Best of Lynden 2022

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December 28, 2022 A supplement of the Lynden Tribune 2022
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e results are in!

e Lynden Tribune and Lynden Chamber of Commerce extend a huge thank you to all of the readers who participated in our 2022 Best of Lynden Reader’s Choice Awards. We are pleased to present the awards to the winning local businesses listed throughout this publication. Congratulations!

Best hamburger: Underground Burger

were familiar with the popularity of In-N-Out Burger and its limited menu format. Brian told friends he heard things such as “Brian, you’re crazy. You do barbecue Chick- l-A brands.” Brian thought of producing a truly great burger and wa e fries initially.

For the Tribune

Underground Burger is the 2022 winner of the Best of Lynden award for best hamburger.

Brian and Tanya Poag have owned a variety of restaurants and eateries in Lynden, such as the Nuthouse Grill (founded in 2001) and e Loft.

Now, the Poags own Underground Burger and Jake’s Western Grill, both in the same restaurant at 8114 Guide Meridian Road, Lynden.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Brian and Tanya started to think outside of the box –again.

“I try hard to follow trends in the (restaurant) industry,” Brian Poag said.

He had heard of ghost kitchens and then more recently virtual restaurants. While the former would operate from a separate kitchen to create a new identity, the latter used the current restaurant’s same facilities to create a new brand and then o er it up only through takeout or delivery.

Since the Poags had also lived in Arizona and California they

Brian really wanted to do it and next had to convince his wife of the viability and got her support. It was during the early part of COVID-19 and businesses were trying new approaches to survive.

“During the pandemic we couldn’t sit by and wait,” he said. “We had to act quickly and decisively and it sure has been fun.”

Within ve weeks the Poags gured it out and had a new system, “Boy did it stick,” he said.

“We went online on a Sunday and by Tuesday we had 50 preorders,” Brian said. “We had to learn how to handle the volume and made mistakes but our customers were so understanding.”

After the rst month, and remodels to their facility and their process, Brian said things began to smooth out. Jake’s had a fullservice bar before Underground Burger. ey needed the space and reduced the drink options and converted to pushing burgers out quickly from kitchen to customers. ey also changed having wait sta take orders table side to having everyone go to the counter to order. Brian calls it “fast casual dining.”

Many people heard of Un-

derground Burger but had no idea what it was or where it was. It seemed to simply exist and burgers were being delivered. In fact, many are still nding out often by word-of-mouth from friends.

Recently, two older women were coming from yoga and stopped by for the rst time for a burger, Brian said. ey had just heard about it and wanted to try one.

While they o er three types of burgers – a plain burger on a brioche bun with meat and cheese,

the original underground burger, and another with two meat patties and two slices of cheese – all can be completed with addons of bacon, sautéed mushrooms and sautéed onions.

Underground also has vegan and gluten-free choices now and has added hand-made milkshakes using local sources of Darigold ice cream and MyShan Dairy Guernsey milk. Diners can use the restaurant’s app to earn points for free food.

e Poags use a team of 15 primarily part-time employ-

ees for Jake’s and Underground Burger. Many of them are 16and 17-year-olds and Brian is happy with them, he said. “ ey love to work and they keep me young.”

Brian gravitates to the kitchen side of the business, but makes his way on and o to the front where Tanya shines.

“She’s the key to the front of the house … her smile,” Brian said. Tanya has taken on training and explaining how to fol-

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‘You don’t have to eat fast food and you don’t have to pay $15 for a good burger’

Best hamburger: Underground Burger

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low procedures and the steps of service.

In addition to the support of his family, sta , and customers, Brian appreciates doing business in north Whatcom County: “I probably speak for a lot of businesses. In the pandemic, our community – Lynden, Everson, Nooksack, and Ferndale – really rallied behind the restaurants.”

Brian also said it's "amazing when you have a businessfriendly climate – active and supportive – and what you can do.”

Brian also mentioned the Chamber of Commerce and local governmental o ces.

“I think we came out stronger. We learned to do things di erently and even have a new loca-

tion,” he said.

eir new location, which opened in May, is located in Queen Creek, Arizona. eir daughter Madi and son-in-law Tanner Bouma moved down to manage it. Unlike here, it has no dining room and relies on takeout and a third-party delivery option. While they have at least ve or six strongly-branded hamburger places within a mile, Underground Burger is nding a niche.

Brian said he was honored to be noti ed of Tribune readers selecting Underground Burger as a fan favorite.

“It’s humbling,” he said. “You wonder if anyone notices or appreciates what you are doing and then you get a second wind.”

Brian and Tanya Poag operate Underground Burger at Jake’s Western Grill, 8114 Guide Meridian Road, Lynden.

