The downtown building that once housed the famous Lynden Department Store in Lynden, Wash., was heavily damaged by fire in 2008. The historic building has now been restored and is the home of The Inn at Lynden, Avenue Bread, Village Books and Paper Dreams, and several other retail outlets.
Fifteen 15 brick-and-mortar retail businesses opened in Whatcom County, and 18 closed, during the first three months of 2016. Notable openings include The Grill restaurant, Welcome grocery store, Eat restaurant, and Make Take Bake. Notable closings include Radio Shack at Bellis Fair, Lulu, Foot Locker, Espresso 2 Go, Bike Sport, and Fabric-etc.
Hawksworth Restaurant is often named the best fine-dining spot in Vancouver, B.C. The upscale restaurant has a pleasing ambiance, delicately seasoned dinner entrees, an extensive wine list, and a bar stocked with hard-to-find spirits.
Located on Kootenay Lake in Selkirk Mountains, Nelson, B.C., is a small but charming arts town known for its Victorian buildings, galleries, and its easy access to such outdoor activities as hiking and mountain biking.
The new Salish Sea Studies Institute at Western Washington University will work with the U.S., Canada, First Nations, and Lummi Nation to conduct research into how to protect the combined waters of Puget Sound, the Strait of Georgia and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
The mushroom called he “Spring King” (Boletus rex-veris), has become widely recognized and enjoyed as a fine edible. Suggestive of the king bolete, it has a redder cap and appears in the spring, not the correct season for the king.
Executive director Heather Powell has brought the four locations of Boys and Girls Clubs of Whatcom County under more unified management, invested in educational programming for youths who visit the clubs, and improved the local sourcing and seasonal freshness of meals.