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OWNER RETIRING ECRWSS Local Postal Customer STORE CLOSING See ad on Page 5 June 4, 2011 TileMart & Carpet Unlimited ws Pa per. Ne Good Your www.MailMaxOnline.com pieces are available for purchase online, as well. Anthony’s perspective is that “above and beyond” is the starting point in the pursuit of customer service, so expect to be treated extremely well when you visit the new gallery freshly opened downtown. I don’t know if it’s the balance of nature, or just the world of business, but no sooner do I tell you about newcomers to the scene when a longtime face in the local marketplace POSTMASTER: Please deliver on June 4 , 2011 Moody on The Market Volume 12, Ver. 23 25 th of this month, and then be turned over for final liquidation to auctioneers. It’s the end of an era, and Ted will finally earn true retire-ment while Jennifer and her sister Alice Edington will find other pursuits going for-ward. You’ll find the local shop for a few more weeks on M-139 between Nickerson and I-94. The closure of Tile Mart and Carpet Unlimited does not affect River Valley Kitchens which is also located in that build-ing. River Valley Kitchens remains very much alive and in business. They’ve been on the run ever since their first day in business…and now they’ve reached another major milestone at Taylor’d Running in St. Joseph. This coming Monday, June 6 th , marks the 5 th Anniversary for Ryan Taylor and the crew who originally launched opera-tions on Red Arrow Highway in Stevensville. They were just barely getting by in that loca-tion and not growing enough, but when they moved to their current location at 1501 Niles Avenue in St. Joe, they gained substantial vis-ibility and resumed their upward growth. Setting up shop next to the well-established crew at Cycle and Fitness saved Taylor’d Running. Not only that, but Mike Jones is a great business resource to turn to, and the two businesses mesh very well for their customers. Ryan tells me that they draw a diverse group of customers from runners, walkers and tri-athletes to nurses, factory workers and others who are constantly on their feet. Stop by and wish the Taylors a happy anniversary this week or anytime soon. You can reach them at MOODY Continued from page 1 Jim Paul’s diligence has paid off once again, and the result is another new business for his commercial strip center in the front lot of the Fairplain Plaza. Construction will begin almost immediately on a new 1400-square foot space for the Hair Cuttery at 2061 M-139 in Benton Harbor. The company was founded in 1974 by Dennis & Anne Ratner in West Springfield, Virginia and has grown through franchising to more than 1,000 salons, mostly along the eastern seaboard. They have also anchored a large contingent in the Chicagoland area, and this salon will be among the very first in the state of Michigan. The shop will be a unisex facil-ity catering to the entire family, and never requires an appointment for service. The net-work of salons offer cuts, styles, color and texturing for clients. Customers are encour-aged to select a style from their image gallery, print out the details of the desired look, and present them to the stylist at the shop. They employ Redken hair care products. Stay tuned for additional information as the shop gets built out and ready for action. They will operate immediately adjacent to the Game Stop center in that building. Mr. Paul is also very close to finalizing contractual agree-ments with another retailer whose site plan has been approved by financiers to round out that center in what would be the last available space. Meanwhile, work is continuing on his project in the former Jewel-Osco building, where Slumberland Furniture is due to open for business next month as I reported in this column last month. I’ll keep you posted. It would appear that Bret Bortner’s wish has come true, and he has been successful in finding a wonderfully compatible function for the front end of his building in the heart of downtown St. Joseph. Mr. Bortner owns the building that for many years has housed his pottery shop, his artist studio and, until recent-ly, his popular shop called simply FORM. He has phased out his retail shop at the front of the house and that has created a dynamic new site for the home of Schaller Gallery , a color-ful space operated by studio artist, professor, curator and gallery director Anthony Schaller. Schaller and his compatriots Concept Designer Kyla Strid, Right-Hand-Man Brooks Bouwkamp, and Intern Kelsey Curnutt, have opened for business at 210 State Street in St. Joe. The gallery represents an outstanding stable of fine artists engaged in ceramics and clay work. Their work is visu-ally stunning, and you can see for yourself either in person at the gallery or online at www.schallergallery.com. The outstanding Continued on page 8 M oody Pat begins a short farewell. Chances are by the time you read this that you will have already heard the news that Ted Smith has elected to close the doors after 47 years in business for both Tile Mart and Carpet Unlimited. The impact will reach far beyond the immediate neighborhood, as well, inasmuch as the deci-sion results in the closure of all of their stores. That means operations will also cease in Holland, Portage, Holt, and Indianapolis as well as right here on M-139 in Benton Harbor. Smith’s daughter, Jennifer , who has been an integral part of the operation for years, tells me that the decision was forced by dramatic changes in the banking system which made it virtually impossible to re-configure the company following economic constraints. As word spread through the vendor commu-nity and among regular customers in recent weeks, the Smith family has been over-whelmed by the outpouring of support they have witnessed. Most are bemoaning the fact that there is nowhere else in the country offer-ing the diversity and value of flooring that has been the hallmark of Tile Mart and Carpet Unlimited. As a result of the decision to halt operations, the Smiths will offer a massive liquidation of all their remaining ceramic tile, porcelain tile, slate, travertine, laminate flooring, vinyl, area rugs, carpet remnants, pallet racks and forklifts. The sale of prod-uct includes enough of a line up to fill three football fields. Everything is on sale up to 60% off of the routinely low prices offered. 