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What Do You See? Special contest! ws Pa per. Ne Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com artsy Fartsy Column on page 13 to enter, see the Photo of the Week -Page 2 December 11, 2010 Volume 11, Ver. 50 for several years now as an adjunct role for his firm, but with the new directory he hopes to make it a true centerpiece of his agency. He has been scheduling talent for TV and Radio commercials, webcasts, training videos, live performances and print publica-tions since 2008. He hopes to position the company as the first choice of motion picture producers when they’re looking to meet cast-ing needs in Michigan’s Great Southwest. His agency is now listed in the Production Directory of the Michigan Film Office in Lansing as an approved service provider for casting calls. Whether you want to be discov-ered or need to find those who have already been for your own production, you can visit www.creativelmn.com and click on Talent. Mike can be reached via phone at 269-861-0055. Good luck! One young man whose talents many of us have enjoyed via live performances locally is Mike Struwin…and he is releasing a new Holiday-themed album Forgotten Hymns. Mike’s new disc was released this week by Continued on page 10 Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 than 550 travel centers and travel plazas across North America. Locally, Assistant General Manager Shannon Earl tells me that the change has resulted in some new hires being added to the staff of the local center, and they are brightening things up for travel-ers and visitors alike. She says that traffic has increased nicely since the transition to Pilot. The local General Manager is Eric Roop . The new Pilot center is located at 1860 E. Napier Avenue in Benton Charter Township, and you can reach them at 925-7547. Congratulations on new growth in the mar-ketplace, as the transition continues. Morning Glory Organics is a few steps closer to opening officially for business in the heart of downtown Benton Harbor. Owner Lola Yost has a few city inspection processes to clear, and approval from the city’s plan-ners, and then she should be ready to go with her new organic food store in the former Sheffield Building on Pipestone across from the Dwight P. Mitchell City Center Park. She was hoping to be up and running for this month’s Art Hop , but will probably be up and running shortly after the New Year at this point. Even she is amazed at what a fresh coat of paint and a little elbow grease can do, and she has been absolutely bowled over by the friends, neighbors, customers and even complete strangers who have stepped up to help her in her resurgent progress. She admitted that her overwhelming desire was to keep costs of renovation well under control in order to maximize the dollars available for opening inventories. She tells me that what M oody Pat Quizno’s Sub lovers who have been paying close attention will already know this, but it might be pleasant news to the rest of the world: Quizno’s Sub shop on Niles Avenue in St. Joseph Charter Township is back open for business! After being closed down completely for several months, the popular restaurant has undergone a remarkable transition and is now open and operating as a corporate-owned entity just off the intersection of Niles and Hilltop in the Southtown neighborhood. General Manager for the new rendition is Jeanne Ford (pronounced Je-nay, by the way). She is absolutely giddy along with the rest of her cast and crew and happy to be back up and running with the toasty sandwich specialties. Apparently, several franchised stores that had been shuttered by the franchise-holders have been selected by Quizno’s corporate head-quarters for re-opening under the corporate flag . Our Niles Avenue store is one of them. The Quizno’s Sub Shop on Red Arrow Highway is still independently owned by local franchisees. Jeanne tells me that the sub shop enjoyed a soft or quiet opening shortly after Thanksgiving, and had planned for an official Grand Opening this past week. You will be able to get your Quizno’s fix every Monday through Saturday from 10am until 9pm at the Niles Avenue store, and on Sundays from 11am until 8pm. The new number for the restaurant is 985-0083. Congratulations, Jeanne and to your entire team as well. Best of luck with the restart. Keen observers might have noticed another change on the local scene in the form of what had been the Flying-J Service Station in Benton Harbor. That property is now flying the corporate flag of Pilot Travel Centers . Located at Napier & I-94, the truck stop and fueling center is the first of the Flying J shops to be converted fully over to the Pilot brand following a corporate merger this summer. Flying J had filed for bankrupt-cy protection and was eventually acquired by Pilot Travel Centers. Other Flying J’s have yet to change their signage and brand identity