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March 3-5, 2017

Industry innovator Overhead Door brings a large display to the Home Show floor. (Right) Jenny Gunderson is with My Garden Nursery.

Northwest Washington Fairgrounds Henry Jansen Ag Building Friday, March 3: 11am to 9pm | Saturday, March 4: 10am to 9pm Sunday, March 5: 11am to 5pm A supplement of the Lynden Tribune and Ferndale Record

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


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Taylor Koons represents a third generation at Custom Closets & Bedrooms. (Elisa Claassen/Lynden Tribune)

Business is now to a third generation By Elisa Claassen for the Lynden Tribune

   BELLINGHAM — Owner Mike Buchholz started Custom Closets and Bedrooms in 1990. Today his daughter Jana Miesuk and granddaughter Taylor have joined the team to serve northwest Washington from King County to the U.S.-Canada border.    The location is 4073 Hannegan Rd.,

Suite A.    “We are the only one north of Seattle with a complete showroom,” Buchholz said.    The design showroom has custombuilt closets and organizers, Murphy beds and wall beds, custom garage cabinets and work benches, interlocking garage floor tiles, all a display of what Custom Closets and Bedrooms can do for home and office spaces. Design team members will sit with clients in their homes or the design center to put actual dimensions into 3D programs on laptops, or project onto a large screen

before starting projects to look at additions and changes.    “So many have a hard time visualizing,” Buchholz said. “They can see (with us) exactly what it looks like before building.”    Examples of past custom design projects are available to see on the company website at www.closetsandbedrooms. com.    This year’s Home & Garden Show booth will focus on their newest product, the trademarked Cabinet Bed. Unlike the vintage Murphy Bed that is space-saving

but attaches to a wall, the Cabinet Bed is freestanding as a beautiful piece of furniture.    “It’s easy to move and can go from apartment to apartment or from room to room,” he said. The Cabinet Bed is available in the sizes of twin, double and queen. The wood is free of formaldehyde and has different painted finishes as options.    “We guarantee all our products as long as you own your home,” Buchholz said. “Our installers take off their shoes, vacuum up behind them and we offer outstanding customer service.”

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Northwest Recycling has a container for almost everything Company to display ‘job shack’ at the show By Nick Elges

WHATCOM — Northwest Recycling will be making an appearance at the Home & Garden Show this year, bringing an array of containers that fit a variety of needs for businesses and the general public. According to dispatcher Chad Bernhardt, the company’s feature at the Lynden event will be their job shack — a 20-footlong, fully insulated container with windows, a locking door and outlets that is perfect for people who are going through a home remodel, wanting to build homes or other purposes. “We think that’s going to be the eyecatcher for people and we’re going to put that right out in front,” Bernhardt said. “It’s going to be interesting to see if people are really intrigued with (the job shack).” Job shacks are also commonly used for office space and employee break rooms. Regular storage containers, which can

be used to store materials and to work out of, will also be on display at the show. All containers are available to rent or buy and are delivered by the company. Containers, which come in a standard height of six feet, eight inches, range in length from 10 to 40 feet. “When people are remodeling houses or having homes built or other things like that, storage containers can be really handy,” Bernhardt said. “If people don’t have a place to work out of, the containers work well for those purposes.” In terms of recycling, the company will show off a scrap metal bin to exhibit a variety of recyclable household items. This will serve as an educational display, giving people going through a home remodel an opportunity to see which items can be recycled. The bin will have “things like stoves, water heaters, stainless steel sinks and other things like that,” Bernhardt said. Northwest Recycling, operating out of Bellingham and serving all of Whatcom County, offers services in general and commercial recycling along with container rental and steel road plates.

Northwest Recycling storage containers are a common sight around Whatcom County, usable for a variety of storage tasks. (Courtesy photo)

Home show is Friday to Sunday 150 vendors lined up    LYNDEN — The 38th annual Whatcom County Home & Garden Show is this week Friday through Sunday, March 3-5, in the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds’ Jansen Building.    About 150 vendors will be present, says the sponsoring Building Industry Association of Whatcom County. Come meet and talk with local experts on home building, gardening and interior design.    Over $10,000 in prizes will be given out.    The show also returns popular Se-


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attle gardening personality Ciscoe Morris, speaking at noon Sunday, as well as the beer and wine tasting feature both evenings. Friday is Date Night while Saturday brings live comedy and music.    Pizza’zza is a new food vendor this year.    Hours of the Whatcom County Home & Garden Show are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.    Adult admission is $8, seniors (55 and over) $7, and kids 15 and younger get in free. Parking on the grounds is free.    For more details, go to or call 671-4247.

