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What Do You See? Photo of the Week -Page 2 ws Pa per. Ne Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com January 29, 2011 Volume 12, Ver. 5 Moody on The Market T he local business team that brought us the wildly popular Panera shop in St. Joseph Charter Township is apparently mak-ing plans to introduce us to the largest chain of drive-in restaurants in the nation – Sonic. The folks at Trigo Hospitality in St. Joseph already own and operate three Sonic Drive-Ins in Grand Rapids and Portage. They are working with a Kalamazoo engi-neering firm to assist with drafting a site plan as they consider the possibilities for expand-ing into the Berrien County market. Trigo’s Marketing Director Brian Campbell says that they do not yet have an estimated target for opening locally, “as there are many factors that come into play when opening a new loca-tion.” Sonic, which tabs itself as “America’s Drive-In,” has more than 3,500 restaurants across the country, and made its Michigan debut about five years ago. There are cur-rently 14 Sonics in the state, including those three to the north and east of us owned by Trigo. Sonic started as a hamburger and root beer stand in 1953 in Shawnee, Oklahoma as The Top Hat Drive-In. The company, which is headquartered in Oklahoma City, changed to the Sonic name in 1959. The first unit to bear the Sonic name is still operating daily in Stillwater, Oklahoma. According to corpo-rate officials, local franchisees average annual sales of nearly $1.1-million dollars. Nationwide, the chain serves more than 3-mil-lion customers a day. The company was founded by Troy Smith Jr. and boasts more than 962 restaurants in Texas alone. Sonic is well known for its colorful buildings and friendly Carhops on roller skates . They are in the quick-service segment of the industry and enjoy substantial sales of their trademark Toaster Sandwiches , made with thick cuts of Texas Toast breads. The company has also declared itself to be “Your Ultimate Drink Stop,” inasmuch as they offer more than 168,000 drink combinations at each restau-rant. Noting that “every customer is worth a mint to Sonic,” the chain also includes a candy mint with every meal served. Word in the street is that Trigo has acquired one of the “out-parcels” on the periphery of the new Continued on page 6 M oody Pat Rental Branch as “the ultimate decorative concrete showroom zone.” She goes on to tell the story of Mike’s massive makeover of his Join business and the evolution that has the entire industry talking about him. The compelling story of Mike’s dramatic business shift is pep-pered with colorful pictures from his 3,200 square foot center which features amazing things including an elaborate fireplace, a media room, a bar and sales counter, and a multitude of decorative floor sections, path-Gift Cards Available ways and verticals. The article was perfectly timed, inasmuch as it was one of the major stories in the magazine which debuted this issue during the expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center to more than 1,200 exhibitors and well over 70,000 visitors. Nice work, Mike! Keep Serving shining the light on this Proudly the great area and the outstanding work Best Coffee in the that your team performs! World! I told you recently about the impending arrival of the new MADDOG 5/1 Fitness Studio in the Benton Harbor Arts District. Well…today, Saturday, January 29th, Marydawn Taggart is throwing open the doors onto a four hour Open House at 234 Territorial Road in the old Barentsen Candy Building . From noon until 4pm today head over to check out the new studio for men and women seeking challenging and innova-tive workouts designed to improve overall fitness in a group environment. Marydawn (No Limit) hopes to revolutionize the way that people get into shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle. 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Well, no sooner 2010 have been posted, and the website has Phone: 269.934.7522 did we go to press with that story when a named The Chocolate Garden as “The Best huge new award was added to the trophy case Chocolatier in America!” Keep in mind that FAX: 269.934.3297 at The Chocolate Garden in Coloma. I ran world renowned chocolatiers Ghirardelli of email: San publisher@farahead.com into owner Tina Buck at the Winter Delights Francisco and Hershey’s of the second consecutive year from the Gammill Inserts may vary by ZipCode www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax Festival in the Grand Upton Hall, and Pennsylvania each only earned an “Honorable Quilting Machine Company of West Plains, (rightfully so) she was bubbling over with the Mention!” The website lists at America’s Missouri. Jeff tells me that for the second remarkable news of her latest honors. 