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What Do You See? Photo of the Week -Page 2 ws Pa per. Ne Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com See Page 5 April 2, 2011 Volume 12, Ver. 14 rapidly becoming an eagerly sought out desti-nation attraction for the entire community. Incidentally, Cook’s team has grown in recent days with the hiring of several new staff members to help serve the needs of the com-pany’s growing portfolio of clients and proj-ects. Benjamin Baker is a new licensed landscape architect on the team, who comes to Abonmarche from Wolff Landscape Architecture in Chicago. Emily Hardke is the firm’s new receptionist and secretary, Moody on The Market G etting back into the studio and a creative frame of mind has apparently had a completely holistic effect on my friend Bret Bortner. He is, you may recall from stories occasionally here in my column, the owner and operator of FORM in the heart of down-town St. Joseph. Late last year he asked me to tell you about his intentions to “trans-FORM” his State Street shop into an art gal-lery featuring local artists alongside his own designs. Having emerged recently from a rewarding return to his roots in product design and artisan creation, he came to the realization that he really would like to stay in that arena, and give up his retail space to a compatible use such as another gift store or an art gal-lery. He would love to lease that space to someone offering products complimentary with his design and pottery work, knowing that he could offer that same compatibility in return with his popular designs. Bret actually has two studios on site, in addition to his retail shop. One is his product design studio where he churns out original product designs that have been sold at such notable retailers as Crate & Barrel of Chicago. The other is his studio at the back of his building with entry off the alley called The Pottery Shop. Mr. Bortner plans to maintain both studios selling his work in the Pottery Shop. Until he is suc-cessful in finding a match for the retail center, he will continue to liquidate his current inven-tory of gifts and decorative accessories at 50% off the regular retail price. That clearance sale will continue every Friday through Monday, with the shop being closed at midweek, Tuesday through Thursday for now. If you are interested in leasing the retail shop, Bret would love to talk to you at 982-7025. Meanwhile, Bret’s unique talents continue to draw national recognition. He has been work-ing with Kukhaven in South Haven over the past year, developing a number of new designs which were introduced in January at the New York International Gift Fair. His “Wine Shelf” designs drew positive reviews in the Continued on page 8 M oody Pat Big Apple and are being considered for the catalog distributed by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. You can see the unique design at FORM for now. It holds eight bottles of wine and six wine glasses and allows you to place any number of items on the shelf above from books, CD’s, and nick-nacks to even a paint-ing. You will find FORM at 210 State Street in downtown St. Joseph. Spring Break is officially in the blocks here in Michigan’s Great Southwest! As is often the case, lots of folks will be heading to warmer climates and exotic vacation spots to earn a break from the cold of winter and early spring. For those of us who are hanging around the old homefront, however, the cast and crew at the Silver Beach Carousel is fill-ing the breach with a great lineup of events to entertain visitors of all ages. There will be hands-on activities as well as special guests in the lineup. Families, especially, will be appre-ciative of the free events in honor of the spring break holiday. From now through April 9 th free checkers, chalk for sidewalk drawing out-side the carousel and hula hoop fun are in the mix. On Fridays (both the 1 st and 8 th ) the car-ousel will remain open extended hours until 9pm for some nighttime riding fun. Today, Saturday, April 2 nd , they’re getting things off to a smashing start with the brand new Penny Smasher machine in the Silver Beach Amusement Park Museum. Tomorrow, Sunday the 3 rd , free cotton candy handmade MOODY Continued from page 1 “Your Replacement Window Specialists” on the original park machine by the Cotton Candy Queen Deb Shermak will be offered. Tuesday, April 5 th is Kiddies Day with free popcorn all day long. On Wednesday, the 6 th , Magician John Dudley will host a free show at 2:30pm in Shadowland. Then on Friday, the 8 th , Nelson “The Animal Guy” brings live animals to Shadowland for free 45-minute shows at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Wrapping things up will be the Carousel’s salute to the Masters Golf Tournament and Harbor Shores with a LiveStatue performing free from 11am until 4pm in and around the carou-sel building. Check it all out below the bluff in St. Joe. Speaking of the Silver Beach Center… you may have heard that the outstanding design of the center has won a coveted award from the non-profit trade association, American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan. The Engineering Merit award goes to Abonmarche Consultants of Benton Harbor for their multi-faceted role as Project Managers, Civil Engineers, Surveyors, Architects of Record, Landscape Architects, and Construction Administrators for the project which took dramatically under-utilized property along the lakeshore and converted it into a world-class, multi-use rec-reational venue. Abonmarche President Chris Cook was deeply honored by the award because his team poured so much passion and creativity into the project. 