Upcoming Ferndale Events


4—Haggen Family 4th of July Celebration

*10—Flicks in the Park, featuring Hook

10-11—WCCA  Firecracker Rod Run

*15—Chamber Luncheon

23—Golden Eagles & Birdies Golf Tournament

22-26—Whatcom Old Settlers Weekend

*23—Ferndale Grocery Outlet Ribbon Cutting



1-2 Makayla’s Street Jam 3on3

*5—Leading Ladies

*6 Pioneer Pavilion Open House

*7—Flicks in the Park, featuring the movie “Up”

8—Custer Days

*13—Business Unplugged

*28-29—Ferndale Street Festival



2—Leading Ladies


*denotes Chamber event

Ferndale Public Market is every Sunday 2-7pm and is now located at 2007 Cherry St. next to Pioneer Park.


Board Member Profile

danDan Toperosky moved to the Ferndale area two years ago to take the Health Safety and Environmental Manager job at Phillips 66 refinery. He is  originally from Central Alberta, Canada, but spent the previous 17 year on the Gulf Coast in the communities south of Houston.

Toperosky took the position as Ferndale Chamber Board Member about 18 months ago.

“It has provided me an opportunity to give back to the community we moved into and learn a great deal about Ferndale and the county,” Toperosky said.

Each year, Toperosky is heavily involved with running the Ferndale Street Festival’s Phillips 66 Beer/Tent Garden and he looks forward to his third year under the tent this August.

In his free time, Toperosky enjoys playing with his two 11 year old kids.

“We are getting out and taking advantage of the opportunities this area provides and my wife and I have been trying to teach my kids to ski, fish, hike and bike. One of my bucket list goals is to visit all the National Parks, and was able to visit three in the last year,” Toperosky said.

Ambassador Spotlight

Alyssa SpringsBeing an Ambassador is fun and easy to work into my schedule. As someone who owns a local business, but is not native to Whatcom County, meeting new people is fun yet daunting when you walk into a room full of people you haven’t met yet. That’s why I enjoy introducing potential new members around at Chamber functions. I personally love hospitality and making people feel at home! I also attend ribbon cuttings, open houses and delivering Member of the Month plaques. How often do we go out of our way to see or experience another member’s workplace? When you learn more about someone, it’s easier to help them. Volunteering at the luncheon registration table is also a nice way to help me remember faces and names. When it comes down to it, being an Ambassador for the Chamber is a great way to build better relationships and help those same members feel welcome, included and important in our Chamber community.

Alyssa Springs owns Flow Motion, Ferndale’s wellness sanctuary. Alyssa brings the mind body connection mainstream via complete wellness, not just through physical exercise and proper nutrition, but holding equal weight in stress reduction and relaxation. www.MoveInFlowMotion.com









Biz Buzz

VSH CPA’s Make Best Of List

VSH CPAs of Bellingham made the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2015 list of best workplaces in the small company category.

Alcoa Foundation  Gives Back

The Alcoa Foundation and American Forests Global ReLeaf partnership for Trees awarded $20,000 to the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association to support restoration work in Whatcom County.

The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring salmon habitat, will use the funds to involve and educate more than 1,000 volunteers in stream-side habitat restoration, restore 1,500 feet of degraded riparian habitat and plant 10,000 trees to help local salmon recovery efforts.

Samson Rope
Receives Vendor of the Year

Samson Rope was named the 2015 Vendor of the Year by national rope company, SherillTree, of Greensboro, North Carolina.

Ferndale Grocery Outlet Set to Open July 23

The Ferndale Grocery Outlet will make its grand debut on July 23rd with a soft opening.  The Ferndale Chamber of Commerce will be assisting the new grocery store with their ribbon cutting.  You can also join them on Saturday, July 25th for their Grand Opening.

A Word From the President

larryIt’s been quite a summer for the Chamber!   The move from 2nd Avenue to the Pioneer Pavilion is complete, planning for the Street Festival is in full swing, and we have officially hit the second half of the year!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank not only the Staff and the Board for their hard work in making the transition to the new offices, but also to thank the City for their cooperation in making this all happen.  There were countless hours put into this process, starting several years ago.  Seeing the new offices and Visitors Center open for business is not only satisfying, but something that will help the Chamber and our local  businesses  by having a more functional visitors center.  There will be an “open house” coming up in the early part of August, so look for announcements and please come join us to celebrate the move.

Moving onto the remaining half of the year, Ferndale is going to be a busy place! Old Settlers Weekend starts us off followed by our second “Flicks in the Park” coming up on August 7th, playing one of my personal favorite movies “Up”.  If you have not been to one of these movies, it’s a great way to spend some quality time relaxing and enjoying a feature film under the stars.  The Street Festival is on track to be one of the biggest ones we have ever had.   Vendors are filling in the remaining spots (check with Kelsey if you have not reserved yours yet) and the lineup of entertainment looks fantastic this year.

This year has shown the strength of the Chamber.  Working through a major move while continuing to provide the services without interruption.    The Chamber strives to meet the needs of its membership, and this last 6 months has been a testament to that commitment!    Enjoy the rest of your summer and I hope to see you at one of the many events coming up in our great City!

–Larry Hoffman