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Jim Paul’s diligence has paid off once again, and the result is another new business for his commercial strip center in the front lot of the Fairplain Plaza. Construction will begin almost immediately on a new 1400-square foot space for the Hair Cuttery at 2061 M-139 in Benton Harbor. The company was founded in 1974 by Dennis & Anne Ratner in West Springfield, Virginia and has grown through franchising to more than 1,000 salons, mostly along the eastern seaboard. They have also anchored a large contingent in the Chicagoland area, and this salon will be among the very first in the state of Michigan. The shop will be a unisex facility catering to the entire family, and never requires an appointment for service. The network of salons offer cuts, styles, color and texturing for clients. Customers are encouraged to select a style from their image gallery, print out the details of the desired look, and present them to the stylist at the shop. They employ Redken hair care products. Stay tuned for additional information as the shop gets built out and ready for action. They will operate immediately adjacent to the Game Stop center in that building. Mr. Paul is also very close to finalizing contractual agreements with another retailer whose site plan has been approved by financiers to round out that center in what would be the last available space. Meanwhile, work is continuing on his project in the former Jewel-Osco building, where Slumberland Furniture is due to open for business next month as I reported in this column last month. I’ll keep you posted.<br /> <br /> It would appear that Bret Bortner’s wish has come true, and he has been successful in finding a wonderfully compatible function for the front end of his building in the heart of downtown St. Joseph. Mr. Bortner owns the building that for many years has housed his pottery shop, his artist studio and, until recently, his popular shop called simply FORM. He has phased out his retail shop at the front of the house and that has created a dynamic new site for the home of Schaller Gallery, a colorful space operated by studio artist, professor, curator and gallery director Anthony Schaller. Schaller and his compatriots Concept Designer Kyla Strid, Right-Hand- Man Brooks Bouwkamp, and Intern Kelsey Curnutt, have opened for business at 210 State Street in St. Joe. The gallery represents an outstanding stable of fine artists engaged in ceramics and clay work. Their work is visually stunning, and you can see for yourself either in person at the gallery or online at www.schallergallery.com. The outstanding pieces are available for purchase online, as well. Anthony’s perspective is that “above and beyond” is the starting point in the pursuit of customer service, so expect to be treated extremely well when you visit the new gallery freshly opened downtown.<br /> <br /> I don’t know if it’s the balance of nature, or just the world of business, but no sooner do I tell you about newcomers to the scene when a longtime face in the local marketplace begins a short farewell. Chances are by the time you read this that you will have already heard the news that Ted Smith has elected to close the doors after 47 years in business for both Tile Mart and Carpet Unlimited. The impact will reach far beyond the immediate neighborhood, as well, inasmuch as the decision results in the closure of all of their stores. That means operations will also cease in Holland, Portage, Holt, and Indianapolis as well as right here on M-139 in Benton Harbor. Smith’s daughter, Jennifer, who has been an integral part of the operation for years, tells me that the decision was forced by dramatic changes in the banking system which made it virtually impossible to re-configure the company following economic constraints. As word spread through the vendor community and among regular customers in recent weeks, the Smith family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support they have witnessed. Most are bemoaning the fact that there is nowhere else in the country offering the diversity and value of flooring that has been the hallmark of Tile Mart and Carpet Unlimited. As a result of the decision to halt operations, the Smiths will offer a massive liquidation of all their remaining ceramic tile, porcelain tile, slate, travertine, laminate flooring, vinyl, area rugs, carpet remnants, pallet racks and forklifts. The sale of product includes enough of a line up to fill three football fields. Everything is on sale up to 60% off of the routinely low prices offered. The sale is expected to continue through the 25th of this month, and then be turned over for final liquidation to auctioneers. It’s the end of an era, and Ted will finally earn true retirement while Jennifer and her sister Alice Edington will find other pursuits going forward. You’ll find the local shop for a few more weeks on M-139 between Nickerson and I-94. The closure of Tile Mart and Carpet Unlimited does not affect River Valley Kitchens which is also located in that building. River Valley Kitchens remains very much alive and in business.