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Sale Dates: Jan 10 Thru Jan 16, 2010 of St. Joseph Schroeder Furniture . . . . . . . . . Pg 5 Classifieds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg 9-11 Moody on The Market Pat Moody One thing is certain…if prosperity flows as easily as our New Year’s lake effect snow- fall, this could be a record year for business! I can’t recall ever having launched a new year with that much fresh snow on the ground in a three-day time span. It certainly had to be a boon for snow-plow jockeys who get out ahead of us all and clear the parking lots where we all work and play. So much for that early-on forecast that said that this would be a relatively mild winter with not that much mea- surable snowfall. At least the majority of it fell while most of us were already off from work or school anyway, so hopefully it didn’t disrupt commerce too much for the masses. The wintry weather was certainly a big lead-in for this weekend’s Watervliet Ice Festival. Assuming everything is flowing according to schedule, ice carving began last evening in Watervliet’s central business dis- trict with a night time fireworks show to kick things off. Ice carving demonstrations were scheduled to continue at 9am this morning (Saturday, January 9th) and again at 4pm this afternoon in the Creekside Parking Lot. They also scheduled winter 5k and 10k runs, a noon Chili Cook Off at the Fire Hall, and a Kids Scavenger Hunt at 2pm this after- noon. The show continues tomorrow, Sunday the 10th, with ice carving competition at 8am followed by judging at 1 this afternoon. All events were scheduled weather-permitting. The festival is organized by the Watervliet Business Association and sponsored by H&R Block, the Watervliet DDA, Watervliet Township, Wightman and Associates, the city of Watervliet, and Surfari Joes at the Ramada. Continued on page 6 Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com Global Warming? It sure doesn’t feel like it on Lake Michigan near the Grand Mere shoreline. Photo by Jean Manuel Renard Stevensville, MI Please send your favorite horizontal photo with a brief description to MailMax at 2202 Plaza Drive, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 or email attached photo to Photos@FarAhead.com ATTN: MAIL SUBMISSIONS: If you would like your photo(s) returned, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your photo submission. Glenda Head .......... Pg 2 Don Stuart ............ Pg 4 Ask The Pharmacist..... Pg 4 Caryl Olson, Travel ..... Pg 5 Pastor Glenn........... Pg 8 Student Athlete......... Pg 8 January 9, 2010 With Your Blurry Vision Without Your Contacts or Glasses? LASER Vision Correction could bring your world into focus! If you are not eligible for LASER Vision Correction, you may be a candidate for Implantable Collamer Lenses! OR If your vision is only blurry for reading, then perhaps the alternative Near Vision CK™ Mono-vision Treatment could help! Call today for your FREE SCREENING Eligibility Appointment! Save your gas money! Our doctors are local, experts in their field and provide personalized care in a comfortable atmosphere. Financing Available For 0% 12 Months! www.greateyecare.com FREE Wi Fi in St. Joseph 2848 Niles Road • St. Joseph • 269-428-3300 x 298 or 299 Postal Customer POSTMASTER: Please deliver on January 9, 2010

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Pat Moody

One thing is certain…if prosperity flows as easily as our New Year’s lake effect snowfall, this could be a record year for business! I can’t recall ever having launched a new year with that much fresh snow on the ground in a three-day time span. It certainly had to be a boon for snow-plow jockeys who get out ahead of us all and clear the parking lots where we all work and play. So much for that early-on forecast that said that this would be a relatively mild winter with not that much measurable snowfall. At least the majority of it fell while most of us were already off from work or school anyway, so hopefully it didn’t disrupt commerce too much for the masses.<br /> <br /> The wintry weather was certainly a big lead-in for this weekend’s Watervliet Ice Festival. Assuming everything is flowing according to schedule, ice carving began last evening in Watervliet’s central business district with a night time fireworks show to kick things off. Ice carving demonstrations were scheduled to continue at 9am this morning (Saturday, January 9th) and again at 4pm this afternoon in the Creekside Parking Lot.<br /> <br /> They also scheduled winter 5k and 10k runs, a noon Chili Cook Off at the Fire Hall, and a Kids Scavenger Hunt at 2pm this afternoon.<br /> <br /> The show continues tomorrow, Sunday the 10th, with ice carving competition at 8am followed by judging at 1 this afternoon. All events were scheduled weather-permitting.