eMailMax 7/3/2010 : Page 1

Sale Price Effective Monday, July 5 through Sunday, July 11 of St. Joseph Sale Dates: July 4 Thru July 10, 2010 Art Fair pgs 8-9 CLASSIFIEDS Pages 10-14 ..Pg 7 Moody on The Market Pat Moody Benton Harbor’s Arts District is continu-ing to gain an outstanding reputation as an extremely eclectic, warm and inviting place to own and operate a business or make a home… not to mention being a great place to visit. Just ask Doug and Debbie Miller who have jointly owned property there with Doug’s brother Jack dating back some 30-years or better. Doug & Jack are partners in a marvelous space that was an old fire station decades ago. Later, the building was added onto and became the home of the LaSalle Hotel back in the 1920’s. Eventually, the building housed The Depot Bar and REA Express Freight, since the facility backs onto a rail siding along the tracks out back. The Miller brothers provided a consider-able exterior face lift to the building several years ago. Doug & Debbie have owned and operated Miller Home Improvement and Miller Home Energy dating back to 1978. They launched the business in Stevensville that year and eventually moved into The Orchards Mall where they eventually enjoyed a 17-year run before relocating to Gard Avenue in St. Joe for the past 20 years. Back around the first of the month, they moved operations to the old fire house in the Arts District, and frankly could not be more pleased with that decision. Back in the late 80’s the busy couple decided to supplement their income by adding antiques and collect-ibles to their Gard Avenue location. That proved to be a smart move when the home improvement market went soft in the 90’s for a while. Now, their entire operation is headquar-tered at 220 Water Street in the Arts District, and not only houses Jack’s machining business, but also Doug and Debbie’s Miller Home Energy, which features replacement windows Continued on page 6 Performer® $24900 SALE • 22-1/2” porcelain-enameled bowl and lid. • 2 Char-BasketTM • Touch-N-GoTM charcoal fuel holders. gas ignition system • Heavy duty steel cart frame (11082) Don’t Miss it! Your Good News Paper. www.MailMaxOnline.com Vote for Your Favorite Photo Caption Online! visit www.MailMaxOnline.com One Nation Under God This photo was taken in the old Congregational Church in Benton Harbor which has subsequently closed. Photo by Andrew Sawyer St. Jospeh, 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. 1335 Hilltop • St. Joseph, MI • 269.983.7733 July 3, 2010 Open Monday, July 5th 7am-3pm Prices good July 3 -July 14, 2010 Top Soil Ready to use. 40lbs (1633) SALE $ 119 Cypress Mulch Premium 2 cu. ft. bag (3679) SALE $ 249 One Touch® Gold 22” Heavy duty plated steel hinged cooking grate. No rust alumi-num vent. Porcelain enameled bowl and lid. Black (37390) $12900 Kettle SALE 6 Cu. Ft. Poly Wheelbarrow • Lightweight and rust proof. • Steel handles with grips. • Easy Pour spout. (20743) $3923 SALE Reg. $59.95 Reg. $2.89 Reg. $1.39 • Summit Stone Driftwood (22796) • Summit Stone Cedar Blend (22802) • Summit Stone Iron River (22808) Retaining Wall Block $2.19 Each Lexington & Holland Pavers ALSO ON SALE NOW! Store Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-6pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Closed Sunday • VonTobels.com 2291 W. Glenlord Road • Stevensville • 269-429-2900 Summit Stone Postal Customer POSTMASTER: Please deliver on July 3, 2010 Anniversary Sale! 35th Wednesday, July 7th thru F hru Friday, July 9th , July from 10am to 8pm and Saturday, July 10th from 10am to 7pm

