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Getting to know ourLynden writer Bailee Mulder

This summer, Lynden-native Bailee Mulder is writing for ourLynden. We asked her a few questions so you could get to know her better:

What were your favorite things about growing up in Lynden?

“Gosh, there are so many things. Just a few – I loved the summers (picking raspberries, running through cow sprinklers, Razz Fest and the Fair), transporting myself everywhere in town by longboard in middle school, and Friday night football games (I graduated from Lynden High School in 2014).

I’m glad I was able to feel comfortable and safe at almost all times here, that’s something that’s really important to me. I loved growing up knowing so many people, like when I graduated I felt like I knew everyone in my class, which isn’t the case for a lot of people.

I love how Lynden is perfectly placed – an hour from the mountains, the water, and just minutes from Canada. It was fun to explore the surrounding areas growing up.

What have you come to appreciate about Lynden since moving to college?

Lynden 125 Beard & Mustache Challenge results!

photos by Alexandra Ann Photography

Noticed more facial hair around Lynden lately?

Today marks the 125th anniversary of Lynden’s official incorporation on March 16th, 1891 — and every 25 years since the men of Lynden have undertaken a beard growing challenge. For this year’s contest, around 40 men grew out their beards and mustaches over a 42-day period, culminating in a judging session this past Saturday at the Inn at Lynden.

Mayor Scott Korthuis has his beard examined by judges and Lynden Chamber director Gary Vis
Mayor Scott Korthuis has his beard examined by judges and Lynden Chamber director Gary Vis

Categories include ‘Overall Grand Champion’, ‘Best Heritage Hair’ (for those who did not start with a clean shave) and ‘Best Clean Shave’ (for those who did).

A newspaper clipping from the 1991 beard growing contest, 25 years ago.
A newspaper clipping from the 1991 beard growing contest, 25 years ago, was on display at this year’s contest.

Careful judging makes for a fun old-time tradition

Participants were judged by Rose DeGroot (owner of Fairway Cafe) and Cliff Fast (long-time barber from Cliff’s Shear Design on the corner of 9th & Front Streets). Speaking of the judging process, Lynden 125 committee chair Karen Kildall said “They had a tough job — the competition was really, really tight. But, in the end, they were able to choose our winners.”

Local couple breathing new life into Northwood Market

For more than seven decades a community market has been at the corner of Northwood Road and the Badger. In recent years, many have noticed that the market wasn’t kept up as well, but now under new ownership it’ll soon be a new day for Northwood Market.

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An “Under Renovation” sign hangs in front of the Northwood Market.
Layne and Lori Brennick are the new owners of the Northwood Market, and work is already well underway to update the building inside and out. The Brennicks lived in Lynden until about 12 years ago, when their work in education brought them across the country. “We decided we wanted to move back to this great area, and then we found this diamond in the rough for sale, and decided to go for it,” Layne shared.

Artist's rendering of new Northwood Market frontage
Artist’s rendering of new Northwood Market frontage on Badger Rd.

Beautiful Aerial Tour of Lynden

Screenshot from YouTube video (James Gassman)

Yesterday, YouTube user James Gassman posted a beautiful aerial tour video of Lynden, which he calls “Soarin’ Lynden Final Cut”. While much of the footage was shot for his ‘first cut’ version of the video about a year ago, it is a unique and beautiful perspective on the area we all love.

The version below is about 4.5 minutes, starting with liftoff of the drone used for filming, in Downtown Lynden across from the Windmill at 7th & Front Streets. [On a desktop or laptop computer: press Play, then click the frame icon in the bottom-right to view Full Screen].

The screenshots below are taken from James Gassman’s YouTube video.

Quick Post: VOTE for Downtown Lynden to win a $25k award for improvements!

    Take 5 seconds to VOTE!

    Here’s the link: http://www.mainstreetcontest.com/profile.php?id=140

    It’s literally as simple as clicking “VOTE” – no need to register or enter an email. And you can vote once every 24 hours through April 24th!