to the new bold red, black and yellow of Pilot. The merged entity creates a network of more Continued on page 9 Order Your Contacts at GOVISION.COM Best Prices and Locally Owned 2 FOR $ 97 99 *Complete MOODY Pair of Eyeglasses Continued from page 9 started out with a couple of e-mails and a few phone calls turned into a veritable tidal wave of help with cleaning, painting, repairs, sup-plies, tools and beyond. She is duly impressed with the collaborative effort that has her on the verge of re-opening for busi-ness in the very near future. Stay tuned for more on the return of Morning Glory Organics very soon! He had the plan well underway even before the recent Silver Beach sightings of Actor George Clooney, but the heightened interest in Michigan movie-making will undoubtedly help spur the next venture of local entrepreneur Mike Nadolski. Mike is the President & CEO of Creative eLMNnts, and his latest goal is to help you get “discov-ered.” Mike’s new thrust is his establishment of the Southwest Michigan Talent Directory, wherein he hopes to provide talent casting for media projects of all shapes and sizes ranging from extras and principals for major motion pictures to models for print ads and brochures. Oh…and everything else in between, too! Mike has been in that business District will reprise a quirky little party that was wildly successful last year. This Terrestrial Records of Muskegon. Mike is Tuesday, December 14th, Leslie Pickell has asked restrictions me to invite all of you to their 2nd a native of St. Joe who now bases operations *Some apply in Kalamazoo. You can see and hear this Annual Holiday Bizarre. That’s not improp-great new disc in a CD Release Party this erly spelled…it’s a purposeful twist on a coming Wednesday, December 15th at The “strikingly unconventional shopping expe-Pumphouse Bar & Grill in St. Joe. He’s got rience” with more than 25 local businesses a number of other local gigs through the hol-and artists selling their merchandise, services, iday season, and a portion of the proceeds and gift certificates for holiday gift giving. from sales of the CD will go to several local That night for four hours (from 5 until 9) the charities. Mike says that he was inspired by spacious Upper Livery and Balcony will sport 1950’s recordings of sacred holiday songs the talents and wares of these hearty souls performed in traditional folk arrangements in who last year enjoyed revenues in excess of creating this unique collection of music $2,500.00. Most importantly…is those are including Afro-American spirituals and all dollars that stayed right here in our local Appalachian hymns. There are 13-songs community. The show expands this year to on the album, which is Mike’s 8th CD the Anna Russo-Sieber Gallery at 5th and release. You can get it at one of his shows, Territorial and Antiques on Main at 241 E. online at www.mikestruwinmusic.com, Main Street as well. In fact, a great part of www.cdbaby.com , or nationwide at select the ambience for this event will be live music Dr. Robert Flood Eye Injury -independent Glaucoma record stores. Congratulations, from Mike Struwin with a sneak preview of Dry Eyes -Infections his release party music. You’ll find The Mike! Hope it scores! My friends at The Livery Livery at 190 5th Street. An ATM machine Microbrewery in the Benton Harbor Arts will be on site, and credit cards will be accepted for purchases of more than $10-dol-Inserts & Promotions lars. 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Quizno’s Sub lovers who have been paying close attention will already know this, but it might be pleasant news to the rest of the world: Quizno’s Sub shop on Niles Avenue in St. Joseph Charter Township is back open for business! After being closed down completely for several months, the popular restaurant has undergone a remarkable transition and is now open and operating as a corporate-owned entity just off the intersection of Niles and Hilltop in the Southtown neighborhood. General Manager for the new rendition is Jeanne Ford (pronounced Je-nay, by the way). She is absolutely giddy along with the rest of her cast and crew and happy to be back up and running with the toasty sandwich specialties. Apparently, several franchised stores that had been shuttered by the franchise-holders have been selected by Quizno’s corporate headquarters for re-opening under the corporate flag. Our Niles Avenue store is one of them. The Quizno’s Sub Shop on Red Arrow Highway is still independently owned by local franchisees. Jeanne tells me that the sub shop enjoyed a soft or quiet opening shortly after Thanksgiving, and had planned for an official Grand Opening this past week. You will be able to get your Quizno’s fix every Monday through Saturday from 10am until 9pm at the Niles Avenue store, and on Sundays from 11am until 8pm. The new number for the restaurant is 985-0083. Congratulations, Jeanne and to your entire team as well. Best of luck with the restart.