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Morris Floors & Interiors doubles home show space Business has also grown in 11 years locally By Calvin Bratt

   LYNDEN — ­ Morris Floors & Interiors will be at the home show for a second year, and in twice the space of before.    Last year was a good first chance at getting more exposure to the public, directly resulting in several jobs, said Mike Spidell, Morris salesman.    “We were working hard to get our name out there and we want to let (people) know what we are able to do,” he said.    What Morris does has broadened out greatly in 11 years locally, the last five at 6934 Guide Meridian Rd. From a focus on hardwood floors, the interest of customers in other aspects of interior design has led the business to open up into all types of flooring, trim, countertops, window coverings and, most recently, cabinets.    The key thing, however, remains what Brandon Morris, founder and CEO, emphasized in the first place: quality work and satisfied customers.    “Morris Floors and Interiors has built its reputation on establishing a personal connection with our customers. The strength of our home remodeling business is our meaningful customer relationships,” Morris says on the company website (https:// and also on Facebook).    That means one satisfied customers refers another, and in that way the business has grown.    The full-time staff in installation and sales is now six, and it’s really necessary to find a bigger space for operating and for walk-in traffic, Spidell says.    Step into the current location to check out an abundance of samples of the products in hardwood, carpet, laminate, tile, vinyl, counter tops and window coverings.    Morris also works with other licensed general contractors to do some jobs, businesses “that we have worked with for years and we know and trust,” Spidell said.    Back to the hardwood floors, the skills of restoration — resanding, finishing and staining, and sometimes replacing and patching — are ones to which both Spidell and Morris bring years of experience so that in the end “we will stand behind our work.”    Of course, they will do free site visits to evaluate and give a bid on a project.

Mike Spidell shows samples of floor coverings at Morris Floors & Interiors. (Calvin Bratt/Lynden Tribune)


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Pizza’zza takes the home show pie Locally sourced pizza and trailer to be at Home & Garden Show By Ashley Hiruko

The woodstone oven housed in the Pizza'zza truck weighs more than 3,000 pounds. (Ashley Hiruko/Lynden Tribune)

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WHATCOM — Of all the things to look for at the Home & Garden Show, Pizza’zza takes the (pizza) pie to a whole new level. The business, which prides itself on sourcing locally, started in 2003 but was later purchased by current owner Will Annett in 2007. Annett, who had been in the restaurant business for many years, said he was often conflicted between his home and work life. “My personal life was eating organic local food, what I’m passionate about,” he said. “I’d go to work and cook food that wasn’t necessarily my passion. Very few

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Ferndale landscape firm is used to jobs both big and small 'It's your dream and we can't read minds'; Communicate your dream for best results By Elisa Claassen for the Lynden Tribune

   FERNDALE — Windwood Landscape Inc. of Ferndale is used to clients big and small, residential and commercial, that need help with grade adjustment, mulching flower beds, drainage, irrigation, hydo-seeding, fencing, pavers, pavers, walls, patios, ponds, and even outdoor riding arenas.    In its 26th year in business, Heidi Roberts said Windwood can do “just about anything outside” in landscaping. When a property owner calls with an idea, Windwood comes to the site to problem-solve together with the new customer.   Maintenance manager Brent Brown, who handles outside sales, said this year’s show booth will show off lighting solutions and display a beautiful fully operational water feature, but will focus less on products and more on educating prospective clients on solutions to their needs.    “We want to get to know the customer and hear what they want and need,” he said.    While Windwood Landscape has online project galleries on its website, Brown has these tips for prospective clients:    1. Landscaping companies can do so many things: pools, fire pits, natural approaches, herb and flower garden structures, and much more. Go online and look for things that appeal to you. Take photos of features or plants in friends’ gardens or parks.    2. Know the size of your project and the size of your budget.    3. “It’s your dream and we can’t read minds.” The more the client can communicate what that dream is, the better the professional can provide solutions.    An additional service: Surprisingly in winter, the landscaping company is still busy — removing snow and ice for clients.    Windwood Enterprises can be contacted at 380-4000 and

A full home landscape with Windwood can produce a delightful result, and the Ferndale-based company has the equipment, crew and experience to do both residential and commercial projects. (Courtesy photo)

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My Garden Nursery, all things plants Only three years old, being in show is part of nursery's growth plan By Ashley Hiruko

WHATCOM — The folks at My Garden Nursery are making a return appearance to the Home & Garden Show. They’ll be bringing the colorful ceramic mushrooms that were popular with show attendees last year, along with various fragrant plants. There’s a coupon for $5 off on roses and a chance to win a $75 gift certificate for those who stop by, owner Jenny Gunderson said. My Garden Nursery first opened at its current Bellingham location on April Fools Day 2015. Going into a third season of business, the plant (and all-things-related) store has hosted numerous seminars, held a summer solstice soiree and raised around $7,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society, a cause close to Jenny and co-owner Bill Raynolds. “We’ve gone from a nursery in its beginning stages to a full-fledged nursery with all sorts of fabulous things,” Gunderson said. New for the business is a partnership with Sound Landscaping, a Bellingham landscaping company that will allow Gunderson to offer various bulk soils. “We get asked all the time if we still sell the soils and the gravel,” she said. The business located on Bakerview Road will still continue to provide all the perennials, shrubs, trees and gnomes sought out by garden buffs. Currently pop-

