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What Do You See? S chroeder F urniture Photo of the Week -Page 2 Pa per. ws Ne Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com Look inside for our Special Coastal Living pullout section Volume 12, Ver. 18 April 30, 2011 Moody on The Market Jim Paul has been a player in the local market for a long time, and most people probably think that once he developed and sold off his Fairplain Plaza project he packed up his calculator and his deal book and hunkered down in Chicago , where he headquarters his real estate development company JPA Associates. Those people would be wrong, because Jim has never left the market here in Michigan’s Great Southwest. In fact, he still owns some siz-able pieces of property and is very much a believer in the capacity of you and me, the consumers who live here. When he sold the Plaza development several years ago, Jim retained one of the small strip centers front-ing on M-139 in Benton Charter Township. He leases space there to several businesses including Game Stop and a check cashing facility. He has just obtained letters of intent from two other businesses who hope to set up shop in the coming months in that center as well. Jim also owns several properties on the opposite end of the Plaza along Napier Avenue. The big story this week for Mr. Paul, however, will explain the recent spate of activity you might have noticed in the former Jewel-Osco building along East Napier. The plywood covering the windows has been removed, dumpsters are being filled, and a number of construction workers are busy prepping the 57,000 square foot build-ing for the impending arrival of Slumberland Furniture. Jim has been working for several months to put together the deal to bring the franchise to the commu-nity. He, himself, will own the franchise operation, but will have an industry profes-sional running day-to-day operations for the store. More than two thirds of the building will be used for the furniture store, leaving about 17,000sf for other retailers to take advantage of the proximity to the business. Slumberland is a sizable franchise with 119 stores in 11 states. The company was launched in 1967 in Minnesota , where the corporate headquarters are still maintained in Little Canada, Minnesota . They originally Continued on page 11 M oody Pat • Flats • Hanging Baskets • Small Pots • Complete line of Vegetables Grand Floral Parade committee and they are looking for clean convertibles in good condition with no dents or rust to carry digni-taries and costumed characters through the parade route on Saturday, May 7 th . If you have a convertible available, please consider contacting Julia at 465-7778 or 449-4111. She thanks you, and I do, too. Hope you’ve been saving up your pen-nies! This coming Thursday, May 5 th is Pennies for Patients Day at Berrien County Cancer Service, 7301 Red Arrow Highway Featuring Chef Jeff ’s Heirloom Tomatoes, Container & Perennials in Gardens Stevensville. This is the 22 nd Annual cel-ebration and last year more than $19-thou-sand was collected in donations. Stop by from 6am til 6pm that day and help add to the cause! Local Vegan Jill Ovnik is teaming up with the Cancer Project to host a nutrition and cooking retreat this week in South Haven. “Food for Life, Nutrition & Cooking Classes” will be held this coming weekend, but space is limited. Call 269-906-2226 to reserve your space. The Shoreline Garden Club of Stevensville will conduct their Plant Sale next Saturday, May 7 th at the Lakeshore School at the corner of Cleveland and Proven Winners, Natures Finest, Chef Jeff & High many John Beers MORE!!! Road from 9am until noon. Proceeds help fund the club’s service proj-ects, programs and activities. Speaking of Lakeshore…voters have the opportunity this week to invest in their chil-dren and community when the school con-ducts a school bond election aimed at trans-forming all five of the system’s schools. New Inserts & five Promotions construction at all schools and updated technology in every classroom have the Harding’s Friendly Markets potential to benefit every student in the sys-MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. tem. Martin’s Cost of these major improvements Super Markets 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 which includes tearing down the oldest sec-Ace Hardware tions and replacing them with new structures Phone: 269.934.7522 will run the average taxpayer in the district HFS Tractor FAX: 269.934.3297 less than $200 a year. You can determine the Von Tobel Lumber Hardware exact impact on your taxes & with an online tax email: publisher@farahead.com www.transforminglakeshore.org . calculator at Inserts may vary by ZipCode www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax Be sure to exercise your right to vote by showing up at the polls on Tuesday, May 3 rd . That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great week…and we’ll see you next Saturday (269) 463-5245 300 S. M-140 Watervliet Hours: Mon-Sun 9am to 6pm www.silverstonegardens.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on April 30, 2011 ECRWSS Postal Customer

Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

