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What Do You See? Open House 0 10-1 O e 10-10-1 at Do You See? Open House 0 10-1 O e 10-10-1 10 10 See pages 10, 11 & 12 for this weekends October 9, 2010 Photo of the Week -Page 2 Moody on The Market Moody Pat Just a few weeks ago, I filled you in on the huge summer season enjoyed by many of the merchants and destination attractions in St. Joseph. Well, thanks to steady improvements and new busi-ness development it was also a banner season for the folks in The Benton Harbor Arts District. This was the first summer season for the folks at The Water Street GelatoWorks, Top Hat Collectibles, Murfee’s Boutique, Anna Sieber Gallery, and Yellow Moon Yoga. Additionally, it was the first summer back on the scene for our friends at The Ideal Place, following a brief hiatus. Two highly successful Art Hop events drew hundreds of folks from all over Michigan’s Great Southwest to enjoy the cool urban setting coupled with incredible art, food, music and drink. The New Territory Arts Association continues as the linchpin for getting the word out about the district and they enjoyed a spec-tacular fundraiser tied to the grand opening of the Golf Club at Harbor Shores, as well as being the major promoter of the recent Artoberfest activities. They continued their mission of community outreach and advocacy of the arts through special funding programs with such partners as The Benton Harbor Area Schools, Water Street Glassworks, and The Citadel Dance & Music Center. Speaking of the Glassworks, this was the first year that they remained open during the sum-mer to offer classes in everything but glass-blowing, because the furnace is just too hot in summer. They teed up 21 classes in glass fus-ing, bead-making, mosaics, stained glass, blacksmithing, welding, and more. That sum-mer programming and their expansion into the GelatoWorks resulted in the hiring of several new key players, and it was a very busy sea-son. The Tabor Hill Tasting Room on Main Street enjoyed increased traffic and sales in their gallery setting, and they continue to be a major anchor for weekend traffic in the dis-trict. The Studios at 210 Water Street enjoyed a steady flow of traffic and sales, and their new neighbors at Top Hat Collectibles are calling it their “Best Summer in years!” They saw more people in the three months of Continued on page 6 MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Phone: 269.934.7522 FAX: 269.934.3297 email: publisher@farahead.com www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax Inserts & Promotions Harding’s of St. Joseph Martin’s Super Markets Pater True Value Automotive Marketplace Great Clips Harvest of Homes MailMax Classifieds “BestOpen Houses” www.MailMaxOnline.com Volume 11, Ver. 41 Pat Postal Customer Benton Harbor, MI PERMIT NO.225 PRSRT. STD. U.S. Postage PAID POSTMASTER: Please deliver on October 9, 2010

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<b>Pat Moody</b><br /> <br /> Just a few weeks ago, I filled you in on the huge summer season enjoyed by many of the merchants and destination attractions in St. Joseph. Well, thanks to steady improvements and new business development it was also a banner season for the folks in The Benton Harbor Arts District. This was the first summer season for the folks at The Water Street GelatoWorks, Top Hat Collectibles, Murfee’s Boutique, Anna Sieber Gallery, and Yellow Moon Yoga. Additionally, it was the first summer back on the scene for our friends at The Ideal Place, following a brief hiatus. Two highly successful Art Hop events drew hundreds of folks from all over Michigan’s Great Southwest to enjoy the cool urban setting coupled with incredible art, food, music and drink. The New Territory Arts Association continues as the linchpin for getting the word out about the district and they enjoyed a spectacular fundraiser tied to the grand opening of the Golf Club at Harbor Shores, as well as being the major promoter of the recent Artoberfest activities. They continued their mission of community outreach and advocacy of the arts through special funding programs with such partners as The Benton Harbor Area Schools, Water Street Glassworks, and The Citadel Dance & Music Center. Speaking of the Glassworks, this was the first year that they remained open during the summer to offer classes in everything but glassblowing, because the furnace is just too hot in summer. They teed up 21 classes in glass fusing, bead-making, mosaics, stained glass, blacksmithing, welding, and more. That summer programming and their expansion into the GelatoWorks resulted in the hiring of several new key players, and it was a very busy season. The Tabor Hill Tasting Room on Main Street enjoyed increased traffic and sales