Moody On The Market

Benton Harbor’s Arts District is continuing to gain an outstanding reputation as an extremely eclectic, warm and inviting place to own and operate a business or make a home… not to mention being a great place to visit. Just ask Doug and Debbie Miller who have jointly owned property there with Doug’s brother Jack dating back some 30-years or better. Doug & Jack are partners in a marvelous space that was an old fire station decades ago. Later, the building was added onto and became the home of the LaSalle Hotel back in the 1920’s.<br /> <br /> Eventually, the building housed The Depot Bar and REA Express Freight, since the facility backs onto a rail siding along the tracks out back. The Miller brothers provided a considerable exterior face lift to the building several years ago. Doug & Debbie have owned and operated Miller Home Improvement and Miller Home Energy dating back to 1978.<br /> <br /> They launched the business in Stevensville that year and eventually moved into The Orchards Mall where they eventually enjoyed a 17-year run before relocating to Gard Avenue in St. Joe for the past 20 years. Back around the first of the month, they moved operations to the old fire house in the Arts District, and frankly could not be more pleased with that decision. Back in the late 80’s the busy couple decided to supplement their income by adding antiques and collectibles to their Gard Avenue location. That proved to be a smart move when the home improvement market went soft in the 90’s for a while. Now, their entire operation is headquartered at 220 Water Street in the Arts District, and not only houses Jack’s machining business, but also Doug and Debbie’s Miller Home Energy, which features replacement windows and Doors as well as RollAway Security Shutters. For the first time, though, the antiques and collectibles business has its own showcase center in the form of their new Top Hat Collectibles Shop which has an amazing and colorful array of collectibles and antiques that you could spend a great deal of time browsing among. Debbie likes to feature many one-of-akind pieces from costume jewelry to glassware, from specialty beer steins including a sizable array of Budweiser offerings to old and new neon signage. You’ll find great period pieces, holiday items, House of David memorabilia, and just lots of fun stuff. Debbie can also do custom dried floral arrangements in antique containers, having attended floral art school in Chicago. The interior brick wall is a gorgeous backdrop to so many things from days gone by. The home energy business features Great Lakes Windows and ArmaClad Doors, along with the RollAway Security Shutters.<br /> <br /> Doug is also a professional Home Inspector.<br /> <br /> Top Hat Collectibles currently maintains hours of 11am until 4:30pm Monday through Saturday, But will adjust those hours seasonally. The Miller’s frankly admit that they know that their 150 feet of frontage in the Arts District and their three-story historic building might become a hot property, and they are willing to consider offers from potential buyers who would like to further develop the space. In the meantime, though, I take you back to my original statement today about the welcoming nature of the District.<br /> <br /> Unbeknownst to one another, both Doug and Debbie told me separately that they have enjoyed a warmer welcome and had more visitors in the past three weeks in downtown Benton Harbor than they had experienced in their past 20-years combined in St. Joseph. In short…they are loving it...and you likely will, too!<br /> <br /> Ever since he graduated from dental school in the year 2000, Dr. Douglas Johansen has had the dream and desire to own his own dental practice. For nearly four years now, the good doctor has honed his skills and worked side-byside with Dr. Ted Kuball at their practice on Niles Road in St. Joseph Charter Township.<br /> <br /> Now, Dr. Johansen’s dream is becoming reality.<br /> <br /> Effective immediately, Doctors Kuball and Johansen will reverse roles, and the new owner of the practice is Dr. Johansen. Following 37-years in private practice, Dr. Kuball will continue his transition toward retirement by stepping into a part time role at the dental office, while still continuing the mission to provide you and your family with the very best dental care.<br /> <br /> Doug is a graduate of Berrien Springs High School who went on to Taylor University and the University of Detroit Mercy. He tells me that he intends to maintain the level of clinical excellence already established in their office, while considering new ventures like pediatric dentistry, oral surgery, and endodontics. You’ll find these two fine professionals at 3012 Niles Road in St. Joseph and by phone at 429-2555.<br /> <br /> Congratulations, gentlemen on a smooth transition.<br /> <br /> The families and faculty at Brookview School in Benton Harbor have been working for months on an ambitious project that will be of high value immediately to anybody and everybody interested in learning about the natural beauty and heritage of Michigan’s Great Southwest. This coming Thursday, July 7th, from 4pm until 6pm, the school will release their new book, “Family Guide to Berrien County.” The event will take place as a reception at the St. Joseph Today Visitor’s Center at 421 State Street in downtown St. Joseph. It appears that the book was the brainchild of Dr. Katie Kwon, who created the concept as a uniquely different way to raise money for the school, while still maintaining the values of the school. The book will provide a single source of information on more than 100 parks, beaches, restaurants, libraries, museums, festivals, shops, and other top family-friendly choices for places to visit year round. Each entry bears the location, phone and web contacts, hours of operation, and customized articles filled with insider tips from family to family.<br /> <br /> Parents and families are going to love this remarkable compendium of great information.