(Courtesy photos)

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Best Wild Card: Red Barn Market

Red Barn Market won in the Wild Card division of this year’s Best of Lynden awards.

A special event at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds twice each year – spring and fall – Red Barn Market attracts a signi cant amount of vendors and shoppers.

Founder and organizer Kelsey Beld Tolsma, who also owns the Muddy Waters co ee stand in Lynden with her husband Aaron, decided to use that market for fundraising. During other market times, she has had food donated for the local food bank.

With three children, Tolsma is technically a stay-at-home mother with extra interests and side gigs. When asked how she juggles her di erent work and home duties, Tolsma said she works when she can.

“It looks di erent each day,” Tolsma said. “Sometimes it means getting up before my girls wake up or working after they’ve gone to bed.”

While having fun, Red Barn Market has continued to add additional options such as wreath making and watercolor painting classes. e market also tends to have live music and works with local radio stations for exposure.

While it runs two nights, it only is one day long. On the opening Friday, it is the VIP night with added treats and surprises.

“I’ve always loved to plan events,” Tolsma said. “When a friend and I started our own little crafting business we decided to host a craft show, and I’ve never stopped. It’s something I really enjoy doing, plus I love that it’s supporting small businesses.”

e next spring Red Barn Market is March 17-18.  e fall 2023 market is Nov. 17-18.

While the market’s formula seems to be going well, that doesn’t mean Tolsma isn’t nding ways to improve on the experience for those involved.

“I feel like we’re learning and changing small things each time, it’s been fun to nd the things that make the market unique and to grow on those things while also making it a signature of Red Barn Market,” she said. “But also nding what is best for the vendors in order for their success.”

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Kelsey Tolsma is a stay-at-home mother of three, but a busy mom. Her family helps plan the spring and fall Red Barn markets at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. Kelsey is pictured with her husband Aaron and their children, from left, 7-year-old Brecklyn, 4-year-old Capri and 9-year-old Kinley. (Courtesy photo)

Best Wild Card: Red Barn Market

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Tolsma said recently that it's been "really special” to be recognized in this year's Best of Lynden awards.

“I’m so honored to get to host markets in this community,” Tolsma said. “I couldn’t do it without all of the amazing vendors or shoppers coming out in support. I get to bring it all together but it’s a team e ort. I’m so glad it’s become something the community looks forward to; it means a lot to me and my amazing team.”

For anyone who wants to be a vendor at Red Barn Market, applications are available the market’s website or through any of the social media platforms. Potential vendor can reach out to Tolsma at

“I think what makes a booth successful is a combination of things … booth layout during the market that is welcoming and encourages shoppers to stop, but also a vendor who puts themselves out there, greets shoppers and is excited about their product,” Tolsma said. “We have so many amazing vendors who are doing just this and it’s so fun to see them succeed.”

Lynden-based Wiser Roots, left, operates usually from a farm stand but brings goods to the Red Barn Market. The farm, which operates on an honor system, has eggs, art andbaked goods. Fern and Arrow, above, is known for helping others feel seen, known and loved with thoughtful gifts and creative design.

(Courtesy photos)