in their gallery setting, and they continue to be a major anchor for weekend traffic in the district. The Studios at 210 Water Street enjoyed a steady flow of traffic and sales, and their new neighbors at Top Hat Collectibles are calling it their “Best Summer in years!” They saw more people in the three months of Summer in the Arts District than they had seen in more than three years in their former location in Southtown St. Joseph. Folks at the Citadel Dance & Music Center enrolled record numbers of students studying comprehensive dance & music over the summer. Another business in the Arts District, Revolution Design tells me they enjoyed an amazing summer, adding that, “A quick look at the books puts us around three times last year.” They attribute their success to extremely competitive pricing and customer service which is second to none. They provide everything from digitally printed banners to LED and monument signage for your business. Look for their new website at www.revodesigns. com soon, or contact them at 269- 605-4483. Our friends at The Livery Microbrewery and Entertainment venue celebrated their 5th Anniversary this summer, and when you combine that event with the grand opening of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course they enjoyed their best month in the 5-years they’ve been in business during the month of August. Anna Sieber’s new gallery in The Candy Lofts Building introduced a number of new visitors to the Arts District in a two-week Summer Arts Quest camp that was so successful she will expand to a full 6-week camp next year. Tie it all together with the massive streetscape improvements both in the Arts District and along Benton Harbor’s Main Street…and it was truly a summer to remember all across the region.<br /> <br /> Passersby have taken notice of the new exterior look at the former PME manufacturing facility on Meadowbrook Road in Benton Township and the flurry of activity there. Several have asked me what’s happening there with the new life in the building, which has been shuttered for a while after PME closed up shop. The site at the corner of Meadowbrook & Dewey is the new home of South Shore Tool & Die which has relocated there from Baroda. South Shore had grown to the point that it was occupying several buildings in Baroda and wanted badly to find MailMax for Michigan’s Great SouthwestSpace large enough to consolidate operations, and have the potential for additional growth in the future. They now have both thanks to their re-location.<br /> <br /> Jerrold Wojahn & Rick Heckathorn are partners in a venture I told you about back in 2007 called Additional Storage Space, which is located at 1750 W. Shawnee Road in Baroda. Well, they continue to grow like wildfire! Their project is now expanding for the fourth time in three years, and this particular expansion is their largest to date. They are now offering 24x40 foot and 18x44 foot units with individual metered heat and electricity on site, which makes them suitable for contractors looking for a place to keep equipment or those of you with lots of extra stuff. The 18x44 units boast 14-foot tall doors perfect for Class A motor homes. They also offer outdoor storage for campers, boats and cars. Naturally, they also have ministorage units from 5x10 to 12x30 drivethrough units. The entire property is fenced with 24/7 electronic access and security cameras. Look for the latest expansion to be complete by the end of this month. For more, contact the guys at 326-1133.<br /> <br /> When Pee Wee Herman had his bike stolen in his “Big Adventure” movie, lots of folks could relate to the grief he sustained after losing such a classic, vintage, bicycle. It’s that type of bike, and others from a bygone era that are especially close to James Baney’s heart in Berrien Springs. Mr. Baney is just about ready to open up his new shop near his hometown dealing in, and repairing, such bikes for fans everywhere. Tentatively, his shop will be named Jim’s Vintage Bicycles & Repairs, although Repairs, although if his fancy strikes on a different idea, that name could change. What won’t change, however, is where he is setting up shop…and that is on South M-139 across the highway from More & More Antiques just north of Berrien Springs. He will specialize in the sale of a vintage line of BMX bikes for collectors as well as other collectibles like the high-wheeler bike he has been showcasing in the Blossomtime Grand Floral Parade over the past four years. He will also perform repairs on vintage bikes, beach cruisers, the old fashioned tank bikes, and does restoration work on middle-weight and balloon tire bikes. He was an avid BMX racer at Millburg Speedway for a number of years, and knows his craft well. Jim plans to be open from 11am until 8pm Wednesday through Saturday and on Sundays from noon until 5pm once his shop is up and running. You can reach him at 983-7856 until his new shop phone is installed.