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What Do You See? Photo of the Week -Page 2 ws Pa per. Ne Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com Phone 983-7747 615 Pleasant Street • St. Joseph www.helensheathhut.com February 26, 2011 Volume 12, Ver. 8 Moody on The Market W hen Tony Pedraza and his sister Clara were growing up in their South Bend neighborhood, they often heard friends of their grandfather call him by his popular nickname of Chivo (pronounced Chee-vo). Based on their love for the man, their new adventure in St. Joseph’s Southtown neigh-borhood is aptly named Chivo’s Pizza. As children, they spent many a day visiting the beaches in St. Joe, and that’s why they elected to open up shop in Michigan’s Great Southwest. They quietly opened the doors a couple of weeks ago just in time for Super Bowl Sunday, and they are rapidly building a loyal clientele of fans who have become repeat customers. Tony runs operations along with his brother-in-law Drew Truex (who is Clara’s husband) at the shop located in the former Ace Plumbing & Heating Building at 2724 Niles Avenue across from Dunkin’ Donuts. The two have more than 10-years each in the pizza-making business in their native South Bend region. They describe their product as truly artisan-style pizza. They personally hand-make their dough every day, they grind their own cheeses and meats and work to accomplish an artistic approach to every pizza they make. Just talking to the duo clearly exhibits the pride that they take in the work that they do at Chivo’s, which is strictly a carry out and delivery pizzeria. The two are quintessential owners and operators of their shop and are anything but a chain-style restaurant. To show the fun they have with their pizza customers, they were busy making heart-shaped pizzas on Valentine’s Day. For those who live for a slice or two of cold pizza on the morning after, Tony tells me that their pizzas hold up exceptionally well for left-overs. They are willing to accommodate divided families who want tons of toppings on one half while the other half rides with just cheese…and they will even produce half-baked pies that you can finish off in your home oven for fresh-hot, on-the-spot delivery to family and friends. It was Drew who trained Tony in the art of pizza-making years ago, and now they both have an extensive Continued on page 10 M oody Pat ers fire up the earth movers to prep her facility background in training others to make an for a 500-square foot expansion project. This excellent product. If you’d like to try out the new addition will add space to the retail shop, new kids on the block, you’ll find their menu an outdoor patio, and a new restroom for cus-online at www.chivospizza.com. They can be tomers of the Chocolate Garden. Her target reached at 982-7000, and you’ll find them in for completion is Memorial Day or sooner. the house Sunday through Thursday from 4pm One of Tina’s primary goals with the new until 9:30pm and on Fridays and Saturdays addition is to help re-capture a bit of the from 11am until 10:30pm. Chivo’s Pizza is quaintness of her unique shop, which she feels purely pizza, pop, breadsticks and salads, and might have faded a bit with the exterior they do that by design. That way nothing gets appearance of her last expansion. I don’t think in the way of creating each pizza as another she has to worry about that factor…as her masterpiece for you, the customer. aficionados have loved every minute of every visit for her amazing and award-winning truf-Congratulations guys! Best of luck! Armed with accolades from across the fles. They’ve long been known for quality country and a growing cadre of fans eager to home construction and now they have estab-enjoy her product, Tina Buck from the lished a professional new headquarters in Chocolate Garden in Coloma is growing her enterprise once again. She recently issued a Southtown St. Joseph. Dale Christie and his breathless note to her Facebook fans that she crew have set up shop alongside Jim & Jenna is expanding her Friday Road headquarters Everett’s Ameriprise Office on Niles Avenue in St. Joe. Christie Builders has Attend When WMU-Southwest’s Open House and speak with Custom program advisors, a financial aid representative, and once again. the weather broke last been producing distinctive homes in the region week, she took advantage Southwest staff. of it and had work-for more than 30-years now. Their new client MOODY Continued from page 1 It’s time. Get started. Attend and return consultation center, just off the edge of the application to Registration and refreshments: parking lot at First Church of God in St. Joe, Continued from page 10 WMU-Southwest opened 5 for just after the first of the to business 5:30 