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What Do You See? Photo of the Week -Page 2 ws Pa per. Ne Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com February 12, 2011 Volume 12, Ver. 6 the better part of the past year, local entertainer Eddie J returns home this week where he and Y-Country’s Wild Bill will be hosting the next round of the Battle of the Chef’s at the Getaway Grille and Cubbie Bar in Bridgman. Some of the best chefs in the entire region are facing head-to-head competition starting today (Saturday, February 12th) and for the next several weeks to determine who has the best appetizers and entrees for the dining public. Getaway owner Tom Ackerman tells me that he wants your help in determining the Best Chef in Michigan’s Great Southwest. Tonight, Drew from Lost Dunes will feature his world famous lasagna from 6 until 9pm. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life. Eddie J joins the judging for the next two weeks, and he’ll also perform there for your listening enjoyment. He will release his new CD “Under Duress” in a release party on March 5th at Tosi’s of Stevensville at 4337 Ridge Road, starting at 7pm. He has been appearing there regularly dat-ing back to the year 2000. His new CD will also be available for sale at Ferris Music in down-town Benton Harbor, on e-Bay (keyword eddiejmusic) as well as online and at www.eddiejmusic.com. Check it out! They’re holding a big West Michigan Golf Show this weekend at DeVos Place in down-town Grand Rapids. Word from the industry is that business leaders in the golf world are finding their proverbial cup more than half full this year. It’s the 23rd edition of the big show which targets golfing consumers and the entire Michigan golf industry, and the organization’s President David Graham says he expects better things in 2011 for Michigan golf. Lots of positive signs in 2010 have been noted by those in the business, and locally, the recent news that the Michigan State Supreme Court would not advance the lawsuit filed against the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Club at Harbor Shores was greeted all across the state with high-fives. In general, public golf owners and operators in Michigan are feeling a lot less stressed about the economy, and they are very upbeat going into a new season ahead. The big golf show runs through Sunday evening at 5pm and tickets are available at the door, if you are inclined to head to Grand Rapids before the weekend is out. You can learn more at www.westmichigangolfshow.com. That’s it for this week, kids…have a great weekend… Happy Valentine’s Day ...and we’ll see you around town this weekend at the big 7th Annual Magical Ice Carving Festival in St. Joseph! Moody on The Market I f you are a Red Arrow Highway cruiser or com-muter, chances are you might have stumbled across the quiet re-opening of O’Malley’s Bar & Grill on the north side of Bridgman. It’s true… Brenda Leonard and Dennis Davis have worked diligently on a bright, fresh, clean new outlook for the eatery… and they hope to see you swing by sometime real soon, as well. The restaurant, strategically located immediately next door to Siemans of Bridgman , has been back at it for a couple of weeks now…and everyone is invited to check them out at 8981 Red Arrow Highway, about a mile north of downtown Bridgman. The build-ing has been home to several dining options over the past several years, and has also been known to sit vacant between owners…but Brenda and Dennis are already making a name for them-selves according to the burger lovers of the region, who insist that the O’Malley version is absolutely on the short “must have” list for burger aficionados. The new owners are already gaining a reputation for their Friday night Bluegill Fry and Wednesday night Rib Night bargains. The 3,500-square foot diner is back open for business now everyday at 11am, and they are hosting live entertainment every Saturday night as well. You can reach the crew at O’Malley’s at 269-465-3700, but they hope you’ll simply jump into the car and head on down to see for yourself what a colorful make over and some great food can do to whip up your appetite. Congratulations…and welcome back! Bud Steinhoff can finally slap on a pair of sunglasses and head into the fading sun. In short, he can finally retire fully from the world of fashionable eyewear in downtown St. Joseph. He was able to semi-retire when he rolled his Coloma eye-care center into his operations at the corner of State & Pleasant Streets in down-town St. Joseph several years ago. Now, he can officially step away from the counter having sold his Steinhoff Optical Shop at 222 State Street to Dr. Jeff Scieszka. You will still find the Steinhoff family well-represented at that corner, however, inasmuch as Chris & Mike Steinhoff will still be employed by the new owner. Dr. Scieszka comes to downtown St. Joseph from M oody Pat Southwest Michigan’s only local LASER VISION CORRECTION facility. What does that mean? The ophthalmologist that you see preoperatively will be the same one who performs the LASER correction and gives you your post operative care. If you are not eligible for LASER Vision Correction, you may be a candidate for Implantable Collamer Lenses. Call today for your FREE SCREENING Eligibility Appointment! % Financing Available For 12 Months! 