eMailMax 1/9/16 : Page 1

ECRWSS Local Postal Customer NEW YEAR JOINING SPECIAL Sign up before January 31, 2016 for 50% off the joining fee! racbh.com | 269.927.1129 Paper. News Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on January 9, 2016 January 9, 2016 Volume 17, Ver. 02 Moody on The Market M oody Pat T here were Facebook posts all over the Internet recently from people of all ages hoping to strike it rich at the hands of com-pany founder Mark Zuckerberg . The fake story that suggested Zuckerberg was “giving away $45 billion of Facebook stock,” including “10-per-cent to people like you and me” for simply taking the time to “copy and paste” a message by mid-night. Sadly for everyone who posted it, they’re only getting some good-natured ribbing from family and friends for falling for it. This story is about several other unsubstantiated claims going around about the impending arrival of an Olive Garden restaurant property at or near I-94 and Red Arrow Highway in Stevensville . For at least the two properties that continue to be the “surefire Real McCoy,” neither story is true. Persistent rumors have been building for months, but I have been asked multiple times a day for the past couple of weeks for the “scoop.” Unfortunately for Olive Garden fans and lovers, there is no truth to the story at this time. One persistent rumor is that the former 5 O’Clock Sports Bar across from the Stevensville Meijer store at that interchange is being converted to make way for the Italian hot spot. Not true says building owner Michael Wittlieff . Rest assured, he counts himself among those who would be delighted if that were the case. However, the building has not been sold...is still on the open market, and the listing can be viewed for your-self by clicking the link below. The 5 O’Clock Sports Bar closed for business on Sunday, May 31st, and nothing has taken its place since then. Occasional spurts of activity that have spurred the rumor mill have been nothing more than Wittlieff’s family working from time to time to clean out equipment or furnishings, but the prop-erty remains very much on the market...just in case Olive Garden or anyone else might be inter-ested. Meanwhile, even top level business people have asked me about the word in the street that the Stevensville Big Boy building was either going to be converted to an Olive Garden restau-rant, or that the property had been sold and the building would be demolished to make way for a new Olive Garden restaurant. If that’s the case, it is certainly news to the owner of that business, David Hunt , who told me from his corporate office that there isn’t a shred of truth to that wild-ly circulating rumor either. Occasional queries to economic developers and municipal leaders about plans for an Olive Garden in the St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, Stevensville area have always turned up dry as well. Perhaps they might want to proactively reach out to the Darden Corporation , operators of the Olive Garden concept, to encourage a visit by their real estate team based on the sheer, obvious, desire for one here. The restaurant would appear to have a huge fan base across the region. For now, though, the answer is simply, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT Friday, January 15 MEN ARE FROM MARS WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS LIVE! Friday, January 22 CHRIS BATHGATE Part of the Hanson Theatre Living Room Series Saturday, January 23 WINTER DELIGHTS: A FESTIVAL OF WINE, FOOD, AND MUSIC Friday, February 5 SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER – THE MUSICAL Friday, February 12 THE ACCIDENTALS Part of the Hanson Theatre Living Room Series SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT Sunday, February 28 STOMP Saturday, March 12 DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE! Saturday, March 19 COMIC OPERA GUILD PRESENTS Saturday, March 19 THE ART OF BEER FESTIVAL Saturday, April 16 THEATREWORKS USA PRODUCTION OF CHARLOTTE’S WEB ROSSINI’S BARBER OF SEVILLE 2016 Upcoming Shows and Events Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus LIVE! – Special Engagement Chris Bathgate – Hanson Theatre Living Room Series Winter Delights – A Festival of Wine, Food and Music Saturday Night Fever The Accidentials – Hanson Theatre Living Room Series STOMP – Special Engagement Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! Comic Opera Guild presents Rossini’s The Barber of Seville The Art of Beer Festival Theatreworks USA production of Charlotte’s Web Friday, January 15, 2016, 8 p.m. Friday, January 22, 2016, 7 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016, 5 -9 p.m. Friday, February 5, 2016, 7 p.m. Friday, February 12, 2016, 7 p.m. Sunday, February 28, 2016, 4 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2016, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19, 2016, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 19, 2016, 5 -9 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. TheMendelCenter.com Box Office (269) 927-1221 Box Office Hours: Mon. – Fri. 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor 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&#0e;-AIL-AX/NLINE&#0e;COMsWWW&#0e;FACEBOOK&#0e;COM&#0f;E-AIL-AX s-ARTINS3UPER-ARKETS s(ARDINGS&RIENDLY-ARKET s*ETS0IZZA s#ULVERS )NSERTSMAYVARYBY:IP#ODE Continued on page 10

Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

There were Facebook posts all over the Internet recently from people of all ages hoping to strike it rich at the hands of company founder Mark Zuckerberg. The fake story that suggested Zuckerberg was “giving away $45 billion of Facebook stock,” including “10-percent to people like you and me” for simply taking the time to “copy and paste” a message by midnight. Sadly for everyone who posted it, they’re only getting some good-natured ribbing from family and friends for falling for it. This story is about several other unsubstantiated claims going around about the impending arrival of an Olive Garden restaurant property at or near I-94 and Red Arrow Highway in Stevensville. For at least the two properties that continue to be the “surefire Real McCoy,” neither story is true. Persistent rumors have been building for months, but I have been asked multiple times a day for the past couple of weeks for the “scoop.” Unfortunately for Olive Garden fans and lovers, there is no truth to the story at this time. One persistent rumor is that the former 5 O’Clock Sports Bar across from the Stevensville Meijer store at that interchange is being converted to make way for the Italian hot spot. Not true says building owner Michael Wittlieff. Rest assured, he counts himself among those who would be delighted if that were the case. However, the building has not been sold...is still on the open market, and the listing can be viewed for yourself by clicking the link below. The 5 O’Clock Sports Bar closed for business on Sunday, May 31st, and nothing has taken its place since then. Occasional spurts of activity that have spurred the rumor mill have been nothing more than Wittlieff’s family working from time to time to clean out equipment or furnishings, but the property remains very much on the market...just in case Olive Garden or anyone else might be interested. Meanwhile, even top level business people have asked me about the word in the street that the Stevensville Big Boy building was either going to be converted to an Olive Garden restaurant, or that the property had been sold and the building would be demolished to make way for a new Olive Garden restaurant. If that’s the case, it is certainly news to the owner of that business, David Hunt, who told me from his corporate office that there isn’t a shred of truth to that wildly circulating rumor either. Occasional queries to economic developers and municipal leaders about plans for an Olive Garden in the St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, Stevensville area have always turned up dry as well. Perhaps they might want to proactively reach out to the Darden Corporation, operators of the Olive Garden concept, to encourage a visit by their real estate team based on the sheer, obvious, desire for one here. The restaurant would appear to have a huge fan base across the region. For now, though, the answer is simply, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa claus, but he currently has no plans to bring any of you an Olive Garden restaurant at this time.” Should that ever change...I hope to be the first to tell you differently. In the meantime, there are dozens of local establishments who would love to have your business right here in the region as well. A real estate listing for the 5 O’Clock Sports Bar property was updated as recently as mid-December. It could be yours, or Olive Garden’s, for $1.5-million:

The Asian restaurant I told you about a couple of days before Halloween burst onto the scene with largely rave reviews a couple of days ahead of Christmas, and if the pace continues this could be the winning combination that 325 W. Main Street in downtown Benton Harbor has been looking for. The maker of gourmet Chinese and Thai offerings opened without fanfare, but the raving fans who discovered the little diner early on were sharing a great deal of love on social media. King Kong Xpress is now open 7-days a week with an eclectic menu from a couple of partners named “John.” Reality is that the primary operator, Anousone Khammanivong, simply goes as “John” to avoid the multi-syllabic tongue-twister he was granted at birth. His partner is John Sae Jang, and they’re rapidly developing a dedicated following among early experimenters. John (Anousone) was born in a refugee camp in Laos after his family was forced to flee from their Southeast Asian home due to the slaughter of many of his parent’s fellow countrymen. He came to the U.S. at the age of two and settled in the Holland neighborhood up the Lake Michigan coast, a place he has called home ever since. John and his mother and siblings came first and his dad followed a short time later. He tells me that he gained a huge appreciation for the skills of cooking from his mother, and after trying his hand working in a factory and later as a mechanic, he went to work for his cousin, John Sae Jang, who operates the south side Mister You Chinese Restaurant in Holland. John tells me. “Once I picked up my first spatula I fell in love with cooking.” That was when he was 17 years old, and now he’s 32 and excelling in his chosen trade. His brother owns and operates a Zeeland restaurant called Thai Avenue, and John said he wanted to take the best of his brother’s trade and his cousin’s cuisine and blend them here at King Kong Xpress. He currently has a small crew working the house on Main Street in Benton Harbor, including his Chef Steven and his Counter Attendant Stephanie. John’s sister Anna also helps out when things get hectic. King Kong Xpress features about 17 Chinese entrees, half a dozen or so appetizers, several soups, and rice and noodles for the baseline. His Thai menu includes at least seven signature dishes of the most popular Thai offerings and the online reviews from social media have been most appreciative of those selections. There are vegetarian options, soft drinks and teas available to quench your thirst. All offerings on the menu are available for both dine-in and take-out opportunities and servings are very generous, indeed. You will find John and the King Kong Xpress crew in the house Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner from 11am until 8pm and on Sundays from noon until 5pm. You can call ahead for take-out service by dialing 269-252- 5001, and printed menus will be available soon. For the moment they are posted on electronic menu boards at the counter as well as online on their Facebook fan page. For now, John is making the daily commute from his home in Holland, and he’s gratified with the quick word of mouth that has spread the story of his arrival. He shared a sample of his Sweet & Sour Chicken over steamed rice with me while we chatted and I can honestly say it was the best Sweet & Sour Chicken I have ever enjoyed. Just look for the iconic towering “FOOD” sign along Main Street in downtown Benton Harbor and give King Kong Xpress a try so you can see what the rave reviews have been all about. Find them on Facebook by searching King Kong Xpress.

