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What Do You See? Photo of the Week -Page 2 ws Pa per. Ne Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com March 5, 2011 Volume 12, Ver. 10 Moody on The Market A s the musical chairs and revolving doors in the former Elks Lodge Building in downtown St. Joseph continue, get ready for one of the best parts of that whole equa-tion. While enjoying dinner at Cassava’s Latin American Cuisine on the second floor last week, Chef Eduardo came to our table to tell us about his exciting news. His outstanding restaurant is going to flip to the opposite side of the building soon. As the Elks make their final departure from the building this spring, Cassava will re-locate to the side of the building overlooking Lake Bluff Park and ultimately Lake Michigan itself. The Chef didn’t have all of the details yet, but he is clearly excited about providing diners with a birds-eye view of the spectacular sunsets along the shoreline. Coupled with his remarkable talent for outstanding offerings from the Cassava kitch-en, the atmosphere will undoubtedly make for a solid home run for all of us. Eduardo wasn’t done with his tales of intrigue though when he talked about moving from a cityscape to a sea-scape dining room. He’ll really go over the top when he unveils his rooftop Tiki Bar high atop the Elks building as his piece de resistance. Now that concept will create some lively interest for sure. Cassava is named after the South American plant of the same name. The unique dining expe-rience is centered on fresh ingredients and fla-vorful seasonings, converging for healthy dish-es. From the shiny spiral cone of plantains and salsa to hand-crafted desserts, meals at Cassava are already a hit with those who enjoy their ring-side view of the brick-lined State Street experi-ence. When the shift takes us to the beach side of the house, I can only imagine the spiked interest the Cassava crew will enjoy. Stay tuned for more, but don’t wait to try Eduardo’s talents. His Pork Tenderloin on a Black Bean Menestra is amazing. Cassava is located at the top of the stairs at 518 Broad Street in downtown St. Joseph. You can reach them at 408-1460. Meanwhile, the transition is nearing com-pletion for the Benton Harbor Elks Lodge as well. Sharon & Marv Sears closed the deal recently to purchase the long time lodge on M-139 in Benton Harbor and are working around the clock now to convert the entire build-M oody Pat 1091 E. Napier Ave., • Benton Harbor 925-1000 IS LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED BY PEOPLE YOU KNOW & TRUST! PREMIER HOME FURNISHINGS Grand Opening continues at Premier Home Furnishings. You’ll save on EVERYTHING in our inventory including liv-ing rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, recliners, mattresses, entertainment centers, sofas... Absolutely EVERY item in our million dollar inventory will be included! This sale is our BIGGEST EVENT OF THE SEASON! Including brands such as: England, Ashley, Berkline, Klaussner, Pioneer, Ea-supper is set for this Tuesday, March 8th, from gle Theropedic 4:30pm until 7pm at the church, which is located at 5506 Ridge Road in Stevensville. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, fruit and beverages. Entertainment will be provided and door prizes will be awarded as well. If you need to learn you can call 429-5911. appetite! That’s right... You can make more, your purchase with 6 Bon MONTHS Sarrett Nature Center has a couple of SAME AS CASH!* PLUS, THE FIRST 100 TO upcoming events they’d like PEOPLE to invite you to. On PURCHASE $499 OR MORE WILL A FREE Saturday, March RECEIVE 19th popular local musician VACATION PACKAGE! Carl Payne will be debuting new songs for his summer season including Dulcimer With our quality brands, huge selection and Mountain great prices, tunes. The 7pm show that night will benefit edu-Premier Home Furnishings is the best at destination all cational programs the center and for tickets are your home furnishings needs. Come in on Thursday, Friday $12 each. Call to reserve at 927-4832. One week later, on Home the 26th, Furnishings Mystery Night will be your & Saturday to shop at Premier Grand chance to enjoy a catered meal and solve a series Opening! of puzzles and word mysteries to earn rewards. See You At the Sale, The all inclusive fee is $40 each, and your reser-vation is due by the 18th at 927-4832. Check it out at the Sarrett Nature Center. That’s all the time and space again this week, kids…so please remember to Shop Locally, and we’ll see you tonight at the Lake Michigan College Winners Circle Auction or next Saturday once again right here in MailMax! 6 MONTHS SAME AS CASH!