eMailMax 12/12/09 : Page 1

Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

Problems with your purchase. That same reputation has provided them outstanding buying power, allowing them to bring major market items to the local scene at a fraction of the cost you might otherwise expect. As we all know, the price of gold has been sky-rocketing, and yet, Jewelfire’s gold reserves were purchased well below today’s gold prices, and that’s the way they are selling it, too. They refuse to raise the price simply to capitalize on that gap. Happy anniversary, Jewelfire, and here’s to many years of continued success in St. Joe’s Central Business District. You’ll find them in the 400 block of State Street, downtown.<br /> <br /> If you cross over to the other side of the street and head to the north end of that block you’ll find a brand new presence in a decades old building that is a true landmark in downtown St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> The former home of Great Lakes Home Furnishings has been transformed into the new home of Tucker Classic Photography. Large family portraits and multiple senior sittings are proudly on display in the large showroom windows of the building at the crossroads of State and Broad in the heart of the city. Photographer Jessica Chabot has apparently purchased the business outright from William Tucker and is setting up shop in the expansive space downtown, after years of operations in Stevensville. Jessica appears to be one of the principals in a limited liability corporation called Trilligan, which has purchased the ground floor of the former furniture store. Unfortunately, we were unable to connect regarding Jessica’s plans prior to my deadline, so we’ll have to learn the rest of the story in an upcoming issue of MailMax. City hall staff who have worked with her on the transaction, tell me that she is very excited and looking forward to her new operation downtown. Stay tuned.<br /> <br /> It’s hard to believe, but Amicarelli’s Italian Restaurant is already celebrating its one year anniversary in The Orchards Mall. Just as in the case of the Huizenga’s in downtown St. Joseph, there has been an air of confusion over exactly what the Amicarelli story really is. Clearly, to anyone who has taken the time to dine there, the story is very real. Unfortunately, many people think that the restaurant is a fancy, high-priced restaurant, when nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, they are a family-style Italian restaurant with many great features, not the least of which is their “Create-Your-Own” Pasta Bar seven days a week for just $7.95. On top of that, they now offer live music most Friday and Saturday nights, and crank up the Karaoke machine every Thursday night for Family Karaoke Night. Some people may not even realize that they have a private, outside, entrance to the restaurant separate from the entrance inside the mall.<br /> <br /> The mall entrance, however, really catches your eye thanks to a hand-crafted artwork by a young high school girl by the name of Miranda Sirk.<br /> <br /> Stop by this weekend, or in the week ahead, and wish the Amicarelli clan a happy anniversary.<br /> <br /> You might be glad you did!<br /> <br /> If you’re not sure whether to put a bike under the Christmas tree this year or a scooter, why not consider putting them both there in the form of a KickBike from KickBike Mike? St. Joe’s Mike Nadolski is the President of KickBike Mike…and has just expanded his sales territory dramatically.<br /> <br /> KickBike America has had the exclusive rights to sell the device in the United States since 2003.<br /> <br /> Mike has been a regional dealer since 2004. Now, he will become the national distributor for KickBike America’s Internet sales. There are currently dealers in 15 states across the country, and Nadolski himself set up the first retail network for the bikes in Michigan and Northern Indiana this past summer. There are now 7 retail outlets, and he expects to double that by next season as well as expanding into rental operations. Locally the KickBikes are available at Outpost Sports in St. Joseph, South Haven and New Buffalo.<br /> <br /> They are also available at Scooter Joe’s in St. Joe. Mike has been celebrating his success by donating City Cruiser models to a number of local not-for-profit arts groups and community organizations, and is going one step further this holiday season. He is offering 35 to 50% off all four models that typically sell for $289 to $389-dollars each. It is a one time promotion and marks the lowest price that KickBikes have ever been sold for in the U.S. On top of that deal, if you purchase your KickBike between now and December 20th, he will make a $25 to $50 contribution to the charity of your choice from a list of ten local organizations. To qualify for that donation, you must make your purchase through their website You can also learn more about these unique vehicles at the website, or by calling Mike at 269-861-0055. Congratulations on your stellar growth, Mike…and Merry Christmas!