A variety of fragrant plants will be on display at My Garden Nursery's home show display this year. (Ashley Hiruko/Lynden Tribune)

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The Glass Guru is three years into a local franchise Eric Brown can help with getting rid of condensation in your windows, too By Elisa Claassen for the Lynden Tribune

   LYNDEN — The Glass Guru is a national franchise of “neighborhood professionals” for glass and screen repairs and replacement in commercial and residential settings.    Local franchise owner Eric Brown relocated to Whatcom County from Hawaii three years ago. Having worked in commercial hotel construction with a focus on glasswork, he found that The Glass Guru gave him the ability to have his own business with the support of a larger business.    “It allows me to run it like my own business and keep up the standards,” he said.    With a visit to the Home & Garden Show his first year here, his team took last

year off.    In the booth this year they will focus on moisture removal. While some homeowners may not be able to replace windows, The Glass Guru team has a program for both removing a moisture problem and doing so affordably. They drill a small hole in the glass to get inside the panes, clean with special solutions, and then apply patented micro vents.    The result is both removed condensation and better views.    Brown offers a simple tip to homeowners: It is easy to see condensation building up along windows when we cook or shower, with resulting dark mildew. Even in the winter months, he advises opening windows for about 10 minutes to air out the inside.    A discount on glass services will be offered during the show, Brown said. Discounts are also available to builders.    Brown’s The Glass Guru shop is in the Wiser Lake Business Park south of Lynden, phone number 927-9395. He is open by appointment only.

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In garage door business, Overhead Door Company goes way back First started in 1959, Bellingham company sells doors made by product inventor By Brent Lindquist

BELLINGHAM — Overhead Door Corporation has been in the garage door business since the early 1920s, and Overhead Door Company of Bellingham is Whatcom County’s outlet for the garage doors sold by the company that pioneered them.    “We are the inventors of the first sectional, upward-acting door,” said Jack Johnson, owner of Bellingham’s Overhead Door Company, first opened in 1959. “We’re a distributor for Overhead Door Corporation, and that’s pretty much the primary product that we sell.”    For the BIA Home & Garden Show, Overhead Door Company will bring a full-size upward-acting garage door that actually functions using an electric motor.

Overhead Door occupies several booth spaces to accommodate its large display.    “We have four booths, right when you walk through the front doors,” Johnson said. “We have pretty much the whole showroom. We bring it there.”    Hand samples will be available, along with a large safety display of stickers that need to be on garage doors.    “We bring a lot of educational stuff,” Johnson said. “That’s the big thing that we like about the home show: educating people about our industry. People can use us for products or services, and if not that, for more awareness.”    Overhead Door’s upward-acting garage doors can be seen at the newly remodeled Lynden Lube on Guide Meridian Road.    The company offers commercial sales as well as residential sales, along with an interactive software tool that allows visitors to the company's website to see what their homes might look like with a new Overhead Door garage door installed. The site also includes a variety of examples of projects undertaken by Overhead Door.    For more information, visit www.

Jack Johnson, owner of Overhead Door Company of Bellingham, brings a big display each year to the home show. (Ashley Hiruko/Lynden Tribune)


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A hot tub in the future? Look and talk before jumping in Northwest Hot Spring Spas of Ferndale and Burlington will be at the show with tubs    FERNDALE — It may take a little while for the idea of a hot tub in your back yard to ... bubble to reality. In fact, Northwest Hot Spring Spas insists that you “test soak” in any tub you are interested in.    “Don’t buy a hot tub with your clothes on” is another way of saying it.    So it may not be possible to buy one of the three NW Hot Spring samples on the spot at the BIAWC Home & Garden Show in Lynden this weekend. But you can expand your awareness and talk more in-depth about tubs available, and maybe start imagining for your place.    Where you can seriously check out tubs, and in a designated “soaking room,” is at the company showrooms in Ferndale (5060 Pacific Highway) and Burlington (507 Fisher Lane), open

Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.    Dan Hyatt was already in the construction industry when he saw an opportunity to improve the local pool and spa industry. Northwest Hot Spring Spas was born, starting in Burlington and expanding to Whatcom County.    A hot tub is more than a home improvement project — it’s a self-improvement product. That’s a message that needs to continue to be communicated, says today’s marketing manager, Josh Englund.    “Getting the word out there of the health and wellness benefits of soaking in a hot tub — there are more and more studies out there saying that,” he said.    And you’re “building a backyard paradise,” to boot.    Home shows are a way of spreading the good word in Northwest’s territory from Snohomish County to the Canada border.    Northwest suggests these steps for customers to think about in finding that perfect hot tub:     • plenty of research

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