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Downtown St. Joseph ECRWSS Local Postal Customer Inside on Pages 11-13 Pa per. ws Ne Your Good October 1, 2011 www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on October 1, 2011 Volume 12, Ver. 40 Moody on The Market F or more than 77 years now, the cast and crew at Honor Credit Union has been serving its communities and members with top quality financial care and expertise. They have long been committed to being first and foremost a local community financial institution that strives continually to fulfill their promise to provide solutions for financial success for their members. For proof of that commitment you need look no further than their Benton Harbor office. Thanks to ongoing growth in the com-munity, they have bulldozed their location at 1873 E. Napier Avenue to make room for a brand new 2500-square foot branch with improved traffic flow and new technology. That location had served for many years and was overdue for improvements. While their new structure is underway, that branch has been temporarily relocated to The Orchards Mall. You will find Branch Manager Ellen Riley and her staff taking care of Honor Credit Union members just inside Entrance 4 by Carson’s department store. If the weather holds up and construction proceeds without a hitch, the new branch building on the old site should be ready to welcome customers and members toward the end of March or the beginning of April next year. That construction began in mid-September. Exterior work is now largely complete on the spectacular remake of LeValley Chevrolet on M-139 in Benton Charter Township that I told you about a few weeks ago. The striking new fascia rises substantially higher than the former profile and looks outstanding. Swing by or stop in to see the results of a fine makeover when you’re in the neighborhood. Just across the highway from LeValley, work is complete and clients are being accepted at the new Hair Cuttery in the front lot of the Fairplain Plaza. Grand Opening celebrations are underway at the hair styling salon alongside Game Stop. They accept walk-ins, or you can schedule an appointment. Meanwhile, a long time manufacturing site along Milton Street in Benton Harbor has undergone extensive renovation in preparation for a new venture there. The former site of National Zinc Processors is now the new home of Benton Metal Recycling. You’ll find them at 1256 Milton, the original home of Michigan Standard Alloys , which opened for business there in the 1940’s. Owners of National Zinc had been looking for ways to subsidize their business when the economy slowed, as they were loathe to shut-down the facility or have to lay off work-ers. They have made a major investment in the property to transition it into a viable recycling operation. The owners are not new to the busi-ness. Dennis Rook is the company’s President, and he tells me that they have sister companies including Imperial Zinc which is a manufac-M oody Pat “Your Replacement Window Specialists” Other Products Offered: • Entry & Patio Doors • Screens • Patio Enclosures • Shower Doors • Shower Wall & Bases • Composite Vanity Tops • Kitchen Counter Tops Visit our Facebook page for Special Offers • Double Hung Windows • Casement Windows • Awning Windows • Picture Windows • Slider Windows • Other Style Available EXPERT Replacement Windows INSTALLATION *Offer expires 11-30-11* Offer Code 10-1-MM 30% OFF Special Offer FREE ESTIMATES On All Products FREE GAS CARD Valued up to $75.00 with purchase of 2 or more windows Added Bonus Offer! 5275 Red Arrow Highway • Stevensville • 269-428-4464 www.midwestglass.com • Showroom Hours: Mon-Fri 8-5:30, Sat 10-2 • Harding’s Friendly Markets • Roger’s Foodland • Martin’s Super Markets • Ace Hardware • St. Joe Harvest Festival • Jets Pizza Inserts may vary by Zip Code Inserts & Promotions MailMax is a publication of Far Ahead Advertising, Inc. 2202 Plaza Drive Benton Harbor, MI 49022 Phone: 269.934.7522 FAX: 269.934.3297 email: publisher@farahead.com www.MailMaxOnline.com •www.facebook.com/eMailMax Continued on page 14

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For more than 77 years now, the cast and crew at Honor Credit Union has been serving its communities and members with top quality financial care and expertise. They have long been committed to being first and foremost a local community financial institution that strives continually to fulfill their promise to provide solutions for financial success for their members. For proof of that commitment you need look no further than their Benton Harbor office. Thanks to ongoing growth in the community, they have bulldozed their location at 1873 E. Napier Avenue to make room for a brand new 2500-square foot branch with improved traffic flow and new technology. That location had served for many years and was overdue for improvements. While their new structure is underway, that branch has been temporarily relocated to The Orchards Mall. You will find Branch Manager Ellen Riley and her staff taking care of Honor Credit Union members just inside Entrance 4 by Carson’s department store. If the weather holds up and construction proceeds without a hitch, the new branch building on the old site should be ready to welcome customers and members toward the end of March or the beginning of April next year. That construction began in mid-September.