<br /> <br /> My friends at The Livery are absolutely geeked over their upcoming Holiday Bizarre, this coming Tuesday, December 15th. That is the correctly intended spelling, in this case, because it’s anything but your standard everyday bazaar. This first annual event is a full out attempt to remind us all that we can all create positive change by shopping and buying locally. So, on Tuesday night from 5pm until 9pm, the Upper Livery and Balcony will be “jammedy-packed” with more than 20 local businesses and artists selling merchandise, services, and gift certificates in a strikingly unconventional shopping experience for one night only. Organizer Teri Robinson tells me that they had no trouble at all filling tables for the event, and they are delighted with the diversity of offerings. In the house that night you will find offerings from The Phoenix Café, Ferris Music, Handy Randy, Rose Sycamore, Laughing Dragon/Brunson Art House, Cheri Lesauskis, The Livery, Yoga Maria, Christina Root, Hello Granola, VC Metalworks, Red Arrow Hobbies, The Citadel, Your Bohemian Life, Angela Caldwell Designs, Wild Tree Soaps and More, Becky Wehmer, The Golf Club at Harbor Shores, and the New Territory Arts Association.<br /> <br /> An ATM machine is available on site, credit cards will be accepted for purchases of more than $10, and there will be complimentary cookies and cocoa. It’s all at 190 5th Street in the Benton Harbor Arts District. Do not miss this one, kids!<br /> <br /> Its official…The Man Alive has returned to The Orchards Mall. They opened up last week, offering new styles different from any seen in the past few years locally, as they bring us fashions culled from New York and larger urban markets.<br /> <br /> Welcome back!<br /> <br /> If there are active duty soldiers or veterans on your Christmas list this year, the good folks at Lest We Forget have a perfect gift offering in the form of their newly released DVD’s for the 2009 WWII Re-enactment and Sounds of Freedom Patriotic Concert. The re-enactment video features the Normandy and Iwo Jima beach landings and the flag raising. It also features the Airport Flag Field, the USO Show, stories from veterans, parachute jumps and battles at the airport and a whole lot more. Cost for the DVD is just $25, and they are available for purchase at the Southwest Michigan Regional Airport. The concert video is $10, and is available at both the airport and The Heritage Center in St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> If you have questions regarding these outstanding productions, call Don Alsbro at 925-7176.<br /> <br /> If you’ve been at a loss to find the perfect place to host a party this season, here’s something a lot of people may never have even considered: renting the Krasl Art Center! Seriously…they have three galleries available for rent as well as a lobby and reception area that work wonderfully for food and refreshment service. Whether for a corporate holiday gathering, a wedding rehearsal dinner or reception, even the wedding itself, for birthday parties and anniversaries…give it some thought. So…if you’re planning a big event…or even a smaller one, contact Sara at 983-0271.<br /> <br /> You might be the hit of the party, for the very place you’re holding it!<br /> <br /> Just down the block a bit, the cast and crew at The Curious Kids Museum is gearing up for the Christmas school break with lots of special programming called “Over the Hills and Thru the Woods.” Live animal presentations are lined up from December 19th through January 2nd. Deep in the Michigan Woods will feature lots of specials including hands-on activities. Best of all, each of the programs is free with the overall admission of just $4 per person. To learn all about it, go to Speaking of live animals, please don’t forget The Humane Society of SW Michigan’s 27th Annual Christmas Party for the Animals going on today, Saturday, December 12th from 11am until 4pm. There are raffle prizes, bake sales, a gift boutique, animals for adoption, fun family events, refreshments and more. Go to www.<br /> <br /> and check out the animal’s wish list and do everything in your power to help these wonderful creatures. If you can’t make it today, gifts will be gratefully accepted up until Christmas Eve at the shelter at 641 S. Crystal Avenue in Benton Harbor. Thanks for taking the time to care!<br /> <br /> Even though the golf clubs have been packed away for the winter, The Pro Shop at the Golf Club at Harbor Shores is maintaining winter hours for those interested in merchandise for gifts or for personal use. You’ll find the shop open Monday through Friday from 8:30am until 5pm.<br /> <br /> They will be closed from Wednesday, December 23rd through Sunday, January 3rd, and re-open on Monday, January 4th. You can even give the gift of an Annual Pass! They’re in the M-TEC Building on Klock Road in Benton Harbor.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. See you Saturday right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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