securely hold various size plates and bowls, from 6-inches to 10-inches in diameter, hold up to 20-pounds, and is top shelf dishwasher safe. The CoolGrip retails for just $12.99 online at the website below and is also available for retail sale in stores. Locally, one of the first to carry the new device is G&M Variety in downtown St. Joseph, where they tested it for several weeks and then added it to regular inventory. Mr. Bauswell sent me one of the inventive new caddies in the mail, and it is a very interesting and helpful device, to be sure. Check it out online and then get one at G&M Variety or wherever the CoolGrip is sold, or order online direct from CoolGrip. Here’s the link: www.TheCoolGrip.com

Mother Nature and Old Man Winter have double-teamed Wally and the crew at Domaine Berrien Cellars in Berrien Springs for the past two winter seasons, but winemakers and their friends are indomitable spirits so despite the winters, Wally & Katie Maurer and their estate grown winery at 398 East Lemon Creek Road refuse to let anything stand in the way of a party they’ve been holding for the past decade right there on the grounds. Thus, today, Saturday, July 25th, Domaine Berrien Cellars will host its 11th Annual Art, Wine & Music Festival from 11am until 7pm in the backyard of the tasting room surrounded by the beautiful vineyards rain or shine. Look for 25 local and regional artists, live music all day featuring three local groups, mouth-watering grilled sandwiches & snacks from The Outdoor Kitchen for purchase, and naturally it wouldn’t be a first class party without wine tastings of Domaine Berrien Cellars wines, with tasting and sales by the glass and bottle available along with non-alcoholic beverages. Admission and parking are free, and Domaine Berrien Cellars wines are the only alcoholic beverages allowed on premises by Michigan law, so coolers will be checked at the gate. Learn more at: www.domaineberrien.com

That’s it for this week, see you Saturday right here in MailMax!

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

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