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Sale Dates: May 30 Thru June 5, 2010 of St. Joseph Sale Price Effective Monday, May 31 through Sunday, June 6 PATER Golf Directory.............Pg 9 Celebration! Cinema..Pg 11 Classifieds... . . Pg 14-18 atHomE Real Estate Guide Moody on The Market Pat Moody A small but exciting new shop is headed to the scene in the heart of downtown St. Joseph in the very near future. Just weeks after space opened up in the 300 block of State Street due to the move made by Rachel Arent’s EVE Boutique, we are eagerly await- ing the arrival of Sweet Seasons Orchards Silver Beach. The new year-round fresh produce center is expected to be open for business within the next couple of weeks – mid-June according to signs in the window. Tucked into the eclectic little space between G&M Variety and Fischer-Landis Clothing, Sweet Seasons may well be jam packed with great things to sample, even if they carry only the items they are showcasing in their win- dow signs. Based on that information, you can expect to find Nan’s Custom Soup Mixes, Full of Bee Vitamins Honey, F.R.O.G. Jams and Jellies, apple butter, pumpkin butter, plum butter and cherry butter. There will also be fresh baked goods, fresh popcorn (including caramel corn, cheese corn, and Chicago-style popcorn), fresh ground “nut butters,” organic Spelt pastas including gluten-free and vegetable pasta versions. The shop is also planning to feature whole grains including rice, beans and oats. Also in the line-up are fresh cherries, cider and donuts all in season, and lots of Michigan-grown fruits. Another feature of the new shop will be “Mini-Melts Ice Cream.” Contact man for the new fresh produce center is Scott Blodgett, according to the folks at St. Joseph Today. The new store appears to be an off-shoot of a family-owned and operated orchard and bak- ery on Allman Road in Concord, Michigan, southwest of Jackson. They are Continued on page 10 Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com Run, Forest, Run! These junior joggers helped raise funds for Lory’s Place. Photo by Ken Zimmerman St. Joseph 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. Check Out All the SAvinGS inside On Pages 4 &5 GreAt May 29, 2010 IF WEDON’T HAVE IT... MOTHER NATUREHASN’T MADEIT! •9 Types of Bulk Mulch •Mushroom Compost • Pine Straw & Coco Bean Shells •Sod 1010 S. Blue Creek Rd LANDSCAPE SUPPLIES Benton Harbor, MI Off Napier 1 Mile E. of Lake Michigan College to Blue Creek Rd. 269-944-1881 877-944-1881 Postal Customer POSTMASTER: Please deliver on May 29, 2010

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A small but exciting new shop is headed to the scene in the heart of downtown St. Joseph in the very near future. Just weeks after space opened up in the 300 block of State Street due to the move made by Rachel Arent’s EVE Boutique, we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Sweet Seasons Orchards Silver Beach. The new year-round fresh produce center is expected to be open for business within the next couple of weeks – mid-June according to signs in the window. Tucked into the eclectic little space between G&M Variety and Fischer-Landis Clothing, Sweet Seasons may well be jam packed with great things to sample, even if they carry only the items they are showcasing in their window signs. Based on that information, you can expect to find Nan’s Custom Soup Mixes, Full of Bee Vitamins Honey, F.R.O.G. Jams and Jellies, apple butter, pumpkin butter, plum butter and cherry butter. There will also be fresh baked goods, fresh popcorn (including caramel corn, cheese corn, and Chicago-style popcorn), fresh ground “nut butters,” organic Spelt pastas including gluten-free and vegetable pasta versions. The shop is also planning to feature whole grains including rice, beans and oats. Also in the line-up are fresh cherries, cider and donuts all in season, and lots of Michigan-grown fruits. Another feature of the new shop will be “Mini-Melts Ice Cream.” Contact man for the new fresh produce center is Scott Blodgett, according to the folks at St. Joseph Today. The new store appears to be an off-shoot of a family-owned and operated orchard and bakery on Allman Road in Concord, Michigan, southwest of Jackson. They are no strangers to our neck of the woods, having been forced last fall to buy apples from orchards in Berrien Springs when a killing frost wiped out their own crop. Stay tuned for more on Sweet Seasons Orchards, coming to the central business district in downtown St. Joe.