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Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

When your father is seriously contemplating cashing out of a business that his father started in 1952, you’ve really only got two alternatives. You can either watch silently from the sidelines as a piece of history fades from the scene, or you can move back home lock, stock and idea bank and essentially ride to the rescue. Fortunately for fans of Plangger’s Furniture and for the family history books, Ricky Plangger saddled up and came back to Benton Harbor last July to team up with his father, and namesake, Rick Plangger to retool the expansive showroom situated on Territorial Road midway between the Benton Harbor Arts District and the Southwestern Michigan Regional Airport and its Urbandale Industrial Park. Plangger’s Furniture was founded 63 years ago in 1952 by Ricky’s grandfather and Rick’s father Rich Plangger. The company, still operates in the same stretch of roadway at 1034 Territorial Road where the first showroom opened nearly six and a half decades ago. Rick is the current owner and President of the company, but Ricky is increasingly instrumental in day-to-day operations. Ricky says that his dad was likely about six months away from closing the doors before he elected to return to the area from Houston last July to convince him they could get the company back on solid footing once again. Since his return to the marketplace at mid-summer, father and son have attended the Las Vegas Market, one of the largest furniture shows on earth. They have also commissioned the development of a world-class website coming online soon. They have reinvested a substantial amount of capital into building improvements, an interior facelift, and a sizable expansion in new inventory on the sales floor. Ricky tells me they are completing work on an aggressive business and marketing plan about to be unveiled, all designed to feed a very aggressive growth plan. The youngest Plangger hinges it all on the very simple premise, and promise, too, that they still carry some of the best brand names and products in the nation as some of the lowest possible prices, all wrapped up in world-class service. He was very frank in telling me, “I’m tired of hearing people say they go to South Bend to get furniture, when we carry the same or better brands, at lower prices and with free delivery!” While the campaign hasn’t officially rolled out yet, its impact is already clearly evident in the demeanor of Ricky’s father. Rick is decidedly excited about the reboot, and proud to show a more than 35,000 square foot line-up of furniture for every room in the home. You can reach the store by phone at 269-925-4201 or visit them at 1034 Territorial Road between the Arts District and the airport.

Who says a 90-year old can’t continue to blossom and grow? Monte Packaging Company, headquartered in the Hagar Township community of Riverside isn’t letting age stand in the way of progress. In fact, they are racing headlong toward a $1.45-million expansion, and hopeful they can attract like-minded companies to their property facing I-196 off of Coloma Road. Hagar Township officials recently granted a 12-year, 50-percent tax break to Monte Packaging for an expansion project that will nearly double the size of one current facility through the addition of some 31,200 square feet of additional warehouse and production space for their unique manufacturing operations. Monte has been a staple to the agricultural industry since 1925 with operations not only at Riverside, but also in Lakeland, Florida and Boynton Beach, Florida. The company is a specialty manufacturer of containers, crates and other packaging for farmers, growers, farm markets and similar users. The company launched in the hey-day of the largest cash-to-grower fruit market in North America at the heart of the fruit belt in Michigan’s Great Southwest and continues to adapt to changing standards and specific needs in the industry. Not only will Monte add substantial space to their Hagar Township enterprise, a 25-acre parcel at 2944 Coloma Road operating as Monte Properties will increase in size by two additional acres through creation of an industrial development district. Monte Packaging’s management team is working with Cornerstone Alliance and Hagar Township authorities to pitch the site advantages and proximity to the interstate for other light industrial companies to establish their business in the industrial park. Creation of the industrial development district paves the way toward potential tax breaks for other firms anchoring in the park. Monte Packaging currently has more than two dozen employees at Riverside, and as the expansion plan develops, that number could rise. The company is a family-owned enterprise offering the largest line of produce containers in the nation from wire bound crates and corrugated cartons to roadside containers, orchard bins and crop picking accessories. The company offers an extensive online catalog to the agricultural community, but also offers the resources and experience to custom create specific product lines for individual companies. The company’s Lakeland, Florida facility offers distribution and application services for the western Florida produce growing industry.

Laurie Lewis has expanded her online success story to the brick and mortar world having opened a new shop in the center of downtown Coloma where she works diligently to breathe new life into old things from multiple collections. Her new store, The Tea Cup Peddler is located at 222 N. Paw Paw Street, directly across from the Loma Theater in downtown Coloma. Laurie tells me that she was heavily influenced by her Grandmother. She says, “My Nana never threw anything out!” She says “The inspiration for my shop has come from the influence of my late Nana who taught me the value of old treasures.” As a result, her desire to breathe new life into items brings the shopping public a broad array of antiques, collectibles, shabby chic furniture, handmade jewelry, arts & crafts, and women’s gently used clothing. This is hardly Laurie’s first venture into the world of business. She operates an Ebay store called “Collegefeed,” and she is an Etsy dealer with an online Etsy presence bearing the same name is her new shop. Links for both her Ebay and Etsy operations can be found by clicking the links below. Laurie tells me that she especially loves to help families take their old china, most of which is being largely ignored by younger generations, and converting the china into something useful that can be passed down to the next generation, received with happiness. She characterizes The Tea Cup Peddler as “a very creative place where the community is welcome to come and share ideas.” She admits that she just might be having a little too much fun, because her business doesn’t feel like a job. You will find The Tea Cup Peddler “in the house” Thursdays through Saturdays from noon until 8p, on Sundays from 1pm to 6pm, and her Monday hours match the Thursday through Saturday hours of noon until 8pm,. The shop is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You can reach the shop by phone at 269-277-7851.