2022 Best of Lynden C6 Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, December 28, 2022 Blessed Again! Olson Family Chiropractic VOTED “BEST CHIROPRACTIC OFFICE” OF LYNDEN 2022 We would like to thank the community of Lynden and surrounding area for their wonderful support and vote of confidence, once again! We are humbled and blessed to be receiving the “Best of Lynden” award again this year! Olson Family Chiropractic 360-318-1240
C7 2022 Best of Lynden Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, December 28, 2022 Large Business Small Business New Business Medical Facility Customer Service Green Business 211 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd Lynden 360-318-8869 FamilyCareNetwork WeTake Care Lynden Family Medicine 1610 Grover St, D1 Lynden 360-354-1333 513 Front St Lynden 360-656-6150 513 Front St Lynden 360-656-6150 608 Front St Lynden 360-656-5010 Thanks y'all! 405 Front Street 360-354-2174 Proud to be voted “Best Happy Hour” & “Best Meeting Place” 2077 Main St Lynden 360-354-5676
2022 Best of Lynden C8 Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, December 28, 2022 Optical Dentist Adult/Assisted Living 301 Homestead Blvd Lynden 360-354-8200 1610 Grover St Suite C1, Lynden 360-354-5691 Veltkamp Family Dentistry Massage/Spa Chiropractic Pharmacy 1758 Front St, #108 Lynden 360-354-1226 8304 Guide Meridian Rd Lynden 360-318-1240 OLSON Family Chiropractic Local Restaurant Wins “Best New Business” When asked for a quote, they said “A heartfelt thank you to the citizens of Lynden for nominating us for this award” 608 Front St, Lynden 360-656-5010 Volume 1, Issue 1 Good Brews, Good Food, Good News That is the motto for “The Newsroom Pub” and with its selection of local food, treats and drinks, they certainly deliver on that promise. They are currently open M-Th 11:30-8, F-Sat 11:30-9, and Sun 11:30-3. Order online 11:30-4:30 for their Smash & Dash special. Thanks for choosing as the Best Tire Store in Lynden! We appreciate it and look forward to serving all of your tire needs! ZYLSTRA TIRE Tyler Zylstra, Owner Gilbert Silva, Owner 501 Grover Street, Lynden 360-354-4493 513 Front St Lynden 360-656-6150 1824 Front St Lynden 360-933-1815
C9 2022 Best of Lynden Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, December 28, 2022 Fitness Barber Beauty Salon 509 Front St Lynden 360-306-0494 Talk of Townthe 115 E Homestead Blvd Lynden 360-354-1196 Pet Supplies Groomer Veterinarian 8880 Benson Rd Lynden 360-354-5095 Kulshan Veterinary Hospital 873 Hinotes Ct, Bldg B, Unit 2 Lynden 360-318-9949 Thankyou, ThankLynden!you, Lynden! We appreciate your continued support and are proud to have served you for 34 years. Holiday blessings to you & your families. Thank You Lynden! 1758 Front St . #106, Lynden • 360-354-1226 Drive- ru Prescription Pick-up M-F 9 am to 7 pm Sat 9 am to 5 pm • Sun Closed 513 Front St Lynden 360-656-6150 1898 Front St Lynden 360-318-0134
2022 Best of Lynden C10 Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, December 28, 2022 Financial Institution Automotive Services Pet Accommodations 6451 Hannegan Rd Lynden 360-306-5931 8181 Guide Meridian Rd Lynden 360-354-7698 2045 Front St Lynden 360-676-1168 Insurance Agency Photography Real Estate Company 8071 Guide Meridian Rd, #105 Lynden 360-354-4455 1780 Front St Lynden 360-354-2200 Thank you, Lynden! We appreciate your vote and all of your support over the past year. We’re honored to have the opportunity to serve you in your lawn & garden needs. (360) 354-3097 Serving Lynden and Whatcom County for four generations since 1938. We appreciate your continued support Lynden
C11 2022 Best of Lynden Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, December 28, 2022 Plumbing Landscape/Mowing Tires/Auto 501 Grover St Lynden 360-354-4493 307 19th St Lynden 360-354-2171 VAN’S PLUMBING AND ELECTRIC, INC. Thanks for choosing as the Best Tire Store in Lynden! We appreciate it and look forward to serving all of your tire needs! ZYLSTRA TIRE Tyler Zylstra, Owner Gilbert Silva, Owner 501 Grover Street, Lynden Remodeling/Construction Law Practice Electrician 302 Hawley St Lynden 360-354-2187 709 Grover Street Lynden 360-318-9300 Nicole L. Terpstra, Attorney at Law, PLLC THANKS FOR THE VOTES! We’re proud to be voted “Best of Lynden” for Automotive Services for 11 years in a row. Find us on Facebook! • 360-318-8869 211 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd, Lynden Monday-Saturday 8-6, Closed Sunday Your total purchase with this coupon 20% OFF Expires 01.31.23. Keepin’ It Green & Local Lynden Fresh! 211 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd, Lynden Mon.-Sat. 8-6, Closed Sun. 360-318-8869 • Almond Sticks & Cakes • Gift Baskets Available Anacortes | Bellingham | BirchBay | honor com am Birch Bay Ferndale | Lynden | Mount Ver ynde amil edicine is honored t be our est o ynden choice or edical acilit 2017 Front St Lynden 360-354-4149