Jim Paul has been a player in the local market for a long time, and most people probably think that once he developed and sold off his Fair plain Plaza project he packed up his calculator and his deal book and hunkered down in Chicago, where he headquarters his real estate development company JPA Associates. Those people would be wrong, because Jim has never left the market here in Michigan’s Great Southwest. In fact, he still owns some sizable pieces of property and is very much a believer in the capacity of you and me, the consumers who live here. When he sold the Plaza development several years ago, Jim retained one of the small strip centers fronting on M-139 in Benton Charter Township. <br /> <br /> He leases space there to several businesses including Game Stop and a check cashing facility. He has just obtained letters of intent from two other businesses who hope to set up shop in the coming months in that center as well. Jim also owns several properties on the opposite end of the Plaza along Napier Avenue. The big story this week for Mr. Paul, however, will explain the recent spate of activity you might have noticed in the former Jewel-Osco building along East Napier. The plywood covering the windows has been removed, dumpsters are being filled, and a number of construction workers are busy prepping the 57,000 square foot building for the impending arrival of Slumber land Furniture. Jim has been working for several months to put together the deal to bring the franchise to the community. He, himself, will own the franchise operation, but will have an industry professional running day-to-day operations for the store. More than two thirds of the building will be used for the furniture store, leaving about 17,000sf for other retailers to take advantage of the proximity to the business. Slumber land is a sizable franchise with 119 stores in 11 states. The company was launched in 1967 in Minnesota, where the corporate headquarters are still maintained in Little Canada, Minnesota. They originally Started out selling bedding and La-Z-Boy recliners. Over time they have expanded their merchandise categories to include furniture for most every room in your house. They continue to be one of the top sellers of the La-Z-Boy line, and are the largest retailer of Sealy and Simmons mattresses in the entire Midwest. Our Slumber land will be one of the largest in the chain at 40-thousand square feet. The franchise has stores that Range from 12-thousand to 45-thousand square feet. This will be Slumber land’s first location in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Currently the only other store in the state is in Iron Mountain. Contractors will be busy for several months, and Jim tells me that their plan is to open for business in July. Stay tuned.<br /> <br /> Kevin Geiser’s team knows how to pack a suitcase, but recently they had to pack boxes, crates and bins in order to move their offices to a new location. Travel Leaders/ Ludlow Travel Service has moved to new digs that are probably only a quarter mile or so away from their old space. Travel Leaders will now hold court at 1958 Mall Place in Benton Harbor across from the Michigan Secretary of State’s License Bureau. The crew had been ensconced in the Orchards Mall for several years, but felt that your ability to drive up to their front door would give you quicker, easier access for travel documents, vacation planning, and everything else that your travel agent can do for you. To Celebrate their new location, you are invited to stop by and register for a free trip for two to Riviera Maya, Mexico. No purchase is necessary, just stop by their new office and get yourself signed up. The contest will end on June 15th, so don’t delay. Incidentally, the move will not impact Travel Leaders’ phone number which remains the same at 925-0777. <br /> <br /> As Jenny and Chris Mitschelen approach their 19th wedding anniversary this summer, they might find themselves too busy to accomplish much more than a simple congratulatory toast to one another. That’s because they are stepping full time into the world of residential design as new owners and operators of Decorating Den Interiors. The Mitschelens moved to Bridgman a half dozen years ago where Chris has worked at The Cook Plant since 2001. Jenny has been studying interior design extensively, and graduated from the Art Institute’s Residential Planning Program last fall. They also recently completed Professional Design and Sales School at Decorating Den headquarters in Easton, Maryland. The unique nature of the franchise is that services are fully provided in the home of you, the client. It is totally a custom service, uniquely personalized with a huge product assortment and availability. Jenny can provide window treatments, upholstered furniture, case-goods, lighting, flooring and area rugs, art, accessories, bedding and wall-coverings. More at www.jennymitschelen.decoratingden.com. Since their office is a mobile one, the Mitschelens will hold a Grand Opening at the Lions Café at Weko Beach on Thursday, May 5th at 7pm. Congratulations, and best of luck in the world of high design.<br /> <br /> Well…that didn’t last long…but, I also predicted that it wouldn’t when last I wrote about the adventures of Perry Ballard. The man was retired for all of six months and has now stepped back into the world of business with the establishment of his new company, Manage Perceived Value…or simply MVP. Mr. Ballard intends to share his 40-years of marketing communications and business management experience through what he calls “Enterprise Facilitation Services.” In essence, he wants to help entrepreneurs transform their specific dream into a meaningful business. Perry says that people kept asking him how he liked retirement and the only honest thing he could offer was that it lacked structure and a feeling that you’re making a difference. He says that MVP will be geared To existing organizations to raise perception of their product value and beyond. For now, his operation will be home-based, just as he started his ad agency in 1977, but don’t look for him to replicate that experience. He says he only plans to accept those assignments he can handle alone within a defined time frame. You can reach Perry and MVP at 449-8899. Welcome back, sir! Best of luck!