It wouldn’t be Christmas if we didn’t have an opportunity to witness the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge. Not only can we see that transformation up close...we can see it with friends and neighbors playing the key roles, providing direction and more thanks to the Twin City Players (TCP) version currently “in the house” at the TCP Playhouse on Glenlord Road in St. Joseph. The holiday production of the current season features Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted by Larry Nielsen and directed by Timothy Aranyos Jr. Based on the classic novel by Charles Dickens, this adaptation by Larry Nielsen follows the life of Ebenezer Scrooge and his journey to redeem himself. Told through the eyes of his contemporaries, after his death, we greet characters we know and love and we meet a few new ones along the way. Darkness and mystery become magic and hope in this classic tale about the power of the Spirit of Christmas. With the goal of encouraging participation in community theater by local youth, the cast of each TcjP production includes students in grades 6-12. The cast of A Christmas Carol includes Aidan Kidd Diefenbach as Old Joe/Scrooge, Laura Simmons as Mrs. Dilber/Christmas Past/Christmas Future, Tabitha Nelson as Charwoman/Marley’s Ghost/ Christmas Present, Noah Yardley as Customer 1/ Bob Cratchit/Fan/Gent 2/Husband, Nash Kent as Customer 2/Boy Scrooge/Fred/Sol 1/Gent 3/Mr. Fezziwig/Mr. Jorkins, Emily Andrina as Customer 3/Young Scrooge/Sol 2/Mrs. Fezziwig/ Gent 1/Guest 2, Natalie Smiy as Soloist/Guest 1/ Wife, Kiana Bartloff as Martha Cratchit, Antwon Johnson as Peter Cratchit/Dick Wilkins, Darien Scott as Belle/Mrs. Fred, Eirian Mzuka as Tiny Tim/Waif, Roberto Cuadra, Tabith Hoskins, Maddie Ostenson, Jonah Yardley and Amy Paine as Carolers/Street Families, and Ariel Higgins, Sophia Newland and Skye Scott as Carolers/Street Urchins. Assisting Aranyos are Assistant Director Dave Goodyear, Student Director Kayla Boughner, Stage Manager Jen Ammerman, Set Designer John Taylor, Lead Set Builder Bob Myers, Costume Designer Tammy Green, Sound Designer Bryce McNeill, Lighting Director Ian Bradford, Dramaturg Paige Smillie and Production Manager Kraig Kirkdorfer. Performances began this past weekend and will continue for the next two with show dates on December 11th, 12, 13th, 18th, 19th, and 20th. The production is sponsored by Whirlpool Corporation. All seats are reserved seats only, and tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors. Group rates are also available. You can make a reservation by calling the TCP box office at 269- 429-0400, or online at www.twincityplayers.org. Performance times are at 8pm for Friday and Saturday evening shows, Sunday performances are at 2pm. The TCP Playhouse is located at 600 West Glenlord Road in St. Joseph.

Join the Yoga community in providing Christmas presents to families affected by domestic violence and sexual abuse. For the 8th Annual Safe Shelter Benefit, event coordinator and yoga teacher Maria Rosner will be joined by two of the area’s best yoga teachers, Adrienne White and John Braun, for a very special Winter Solstice class. South Shore Health & Racquet Club has generously donated their studio space for this year’s event, which will take place next Saturday, December 19th, from 1:30pm to 3pm. There is no charge for this special class as Maria will be accepting your gift card donations instead. She suggests gift cards from retailers like Walmart, Target, Meijer, Celebration!Cinema, as well as Visa gift cards, gasoline station gift cards and others in denominations of $20 to $50 for distribution by the Safe Shelter. They are also in need of household items including socks and underwear of all sizes, sheet sets in all sizes, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, Pampers and baby wipes. If you’d like to donate, but can’t attend the class next Saturday, you can drop off gift cards at South Shore. Household and personal hygiene items can be dropped off at the Benton Harbor Library or Café Mosaic, in specially-marked drop boxes. Additional information can be obtained by calling Maria directly at 269-759- 9018 or by e-mail at yogamaria@comcast.net.

Many of us have been to several of the fundraisers designed to raise critical dollars to build a new home for the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan...but the everyday business of caring for the animals is also an ongoing need, and one of the best times to join that effort is today, Saturday, December 12th at their Annual Holiday Open House Party for the Animals. Director Jill Svoboda and her team invite you and your family to the event which seemingly gets bigger every year, running from 11am until 4pm today at the current shelter located at 641 South Crystal Avenue in Benton Harbor. The task of caring for hundreds of animals at the no-kill shelter relies exclusively on the generosity of supporters and animal lovers across the region, and it is a Herculean task, to be sure. Jill and company hope you’ll help spread the joy of the holiday season with the animals through your tax-deductible donations of food, supplies and money. In fact you can make monetary donations by cash, check or credit card at the party or any day. For your own enjoyment there will be raffles and a sale on Fannie May Candy Bars, a bake sale the chance to shop the Christmas Store... free refreshments and lots of chances to snuggle up to a future forever friend from among the adoptable animals on site.

That’s it for this week, kids. Remember to Shop Local for the holidays and we’ll see you next Saturday right here in MailMax!

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

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