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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer See Our Ad On Pages 6 & 7 mushroom b Paper. News Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on September 5, 2015 September 5, 2015 Volume 16, Ver. 36 Moody on The Market 0 RRG\  3DW  W hen Al Baker’s PictureRide Film Studio burned to the ground in Benton Harbor last January he did a lot of contemplating about what to do next. Fortuitously, barely a week earlier, one of his favorite watering holes, The Library Pub & Eatery had been quietly placed on the market by owners Julianne Benya and Jim Allen in order to focus on Jim’s enterprise, Advantage Plumbing, Inc. of Michiana , based in Niles . So Al and one of his business partners, Laurie Pagogna , began to assemble plans to purchase the Library Pub & Eatery a few blocks away from the burned out studio. Fate once again dealt a crushing blow when Laurie died unexpectedly from an enlarged heart barely a month later at the far-too-soon age of only 50, putting a serious crimp in the negotiations to buy The Library. After considerable serious introspection and thought-provoking deliberation, Mr. Baker decid-ed that Laurie would have wanted him to contin-ue forward with the project. In fact Al tells me, “Laurie was a fixture in the Arts District . Everyone knew her and she was so excited to be starting a business that interacted with the com-munity every day.” He adds, “I am looking for-ward to continuing her legacy. I will find some-where in the pub to honor her memory. She was a very dynamic and positive force.” The Library Pub & Eatery, located at 190 Territorial Road has been woven into the fabric of the Benton Harbor Arts District since its fore-runner, Pauly’s back at the birth of the district. In fact, when Benya and Allen put the establishment on the block, they made it crystal clear that who-ever would be next in line as owners there would “have to have a great plan that benefits the Arts District, as it’s too beautiful a place to not keep moving forward.” She also made it clear that they would not sell to just any buyer without a propos-al regarding the district. Al Baker says that the new pub will inherit a new name in the near future, “but will have the same cast of characters hanging out, enjoying delicious food, satisfying beverages and great entertainment.” The one thing that he says he really enjoys is the diverse group of people who make it in on a daily basis. Al says, “The Arts District is vibrant and growing every day,” and adds that he “will con-tinue to build on the base that the former owners Jim and Julianne have built for the past four years.” He wishes them the best of luck on their future ventures and points out that there will always be a couple of seats awaiting them for when they come in. Baker also tells me that he is bringing in Ray Mays of Rays on the Green fame as a partner in his project to help assure a smooth transition. Mays is a seasoned restaura-teur of more than 25-years running. He quickly notes that Ray’s focus will still remain on the growth and development of the Rays on the Green brand at Berrien Hills , even as he helps to build a new brand for the joint venture between himself and Baker in the Arts District. Mays will be instrumental in development of the menu and the food produced at the kitchen on Territorial. Wood Porcelain “WOOD” Dog, sand & kid proof. 86 Wood-look choices Oak, ash, walnut, distressed & grey tones 9 colors in stock now, new 6”x36” & 8”x36” sizes Tile • Stone • Carpet • Remnants • Area Rugs • Hardwood • Glass Tiles • Laminate Flooring M,T,W,F 9-5, Thursday 9-7, Saturday 10-3 Be proud of your floor. 269.925.2900 www.FloorArtWorld.com 2467 S. M139 Benton Harbor 1/4 Mile N. of I94 Exit 28 Located in the former Tile Mart Building 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 • Save-A-Lot • Ace Hardware • Culvers • Stevensville Fun Days Inserts may vary by Zip Code &RQWLQXHGRQSDJH&#1c;

Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

When Al Baker’s PictureRide Film Studio burned to the ground in Benton Harbor last January he did a lot of contemplating about what to do next. Fortuitously, barely a week earlier, one of his favorite watering holes, The Library Pub & Eatery had been quietly placed on the market by owners Julianne Benya and Jim Allen in order to focus on Jim’s enterprise, Advantage Plumbing, Inc. of Michiana, based in Niles. So Al and one of his business partners, Laurie Pagogna, began to assemble plans to purchase the Library Pub & Eatery a few blocks away from the burned out studio. Fate once again dealt a crushing blow when Laurie died unexpectedly from an enlarged heart barely a month later at the far-too-soon age of only 50, putting a serious crimp in the negotiations to buy The Library. After considerable serious introspection and thought-provoking deliberation, Mr. Baker decided that Laurie would have wanted him to continue forward with the project. In fact Al tells me, “Laurie was a fixture in the Arts District. Everyone knew her and she was so excited to be starting a business that interacted with the community every day.” He adds, “I am looking forward to continuing her legacy. I will find somewhere in the pub to honor her memory. She was a very dynamic and positive force.”

