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Moody<br /> <br /> Travelers routinely traversing the route south of I-94 along Niles Road in St. Joseph Charter Township might have been a bit confused in recent days since a temporary sign was erected proclaiming “Coming Soon – The Rental Branch.” The confusion is understandable inasmuch as when you travel several hundred yards further down the road you very clearly arrive at a very colorful building welcoming you to: The Rental Branch! Don’t blink and rub your eyes too hard…you really are seeing double, and will soon see even more. Owner Mike Branch tells me that he recently completed the purchase of the former Hicks Sign Company property just north of Maiden Lane, and is going to divide his two major business centers in order to better serve both segments of his customer base. You see, Mike has evolved his business over the past several years into the original equipment rental business and his decorative concrete business which has been growing more popular every year. By carving out space at the former sign company building to house the equipment rental operations he will garner considerably more capacity to retain his most popular gear and add in additional rental options going forward. Currently, due to space constraints at his original property at 3848 Niles Road, Mike has to restrict his equipment acquisitions from time to time. By way of example, if he introduces a new specialty trailer concept he has typically had to get rid of one of his existing trailering options because he simply did not have the space to physically house both units. There are actually two buildings on the former sign company site and Mike tells me that he will demolish the smaller front building and then insulate and provide a dramatic facelift to the larger building which will become the showroom and distribution warehouse for his equipment rental crew. Having always been cramped for space, the trade-offs got to the point where Mike simply needed to expand in order to continue to grow his burgeoning business. His original building will remain the showroom and headquarters for his decorative concrete business, and the new equipment rental operation should be operational by the 1st of April if plans fall into place. Mike adds that he will still tie both operations together in case a confused rental customer ends up at the concrete showroom. The order can be handled at both locations, and then the customer can jog down the road for the pick-up transaction. Mike says that thanks to the expansion, he can also move to acquire things on his wish-list like dump trailers that he just physically could not store in the past. Business for the Rental Branch was solid last year, bouncing back from the previous year and Mike says that things are absolutely heading in the right direction and he likes the optimism he is hearing in the local marketplace. If things continue on the right path, he might also be hiring additional help to manage the growth. Congratulations, Mike and best of luck.<br /> <br /> Joe Herman from Karma Vista Winery in Coloma is justifiably proud of the fact that his 2009 Reserve Syrah was a recent Bronze Medal Winner at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Several things add up to that justifiable pride. First of all, not one other award winner in that category of competition came from any zip code outside of the West Coast. All others were from California, Oregon and Washington. Second, it was the very first vintage created with his son, Keith, in charge of winemaking. That was the year that Keith returned to the farm after a brief stint in the corporate world. He thereby became the seventh generation of on the Herman family farm. Finally…it dispels the ridiculous myth that Michigan cannot grow world class red wines. Frankly, the crop that produced the award winning Syrah was the first crop off of that particular vineyard, in a cool, late season that many had considered less than ideal from grape production in Michigan. As Joe puts it, “All of the wineries in Southwest Michigan are making killer reds and several wineries have earned gold, silver and bronze medals in recent years in California competitions.” He then proudly spikes the ball and tells me with that Cheshire Cat grin of his, “In the words of the prophets (Bachman Turner Overdrive) ‘You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!’” Congratulations Joe and Keith! Nice job!<br /> <br /> The Stonegate Medical Park on Hollywood Road will soon be home to a new dental practice called Dentures & Dental for Smiles. Beginning February 7th, Dr. Gordon Won will see patients at the new center which will offer dentures “at very affordable prices,” according to Hygienist & Receptionist Dawn Tomlinson. She tells me that while the average cost for a denture in the market would range from $1,400.00 to $1,500.00…Dentures & Dental for Smiles will be offering them as low as $499.00. They will also be creating the dentures in one day as opposed to offices that typically take up to three weeks for delivery. Dr. Won has a lab and experienced lab technician on site, reducing time and expense traditionally incurred through third-party operations. Once the practice is open, they will also offer two nights a week when they will be open until 7pm. If you’d like to learn more, you can reach them at 269- 428-9500.<br /> <br /> It’s a baker’s dozen for the folks at Edward Jones. By ranking #5 on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For 2012”, the financial services firm with multiple offices in Michigan’s Great Southwest scores its 13th appearance on that prestigious list, according to local financial advisor Charlie Stein. Congratulations, gang! Nice job.