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Sale Price Effective Monday, April 12 through Sunday, April 18 Sale Dates: April 11 Thru April 17, 2010 of St. Joseph PATER AUTOMOTIVE MARKETPLACE Moody on The Market Pat Moody Life was chugging merrily along for Benton Harbor’s Craig Orlando, until one day when his doctors told him he had been diagnosed with the dreaded C-word. Cancer. Since 1971, the family business of Automotive Electric on Colfax Avenue in Benton Harbor has hummed beautifully, delivering steady income and a profit even during downturns in the economy and the tough nature of operating through Benton Harbor’s ups and downs. Automotive Electric has been a family business since 1971 when his father, Paul Orlando launched operations. Actually, Paul first worked for Lape Hasle who opened Auto Electric way back in 1954. Paul joined that firm in 1958, and eventually purchased the business in 1971. He operated the 5-bay auto- motive repair shop until he sold it to his son, Craig, in 1996. Automotive Electric has enjoyed a loyal customer base for all those years, spanning both generations of ownership. Customers have been relying on the Orlando family for car repairs for decades now, and the hallmark of outstanding customer service retained that loyalty. It was not at all uncom- mon to see Craig driving a customer to, say, the Berrien County Courthouse while their car was being repaired. In short, Automotive Electric has been an asset to the community for decades, providing professional, expert, and reliable service to its customers. So, why am I telling you all of this? Well, this just might be your lucky day if you are inclined to be the owner and operator of such a stellar repair house. Craig has thoroughly enjoyed running the shop for the past 14-years, but with his recent medical diagnosis, he wants to hand over the torch to someone else. He is looking Continued on page 4 Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com ah, ah, ah, ah Stamen Alive, Stamen Alive These beautiful crocuses shout out “Spring has Sprung!” Photo by Lenette Evans 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: MAILSUBMISSIONS: If you would like your photo(s) returned, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your photo submission. wAPPETIZERith purchase of an entree FREE Coupon Expires 5-31-10. One Coupon per person, may not be combined with any other offer 3620 Niles Road • St. Joseph 269-428-8088 April 10, 2010 Have you experienced a reduction in fullness, darkness, length or number of eyelashes following cancer chemotherapy? If so, you may qualify for participation in a clinical research study for an investigational drug being studied for eyelash growth. You may be eligible if you: • Are at least 18 years of age • Have recently completed chemotherapy treatment for early stage breast,colon or lymphoma type cancers • Meet the baseline eyelash evaluation scores • Satisfy other study entry requirements (as provided by study site staff) The study will last twelve months and will include multiple visits to the study site. You may receive compensation for your time and travel. Eligible participants may receive, at no cost, the following supplies and/or procedures: To Find out more about this study please call: Study medication•Study related eye exams•Study related physical exams Great Lakes Eye Care 2848 Niles Road St. Joseph,MI 49805 Marilyn Herrman (269) 428-3300 or (800) 424-2393 firstname.lastname@example.org Version 1.0 07DEC09 Postal Customer POSTMASTER: Please deliver on April 10, 2010 Look Inside For
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Life was chugging merrily along for Benton Harbor’s Craig Orlando, until one day when his doctors told him he had been diagnosed with the dreaded C-word. Cancer.<br /> <br /> Since 1971, the family business of Automotive Electric on Colfax Avenue in Benton Harbor has hummed beautifully, delivering steady income and a profit even during downturns in the economy and the tough nature of operating through Benton Harbor’s ups and downs.<br /> <br /> Automotive Electric has been a family business since 1971 when his father, Paul Orlando launched operations. Actually, Paul first worked for Lape Hasle who opened Auto Electric way back in 1954. Paul joined that firm in 1958, and eventually purchased the business in 1971. He operated the 5-bay automotive repair shop until he sold it to his son, Craig, in 1996. Automotive Electric has enjoyed a loyal customer base for all those years, spanning both generations of ownership.