0 www.greateyecare.com FREE Wi Fi in St. Joseph “Clinical Research Site” Continued on page 8 2848 Niles Road • St. Joseph • 269-428-3300 x 298 or 299 Inserts & Promotions MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. Pat Moody Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org 269-925-6100 ext. 216 MOODY Continued from page 1 ECRWSS Postal Customer Advanced Family Eyecare at 2810 Niles Road in Southtown St. Joe. The acquisition by Dr. Jeff is excellent news for employees of Whirlpool, Lakeland HealthCare, and local teachers who have VSP Insurance as their eye-care insurance carrier. Those who have VSP contracts will now be able to use their insurance at Steinhoff Optical downtown. The fashion eyewear center will still carry the exclusive lines POSTMASTER: Please deliver on February 12, 2011 Country location for several years and decided a little attention 2202 Plaza Racine Drive probably Benton drew Harbor, MI more 49022 this is a great place to expand that business. His than he might have expected last week when he Phone: original Third Coast Surf Shop will, naturally, achieved 269.934.7522 the venerable age of 65. To mark the FAX: 269.934.3297 remain open in New Buffalo. auspicious occasion, Pete’s loving (and fun-Benton Harbor’s Pearson Construction loving!) wife Nancy widely distributed his new email: publisher@farahead.com Annual Tournament, it by features a 1st Place has a nice little trophy to add to their showcase e-mail address to family, friends, colleagues, Inserts may and vary ZipCode www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax prize of $1-thousand dollars (based on a 100 on Britain Avenue. Associated General patrons, and other members of the community at player minimum). You can find the 5 O’Clock Contractors of Michigan (AGC) announced large. Her encouragement to her “audience” Sports Bar at I-94 and Red Arrow Highway. If their recipients of the 2010 Build Michigan was to, “flood his new, little-used e-mail account you’d like to register for the tourney or need Awards recognizing excellence in commercial with birthday wishes.” My guess is that she was Ha rding’s Friendly Markets Martin’s Super Market Maxton Motors fundraiser, including Boy Scouts, 4-H, local Von & schools and gun Tobel clubs. In Lumber their 8-year existence, Hardware they have successfully shared more than Roger’s Foodland $50,000.00 to benefit local youth organizations and gun Schroeder clubs in the area. This is their 2nd Furniture

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If you are a Red Arrow Highway cruiser or commuter, chances are you might have stumbled across the quiet re-opening of O’Malley’s Bar & Grill on the north side of Bridgman. It’s true…Brenda Leonard and Dennis Davis have worked diligently on a bright, fresh, clean new outlook for the eatery… and they hope to see you swing by sometime real soon, as well. The restaurant, strategically located immediately next door to Siemans of Bridgman, has been back at it for a couple of weeks now…and everyone is invited to check them out at 8981 Red Arrow Highway, about a mile north of downtown Bridgman. The building has been home to several dining options over the past several years, and has also been known to sit vacant between owners…but Brenda and Dennis are already making a name for themselves according to the burger lovers of the region, who insist that the O’Malley version is absolutely on the short “must have” list for burger aficionados. The new owners are already gaining a reputation for their Friday night Bluegill Fry and Wednesday night Rib Night bargains. The 3,500-square foot diner is back open for business now everyday at 11am, and they are hosting live entertainment every Saturday night as well. You can reach the crew at O’Malley’s at 269-465-3700, but they hope you’ll simply jump into the car and head on down to see for yourself what a colorful make over and some great food can do to whip up your appetite. Congratulations…and welcome back!