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Lyndenopoly is coming this summer!

UPDATE JULY 2017: Lyndenopoly is finally launching this summer! After unexpected delays last summer we held off to launch until 2017 — which is fittingly the 30th anniversary since the original Lyndenopoly board game was sold in 1987. Check out this post for Lyndenopoly 2017 pre-order and sales information!

Nearly 30 years ago in 1987, people all around Lynden began playing Lyndenopoly for the first time. With the property spaces all represented by local organizations and companies, and the game cards unique to our community, it’s a fun local board game.

Today, planning officially began for the new-and-improved 2016 edition, slated to be ready this summer during Lynden’s 125th year as a city. Sales of the game will be a fundraiser for the Lynden Chamber of Commerce, a nonprofit which hosts popular community events such as Farmers Day Parade, Raspberry Festival and the Lighted Christmas Parade, among others.

Lyndenopoly planning meeting

More details will be available in the coming months, including a special pre-order opportunity. Chamber members will receive information on sponsorship opportunities in the coming weeks; interested parties can contact Lyndenopoly Committee Chair Joel VanderHoek by email at joel@ourLynden.com.

The 1987 edition of Lyndenopoly in the Celebration Suite of the Inn at Lynden, December 2014.
The 1987 edition of Lyndenopoly in the Celebration Suite of the Inn at Lynden, December 2014.

Lynden Lube and Auto to Celebrate Remodel with Grand Re-Opening and Open House

Photos by Lindsey VanderHoek

Lyndenites who travel the Guide (who doesn’t!?) have surely noticed the construction and updates at Lynden Lube & Auto over the past several months. Owner Rob Heerspink and his team are excited to welcome the community to check out their fully revitalized space at their Grand Re-Opening & Open House this weekend (Saturday from 9am to 2pm).

The lobby and waiting area of the newly-remodeled Lynden Lube feels more like a boutique hotel lobby than an auto shop.
Free coffee and water bottles are available in the modern-yet-comfortable space while you wait for your vehicle or your ride.

The shop, which opened in 1997, was required by the State to sell a portion of their property closest to the Guide Meridian to make room for planned future lane expansion through Lynden. “What’s funny is now that we’re done with the demolition and remodel, the State doesn’t have the widening on their current schedule anymore,” Rob shared. Nonetheless, with the major remodel behind them, Lynden Lube now has more space than ever to perform everything from basic oil changes to complete automotive and engine repair.

The building was originally a Studebaker dealer in the 1930’s, and then was home to Milt’s Market in the 60’s (Milt’s Pizza was opened behind the current Lynden Lube building).

“Our perspective is to make lemonade on lemons,” explained Rob, who took over the business with his wife Cheryl in 2009. When the State approached them, they could have chosen to simply downsize the highway-facing portion of their building, but instead used the opportunity to expand, having outgrown their previous footprint.

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?

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    “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.”

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    Lynden Bolt: specialty fasteners & more coming soon to downtown Lynden

    Many have wondered what the ‘Lynden Bolt – Coming Soon’ signs at 404 Front Street mean exactly.

    Some speculated that it could be a sewing shop selling bolts of fabric, while the more creative thinker might have imagined a gun parts store selling rifle bolts. Neither would be correct, as Lynden Bolt is the in-progress retail establishment of Mobile Hardware, Inc. which has sold wholesale fasteners locally for nearly 30 years.

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    Brothers Jesse and Tim Clark (pictured above) were busy setting up in the store when we dropped by Monday evening. With a friendly and upbeat attitude they explained their specialization in fasteners that other shops in the region don’t carry.

    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.

    Dessert Lovers Delight! Now Open: Just Desserts by Lynden Dutch Bakery

    In 1907, just 16 short years after Lynden’s official incorporation, a bakery opened in Lynden to serve the small yet growing community. 109 years later, that bakery still serves this community as the Lynden Dutch Bakery. And this year, on Lynden’s 125th anniversary date, the Lynden Dutch Bakery opened their new Just Desserts shop across town at Fairway Center.

    Lyndenites Chad and Julee Simmons have owned the Lynden Dutch Bakery for just about a year and a half, but spent a few years involved behind the scenes prior to taking ownership. “We are fortunate to become involved in an institution far bigger than ourselves — we want to be good stewards of it and find the best way forward,” Chad shared.

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    Just Desserts is a new twist on the historically popular offerings of the long-time Lynden bakery. Sweet favorites such as their handcrafted donuts, dessert bars and poffertjes muffins are plentiful at the new shop, as well as all-day hot breakfast offerings, sandwiches and an espresso bar.

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