<br /> <br /> The return of City Auto & Tire in downtown Benton Harbor to its original location has freed up space in their former location to make room for the relocation of another local enterprise: 6-Degrees ReSale Shop. The former auto repair shop across from the Benton Harbor offices of Michigan Works! Was also the home to several car dealerships over the years. Now, the space has been undergoing a substantial face-lift with all new windows from Midwest Glass & Mirror, fresh paint from Mead Painting, and a great deal of other remodeling touches in preparation for the move by 6-Degrees from several blocks up Main Street, which is also the I-94 Business Loop. The new space will probably at least double what 6-Degrees had available in their current location alongside the former State Theater. No word yet, on what might be planned for that site once the re-sale shop makes its move.<br /> <br /> Intent on creating a more upscale facility, Dr. Robert Flood has relocated his vision practice to Southtown St. Joseph in space formerly occupied by the Evergreen Spa and Leisure Center on Niles Avenue. The new optical shop opened earlier this month after leaving its home of nearly 30 years along Napier Avenue near the Orchards Mall. Dr. Flood’s Vision Center for advanced eyecare is now located at 2603 Niles Avenue, complete with new examination center gear that allows him to test for diabetes, glaucoma, and retinal disease among others. Naturally, Dr. Flood also brought along his broad array of fashion eyewear. He recently added Shannon Szuba to his eye-care team where she specializes in the care of infants and children. Her addition to the staff brings his team to a total of eight. Dr. Flood also tells me that for those in a pinch, the shop can manufacture new glasses on-site in about an hour’s time. Dr. Flood’s Vision Center is open weekdays from 9am until 5pm and Saturdays from 9am until 1pm. For appointments, you can call 926-7277. You can also learn more at www.govision.com. Congratulations on your new center, Doc!<br /> <br /> Certified Public Accountant Richie Barnes of St. Joseph has merged his practice into that of a suburban Grand Rapids firm, and the new name of Wilber & Townshend will soon go on the building in St. Joe’s Edgewater District. Barnes met Steve Wilber through a mutual acquaintance last fall, found that they were like-minded in their approach to dealing with business owners, and they consummated a deal in February of this year. The two offices collaborated through the recent tax season, and are now ready to make their partnership formal and public. Wilber, whose firm is based in Jenison outside Grand Rapids, likes Barnes’ solid reputation and the synergies that the two practices bring together. While Barnes’ name will no longer be on the marquee, he will still play a vital role in the agency, and the two will formalize their strategies in the space in Edgewater that they lease from Fiskars, Incorporated. Plans are for Wilber & Townshend to get very active in the community, to expand their local business and bring more services to the business owners of Michigan’s Great Southwest. Inasmuch as both firms used the same software systems, they are now virtualizing their processes to gain operating efficiencies. Wilber is also a partner in an international consulting agency called ROCG based in Grand Rapids. Recognizing that many businesses will change hands in the next decade, ROCG works closely with businesses regarding their investment strategies. The Barnes & Associates team will remain intact with four employees which leaps to eight during tax season, and new staff will be added as growth dictates it. Wilber’s team in Jenison averages 10 to 12 employees with a spike to 17-or-18 in tax season. Congratulations on your new enterprise, gentlemen! Best of luck going forward.<br /> <br /> When Sarah Palin came to town recently, she spent some time and money at Kilwin’s in downtown St. Joseph. However, when gubernatorial candidate Pete Hoekstra came to town less than a week later to continue his “100 jobs/1,000 miles” campaign, he spent substantially more of his cash here in town by purchasing a new TREK bicycle from Cycle and Fitness on Niles Avenue in St. Joe. It seems that Hoekstra was looking for cycling companions for a section of his trip from South Haven to St. Joe, so local State Rep candidate Al Pscholka rounded up some of his pedaling pals, including Chemical Banker Joe Dick. Joe in turn called his friends, Mike & Katie Jones who own and operate Cycle and Fitness. The crew enjoyed a spectacular ride down Blue Star Highway, past Rocky Gap Beach, into Jean Klock Park and Harbor Shores, then on to Silver Beach before wrapping up at The Boulevard Inn. Following the ride, Hoekstra paid a visit to Thornton’s Café and then off to buy his new bike at Cycle & Fitness. Gotta love these visitors spending their cash in Berrien County!