* Jim Forker Continued on page 7 *To Qualifi ed buyers. Minimum monthly payments required. On purchase over $1000 Pat Moody Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org 269-925-6100 ext. 216 ECRWSS Postal Customer ing for their Affordable Quality Furniture store. The couple had been leasing space at the back of the lodge, which sits alongside Blossom Lanes AMF Bowling Center , for nearly three years. They worked with Edgewater Bank and the Lakeshore 504 SBA Loan Committee to swing the deal to buy the building outright. The Elks held their last formal affair at the lodge on New Year’s Eve , and their departure makes way for Sharon & Marv to remodel the front end of the building, which will dramatically expand MOODY Continued from page 1 POSTMASTER: Please deliver on March 5, 2011 a full offering of rental and lesson services. expansion will result in the company’s new their furniture display space there. The store Harding’s Markets Come April, you’ll Friendly find Ryan and his team at year-round headquarters opening on State originally moved from Benton Heights to the is a publication of Far Citing Ahead the Advertising, Inc. 212 State Street in the heart of the city’s central Street in April. local community’s M-139 location, and offers dining MailMax room furni-Martin’s Super Market business district. public beaches wide open ture as well as furniture for the bedroom, living 2202 Plaza “award-winning Drive Benton Harbor, MI with 49022 Ace Hardware Jim McFadden had a lifelong dream to access and good surf, and two beautiful rivers to room and beyond. They are well known for Phone: 269.934.7522 purchase his very own auto repair shop. Utilizing paddle on,” Third Coast’s Ryan Gerard says their mattress and bedding prices as well as Jett’s Pizza FAX: 269.934.3297 the endless resources of the Internet, Jim stum-his crew could not be more excited about their children’s furniture and entertainment centers. bled on a story regarding Automotive Electric location. He tells me that the New Buffalo The Sears’ work with several furniture makers Rogers Foodland email: new publisher@farahead.com in downtown Benton Harbor. As you may location will remain as it always has with one and vendors, and always have the capability of Inserts may vary by ZipCode www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax recall, I told the story last year of health prob-exception – a shorter season from May through ordering what you’d like for no additional fee if lems for the Orlando family who had owned September. He calls his new St. Joe store “the they don’t have what you want on the showroom the shop for many years on Colfax Avenue , and new hub of Great Lakes surfing,” and says the floor. Edgewater’s Stacey Stephens tells me their need to sell the business and property. store here will remain open year round featuring that the Lakeshore 504 program strengthened Inserts & Promotions

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As the musical chairs and revolving doors in the former Elks Lodge Building in downtown St. Joseph continue, get ready for one of the best parts of that whole equation. While enjoying dinner at Cassava’s Latin American Cuisine on the second floor last week, Chef Eduardo came to our table to tell us about his exciting news. His outstanding restaurant is going to flip to the opposite side of the building soon. As the Elks make their final departure from the building this spring, Cassava will re-locate to the side of the building overlooking Lake Bluff Park and ultimately Lake Michigan itself. The Chef didn’t have all of the details yet, but he is clearly excited about providing diners with a birds-eye view of the spectacular sunsets along the shoreline. Coupled with his remarkable talent for outstanding offerings from the Cassava kitchen, the atmosphere will undoubtedly make for a solid home run for all of us. Eduardo wasn’t done with his tales of intrigue though when he talked about moving from a cityscape to a seascape dining room. He’ll really go over the top when he unveils his rooftop Tiki Bar high atop the Elks building as his piece de resistance. Now that concept will create some lively interest for sure. Cassava is named after the South American plant of the same name. The unique dining experience is centered on fresh ingredients and flavorful seasonings, converging for healthy dishes. From the shiny spiral cone of plantains and salsa to hand-crafted desserts, meals at Cassava are already a hit with those who enjoy their ringside view of the brick-lined State Street experience. When the shift takes us to the beach side of the house, I can only imagine the spiked interest the Cassava crew will enjoy. Stay tuned for more, but don’t wait to try Eduardo’s talents. His Pork Tenderloin on a Black Bean Menestra is amazing. Cassava is located at the top of the stairs at 518 Broad Street in downtown St. Joseph. You can reach them at 408-1460.