p.m. month. In addition to individual contracts with by March 17, and Welcome: 5:30 to 6 p.m. many custom-home clients, the crew at Christie we will pay your Breakout to key 7 p.m. Custom Builders is sessions: also one of 6 the provid-ers for the Harbor Shores project. application fee. event who to find out more about the following programs: It Attend was Art the Linkletter made a name for himself with the contention that “Kids Say Undergraduate Programs the Darndest Things.” Now, John Immel • Business Administration and his daughter Sarah Fielding are (BBA) working hard to • keep that spirit alive with a unique Education: Elementary (BS) new website: www.MyMomMemories.com . • Manufacturing Engineering (BSE) Immel and his wife are retired and living in the • Nursing (BS) Online hybrid * Bridgman area. They love when the kids and grandkids visit from Chicago . One such visit Graduate Certificates last summer while they were enjoying a drink Another hearty band of revelers will be been evolving a new yoga space called • Professional Teacher Certificate on the patio led to stories about the funny and (18-hr) “going green” in a whole other manner two Pleasant Street Studio at the corner of touching things Sarah’s three children had said Graduate Programs recently. She noted that she really should weeks from tonight when the community of Pleasant and Court Streets downtown. cranks up their St. Patrick’s Day Longtime yoga teacher and fitness instructor write them down so she wouldn’t Sport forget Performance them. Coloma • Education: Coaching (MA) Parade, a Lighted Parade, at 7:30pm. Put Maria Rosner has been helping the Ferrill’s That led to chatting about a website designed th hybrid * • Education: Physical Education – Pedagogy (MA) Online to share and preserve such memories. Thus Saturday, March 12 on your calendar, or bet-and together they are hosting a Celebrating • Education: The Practice of creative Teaching (MA) ter yet stop by either Chemical Bank, Wellness Open House this coming Friday, was born the concept. With John’s • Educational Leadership (MA) of Edgewater Bank, or Coloma City Hall for March 4th from 5pm until 7pm. It’s a free director background and Sarah’s network “Mommy friends,” they were off and running. an application and plan to be a part of the big event providing you the opportunity to tour * Some face-to-face courses are required. Now, they’d like you to share on the site. It’s event! Top parade winners will win a Pot-of-the studio, meet the instructors, experience a completely free, and you can sign up to create Gold sponsored by local merchants. Entries chair massage, and sample local wines and your own personal archive. Even John & will be judged in the categories of Float, health foods from area merchants. Stop by RSVP online at www.wmich.edu/southwest/openhouse yourself. Sarah aren’t sure where it’s all headed, they Marching Unit, Costumed Individual, and and introduce Southwest or call (269) 934-1500 Hopefully you are reading this early just wanted someplace fun to keep track of the Decorated Vehicle. Last year there were 32 amazing words from the mouths of babes. entries in the lighted parade and once again enough to capitalize on a great opportunity to Check it out and feel free to post your own this year local Leprechauns will be walking help support the St. Joseph High School the route passing out candy. A window dis-Baseball & Softball Teams as they combine great stories and memories. Breakfast today, Beth Nahikian-Mabry of St. Joe has play contest in the community will add to the efforts for a Pancake th, from 7:30am until February Inserts & 26 Promotions some fun recent memories of her kids, even festive nature, some of the restaurants will Saturday, though they are now grown adults. For the feature traditional Irish fare, and if the weath-noon. The event is being hosted at the St. High School Cafeteria , and is just Ha rding’s Friendly Markets past two years running Beth’s daughters, erman cooperates, they plan to have a green-Joseph stripe painted down Main Street. Check MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. it $5-bucks a head, with a $20-max for a family 21-year old Sarah and 19-year old Dana have Super of four Martin’s or more. Kids under Markets five eat free, too. had front row tickets to the Grammy’s in out! 