<br /> <br /> Exterior work is now largely complete on the spectacular remake of LeValley Chevrolet on M-139 in Benton Charter Township that I told you about a few weeks ago. The striking new fascia rises substantially higher than the former profile and looks outstanding. Swing by or stop in to see the results of a fine makeover when you’re in the neighborhood.<br /> <br /> Just across the highway from LeValley, work is complete and clients are being accepted at the new Hair Cuttery in the front lot of the Fairplain Plaza. Grand Opening celebrations are underway at the hair styling salon alongside Game Stop. They accept walk-ins, or you can schedule an appointment.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, a long time manufacturing site along Milton Street in Benton Harbor has undergone extensive renovation in preparation for a new venture there. The former site of National Zinc Processors is now the new home of Benton Metal Recycling. You’ll find them at 1256 Milton, the original home of Michigan Standard Alloys, which opened for business there in the 1940’s. Owners of National Zinc had been looking for ways to subsidize their business when the economy slowed, as they were loathe to shut-down the facility or have to lay off workers. They have made a major investment in the property to transition it into a viable recycling operation. The owners are not new to the business. Dennis Rook is the company’s President, and he tells me that they have sister companies including Imperial Zinc which is a manufac-Turer of zinc, anodes and alloys in Chicago… Tri-State Metal which is a scrap metal facility in Chicago...a secondary aluminum smelting plant in Minerva, Ohio…and another smelting plant in Scottsboro, Alabama…plus a brokerage office in Angola, Indiana. Each unit operates autonomously while augmenting one another’s operations. The local facility at Benton Metal Recycling purchases all grades of scrap metal including copper, aluminum, brass, nickel alloys, steel and more. They do not, however, Accept automobiles or anything that has a title. Dennis tells me the company is here for the long haul, and is committed to Benton Harbor. Congratulations on the transformation, and best of luck going forward.<br /> <br /> My friends Kaye Gerring-Krieger, Susan Burge and Sharon Erickson have just slipped past a major milestone in their little corner of the world. The three have now been in business at the Lakeview Beachcomber Hair Salon in St. Joseph for ten years! The colorful salon is tucked around the corner from Rooster’s Party Store just off the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and Lakeview Avenue. The actual address is 1610 Lakeview Avenue, and you can reach them at 982-4247 for information regarding their full service salon offerings. A couple of us here at MailMax have first-hand knowledge of the Beachcomber, inasmuch as Kaye cuts Publisher Doug Farrell’s hair, and Susan is my stylist. Congratulations, ladies!<br /> <br /> Nick Christe has been a personal trainer for nearly 10 years working in just about every health club chain across the country. Back in mid-winter he moved back to Michigan in order to be closer to family and had planned to join a local club to offer his services. Ultimately, he decided that with his extensive back-ground and knowledge base, he would be better put to the test by launching his own business. Now, less than half-a-year later his new company, Images Personal Training, has grown to house more than 60 active clients inside of Anytime Fitness in St. Joe and four personal trainers who work directly for him. He is currently developing a Plan to replicate that success through Anytime Fitness in South Haven. Nick is no slacker in the world of fitness. He was a boot camp instructor for the Arizona Diamondbacks…a former television fitness expert for KTVK in Phoenix, Arizona…and is also the 2010 Amateur Mr. Arizona Bodybuilding Champion. Learn more about Images Personal Training online at www.imagespersonaltraining.com or you can call him at 480-200-6189. Look for his new fitness column right here in MailMax.<br /> <br /> Another new business on the local scene makes its debut next Saturday, October 8th, during the St. Joseph Today Harvest Festival. That new company is playfully called BaBounce, and it is owned and operated by Julee Laurent and her fiancé Matt Clancy. BaBounce hopes to be your go-to source for all kinds of inflatable jumpers and bouncer/slide combos for birthdays, graduations, company parties, church socials, family reunions, lock-in events, prom parties, weddings, festivals, block parties or any other event where kids and young-at-heart adults want to add in an extra element of fun and activity. You’ll find them on location at the Harvest Fest on Pleasant Street where you can give their bouncers a whirl. Julee tells me they are currently working with Lake Michigan College and the YMCA to offer jumpers for indoor events this winter. She promises very competitive pricing including delivery, set-up and pick-up. All of their gear is brand new, and they have generators available to rent in case of remote settings. You can see more online at Www.babounce.com or you can contact them at 269-408-8271. Congratulations…hope your new business takes a big bounce forward!