2022 Best of Lynden C12 Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, December 28, 2022 Pizza Burger or Sandwich Cleaning Services Co ee/Espresso Happy Hour Ethnic Food 191 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd Lynden 360-354-4145 8114 Guide Meridian, Lynden 2 LOCATIONS IN LYNDEN Bender Plaza, Fairway Center 8122 Guide Meridian Rd Lynden • 360-392-8435 1710 Front St Lynden 360-318-1171 405 Front St Lynden 360-354-2174 Sparrows Salon & Spa 513 Front St • Lynden • 360-656-6150 Thank you for your votes! “�ank you Lynden, for voting TB Lawns the best in Lynden lawncare! We appreciate your business and support.” - Tyler Bergsma and Crew
C13 2022 Best of Lynden Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, December 28, 2022 Thankyou for voting for us! We love that you voted us the 2023 Best Convenience Store. Stop by soon to see what else we have in store. We’ve got quick snacks, cold beverages and daily life essentialsall in one convenient location! We look forward to serving you in 2023! Everything you need for Home & Farm. Voted Best Convenience Store! NORTHWEST Energy | Agronomy Retail CHS Northwest 415 Depot Rd., Lynden • 360.306.3800 k f g f BEST OF
2022 Best of Lynden C14 Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, December 28, 2022 Caterer Local Food Baked Goods Gift Shop/Jewelry Convenience Grocery 421 Front St, Lynden 1724 Front St, Fairway Center 360-354-3911 211 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd Lynden 360-318-8869 1726 Front St Lynden 360-318-1302 8071 Guide Meridian Rd, #101 Lynden 360-318-0688 1758 Front St, #104 Fairway Center, Lynden 360-318-8854 thanks FOR VOTING US BEST PIZZA! Prep for your resolutions at 1736 Front St., Fairway Center, Lynden • 360-354-2291 Hardware 15% OFF one entire purchase In store only, December 26, 2022-January 7, 2023. Limit 1. SKU 15OFFALL UPC 145867432 Thanks for voting us the Best Hardware/Home Improvement in Lynden! 415 Depot Rd, Lynden 360-354-2108 NORTHWEST
C15 2022 Best of Lynden Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, December 28, 2022 Garden/Nursery Farm Supply Furniture Florist Clothing/Fashion Hardware/Home Improvement 168 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd Lynden 360-778-3870 Lynden • 360-303-3457 flowertruck 420 Front St Lynden 360-778-1849 1736 Front St Lynden 360-354-2291 401 E Grover St Lynden 360-354-3097 1898 Front St Lynden 360-318-0134 Petal Pushers WITH THANKS We appreciate your support of our store through the years. We look forward to serving you in 2023! 1758 Front St. #104 Fairway Center 360-354-3101 We don't like to throw the word "Best" around... ...but we sure are happy that you did! Thank you so much for voting us the best burger spot in Lynden! Find us at 8114 Guide Meridian, Lynden (Inside Jake's) Try out our app!
2022 Best of Lynden C16 Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, December 28, 2022 Local Farm Meeting Place Consignment/ rift/Antique Golf Course Wedding Venue Local Charity or Organization 115 E. Homestead Blvd Lynden 360-354-1196 408 1st St Lynden 360-318-9333 9409 Depot Rd Lynden 360-354-3428 205 South B.C. Ave, #117 Lynden 360-354-9930 115 E Homestead Blvd, Suite A Lynden 360-778-2849 (360) 354-2171 (360) 354-VANS Fax (360) 354-5497 Thank You Company” VAN’S PLUMBING AND ELECTRIC, INC. Thank you for voting us Best Groomers five years in a row! Thank for voting us five COME AND SEE OUR SELECTION OF DOG FOOD, TREATS & SUPPLEMENTS! 360-318-9949 • 873 Hinotes Court, Bldg B, Unit #2 • Lynden, WA 98264 405 Front St Lynden 360-354-2174
C17 2022 Best of Lynden Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, December 28, 2022 Accommodations/Hotel Wild Card: Events Family Activity 100 5th Street Lynden 360-746-8597 1775 Front St, Lynden 360-441-8084 THANK YOU FOR VOTING FOR US! BEST OF LYNDEN DENTIST 2022 (360) 354-5691 L 360-354-3911 421 Front St. • 1724 Front St. Thank You for your votes! 302 Hawley Street, Lynden 360-354-2187 ank you for your support! 8770 Bender Rd Lynden 360-354-6717 Bender Fields Recreational Park
2022 Best of Lynden C18 Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, December 28, 2022 A HUGE THANK YOU to our readers! Your votes determined the winners of the 2022 Best of Lynden! 113 6th St., Lynden 360-354-4444
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2022 Best of Lynden C20 Lynden Tribune | Wednesday, December 28, 2022 8071 Guide Meridian, Suite 105 • 360-354-4455 • 800-234-1841
Brady DenBleyker Darrel Timmer Jason Heutink Duane Vander Yacht Jim Huleatt Aimee Slesk Sharon Engels Sid Mellema
Thank You, Lynden, for the vote of confidence!
Wynden Holman Bonnie Vander Yacht Brooke Stremler Karen Timmer Loren VanCorbach Ron DeBoer Mike Vail Mike Kooy
BESTOF We are proud to be voted 2022’s
Tresie Wiersma George Hoksbergen Kevin Hoksbergen Irina Kulyak Jason Cavanaugh
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