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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.”

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:

An Update on Waples Mercantile Merchants: what’s opening next?

Looking ahead: new openings starting this week!

The long-anticipated opening of the merchants in the historic Waples Mercantile Building is upon us. It began with the opening of Village Books in Lynden three weeks ago on November 22nd, and we’ll see a steady stream of openings in the coming weeks and months. Next up: Drizzle Lynden – an Olive Oil & Vinegar Tasting Room, featuring a Charcuterie & Cheese bar, Beer and Wine!

Next up: Drizzle Lynden – an Olive Oil & Vinegar Tasting Room, featuring a Charcuterie & Cheese bar, Beer and Wine!

Over the coming weeks, we’ll feature preview photos and insider information on each of the merchants. For now, here’s a brief update on each of the building’s tenants preparing to open:

Drizzle Lynden: opening THIS MONDAY, Monday Dec. 14, 2015 at 10am!

Pre-ordered Lyndenopoly? Here’s what’s next.

Update 9/20/2017: Lyndenopoly has arrived. If you pre-ordered, we sent you an email giving you pickup information at the Lynden Chamber of Commerce. If you haven’t already picked up your pre-order, you can do so at the Chamber office (518 Front Street) during their normal hours.


So you were one of the wise and fortunate ones who pre-ordered Lyndenopoly in July for just $20? Awesome!

Now, you’re wondering what’s next: when do you get your game, and did you win any of the special pre-order prizes?

CubanoCubano is Lynden’s newest food truck, and it’s super tasty!

Opening night at CubanoCubano (photo by @ticklishchicken)

An authentic taste of Cuba may not be as distant as you think.

Havana? Miami? Nope — right here in Lynden!

You read that right. Last week CubanoCubano debuted their tasty Cuban grub in Lynden to an overflow crowd outside of Overflow Taps. The food truck is the first Cuban food on wheels in Whatcom County, and one of only a couple food trucks that roll into Lynden.

CubanoCubano food truck owner Sean Beanblossom

Lynden-native Sean Beanblossom is the face behind the grill, acting as chef and owner, to crank out some delicious eats. Beanblossom recently returned to the area after serving as an executive chef in Portland, Oregon.

Bellingham Baby Co. — now in Lynden, too!

So many good things have been happening in Lynden lately, even beyond all the normal awesomeness that is Lynden. One new arrival to town is the Bellingham Baby Co., which opened their second retail location at the Waples Mercantile Building. The entrance to the new shop is in the interior of the building, through the Lobby of the Inn at Lynden; just past Overflow Taps and behind Drizzle and Village Books.

Bellingham Baby Co. is owned and operated by Lyndenites Shelly and Jeremy Allen. The new Lynden location which opened in early January is their second brick and mortar shop, in addition to their Barkley Village store and online presence.

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The shop features a great selection of local Lynden-themed prints, including gear for the little Lynden Lion or Lync in your family!

Village Books Lynden is Open!

Today, Sunday November 22nd, 2015 marks the silent opening of the first tenant to open their doors in the fully remodeled Waples Mercantile Building on Front Street in downtown Lynden. Village Books has long been promising a November opening which many saw as unlikely, but they’ve pulled it off! While the interior (and exterior for that matter) are clearly not completely finished, the store has a warm feel and had a dozen or so people checking it out around 5pm this evening (they first opened at noon today). There’s no exterior signage on the building yet, but a large “Open Now!” banner across the window invites in any passerby.

A number of staff, including the Lynden store manager as well as owner Chuck Robinson were at the store, in addition to Waples Mercantile developers Teri Treat and Debra McClure.

This week on ourLynden’s Facebook page…

First things first: if you don’t already ‘Like’ the ourLynden page on Facebook, do it now!

ourLynden.com is where we post full stories and articles relevant to our community. But our Facebook page is where we often put up pictures or quick tips of what’s happening around town, above and beyond what’s posted here on the website. Plus, it’s a great way to find out whenever a new article is posted here.

This week the ourLynden Facebook page:

  • passed 1,500 fans on Facebook (152 new followers in the past week);
  • posts reached more than 26,000 people through sharing and commenting;
  • more than 6,200 people engaged with posts (such as a like, or photo click).

The AMAZING rainbow a week ago was a fan favorite — between the three photos we shared there were 261 shares, 1728 likes, 112 comments…. the list goes on! The point: Lynden is a great community and we appreciate our town – our Lynden.

Here’s a quick review of what our Facebook page followers enjoyed this week:

Here's another great shot of tonight's rainbow over #Lynden from YWAM North Cascades. "The sky over Front Street is beautiful this evening with a vivid reminder of the promise of God in our lives."

Posted by ourLynden on Friday, February 19, 2016

 

SNOW in Lynden on Christmas Eve 2015!

Snowy downtown Lynden around noon on Christmas Eve, 2015

Around mid-day on Christmas Eve, snow was falling heavily around Lynden. Large chunks of snow fell from the sky, as if snowballs were being thrown from above. It started to stick in a few spots, then disappeared.

We’re dreaming of a white Christmas for tomorrow, are you?

SNOW in Lynden on Christmas Eve! We’re dreaming of a white Christmas, are you? (view in HD for best experience)

Posted by ourLynden on Thursday, December 24, 2015

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.

Woods Coffee new logo

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

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