<br /> <br /> In Southtown St. Joseph a local entrepreneur has launched a unique turn of the century, prohibition-style tattoo parlor. His name is Charles Schmidt, and his new venture is called The Parlor Tattooing. He has set up operations at 2024 Washington Avenue across from the St. Joe Burger King restaurant. Schmidt and his colleague Dirk Sorrells both have extensive experience in the trade, and Schmidt admits it has been a long time dream to venture into his own business, having poured every ounce of his time, talent and treasure into creating what he hopes will be the greatest tattoo shop in the area. The two will perform tattoos, piercings and microdermals on site in their 695-square foot shop. The shop will be open seven days a week from 1 until 9pm…however they will stay ultra-late or show up super early upon client request. They also feature jewelry created by local jewelry makers. You are welcome to stop by to check them out, or give them a call at 269-281-0367.<br /> <br /> Hats off to the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center kitchen staff for going above and beyond recently to assist the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen. Apparently, the employees of Whirlpool purchased a number of turkeys at the Berrien County Youth Fair Auction. They in turn donated them to the Soup Kitchen. There was one major problem with the plan. The turkeys were so large that they wouldn’t fit into the ovens at the Soup Kitchen. As a result, Ken Clark and Alice Archer-Snow volunteered to cook the turkeys in the LMC ovens. More than 300-lbs of turkey roasting in the kitchens recently made employees and visitors wonder if Thanksgiving had arrived early this year. Nice move, folks…thanks for helping the community once again in an unusual but important way!<br /> <br /> If you’re eagerly in search of great Halloween costume ideas, the Twin City Players invite you to their 16th Annual Halloween Costume Sale on the Saturdays of October 22nd and 29th as well as the stretch of Wednesday through Friday the 26th through the 28th. The Playhouse at 600 W. Glenlord will host the sale from 9am until 4pm on Saturdays and 6 until 8pm on the weeknights in question. Preassembled outfits for infants, children, teens and adults will be up for sale and complete outfits can be purchased at reasonable prices. Don’t miss it!<br /> <br /> Next Sunday, October 9th, the Volunteer Center of Southwest Michigan rolls out the red carpet to Red Hot and Blue: an Evening of Jazz. The event, which benefits the center’s operations, will take place at the beautiful Heritage Center in St. Joseph. Plan now to join Bunny Fisher, David Lahm, Eric Schneider and friends for a night of jazz guaranteed to entertain, along with heavy hors d’oeuvres and light desserts. Wine and special martinis are also on the docket. Tickets are $60 each and you can register at www.volunteerswmi.org to attend. The show runs from 5:30 until 8:30pm. Put it on your calendar today!<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, teams are now forming for the Annual Corporate/Professional Spelling Bee benefiting Child & Family Services of Southwestern Michigan. That event takes place on October 13th at St. Joseph High School. This year marks the return of the popular event following a 7-year hiatus. It is open to all adult competitors representing local schools and businesses. Entry fees are based on the size and classification of your business or organization, and you can learn more by contacting Debra Trapikas at 925-1725 extension 133. Get our dictionary and start studying now!<br /> <br /> You will undoubtedly see an inordinate Array of pink things in the next couple of weeks, as local organizers celebrate their “Paint Our Town Pink,” celebration to create awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Today, their 2nd annual golf outing at Harbor Shores is underway, along with a “Detour de Force” musical concert at the Krasl Art Center sponsored by the SW Michigan Symphony Orchestra. On Thursday, October 6th a “Little Black Dress” wine-tasting dinner dance at the Shadowland Ballroom is on the agenda, and next Saturday features the 1st Annual St. Joseph Susan G. Komen of Southwest Michigan Beach Stroll. To see the rest of the story, go to Facebook and search for “Paint Our Town Pink.”<br /> <br /> Don’t forget that today, Saturday, October 1st is the big day to Toast the Coast at the 2nd Annual Weko Beach Brewers Festival in Bridgman. Visit the big top tent at Weko Beach from 3pm until 9pm and sample more than 30 locally-produced craft beers from Michigan’s Great Southwest.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great weekend…and we’ll see you out and about as well as next Saturday right here in your 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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