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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.

Northwood Market Under Renovation Lynden WA
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.

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

 

It’s true: Lynden to create world’s longest strawberry shortcake at Farmers Day Parade!

1,250 feet — that’s all the way through downtown Lynden.

From the Dutch Village Mall on 7th & Front all the way to Colony House Furniture on 3rd & Front near the museum, a world-record berry shortcake will block the road on Saturday, June 4th during this year’s Farmers Day Parade.

“Since we have the world’s sweetest strawberries and shortcake is such a wonderful way to enjoy them, this will be a fun way to celebrate Lynden’s 125th anniversary”

Lynden is known for its berries, dairies, and a love of food — so the giant treat seemed like a great way to gather and celebrate as a community. Gary Vis, executive director of the Lynden Chamber of Commerce, explains that the shortcake will be topped with locally grown strawberries, plus local ice cream and whipped cream. The community will then be invited to eat free servings of the strawberry shortcake.

A mini strawberry shortcake, which pales in comparison to Lyndens record-setting attempt this summer!
A mini strawberry shortcake, which pales in comparison to Lynden’s record-setting attempt this summer!

Plenty of people should be around to help eat the shortcake, since it will be built immediately following the popular Farmers Day Parade, which draws up to 10,000 people annually. The parade, which celebrates our local agricultural heritage, will start at 10:30 a.m. and conclude around 12 noon.

“Once we’ve built the 1,250-foot shortcake, photographers and a drone will produce the documentation we need to submit to Guiness World Records,” Vis said. “Then volunteers will begin serving free strawberry shortcake to everyone who stays.”

Downtown Lynden during last year's Farmers Day Parade.
Downtown Lynden during last year’s Farmers Day Parade.

Lynden City-Wide ‘Dutch Treat’: Halloween Trick or Treat 2015

The Lynden Chamber of Commerce members are hosting their annual “Dutch Treat” city-wide trick-or-treating for kids for Halloween today from 3-5pm. Look for the orange balloon outside of participating members!

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.

Lynden in Lights 2015: what’s on this weekend?

Lynden’s popular Annual Lighted Christmas Parade is this Saturday, and the weekend is full of fun events you won’t want to miss! The 25th Annual Parade is sponsored by Edaleen Dairy, and is put on by the Lynden Chamber of Commerce. Whether this is your first time or you’ve been to all 25, you’ll be glad you went!

The below clip is from a few years ago by Lynden Tribune, to give you just a hint of what you’ll find at the Parade:

A few tips for this year’s Lighted Christmas Parade:

  • arrive early and allow extra time for parking — the parade seems to be more popular this year, and with moderate temperatures in the forecast it should be busy! Front Street will be closed from around 3:00pm onward so getting around town will take extra time.
  • dress warm (of course!) and dry — there is potential rain in the forecast (which is certainly no reason to miss this awesome parade), so a raincoat layer and umbrella on hand is a good idea.
  • check out one of the ‘hot spots’ provided by North County Christ the King Church — either in the Fairway Center parking lot by the church, or at the Windmill downtown, grab a cup of hot chocolate and hand warmers to stay warm!
  • keep a close eye on kids — while this is a wonderful event for children, it can be difficult for the drivers of the giant tractors and floats to see well, so be sure to keep your kids off the street and in your reach for the best experience!

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):

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.

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!

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