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Sales Begin Monday, March 15 Sale Dates: Mar 14 Thru Mar 20, 2010 of St. Joseph PATER Page 13 Automotive Market Place Moody on The Market Place Pat Moody With the official start of Spring barely a week away, and the dramatically improved weather picture around the region, more and more entrepreneurs emerge from the woodwork, thinking that this is an excellent time of the year to take the leap and launch their new business, or at least begin to dust off the front cover of their most recent business plan. With Spring Break just around the corner, a whole new cadre of visitors will begin making tracks to discover what’s new in Michigan’s Great Southwest. This could well be an ideal time for prospective business owners, or those who are looking to expand their empire, to consider some recent opportunities that have cropped up in downtown St. Joseph. When State Street Antiques moved recently to quarters across the street from their former location, that space became available at 410 State Street in St. Joe. They relocated to 417 State, next to the new St. Joseph Today Welcome Center. When Harbor Isle developed their new on-site condo model on Marina Island, their former showcase space at 615 Broad Street was put back onto the open market for other potential users. Now, the space imme- diately next door at 613 Broad Street is also available, because FuzzyButz Pet Bakery moved to larger quarters at 306 State Street around the corner. Those two spaces were once a single store many years ago, housing the for- mer Sun Appliance & TV and Wetzel TV stores of old. Two other business locations within one building are coming on line and available for consideration as well at 315 State Street in the central business district. Alternate Route is moving at the end of this month to downtown Dowagiac, and Cowley Fine Art Studios which was also located in the same building recently purchased a building in down- town South Haven and has relocated to that Continued on page 8 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. Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com Cock or Spaniel This Dog VS Chicken match only went one round. Photo by Shirley Churchill Look Inside for Fresh Sale Items From March 13, 2010 HA IN FULLNESS, DARKNESS, LENGTH OR NUMBER OF EYELASHES FOLLOWING CANCER CHEMOTHERAPY? ales Begin Monday, March 15 Sale Dates: Mar 14 Thru Mar 20, 2010 of St. Joseph PATER Page 13 Automotive Market Place Moody on The Market Place Pat Moody With the official start of Spring barely a week away, and the dramatically improved weather picture around the region, more and more entrepreneurs emerge from the woodwork, thinking that this is an excellent time of the year to take the leap and launch their new business, or at least begin to dust off the front cover of their most recent business plan. With Spring Break just around the corner, a whole new cadre of visitors will begin making tracks to discover what’s new in Michigan’s Great Southwest. This could well be an ideal time for prospective business owners, or those who are looking to expand their empire, to consider some recent opportunities that have cropped up in downtown St. Joseph. When State Street Antiques moved recently to quarters across the street from their former location, that space became available at 410 State Street in St. Joe. They relocated to 417 State, next to the new St. Joseph Today Welcome Center. When Harbor Isle developed their new on-site condo model on Marina Island, their former showcase space at 615 Broad Street was put back onto the open market for other potential users. Now, the space imme- diately next door at 613 Broad Street is also available, because FuzzyButz Pet Bakery moved to larger quarters at 306 State Street around the corner. Those two spaces were once a single store many years ago, housing the for- mer Sun Appliance & TV and Wetzel TV stores of old. Two other business locations within one building are coming on line and available for consideration as well at 315 State Street in the central business district. Alternate Route is moving at the end of this month to downtown Dowagiac, and Cowley Fine Art Studios which was also located in the same building recently purchased a building in down- town South Haven and has relocated to that Continued on page 8 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. Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com Cock or Spaniel This Dog VS Chicken match only went one round. Photo by Shirley Churchill Look Inside for Fresh Sale Items From March 13, 2010 HA IN FULLNESS, DARKNESS, LENGTH OR NUMBER OF EYELASHES FOLLOWING CANCER CHEMOTHERAPY? a a an studied for eyelash gr You may be eligible if you: • Ar • Have r tr lymphoma type cancers • Meet the baseline eyelash evaluation scor • Satisfy other study entry r (as The will site. no procedur • Study medication • Study r • Study r Sales Beg Sales Beg ales Begin Monday, March 15 egin Monday, March 15 Sale Dates: Mar 14 Thru Mar 20, 2010 of St. Joseph PATER Page 13 Automotive Market Place Moody on The Market Place Pat Moody With the official start of Spring barely a week away, and the dramatically improved weather picture around the region, more and more entrepreneurs emerge from the woodwork, thinking that this is an excellent time of the year to take the leap and launch their new business, or at least begin to dust off the front cover of their most recent business plan. With Spring Break just around the corner, a whole new cadre of visitors will begin making tracks to discover what’s new in Michigan’s Great Southwest. This could well be an ideal time for prospective business owners, or those who are looking to expand their empire, to consider some recent opportunities that have cropped up in downtown St. Joseph. When State Street Antiques moved recently to quarters across the street from their former location, that space became available at 410 State Street in St. Joe. They relocated to 417 State, next to the new St. Joseph Today Welcome Center. When Harbor Isle developed their new on-site condo model on Marina Island, their former showcase space at 615 Broad Street was put back onto the open market for other potential users. Now, the space imme- diately next door at 613 Broad Street is also available, because FuzzyButz Pet Bakery moved to larger quarters at 306 State Street around the corner. Those two spaces were once a single store many years ago, housing the for- mer Sun Appliance & TV and Wetzel TV stores of old. Two other business locations within one building are coming on line and available for consideration as well at 315 State Street in the central business district. Alternate Route is moving at the end of this month to downtown Dowagiac, and Cowley Fine Art Studios which was also located in the same building recently purchased a building in down- town South Haven and has relocated to that Continued on page 8 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. Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com Cock or Spaniel This Dog VS Chicken match only went one round. Photo by Shirley Churchill Look Inside for Fresh Sale Items From March 13, 2010 HA IN FULLNESS, DARKNESS, LENGTH OR NUMBER OF EYELASHES FOLLOWING CANCER CHEMOTHERAPY? a an studied for eyelash gr You may be eligible if you: • Ar • Have r tr lymphoma type cancers • Meet the baseline eyelash evaluation scor • Satisfy other study entry r (as The will site. no procedur • Study medication • Study r • Study r Marilyn Marilyn Sales Beg Sales Beg Sales Beg 鱉 Mar 20, 2010 of St. Joseph PATER Page 13 Automotive Market Place Moody on The Market Place Pat Moody With the official s Postal Customer POSTMASTER: Please deliver on March 13, 2010 I

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With the official start of Spring barely a week away, and the dramatically improved weather picture around the region, more and more entrepreneurs emerge from the woodwork, thinking that this is an excellent time of the year to take the leap and launch their new business, or at least begin to dust off the front cover of their most recent business plan. With Spring Break just around the corner, a whole new cadre of visitors will begin making tracks to discover what’s new in Michigan’s Great Southwest.<br /> <br /> This could well be an ideal time for prospective business owners, or those who are looking to expand their empire, to consider some recent opportunities that have cropped up in downtown St. Joseph. When State Street Antiques moved recently to quarters across the street from their former location, that space became available at 410 State Street in St. Joe. They relocated to 417 State, next to the new St. Joseph Today Welcome Center. When Harbor Isle developed their new on-site condo model on Marina Island, their former showcase space at 615 Broad Street was put back onto the open market for other potential users. Now, the space immediately next door at 613 Broad Street is also available, because FuzzyButz Pet Bakery moved to larger quarters at 306 State Street around the corner. Those two spaces were once a single store many years ago, housing the former Sun Appliance & TV and Wetzel TV stores of old. Two other business locations within one building are coming on line and available for consideration as well at 315 State Street in the central business district. Alternate Route is moving at the end of this month to downtown Dowagiac, and Cowley Fine Art Studios which was also located in the same building recently purchased a building in downtown South Haven and has relocated to thatThe end of the Christmas season, Items Boutique departed the scene at 318 State Street next to