<br /> <br /> Here’s good news for those who enjoy dining al fresco…The Golf Club at Harbor Shores is now open for lunch daily (7-days a week) from 11:30am until 6pm. Everybody is welcome to stop by the club located on the south side of the Lake Michigan College M-Tec Center at 400 Klock Road. You can take your lunch to go, if you wish…or enjoy your lunch on the patio there. New club Food & Beverage Director Erin Megna tells me that they feature a large variety of fresh-fromscratch salads, sandwiches and burgers. Stop by and discover a new lunch spot. You can learn more on the web at www.harborshoresgolf.com or by calling 269-927-GOLF.<br /> <br /> Charles Stein in the Bridgman office and Cindy Ransford in the Stevensville office are both delighted to report that Edward Jones has been ranked the Number One Full Service Broker in the Nation by SmartMoney Magazine. The firm, based in St. Louis, ranks first in three survey categories: stock picking, brokerage statements, and customer satisfaction. Edward Jones was ranked 2nd in the survey last year, but has been #1 in 2005, 2007 and 2008. The company is also ranked #2 in Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” this year. Locally, the Bridgman office is at 4221 Lake Street, and the Stevensville center is at 3069 W. John Beers Road. Congratulations, folks…nice work!<br /> <br /> Chartreuse, the local Art Co-Op in downtown St. Joseph has re-opened after closing down for two full days recently to accomplish a complete remodeling job. There’s a fresh coat of paint on everything, they’ve jockeyed some things around, and they welcomed the Hot Diggity Dogs Public Art project last week with a special Open House. You’ll find the big makeover at 304 State Street in downtown St. Joe.<br /> <br /> Speaking of art…The Krasl’s Donna Metz has asked me to invite you to a big summer fundraiser called Art: A Tour of Art in Residences. The event runs from 11am until 5pm on Saturday, June 12th and will take ticket holders on a tour of six area homes ranging from Benton Harbor and St. Joseph to Stevensville and Coloma. Local artists will display their artwork in private homes, with an afterglow party at the Krasl Art Center from 5:30 until 7pm that night. Tickets for the full day are $20 and are available at the Krasl at 707 Lake Boulevard in St. Joe. Proceeds support the center’s educational programming. Tickets are limited, so get yours soon!<br /> <br /> One night later, get ready to celebrate 100 Years of Service to Berrien County by the YWCA. On Sunday, June 13th from 6 until 10pm, Santaniello’s Glenlord Restaurant in Stevensville will be the site of a grand event that is the brainchild of Paul Jancha. The St. Joe Attorney is graciously picking up the food tab that night for a night of celebration so that your donation goes directly to the YWCA’s Child Development Center. Heavy appetizers will be provided along with a cash bar, and your price of admission is your cash or check donation toward either the YWCA’s Wall of Fame, or sponsorship of a painted mural. A brick in the wall of fame engraved with your name or the name of a loved one is $75…or a brass plate on the mural ranges from $100 to $500 depending on the size of the mural. Hope to see you there. For more, call the Y at 429-1040.<br /> <br /> There’s a new place to rest your weary soul in the form of the Waverland Beach Bed & Breakfast along the shores of Lake Michigan. It’s been the home of Nancy & Mark Patterson for more than 37-years, and now they want to share it with you. The Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is hosting a ribbon cutting there on Thursday, June 3rd from 5:30 until 7pm. Located on 10-acres of wooded land surrounded by Grand Mere State Park, the B&B features four rooms with hot tub, sauna, private beach, decks and patios, and a hearty gourmet breakfast for their guests. Please register with the chamber by June 1st, by calling 429-1170. The inn is located at 7022 Waverland Path in Stevensville.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids! Happy Memorial Day! See you around town…and again next 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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