<br /> <br /> They’ve been on the run ever since their first day in business…and now they’ve reached another major milestone at Taylor’d Running in St. Joseph. This coming Monday, June 6th, marks the 5th Anniversary for Ryan Taylor and the crew who originally launched operations on Red Arrow Highway in Stevensville. They were just barely getting by in that location and not growing enough, but when they moved to their current location at 1501 Niles Avenue in St. Joe, they gained substantial visibility and resumed their upward growth. Setting up shop next to the well-established crew at Cycle and Fitness saved Taylor’d Running. Not only that, but Mike Jones is a great business resource to turn to, and the two businesses mesh very well for their customers. Ryan tells me that they draw a diverse group of customers from runners, walkers and triathletes to nurses, factory workers and others who are constantly on their feet. Stop by and wish the Taylors a happy anniversary this week or anytime soon. You can reach them at 408-1400. Congratulations on your success in “running” a great business for our area!<br /> <br /> His name is Moody…he’s on the radio every week…he helps businesses grow every day…and he’s undoubtedly tired of being asked if he’s any relation to me. He’s not…at least that either of us knows of…but he’s bringing dollars into Michigan’s Great Southwest all of the time. He is Joe Moody, and he owns and operates Online Institute as a daily business, but also can be heard Sunday nights with Sonic Moodswing from 7 to 9pm and Fridays from 2 until 4 on WRHC-LP, the community radio station known as Radio Harbor Country, at 106.7 FM and streaming live at www.radioharborcountry.org. He started his website hosting company in 1996 and moved here with his family in 2004. He has helped start hundreds of businesses and individuals with their online presence from mom and pop start-ups to larger organizations like Directv, Orbitz, and Camp Fire USA. Joe has just launched a new service to create websites and blogs that incorporate the latest Web 2. 0 technologies, including the use of social media to increase sales. The new technology and software allows people to make their own updates without needing a webmaster for everything. He has set up a website that offers lower prices to local clients at www.josephmoody.com. You can also reach him for a free consultation at 269-277-4858. Check it out for yourself.<br /> <br /> The folks at Pater True Value Hardware in Scottdale are setting the stage to once again go Grill Crazy! Their annual Grill Crazy Tent Sale featuring Y-Country’s Wild Bill will take place next Saturday, June 11th at 4032 M-139 in St. Joseph. This great show features the area’s largest selection of Weber Grills, sale prices on all grills in stock, professional cooking demonstrations, and free hotdogs for lunch compliments of Roger’s Foodland. Wild Bill will be on hand from 11am until 1pm and you can register to win tickets to see country star Miranda Lambert.<br /> <br /> My friends at The Ideal Place in the Benton Harbor Arts District are about to make the arrival of summer official. They will begin their summer lunchtime service on June 10th with lunch service every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11am until 2pm. Get them on your social calendar, and enjoy a great lunchtime meal downtown.<br /> <br /> The folks who own and operate the Bangor Tavern Bar & Grill have opened up their companion business next door to their operations on West Monroe Street. BT Yogurt & Gift Shoppe is now open for the season featuring Hudsonville Ice Cream cones and sundaes, frozen yogurt with multiple toppings, hot baked cookies, hot pretzels and a line of specialty gifts, including jewelry, antiques and more. You’ll find them at 241 W. Monroe in downtown Bangor and by phone at 269-427-8747.<br /> <br /> Fans of The Olive Cart, which was founded by the owners of a bed and breakfast in the area, will be delighted to learn that they have set up a brand new brick and mortar store in downtown South Haven. They previously made a run at business in the River Town Crossings Mall, but found the costs to be too overwhelming to continue during slower seasons. The new shop at 511 Phoenix Road is now open for business and showcases an amazing array of olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and olive products. The shop pitches itself as the “purveyor of fine imported extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamics as well as olive related products.” Their products originate in Spain, Italy, Greece, and California. Starting June 13th, the shop will be open 7-days a week from 10am until 9pm. For now, they close up shop a little earlier than that. It is an impressive space, so check it out when you happen to be in town.<br /> <br /> Speaking of impressive places to visit… you need to get yourself in soon to visit Beverly Milton’s new Ideal Grill Café inside the BP Gas Station at 4609 Red Arrow Highway in Stevensville. An inspirational comment in her church service, coupled with an offhand chance to buy a commercial grill from a friend who was moving out of the area triggered the concept of owning her own place for quality food at reasonable prices. The rave reviews have been pouring in ever since Beverly opened the doors with the help of Cornerstone Alliance Small Business Services and the Women’s Business Center in Benton Harbor. Friends tell me that you absolutely must try her incredible Philly Steak & Cheese Sandwich. You will find her “in the house” Monday through Friday from 11am until 9pm and from 11 until 6 on Saturdays.You can also call ahead at 369-4088. A great line up from a talented chef right in the heart of the area!<br /> <br /> The Berrien County Children’s Assessment Center is hosting an event for the entire family at Lion’s Park in St. Joseph today, Saturday, the 4th of June in the form of a 5k family fun walk. Sorry for the late notice, but hopefully you can still be a part of the event with sign-in starting at 9am, the walk at 10am and coffee, hot chocolate and donuts before as well as face painting, balloons and carnival games afterward. There’s more online at www.mivoice4kids.org. Help battle child abuse in Michigan and here at home.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids! Have a great week… and we’ll see you next Saturday right here in MailMax!

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