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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer An After Hours Event, 21 & Over 7pm-11pm DJ, Dancing, Hors D’oeuvres, Wine & more Harvest Fun! 269-927-1512 • www.12corners.com 1201 N. Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor, MI Paper. News Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on October 17, 2015 October 17, 2015 Volume 16, Ver. 42 Moody on The Market CASH IN ON THE HIGHEST Pat M oody W hen your business has grown to the point that people have to stand in line virtually every time they enter the build-ing, it’s probably not a bad idea to expand your foot-print. With that in mind, the Verizon Wireless crew at TCC --The Cellular Connection --in the Southtown St. Joseph neighborhood will double their square footage by moving to the opposite end of the parking lot they currently face on Niles Road . The popular communications center has been burst-ing at the seams and even the 11 to 12 sales represen-tatives on duty can’t handle the crush of business they get on a regular daily basis in search of smart phones, tablets, Internet service, cable TV and satellite ser-vice. The store will move across the lot sometime next month to a brand new Experience Center that will super-size their capabilities and customer service opportunities. Store officials tell me that when they move and get settled into the new store next to Pizza Hut they will expand their staff to some 16 or 17 sales reps to handle the load. The goal is to be in and fully ramped up ahead of the expected crush of Black Friday , the day after Thanksgiving . Work crews have been busy launching the build-out process, removing the old neon signage from the former Hollywood Video store that held court there for many years before closing up a couple of years ago, and repainting the facade. The space has been vacant ever since the video store departed the scene. Customer Service Representatives keep seven computer stations working full-time when the store is open and even press into action tablet computers to assist in their marketing and order fulfillment at the Verizon store which has been a staple in that neighborhood for years. The Verizon Wireless store at 2005 Niles Road is a full-service sales center for iPhone and Android platform smart phones, tablets like the iPad and oth-ers, as well as satellite service from the DISH Network and Comcast Xfinity . They also sell a broad array of accessories from cables and cases to custom designed micro-fiber cleaning cloths which double as a student fundraiser for the Riley Children’s Foundation . The store also has access to Blackberry and Windows 8 Phone products whether they are in current inventory or not. A unique amenity of the popular store is their Redux machine which can suc-cessfully save a mobile phone that has been acciden-tally dropped into the lake, a pool, the toilet, or any other water source. In generally less than an hour the Redux machine will combine vacuum pressure and heat to remove 100-percent of the liquid in order to revive your device and get you back in business. The Cellular Connection is one of the largest wireless providers in the entire nation with more than 900 stores across America . The new Verizon Experience Center at the front of the lot will be one of the largest footprints in the entire TCC network of stores. A fairly non-descript building south of the Benton Harbor Bus Station is getting a substantive new makeover inside and out in preparation for the forthcoming new home of the R.A. Mort Bath Gallery currently housed in The Trend Center on M-139 . When the move is complete, the wholesale showroom will have doubled in size to make room for PRICES IN YEARS! • 1 10kt, 0k t t, 1 14kt, 4kt, 16 16kt, kt, 1 18kt, 8kt, 2 22kt 2kt & 24kt Gold • Gold G old & S Silver ilver • P Pl Platinum atinum • D Diamonds iamonds • E Estate state Jewelry • Dental Go Gold • Damaged or Broken Gold & Silver Jewelry• Sterling Flatware • Gold & Silver Coins • Proof Sets •Pocket Watches & Watches JEWELRY REPAIR & RING SIZING AVAILABLE! A Family Company With Over 35 Y ears Expertise in Precious Metals, Diamonds and Coins NAPIER GOLD 2 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS 2415 Niles Ave, St. Joseph 1261 Napier Ave, Benton Harbor Monday -Friday 10:30am-6:00pm Saturday • 11am-3pm Monday -Friday 10:00am-6:00pm Saturday • 10am-3pm 269-983-2500 MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 269-927-4012 Inserts & Promotions • Martins Super Markets •Hardings Friendly Market • Paw Mart • Ace Hardware • Harbor Freight • Car Care Section Inserts may vary by Zip Code Phone: 269.934.7522 FAX: 269.934.3297 email: publisher@farahead.com www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax Continued on page 17

Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

When your business has grown to the point that people have to stand in line virtually every time they enter the building, it’s probably not a bad idea to expand your footprint. With that in mind, the Verizon Wireless crew at TCC -- The Cellular Connection -- in the Southtown St. Joseph neighborhood will double their square footage by moving to the opposite end of the parking lot they currently face on Niles Road. The popular communications center has been bursting at the seams and even the 11 to 12 sales representatives on duty can’t handle the crush of business they get on a regular daily basis in search of smart phones, tablets, Internet service, cable TV and satellite service. The store will move across the lot sometime next month to a brand new Experience Center that will super-size their capabilities and customer service opportunities. Store officials tell me that when they move and get settled into the new store next to Pizza Hut they will expand their staff to some 16 or 17 sales reps to handle the load. The goal is to be in and fully ramped up ahead of the expected crush of Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Work crews have been busy launching the build-out process, removing the old neon signage from the former Hollywood Video store that held court there for many years before closing up a couple of years ago, and repainting the facade. The space has been vacant ever since the video store departed the scene. Customer Service Representatives keep seven computer stations working full-time when the store is open and even press into action tablet computers to assist in their marketing and order fulfillment at the Verizon store which has been a staple in that neighborhood for years. The Verizon Wireless store at 2005 Niles Road is a full-service sales center for iPhone and Android platform smart phones, tablets like the iPad and others, as well as satellite service from the DISH Network and Comcast Xfinity. They also sell a broad array of accessories from cables and cases to custom designed micro-fiber cleaning cloths which double as a student fundraiser for the Riley Children’s Foundation. The store also has access to Blackberry and Windows 8 Phone products whether they are in current inventory or not. A unique amenity of the popular store is their Redux machine which can successfully save a mobile phone that has been accidentally dropped into the lake, a pool, the toilet, or any other water source. In generally less than an hour the Redux machine will combine vacuum pressure and heat to remove 100-percent of the liquid in order to revive your device and get you back in business. The Cellular Connection is one of the largest wireless providers in the entire nation with more than 900 stores across America. The new Verizon Experience Center at the front of the lot will be one of the largest footprints in the entire TCC network of stores.

A fairly non-descript building south of the Benton Harbor Bus Station is getting a substantive new makeover inside and out in preparation for the forthcoming new home of the R.A. Mort Bath Gallery currently housed in The Trend Center on M-139. When the move is complete, the wholesale showroom will have doubled in size to make room for a sparkling array of new bath and kitchen design elements for homeowners and contractors all across the region. Contractors from Greenspan Construction have been working on sculpting a new showroom, erecting a flagstone facade up front, and re-skinning the exterior of the building just yards away from I-94, working to get it ready to make its debut sometime late this month. Mort has been a critical partner to homeowners and the building trades for more than six decades, having launched 62 years ago on Main Street in Benton Harbor where their corporate headquarters are still anchored just off the corner of BL-94 and Martin Luther King Junior Drive on the edge of town. It’s the company’s popular Bath Gallery that is re-locating to 2570 M-139, according to Designer Julie Gillette who has held down the fort at The Trend Center site since it first opened two dozen years ago at 2260 M-139 next to M&W Tire. Julie says while they have enjoyed their tenure at The Trend Center building, the original concept never really took flight. The center was supposed to be a sort of “permanent home show” of multiple vendors showcasing their products and services. With the arrival of new owners in the past year, owner Jeff Mort and his crew felt that it was time to re-establish their brand in a stand-alone center with more space. Inasmuch as members of the Mort family already were long time owners of the warehouse type building that has been sitting idle for several years anyway, they capitalized on the opportunity. The good news for homeowners, do-it-yourselfers, and both resident and commercial building contractors is that the new showroom will be twice the size of the current space. Julie says the showroom currently undergoing renovations is some 5,000 square feet while The Trend Center showroom is just 2,500 square feet. The R.A. Mort Bath Gallery is a Kohler registered showroom, but they carry a broad array of kitchen and bath products from bathtubs to faucets, from sinks to the cabinetry they sit in or on. The showroom features dozens of name brands including Delta, Hans Grohe, Maax, ElKay, Rohl and InSinkerator and cabinetry from Kohler, Homecrest and others. Mort is a wholesale showroom, but anyone can shop there, including the general public and wholesale discounts make their extremely competitive even with the big box retailers and Internet options. Julie says, “We have to be deeply competitive in order to survive.” They routinely run specs for tradesmen looking for help with design ideas and will even accept after hours and weekend appointment considerations to help make things work for everyone. The current store hours are 9am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday, and 10am until 2pm on Saturdays or by appointment, however Julie says they may extend those hours at the new site as they get settled in this fall and winter. The showroom has launched a “Moving Sale” as displayed on the front of the building, and are working to get the move done quickly so they can avoid slogging through snow and ice by waiting too long into the year. Stay tuned for a whole new bath and kitchen experience at the new R.A. Mort Bath Gallery coming this fall.

The Women’s Service League has been working to improve the community of Michigan’s Great Southwest for 84-years, and within days of electing new leadership to steer the organization into its 85th year in 2016, they have launched their first project of the new leadership year. Under the guidance of President Jackie Flanagan, Vice-President Catherine Kirshenbaum, Secretary Jennifer Mitchell and Treasurer Jamie Brooks, the Women’s Service League has given flight to Operation Coats, currently underway across the community. It’s just the first of many ways in which the organization provides service, promotes volunteerism and works to improve the community through action and leadership. Operation Coats kicked off on October 8th and runs through November 2nd, in search of gently used or new coats, hats and mittens which can be dropped off at a number of businesses, schools, and churches in the St. Joseph and Stevensville communities. Look for the large donation boxes and pink flyers at these locations: Anytime Fitness -- St. Joseph…Hollywood Elementary School…Roosevelt Elementary School… Lake Michigan Catholic Elementary School… Brookview School…Lincoln Township Public Library…Martin’s Supermarkets in St. Joseph & Stevensville…Caretel Inn of Lakeland…Lake Michigan College…South Shore Health & Racquet Club…Sanitary Cleaners…