The Library Pub & Eatery, located at 190 Territorial Road has been woven into the fabric of the Benton Harbor Arts District since its forerunner, Pauly’s back at the birth of the district. In fact, when Benya and Allen put the establishment on the block, they made it crystal clear that whoever would be next in line as owners there would “have to have a great plan that benefits the Arts District, as it’s too beautiful a place to not keep moving forward.” She also made it clear that they would not sell to just any buyer without a proposal regarding the district. Al Baker says that the new pub will inherit a new name in the near future, “but will have the same cast of characters hanging out, enjoying delicious food, satisfying beverages and great entertainment.” The one thing that he says he really enjoys is the diverse group of people who make it in on a daily basis.

Al says, “The Arts District is vibrant and growing every day,” and adds that he “will continue to build on the base that the former owners Jim and Julianne have built for the past four years.” He wishes them the best of luck on their future ventures and points out that there will always be a couple of seats awaiting them for when they come in. Baker also tells me that he is bringing in Ray Mays of Rays on the Green fame as a partner in his project to help assure a smooth transition. Mays is a seasoned restaurateur of more than 25-years running. He quickly notes that Ray’s focus will still remain on the growth and development of the Rays on the Green brand at Berrien Hills, even as he helps to build a new brand for the joint venture between himself and Baker in the Arts District. Mays will be instrumental in development of the menu and the food produced at the kitchen on Territorial.

Baker suggests we should all expect “some really tasty dishes.” He adds, “There is a great team in place right now, and I am looking forward to what the future holds.” Baker says there will be some small changes in the upcoming weeks, but some of the things that make The Library what it is will stay the same. By way of example, the Friday Bluegill Basket Special that Pauly’s started years ago will remain. Baker says, “At the end of the day, it is about having a good time with friends and family,” and he encourages you to “Stay tuned for more updates by checking out the Facebook page for LibraryPub.

If one good thing in your life is truly rewarding, then reason would have it that two good things in your life would be doubly rewarding. Unfortunately, the math doesn’t always work out exactly that way, especially when the two good things in your life both seem to be demanding your presence at the same time. Such is the case for a St. Joseph retailer whose new career path (the second of two great things) doesn’t sync up with the dedication to attention required by the first of those two great things to ensure the continued success of that retail establishment. The result is that entrepreneurs or experienced retailers alike have the opportunity to take over a thriving business in the 400 block of St. Joseph’s central business district just in time for the upcoming busy holiday season. The seller has asked to be referred to for the moment as simply “DowntownGal2,” as she determines the interest level from potential buyers. Her offer is for a 1,500 square foot storefront complete with an office, bathroom and kitchenette. Her current lease, which expires at the end of April 2016, is transferrable and the landlord is willing to work with new owners. The seller says the landlord “is wonderful and quickly responds whenever anything needs to be repaired, etc.” The store has rapidly become a destination attraction downtown and the owner played a role in revitalizing that block of the business district through the It’s Finally Friday program, Live Mannequins and beyond. All inventory is included in the sale including display cases, window accessories and decor, the Point-of-Sale system, and a Retail Liquor License which allows for the sale of packaged wine and beer. The tradename of the business goes with it, including a website, an online store through her Facebook page, and a Facebook page with nearly 8,000 fans. Great employees with wonderful customer service skills and loyalty to the store are also prepared to stay on with new owners. The owner will be happy to remain at your disposal for a period of time to serve as a “consultant” for new owners and to ease entry to the ownership. She is also open to creative financing, but would require a certain percentage down in order to retire inventory debt in order to transfer the inventory free and clear to the new owners. If all this sounds intriguing to you, you are invited to make contact with the seller via e-mail at DowntownGal2@gmail.com and arrange for a tour and perhaps launch negotiations to be the next shop keeper in beautiful downtown St. Joseph.

