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Sale Price Effective Monday, June 7 through Sunday, June 13 Sale Dates: June 6 Thru June 12, 2010 of St. Joseph atHOME Real Estate Guide ..Pg 7 Moody on The Market Pat Moody There is a hearty band of creative interior design specialists running the length of the Lake Michigan shoreline communities affec- tionately dubbed, and routinely referred to as, “The Who Dun Its.” Renowned for their skill, their creative talents, their panache, and their quality of customer service, it was just a matter of time before they would successfully return to the more public scene of a bricks and mortar presence in Michigan’s Great Southwest. “They” are Stephanie Grill, Kerry Cressler and Mary Kay Hylton. They are all dedicated professionals in the design community who logged many years working for the former Great Lakes Home Furnishings stores in St. Joseph and Holland. While they never truly departed the business or even the neighborhood for that matter, they are now emerging back into the public eye with their soon to be opened for operations Harbortown Interiors in downtown St. Joseph. Stephanie has been the ringleader, who had been hopeful of opening her new furniture store and inte- rior design shop within days of the closure last year of Great Lakes Home Furnishings. Unfortunately, that was not a particularly opportune time to be searching for the finan- cial resources to launch a new business, and Stephanie became entrenched in protracted negotiations while watching multiple potential physical spaces for her dream come and go from the marketplace. In the end, though, she is absolutely delighted with the serendipity that has afforded Harbortown Interiors the chance to re-locate less than a block away from the furniture store that we all know and loved for many years. With the recent reloca- Continued on page 8 Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com Just a Stone's Throw Away Some say you can't see Chicago from St. Joseph but here is the photo proof. Photo by Denny Brooks Submitted by Cathy Knauf 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. SEE US INSIDE June 5, 2010 Saturday, June 12th • 9am-5pm THINGS YOU HOPED WOULD BE ON SALE MIGHT BE! THINGS YOU WANT BUT DON’T NEED! PRESENTS FOR EVERYONE (IT WILL BE OUR SECRET YOU GOT IT ON SALE!) M-63 N, 4 miles North of St. Joseph West at the blinking light. 849-3360 Postal Customer POSTMASTER: Please deliver on June 5, 2010