Dairy Queen of St. Joseph & Stevensville… Brown Elementary School…Lincoln Elementary School…St. Joseph Public Library…J.C. Penney Company in the Orchards Mall…E.P. Clarke Elementary School…Saron Trinity Lutheran Church…Lake Michigan Catholic Middle School & High School…Rogers Foodland…Stewart Elementary School…Lakeland Connect-It… Michigan Lutheran High School…Salon DeVoir… Honor Credit Union of St. Joseph & Stevensville… Fusion Center…St. Paul’s Episcopal Church…Upton Middle School…Trinity Lutheran School…St. Joseph High School…Lakeshore High School. At the conclusion of Operation Coats, all boxes will be taken to the Salvation Army in Benton Harbor where members of Women’s Service League will prepare the donations for distribution. Coats will be distributed at the Salvation Army on November 5th from 8am until 10am to local agencies and from 10am until 11am to the general public. Click the link below for more information about Operation Coats and other upcoming service projects sponsored by Women’s Service League. Here’s the link to the website: http://www.Womensserviceleague.org.

The sea of pink that continues to remind us all of the search for a cure for the devastating impact of breast cancer will once again flow along with cash donations this fall from independent auto repair and service shops across the nation, including M&W Tire of Benton Harbor. The 40-year old tire dealership and auto repair center located on M-139 in Benton Charter Township is participating in the “Brakes for Breasts” campaign to fund breast cancer vaccine research for the fourth consecutive year. M&W Owner Mark Wade says the sprawling shop at 2216 M-139 will participate again with other independent auto repair and service shops across the country in the campaign. He tells us, “We’ll each (each repair & service shop) give a percentage of our brake service profits to the Cleveland Clinic research” of Dr. Vincent K. Tuohy. Dr. Tuohy is conducting breakthrough research that may lead to a vaccine that will prevent breast, ovarian, prostate and other cancers in the future. According to recent reports by the American Cancer Society, in 2015 more than 230,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. More than 40,000 women in the U.S. will die this year from the disease, making the work of Dr. Tuohy and colleagues like him all the more critical. To help “put the brakes on cancer,” Wade and his M&W crew are encouraging area drivers to schedule their brake service at the shop by October 31st. During this month, customers will receive free pads or brake shoes with every brake service. Vehicle owners will pay only for the labor and additional parts costs. M&W will donate 10-percent of those costs to the Brakes for Breasts Campaign, and 100-percent of those funds will support the breast cancer prevention research at Cleveland Clinic. Since 2001, the auto repair and service industry campaign has generated more than $200,000 for cancer research. M&W Tire is an independent, full-service tire sales and auto repair facility founded in 1975. Their state-of-the-art, 16-bay facility offers cost-competitive tries, brake service, alignments, cargo trailers, truck caps and other vehicle services. The team’s ASE-certified technicians expertly service disc, drum and parking brakes as well as hydraulic systems. To set an appointment for brake service or other maintenance, call 269-926-8255. For more information regarding the campaign click this link: www.BrakesForBreasts.org. For more information regarding M&W Tire, click this link: www.mandwtire.com.

It only happens twice a year, and both collectors and aficionados alike make a bee-line for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in St. Joseph when it does. The semi-annual fall version of the Mary Alice Hadley Pottery Sale is coming on Saturday, October 24th to the popular church at the corner of Morton Avenue and Lane Drive in St. Joseph. For more than 50-years St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, at 914 Lane Drive in St. Joe, has hosted these twice-a-year showcases of classic pottery, and the fall event is always perfect timing for holiday dinner tables, gift-giving and other fine occasions. Sale Administrator Peggy McAllister promises a grand array of Hadley pottery crafted of ironstone-style clay that is hand-painted, then glazed and fired at 1200 degrees to bring out the colors. The result is a strong, durable piece that can be used in ovens, microwaves and dishwashers safely. From dinnerware and accessories to decorative pieces and more, the distinctive blue, green and brown colors in the Hadley line-up make them signature pieces for collectors and fans everywhere. The Hadley collection features various scenes in many of the sixteen patterns available. McAllister tells me that if they don’t have the specific pieces in stock that you want, they will order them on your behalf and have them in two weeks. Additionally, you can personalize pieces with names and/or dates, however you will need to allow six weeks for personalization. Here’s the amazing part of the equation at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Despite two price increases in the interim, they are still offering the 2010 price list for Hadley pottery. They also have some gently used pieces at greatly reduced prices for interested parties. All proceeds from the sales have funded church and community projects at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for more than five decades. If you would like more information, or would like to purchase items at another time because of a scheduling conflict, you can reach Peggy McAllister at 269-983-5337.

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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