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ECRWSS Professional DJ Music Entertainment Steven Hillhouse Melodies & Memories Timeless Tunes For Any Occasion Local Postal Customer stevehh7@yahoo.com Southwest Michigan (269) 925-7742 Paper. News Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on March 26, 2016 March 26, 2016 Volume 17, Ver. 13 Moody on The Market M oody Pat F or nearly a quarter of a century, the Moersch family has experimented, innovated, col-laborated and invigorated the adventures of the Southwest Michigan Wine Trail . They have been trailblazers, often setting the gold stan-dard for colleagues and competitors alike, and now they are forging a new path along the wine trail that will substantially raise the bar on the collective wine tasting experience in Michigan’s Great Southwest . It’s a path they travel alone now, but they expect to see ardent followers in the years ahead. The brothers Moersch --Chris & Matt --are introducing today Wine Tasting by Reservation at their Round Barn Winery on Hills Road in Baroda . Beginning April 30th, all wine-tasting will be by advance appointment unless openings are still available upon walk-up. Chris & Matt were busy last week recording brief videos to explain the concept in the middle of re-construction on the second floor of their iconic Amish round barn on the grounds. As Chris says, “It was time to make a change in order to create a better atmosphere so that everyone has the chance to truly enjoy the wines as they were intended to be enjoyed.” The idea is to give visitors and fans an unin-terrupted 45-minute, face-to-face opportunity with Tasting Consultants who will provide the tastings in multiple mini-suites at the Round Barn where they can get a full experience rather than a bunch of elbows being thrown around at a stand-up bar. Contractors are busy crafting the mini-suites which will provide a mem-orable tasting experience for anywhere from 8 to 15 guests at a time. That doesn’t mean you have to have a bunch of other people traveling with you. Anything less than a full suite will be filled with other tasters who have signed up for the same time period. There will be two 8-person suites and two 12-person suites on the lower level and six 15-seat suites on the upper level. Each tasting reservation will guide you through the tasting of 7 different wines and spirits pre-selected with a sweet and dry option. Each tasting session runs 45 minutes allowing for plenty of time to enjoy the experi-ence and ask questions of the consultant. In addition to five wine tastings you will be given a spirit tasting either straight up or mixed in a specialty cocktail and the experience is rounded off with a dessert from the consultant. The pre-selected list offerings will change monthly. Reservations are just $15-per person and includes a $5 coupon off the purchase of any three bottles of wine. Reservations can be made online at any time for any future date and you can do that today by clicking the link below. Chris and Matt say the whole idea is to get back to their roots from the days when their parents Rick & Sherrie Moersch would have time to pour tasting samples, explain how and why the wine was made the way it was and answer questions of all sorts. “Having a personal wine consultant in a small grouping of guests gets us back to where it all started,” says Chris. Matt adds, “We believe tasting wine should happen over real conversation with good friends in an environment such as ours with your own dedicated guide.” Regular friends and fans of Round Barn will still be invited to enjoy their on-site music and festivals as always, and anyone can still buy wine by the bottle or the glass for consumption in the open air venue where live music is played every weekend all summer long. Nicole Moersch is the Marketing Director of Round Barn. She says, “We’ve always been an innova-tor in the way we approach our business and we wanted YOUR FAMILY IS OUR FAMILY SIGN UP BEFORE MARCH 31 FOR A JOINING FEE AS LOW AS $49!* We get it. Gyms are intimidating. You shouldn’t have to feel lost and confused when all you want is to improve your health and fi tness. It’s a good thing then that we’re not a gym—we’re a club. From our friendly front-desk staff like Jodi, Sam, and Stacey to personal training and childcare, we’ve taken care of everything so you can take care of you. All you have to do is step inside. Call or see Member Services and get started today. *Joining fee varies per membership level. WE ARE RAC BECAUSE racbh.com | 269.927.1129 | 501 Graham Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Inserts & Promotions MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 • Martins Super Markets • Hardings Friendly Market 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 10

Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

For nearly a quarter of a century, the Moersch family has experimented, innovated, collaborated and invigorated the adventures of the Southwest Michigan Wine Trail. They have been trailblazers, often setting the gold standard for colleagues and competitors alike, and now they are forging a new path along the wine trail that will substantially raise the bar on the collective wine tasting experience in Michigan’s Great Southwest. It’s a path they travel alone now, but they expect to see ardent followers in the years ahead. The brothers Moersch -- Chris & Matt -- are introducing today Wine Tasting by Reservation at their Round Barn Winery on Hills Road in Baroda. Beginning April 30th, all wine-tasting will be by advance appointment unless openings are still available upon walk-up. Chris & Matt were busy last week recording brief videos to explain the concept in the middle of re-construction on the second floor of their iconic Amish round barn on the grounds. As Chris says, “It was time to make a change in order to create a better atmosphere so that everyone has the chance to truly enjoy the wines as they were intended to be enjoyed.” The idea is to give visitors and fans an uninterrupted 45-minute, face-to-face opportunity with Tasting Consultants who will provide the tastings in multiple mini-suites at the Round Barn where they can get a full experience rather than a bunch of elbows being thrown around at a stand-up bar. Contractors are busy crafting the mini-suites which will provide a memorable tasting experience for anywhere from 8 to 15 guests at a time. That doesn’t mean you have to have a bunch of other people traveling with you. Anything less than a full suite will be filled with other tasters who have signed up for the same time period. There will be two 8-person suites and two 12-person suites on the lower level and six 15-seat suites on the upper level. Each tasting reservation will guide you through the tasting of 7 different wines and spirits pre-selected with a sweet and dry option. Each tasting session runs 45 minutes allowing for plenty of time to enjoy the experience and ask questions of the consultant. In addition to five wine tastings you will be given a spirit tasting either straight up or mixed in a specialty cocktail and the experience is rounded off with a dessert from the consultant. The pre-selected list offerings will change monthly. Reservations are just $15-per person and includes a $5 coupon off the purchase of any three bottles of wine. Reservations can be made online at any time for any future date and you can do that today by clicking the link below. Chris and Matt say the whole idea is to get back to their roots from the days when their parents Rick & Sherrie Moersch would have time to pour tasting samples, explain how and why the wine was made the way it was and answer questions of all sorts. “Having a personal wine consultant in a small grouping of guests gets us back to where it all started,” says Chris. Matt adds, “We believe tasting wine should happen over real conversation with good friends in an environment such as ours with your own dedicated guide.” Regular friends and fans of Round Barn will still be invited to enjoy their on-site music and festivals as always, and anyone can still buy wine by the bottle or the glass for consumption in the open air venue where live music is played every weekend all summer long. Nicole Moersch is the Marketing Director of Round Barn. She says, “We’ve always been an innovator in the way we approach our business and we wanted to create an elevated tasting experience that offered more education and personalization than what we had done in the past.” She adds, “Some of our customers know exactly which types of wines they like, and others are new to wine tasting. This new format delivers benefits both ways: we’re better positioned to answer our guests’ questions and add to their knowledge of wine, and we get to know our customers better in the process.” At any one time, thanks to the number of minisuites, 130 guests can be involved in wine-tasting sessions, or a total of at least 900 people on any given day. The Moersch brothers admit that essentially they have become the victims of their own success, and frequently people were forced to squeeze and wheedle their way up to the bar to sample a wine or two and often guests would fee rushed or the tastings would be haphazard simple because of the crush of people, especially on a busy weekend. They know that despite those conditions, people still loved being in the barn and tasting the vast array of products Round Barn offers, they just want to make it a more rewarding and fulfilling experience. A welcoming station and staging area for those arriving for reserved tastings will be set up in the form of an 80 x 40 tent outside of the barn in this first season and will likely be converted to a brick and mortar building in the future. The Beer Barn across the open-air amphitheater from the tasting center is also evolving with three new draft beer windows being established on the ground level replacing the walk-in bar there. That will increase the current 16 tap total to 36 taps on that level (12 at each window) with another 12 taps on the upper level for a total of 48 taps. There will always be at least 12 varieties of Round Barn Beer offerings on tap at any one time, which is four more than currently offered. To help accommodate increased traffic at the Beer Barn a new 2,500 square foot building will be built between that facility and the Moersch estate home behind it. It will house the new draft system and provide much needed barrel storage on site. Chris tells me that this is all part of their ever-evolving strategic plan as Round Barn’s star continues to rise driven by their never-ending innovation and pursuit of excellence. What started out two and a half decades ago as a small country winery has become an amazing enterprise with a second tasting room at Union Pier and the Round Barn Public House in downtown Baroda which has already expanded several times to accommodate burgeoning crowds all year round. Along the way the company has added an award winning line up of craft beers and distilled spirits that all began with the creation of a winebased Vodka -- DiVine Vodka in 2006. Microbrewing began a year later. Additionally, the brothers created Free Run Cellars in Berrien Springs, a highly successful boutique winery in 2006. Here’s the link to make your reservation for wine tasting at Round Barn whenever you’d like: www.vinovisit.com/partners/ round-barn-winery/

