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Inn at Lynden: Opening Monday, Dec. 28th!

After much anticipation, the Inn at Lynden is set to open the Monday after Christmas 2015, in the fully-renovated Waples Mercantile Building on Fifth & Front Streets downtown.

To cap off an eventful and important year in Lynden, the flagship tenant of the Waples Mercantile will be opening their first guestrooms just a few days before year end. We took a tour of the space with owner-partner Teri Treat and are excited to share with you a glimpse into all the hotel has to offer — from its rooms rooted in Lynden history, to the generous lobby with an oversize fireplace, to complimentary bicycles for guests — not to mention their tasty variety of ‘roommates’ in the building!

Nearly-complete restoration of the Waples Mercantile Building on Fifth & Front Streets in Lynden
Nearly-complete restoration of the Waples Mercantile Building on Fifth & Front Streets in Lynden

The entire space seemed to be buzzing with activity — like a busy beehive full of workers, each doing their part to contribute to the vision of the building. Lynden has long needed additional quality hotel options, and the restoration of such a central historic landmark into a multi-use hotel + food service + retail space is a welcome addition in town. In fact, in ourLynden‘s online poll asking ‘What was the biggest news in Lynden during 2015?’, the Waples Mercantile Building and its tenants are leading with 47% of the vote — 14% ahead of the next most popular answer.

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.

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.

An Update on ourLynden.com

Hello! You may have noticed that the ourLynden.com website has not had any new articles posted for quite a while. This is simply because around late-2017 I made the difficult decision to focus my time and energy on other projects for the time being.

While I have hopes to be able to pick up more writing for ourLynden in the future, we still put occassional updates on the Facebook Page for ourLynden and encourage you to follow there!

Joel VanderHoek

The wait is over… The Mill by Perfectly Paired opens this week!

The crowds will soon be milling around in downtown Lynden’s iconic windmill once again.

The Mill by Perfectly Paired will have their long-anticipated opening this Wednesday, March 9th followed by a grand opening on Friday the 11th. The wine-and-cheese infused bistro and bar fill the ground floor of the rennovated windmill on the corner of Front and 7th Streets.

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Lyndenites Robin and Matt Hungerford, who also own and operate Fairhaven’s Perfectly Paired, have eagerly prepared their menu, space and team for their new Lynden shop. Born and raised in Lynden, Matt explained that while wine and cheese offerings will be similar to their Fairhaven location, The Mill offers a full bar and bistro-style restaurant seating designed with Lynden in mind.

Old world feel makes iconic downtown windmill new again.

The team at Lynden-based Elements Hospitality worked with The Mill to craft a warm environment that hearkens back to the European roots evidenced on the menu. “We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Elements,” the Hungerfords explained as they shared how the Lynden location came into being.

Friends from their church at North County Christ the King — Elements co-owner Tim Broersma and Pastor Sean Taylor — approached them with the belief that they were the right tenant for the space. Now, many months later the rest of Lynden will have opportunity to enjoy a new fare in an old world setting within a local landmark.

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Fresh new logo for Lynden-based Woods Coffee

Photo Courtesy of Woods Coffee

It’s a big week for Lynden-based Woods Coffee: a new logo and the Grand Opening of their new roastery this Saturday.

After 14 years in business, the Woods Coffee has updated their logo and branding materials. The new logo (pictured below) is reflects the company’s Northwest roots and is designed to be cleaner and more simple than the historical brand mark. “The script font is a reminder to never take ourselves too seriously — to live out one of our core values which is to have fun,” explained Wes Herman, who founded the company along with his family in 2002.

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The new branding will roll out across the stores over time, with the drink cups being one of the first elements to sport the new logo in their three Lynden coffee shops. The new cups each have a quote from John Muir, who is commonly referred to as the father of the National Park system, which celebrates 100 years this year.

Woods Coffee cups with new logo

FYI: Guide Meridian southbound closing Jul. 31 – Aug. 4 between River Road and Wiser Lake Road

Photo Courtesy WSDOT / Lyle Jansma (from 2009 construction).

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is closing the southbound lanes of Guide Meridian (also known as State Route 539) next week, from 4am on Monday July 31st until approximately 5am on Saturday August 5th. (Yes, we said August 4th on the title – because, let’s be real, most of us won’t be driving Saturday morning before 5am and there’s a fair chance they’ll re-open it earlier). The closure is to complete “concrete leveling work” on the approach to the small bridge just south of the larger Nooksack River bridge.

Southbound lanes of SR539 will close just north of this picture, between Wiser Lake Rd and River Rd.

WSDOT shared on Twitter a video showing the “bump” most of our readers have probably experienced when approaching that bridge at 50 miles per hour:

Quick Post: Gretchen’s Delight: German-inspired cuisine in Lynden

We stopped in to Lynden’s newest German-inspired restaurant + bakery, and met owner Liesa (who named the business after her mom). Liesa took the time to explain some of their traditional and unique menu items. Nearly everything is made from scratch, with a focus on health and quality. Nothing is deep-fried, and many of her menu items come with her homemade breads.

She has a comfortable dining room, and also offers the full menu for carry-out. To go orders can be placed by calling 354-1354, and we’ve included a copy of her current menus for your convenience below (be sure to give her a call ahead of time as her menu and hours are subject to change, especially in the first few months as she learns the desires of her customers).

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):

Lynden Day for Kids: Boys & Girls Club event is Saturday, September 17th

Inaugural event will be fun-filled for all ages

The Lynden Clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County is holding their inaugural Day for Kids event on Saturday, September 17th starting at 5:00 PM. The event is a gathering for Lynden-area families to have fun, get to know the Boys & Girls Club, and maybe even leave with a sweet raffle prize.

Event tickets are $5 and can be purchased online in advance or at the door. Barbecue lunch is included, as well as a ticket to enter one of several raffles (one additional raffle ticket will be given for each $2 donated to the club at the event). Raffle prizes include an Edaleen Dairy punch card, Dave’s Sports Shop fishing gift basket, a beach house getaway, Nuthouse Grill gift card, E2 Fitness membership, Lynden Skateway $100 gift card, a vehicle detailing basket from S&H Auto parts, and a personalized t-shirt from Bellingham Baby Co.

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A young Lynden club member does art during After School club recently.

The Lynden Clubhouse is located at 8800 Bender Road, in the Sonlight Community Church building. The Day for Kids will feature fun games such as tug-of-war, giant jenga, dodgeball, 3-legged race, 4-square and more. Families with kids of all ages are welcome to the event, while the Clubhouse’s regular weekday hours are designed for students in 1st grade and higher.

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Lynden Clubhouse members pause from active play to enjoy a moment of friendship.

Boys & Girls Club throughout the year

As another school year begins, it’s a great time to learn a bit about the Lynden Boys & Girls Club. The club hosts weekday ‘Early Bird’ hours from 7:00 A.M. until schools open (bus transportation is provided), and After School hours from 2:30 to 6:30 P.M. The goal is to provide a positive environment, quality programs and lifelong learning skills for school-age youth — a safe environment for kids to have fun and be themselves.

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