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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer find your favorite high school team schedule inside! August 20, 2011 Pa per. ws Ne Your Good www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on August 20, 2011 Volume 12, Ver. 34 Moody on The Market MOODY Continued from page 1 Pat W e appear to be on the verge of a major retailer tak-ing up a sizable chunk of the former Kmart building at Pipestone and I-94 in Benton Charter Township . Company offi-cials are actively recruiting for a new store man-ager and other employees to operate a Burlington Coat Factory in the space across the parking lot from the popular Applebee’s Restaurant. The store is already on the corporate website listed as “Store #821,” at 1959 Pipestone Road. The property is owned by Phillips, Edison and Company out of Cincinnati, Ohio. The shop-ping center, marketed by Phillips, Edison as the Pipestone Plaza , was the site of the short-lived run of Steve & Barry’s which closed in the fall of 2008 when that company couldn’t sustain its meteoric rise and ended up closing 103 stores nationwide. Burlington Coat Factory’s roots date back to 1924 when they launched with the wholesale marketing of ladies coats and junior suits. In 1972 the company opened its first outlet store in Burlington, New Jersey, where coats were the primary offering, but over time the concept evolved into a one-stop shopping experi-ence. Extensive selections of men’s and wom-en’s suits, sportswear, shoes and accessories developed, and highly successful baby and youth departments were created. A linens department was added to the line-up in 1987. Today, the company is a national department store retail chain offering current, high-quality, designer merchandise at prices up to 60% below those at other department stores. In addition to the items I listed here, the store also now features furniture, toys, home décor items and gifts. There are nearly 400 stores in 44 states, with the average store running to upwards of 80,000-square feet. No word yet on when the Burlington Coat Factory will open its Benton Township store. Stay tuned for more on the story. If you’re madly in search of the perfect Halloween costume… Party City is about to swing open the doors onto the traditional sea-sonal opening of The Halloween Store. They typically establish a seasonal shop somewhere in the market, and this year they are headed for Mall Drive in Benton Township. The company is a division of Amscan Holdings of Rockaway, New Jersey , and they have been recruiting for seasonal help in recent weeks as they gear up for the shop due to open soon. Ten years ago, Jon Schiff was on his way to Chicago to pick up the first account for his brand new business, The Premise Group on Tennis Court in St. Joseph. I’m not certain how the full day played out for him, but what happened that day could easily have spelled doom from the beginning. You see…that day was September 11 th , 2001…the day when America was attacked on several fronts. Now…ten years later…Jon has survived the tough times, the ups and downs, M oody and the vagaries of mixed economies, and is preparing to celebrate his milestone anniversary knowing that he not only survives…he thrives. Schiff has evolved his companies over the years and now owns and operates Protospec at 1419 Townline Road in Benton Charter Township. The shining star in his current universe is a prod-uct that was designed, proto-typed, manufac-tured, and is now marketed right here in a building constructed by Fiskars Construction Company. That product is a colorful invention that not only drew the interest of Oprah Winfrey… it was featured in her O-Magazine in May of this year and placed on her famous O-List. Schiff’s Sportbell is a very colorful line of modular weights that strategically utilizes 82% less material than standard dumbbells, and allows for easy, rapid-fire change from one-to-ten-pounds in 1-lb increments. Sportbell, which is sold under the Aspire Fitness Products name-plate, has also earned a 5-star rating from the American Council on Exercise. Protospec is comprised of three key employees showcasing a $PNFIPNFUPBDBTVBMDPUUBHFSFUSFBUy PSNBLFZPVSFWFSZEBZBOFTDBQFUPBMVYVSZSFTPSU&#0f; Continued on page 7 “can-do” attitude, exemplifying the epitome of innovation and entrepreneurialism in a company built from the ground up through hard work, creative ingenuity and using local resources to build a nationwide product with a national clien-tele. The company sports full CNC machining and prototyping capabilities for clients from coast to coast. The Sportbell system has been on the market for just about two years now, and Jon is contemplating taking the fully patented and trademarked system international soon. To see more go to www.aspirefitnessproducts.com where you can also order them for yourself. You can reach Schiff and his crew by phone at 934-8615. Congratulations, Jon, and happy anniver-sary. Also celebrating an anniversary is Len Olson at Founders Wine Cellar in downtown Baroda. In fact, the party runs today, Saturday, August 20 th , from noon until 7pm. Founders Wine Cellar sports a total of 19 award winning wines from bronze to double-gold winners, and you can sample them in the tasting room at the corner of First Street and Hills Road in the center of Baroda. An exclusive collection of Studebaker cars will be on display along with a line-up of military vehicles to honor our men and women in service. Trophy presentations will take place at 4pm. Learn more about the winery online at www.founderswinecellar.com. A little further down the Southwest Michigan Wine Trail the entire crew at Round Barn Winery is marking 19-years in business with a full month of celebration. Next week will be the highlight of that month-long celebration, however, when they celebrate their 19 th Annual Harvest Party in their Baroda tasting room on Saturday and Sunday, August 27 th and 28 th . Each day’s celebration will run from 1 until 7pm and feature live music, dancing, grape stomping, fantastic food, world-class wines, micro-brewed beer, DiVine Vodka slushies, martinis, and homemade sangria. Also included are hayrides and a bounce house for the kids. See the sched-ule online at www.roundbarnwinery.com. 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Moody On The Market

