While we all go about our lives in Lynden, our local John Deere dealer Washington Tractor has a squeaky-clean lineup of tractors on display, reflecting the rich agricultural heritage of the Lynden area. While surely these tractors will spend most of their hard-working lives covered in mud, if they stay around Lynden they’re likely to be shined up each year in June for the Farmer’s Day Parade. Here’s to our local farmers!
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.
The shop features a great selection of local Lynden-themed prints, including gear for the little Lynden Lion or Lync in your family!
Next on tap in the fully-renovated Waples Mercantile Building: the opening of Overflow Taps this Sunday!
After many months and lots of hard work, the team behind the charity-supporting tap house is making final preparations for their opening this Sunday, February 14th. While Overflow Taps is super community-driven, aiming to be a place where locals gather for conversation, community and even board and card games, their reach is global through their partnership with charity:water. With a portion of the sale of each drink going to the cause, every time a keg is emptied one person will be provided with access to clean water.
Partners Jesse Nelson, Adam Stacey and Josh Libolt came up with the concept and plan many months ago and have been working on it since. ourLynden originally met with Nelson in the first part of December, when the space adjacent to the Inn at Lynden lobby off 5th Street was far from finished. At the time, Nelson shared the vision and plans for the space, and now nearly two months later the space has transformed into the vision that was described.
Yesterday, YouTube user James Gassman posted a beautiful aerial tour video of Lynden, which he calls “Soarin’ Lynden Final Cut”. While much of the footage was shot for his ‘first cut’ version of the video about a year ago, it is a unique and beautiful perspective on the area we all love.
The version below is about 4.5 minutes, starting with liftoff of the drone used for filming, in Downtown Lynden across from the Windmill at 7th & Front Streets. [On a desktop or laptop computer: press Play, then click the frame icon in the bottom-right to view Full Screen].
The screenshots below are taken from James Gassman’s YouTube video.
What’s happening with the old bakery? And on the corner?
Since the 1970’s, Fairway Shopping Center has been a key player in Lynden’s retail economy. Much has changed over the years – many will remember that only a decade ago a Chevron gas station stood where the Woods Coffee under the windmill is now. A J.C. Penney store for many years occupied the present Ace Hardware location, and much of the North County Christ the King Church property was for many years a grocery store.
The Fairway Center was started by Harold and Sarah Kooy, and is now primarily managed by their son Byron Kooy. Many have wondered what exactly is going on with the old ‘Doris Jean Bakery’, and what’s happening in the corner spot next to Marta’s Cocina that for many years was part of Time Keepers.
Today we have an update for you on both of these fronts:
Marta’s Cocina is expanding, and the NEW Lynden Dutch Bakery AT FAIRWAY CENTER is still (hopefully) coming soon!
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.
There’s a new local couple at the helm of Dave’s Sports Shop in Lynden.
Will and Jenn Lathrop took ownership of the shop on May 1. The local sporting goods store had been under the ownership of the VanderHoek family since its founding in 1957 as Jude’s Sporting Goods.
Since October, the Lathrops have been training in the store under Dave and Claudia VanderHoek, who have been mentoring them to take over the business.
Will Lathrop has been a customer of Dave’s Sports Shop since 2007, the year he moved to the area and the same year Dave’s moved to Lynden’s Fairway Center. In October 2020, when he learned that the store was looking for new ownership, he and Jenn had a fleeting thought that the business could be fun to own. However, it wasn’t until early 2021, when a family member nudged the Lathrops to explore the opportunity, that they reached out to the VanderHoeks.
“Becoming the owners of Dave’s Sports Shop was something that we talked about and prayed through,” Will Lathrop said. “After meeting with a few advisors, we had the confidence to commit our family to this adventure.”
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.