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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer Pa per. ws Ne Your Good December 17, 2011 www.MailMaxOnline.com POSTMASTER: Please deliver on December 17, 2011 Volume 12, Ver. 51 Moody on The Market An age old question of the season regarding whether there will be enough “room at the inn” brings to light a great story for one of the newest Bed & Breakfast establishments here in Michigan’s Great Southwest. My friends John & Jitka Nelson, owners and operators of the Dove Nest B&B in Royalton Township just earned national recognition as one of the Top 10 B&Bs for the Holidays! Nestled into the coun-tryside at 5000 Scottdale Road, just south of Marquette Woods, Dove Nest ranks alongside notable inns in Amelia Island, Florida… Camden, Maine…Savannah, Georgia…and Middlebury, Vermont. Each of the cited inns were selected based on “their incredible holiday offerings, from decorations to dining,” according to site administrators at BedandBreakfast.com. The website says “If you arrive on December 24 th and stay two nights or more, you can enjoy all kinds of holiday goodies,” at Dove Nest. “Wake up late to a three-course hot breakfast. Join in fes-tivities and snack on sweets and delicious appe-tizers. Walk the beach and enjoy the quietness of the town. Come back for a festive Christmas dinner, share stories, and drink hot cider or hot mulled wine. In the evening, enjoy the lights on the bluff of Lake Michigan and stroll through the beautiful candle-lit streets. Come back to the cozy fireplace with the real fire and the real Christmas tree. Engage in conversation or listen to Christmas carols while sipping a glass of wine.” Clearly, the folks running the nationwide site were enamored with the story, awarding the high honor to our friends here at home. Also making the Top 10 is The Kingsley House in Fennville, featuring their “Gingerbread Christmas Weekend Package.” Congratulations to both innkeepers and thanks for keeping Southwest Michigan high on the national radar. If you’d like to see if there’s still room at the inn, you can reach the Nelsons at 269-429-2211. As we get ready to flip the calendar page ahead to a brand New Year, the degree of nation-al interest for “room at the inn” will continue to spike upward thanks to the impending arrival of the world’s best golfers for the 2012 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. Dozens of eager fans are already seeking lodging in the region, and another local registry has been launched in the form of OnTheGreenRentals. com. According to innovator Peter Lamberta, this option for local home, condo, and property owners affords you, the owner, total control of the process of offering your home to spectators, international media, corporate sponsors, families and others who are planning to come to the big event. In essence, the new user-friendly website Continued on page 8 M oody Pat Continued from page 1 here, which will necessitate re-location to handle Lane Automotive building, graders have been OnTheGreenRentals.com connects you to poten-that step. DeVries is the President and CEO of removing top soil, installing additional drain tile tial renters. You can list your home or other the bank, which is headquartered in Coldwater, and solving some swampy areas near the build-property, upload photos, set the price, and man-but has branches in Hillsdale, Marshall, Union ing. They will then replace the top soil with the age the rental yourself. You decide who stays in City, Okemos, and Portage. crushed concrete to form a solid base for poten-your home, and maintain control of the process. The ever-growing Southwest Michigan tial future expansion. Equally as important is If you register your property by the end of the Wine Trail will be adding its first ever stop in that the newly converted space will provide a year, you can do so at $99 per listing. After that, Benton Charter Township sometime next fall in substantially more solid base for future events the flat fee doubles to $200 per listing. Once the form of the proposed new Twelve Corners like Lane’s massive summertime car shows each your home is listed, the web developers will use Winery. Aptly named due to its location at the year which draw thousands of visitors from all their marketing network and media partners to center of the Twelve Corners neighborhood over the nation. reach surrounding metropolitan areas as well as along North Benton Center Road, the new win-On a much smaller scale, the folks at targeted marketing for visitors planning their trip ery approved recently by Benton Township trust-Comcast have recently graded land adjacent to here. For additional information contact Peter at ees will launch construction this winter if the their “satellite farm” situated alongside M-139 PL@OnTheGreenRentals.com or visit the web-weather permits. Mark Graham, who is the just south of Scottdale. That space will be used site yourself. operation’s chief operating officer, says that two for additional parking according to Comcast Rick DeVries spent his formative years on buildings and 134 parking spaces are planned spokesman Greg Gomolka. Some passers-by the local scene, graduated from St. Joe High alongside the 30-acres of grapes on the more had wondered aloud if a new building was going School and ventured off to Central Michigan than 60-acre property that borders the land where to be erected there, but it is simply a parking University in the mid-70’s and a career in Interstate Highways 94 and 196 intersect. The expansion project according to Greg. finance. Now, Rick is returning to his roots as a multi-million dollar venture is expected to pro-One place that would love to have addi-central player in a new venture with Monarch duce 15 full-time jobs and up to double that for tional parking but just physically has no option Community Bank which has opened a small seasonal activities. will work to alleviate some pressure with the consumer lending branch in downtown St. A little further along I-94 at the Watervliet approval by the City of St. Joseph for a new Joseph. You’ll currently find St. Joe native John interchange, it’s been a busy fall season for auxiliary