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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer look for US INSIDE!!! ws Pa per. Ne Good Your August 13, 2011 www.MailMaxOnline.com action on a venerable old favorite in the genre. The former Capozio’s Pizzeria, shuttered last year after struggling for a while, will soon be erased from the landscape to make way for the new Belle Tire of Benton Harbor. You may recall my story here in MailMax several months ago wherein Facebook fans were among the first to learn that the company would be bringing a store to the local scene. The 89-year old com-pany, headquartered in Allen Park outside of Detroit , has more than 80 stores in Michigan and Ohio. Officials in Benton Charter Township recently approved site plans for the new store on M-139 in front of the Fairplain Plaza. No word on when the shop will be open for business, but their original Facebook brief indicated 2012 was their target year to be open locally. The company’s plans are to take over the space where Capozio’s was, as well as the adja-cent lot which years ago was the site of the Benton Harbor Ponderosa Restaurant, which was torn down several years ago. POSTMASTER: Please deliver on August 13, 2011 Volume 12, Ver. 33 Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 M y friends at Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant are enjoying a spectacular summer season, so much so that they have hauled out the earth movers once again as they launch a 12-hundred square foot addition to their award winning wine tasting room at their home base in Buchanan. Manager Paul Landeck tells me that the team from Pearson Construction of Benton Harbor is back on site creating a soaring new space with panoramic views of the vineyards at their main winery-res-taurant location on Mt. Tabor Road in the heart of the wine-growing region. This new expansion will provide Landeck’s team with sorely needed space for guests to be able to more comfortably taste the fruits of their labors. The Pearson crew plans to have the new high-ceiling room ready for the big fall rush during harvest season. The timing is impeccable as far as master winemaker Mike Merchant and his expert team are con-cerned, inasmuch as they will likely need the space following last week’s Michigan State Wine Competition. Tabor Hill fared very well in all departments according to Landeck, bring-ing home more medals than any other winery in Michigan’s Great Southwest. What really trip’s Paul’s trigger though, and understandably so, is Tabor Hill’s victory with a coveted “Best of Class” award for their 2010 Lake Michigan Shore Gewurtztraminer! Congratulations to everybody associated with Tabor Hill and their ongoing success story in Michigan Wine Country. Incidentally, another Southwestern Michigan vintner, Fenn Valley Vineyards, earned the “Best of Class” award for Best Dry Red for their Capriccio. The fortunes of our winemak-ers continue to shine. Wine lovers who enjoy their favorites with a little pizza will have another Southtown St. Joseph option to select from. The recent closure of the former Hollywood Video resulted in a reconfiguration of that retail space. The once large video and game space has been broken into smaller, more manageable spaces for lease by building owners and one of the first to sign on will result in the return to Southtown of Little Caesar’s Pizza. The company had a franchise store for a number of years alongside the former Southtown Twin Theaters. That shop closed a number of years ago, and the space was taken over to enlarge a Christian bookstore next door. Now, Little Caesar’s is on the way back as con-tractor’s retrofit the space. Michigan Works! is handling job applications for the new pizzeria, expected to be open soon at the new location. The new shop is in addition to the long time Little Caesar’s store in the 1800 block of M-139 across from the Fairplain Plaza. Even as work continues on that new pizze-ria, the wrecking ball will soon be pressed into Continued on page 7 M oody Pat Speaking of Ponderosa…I reported a couple of weeks ago here in MailMax that the former St. Joe Ponderosa had been razed to make room for a new retailer coming to that neighborhood. I told you then that reliable sources had informed me that the retailer coming to that site would be O’Reilly Auto Parts. You can imagine my con-fusion and consternation when Benton Township planners approved a new site plan last week for O’Reilly to build an auto parts store on M-139 at the north end of the Benton Square Shopping Center across the road from the U-Haul Rental Agency and Riverwood Mental Health Center. While I still don’t have official confir-mation from folks at O’Reilly’s corporate offices, local officials are telling me that the company will actually bring both stores to the market in coming months, providing parts and services to both neighborhoods. Stay tuned while