When you’re one of the hottest spots in town, your place of business needs an occasional break to renovate, refresh, renew, and revitalize for the next round. Such is the case for Jim Champion’s popular RyeBelle’s Restaurant in the heart of downtown St. Joseph. Frequent visitors know how busy the second floor eatery can be, and in summertime, the wait for al fresco dining on the third floor rooftop deck overlooking Lake Michigan can be seriously long. The best of restaurateurs know that continuous reinvestment into your property helps keep your reputation strong and your infrastructure up and running even in the busiest of times, so that’s the plan for the month of January for Champion’s RyeBelle’s venue. RyeBelle’s will be closed for remodeling from January 3rd through Tuesday, February 2nd of 2016. That’s Groundhog Day, so you will likely see well more than six more weeks of happy customers upon the return of the popular restaurant.

When bad weather strikes, most of us simply hunker down in our homes and hope that we’re left generally unscathed until the storm passes us by. Fortunately, the majority of us do ride out most storms unharmed. But, what about the people who are called to the forefront to deal with the impact of the storm up close and personal, even though their own homes might be untouched? Catherine Clarey-Sanford has asked me to help share her story, in hopes that those who rode to the rescue when she and others like her were struck by the brunt of the ice storms right after Christmas will know that their work has not gone unnoticed. Here’s Catherine’s story, as she shared it with me: During the ice storm last week our large tree fell on our house during the same time that we lost power. I am not sure how to thank all those who came to our rescue, so I thought I would share with you our experience. No one was injured, but we were frightened and not sure what to do or who to call. Using a cell phone my son called 911 and the dispatcher asked all the right questions, was calm, and directed us to call our insurance company. The dispatcher would notify the fire and police departments. My husband called Auto Owners, who we chose as our insurance company from our local agent IMS Insurance Management Service in St. Joseph. We were directed to call a restoration company and tree company immediately. My husband got out the phone book and using a flashlight we called ServPro and then our neighbor Tim Zebell who works for the city. Tim notified the city tree people about our fallen tree as it was located on the city side of the lawn. I cannot begin to express how thankful we are for ServPro and the tree removal people. It was a stormy night, cold, rainy, icy, and no power. The teams worked together to remove tree limbs from our windows, clean up glass, and board up the windows to protect our house from the elements. During this time, the police department and fire department stopped by to assess the damage and inquire about our safety. Neighbors brought over a kerosene lamp, offered their homes, and we felt protected even though we were exposed. These incidents began at 6:20pm and we were safely boarded up by 10:00pm. This was truly an amazing effort by all those involved. The tender care from ServPro, the tree service, and our insurance company continued into the next day as our roof needed to be tarped, drywall checked for moisture, glass removed, property damage assessed, and the rest of the tree removed. We still did not have power, so ServPro arranged to return to provide a more thorough clean-up as well as bring a window person and meet with our insurance adjuster, when we were up and running. Many people have asked me how we knew what to do and who to contact and I gladly share with them this great story. Mrs. Clarey-Sanford lives in the South Sunnybank neighborhood of St. Joseph and reminds us all how critical recovery can be, and how many other people are out working to keep other safe. That can truly be said of the yeoman’s work performed by the utility crews who spent countless hours restoring electrical service to the thousands who had taken a hit during the worst part of the storms.

Do you believe that you have an inner rock star? You can get to work on burning off your holiday calories through Cardio Drumming Classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5pm at Lakeshore Roller World in Stevensville. Fellow certified instructors Pam Whittier and Motria Kraus will show you how to combine aerobic movement with the beat and rhythm of drumming on stability balls. A fun-filled hour of music and instruction will provide a fast-paced workout that can burn up to 400 calories while improving reflexes and coordination. “Drums Alive” founder Carrie Elkins has popularized this form of exercise in Germany and subsequently through Europe & Asia. Today, “Drums Alive” holds specialized training for instructor certification specific to adults, seniors and children. Pam already leads a class at the Whitcomb and the Lincoln Senior Center. She brings a distinguished background in gymnastics and her Sun Coast Gymnastics & Fitness Concepts brand is well known in the area. She is hopeful of adding a children’s class in the future. Learn more online at their Facebook page Drums Alive Southwest Michigan or in a class near you. For additional information, contact Pam at 269-588- 2252 or Motria at 586-822-6134.

That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great week, and we’ll see you Saturday right here in MailMax or 24/7 online at www.MoodyontheMarket.com. Please remember to Shop Locally. There’s more here than you know!

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

Read the full article at http://www.onlinedigitalmagazines.com/article/Moody+On+The+Market/2365860/286934/article.html.

Renaissance Athletic Club

Using a screen reader? Click Here