<br /> <br /> Customers have been relying on the Orlando family for car repairs for decades now, and the hallmark of outstanding customer service retained that loyalty. It was not at all uncommon to see Craig driving a customer to, say, the Berrien County Courthouse while their car was being repaired. In short, Automotive Electric has been an asset to the community for decades, providing professional, expert, and reliable service to its customers. So, why am I telling you all of this? Well, this just might be your lucky day if you are inclined to be the owner and operator of such a stellar repair house. Craig has thoroughly enjoyed running the shop for the past 14-years, but with his recent medical diagnosis, he wants to hand over the torch to someone else. He is looking MOODY Continued from page 1 for someone who is talented, energetic, and willing to take good care of his life-long and loyal customers. In essence, Craig is looking to sell his beloved business to the right person.<br /> <br /> He will sell the right buyer the business, his inventory, his equipment, and two buildings… one which houses Automotive Electric and the other which is currently rented to Exact Tool, a lease-holder for the past 20-years. This turnkey automotive repair business is for sale for $175,000.00. The 5-bay shop comprises some 3,500 square feet on the ground floor and 800 square feet upstairs. The second, attached building of roughly 3500 square feet and 2-overhead doors is also included in the sale. Craig’s family tells me that gross receipts last year were approximately $260,000.00. An inventory of roughly $10,000.00 in goods from various manufacturers is also included. Craig has been a leader at the Benton Harbor Elks Club and his wife, Teri, is a school teacher in Benton Harbor. If you think you are the match that Craig is looking for, give him a call at 449-1794 and help ease his mind. You can see Automotive Electric at 288 Colfax Avenue in Benton Harbor. Good luck, Craig, and Godspeed to you.<br /> <br /> A couple of doors down from Automotive Electric is the recent new home of Ravitron at 276 Colfax Avenue. Monday morning Dave and Julie Ravitch will cut the ribbon on their new showroom in the former home of HEI Wireless. Ravitron’s 18-year experience as a provider of telephone systems and computer networks is enjoying a resurgence, much like that of the downtown community that has attracted their interest and the purchase of the building that they now call home.<br /> <br /> The growth of HEI Wireless, which lead to their move to new quarters on Plaza Drive two years ago, left open the opportunity for Ravitron to continue its ongoing growth.<br /> <br /> Several large projects in progress for Ravitron include new phones and service for both Edgewater Bank and Horizon Bank, as well as the fiber campus, data and voice services for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians.<br /> <br /> The long wait is over for Pablo’s Café Grill and More in Sawyer – their liquor license has arrived! As a result, owner and operator Pablo Villagomez and his new Chef Tom Mikesell are ready to resume a full operating schedule at the restaurant on May 1st. Mikesell, who is new to the eatery, brings a dynamic new Latin culinary vibe to Pablo’s standard menu at 12857 Three Oaks Road, just off of Red Arrow Highway in Sawyer. Pablo invites you to their Harbor Country outdoor patio for fresh made Mojitos, Margaritas and Martinis. You can reach the restaurant at 426-8400 if you have further questions.<br /> <br /> Just down the road apiece from Pablo’s, the Sawyer Antique Mall is ready for action in this, their second season in the house.<br /> <br /> Proprietors Bill Brown and Rebecca Gloe are expanding their business model to include not only the consignment sale of fine furniture, collectibles, and art, but they are also now dealing in consignment clothing and will be conducting consignment auctions throughout the remainder of the year. Their first auction goes on the block at 4pm on Saturday, May 22nd, and promises to be overflowing with treasures, and something for virtually everyone. They are currently accepting items on consignment for that auction, including (but not limited to) antique and contemporary furniture, collectibles, artwork, jewelry, trains, restaurant and bar equipment, housewares, lawn and garden items, woodworking and mechanics tools, office furniture and equipment and a whole lot more. Get it on your calendar, and plan to visit the Sawyer Antique Mall at 12825 Red Arrow Highway in Sawyer. You can reach Bill and Rebecca at 269-405-1063 if you have more you’d like to learn.<br /> <br /> Just a quick heads-up for customers and fans of Harbor Wash, the automated car wash and self-serve bays between Meijer and the Secretary of State’s Office – the business has been closed temporarily due to unforeseen circumstances. Rest assured, the closure is not permanent and has nothing to do with the economic well-being of the business. The operation has been closed since April 1st, and might remain closed for another week or so. Nancy Andrews tells me that it is their goal to get operations up and running again as quickly as possible. Harbor Wash is located at 1949 Mall Place.