<br /> <br /> The festival is organized by the Watervliet Business Association and sponsored by H&R Block, the Watervliet DDA, Watervliet Township, Wightman and Associates, the city of Watervliet, and Surfari Joes at the Ramada.<br /> <br /> Speaking of Surfari Joes…it is with great sadness that I learned last week that the management group brought in to help run the facility, Equity Hospitality Management of Mackinaw City, has eliminated the position of General Manager Brent Murphy. Both the Ramada Inn and Surfari Joes Water Park have struggled mightily in the tight money times of the past year and a half, and they are doing everything possible to keep costs under control. Brent did an outstanding job for both the hotel-water park and his previous employer, St. Joseph Today, and is now looking for new employment somewhere in the region. We wish him well.<br /> <br /> There’s a new eatery in Coloma…J&P Café. Located in the same building that formerly housed the Azteca Mexican Restaurant, J&P is a totally new restaurant with new management and a new menu. Owners Angelica Gonzalez, Julio Raijon Nava and Pedro Jimenez, have dramatically changed the menu to satisfy almost any taste in the house. Good hot breakfasts begin at 6am, and they also offer up delicious lunches and dinners at J&P, including daily specials. You will find them open for business Monday through Saturday from 6am until 8p, and Sundays from 7am until 4pm. You can reach the crew there at 468-4244.<br /> <br /> Congratulations, and best of luck to the new J&P Café in Coloma.<br /> <br /> Sometimes success on one level can lead to problems on an entirely different level. That is the case for my friends Kate Mood and Karen Moldovan of the Riverbend Retreat Bed and Breakfast in Fairplain. Kate tells me that they recently made the decision to close down operations at the B&B and will not be re-opening it.<br /> <br /> In fact, they are putting the beautiful old 1927 home on the market, and will simply move next door to their other home which also has a beautiful view of the St. Joseph River. The two were actually forced into the decision due to a conflict with their primary business, Avalon Case Management, Inc. That business, which does case management for worker’s compensation and auto accident injuries throughout Michigan, Indiana and the Chicagoland area, has been growing steadily and they simply don’t have enough hours in the day to try to run both businesses successfully. The B&B can be purchased as a going business, or simply as a gorgeous home with spectacular views. If there are interested parties in the B&B, how can you do better than to have built-in trainers and inn-sitters living right next door! Too bad Kate & Karen can’t simply clone themselves and run both businesses together again!<br /> <br /> Another guy who certainly knows a thing or two about gorgeous homes and outstanding architecture recently was recognized for his skills and talents in that field. John Allegretti of Allegretti Architechts on Main Street in St. Joseph was recently granted a Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects for a home his firm designed in Saugatuck. The winning entry was a 2,400 square foot home designed to achieve a platinum rating from the United States Green Building Council, under the LEED requirements. Of the 21 entries, only four projects were selected to receive awards, and John’s project garnered the top Merit Award, as judged by a jury from Missouri.<br /> <br /> Congratulations, John. Nice work, as always!<br /> <br /> Today is Ribbon Cutting Day for a brand new business in Benton Harbor. Deborah Cutlip will cut the ribbon at 10am today on her Grand Opening of Studio TLC Salon and Day Spa at 3278 Coloma Road in Benton Harbor.<br /> <br /> Deborah has worked closely with the Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services team to arrive at this great day, and invites everyone out to witness the dream coming true on her new business.<br /> <br /> On the other side of the coin, the end of the year brought the end of three generations of business for Hicks Sign Company of St. Joseph. Don & Kim Hicks tell me that the sledding was tough in the past year with nearly a dozen and a half competitors popping up around the region, and the final straw came when they received their personal property tax bill from local assessors and saw no way to continue without potentially losing their home as well. Launched by his grandfather in 1936, Don says that the company moved through three generations of the family before its demise on December 31st. He refused to compromise his quality standards and move to cheaper methods and materials, and elected to close up shop instead. Kim has found gainful employment at the Whirlpool Call Center, and Don is hoping to find a new career for himself. As for Hicks Sign Company, the 74 year run fades into history.