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 This message arrived too late to get it into last The crew at Williamson Employment Los Angeles. They didn’t actually have seats, Roger’s so Foodland hopefully, you can Services 269.934.7522 will be celebrating this week, when week’s MailMax, Phone: they were in the mosh pit. Beth’s brother and th respond before it’s over! Thanks. they arrive at their 19 Anniversary in busi-FAX: 269.934.3297 Pator True Value his girlfriend have pretty solid connections to That’s a wrap on this week’s Moody on ness on March 2nd. The company has received the music industry and the girls were two of email: publisher@farahead.com you next Saturday, right here the six VIP’s in the mosh pit not only last year, thirteen Platinum Stake Awards at the the Market…see Inserts may vary by ZipCode www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax but again last week when the Grammy Awards Cornerstone Chamber annual meeting over in MailMax! were on international television. Both girls the years, as they continue to grow under the were actively engaged in choir and band guidance of President Judee Hopwood, through high school, and Sarah actually sang whose mother Peg Williamson founded the Pat Moody Open House Thursday, March 10 MOODY POSTMASTER: Please deliver on February 26, 2011 ECRWSS Postal Customer

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When Tony Pedraza and his sister Clara were growing up in their South Bend neighborhood, they often heard friends of their grandfather call him by his popular nickname of Chivo (pronounced Chee-vo). Based on their love for the man, their new adventure in St. Joseph’s South town neighborhood is aptly named Chivo’s Pizza. As children, they spent many a day visiting the beaches in St. Joe, and that’s why they elected to open up shop in Michigan’s Great Southwest. They quietly opened the doors a couple of weeks ago just in time for Super Bowl Sunday, and they are rapidly building a loyal clientele of fans who have become repeat customers. Tony runs operations along with his brother-in-law Drew Truex (who is Clara’s husband) at the shop located in the former Ace Plumbing & Heating Building at 2724 Niles Avenue across from Dunkin’ Donuts. The two have more than 10-years each in the pizza-making business in their native South Bend region. They describe their product as truly artisan-style pizza. They personally hand-make their dough every day, they grind their own cheeses and meats and work to accomplish an artistic approach to every pizza they make. Just talking to the duo clearly exhibits the pride that they take in the work that they do at Chivo’s, which is strictly a carry out and delivery pizzeria. The two are quintessential owners and operators of their shop and are anything but a chain-style restaurant. To show the fun they have with their pizza customers, they were busy making heart-shaped pizzas on Valentine’s Day. For those who live for a slice or two of cold pizza on the morning after, Tony tells me that their pizzas hold up exceptionally well for leftovers. They are willing to accommodate divided families who want tons of toppings on one half while the other half rides with just cheese…and they will even produce half baked pies that you can finish off in your home oven for fresh-hot, on-the-spot delivery to family and friends. It was Drew who trained Tony in the art of pizza-making years ago, and now they both have an extensive background in training others to make an excellent product. If you’d like to try out the new kids on the block, you’ll find their menu online at www.chivospizza.com. They can be reached at 982-7000, and you’ll find them in the house Sunday through Thursday from 4pm until 9:30pm and on Fridays and Saturdays from 11am until 10:30pm. Chivo’s Pizza is purely pizza, pop, bread sticks and salads, and they do that by design. That way nothing gets in the way of creating each pizza as another masterpiece for you, the customer. Congratulations guys! Best of luck!<br /> <br /> Armed with accolades from across the country and a growing cadre of fans eager to enjoy her product, Tina Buck from the Chocolate Garden in Coloma is growing her enterprise once again. She recently issued a breathless note to her Face book fans that she is expanding her Friday Road headquarters once again. When the weather broke last week, she took advantage of it and had workers fire up the earth movers to prep her facility for a 500-square foot expansion project. This new addition will add space to the retail shop, an outdoor patio, and a new restroom for customers of the Chocolate Garden. Her target for completion is Memorial Day or sooner. One of Tina’s primary goals with the new addition is to help re-capture a bit of the quaintness of her unique shop, which she feels might have faded a bit with the exterior appearance of her last expansion. I don’t think she has to worry about that factor…as her aficionados have loved every minute of every visit for her amazing and award-winning truffles.