kitchen. Jay Costas and Tony Bertig, Brown in the new office in the 800 Centre earthmovers alongside the headquarters of Lane partners in Silver Beach Pizza, recently gained Building at 800 Ship Street that also houses the Automotive. My friend John McLellan who is a the thumbs up from the city commission on local office of Congressman Fred Upton in St. marketing team member there tells me that the installation of a 38-by-18 foot kitchen expansion Joe. The new banking center is currently han-crew at Lane created a partnership with folks on the north end of the St. Joseph Train Depot dling residential mortgages, re-financing, and the from MDOT to acquire the concrete removed building to house additional ovens largely dedi-like, and they are currently in the process of hir-during the massive reconstruction of M-140. cated to the restaurant’s booming takeout busi-ing at least one additional lender. Soon they will They have taken the rip-rap remains and created ness. By speeding up the to-go process, the also add a commercial lender and the plans are to crushed concrete from it. Behind the expansive Silver Beach team hopes to alleviate some of the eventually establish a full-service banking center 18kt, 22kt & 24kt Gold • Silver • Platinum • Diamonds • 10kt, 14kt, 16kt, traffic congestion caused by customers waiting for & takeout orders. 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Moody<br /> <br /> An age old question of the season regarding whether there will be enough “room at the inn” brings to light a great story for one of the newest Bed & Breakfast establishments here in Michigan’s Great Southwest. My friends John & Jitka Nelson, owners and operators of the Dove Nest B&B in Royalton Township just earned national recognition as one of the Top 10 B&Bs for the Holidays! Nestled into the countryside at 5000 Scottdale Road, just south of Marquette Woods, Dove Nest ranks alongside notable inns in Amelia Island, Florida… Camden, Maine…Savannah, Georgia…and Middlebury, Vermont. Each of the cited inns were selected based on “their incredible holiday offerings, from decorations to dining,” according to site administrators at BedandBreakfast.com. The website says “If you arrive on December 24th and stay two nights or more, you can enjoy all kinds of holiday goodies,” at Dove Nest. “Wake up late to a three-course hot breakfast. Join in festivities and snack on sweets and delicious appetizers. Walk the beach and enjoy the quietness of the town. Come back for a festive Christmas dinner, share stories, and drink hot cider or hot mulled wine. In the evening, enjoy the lights on the bluff of Lake Michigan and stroll through the beautiful candle-lit streets. Come back to the cozy fireplace with the real fire and the real Christmas tree. Engage in conversation or listen to Christmas carols while sipping a glass of wine.” Clearly, the folks running the nationwide site were enamored with the story, awarding the high honor to our friends here at home. Also making the Top 10 is The Kingsley House in Fennville, featuring their “Gingerbread Christmas Weekend Package.” Congratulations to both innkeepers and thanks for keeping Southwest Michigan high on the national radar. If you’d like to see if there’s still room at the inn, you can reach the Nelsons at 269-429-2211.<br /> <br /> As we get ready to flip the calendar page ahead to a brand New Year, the degree of national interest for “room at the inn” will continue to spike upward thanks to the impending arrival of the world’s best golfers for the 2012 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. Dozens of eager fans are already seeking lodging in the region, and another local registry has been launched in the form of OnTheGreenRentals. Com. According to innovator Peter Lamberta, this option for local home, condo, and property owners affords you, the owner, total control of the process of offering your home to spectators, international media, corporate sponsors, families and others who are planning to come to the big event. In essence, the new user-friendly website onTheGreenRentals.com connects you to potential renters. You can list your home or other property, upload photos, set the price, and manage the rental yourself. You decide who stays in your home, and maintain control of the process. If you register your property by the end of the year, you can do so at $99 per listing. After that, the flat fee doubles to $200 per listing. Once your home is listed, the web developers will use their marketing network and media partners to reach surrounding metropolitan areas as well as targeted marketing for visitors planning their trip here. For additional information contact Peter at PL@OnTheGreenRentals.com or visit the website yourself.<br /> <br /> Rick DeVries spent his formative years on the local scene, graduated from St. Joe High School and ventured off to Central Michigan University in the mid-70’s and a career in finance. Now, Rick is returning to his roots as a central player in a new venture with Monarch Community Bank which has opened a small consumer lending branch in downtown St. Joseph. You’ll currently find St. Joe native John Brown in the new office in the 800 Centre Building at 800 Ship Street that also houses the local office of Congressman Fred Upton in St. Joe. The new banking center is currently handling residential mortgages, re-financing, and the like, and they are currently in the process of hiring at least one additional lender. Soon they will also add a commercial lender and the plans are to eventually establish a full-service banking center here, which will necessitate re-location to handle that step. DeVries is the President and CEO of the bank, which is headquartered in Coldwater, but has branches in Hillsdale, Marshall, Union City, Okemos, and Portage.<br /> <br /> The ever-growing Southwest Michigan Wine Trail will be adding its first ever stop in Benton Charter Township sometime next fall in the form of the proposed new Twelve Corners Winery. Aptly named due to its location at the center of the Twelve Corners neighborhood along North Benton Center Road, the new winery approved recently by Benton Township trustees will launch construction this winter if the weather permits. Mark Graham, who is the operation’s chief operating officer, says that two buildings and 134 parking spaces are planned alongside the 30-acres of grapes on the more than 60-acre property that borders the land where Interstate Highways 94 and 196 intersect. The multi-million dollar venture is expected to produce 15 full-time jobs and up to double that for seasonal activities.