“Nick” Arnold Nicholas has been in the construction trades for a lifetime, but soon he’ll spend time building pizzas bound for the porches and patios of Michigan’s Great Southwest. Soon he will crank up the oven at his new pizza emporium dubbed Lilli’s Pizza & Subs at the corner of Niles & Myrtle Avenues across from the CVS Pharmacy in Southtown St. Joseph. Nicholas is a transplant to the region, having arrived with his wife who transferred in last year with Whirlpool Corporation. He recently purchased the 600 square foot building at that corner which for many years served as the St. Joseph Dairy Queen before that business relocated several blocks south on Niles Avenue a number of years ago. It was also a Tastee Freeze. More recently the tiny building was home to a charitable donation drop-off center and prior to that a music lesson house. Nick told me earlier this year that he was targeting an April opening, and that appears to be drawing closer with the placement of the colorful new logo on the building. He tells me that he has tried virtually every pizza style and design throughout the region and feels that he has a totally unique style to offer the pizza-loving public, a totally all-natural pizza. He says the recipe harkens back to a simpler day and time when pizzas were always truly natural in style before fast-food and chain retail offerings burst onto the scene with fast, cheap, and relatively low quality pies. The Lilli’s name stems from Mr. Nicholas’ youngest daughter of the five kids in the family. Lilli is 11-years old and likely pretty proud to have her name in lights. Due to the extremely small size of the building, Lilli’s Pizza & Subs will offer take-out service only. There’s no room to dine, and at the outset there are not enough bodies to arrange for delivery service. Nick will train his crew-mates in the creation of his unique recipes, and everything in the house will be made exclusively from fresh ingredients every day. There will be no frozen pizzas, dough or toppings engaged in the creation of any Lilli’s Pizza pie. Nick is hopeful he can fill the gap created by the recent departures of Chivo’s Pizza and Ramona Bell’s Pizzeria, both located a few blocks south on Niles Avenue. Chivo’s closed headed into the New Year’s weekend, and Ramona Bell’s departed the scene at the end of June. The front of the building still sports a sign for Nick’s construction firm, Red Truck Services. That’s the renovation and new construction business he has maintained as a licensed and insured builder with 52 years of experience. He has built everything from high rises to residential homes and done renovation work of all types over the years. Stay tuned for updated information on the formal opening of Lilli’s Pizza & Subs at Niles & Myrtle, coming this spring.

We’ve all been up against deadlines that instill a panic, fearful that the work will not get done. There are also times when we face a task that we simply don’t even want to do in the first place. For those and a bazillion other options, you now have a friend in the business and her name is Sheila. Sheila Jenkins is the owner and operator of a new concierge-style business called Lakeside Professional Services, now up and running in the area. Focused entirely on making life easier for clients across the region, Sheila’s new Lakeside Professional Services offers up an array of services she’s ready to take on, in your behalf including such things as Pet sitting/walking…All types of errands such as grocery shopping; picking up or dropping off dry-cleaning; prescriptions, etc…Pick up and drop off to various appointments; airports, train stations, etc… Proofreading… and Sign Language Instruction. Entrepreneur and owner, Sheila Jenkins is pursuing her dream of helping others by opening her business for the region. So, if you’re going on vacation and need someone to check in on your home or care for your pets in your absence, she’s ready for you. If you’re planning a party and need someone to pick up the food, supplies, or decorations, Sheila’s there for you. Other options available are instances where you need to take your car in to the shop, your computer to a repair team, or can’t sit around waiting for an appliance repair, or delivery person at your house. Lakeside Professional is at the ready. Maybe you need a ride to or from the airport or the train or bus station, or simply to the grocery store. Let Sheila do it. Need to pick up dry-cleaning, a UPS package, or a prescription but work schedules preclude you from getting there during business hours? You got it...Sheila’s your gal. Even if you just have so much to do, but not enough time to do it, don’t panic, contact Lakeside for the job. The concierge company is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and evenings and weekends by appointment. Lakeside Professional Services, LLC encourages everyone to take full advantage of their concierge and personal assistant services. They can be reached by phone at 269. 470.6820 or visit their website at www.LakesideSJ. com; or email at LakesideSJ@gmail.com.

The Lincoln Township Volunteer Corps announces dates for Exit 23 clean up. They are Saturdays April 23, July 16 and September 24. Volunteers will meet at the Lincoln Township hall at 8 AM on April 23 for the mandatory MDOT safety briefing and distribution of safety vests and trash bags. Volunteers must sign a township waiver/release form if they have not already done so. Volunteers must wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, leather shoes, gloves and hat. Volunteers can sign up to participate by calling the Lincoln Township Hall. Questions should be directed to Glenn Youngstedt at 269-861-0596 or the Lincoln Township Hall at 269-429-1589.

The Whitcomb Warblers, a vocal group comprised of residents of the Whitcomb plus a few folks from the community, will be at it again. Their new concert, which is free to the public, will be held on Tuesday April 5 at 6:30pm. Admission is free. The theme of this conference is “The Many Moods of Music” and will feature music southern folk music, hymns, Broadway, blues/jazz, and country. The Warbler’s range in age from the late 70’s to the early 90’s and are conducted by Dorothy Trachte.

The Blossomland Pirates Parrot Head Club is having an information phlocking at Silver Beach Pizza Upper Deck on Tuesday, March 29 starting at 6:30. Anyone with a tropical spirit is invited to find out what Parrot Heads do for their community. Their motto is to ‘Party with a Purpose’. Their last party was a Beach Party in January where they raised a total of $4800 for charity.

That’s it for this week, folks. Happy Easter! See you Saturday here in MailMax!

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

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