Beachside Deli. Owners of the deli had contemplated taking that space for another business opportunity, but apparently have changed their minds leaving that storefront also available. So, suddenly there are half a dozen options for potential business owners to be a part of the dynamic scene that has become commonplace to downtown St. Joseph. Rarely do openings like this linger, so those with an interest in capitalizing on these opportunities will do well to investigate their options so as not to miss a single minute of the high seasons of spring and summer in the region. Susan Solon at St. Joseph City Hall and Tyanna Weller at St. Joseph Today can provide details regarding square footage and leasing contacts for any of the spaces that I’ve told you about here in MailMax. Don’t let a key chance of a lifetime get away before you have a chance to act.<br /> <br /> There’s another well-defined opportunity for the right entrepreneur awaiting action inside The Box Factory for the Arts on the Broad Street hill in St. Joseph. Carole Catherine at The Box tells me that they are currently looking for someone who can serve breakfast and lunch, as well as coffee services and the like at The Box Factory Monday through Saturday. The Box itself is open for business from 10am until 4pm those days, but previous café operators have been open from 7:30am until 2pm weekdays for Whirlpool employees on the top floor, and traditionally have been open during concerts and events as well, particularly for Saturday night concerts. Catherine is looking for someone to run the café, serving a menu six days a week with hours being negotiable. If you are interested in filling that role, contact Mike Murphy at 983-3688. The space was recently vacated when Kim & Rod Curley elected to finish out their one year lease for The Harbortown Express. Kim tells me that their primary decision to take the space last year was due to the massive reconstruction of Benton Harbor’s Main Street, because they wanted an alternative for regular diners to get their offerings without the road hassles. Now that the work is complete, they are working hard to maximize The Harbortown Café along Main Street, and make it the best they can. The Curleys still own some of the equipment at The Box Factory and have it for sale. Interested parties can get itemized pricing at 934-9000 from Kim Curley.<br /> <br /> Incidentally, Kim’s cooking up Corned Beef & Cabbage, Harbortown Reuben’s on grilled pita bread and some Irish Soda Bread this coming Wednesday, the 17th, in honor of St. Patty’s Day. She’s also working on a new line of ready-to-bake cookies that you can make at home for your own special occasions.<br /> <br /> The former Cheer Unlimited gymnasium at the corner of Cleveland and Hawthorne Avenues in St. Joseph Township is just days away from being back in operation once again under the new name of Sport Fit Athletics and under the outstanding tutelage of General Manager Pam Whittier. Located at 2560 Cleveland Avenue in the CPM Construction suites, Sport Fit Athletics is scheduled to open for business on April 12th, offering standard options for recreational gymnastics, cheer programs, pre-kindergarten programs and birthday parties. Whittier, who brings more than 30-years of gymnastics and fitness programming experience to the mats will add a sports element with an emphasis on sports-specific team training with individual sports performance fundamentals.<br /> <br /> Additionally, she will offer a women’s only fitness concept similar to that offered by the recently shuttered Contours Express. Pam worked for many years with the original Southwest Michigan Gymnasts Center and eventually bought the business and renamed it Sunset Coast Gymnastics. When unforeseen circumstances in a tough economy forced her to close that business in 2006, she continued her life’s work as the Recreation/Fitness Director for the YWCA of Berrien County. Later, she launched the popular exercise regime, Boot Camp Fitness at local beaches and now has the opportunity to continue that type of training for fans year round. For information on the new Sport Fit Athletics, you can reach Pam at 983-<br /> <br /> 3169. Congratulations, Pam…and best of luck!<br /> <br /> If your concept of exercise comes more from the curling motion created by the movement of a beer mug from the table top to your thirsty lips, my friends at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center are teeing up The Art of Beer Festival Preview on Saturday, March 27th from 4pm until 9pm. It will be your chance to taste a variety of beers carefully crafted by renowned artisans while enjoying foods that enhance that tasting experience. While all of that is going on, you can groove to the bluesrock sound of the JR Clark Band throughout the evening. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25<br /> <br /> At the door, and include 6 beer tastes and your own souvenir tasting glass. The event, which is designed to be a preview to the upcoming August 21st Art of Beer Festival itself, is sponsored in part by The Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council and Mid-West Family Broadcasting. Tickets are available online at www.artofbeerfestival.com or the Mendel Center Box Office at 927-1221.<br /> <br /> Decorative concrete is quickly sweeping the nation, and now, thanks to the good folks at The Rental Branch, we’ve made it to the national stage with product from Michigan’s Great Southwest. Mike Branch tells me that they recently returned from the 2010 World of Concrete Show in Las Vegas. At that show one of their customers, Troy Lemon of Cornerstone Decorative Concrete, was invited to participate in the Artistry in Concrete Exhibition. Only ten artists nationwide were invited to participate in a show that was attended by more than 55,000 people from around the world. Troy and his fellow artisans all created on-site exhibits showcasing decorative concrete, and absolutely wowed the audience. Sadly, their outstanding handiwork simply gets busted up and recycled when the convention concludes, but for a short while, they were the pride of the industry. Nice work, guys! The Rental Branch offers decorative concrete options galore at their showroom on Niles Road.<br /> <br /> Speaking of showcasing your best…the good folks at The D.A.N.K. in Benton Harbor want to give you a first class, full-on, experience of the myriad capabilities they bring to the table when it comes to hosting your next big event.<br /> <br /> Next Sunday, March 21st from 1 until 3pm, this great banquet facility will swing open the doors onto a special Open House, where you can meet and enjoy a taste provided by their stable of preferred caterers, including Classic Catering & Events, Country Kitchen Catering, Martin’s Catering, Dialo’s Catering, and The Catering Department. You will have the opportunity to tour The D.A.N.K.’s facilities, enjoy refreshments, sample the catering, and win some door prizes. Whether you are planning a wedding, a corporate meeting, a fundraiser, a class or family reunion, prom or graduation party, or any of a host of other events, this is a perfect opportunity to imagine the possibilities. An array of exhibitors will also be on hand from local lodging facilities, to limousine services, from photography experts to printing houses, and lots more.<br /> <br /> The D.A.N.K., located at 2651 Pipestone Road in Benton Harbor has been hosting unique events for more than four decades. Stop on by and check it out for yourself at this special Open House event.<br /> <br /> Recognizing the nationwide need for dental assistants, Bridgman Dentist Dr. Neal Smith has launched the Advanced Learning Center, designed to provide top level training for local residents interested in a career in dental assisting.<br /> <br /> His Bridgman Family Dental Care facility is home to the 13-week specialized training program. If you have an interest, write to advancedlearningcenter.info or dial 1-877-NOW TEACH.<br /> <br /> Veteran St. Joseph professional photographer Don Ames has provided the new St. Joseph Today Welcome Center with a sizable display of local photography until a local muralist is able to produce a new display wall there. Ames has extended a special winter discount on his scenic and aerial photos into April as a result, and is taking orders for various sizes, mats and framing.<br /> <br /> Check it out for yourself at 421 State Street in St. Joe.<br /> <br /> From the e-Mailbag: Pat…I am emailing you today not for myself but for an awesome guitarist in Stevensville that has decided to start offering lessons and live performances at special events. Lindsey Mierau is a longtime Stevensville resident and Lakeshore parent that has been hit hard with the recent economy. He has been unemployed for some time, but is turning lemons into lemonade by following his dreams. At heart Lindsey has always been a musician, as part of a band back in the ‘70’s and a continued presence around the campfire.<br /> <br /> Lindsey has been a musical gift to his friends and family. Now that he is able to completely focus on his musical talent, the sky is the limit.<br /> <br /> Lindsey is back in full swing and promises to be one of the “most wanted” guitarists in this area.<br /> <br /> Yell it from the rooftops, “Lindsey Mireau is your Guitar Man!” To sign him up, call 429- 6652 or email to lancerfan@att.net. Wendy Bedell. Thanks for sharing, Wendy…we’ll see if we can drum up some business for this talented guy!<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great weekend…and we’ll see you Saturday right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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