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Getting back into the studio and a creative frame of mind has apparently had a completely holistic effect on my friend Bret Bortner. He is, you may recall from stories occasionally here in my column, the owner and operator of FORM in the heart of downtown St. Joseph. Late last year he asked me to tell you about his intentions to “trans- FORM” his State Street shop into an art gallery featuring local artists alongside his own designs. Having emerged recently from a rewarding return to his roots in product design and artisan creation, he came to the realization that he really would like to stay in that arena, and give up his retail space to a compatible use such as another gift store or an art gallery. He would love to lease that space to someone offering products complimentary with his design and pottery work, knowing that he could offer that same compatibility in return with his popular designs. Bret actually has two studios on site, in addition to his retail shop. One is his product design studio where he churns out original product designs that have been sold at such notable retailers as Crate & Barrel of Chicago. The other is his studio at the back of his building with entry off the alley called The Pottery Shop. Mr. Bortner plans to maintain both studios selling his work in the Pottery Shop. Until he is successful in finding a match for the retail center, he will continue to liquidate his current inventory of gifts and decorative accessories at 50% off the regular retail price. That clearance sale will continue every Friday through Monday, with the shop being closed at midweek, Tuesday through Thursday for now. If you are interested in leasing the retail shop, Bret would love to talk to you at 982-7025. Meanwhile, Bret’s unique talents continue to draw national recognition. He has been working with Kukhaven in South Haven over the past year, developing a number of new designs which were introduced in January at the New York International Gift Fair. His “Wine Shelf” designs drew positive reviews in the Big Apple and are being considered for the catalog distributed by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. You can see the unique design at FORM for now. It holds eight bottles of wine and six wine glasses and allows you to place any number of items on the shelf above from books, CD’s, and nick-nacks to even a painting. You will find FORM at 210 State Street in downtown St. Joseph.<br /> <br /> Spring Break is officially in the blocks here in Michigan’s Great Southwest! As is often the case, lots of folks will be heading to warmer climates and exotic vacation spots to earn a break from the cold of winter and early spring. For those of us who are hanging around the old homefront, however, the cast and crew at the Silver Beach Carousel is filling the breach with a great lineup of events to entertain visitors of all ages. There will be hands-on activities as well as special guests in the lineup. Families, especially, will be appreciative of the free events in honor of the spring break holiday. From now through April 9th free checkers, chalk for sidewalk drawing outside the carousel and hula hoop fun are in the mix. On Fridays (both the 1st and 8th) the carousel will remain open extended hours until 9pm for some nighttime riding fun. Today, Saturday, April 2nd, they’re getting things off to a smashing start with the brand new Penny Smasher machine in the Silver Beach Amusement Park Museum. Tomorrow, Sunday the 3rd, free cotton candy handmade on the original park machine by the Cotton Candy Queen Deb Shermak will be offered. Tuesday, April 5th is Kiddies Day with free popcorn all day long. On Wednesday, the 6th, Magician John Dudley will host a free show at 2:30pm in Shadowland. Then on Friday, the 8th, Nelson “The Animal Guy” brings live animals to Shadowland for free 45-minute shows at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Wrapping things up will be the Carousel’s salute to the Masters Golf Tournament and Harbor Shores with a LiveStatue performing free from 11am until 4pm in and around the carousel building. Check it all out below the bluff in St. Joe.<br /> <br /> Speaking of the Silver Beach Center… you may have heard that the outstanding design of the center has won a coveted award from the non-profit trade association, American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan. The Engineering Merit award goes to Abonmarche Consultants of Benton Harbor for their multi-faceted role as Project Managers, Civil Engineers, Surveyors, Architects of Record, Landscape Architects, and Construction Administrators for the project which took dramatically underutilized property along the lakeshore and converted it into a world-class, multi-use recreational venue. Abonmarche President Chris Cook was deeply honored by the award because his team poured so much passion and creativity into the project. Congratulations to everyone involved in the amazing transformation of the space below the bluff which is rapidly becoming an eagerly sought out destination attraction for the entire community.<br /> <br /> Incidentally, Cook’s team has grown in recent days with the hiring of several new staff members to help serve the needs of the company’s growing portfolio of clients and projects. Benjamin Baker is a new licensed landscape architect on the team, who comes to Abonmarche from Wolff Landscape Architecture in Chicago. Emily Hardke is the firm’s new receptionist and secretary, coming from her role as a Naturalist at the Sarrett Nature Center. Sarah Murray is Cook’s new Marketing & Information Specialist in the Business Development Group at Abonmarche. She previously worked with the LISC AmeriCorps initiative. Jim Freeman has joined the team’s South Bend office in the role of Survey Crew Chief. He comes with 28-years of experience as an INDOT Certified Inspector. Finally, the Abonmarche team welcomes the promotion of Jennifer Jacobs who joins the firm’s Business Development Group as a Marketing & Information Specialist. She had been a marketing assistant prior to her promotion. Abonmarche, headquartered at 95 West Main in Benton Harbor also has offices in South Haven, Manistee, South Bend and Fort Wayne.