Moody on The Market

Pat Moody

There is a hearty band of creative interior design specialists running the length of the Lake Michigan shoreline communities affectionately dubbed, and routinely referred to as, “The Who Dun Its.” Renowned for their skill, their creative talents, their panache, and their quality of customer service, it was just a matter of time before they would successfully return to the more public scene of a bricks and mortar presence in Michigan’s Great Southwest. “They” are Stephanie Grill, Kerry Cressler and Mary Kay Hylton. They are all dedicated professionals in the design community who logged many years working for the former Great Lakes Home Furnishings stores in St. Joseph and Holland. While they never truly departed the business or even the neighborhood for that matter, they are now emerging back into the public eye with their soon to be opened for operations Harbortown Interiors in downtown St. Joseph. Stephanie has been the ringleader, who had been hopeful of opening her new furniture store and interior design shop within days of the closure last year of Great Lakes Home Furnishings.<br /> <br /> Unfortunately, that was not a particularly opportune time to be searching for the financial resources to launch a new business, and Stephanie became entrenched in protracted negotiations while watching multiple potential physical spaces for her dream come and go from the marketplace. In the end, though, she is absolutely delighted with the serendipity that has afforded Harbortown Interiors the chance to re-locate less than a block away from the furniture store that we all know and loved for many years. With the recent reloca-MOODY Continued from page 1 tion of both FuzzyButz Pet Bakery to State Street, and Harbor Isle Resort to their onsite showroom on Marina Island, Stephanie and her team will now occupy both 613 and 617 Broad Street in St. Joe, across from Old City Hall. In fact, some of the furniture they’ve had on order will begin arriving this week. Harbortown Interiors is pledging to be your new source for furniture, accessories, candles, rugs, affordable bed linens, and “those special visual effects that make a house a home.” The new store will carry many of the same manufacturers you enjoyed at Great Lakes Home Furnishings, but will focus on as many American made and regionally crafted products as possible. They will also offer reclaimed, repurposed, and green products for you to shop from. While the store will feature the more casual lifestyle, Stephanie and her associates will have the resources available for virtually any style you might desire. The crew is hard at work assembling the new store, and (perhaps only partially tongue in cheek) they note that “volunteer help” is very welcome! Congratulations, Stephanie…and best of luck with this grand new adventure!<br /> <br /> News from the real estate community certainly has to be heartening to the folks at Harbortown Interiors and everyone else in the furniture and home décor business. April marked the 4th consecutive month of real estate increases in the local marketplace since the start of 2010 and that month alone reflected sales increases of 39% over the same month last year. Additionally, the average selling price has increased by 17%, also marking four straight monthly gains. Word from the real estate industry is they expect to see continued growth throughout the summer season. Stay tuned.<br /> <br /> Even Shanin and Michelle Thomas have to blink several times when they look at the calendar and realize that they have already arrived at their second anniversary in business for La Dee Da Children’s Boutique in downtown St. Joseph. Successfully ensconced at 314 State Street, the husband and wife team tell me that they are very appreciative of the support they’ve enjoyed from the community, as well as the honor of being declared 2010 Runner-Up Award Winner in the category of Best Baby Boutique by the readers of Shore Magazine. As they mark their second anniversary, La Dee Da is rolling out their new website at www.shopladeeda.com. Now, you can browse their collections and shop their inventory from the comfort of your own home 24/7. Right now, in honor of Father’s Day, they are offering a quick and easy way to personalize your own, one-of-a-kind picture frame for dad. Check it out online today!<br /> <br /> Congratulations to the Thomas family on their continued success downtown.<br /> <br /> All of the goodness and glory of summer arrives back atop the bluff this morning in the form of The St. Joseph Farmer’s Market under the auspices of St. Joseph Today.<br /> <br /> From 9am until 2pm today, Saturday, June 5th, and every Saturday throughout the summer and early fall, the market will set up along Lake Boulevard between Broad and Pleasant Streets atop the bluff. New to the market this year is the impending arrival of Wednesday morning markets starting on June 30th and running through September 1st, also from 9 until 2. Due to increased popularity and demand, the market has expanded and added new vendors this season with more choices for everyone’s taste buds. Don’t forget that tomorrow, Sunday, June 6th, marks the return of the monthly celebration of Antiques on the Bluff as well. It’s going to be a great summer.<br /> <br /> As more and more of us try to do what is politically and environmentally correct, even brides are desirous of “greener” weddings.<br /> <br /> That fact was shared with me this week by my friend and colleague, Judy Truesdell, who coowns Cupcaketree.com with her daughter Meg in Niles. She says that brides who are concerned with the waste created by more traditional weddings are using mindful indulgence to choose more eco-friendly products, like her company’s now-famous corrugated cardboard cupcake stands manufactured in Sturgis. They long ago made the business decision to use corrugated cardboard for environmental purposes, knowing that the industryInsists on re-forestation and recycling. They have now sold more than 70,000 Cupcaketrees in two popular sizes, and recently introduced their new Petite Square Cupcaketree, capable of holding up to 40 cupcakes with room on top for a celebration cake. It was continuous customer feedback that sent the company in that new direction as an alternative product. Check out their great gallery of photos from customers all over the world at their website, www.cupcaketree.com, where you can also order their increasingly popular options. They also got some great press recently from Traverse Magazine, the Up North publication from Traverse City.<br /> <br /> Weddings are red hot business again this summer for both the Blue Dress Barn in Millburg and Millcreek Barn in Watervliet.<br /> <br /> Between the two barns, owner Amy Briske tells me that they have more than 100 wedding receptions this year alone! Now, though, the Blue Dress is adding another type of barnparty in the form of “Hot Yoga,” on Monday nights starting at 6pm. Amy says this, my friends, is calorie burning yoga, a way of getting a great sweat going without pounding it out on a treadmill. Classes start this Monday, June 7th and are just $10-each. Instructor Maria Rosner will be doing the teaching, and you can register with her at 465-6711 or through email at yogamaria@comcast.net. You’ll find the barn at 3893 Territorial Road in Millburg.<br /> <br /> You might recall that I told you not long ago that the good folks at Guse-Hahn Garage Doors would be moving to a new location at 2053 Plaza Drive in Benton Harbor. Well, that move is now complete and they are hosting a Grand Opening next Saturday, June 12th from 10am until 2pm, with lots of prizes, special pricing on doors and openers, and free refreshments. Many of the company’s major suppliers will also be on hand to answer product- related questions that you might have.<br /> <br /> Stop in and check out the new showroom on Plaza Drive and chat with the owners Jerry and Randy Emhoff at Guse-Hahn.<br /> <br /> Congratulations, guys!<br /> <br /> Bridgman’s B&L Information Systems has completed work on the re-design and relaunchof their updated website at<br /> <br /> Www.blinfo.com. Substantial restructuring of their web presence mirrors B&L’s forward thinking vision and their commitment to the world of metal-casting. Now armed with rich content and multi-media capabilities, the new site is very customer-centric, and features an online community with enhanced request sections, video training and downloads. Company President Phil Laney and his crew are hard at work assisting more than 400 metal-casting foundries around the world from their corporate Headquarters on Rambo Road in Bridgman.<br /> <br /> Fresh on the heels of widespread national attention, The Golf Club at Harbor Shores is hopeful of giving as many golfers as possible the opportunity to play the current 10-hole course before the official opening of the full<br /> <br /> 18. Therefore, they have introduced special Twilight rates of $50 after 3pm, and a new Preview Passport patterned after punchable coffee cards, where if you play four times your fifth round is free. Check it out!<br /> <br /> Animal Aid’s Auction for the Animals takes place tomorrow, Sunday, June 6th from noon until 3pm at Martin’s Auction House on M-139 north of Berrien Springs. All proceeds benefit Animal Aid of SW Michigan.<br /> <br /> This Friday, June 11th from 10am until 4pm The Willows Assisted Living Community offers a Doggie Wash Fundraiser. Take your dog to the courtyard, enjoy a lunch for you and treats for your animals and help out the center’s activity department.<br /> <br /> One day later you can get your pets blessed on Saturday, June 12th at 11am during A Blessing of the Animals on the grounds of First Congregational UCC in Coloma at 182<br /> <br /> S. Church Street. Leashed and/or crated animals are welcome, and snacks will be provided.<br /> <br /> Then, on Sunday, June 13th St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Lane Drive in St. Joseph will host a Strawberry Social from 10:30am until noon. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for kids 12 and under, and are available upon your arrival at the church. All proceeds benefit mission work in the Sudan.<br /> <br /> Many of you helped out with book donations when I put out the call some time back for assistance with the Friends of Lincoln Township Library. Well, now sale time has arrived, and Friends Members get first crack this Thursday, June 10th followed by the Public Sale on Friday from 10am until 4:30pm and Saturday from 10am until noon, followed by a bag sale from 1 until 3pm. Money from the sale helps with children’s and teen’s programs at the library, especially the summer reading program. Thanks for helping.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Remember to shop locally for dads, grads, brides and more, and we’ll see you right here in MailMax… next Saturday.

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