<br /> <br /> The New Year has also apparently brought us to the end of the colorful history of Capozio’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria on M-139 in Benton Harbor. Just hours ahead of my deadline for this column, Theresa Espino called to tell me that her brother was closing his family restaurant after decades in the business. She, however, continues to operate Capozio’s of Harbert in Harbor Country, and wanted folks to know that her restaurant is simply on its annual winter respite. They annually close down for a winter break at the Harbert facility and are in the middle of that break right now.<br /> <br /> The Harbert restaurant will re-open as scheduled in the first week of February, and she did not want people to think that the closure of the M-139 operation had also impacted her shop.<br /> <br /> The phone at Capozio’s went unanswered and Joe Capozio was not able to be reached. It was a long time family favorite for many people, and was still winning awards in regional restaurant competition as recently as 2008. The restaurant will be sorely missed by regulars who stopped by routinely following sporting events and for family celebrations of all sorts.<br /> <br /> Also sealing the doors is Elliott’s Bakery at the Scottdale Crossings in Royalton Township. Owner and master craftsman Rob Elliott had launched as a special occasion cake baker originally, and expanded into a full service storefront bakery at the Scottdale Crossings. He then scaled back to being open by appointment only for his cake specialties, and now signs in the window indicate that all of his showcases and other equipment are for sale, and the shop has closed completely, with the phone disconnected.<br /> <br /> Apparently, he has discontinued all aspects of the business for now.<br /> <br /> If one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to eat a more healthy diet, Brookview School and Café Gulistan’s Ibrahim Parlak are teaming up to present a four week series of globally inspired cooking classes at the school in Benton Harbor. The classes, which begin on Monday, January 25th from 5pm until 7pm, will focus on Middle Eastern foods such as Falafel, Hummus, Lamb, salads, desserts and the wonderful flavors of the region. Parlak, who is scheduled to be featured in Bon Appetit magazine this winter, will demonstrate a different culinary experience each week including appetizers, soups & salads, entrees, and desserts.<br /> <br /> Space is strictly limited and all classes are 80% tax deductible as a donation to Brookview School as a fundraiser. The classes conclude on February 15th. If you’d like to attend, send a message to thinktankmedia1@gmail.com or contact the school for more information.<br /> <br /> If one of your resolutions was to get into better shape physically, the new owners of Curves in St. Joseph at 2907 Division Street are extending a special offer to all members of the former Contours Exercise Club. Any Contours members can join Curves of St. Joe with no membership fee in the month of January.<br /> <br /> It is a limited time offer, and you can call the club for details and an appointment at 428-8050.<br /> <br /> Ralph and Deb Bailey welcome Contours members at any time. Contours, as you may recall, closed up shop on December 23rd.<br /> <br /> From the e-Mailbag: Pat, we just finished reading your column and we completely agree with you about the importance of shopping locally to support the very area in which we live.<br /> <br /> We are a family-owned business working extremely hard to provide a pleasant and convenient shopping experience for everyone and you are so right about, “ask if something can be special ordered” if the store doesn’t have it. Often it is our customers that inform us about a great product which others will appreciate as well.<br /> <br /> Together, we can help make this area grow and prosper for everyone. You are also dead on when you mention that your money is best spent with your friends and neighbors who sponsor your kids’ sports teams, donate to a long list of needy schools, charities and activities. Please allow us to thank all those who were so very loyal this year. 2009, as you know, was a wild and scary ride for business in general and speaking as a retailer – one of the most serious we’ve ever encountered. However, we experienced an outpouring of wonderful customers who understand the importance of shopping local and we want to show them how much we appreciate that by hosting a reception on January 16th with lots of delicious refreshments. Please stop by between 11am and 3pm that day so that we may show our support to all of you. Happy New Year! Linda, Vickie & Sheila…Perennial Accents, 220 State Street in St. Joe. You said it all, Ladies! Happy New Year!<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Enjoy your weekend…and we’ll see you again Saturday right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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