<br /> <br /> A little further along I-94 at the Watervliet interchange, it’s been a busy fall season for earthmovers alongside the headquarters of Lane Automotive. My friend John McLellan who is a marketing team member there tells me that the crew at Lane created a partnership with folks from MDOT to acquire the concrete removed during the massive reconstruction of M-140. They have taken the rip-rap remains and created crushed concrete from it. Behind the expansive Lane Automotive building, graders have been removing top soil, installing additional drain tile and solving some swampy areas near the building. They will then replace the top soil with the crushed concrete to form a solid base for potential future expansion. Equally as important is that the newly converted space will provide a substantially more solid base for future events like Lane’s massive summertime car shows each year which draw thousands of visitors from all over the nation.<br /> <br /> On a much smaller scale, the folks at Comcast have recently graded land adjacent to their “satellite farm” situated alongside M-139 just south of Scottdale. That space will be used for additional parking according to Comcast spokesman Greg Gomolka. Some passers-by had wondered aloud if a new building was going to be erected there, but it is simply a parking expansion project according to Greg.<br /> <br /> One place that would love to have additional parking but just physically has no option will work to alleviate some pressure with the approval by the City of St. Joseph for a new auxiliary kitchen. Jay Costas and Tony Bertig, partners in Silver Beach Pizza, recently gained the thumbs up from the city commission on installation of a 38-by-18 foot kitchen expansion on the north end of the St. Joseph Train Depot building to house additional ovens largely dedicated to the restaurant’s booming takeout business. By speeding up the to-go process, the Silver Beach team hopes to alleviate some of the traffic congestion caused by customers waiting for takeout orders. The popularity of the pizza operation has grown exponentially resulting in the good problem of too much of a good thing.<br /> <br /> Eric Misterovich has launched the St. Joseph office of Newburg Law, LLC., a legal team founded in Lansing by Matthew Newburg. Eric tells me that this is “not your typical law firm,” inasmuch as they offer flat-rate monthly packages instead of by-the-hour billing…they want clients to talk to them, so they don’t charge for phone calls…and they offer online access to legal documents in order to provide a better overall experience that makes sense in today’s business climate. Misterovich specializes in representing entrepreneurs and small business people. In fact, they are so dedicated to the entrepreneurial spirit that they are beginning a new website called Invent Employment. It’s a site dedicated to showcasing “actual” job creators, people that trusted their gut and made a career out of what they love. They are looking for businesses to showcase, and you can send your suggestions to emisterovich@newburglaw.com. A temporary site is up at www.inventemployment.com, and the full site should be ready by the end of January, according to Eric. You can reach him locally at 269-281-3908. His goal is to share enough stories to inspire others to invent their employment and offer advice to existing small businesses.<br /> <br /> Mimi Stockton is an instructor at Maddog 5/1 Revolutionary Fitness in the Benton Harbor Arts District, and she has officially kicked off a Shoe Drive for Soles4Soles.org. From now through January 16th Mimi hopes you will donate your shoes, new or gently used, to the charitable effort by taking them to the Maddog fitness center on Territorial next to Anna Russo Seiber’s Gallery. Mimi is a tri-athlete who often “retires” a pair of shoes long before their useful life is over. You can, too, and help those who otherwise have to go without. Stop by and drop your shoes off or call Mimi at 408-8042. Thanks for your consideration.<br /> <br /> Speaking of the Arts District, this is a busy weekend in that neighborhood. If you get the online version of MailMax in time, swing through the district for a world of holiday fun on Friday the 16th for the December Art Hop: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” From 6 until 9pm enjoy Caroling Crusaders and visits to the ARS Gallery, Expressions Café, GelatoWorks, The Citadel Dance Center, Water Street Glassworks, 3 Pillars Gallery and a whole lot more. Then, on Sunday the 18th, The Livery plays host to “An Arts District Holiday with Paul Mow and Friends!” This magical 4th annual event features the sounds of the season at both a one-hour Children’s Matinee at 2pm and a two-hour Adult Concert starting at 5pm. It’s all a presentation of the New Territory Arts Association, and tickets will be available at the door.<br /> <br /> Tony Pastrick hopes to see you all during half-time of the Monday night (December 19th) Lake Michigan Catholic varsity basketball game. The 1966 St. Joe Ponies men’s team will be honored for their flawless, undefeated regular season that year…the only team in the school’s history to go undefeated through the season. Check it out!<br /> <br /> Finally, don’t forget to make your reservations for the SW Michigan Symphony Orchestra’s Speakeasy Ball celebration on New Year’s Eve at the Vineland Center in St. Joseph. The evening starts at 7p-m and promises to be a huge night out. Get all of the details and order tickets soon online at www.smso.org or call 982-4030 today.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week. Keep spending your Christmas dollars right here at home, and we’ll see you next Saturday, Christmas Eve, right here in MailMax!<br />

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