<br /> <br /> Keen observers might have noticed another change on the local scene in the form of what had been the Flying-J Service Station in Benton Harbor. That property is now flying the corporate flag of Pilot Travel Centers. Located at Napier & I-94, the truck stop and fueling center is the first of the Flying J shops to be converted fully over to the Pilot brand following a corporate merger this summer. Flying J had filed for bankruptcy protection and was eventually acquired by Pilot Travel Centers. Other Flying J’s have yet to change their signage and brand identity to the new bold red, black and yellow of Pilot. The merged entity creates a network of more Than 550 travel centers and travel plazas across North America. Locally, Assistant General Manager Shannon Earl tells me that the change has resulted in some new hires being added to the staff of the local center, and they are brightening things up for travelers and visitors alike. She says that traffic has increased nicely since the transition to Pilot. The local General Manager is Eric Roop. The new Pilot center is located at 1860 E. Napier Avenue in Benton Charter Township, and you can reach them at 925-7547. Congratulations on new growth in the marketplace, as the transition continues.<br /> <br /> Morning Glory Organics is a few steps closer to opening officially for business in the heart of downtown Benton Harbor. Owner Lola Yost has a few city inspection processes to clear, and approval from the city’s planners, and then she should be ready to go with her new organic food store in the former Sheffield Building on Pipestone across from the Dwight P. Mitchell City Center Park. She was hoping to be up and running for this month’s Art Hop, but will probably be up and running shortly after the New Year at this point. Even she is amazed at what a fresh coat of paint and a little elbow grease can do, and she has been absolutely bowled over by the friends, neighbors, customers and even complete strangers who have stepped up to help her in her resurgent progress. She admitted that her overwhelming desire was to keep costs of renovation well under control in order to maximize the dollars available for opening inventories. She tells me that what Started out with a couple of e-mails and a few phone calls turned into a veritable tidal wave of help with cleaning, painting, repairs, supplies, tools and beyond. She is duly impressed with the collaborative effort that has her on the verge of re-opening for business in the very near future. Stay tuned for more on the return of Morning Glory Organics very soon!<br /> <br /> He had the plan well underway even before the recent Silver Beach sightings of Actor George Clooney, but the heightened interest in Michigan movie-making will undoubtedly help spur the next venture of local entrepreneur Mike Nadolski. Mike is the President & CEO of Creative eLMNnts, and his latest goal is to help you get “discovered.” Mike’s new thrust is his establishment of the Southwest Michigan Talent Directory, wherein he hopes to provide talent casting for media projects of all shapes and sizes ranging from extras and principals for major motion pictures to models for print ads and brochures. Oh…and everything else in between, too! Mike has been in that business For several years now as an adjunct role for his firm, but with the new directory he hopes to make it a true centerpiece of his agency. He has been scheduling talent for TV and Radio commercials, webcasts, training videos, live performances and print publications since 2008. He hopes to position the company as the first choice of motion picture producers when they’re looking to meet casting needs in Michigan’s Great Southwest. His agency is now listed in the Production Directory of the Michigan Film Office in Lansing as an approved service provider for casting calls. Whether you want to be discovered or need to find those who have already been for your own production, you can visit www.creativelmn.com and click on Talent. Mike can be reached via phone at 269-861-0055. Good luck!<br /> <br /> One young man whose talents many of us have enjoyed via live performances locally is Mike Struwin…and he is releasing a new Holiday-themed album Forgotten Hymns. Mike’s new disc was released this week by Terrestrial Records of Muskegon. Mike is a native of St. Joe who now bases operations in Kalamazoo. You can see and hear this great new disc in a CD Release Party this coming Wednesday, December 15th at The Pumphouse Bar & Grill in St. Joe. He’s got a number of other local gigs through the holiday season, and a portion of the proceeds from sales of the CD will go to several local charities. Mike says that he was inspired by 1950’s recordings of sacred holiday songs performed in traditional folk arrangements in creating this unique collection of music including Afro-American spirituals and Appalachian hymns. There are 13-songs on the album, which is Mike’s 8th CD release. You can get it at one of his shows, online at www.mikestruwinmusic.com, www.cdbaby.com, or nationwide at select independent record stores. Congratulations, Mike! Hope it scores!