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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.

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

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.

Lyndenopoly is coming this summer!

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.

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)!

    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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    Quick Post: Just Desserts by Lynden Dutch Bakery is open!

    Just Desserts by Lynden Dutch Bakery in Fairway Center Lynden celebrates Day One today on the 125th Birthday of Lynden.

    They are open limited hours this week, and will start regular hours next week.

    Stay tuned on ourLynden for all the sweet details and a full photo preview!

    Pictured: long time Lynden resident Shirley (Buizer) Bouma is one of the first customers at the new sweets shop, picking up a donut for her husband Ed Bouma.

    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.”

    Country music star Josh Turner is coming to the Northwest Washington Fair this summer!

    Photo by David Willoughby (caughtonfilm.org)

    The Northwest Washington Fair has just announced that country music star Josh Turner will be performing at the fair on Saturday, August 20th.

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    The rich, deep voice and distinctive style of country music star Josh Turner will be presented Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Northwest Washington Fair in Lynden.

    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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