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The local business team that brought us the wildly popular Panera shop in St. Joseph Charter Township is apparently making plans to introduce us to the largest chain of drive-in restaurants in the nation – Sonic. The folks at Trigo Hospitality in St. Joseph already own and operate three Sonic Drive-Ins in Grand Rapids and Portage.They are working with a Kalamazoo engineering firm to assist with drafting a site plan as they consider the possibilities for expanding into the Berrien County market. Trigo’s Marketing Director Brian Campbell says that they do not yet have an estimated target for opening locally, “as there are many factors that come into play when opening a new location.” Sonic, which tabs itself as “America’s Drive-In,” has more than 3,500 restaurants across the country, and made its Michigan debut about five years ago. There are currently 14 Sonics in the state, including those three to the north and east of us owned by Trigo. Sonic started as a hamburger and root beer stand in 1953 in Shawnee, Oklahoma as The Top Hat Drive-In. The company, which is headquartered in Oklahoma City, changed to the Sonic name in 1959. The first unit to bear the Sonic name is still operating daily in Stillwater, Oklahoma. According to corporate officials, local franchisees average annual sales of nearly $1.1-million dollars.Nationwide, the chain serves more than 3-million customers a day. The company was founded by Troy Smith Jr. And boasts more than 962 restaurants in Texas alone. Sonic is well known for its colorful buildings and friendly Carhops on roller skates. They are in the quick-service segment of the industry and enjoy substantial sales of their trademark Toaster Sandwiches, made with thick cuts of Texas Toast breads. The company has also declared itself to be “Your Ultimate Drink Stop,” inasmuch as they offer more than 168,000 drink combinations at each restaurant.Noting that “every customer is worth a mint to Sonic,” the chain also includes a candy mint with every meal served. Word in the street is that Trigo has acquired one of the “out-parcels” on the periphery of the new Meijer of Stevensville for the new Sonic.The restaurant is expected to offer the same options as Sonic Drive Ins everywhere with drive-in, drive-thru, or dine-in on the patio opportunities. Stay tuned for more on this and other periphery retailers and service providers near the new Meijer store at Red Arrow Highway and I-94 in Lincoln Charter Township.<br /> <br /> Last week’s Moody on the Market column talked about a broad array of Braggin’ Rights regarding communities, organizations, and businesses in the area. Well, no sooner did we go to press with that story when a huge new award was added to the trophy case at The Chocolate Garden in Coloma. I ran into owner Tina Buck at the Winter Delights Festival in the Grand Upton Hall, and (rightfully so) she was bubbling over with the remarkable news of her latest honors. For fifteen years now a team of experts has Tracked America’s Best and Top 10 in some 300 categories. Just this week, the results for 2010 have been posted, and the website has named The Chocolate Garden as “The Best Chocolatier in America!” Keep in mind that world renowned chocolatiers Ghirardelli of San Francisco and Hershey’s of Pennsylvania each only earned an “Honorable Mention!” The website lists at America’s Best are derived from travel and industry publications, review websites, and a panel of industry experts. Congratulations, Tina…and the entire crew at The Chocolate Garden.Wow!<br /> <br /> A little further north up the Lake Michigan coast, new high honors have been bestowed on the Yelton Manor in South Haven. That popular Bed & Breakfast in South Haven has been accorded the title of 2011 International Bed & Breakfast Inn of the Year. It would appear that bed and breakfast aficionados across the globe have granted the Yelton Manor that award through the organization called Pamela Lanier’s Bed & Breakfast Inns. Lanier has been citing the best in the industry for more than 26 years now, and the South Haven inn is the first ever Michigan inn to win the prestigious award.Owners of the inn are Robert Kripaitis and Elaine Herbert. They are actually enjoying their annual winter respite, and the manor will re-open for business come April.<br /> <br /> In the world of high finance, local offices of Edward Jones are standing tall in the saddle again this year after being named to Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the 12th time in recent Years. The financial services firm ranked #11 in this year’s rankings by the global financial news magazine.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Jeff & Clarence Benedict and their crew at Accomplish Quilting of Steven sville have earned the top award for the second consecutive year from the Gammill Quilting Machine Company of West Plains, Missouri. Jeff tells me that for the second year in a row, Accomplish Quilting was not only cited for exemplary customer service, but as the system-wide winners of the Top Domestic Dealer Sales Award for Cumulative Unit Sales and also winners of the Statler Stitcher Sales Achievement Award for Unit Sales. Gammill CEO Ron Parker said he is pleased to honor Accomplish Quilting for working constantly to deliver quality and excellence. Gammill is recognized as the world leader in quilting machine innovation and sales. Congratulations to the Benedicts and everyone at Accomplish Quilting in Steven sville!