Business meetings, conventions, trade shows and other events have called upon her talents for several years now for tasty, first class offerings. Brides & grooms have enjoyed remarkably memorable showcase works of art for wedding cakes, cupcakes and beyond. Even graduation parties and neighborhood soirees have been wowed by the work of Christania Waggoner under the flag of Sweet Dreams Baked Goods. Now, even casual passers-by will have the opportunity to see, sample, and revel over Christania’s considerable talents thanks to her new venture opening soon in downtown St. Joseph. With the name shortened down to simply Sweet Dreams, Christania’s new confectionary at 505 Pleasant Street in St. Joseph will help residents and visitors alike relive memories of old with a substantial array of penny candies and Albanese gummies alongside a variety of her amazing baked goods. Build-out of the space between Schu's Grill & Bar on one end of the building and Tim's Too Asian Fusion on the other end of the building is continuing, after Chris created a new, separate, entrance door. She will also be undergoing final Berrien County Health Department approvals before she can open for business. She is hopeful of being open for the Labor Day weekend, however notes that with the end of summer at hand, she's not in a major rush, inasmuch as she'll have plenty of time to get her systems fully operational and in place ahead of the 2016 summer tourist season and the rush that creates. She is very excited to launch the new venture with the assistance of Jim Kramer who owns Schu's, Tim's Too, and The Food District, all in the same block in downtown St. Joseph. She created her first formal retail space when she joined Ray's on the Green at Berrien Hills last year and later moved to Cravings Bistro & Pub. After discussions with Kramer regarding a shop in the central business district, Sweet Dreams began to evolve and now is potentially just days away from taking a bow and welcoming everyone with a sweet tooth to her new shop in the 505 Building with views of the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, and myriad shoppers to woo through the door into her candy land — bakery combination. The new shop will also showcase the artwork of Christania's friend, St. Joseph High School student Emma Neuser.

It's one thing to be supremely confident in your job, and to do it every day with the verve and spirit of a first-class customer excellence practitioner. Anne Vonk does that every single day in her role as Director of Sales for the Hilton Garden Inn of Benton Harbor. It's quite another thing when that same quality of customer service performance results in the entire company, worldwide, applauding your work with a very special award. Anne Vonk has now officially experienced that as well. Vonk, who has been with the Hilton Garden Inn since it first opened its doors last year, has been awarded the company's "Spirit of the Garden Award." That is the single highest honor and form of individual recognition available to any employee in the global brand. The company selects an employee that consistently exceeds expectations, lives the Hilton Garden Inn brand pillars, positively impacts the guests, the hotel, and the community at large. The winner is selected from all 596 Hilton Garden Inn properties, and receives a monetary award and a surprise call from a Hilton Garden Inn brand executive notifying him or her of the honor. Five employees from the local Hilton Garden Inn on Cinema Way bordering 1-94 have been nominated for the award over the course of the past year, but only Vonk has scored the trophy and the win. Local Hilton Garden Inn employees have been very active in the community including conducting a roadside clean up on Earth Day, donation of discontinued linens and unclaimed lost & found items to local charities, and they are scheduling another in house Blood Drive on November 20th. The Benton Harbor Hilton Garden Inn enjoys a very well-seasoned and dedicated staff of employees like Anne Vonk. In the most recent Quality Audit visit from corporate headquarters, the Inn earned a 97.46-percent rating on their inspection, with a 100-percent score in the category of cleanliness. All scores are based on brand standards, guest service, and cleanliness.

When your trademark is to produce world class wines in the tradition of the Burgundy region of France, you do everything in your power to assure the highest quality of fruit on the vines. That backdrop at Dablon Vineyards of Baroda, where all wines at the estate grown winery are hand-harvested in order to maintain the highest quality of fruit, has produced a delightful sidebar product that is finding an increasing fan base in America, and it’s one that seemingly no one else in the region is engaged in. Amy Hemphill at Dablon says that when the wine masters thin their grapes to leave the best quality on the vine, they are controlling their yield, allowing the remaining grapes to receive and concentrate all the nutrients from the vine. The wonderful sidebar comes when Dablon’s team removes the unripened grapes from the vine in late July and processes them through crushing and pressing to create a unique product called Verjus. (To learn the proper pronunciation, think of a French Dip sandwich that uses Au Jus -- awe-jhoo. In the case of Verjus it would be vair-jhooo). The tart juice produced by crushing and pressing the unripened fruit in July is then stabilized, filtered and bottled for Verjus. Amy tells me the end result “is a classic French alternative to vinegar and lemon particularly favored by chefs who like how it pairs with fine wine.” Verjus by Dablon is sold at the winery and is typically used for salad dressing and marinades among other uses. Check the list of myriad options identified by the crew at Dablon for use of Verjus at Moody on the Market.com. A Wall Street Journal article from eight years ago says that Verjus has been used by European and Middle Eastern cooks for hundreds of years. Find Dablon Verjus at the winery located at 111 W. Shawnee Road in Baroda.

That’s it for this week, kids. Have a superb Labor Day holiday, enjoy the Tri State Regatta, the Sailing Festival, Antiques on the Bluff, the Farmers Market and a whole lot more and we’ll see you again next Saturday right here in MailMax…and online 24/7 at www.MoodyontheMarket.com

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

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