we get the full story sorted out. The Orchards Mall appears to be on the verge of adding to their stable of offerings in the form of a new Karaoke Bar. A company called Rockstarz Karaoke Bar which is headquartered in Garden City near Detroit is opening a new operation in the Benton Township mall. Tentatively called Rockstarz Bar II, the Karaoke club will be opening soon in the mall. The mother ship employs a 20-foot stage, provides costumes and instruments to help complete the image, and operates on Ford Road in Garden City seven days a week. Stay tuned for more. In case you missed it, the mall recently welcomed a new dual-sided eatery in the form of Eggrolls on Continued on page 8 of the new Four Winds at Hartford later this one side and The Bagel Factory on the other. month. In addition to tents, tables and chairs, You can find them in the Orchards Mall Food the company provides dishes, silverware, glass-Court space. Also, just in case you missed the ware, podiums, pipe & drape for trade show-news, corporate owners of Elder Beerman will style displays, table covers and skirting, and be changing the name of the department store to much more. They specialize in weddings and another nameplate in their stable. The new name parties for both private and corporate clients. The Stevensville store will be responsible for going on the building soon is Carson’s. Nance Sharpe has been working for the territory from Saugatuck to New Buffalo. company founded by her father, James Sharpe , While phone service is being established for the new office, you can reach Nance at 574-256-1110 40-years ago for quite a few years herself. Soon, Inserts & Promotions she will be delighted to reduce her daily com-or www.aaysrental.com. As Friendly Karen Kirian gets ready to celebrate Markets mute from nearly an hour-long drive to a Harding’s handful th MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead of Advertising, minutes. By Inc. October, Nance will be the new her 20 Anniversary in business this fall, she Martin’s Markets tells me Super that her Kids Kollection shop on South general 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI manager 49022 of Aay’s Rental of Southwest Cleveland Avenue in St. Joseph has added Michigan. She and her brothers have been Ace Hardware Phone: 269.934.7522 working in the family business for years now, some new offerings to her line up. Karen’s busi-FAX: 269.934.3297 is a children’s consignment Berrien County Youth Fair store and as and they have watched eagerly as the local mar-ness she preps for the big milestone, she has added ket for weddings and outdoor events has explod-email: publisher@farahead.com Countryside Academy Melissa & Doug toys to her “kollection.” The ed. Now, they want to be a part of that great www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax scene by opening for business in the next couple folks who created Melissa & Doug have become of months at 4795 Roosevelt Road in one of the leading designers and manufacturers Stevensville, just around the corner of All Star of educational toys and children’s products. Plastics. Aay’s new space is a 6,000 square foot You can now visit Karen’s shop and find puzzles, MOODY Continued from page 7

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My friends at Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant are enjoying a spectacular summer season, so much so that they have hauled out the earth movers once again as they launch a 12-hundred square foot addition to their award winning wine tasting room at their home base in Buchanan. Manager Paul Landeck tells me that the team from Pearson Construction of Benton Harbor is back on site creating a soaring new space with panoramic views of the vineyards at their main winery-restaurant location on Mt. Tabor Road in the heart of the wine-growing region. This new expansion will provide Landeck’s team with sorely needed space for guests to be able to more comfortably taste the fruits of their labors. The Pearson crew plans to have the new high-ceiling room ready for the big fall rush during harvest season. The timing is impeccable as far as master winemaker Mike Merchant and his expert team are concerned, inasmuch as they will likely need the space following last week’s Michigan State Wine Competition. Tabor Hill fared very well in all departments according to Landeck, bringing home more medals than any other winery in Michigan’s Great Southwest. What really trip’s Paul’s trigger though, and understandably so, is Tabor Hill’s victory with a coveted “Best of Class” award for their 2010 Lake Michigan Shore Gewurtztraminer! Congratulations to everybody associated with Tabor Hill and their ongoing success story in Michigan Wine Country. Incidentally, another Southwestern Michigan vintner, Fenn Valley Vineyards, earned the “Best of Class” award for Best Dry Red for their Capriccio. The fortunes of our winemakers continue to shine.