<br /> <br /> Bud Steinh off can finally slap on a pair of sunglasses and head into the fading sun. In short, he can finally retire fully from the world of fashionable eyewear in downtown St. Joseph. He was able to semi-retire when he rolled his Coloma eye-care center into his operations at the corner of State & Pleasant Streets in downtown St. Joseph several years ago. Now, he can officially step away from the counter having sold his Steinhoff Optical Shop at 222 State Street to Dr. Jeff Scieszka. You will still find the Steinhoff family well-represented at that corner, however, inasmuch as Chris & Mike Steinhoff will still be employed by the new owner. Dr. Scieszka comes to downtown St. Joseph from Advanced Family Eyecare at 2810 Niles Road in Southtown St. Joe. The acquisition by Dr. Jeff is excellent news for employees of Whirlpool, Lakeland HealthCare, and local teachers who have VSP Insurance as their eyecare insurance carrier. Those who have VSP contracts will now be able to use their insurance at Steinhoff Optical downtown. The fashion eyewear center will still carry the exclusive lines of Chanel, Gucci, Dolce, and Prada along with the sunglass lines of Oakley and Maui Jim. Congratulations to all parties involved in the ownership transfer, best of luck in your fullon retirement, Bud…and keep us posted on your progress in the central business district. You can reach the Steinhoff crew at 269-982-4237.<br /> <br /> St. Joe shoppers will find an empty storefront just down the block a bit from Steinhoff’s for now…but that will change come spring. Mike Wolfe has elected to merge his Urban Home inventory into his Iron Gate center in downtown Benton Harbor. With frequent inventory shopping trips to Mexico and other global market places, Mike determined that it was just too unwieldy to try and maintain two retail centers on opposite sides of the river. His space in the 200 block of State Street had been openly for sale for some time now, and when he successfully closed a deal to sell the building in September, Mike decided that the end of the holiday season was the best logical time to consolidate his businesses into his much larger space on Main Street in downtown Benton Harbor just a block and a half away from Whirlpool’s new $65-million dollar office campus along the St. Joe River. Fans of Urban Home have known for some time that eclectic home décor of all stripes has been available at both locations for several years, and you can still find many of those favorite lines and styles at the colorful Iron Gate store next door to the Harbortown Café. As for Mike’s old space downtown, it won’t be empty for long. Ryan Girard has purchased the building and will expand his surfing empire in April when he opens up his second location for the Third Coast Surf Shop in downtown St. Joe. Girard has been very successful with his Harbor Country location for several years and decided this is a great place to expand that business. His original Third Coast Surf Shop will, naturally, remain open in New Buffalo.<br /> <br /> Benton Harbor’s Pearson Construction has a nice little trophy to add to their showcase on Britain Avenue. Associated General Contractors of Michigan (AGC) announced their recipients of the 2010 Build Michigan Awards recognizing excellence in commercial construction throughout the state. Nine projects were recognized at the recent annual meeting for AGC in Bay City, and Pearson’s Silver Beach Center & Whirlpool Compass Fountain project was tabbed as the winner in the “Building Construction Under $10-Million” category. It actually marks the third award Pearson has received for the project. The Build Michigan Awards represent some of the most outstanding commercial construction projects completed in the state. Congratulations to the entire Pearson team for a great win!<br /> <br /> There are many ways to celebrate a milestone birthday, but local restaurateur Pete Racine probably drew a little more attention than he might have expected last week when he achieved the venerable age of 65. To mark the auspicious occasion, Pete’s loving (and funloving!) Wife Nancy widely distributed his new e-mail address to family, friends, colleagues, patrons, and other members of the community at large. Her encouragement to her “audience” was to, “flood his new, little-used e-mail account with birthday wishes.” My guess is that she was highly successful in her endeavor, because, hey…who doesn’t want to help celebrate the birthday of one of the most successful restaurant owners in the entire region since he and his crew at The Grand Mere Inn of Stevensville have certainly helped many of us to mark a milestone or two along the way. Happy Birthday, Pete! Keep up the great work, and that smile that shows the world how much fun you’re having at this great game of life!