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Pat Moody

When her 5th Anniversary in business rolled around, Tina Buck from The Chocolate Garden had planned to celebrate in a big way.<br /> <br /> Business by that time was so brisk that she simply ran out of time and the milestone quietly came and went with little fanfare. So, she mentally committed to marking her 10th Anniversary with a big bang event worthy of being remembered forever. That date, too, found her working around the clock to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for her world-renowned, and remarkably silky truffles. Despite her great intentions to take a moment of recognition for the company’s great achievements, that day passed with little more than high-fives among employees. That was two years ago, and now Tina finds herself reflecting on a full dozen years in business having just rolled by another anniversary literally too busy to do anything other than make the world-class treats that have put her on the map in more ways than one. Chocolate Garden Truffles themselves continue the celebration by accomplishing great feats. By way of example in a National Taste Test conducted by David Rosengarten, National Food Critic for NBC-Television’s Today Show, Tina’s magic beat out Godiva and 16 other top-ranked chocolatiers across the nation. Her truffles have been highly touted on The Food Network, Fine Living Television, and The Travel Channel. Her story has been told by Elle Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Detroit News and many others, and this year was selected to be The #1 Selection in Midwest Living Magazine’s “Fantasy Box of Chocolates.” Plus, I told you just recently Tors, gaffers (who handle critical lighting issues) and certain editors. He is the chief cinematographer and editor for the majority of his projects.<br /> <br /> He produces motion picture quality video for broadcast, web, and DVD applications. Interested parties are asked to arrange for private appointments by calling him at 269-588-0050 or by cell at 312-218-6084. Bainter employs state of the art Red Digital Cinema gear and camera technology that has high definition resolution of four times standard industry gear, and has substantial editing expertise and skills. You can see samples of his outstanding work at www.overdun.com. His success already has forced him to consider potential relocation for expansion, but has no immediate plans in that arena. Congratulations on your decision to call Michigan’s Great Southwest your home, Kyle…and best of luck with your growing firm!<br /> <br /> Julie O’Malley is expanding her empire once again with the recent addition of Sweet Expressions Ice Cream & Candy Shoppe conveniently located inside her Expressions Gallery & Café in the heart of downtown Benton Harbor. Sweet Expressions offers a wonderful selection of 14 ice cream flavors, gourmet popcorn, gourmet jelly beans, chocolate covered pretzels, and many other sweet treats. You’ll find them in the house weekdays from 7am until 3pm at 213 E. Main Street in downtown Benton Harbor.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, downtown St. Joseph will finally realize a dream from a dozen years ago or more held by Jim Keller. Keller advocated very strongly for multiple tasting rooms scattered throughout the central business district in St. Joe.<br /> <br /> That concept never caught on with the wineries, who more often than not had their hands full with the tasting rooms on their own properties alongAlongside the vineyards. While, one tasting room doesn’t quite fulfill Jim’s big picture dream, it’s certainly a start. Dave & Sandy Miller who own and operate White Pine Winery & Vineyard in Lawton, will be the first to open such a space.<br /> <br /> When their liquor license was authorized at St. Joe City Hall last week, they indicated their goal was to be open for business by this, the Labor Day weekend. If they are not open this weekend, they soon will be. Dave has 27 years under his belt as a winemaker, having worked at St. Julian Wines for more than 13 of those years. Their new White Pine Winery Tasting Room at 317 State Street in downtown St. Joseph will be only a tasting room and retail outlet for the Van Buren County vineyard. The center will offer half-ounce pours, but no sales by the glass. You will be able to buy bottles and cases of wine, however. The shop will be open from 11am until 5pm weekdays, except for Tuesday, when they are closed. They will be open from 11 until 6 on Saturdays and noon until 5 on Sundays.<br /> <br /> Congratulations are in order for Tina Buck and The Chocolate Garden in Coloma. A recent story regarding romantic getaways to Michigan in The USA Today online travel section encouraged readers to “Visit the Chocolate Garden in Coloma for handmade chocolate truffles so decadent they’d make the French blush.” That’s a pretty ringing endorsement of something most of us have already discovered for ourselves. Nothing like great press to help grow the brand, Tina!<br /> <br /> Tom & Jean Cellentani are in the final stages of their transition to the new modern DQ Grill & Chill brand at their Dairy Queen stores in both St. Joseph and Stevensville. The Grill & Chill concept is the flagship brand for Dairy Queen nationally. You might have seen the new signs going up in recent days, and both stores just got a fresh coat of exterior paint to brighten Things up. Under the Grill & Chill brand, the expanded menu includes such things as chicken or veggie quesadilla baskets, and those who dine in will experience “enhanced table service.” Table caddies with ketchup, mustard, salt & pepper and napkins are now on every table and hot food will be placed directly in front of each guest, as you would encounter in full-service restaurants.