Posted on December 6, 2016
Have you been to the fully renovated Waples Mercantile Building at the corner of 5th and Front street in Lynden yet? Originally built over 80 years ago as a department store, it has sat vacant since 2008 until last year, when construction was completed and some very wonderful tenants began to hang their shingles for business.
The first tenant to open their doors was Village Books which features books and gifts within a 3000-square foot shop. There is a small downstairs area that is called "The Book Cellar," because they "love puns!"
There are over 60+ varieties of oils and vinegar at Drizzle Olive and Vinegar Tasting Room where sampling is greatly encouraged. All the bottles are filled on the spot with your selection for either home use of gift-giving. Drizzle also provides recipes on how to use your purchase in the tastiest way possible.
The Inn at Lynden boasts a lobby with an over-sized fireplace and complimentary bicycles for guests. The lobby floor has been made with the building's historic 100-year-old timber. All throughout the Inn as well as the entire building utilizes as much reclaimed wood and materials from the original department store as possible.
Pouring beer, ciders, wine and cold-brewed coffees, Overflow Taps not only provides a great place to meet as a community, but gives a portion of their sales towards global concern, namely clean, safe drinking water around the world.
Offering breakfast, sandwiches, salads, soups, coffees, delectable bakery items, and their fabulous "Eggenues," egg sandwiches on their famous plain, rosemary or 8-grain English Muffins, Avenue Bread is one of the newest cafe's in Lynden.
Finally, Bellingham Baby Co. is the newest addition to Waples housing over 50 local vendors of handcrafted and locally made baby items. The shop also includes Lynden themed prints and offers personalized and custom graphics utilizing their heat press. You can even bring in your own shirts or fabric items for customization.
Decorated for Christmas, the Waples Mercantile Building is a wonderful place to visit. And when you do, please stop in to the Muljat Building and say Hello!
Prepared by Betty W. McNeely, Intern