Pat Moody

We appear to be on the verge of a major retailer taking up a sizable chunk of the former Kmart building at Pipestone and I-94 in Benton Charter Township. Company officials are actively recruiting for a new store manager and other employees to operate a Burlington Coat Factory in the space across the parking lot from the popular Applebee’s Restaurant. The store is already on the corporate website listed as “Store #821,” at 1959 Pipestone Road. The property is owned by Phillips, Edison and Company out of Cincinnati, Ohio. The shopping center, marketed by Phillips, Edison as the Pipestone Plaza, was the site of the short-lived run of Steve & Barry’s which closed in the fall of 2008 when that company couldn’t sustain its meteoric rise and ended up closing 103 stores nationwide. Burlington Coat Factory’s roots date back to 1924 when they launched with the wholesale marketing of ladies coats and junior suits. In 1972 the company opened its first outlet store in Burlington, New Jersey, where coats were the primary offering, but over time the concept evolved into a one-stop shopping experience. Extensive selections of men’s and women’s suits, sportswear, shoes and accessories developed, and highly successful baby and youth departments were created. A linens department was added to the line-up in 1987. Today, the company is a national department store retail chain offering current, high-quality, designer merchandise at prices up to 60% below those at other department stores. In addition to the items I listed here, the store also now features furniture, toys, home décor items and gifts. There are nearly 400 stores in 44 states, with the average store running to upwards of 80,000-square feet. No word yet on when the Burlington Coat Factory will open its Benton Township store. Stay tuned for more on the story.<br /> <br /> If you’re madly in search of the perfect Halloween costume…Party City is about to swing open the doors onto the traditional seasonal opening of The Halloween Store. They typically establish a seasonal shop somewhere in the market, and this year they are headed for Mall Drive in Benton Township. The company is a division of Amscan Holdings of Rockaway, New Jersey, and they have been recruiting for seasonal help in recent weeks as they gear up for the shop due to open soon.<br /> <br /> Ten years ago, Jon Schiff was on his way to Chicago to pick up the first account for his brand new business, The Premise Group on Tennis Court in St. Joseph. I’m not certain how the full day played out for him, but what happened that day could easily have spelled doom from the beginning. You see…that day was September 11th, 2001…the day when America was attacked on several fronts. Now…ten years later…Jon has survived the tough times, the ups and downs, and the vagaries of mixed economies, and is preparing to celebrate his milestone anniversary knowing that he not only survives…he thrives. Schiff has evolved his companies over the years and now owns and operates Protospec at 1419 Townline Road in Benton Charter Township. The shining star in his current universe is a product that was designed, proto-typed, manufactured, and is now marketed right here in a building constructed by Fiskars Construction Company. That product is a colorful invention that not only drew the interest of Oprah Winfrey…it was featured in her O-Magazine in May of this year and placed on her famous O-List. Schiff’s Sportbell is a very colorful line of modular weights that strategically utilizes 82% less material than standard dumbbells, and allows for easy, rapid-fire change from one-toten- pounds in 1-lb increments. Sportbell, which is sold under the Aspire Fitness Products nameplate, has also earned a 5-star rating from the American Council on Exercise. Protospec is comprised of three key employees showcasing a “can-do” attitude, exemplifying the epitome of innovation and entrepreneurialism in a company built from the ground up through hard work, creative ingenuity and using local resources to build a nationwide product with a national clientele. The company sports full CNC machining and prototyping capabilities for clients from coast to coast. The Sportbell system has been on the market for just about two years now, and Jon is contemplating taking the fully patented and trademarked system international soon. To see more go to www.aspirefitnessproducts.com where you can also order them for yourself. You can reach Schiff and his crew by phone at 934- 8615. Congratulations, Jon, and happy anniversary.<br /> <br /> Also celebrating an anniversary is Len Olson at Founders Wine Cellar in downtown Baroda. In fact, the party runs today, Saturday, August 20th, from noon until 7pm. Founders Wine Cellar sports a total of 19 award winning wines from bronze to double-gold winners, and you can sample them in the tasting room at the corner of First Street and Hills Road in the center of Baroda. An exclusive collection of Studebaker cars will be on display along with a line-up of military vehicles to honor our men and women in service. Trophy presentations will take place at 4pm. Learn more about the winery online at www.founderswinecellar.com. <br /> <br /> A little further down the Southwest Michigan Wine Trail the entire crew at Round Barn Winery is marking 19-years in business with a full month of celebration. Next week will be the highlight of that month-long celebration, however, when they celebrate their 19th Annual Harvest Party in their Baroda tasting room on Saturday and Sunday, August 27th and 28th. Each day’s celebration will run from 1 until 7pm and feature live music, dancing, grape stomping, fantastic food, world-class wines, micro-brewed beer, DiVine Vodka slushies, martinis, and homemade sangria. Also included are hayrides and a bounce house for the kids. See the schedule online at www.roundbarnwinery.com. In fact, while you’re online sign up to get their “Uncorked” newsletter sent directly to your e-mailbox so you won’t miss a thing.