<br /> <br /> Congratulations are in order for Jose Serna and Jose Estrada…owners and operators of the popular Joe’s Café & Breakfast House in the Scottdale Triangle in St. Joe. They celebrated their first year anniversary this past week with a 2x2x2 special on eggs, pancakes and meat. As they mark their first year in business, they are also excited to announce a new box lunch menu that is available for your business team. Ask for details at the café. Additionally, every Tuesday is “Lakeland Day.” Lakeland HealthCare employees will get 10% off their bill at Joe’s by simply showing their ID badge each Tuesday. Congratulations, guys! Keep it up!<br /> <br /> Work is now complete on the massive expansion project at Hanson Logistics’ temperature- controlled Chicago Consolidation Center, located in Hobart, Indiana. New office areas and more than 2.5-million cubic feet of warehousing space are complete now, including 8,000 new pallet positions, staging and dock space for frozen and refrigerated foods. The flagship center, owned by Hanson Logistics in St. Joseph, is a three-phase 14.5- million cubic foot facility now its third full year of operation. It plays a key role in delivery to major retail, wholesale, and foodservice distribution centers throughout the U.S.<br /> <br /> Smiles are wider than the expansive hallways at the new WNIT Center for Public Television in downtown South Bend. Understandably so, in light of the announcement this week that their locally-produced documentary, “Kicking the Notes the Toradze Way,” has been named one of the Top 24 winners in the prestigious Internal Television Festival Golden Prague Awards. It is the world’s most important television festival dedicated to music and dance on television. Having been selected among the top 24, the show is eligible for the Grand Prize to be determined later this month in the Czech Republic at the festival itself. If that wasn’t great news, in and of itself, two days later the documentary was nominated for three Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Achievement for Entertainment Programs. Congratulations to the entire crew that made this great show featuring Alexander Toradze possible in the first place. Good luck at the awards shows!<br /> <br /> As the colors of the trees continue to change across the region, some folks are laying in supplies for the dead of winter. Others will have the opportunity for temporary, seasonal jobs as snow plow drivers. Michigan Works! Is currently recruiting drivers for the jobs in nine regional counties around the area, paying from $14 to $18-per hour. Jobs will run from December 1st until next March 11th, and you must provide a current medical card, driving record, and a valid Class-A CDL with an X or N endorsement with less than 5 points. To learn more, contact Eric at 927-1799. Good luck!<br /> <br /> As cooler weather takes hold, the good folks at the Women’s Service League remind you of their annual Operation Coats, which gets underway today and runs through November 1st. Large drop boxes can be found all over Berrien County, including many public locations at schools, libraries, stores, and community centers. In addition to the collection to help thousands of men, women and children stay warm this winter, you can earn a bonus from the St. Joseph and Stevensville Dairy Queens. Between October 18th and the 24th, mention Operation Coats when ordering and 20% of your purchase will be donated to help buy new coats as well. You can find more at their website www.womensserviceleague.org.<br /> <br /> There should still be lots of great golf weather this fall, and the Golf Club at Harbor Shores is the site of the October 18th First Annual Rally for the Cure Golf Outing and Reception Dinner. There’s a 1pm shotgun start, followed by cocktails at 6pm and dinner at 6:30. All proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure efforts. Learn more from Deb O’Connor at golfevent84@yahoo.com.<br /> <br /> Sincere apologies if you are reading this too late to take advantage, but they gave me the info way late for today’s (Saturday, October 9th) Kiwanis Club Pancake Day at the Whitcomb Tower in St. Joe. The event runs from 7:30am until 11:30am and will benefit playground equipment at the Kiwanis Park, Riverview Park and the Tot Lot in St. Joe. Hope you can make it! $5.00 gets you in for a great pancake breakfast!<br /> <br /> That’s all the room and time again this week…so keep the faith…and we’ll see you again Saturday right here in MailMax!

Koehler Financial

 

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