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the transition is nearing completion for the Benton Harbor Elks Lodge as well. Sharon & Marv Sears closed the deal recently to purchase the long time lodge on M-139 in Benton Harbor and are working around the clock now to convert the entire building for their Affordable Quality Furniture store. The couple had been leasing space at the back of the lodge, which sits alongside Blossom Lanes AMF Bowling Center, for nearly three years. They worked with Edgewater Bank and the Lakeshore 504 SBA Loan Committee to swing the deal to buy the building outright. The Elks held their last formal affair at the lodge on New Year’s Eve, and their departure makes way for Sharon & Marv to remodel the front end of the building, which will dramatically expand their furniture display space there. The store originally moved from Benton Heights to the M-139 location, and offers dining room furniture as well as furniture for the bedroom, living room and beyond. They are well known for their mattress and bedding prices as well as children’s furniture and entertainment centers. The Sears’ work with several furniture makers and vendors, and always have the capability of ordering what you’d like for no additional fee if they don’t have what you want on the showroom floor. Edgewater’s Stacey Stephens tells me that the Lakeshore 504 program strengthened the bank’s decision to assist in the purchase of the building. You can shop Affordable Quality Furniture Monday through Friday from 10am until 6pm and Saturdays from 10 until 4pm. Congratulations on closing the deal, and best of luck as you expand your operations for furniture buyers everywhere!<br /> <br /> Further details are emerging regarding the impending arrival of the Third Coast Surf Shop in downtown St. Joseph. Six years after the tiny shop sprouted in New Buffalo, the expansion will result in the company’s new year-round headquarters opening on State Street in April. Citing the local community’s “award-winning public beaches with wide open access and good surf, and two beautiful rivers to paddle on,” Third Coast’s Ryan Gerard says his crew could not be more excited about their new location. He tells me that the New Buffalo location will remain as it always has with one exception – a shorter season from May through September. He calls his new St. Joe store “the new hub of Great Lakes surfing,” and says the store here will remain open year round featuring a much wider array of seasonal surfwear and accessories from companies like Patagonia, Billabong, Hurley, Volcom, RVCA, Element, Honolua, Ray Ban, Oakley, Reef, and many more high quality surfing labels. Additionally, Third Coast’s surfboard and stand-up paddleboard collections will be bigger and better than ever, as will the accessories and lifestyle products they carry. He adds that his crew’s reputation as the place to learn how to surf and standup paddle on the Great Lakes will continue with a full offering of rental and lesson services. Come April, you’ll find Ryan and his team at 212 State Street in the heart of the city’s central business district.<br /> <br /> Jim McFadden had a lifelong dream to purchase his very own auto repair shop. Utilizing the endless resources of the Internet, Jim stumbled on a story regarding Automotive Electric in downtown Benton Harbor. As you may recall, I told the story last year of health problems for the Orlando family who had owned the shop for many years on Colfax Avenue, and their need to sell the business and property. Enter Mr. McFadden from Painesville, Ohio. He and Craig Orlando successfully negotiated an agreement, struck a deal, and created a smooth transition. As a result, Mr. McFadden and his wife Pam packed up their belongings and have settled in Michigan’s Great Southwest as the new owners and operators of Automotive Electric. Pam, meanwhile, has found work at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites on Lakeshore Drive in St. Joseph. You’ll find the shop at 288 Colfax Avenue in Benton Harbor, and you can reach Jim at 926-6144. Congratulations, Mr. McFadden on the beginning of your dream come true! Welcome to our area!<br /> <br /> If the number crunching part of your business leaves you scratching your head, you might want to take advantage of the next round of QuickBooks training from the team at Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services. Coming on March 14th, 21st and 28th, “Introduction to QuickBooks” will be hosted from 6pm until 9pm at the Cornerstone offices at 38 W. Wall Street in Benton Harbor. You must register by this coming Wednesday, March 9th. You will learn how to create your company’s books from scratch, set up accounts, enter and process checks, bills and payments, prepare and interpret important financial reports and more. Register to attend today by calling 925- 6100 or toll-free at 866-477-9922. These classes fill quickly, so get on it!