    Lynden’s Downtown Business Association has been nominated for a $25,000 award for improvement efforts. They write:

    “Lynden’s downtown core is making an economic comeback after a slumping economy, vacant and neglected buildings and a fire that destroyed our largest anchor building (2008) downtown that housed both retail and service businesses. The downtown’s most urgent needs creating a brand for the community, implementing wayfinding signage to and around downtown, creating a historical walking tour, and upgrading their downtown beautification program (flowers, streetscape and art) including replacing a worn out watering lawn tractor and water wagon. Their association is growing and active, and includes great volunteer support from the community. Winning this award would allow the downtown to go a long way in achieving the above needs/goals. The objective of our community is to restore the downtown to the hub and soul of our community – a sense and place of gathering and community.”

    DBA Vote for Award

    So, CLICK HERE to take a quick moment to vote (and if you really love Lynden, you can vote once per 24 hours)!

    Drizzle Lynden: Opening Monday! #yum

    Drizzle Lynden's restaurant seating in front of their expansive selection of beer and wine, oils and vinegar.

    Drizzle Lynden is an Olive Oil and Vinegar Tasting Room, but will also be serving up tasty food: “Drizzle boards” with cured meats and cheeses, rustic-inspired plates created by chef Andy Nguyen, as well as fine beers and wine.

    Here’s an exclusive sneak preview before they open to the public tomorrow morning at 10am. We had the opportunity to tour their new store, which is their second location after their Fairhaven flagship. Owners Ross & Dana Driscoll are clearly passionate about what they do, and are intimately familiar with all of the ingredients and chemistry that goes into fine infused olive oils, vinegar and foods.

    Plus, here’s a special DEAL: from their opening on Monday morning through Thursday the 17th, use keywords “DRIZZLE LOVES LYNDEN” at checkout for 10% off your entire purchase!

    America’s Main Street Block Party Photo Gallery

    The crowd looks on as the stage event wraps up.

    To celebrate Lynden’s first place win as “America’s Main Street”, a block party was held on the 4th of July 2016 including food, music, games and more.

    Here are the photos from HOEK Photography (for best viewing and to read captions: on a desktop browser, click a photo to enlarge then scroll through them using your keyboard mouse):

    Fairway Center Update: What’s new?

    Photo Courtesy Toly Musatov, October 2012

    What’s happening with the old bakery? And on the corner?

    Since the 1970’s, Fairway Shopping Center has been a key player in Lynden’s retail economy. Much has changed over the years – many will remember that only a decade ago a Chevron gas station stood where the Woods Coffee under the windmill is now. A J.C. Penney store for many years occupied the present Ace Hardware location, and much of the North County Christ the King Church property was for many years a grocery store.

    The Fairway Center was started by Harold and Sarah Kooy, and is now primarily managed by their son Byron Kooy. Many have wondered what exactly is going on with the old ‘Doris Jean Bakery’, and what’s happening in the corner spot next to Marta’s Cocina that for many years was part of Time Keepers.

    Today we have an update for you on both of these fronts:

    Marta’s Cocina is expanding, and the NEW Lynden Dutch Bakery AT FAIRWAY CENTER is still (hopefully) coming soon!

    Aloha! Coconut Kenny’s is now in Lynden

    Lyndenites no longer have to leave town for “a taste of paradise” – Coconut Kenny’s opens this week in Lynden!

    “The customers brought us to Lynden,” area manager Pedro Lopez said. “We like to go where people want us to go.”

    “People have been asking for Lynden for years,” restaurant manager Sara Wallace, a Lynden native, added.

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    The Lynden restaurant, located at 8122 Guide Meridian — the former site of the beloved Milt’s Pizza — is Coconut Kenny’s 5th location. They are excited for new customers and the opportunity to branch out.

    Woods Coffee at Bender Plaza closed for remodeling, set to reopen Wednesday with $0.99 drink specials

    Devoted coffee drinkers in Lynden have likely noticed the recent closure of the Woods Coffee at Bender Plaza — the first of their now 17 locations. The closure is for a major remodel to bring the flagship store up to the current design and operational standards of the Woods Coffee.

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