<br /> <br /> Some have referred to it as the “hidden jewel of Niles.” Amazingly, it is inside the city limits of Niles and right across the river from Plym Park, yet it is very secluded. “It” is River font Park Campground, and it is owned and operated by Bill Graffenius of American Homes Real Estate. When Bill bought the property a couple of years ago it was in dire need of some tender loving care. It actually comprises 50 acres and boasts 3,500 feet of river frontage and a private lake. Following considerable renovation and the addition of a 3,000 square foot lodge with double-sided stone fireplace, the campground is ready to rock. Bill has added new top-ofthe- line unisex bath houses with tiled floors and walls, double marble vanities and all the comforts of home. The campground sports 120 sites ranging from full hook-up year round to the very primitive. In addition to the playground and game room activities include canoeing, tubing, swimming, walking and bike trails and more. Make a reservation online at www.riverfrontparkcampground.com or by calling 269-687-9681. Check it out.<br /> <br /> When Robin Zollar was growing up, she was surrounded by antiques and collectibles thanks to her parents Babe & Charlie Zollar who operated that type of business alongside her childhood home. Steeped in that background, and having great parental teachers who taught her value, pricing, and the ability to keep up to date on current values, Robin is beginning her own business RB Zollar Estate Sales. She specializes in estate sales, downsizing sales and moving sales. She offers free consultation. You can reach her at 983-4242 or 208-4325. While Robin is venturing into this new enterprise, she’s not giving up the old. She is still a licensed counselor and continues her practice at 515 Ship Street in St. Joseph. Just to clear up confusion, her clinical social work practice is not the one on Niles Avenue also operated by a counselor with a similar first name. Apparently, some folks have been getting lost in thinking that’s her office.<br /> <br /> Happy Anniversary to Renee Willemin and the entire cast and crew at Affinity Salon and Spa in the Edge water District. The salon and spa are now celebrating eight great years in business. Congratulations!<br /> <br /> The season has officially begun for the Golf Club at Harbor Shores. Opening day was scheduled for Friday, April 29th…and from now through May 27th you can play 18 Championship Holes for just $85.00. Learn more at www.harborshoreslife.com.<br /> <br /> If you own a nice looking convertible automobile and would be willing to showcase it for a couple of hours next weekend, the folks at Blossom time would love to hear from you. Julia Milliken serves on the MailMax for Michigan’s Great Southwest Grand Floral Parade committee and they are looking for clean convertibles in good condition with no dents or rust to carry dignitaries and costumed characters through the parade route on Saturday, May 7th. If you have a convertible available, please consider contacting Julia at 465-7778 or 449-4111. She thanks you, and I do, too.<br /> <br /> Hope you’ve been saving up your pennies! This coming Thursday, May 5th is Pennies for Patients Day at Berrien County Cancer Service, 7301 Red Arrow Highway in Stevensville. This is the 22nd Annual celebration and last year more than $19-thousand was collected in donations. Stop by from 6am til 6pm that day and help add to the cause!<br /> <br /> Local Vegan Jill Ovnik is teaming up with the Cancer Project to host a nutrition and cooking retreat this week in South Haven. “Food for Life, Nutrition & Cooking Classes” will be held this coming weekend, but space is limited. Call 269-906-2226 to reserve your space.<br /> <br /> The Shoreline Garden Club of Stevensville will conduct their Plant Sale next Saturday, May 7th at the Lake shore High School at the corner of Cleveland and John Beers Road from 9am until noon. Proceeds help fund the club’s service projects, programs and activities.<br /> <br /> Speaking of Lakeshore…voters have the opportunity this week to invest in their children and community when the school conducts a school bond election aimed at transforming all five of the system’s schools. New construction at all five schools and updated technology in every classroom have the potential to benefit every student in the system. Cost of these major improvements which includes tearing down the oldest sections and replacing them with new structures will run the average taxpayer in the district less than $200 a year. You can determine the exact impact on your taxes with an online tax calculator at www.transforminglakeshore.org. Be sure to exercise your right to vote by showing up at the polls on Tuesday, May 3rd.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great week…and we’ll see you next Saturday right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> (Publisher’s Correction: Last week we published an incorrect phone number for the Martin’s School of Cooking at the brand-new Martin’s Supermarket in Stevensville. The correct number is 269-429-1711 ext 2345.)

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