<br /> <br /> A lot of kudos, eh? But wait! There’s more! My friend Mike Branch from The Rental Branch just returned from the World of Concrete Expo in Las Vegas. Along with him, he brought nationwide attention thanks to his industry’s premier publication, Concrete Décor Magazine. The publication featured Mike’s decorative concrete supply store on Niles Road in St. Joseph in a substantial 6-page spread complete with 6 full color photos showcasing his remarkably innovative business here in Michigan’s Great Southwest.Cleverly titled, Branching Out, the multipage article by Lori Zecca, defines The MailMax for Michigan’s Great Southwest Rental Branch as “the ultimate decorative concrete showroom zone.” She goes on to tell the story of Mike’s massive makeover of his business and the evolution that has the entire industry talking about him. The compelling story of Mike’s dramatic business shift is peppered with colorful pictures from his 3,200 square foot center which features amazing things including an elaborate fireplace, a media room, a bar and sales counter, and a multitude of decorative floor sections, pathways and verticals. The article was perfectly timed, inasmuch as it was one of the major stories in the magazine which debuted this issue during the expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center to more than 1,200 exhibitors and well over 70,000 visitors. Nice work, Mike! Keep shining the light on this great area and the outstanding work that your team performs!<br /> <br /> I told you recently about the impending arrival of the new MADDOG 5/1 Fitness Studio in the Benton Harbor Arts District.Well…today, Saturday, January 29th, Marydawn Taggart is throwing open the doors onto a four hour Open House at 234 Territorial Road in the old Barentsen Candy Building. From noon until 4pm today head over to check out the new studio for men and women seeking challenging and innovative workouts designed to improve overall fitness in a group environment. Marydawn hopes to revolutionize the way that people get into shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle.She admits that her style of training is tough, but adds that it benefits the group and everyone in it. Taggart is a 15-year industry veteran who used to hold court as a fitness and spinning instructor at South Shore Athletic Club in Stevensville. Check out her streamlined space of more than 2,000 square feet framed by walls of exposed natural brick and 11-foot ceilings, beautifully renovated by architect Tim Flynn of Inocencio Flynn Design. To learn more, you can call 269-281-1026.<br /> <br /> Also new in business is Kathy’s Cleaning Service…owned and operated by Kathy Lucker of Coloma. She has been working closely with the Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services team and the Women’s Business Center. Kathy has been helping out around her community for years with those unable to clean their own home. Her work continued to draw attention and requests for professional help in cleaning offices and public buildings. She finally elected to take her venture to the next step and launch a full fledged business. Her growth has led to the hiring of three additional workers with plans to add more as the business develops. If you have an office or commercial space you would like to have Kathy clean, give her a call at 277-1282. Best of luck with the new venture, Kathy!<br /> <br /> If your business or organization could use a public relations or marketing boost, Think Tank Media’s Julee Laurent is scheduling a 3-day seminar at Bridges to Digital Excellence in downtown Benton Harbor to help small businesses, local charities and entrepreneurs identify their own unique plan to market their organization, product or event. Julee’s classes are slated for Wednesdays February 23rd, March 2nd and March 9th from 5:30pm until 8:30pm. Space is limited to 10 participants…so register today by calling 574-315-5501.<br /> <br /> Things got a little scary for Scott Parker recently when his neighbor’s business went up in smoke, but he’s still very much in business with his A.B. Services Wireless Center at the corner of M-139 and Rocky Weed Road north of Berrien Springs. Scott has a Cash for Cell Phones program where you can earn money for your old cell phones. He also provides a service of recycling phones that have no remaining cash value at all, in order to keep them out of local landfills. Scott also offers phones for free to unemployed people in Berrien County, pressing into action donated phones with little significant cash value that are still serviceable for use by folks who otherwise couldn’t afford one. Scott has more than 20-years of experience in the telecom industry. You can learn more about Mr. Parker’s enterprise by pointing your Internet browser to www.latestinphones.com. You can also reach him at 473-2328.<br /> <br /> Tomorrow afternoon (Sunday, January 30th) from 3 until 6pm the committee that brings you the Twin Cities Organ Concert Series will present Pedals, Pipes and Pizza, designed to introduce students in grades 4 through 12 to the pipe organ. The free program will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church at the corner of Market & Court Streets in St. Joe. You can register online at www.tcorganconcerts.org. Students will learn about the organ, hear and see demonstrations, and have a chance to play a piece with pizza being served at the conclusion.<br /> <br /> That’s all the time and space again this week. Enjoy your weekend…keep shopping on the local scene…and we’ll see you once again next Saturday, right here in MailMax!

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