<br /> <br /> Round Barn Winery in Baroda has a unique offering for you if the opportunity has already filled to capacity. If you’re looking for something different for dinner out with friends, the winery is offering an exclusive vineyard dinner party with Poi Dog Pondering’s Frank Orrall in the Kitchen. Then, after dinner, “Chef Franc” will entertain his guests with a solo acoustic set on his guitar. The event is limited to the first 20 people who sign up, for the unique pop-up dinner on Saturday, April 16th in celebration of Michigan Wine Month. The show starts with a personal meet-n-greet with Winemaker Matthew Moersch. The dinner will be paired with select Round Barn wines. If they haven’t already sold out, make your reservation today by calling Alex at 800-716-9463. Tickets are $75 per person inclusive of tax & gratuity. Round Barn can be found at 10983 Hills Road in Baroda and www.roundbarnwinery.com. <br /> <br /> Before your unique dinner at Round Barn, the folks at Brookview School hope to see you entered into their 1st Annual 5K Run on the campus in Benton Harbor. The event is being held that same day, Saturday, April 16th and is being organized by St. Joe resident and Athens Marathoner Lisa Altman. Registration is required, and early registration is strongly recommended. There’s a Kid’s 1K Fun Run at 9am followed directly by the start of the 5K around 9:30am. Entry fee is $20 now, but that goes up to $25 on April 6th up until race day. The kid’s run is free for 14 and under. Refreshments and post-race awards will be held near the finish line. For more, call the school directly at 925-3544. Good luck.<br /> <br /> Brookview School, by the way, will be the site of The OutCenter’s presentation of “Out of the Closet, Into the Light,” next Saturday, April 9th. The event is being billed as: “A Thought-Provoking Conference on the Mind, Body, and Spirit of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons. The event is open to the public, and is the second annual such event. Lunch will also be served, and you can register at www.outcenter.org. <br /> <br /> My colleagues at the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County, Indiana have asked me to help them identify 40 Young Leaders Who Have Achieved Success Before the Age of 40 across Michiana. You can nominate friends and colleagues in the region who you think have demonstrated initiative and dedication in pursuing their career, investment in others through their involvement in civic, charitable and/or religious organizations, and are under the age of 40 before June 1, 2011. The chamber is accepting nominations through April 15th for a recognition luncheon on June 3rd in South Bend. A pdf of the nomination form can be found online at www.sjchamber.org/pdf/2011/pdf_form_40_402011.pdf. <br /> <br /> If you’re a fan of Pub Runs…there’s one coming up to benefit Relay for Life. It’s called “Bottoms Up for Cure Pub Run.” It’s a non-competitive run starting at 1pm on Sunday, April 17th at Pauly’s in the Benton Harbor Arts District. The run will take you to Schu’s, Clementine’s Too, Babe’s Lounge, The Livery, and back to Pauly’s. Drink & food specials, prize drawings and other surprises can be found at each stop. To register, e-mail your desire to msufoster@yahoo.com. <br /> <br /> The Blossomland Gem & Mineral Society returns to The Orchards Mall in a couple of weeks with their Rock & Gem Show featuring half a dozen commercial dealers showcasing rocks, fossils, minerals and gemstones that will be available for sale to collectors and enthusiasts. Several faceters from the Midwest Faceters Guild will be cutting gemstones during the show, and you can learn about panning for gold and more. The show will run Saturday, April 16th from 10am until 7pm and on Sunday the 17th from 11 until 4. Everyone is welcome.<br /> <br /> Remember that 42nd Annual Ice Cream Social I told you about back ahead of the Krasl Art Fair? Well, the folks from Child & Family Services Auxiliary told me this week that the event produced $8,000.00 to help support their programs including Safe Shelter, Day Services for Seniors, and The Link Crisis Intervention Center. Thanks for your support every year!<br /> <br /> Another chance for you to help your neighbors while enjoying great treats is coming on Thursday, April 14th at The Bistro on the Boulevard. They and Think Tank Media will host a giveback dinner to benefit the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph YMCA Dolphins Swim Team. 50% of the proceeds that night will be donated to help purchase updated equipment and an electronic scoreboard for swim meets. Make your reservation by calling 983-6600.<br /> <br /> Saturday the 16th the Berrien County Chapter of the American Red Cross would like to invite you to their “Rock N Roll Fundraiser,” a family event at the South Shore Health & Racquet Club from 6pm until 10pm. There will be dancing, a silent auction, a regular auction, and games for all ages. For more information, call the Red Cross office at 556-9619.<br /> <br /> That’s all the time and space again this week, kids…so have yourself a great Spring Break week…and we’ll see you again next Saturday, right here in MailMax!

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