<br /> <br /> Wine lovers who enjoy their favorites with a little pizza will have another Southtown St. Joseph option to select from. The recent closure of the former Hollywood Video resulted in a reconfiguration of that retail space. The once large video and game space has been broken into smaller, more manageable spaces for lease by building owners and one of the first to sign on will result in the return to Southtown of Little Caesar’s Pizza. The company had a franchise store for a number of years alongside the former Southtown Twin Theaters. That shop closed a number of years ago, and the space was taken over to enlarge a Christian bookstore next door. Now, Little Caesar’s is on the way back as contractor’s retrofit the space. Michigan Works! Is handling job applications for the new pizzeria, expected to be open soon at the new location. The new shop is in addition to the long time Little Caesar’s store in the 1800 block of M-139 across from the Fairplain Plaza.<br /> <br /> Even as work continues on that new pizzeria, the wrecking ball will soon be pressed into action on a venerable old favorite in the genre. The former Capozio’s Pizzeria, shuttered last year after struggling for a while, will soon be erased from the landscape to make way for the new Belle Tire of Benton Harbor. You may recall my story here in MailMax several months ago wherein Facebook fans were among the first to learn that the company would be bringing a store to the local scene. The 89-year old company, headquartered in Allen Park outside of Detroit, has more than 80 stores in Michigan and Ohio. Officials in Benton Charter Township recently approved site plans for the new store on M-139 in front of the Fairplain Plaza. No word on when the shop will be open for business, but their original Facebook brief indicated 2012 was their target year to be open locally. The company’s plans are to take over the space where Capozio’s was, as well as the adjacent lot which years ago was the site of the Benton Harbor Ponderosa Restaurant, which was torn down several years ago.<br /> <br /> Speaking of Ponderosa…I reported a couple of weeks ago here in MailMax that the former St. Joe Ponderosa had been razed to make room for a new retailer coming to that neighborhood. I told you then that reliable sources had informed me that the retailer coming to that site would be O’Reilly Auto Parts. You can imagine my confusion and consternation when Benton Township planners approved a new site plan last week for O’Reilly to build an auto parts store on M-139 at the north end of the Benton Square Shopping Center across the road from the U-Haul Rental Agency and Riverwood Mental Health Center. While I still don’t have official confirmation from folks at O’Reilly’s corporate offices, local officials are telling me that the company will actually bring both stores to the market in coming months, providing parts and services to both neighborhoods. Stay tuned while we get the full story sorted out.<br /> <br /> The Orchards Mall appears to be on the verge of adding to their stable of offerings in the form of a new Karaoke Bar. A company called Rockstarz Karaoke Bar which is headquartered in Garden City near Detroit is opening a new operation in the Benton Township mall. Tentatively called Rockstarz Bar II, the Karaoke club will be opening soon in the mall. The mother ship employs a 20-foot stage, provides costumes and instruments to help complete the image, and operates on Ford Road in Garden City seven days a week. Stay tuned for more. In case you missed it, the mall recently welcomed a new dual-sided eatery in the form of Eggrolls on one side and The Bagel Factory on the other. You can find them in the Orchards Mall Food Court space. Also, just in case you missed the news, corporate owners of Elder Beerman will be changing the name of the department store to another nameplate in their stable. The new name going on the building soon is Carson’s.<br /> <br /> Nance Sharpe has been working for the company founded by her father, James Sharpe, 40-years ago for quite a few years herself. Soon, she will be delighted to reduce her daily commute from nearly an hour-long drive to a handful of minutes. By October, Nance will be the new general manager of Aay’s Rental of Southwest Michigan. She and her brothers have been working in the family business for years now, and they have watched eagerly as the local market for weddings and outdoor events has exploded. Now, they want to be a part of that great scene by opening for business in the next couple of months at 4795 Roosevelt Road in Stevensville, just around the corner of All Star Plastics. Aay’s new space is a 6,000 square foot building that used to be occupied by Smitty’s Plumbing & Heating. While their Mishawaka operation consists of both a Party Store and Tool Store in separate buildings, the Stevensville site will be strictly party rentals. The company features various sizes and types of tents from 10 x 10 foot coverage to 60 x 240 and beyond, capable of handling thousands of people. They have provided services routinely to the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City, Four Winds in New Buffalo and are handling the Grand Opening of the new Four Winds at Hartford later this month. In addition to tents, tables and chairs, the company provides dishes, silverware, glassware, podiums, pipe & drape for trade showstyle displays, table covers and skirting, and much more. They specialize in weddings and parties for both private and corporate clients.