<br /> <br /> My friends at The Livery Microbrewery in the Benton Harbor Arts District will reprise a quirky little party that was wildly successful last year. This Tuesday, December 14th, Leslie Pickell has asked me to invite all of you to their 2nd Annual Holiday Bizarre. That’s not improperly spelled…it’s a purposeful twist on a “strikingly unconventional shopping experience” with more than 25 local businesses and artists selling their merchandise, services, and gift certificates for holiday gift giving. That night for four hours (from 5 until 9) the spacious Upper Livery and Balcony will sport the talents and wares of these hearty souls who last year enjoyed revenues in excess of $2,500.00. Most importantly…is those are all dollars that stayed right here in our local community. The show expands this year to the Anna Russo-Sieber Gallery at 5th and Territorial and Antiques on Main at 241 E. Main Street as well. In fact, a great part of the ambience for this event will be live music from Mike Struwin with a sneak preview of his release party music. You’ll find The Livery at 190 5th Street. An ATM machine will be on site, and credit cards will be accepted for purchases of more than $10-dollars. It’s your chance to create positive change by shopping and buying locally! Don’t miss it!<br /> <br /> Speaking of local artists, your next visit to the Tabor Hill Wine & Art Gallery at 80 W. Main Street in downtown Benton Harbor will introduce you to the talents of Shatar. She was born and raised in Michigan, and returned to the shores of Lake Michigan about 10-years ago where she served as Vice President of G. W. Jones Mortgage Company in St. Joe. She recent Recently retired from that industry to focus on design and the creative arts. She is engaged in a wide range of talents from interior and exterior home design to modern art, commercial voice-overs and music composition. Her art has shown in Chicago, Santa Fe, Boulder and Australia. Now, her showcase is available through the holidays Thursday through Sunday each week from noon until 5pm or by appointment.<br /> <br /> With the end of first decade of the new millennium comes the changing of the guard at the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph. The organization’s full-time director Mike Murphy is retiring at the end of the year, and the group’s search committee has unveiled his successor. She is Ali Hansen…a member of the Berrien Artist Guild and a Box Factory studio artist for several years now. Ali moved to the local community from Cincinnati about five years ago and became immediately engaged in the local arts scene. Mike, meanwhile, will concentrate on his own painting, which has been put on hold due to his time-consuming role as head of the center. Ali officially takes over on January 3rd. Congratulations to both!<br /> <br /> Another major center for the arts locally would like to remind you that their facility has three galleries available for rent if your company or organization would like to host a holiday party on site. In addition, the Krasl Art Center has a very welcoming lobby available and a reception area that can be used to serve food and refreshments. The Krasl spaces are available for corporate and small business meetings, award ceremonies, memorial services, anniversary parties, themed birthday events, wedding rehearsal dinners, receptions and more. The galleries can accommodate from 80 to 100 seated and more than 300 non-seated guests. If you’d like to give it a go, call the Krasl at 983-0271 or visit them online at www.krasl.org to learn more.<br /> <br /> If you’re still looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve…the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra is throwing out the welcome mat to their 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Gala…a Masquerade Ball at the Shadowland Ballroom in St. Joseph. Naturally, the event takes place on New Year’s Eve…Friday, December 31st beginning at 7pm and carrying on long past the stroke of midnight. CK Catering will provide a “decadent meal” at 8:30 that evening, and dancing will be the focus of the night with celebratory champagne at midnight. Musical guests Banu Gibson and the New Orleans Hot Jazz will perform favorites. Line up your tickets online at www.smso.org or by phone at 269-982-4030. Edgewater Bank, TGA Recording and Mid-West Family Broadcasting are major sponsors of the big year-ending night on the town.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Please remember to shop locally this holiday season, drive carefully…and we’ll see you next Saturday right here in MailMax!

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