<br /> <br /> For 14 years, Joel Degner of Harbert has worked in the food service industry with a degree in Culinary Arts from Grand Rapids Community College. This past week, after working closely with The Women’s Business Center of Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services, Joel launched his own business, Endeavor In-Home Chef. His goal is to provide clients the luxury of having great food for their home based dinner parties, and similar such events. You can see his creations online at www.endeavorchef.com or reach him via phone at 269-588-1166. Congratulations, Joel…and best of luck in your new venture.<br /> <br /> The former Hecht Veterinary Hospital is undergoing a name change. The new name of the clinic is Two By Two Animal Hospital, under the ownership of Dr. Holly Shaffer and Dr. Jessica Balsis. The facility at 7675 M-139 in Berrien Springs will roll out an Open House on Friday, July 30th from noon until 8pm. You will be afforded the opportunity for a guided tour of the new building and the remodeled hospital and enjoy snacks, refreshments and door prizes. A number of local groups like the Humane Society of SW Michigan, Animal Aid, Save-a-Stray, The Doghouse, Stay and Obey, and others will be showcased at the event, as well. For more information, you can reach Holly at 269-471-7042.<br /> <br /> Welcome, ladies!<br /> <br /> Harbor Country is celebrating the return of the family vacation in Pure Michigan. Folks at the Harbor Country CVB are harkening back to the days when families would escape for a week or two for a true family vacation at a waterfront or woodland cottage, filling their days with beach-combing, roadside stands, bonfires, bike rides, tire swings, slamming screen doors and an evening of capturing lightning bugs in jars. The CVB there has assembled a colorful list of more than 15 vacation rental agencies scattered across the collection of eight towns stretched along Red Arrow Highway and the Lake Michigan shoreline. It’s the kind of list that makes my sister Jennie’s heart race and brings tears of joy and remembrance to her as she reminisces about our own childhood wanderings. To learn more for yourself, check things out at www.visitharborcountry.org. Take a trip of your own down memory lane!<br /> <br /> Market envy is nibbling hard on the heels of folks in Watervliet, where some folks apparently feel that every town in the region has a farmer’s market except them. So, to get on track and launch an effort to play catch-up, the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Watervliet is planning a one-day market this year on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. Now, the reason I’m telling you this at this point is because they are soliciting now for growers, artists, artisans, and collectors who would like to try their hand at selling for the first time, or Expanding their own growing business. Call now for information and an application at 468-<br /> <br /> 7634. In addition to a large farmer’s market presence out doors that Saturday, the adjacent school gym has space for artists, crafters, and antique dealers who are also being recruited to the effort. They also have a health-approved, certified kitchen where a pancake breakfast, coffee and home-made baked goods can be enjoyed while shopping. Next year, church officials will expand the market to the entire 2011 season from June 4th to October 8th. The church is located at M-140 and Lucinda Lane, close to downtown Watervliet.<br /> <br /> One of the most popular sidebars to the annual Krasl Art Far is the return of the Child and Family Services Auxiliary Ice Cream Social. This year, that event takes place next Saturday, July 10th, from 11am until 5pm, with the sale of cookies, cakes, slices of pies, and all served with ice cream for just $3 per ticket.<br /> <br /> You’ll find them on the shaded veranda of The Whitcomb Tower, and 100% of the proceeds go to the programs and services of the organization.<br /> <br /> The event runs from 11am until 5pm…so gather up the family and stop on by!<br /> <br /> The booming Arts District will be home again this summer to the 3rd Annual Harbor Auto Fest Car Show on Friday, July 30th and Saturday the 31st. Things get underway on Friday night with the Main Street Cruise and Open Headers event from 7-9pm. The colorful car show in the Arts District on Saturday from 10am until 3pm will feature classic, hiphop, muscle cars, street rods, specialty cars, late models and race cars. Registration gets underway at 9am Saturday and costs just $5 as a suggested donation, or you can pre-register with C h i e f R o g e r L a n g e o n l i n e a t bentonharborautofest@bhcity.org. Don’t miss it!<br /> <br /> Today, Saturday, July 3rd local organizations, businesses and individuals are mobilizing to bring Hoops, Hip Hop & Hot Dogs to the heart of Benton Harbor from 11am until 4pm.<br /> <br /> It’s a free event for all ages at Broadway Park.<br /> <br /> The goal of the event is to rally people, prayer and community around a positive event in Broadway Park, and will include 3-on-3 basketball with referees, 3-point shootouts, and freethrow, hot-shot, and dunk contests. Prizes will be awarded, hot dogs and juice are free, and live hip-hop music will punctuate the entire affair.<br /> <br /> Check it out!<br /> <br /> My friend Ed Hojara of Bridgman has asked me to remind you of a couple of things.<br /> <br /> The Bridgman Athletic Boosters 15th Annual 5k Run/Walk is scheduled to take place next Saturday, July 10th at 9am. Entry is $20 and all ages are welcome. Register at 8am. Call Ed at 269-876-1972 for more. He also noted that Bridgman Rocket Football will conduct their final sign-up that day from noon until 4pm at the Bridgman Hardings store.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids! Enjoy your 4th of July celebrations, but be safe and we’ll see you next week, right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org 269-925-6100 ext. 216

Schroeder Furniture

 

Loading