<br /> <br /> Half a dozen new jobs have been created and a new company has been successfully recruited to the community in the form of the new Western Michigan Genesis Distribution Center at 211 Kerth Street in St. Joseph. The center is a division of Genesis Casket Company of Indianapolis, Indiana. The new operation found our area to be an excellent fit due to the close proximity to major markets and access to key highway routes, according to Wendy Dant Chesser at Cornerstone Alliance who played a critical role on the attraction team. Anthony Colson is the president and CEO at Genesis, which is focused on providing funeral directors with superior quality caskets manufactured in their state-of-the-art facility in Indianapolis. Hat’s off as well, to Cornerstone’s Elaina Paulson who worked closely with the company in the recruitment process.<br /> <br /> Speaking of Elaina…she’s becoming quite the accomplished diving coach in the area. After competing for St. Joseph High School and Alma College, she began her coaching career six years ago at the YMCA. She also started her own diving program at Point O’Woods Golf & Country Club in Benton Harbor. A little over a year ago she took on an assistant coaching role for the Michigan Rip Squad in Kalamazoo at about the same time she started coaching at Bridgman High School. Since she started at Bridgman, all four of the school’s diving records have been broken including both girls and boys 6-dive and 11-dive records. Her most stellar performer is Ryan Mavity, a Junior at Lakeshore High School who dives for the Bridgman Co-op Swimming and Diving team. He has placed first in 6 out of 6 dual meets, and broke the school’s 26-year old 6-dive record earlier this month with a score of 255. He also broke the school’s 11-dive record last year at a conference meet, and then reset that record two weeks ago at the Bridgman Invitational. Both 26 year old records were held by Chris Medders. Ryan began diving at the age of 10 at the YMCA under the guidance of Elaina, who also coaches his year-round training regimen with the Rip Squad. Congratulations to both Ryan and Elaina.<br /> <br /> Nancy Maryniak’s Planet Beach Contempo Spa is expanding once again. Nancy tells me that she is adding two new rooms…one for the new service Lumiere facial rejuvenation, and another Far Infrared Sauna driven by increased demand for that service. Planet Beach is located, as you may recall, in the Martins Supermarket Plaza at Hilltop & Cleveland in South St. Joe. You can reach her with questions or scheduling at 982-3800.<br /> <br /> When the new Marie Yeager Cancer Center opened up in the Hollywood Medical Park last summer, the new Van’s Health & Appearance Center located inside opened for business as well. A lot of folks might not realize that this outstanding resource is available for both men and women suffering from the ravages of cancer. There are two certified mastectomy fitters to guide patients through the process in private fitting rooms. You will also find a full service salon with a licensed cosmetologist capable of providing short hair cuts or wig fittings. The shop also carries various hats and cancer-related books and skincare products. The shop is open daily from 8am until 5pm and can be reached by phone at 556-7197.<br /> <br /> Talk of cancer brings to mind the upcoming Kick-off Celebration and Open House for the Berrien County Relay for Life team. That event is scheduled for Thursday, February 9th from 5:30pm until 7:30pm at the Orchards Mall. Team captains and individuals alike can pick up their Relay materials at that time and get questions answered. The Relay event this year is slated for Saturday and Sunday, June 23rd and 24th at the Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds in Berrien Springs with a 2012 theme of “Dance Away Cancer.”<br /> <br /> The crew for the 32nd Annual Southwestern Michigan Home, Garden and Leisure Show is really pumped up after getting word in recent days that nationally known art and antiques appraiser Dr. Lori will be the featured attraction at this year’s show. She is the star antiques appraiser from the hit reality TV show Auction Kings on The Discovery Channel. She will be available to appraise your antiques and collectibles on Saturday, March 17th at 9:30am and 1pm, and again on Sunday, March 18th at 10:30am and 2pm. The free appraisals will be limited to the first 50 participants of each show. The show, as I reported a couple of weeks ago, will take place in the Grand Upton Hall at Lake Michigan College.<br /> <br /> Chocolate lovers will do well to belly up to Harbor Country next month as more than forty businesses offer a variety of chocolaty inducements throughout the month of February! It’s the 2nd Annual Harbor Country Chocolate Classic and it includes a wide range of events all across the region. The list is far too long to share here, so just point your internet browser to the www.harborcountry.org and get the list as soon as possible so you don’t miss a single opportunity coming your way.<br /> <br /> The big new Benton Harbor Community Ice Rink at City Center officially opened downtown this week, thanks to more than 100 free skates donated by Greenspan Construction, City Attorney Scott Dienes and Pamela Miller. Check it out! It looks awesome!<br /> <br /> Finally, don’t forget that tomorrow, Sunday the 29th, is the day for the Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Fundraiser to benefit the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen. Doors at the 5 O’Clock Sports Bar in Stevensville will open at 12:30pm and play begins at 2pm. Play is limited to the first 120 players, and the entry fee is $50… unless you simply want to watch in which case the fee is $5.00. Be there!<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week, kids. Have a great weekend…and we’ll see you right here in MailMax again next Saturday!<br /> <br /> Correction from last week: Kelly Kuball is a man, (sorry Kelly!) Who is the chef at Caffe Tosi…and I inadvertently left an “s” out of the web address: petslivelongerstore.com. Apologies!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody <br /> Executive Vice President of Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce pmoody@cstonealliance.org 269-925-6100 ext. 216

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