<br /> <br /> If you know when to hold ‘em, when to fold ‘em, when to walk away and/or run…the local organization dubbed Southwest Michigan Friends of NRA invite you to hitch up your poker pants and mosey on down to The 5 O’Clock Sports Bar & Restaurant in Stevensville for a rousing No Limit Texas Hold’Em Tournament. The event is slated to get underway at 2pm next Saturday, February 19th, with registration taking place at 12:30pm. Melanie von Koenig heads up the group’s communication efforts and she tells me that the organization operates under the National Rifle Association Foundation, as a non-profit arm of the NRA. The local group is made up of volunteers trying to make a difference in the community. A number of groups will benefit from this fundraiser, including Boy Scouts, 4-H, local schools and gun clubs. In their 8-year existence, they have successfully shared more than $50,000.00 to benefit local youth organizations and gun clubs in the area. This is their 2nd Annual Tournament, and it features a 1st Place prize of $1-thousand dollars (based on a 100 player minimum). You can find the 5 O’Clock Sports Bar at I-94 and Red Arrow Highway. If you’d like to register for the tourney or need additional info, call John Andrasi at 925-0911 or Jeff von Koenig at 461-3312.<br /> <br /> While recent snowstorms have probably left any thoughts of strolling among classic cars far from your top of mind awareness, the folks who annually assemble the outstanding exhibition known as the Krasl Art Center Concours are very much thinking those thoughts for you. In fact, they want you to put Saturday, August 13, 2011 on your calendar to head to the bluff in St. Joe for this great extravaganza. Equally important, however, as their drive for the best for this year’s show. Owners of restored vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles 35 years old or older who would like to exhibit their vehicles in the 2011 event are being invited to submit applications and photos for consideration by the Executive Board no later than March 15th. You can download an application from their website at www.krasl.org/concoursmain.aspx or by calling organizer Dar Davis at 983-0742. If you are accepted into the exhibition, you will be notified by mid-April. With Chevrolet currently into its 100th year, the automaker will be this year’s featured marque. Good luck with your entry plans.<br /> <br /> After performing in Phoenix, Arizona for the better part of the past year, local entertainer Eddie J returns home this week where he and Y-Country’s Wild Bill will be hosting the next round of the Battle of the Chef’s at the Getaway Grille and Cubbie Bar in Bridgman. Some of the best chefs in the entire region are facing headto- head competition starting today (Saturday, February 12th) and for the next several weeks to determine who has the best appetizers and entrees for the dining public. Getaway owner Tom Ackerman tells me that he wants your help in determining the Best Chef in Michigan’s Great Southwest. Tonight, Drew from Lost Dunes will feature his world famous lasagna from 6 until 9pm. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life. Eddie J joins the judging for the next two weeks, and he’ll also perform there for your listening enjoyment. He will release his new CD “Under Duress” in a release party on March 5th at Tosi’s of Stevensville at 4337 Ridge Road, starting at 7pm. He has been appearing there regularly dating back to the year 2000. His new CD will also be available for sale at Ferris Music in downtown Benton Harbor, on e-Bay (keyword eddiejmusic) as well as online and at www.eddiejmusic.com. Check it out!<br /> <br /> They’re holding a big West Michigan Golf Show this weekend at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids. Word from the industry is that business leaders in the golf world are finding their proverbial cup more than half full this year. It’s the 23rd edition of the big show which targets golfing consumers and the entire Michigan golf industry, and the organization’s President David Graham says he expects better things in 2011 for Michigan golf. Lots of positive signs in 2010 have been noted by those in the business, and locally, the recent news that the Michigan State Supreme Court would not advance the lawsuit filed against the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Club at Harbor Shores was greeted all across the state with high-fives. In general, public golf owners and operators in Michigan are feeling a lot less stressed about the economy, and they are very upbeat going into a new season ahead. The big golf show runs through Sunday evening at 5pm and tickets are available at the door, if you are inclined to head to Grand Rapids before the weekend is out. You can learn more at www.westmichigangolfshow.com. <br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids…have a great weekend…Happy Valentine’s Day...and we’ll see you around town this weekend at the big 7th Annual Magical Ice Carving Festival in St. Joseph!

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