<br /> <br /> They’ve long been known for quality home construction and now they have established a professional new headquarters in South town St. Joseph. Dale Christie and his crew have set up shop alongside Jim & Jenna Everett’s Ameriprise Office on Niles Avenue in St. Joe. Christie Custom Builders has been producing distinctive homes in the region for more than 30-years now. Their new client Mail Max for Michigan’s Great Southwest consultation center, just off the edge of the parking lot at First Church of God in St. Joe, opened for business just after the first of the month. In addition to individual contracts with many custom-home clients, the crew at Christie Custom Builders is also one of the key providers for the Harbor Shores project.<br /> <br /> It was Art Link letter who made a name for himself with the contention that “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” Now, John Immel and his daughter Sarah Fielding are working hard to keep that spirit alive with a unique new website: www.MyMomMemories.com. Immel and his wife are retired and living in the Bridgman area. They love when the kids and grandkids visit from Chicago. One such visit last summer while they were enjoying a drink on the patio led to stories about the funny and touching things Sarah’s three children had said recently. She noted that she really should write them down so she wouldn’t forget them. That led to chatting about a website designed to share and preserve such memories. Thus was born the concept. With John’s creative director background and Sarah’s network of “Mommy friends,” they were off and running. Now, they’d like you to share on the site. It’s completely free, and you can sign up to create your own personal archive. Even John & Sarah aren’t sure where it’s all headed, they just wanted someplace fun to keep track of the amazing words from the mouths of babes. Check it out and feel free to post your own great stories and memories.<br /> <br /> Beth Nahikian-Mabry of St. Joe has some fun recent memories of her kids, even though they are now grown adults. For the past two years running Beth’s daughters, 21-year old Sarah and 19-year old Dana have had front row tickets to the Grammy’s in Los Angeles. They didn’t actually have seats, they were in the mosh pit. Beth’s brother and his girlfriend have pretty solid connections to the music industry and the girls were two of the six VIP’s in the mosh pit not only last year, but again last week when the Grammy Awards were on international television. Both girls were actively engaged in choir and band through high school, and Sarah actually sang at Carnegie Hall as a highlight. Not only were they at the epicenter during the broadcast, they also joined after parties at the Biltmore Hotel. Beth was exceptionally pumped to see that both girls were clearly visible in the corner of a CNN photo of Usher and Justin Bieber. Nothing like living life in the fast lane, eh?<br /> <br /> Speaking of music, my friend Judy Schnebly is hoping that the hype and glory of TV’s Glee cast will generate excitement for her new project Singers, Plus! Judy, a long time instructor in the St. Joseph Public School System, has launched a new venture called “Music Plus Project of Southwest Michigan.” Singer’s Plus is the first individual project which will comprise a choir of children from grades 3 through 8th. No ordinary choir, Judy says this will be a true Show Choir made up of students who will go through a fairly simple audition process. As the project grows, there is the likelihood that additional choirs and voice lessons will be made available. Schnebly has more than 25-years of involvement with Show Choir Camps of America. Her colleague, Lanie Schrubba, also has extensive knowledge in that arena. Auditions for this new effort get underway on Monday, February 28th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm in the Upton Middle School Choir Room. You can reach Judy at 930-2893 for information. Congratulations, Judy…knock ‘em dead with your usual outstanding performance!<br /> <br /> As the world continues to focus on Going Green, a local contingent of business people would like to invite you to the Michigan’s Great Southwest Sustainable Business Forum, this coming Wednesday, March 2nd from noon until 2pm at the LMC M-Tec Center’s Electronics Lab. The group, headed up by Becky Kliss of Green Connection, will be “Making a Case for Sustainability.” A networking lunch will be followed by a stable of four speakers and the cost is just $15 payable by cash or check at the door that day. The founding members of the forum in addition to Kliss’ Green Connection are Whirlpool, Reliable Disposal, Lake Michigan College, Indiana Michigan Power, Chemical Bank, and Michiana Recycling & Disposal Services. The M-Tec Center is located at 400 Klock Road in Benton Harbor.

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