<br /> The Stevensville store will be responsible for territory from Saugatuck to New Buffalo. While phone service is being established for the new office, you can reach Nance at 574-256-1110 or www.aaysrental.com. <br /> <br /> As Karen Kirian gets ready to celebrate her 20th Anniversary in business this fall, she tells me that her Kids Kollection shop on South Cleveland Avenue in St. Joseph has added some new offerings to her line up. Karen’s business is a children’s consignment store and as she preps for the big milestone, she has added Melissa & Doug toys to her “kollection.” The folks who created Melissa & Doug have become one of the leading designers and manufacturers of educational toys and children’s products. You can now visit Karen’s shop and find puzzles, puppets, plush-toys, beach toys, play food, magnetic activities and more all in her kidfriendly store. Check it out today, and stay tuned for more on her big anniversary celebration coming this fall.<br /> <br /> My friend Tom Austin from Austin Tax & Financial is taking up the banner for a great cause in a couple of weeks when he sponsors an event at The Livery designed to benefit Benton Harbor’s R.E.A.D.Y. Taekwondo. Live music, great food, Livery beer and raffles will punctuate the day on Saturday, September 10th for a simple donation of $5 in advance or $8 at the door. The event runs from 4 until 8pm that evening and will feature offerings for sale from Charlie’s Piggin & Grinnin, LaPerla, the Livery and more. The folks at R.E.A.D.Y. Taekwondo provide training to participants regardless of their ability to pay, and scholarships are available if needed. All proceeds from this special event will go to the funding of the Academy and scholarships. Get it on your calendar now and help support a great cause.<br /> <br /> Homeschoolers…here is something you might like to know. The Berrien Springs Parent Partnership is now open for fall registration. All classes are free and available to homeschool students from grades 1 through 12 in Southwest Michigan. Choices include field trips, art, music lessons, orchestra, foreign language, physical education, home economics, technology and more. Classes are located at Berrien Springs Schools, virtual classes at home, and at more than 20 locations in the community. If you’d like to learn more, contact Sharon Haynes at 470- 0352 or log onto www.homeoftheshamrocks.org and click on “our schools.” <br /> <br /> From the e-Mailbag: Hello Mr. Moody, I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for the wonderful feature in Moody on the Market. I met with my boss, Don and Sue this morning and we are all very excited and proud of the wonderful things you said. Thank you for your time and efforts, Jennifer Sharkey, Home Helpers. Happy to help spread the word, Jennifer. Hi Pat, I read your column faithfully every Saturday. I just want to let you know about the experiences I have had with the local department stores. Ads have been in the paper advertising an item on sale, so I go to the store, look for the product, can’t find the item, look for the sales people, and she helps me look. Can’t find the item. I note that it was in the paper, she suggests it might not have come in yet, but a delivery is due on Thursday. I go back on Thursday, no product. I politely tell them I was told to check back for Thursday delivery. The manager comes by and he looks for the product. He tells me that he can order it and have it delivered to me. I went to the store specifically to look at the item, I don’t want to shop online. All in all, I left very frustrated. The stores have done terribly, and it is sad to see. I know that we are going through tough times, and inventories and staff have suffered greatly. I can’t say that I will shop much at these stores. Thanks for listening to my complaints about shopping locally. Name withheld by request. Thanks for at least working to solve the issue amicably. Hopefully, future efforts will bring better results. That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you Saturday right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody <br /> Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org <br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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