<br /> <br /> By now, most of you have probably already heard the news…but I want to share it here just the same for those who might have missed it. Silver Beach in St. Joseph has achieved yet another accolade from a world traveling source who contends that the local community is the Third Most Underrated Beach Town in America. In a recent report online, Sara Peterson, the Editor of Coastal Living Magazine, identified St. Joe as one of the most overlooked beach towns in the nation. Only Beaufort, North Carolina and Bal Harbour, Florida ranked higher on Peterson’s radar. In the piece, she noted that “Traverse City often wins the popularity contest for beach-goers in Michigan, so humble St. Joe gets bypassed.” There were a total of eight communities on Peterson’s list…and we scored in the top three. Slowly but surely the region is gaining a name for itself, and is increasingly being discovered rather than left behind.<br /> <br /> Dog owners who bemoaned the loss of Melanie Findlay when she decided to chase a dream of living in Florida will be delighted to know that the Michigan girl has returned to her home roots and launched Paws by the Shore in the Fairplain neighborhood. Melanie doubled sales and services at the Port Charlotte, Florida PETCO store in barely three months, but she also recognized there is truly no place like Michigan’s Great Southwest. She previously had owned and operated Paws & Effects from her home in Fairplain, and offers now the same services as a full-service dog grooming salon, just under the new name. She has 25 years of experience and offers flexible hours and tender loving care for your pets. For September she is offering half off every groom and 10% for rebookings. You can reach Melanie at 363-4992. Welcome home, Melanie!<br /> <br /> Keith Hammond is moving his D.W. Hammond Chocolates & Fudge shop to Coloma. Looks like next month Keith will be on the move to new quarters at 126 North Church Street in Coloma. He is currently still operating normal hours at 1697 Colfax in Benton Harbor for another couple of weeks so hurry in before he packs up to head north. Stay tuned for additional details on his open house at the new location.<br /> <br /> Keith, by the way, got considerable assistance from the Cornerstone Small Business Services team when he opened up shop on Colfax. If you’d like to learn more about what that team and their colleagues from the Small Business Administration can do to help you with your business plans, sign up now to attend the SBA Get Connected-Get Inspired Outreach Tour coming next week to Benton Harbor. Http://www.swmpc.org/downloads/sba_tour_flyer.pdf for details and a registration form. This is the first ever statewide SBA Small Business Outreach Tour. It’s free, and it happens from 2pm until 5:30pm on August 25th in Benton Harbor. Check it out for yourself!<br /> <br /> Tomorrow and four more times in the next several months the folks at GateWay Services and Bridges to Digital Excellence are teaming up for Community Recycling Drives that will afford you the opportunity to get rid of cardboard, paper, magazines, books, clear plastic, file folders, newspapers, phone books, electronics, TV sets, computers and monitors, microwaves, toasters, phones, DVD players, ring binders and more. Tomorrow’s drive (Sunday, August 21st) is in the parking lot of Apple Valley in Berrien Springs. The other four events are on Saturdays, including September 10th at the Save-A-Lot in Niles, on September 24th at Slumberland Furniture in Benton Harbor, on October 8th at Lakeshore High School, and on October 22nd at a site to be determined in New Buffalo. By taking your items to these drives you are helping provide work and work experience for a wide array of local individuals with barriers to employment. Online at www.gatewayvro.com. <br /> <br /> Berrien County Firefighters could sure use your help! A recent federal grant for $404,000.00 will provide all local fire departments with a training facility second to none. A major condition of the grant is a local match of $102,000.00. While the firefighters association immediately put up $10,000.00 of their own membership dollars, they really need your help in creating the match. Stop by your local fire department and pitch in whatever you can. The life you save could be your own! Thanks for your support.<br /> <br /> If you have talented singers in the family, you might to check out the new addition of Family Karaoke Fridays at Lake Michigan Breeze in Hagar Shores. Every Friday night from 6 to 9pm, Round Barn wine tastings, halfprice appetizers, and family karaoke will highlight the night through November. Just look for the Surfing Buffalo on Blue Star Highway.<br /> <br /> Finally a quick reminder that individual show tickets for the upcoming Mendel Mainstage Season go on sale this coming Monday, August 22nd at 10am. From Spamalot to The Buckinghams…tickets for each show go on the block Monday.<br /> <br /> 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<br /> Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce<br /> pmoody@cstonealliance.org<br /> 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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