<br /> <br /> Tom Ives from Cellular Choices is giving an entirely new meaning to the phrase window shopping. Ives has teamed up with Don Kamp of Meredith & Kamp Realtors to bring an exclusive new technology called “Windowvision” to downtown St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> The new partnership with Cellular Choices has strategically placed a touch-pad keyboard providing public access to visual tours of homes and properties for sale in Michigan’s Great Southwest 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. You can watch visual tours, hear audio recordings and even calculate mortgage payments right there in the window at 218 State Street whenever you’d like. Kamp secured exclusive area rights to the technology. Ives, meanwhile, is celebrating his 9th year in business with specials on phones and accessories throughout the month. Cellular Choices offers Verizon Wireless and AT&T Wireless services, as well as AT&T’s home services like land-line phone service, DSL Internet, and U-Verse TV. You can reach Tom at 983-<br /> <br /> 7000. <br /> <br /> The originator of another downtown St. Joseph business and the woman she sold her operations to have been reunited after 17-years on separate paths. Robin Ambrose Spitters began her nail salon downtown 20-years ago.<br /> <br /> Three years later Diana Watts took over the business and named it Diana’s Finishing Touches. Now, the two are back in business again, still located at 512 Pleasant Street, next to Caffe Tosi. As they celebrate 20-years in business, the salon has gotten a major <br /> <br /> Remodeling makeover, and they stand ready to perform natural nails, pedicures, spa manicures and more. They have a goal to get into organic solutions soon, as well. The shop is open from 9am until 1pm on Mondays and Saturdays, and 9am until 7pm Tuesday through Friday. Finishing Touches operates largely by appointment, however walk-ins are welcome. You can reach Diana at 982-8532.<br /> <br /> Also hitting a milestone year in downtown St. Joseph is Salon Salon & Day Spa at 511 Ship Street next to The Whitcomb Retirement Community. Owners Diane Bartley and Marian Rosko will mark their 20th Anniversary in business during the month of May. They and their talented staff of Kiesha Denton, Dodie Yeager, Jan Nelson and Angela Baiers will be celebrating Customer Appreciation Month through the month of May with all current and new clients being offered 20% discounts for all salon services and products. Marian will tell you that they really care about the individual needs of their clients, and strive to achieve customer excellence always. The salon offers a variety of hair, nail and spa services, and they specialize in hair color, corrective color and European cuts. They have traveled extensively to Paris, London, Italy, and Argentina for education and training. Special weekly drawings will be conducted in May for free treatments. Appointments can be made at 983-2202. Congratulations on your anniversary, ladies.<br /> <br /> After learning of chronic shortages at local food banks, a local computer company, tca SynerTech at Scottdale has decided to do something about it. As a result of their research, tca will conduct a Food Drive this coming Wednesday through Friday, April 14th through the 16th to support the local food bank. As a thank you for your participation, tca will provide coupons worth $5.00 for each item dropped off up to a $70-dollar value. Those coupons can then be used towards service on your computer at their location next to Pater True Value Hardware in the Scottdale Center. The computer firm is open from 8am until 5pm Monday through Thursday and until 4pm on Friday. The Food Bank says that the most requested items include breakfast cereal, canned meats, mac & cheese, pasta, canned fruit and vegetables, dry beans, rice, baby items, peanut butter and jelly, soups, and hygiene products such as toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper and the like.<br /> <br /> Thanks for helping out in whatever way that you can.<br /> <br /> Certified Pipe Welders continue to be in high demand in many industries including nuclear energy and petroleum. To help train professionals for the career path, Lake Michigan College’s Workforce Training Institute will offer a Pipe Welding Academy at M-Tec beginning April 19th. To learn more, contact Chad Dee at 926-4296.<br /> <br /> The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Annual Ladies Night Out is coming later this week to The Boulevard Inn in St. Joseph. Thursday, April 15th from 5:30pm until 7:30pm see the latest in massage, paraffin, personal jewelry consultation, chocolate samples, IT Works body wraps, art, make-up consultations and more. There will be a cash bar and while admission is free, you are asked to buy raffle tickets to help raise funds for the cause. Sponsors besides the Boulevard include The Chocolate Garden, Hair Innovations, Randall Higdon Gallery, Stella & Dot Jewelry, Mary Kay, IT Works, and BeautiControl. Stop in and check it out for yourself, ladies!<br /> <br /> That’s all the time and space for this week, kids. Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you next Saturday, right here in MailMax!