Businesses plan their next steps

  WHATCOM ­— This was some of the response among local businesses to the governor’s announcement of four weeks of tightened COVID restrictions:

 Lynden Chamber of Commerce

  The Lynden Chamber of Commerce posted Monday urging the community to “act wisely, deliberately, with focus” to come out strong through all the COVID challenges.

  The restrictions set by the governor “really messes up” the next month or so for businesses, acknowledged executive director Gary Vis. 

  But beyond the “why” of it, “This is about winning the game in which we find ourselves, and, in true Lynden fashion, not just doing well in the game, whatever rules we need to work under, but dominating the game, and giving it our all!” Vis posted.

  He suggests these actions to Lyndenites:

  • Respect the situation businesses are in to somehow keep going and yet comply with rules.

  • Shop with intention and creativity to help local businesses, such as buying a gift certificate for the future from Lynden Skateway or keeping a gym membership intact.

  • “Plan to seek out holiday gifts, something for yourself, something for a friend, whatever it may be, in Lynden.”

  • For restaurants, call an order in and do dine-out. Maybe plan out 4-8 meals that way over the next month. 

  • Have a positive attitude that compliments people when possible and does common courtesies. “We need to lift each other up!”

  “We don’t have to like these restrictions, and we don’t even need to agree restrictions work. But we do need to deal with the cards we’ve been dealt, and win this ‘game’ by playing the very best we can play.”


Fairway Cafe, on Facebook

  “Thank you for your prayers and words of encouragement. It is all so uplifting and humbling in a time where everything is just ... what it is.  

  “We had long planned to decorate the restaurant for Christmas this past weekend, and despite the news out of Olympia we did just that. You can knock the wind out of us for a minute, but you can’t take our spirit.”

  “By (Tuesday) we will be ready with our plans for how things will look going forward.  We’ve done it before, we hoped to not have to do it again, but here we go.  

  “You’ve blessed us beyond measure and we are grateful and humbled and ready to fight on. Be well. Be blessed. We love you all.”


Herb Niemann’s Steak House, Everson

  “Thank you so much to all of our friends and family who have reached out asking what they can do to help. I appreciate your thoughtfulness so much. 

  “We will be okay. Please pray for my staff. That’s what you can do. We have single moms, one-income households and families that rely on our restaurant for an income. They are our family and they know we will take care of them, but they are stressed out and worried and upset. So if you want to do something for us, pray. That’s what we need.”


Welcome Grocery

  “We want to let you guys know that we will be staying open and the grill will be open for take-out! Plus curbside pickup.            

  We have an online menu that you can order from, then just call us when you get here and we will bring it out to you. The grill is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every night of the week! 


Whatcom Museum

  “Friends, in response to Gov. Inslee’s recent COVID-19 restrictions, the Whatcom Museum campus will be closed Nov. 16 through Dec. 15, or until further notice. 

  “As a public gathering space, the health and safety of our community is our priority. 

  “[However] the Museum Store remains open at 25% capacity for in-person shopping noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 18-21. We also accept orders by phone for curbside pickup or shipping.”

  “We will continue to offer virtual programs during our closure. Our goal is to stay connected to our community and continue to provide engaging, educational content. You can find all our upcoming programs on our online event calendar.”

  Contacts are and 360-778-8930.