<br /> <br /> We’re just a couple of weeks away from the arrival of the 2011 Southwestern Michigan Home, Garden & Leisure Show. Tabbed “Season of Renewal – Bringing New Ideas Home,” the show opens on March 18th at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center and runs through the 20th. Friday night of the show this year will be a 2-for-1 night, with half-price admission. Saturday is Demonstration Day with lots of free demos and workshops throughout the day. Sunday is Hourly Prize Give-Away Day, with many valuable prizes to be given away every hour of the show that day. The show features more than 100 exhibitors, and returns the popular Artist Alley exhibit. General admission is just $3.00, and as indicated Friday night is half price. Be sure to get it on your calendar, especially if you’ve got special home improvement projects lined up this spring.<br /> <br /> Water Street Glassworks is teaming up next month with the Golf Club at Harbor Shores for a unique tour of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course. It’s a fundraiser for a statemandated ventilation system that will be required this summer. Participants who book “tee times” will be taken on a unique golf cart tour of the course and the spectacular tee-marker sculptures created by Water Street Glassworks artists Jerry Catania and Josh Andres. Tickets are $40 each or $80-per cart and are available at the Glassworks studios in the Benton Harbor Arts District. You will get a booklet created for the event with excerpts from an upcoming book about the art and the course. Following your tour the artists will be demonstrating their work and greeting guests with treats from GelatoWorks. First class fun is coming Saturday, April 9th, but tickets are already on sale now.<br /> <br /> The Lakeshore After-Prom crew celebrates a milestone this year with their 25th Anniversary edition of the big night. To get ready for it all, they are hosting their Annual Rummage Sale today, Saturday March 5th from 9am until 3pm at Lakeshore High School. Enter by the front doors by the gym and cafeteria, and help the crew raise the money necessary to put on a quality event after the prom. Thanks for your support.<br /> <br /> Elsewhere in the Lakeshore system, the Roosevelt PTO Spring Fling Auction is rapidly approaching. That event is coming up in two weeks on Saturday, March 19th at the banquet facility at Santaniello’s Restaurant on Glenlord Road in Stevensville. The team at Roosevelt is raising money to provide each classroom in the school with a document camera and projector. The dinner buffet and auction are open to the public with dinner running from 5:30pm until 7pm. Cost is $25 per person. The auction follows at 7pm. If you would like to donate items or services to the auction, please contact Kim Schmidt at 269-591-5286. You can learn more online at www.rooseveltpto.org/auction.html. <br /> <br /> This coming Tuesday is Fat Tuesday, and the folks at Stevensville United Methodist Church are hopeful you’ll join them for a Pancake Supper to benefit the Lakeshore Ecumenical Council Emergency Fund. That supper is set for this Tuesday, March 8th, from 4:30pm until 7pm at the church, which is located at 5506 Ridge Road in Stevensville. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, fruit and beverages. Entertainment will be provided and door prizes will be awarded as well. If you need to learn more, you can call 429-5911. Bon appetite!<br /> <br /> Sarrett Nature Center has a couple of upcoming events they’d like to invite you to. On Saturday, March 19th popular local musician Carl Payne will be debuting new songs for his summer season including Mountain Dulcimer tunes. The 7pm show that night will benefit educational programs at the center and tickets are $12 each. Call to reserve at 927-4832. One week later, on the 26th, Mystery Night will be your chance to enjoy a catered meal and solve a series of puzzles and word mysteries to earn rewards. The all inclusive fee is $40 each, and your reservation is due by the 18th at 927-4832. Check it out at the Sarrett Nature Center.<br /> <br /> That’s all the time and space again this week, kids…so please remember to Shop Locally, and we’ll see you tonight at the Lake Michigan College Winners Circle Auction or next Saturday once again right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Executive Vice President of<br /> Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce<br /> pmoody@cstonealliance.org<br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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