<br /> <br /> If you’re looking for a new trade, Lake Michigan College’s Workforce Training Institute is offering a new Welding Academy this fall at their M-TEC facility in Benton Harbor. It is a 240-hour class with the potential for earning a nationally-recognized welding certification.<br /> <br /> Classes will be held Mondays through Thursdays from September 13th through November 18th. Two other welding classes will be offered later in the fall including Introduction to MIG Welding and a Decorative Arts Welding Workshop. Pre-registration is required. Contact Chad Dee at 926-4296 or go to www.lakemichigancollege.edu/wti.<br /> <br /> Well known Artist Anna Russo-Sieber is offering a variety of art classes in her new space in The Benton Harbor Arts District’s Barentsen Candy Company building. Classes ranging from The Art of Wine, to the Art of Entertaining are included along with classes on Language, Painting, Mixed Media, Pastel, Film, Interior Design and beyond. Some classes begin in a few short weeks, some arrive later in the fall. By way of example, check out the Pinot & Pastel Workshop on September 22nd and 29th.<br /> <br /> You’ll begin with an hour long educational wine class with Rick Cooper and then swing immediately into a lesson on pastels with Susan Henshaw. There are also opportunities to learn Conversational Italian with Lucia Liano, Small Scale Sculptural Experimentation with Carolyn O’Hearn, The Art of Interior Design, and half a dozen youth classes including a teen mural project, and film education for teens. To register or learn more, contact Anna at 208-4409 or by e-mail at arsieber@sbcglobal.net. Her website www.annarussoart.com also has a great deal of information on each of the class offerings, pricing and more.<br /> <br /> Melisa Heibel recently graduated from Indiana University Dental School. She has always enjoyed visiting the many treasures of our area, growing up in Niles. Now, she is a professional in her own home region, having joined the staff and practice of Dr. Stuart Boekeloo in St. Joseph. She was a dental assistant for nine years before pursuing her degree in Dental Hygiene. At Indiana U. she was an award winning student, and now is looking forward to meeting members of the local community. This is National Dental Hygiene Month with the theme, “Healthy Habits are Easier Than You Think.” To learn more, call Melisa at 429-6101 or visit Her office at 2525 S. Cleveland Avenue in St. Joe.<br /> <br /> Friends and Fans of Dr. Bob Harrison at Lake Michigan College have a couple of unique opportunities to visit with him, pay homage to him, see fun poked at him, or just generally enjoy his company in coming days. This coming Wednesday, September 8th, the 2nd Annual Bob-B-Que and Scholarship Benefit happen to coincide with Bob’s 60th Birthday celebration.<br /> <br /> All contributions and net proceeds from the event will go to the Lake Michigan College Community Scholarship Fund. Tickets are just $8 each for a grand picnic party, music and games. Families are welcome. Kids under 5 get in free. About five weeks later, you need to get the night of Thursday, October 14th on your calendar for the 4th Annual Community Roast wherein Dr. Bob will be the “honored guest” benefiting the Volunteer Center of Southwest Michigan in a rollicking night of roasting and toasting at the LMC Mendel Center. Visit online at www.volunteerswmi.org for details or check out their Facebook Fan page for information on purchasing tickets to that big event. Hope you’re ready for this, Dr. Bob!<br /> <br /> Too bad Bob’s not from Baroda…we could make it the trifecta! Coming next weekend, it’s the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Barodafest! Saturday, September 11th from 7am until 11pm will be a day jam-packed with activities for the entire family! The day gets underway with the Baroda Run at Hess Lake Park with registration at 7am and the 5k run and walk at 8:30. Proceeds go to an LMC Scholarship that last year amounted to more than $14-hundred dollars! The festival takes place on First Street south of Church Street, featuring live musical entertainment, a parade, children’s games, a car & motorcycle show, arts and crafts booths and other fun event. Get the entire schedule online at www.barodavillage.org.<br /> <br /> Next Sunday, the 12th, Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Bridgman teams up with St. Gabriel Catholic in Berrien Springs for a $10,000.00 cash raffle at the Parish Picnic.<br /> <br /> Showtime is 1pm at Lake Township Park, 10801 Gast Road in Bridgman. Tickets are $10 each. To get one, call 465-6252. Good luck!<br /> <br /> Child & Family Services Adult Day Program will hold their 2nd Annual Rummage Fundraiser on Saturday, September 11th from 8:30am until 3pm along with a great bake sale and more at 2450 S. M-139 in Benton Harbor next to the Bus Station. A $1 bag sale starts at 1:30 that day.<br /> <br /> Local women from the EPWA have elected new officers for the coming year. Karen Halleckson is now President, LeAnna Koerner is 1st VP…Lorie Hayden is 2nd VP, Treasurers are Julie Wuerfel and JoAnn Bertrand and Judee Hopwood is Secretary.<br /> <br /> Their mission is to help women achieve their goals both personally and professionally by providing a network for the exchange of ideas, educational programs and support for one another.<br /> <br /> Their first meeting of the new year is September 14th. Congratulations, ladies.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a super holiday weekend…and we’ll see you at the Tri State Regatta…or elsewhere around town, and again 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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