August Business Unplugged

The second Business Unplugged in the revamped series, will feature members of the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce and members of Whatcom Referral Network getting together at Flow Motion to network!

Mark your calendars for August 13th from 5-7pm, because you won’t want to miss networking and tours of Flow Motion’s beautiful studio, located in Suite 19 at the Carnation Oxford Building.


Ferndale Chamber Moves to New Location

1743713_10153394818577427_997365749267076531_nWhen the Ferndale Library moved to their new space late last year, the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce couldn’t help but to hope to move to the library’s old location right next to Pioneer Park.

We are pleased to announce that we have officially moved to Pioneer Pavilion, 2007 Cherry Street, as of July 13, 2015. We look forward to serving visitors from far and wide and anticipate seeing more faces through our door, as we are now next to one of Ferndale’s largest tourist attractions—Pioneer Park.

Moving to the Pavilion allows for more visitor parking and space for large campers or RV’s to park as well.    The move also allows more room in the Visitor’s Center for brochures and Member inforamtion.  The Visitors Center will features a fireplace, a sitting area and computers for visitors to look up directions or book a hotel room.

The Chamber and the City of Ferndale will be hosting an open house to celebrate the move on August 6th from 2:30-6:30pm and everyone is welcome to attend.

Flicks in the Park

2015 Poster2ndmovieIf you missed “Hook” on July 10th don’t worry, “UP” is coming up.

Hook, shown on July 10th, was a great success, with over 300 people in attendance and many pirate tattoos handed out.

We look forward to showing the movie “Up” on August 7th.  Patrons can expect to see one of the historic Pioneer Park houses decorated like the “Up” movie house!

Flicks in the Park, located at Pioneer Park in Ferndale, is a free family-friendly event.

This year we are offering free hot dogs thanks to our  sponsors Larry & Beth Brown of the new Ferndale Grocery Outlet.

Members of the Quarter

Whatcom County Fire District 7

WCFD #7 has been serving the Ferndale area since 1957, providing Fire and EMS services to the City of Ferndale and the surrounding area.  Presently, there are 120 dedicated individual working hard to meet the needs of the public.   The members of Whatcom County Fire District 7 pride themselves on giving back to the community.  We feel that being connected to the residents we serve, will help us meet your professional needs.
Learn more at:

2020 Washington St





Kelly’s O’Deli

Having proudly served Whatcom and Skagit County’s since 1985, Kelly’s O’Deli Catering offers personalized menu planning and convenience along with exceptional service and value. Owner Dianne Blakesley is a lifetime Ferndale resident.  She is active in the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce, Ferndale Boys & Girls Club & Bellingham Chamber of Commerce.

Visit their website at:

5506 Nielsen Ave





SERVPRO of Bellingham

Faster to any sized disaster, SERVPRO of Bellingham is a Fire and Water Restoration business locally owned and operated by Dean and Jeri Bates for over 35 years. Whether your home or business is facing minor damage or a widespread disaster, SERVPRO of Bellingham has the resources, technology and experience to help you resume life and business as usual. “Like it never even happened.”

Learn more at:

1420 Pacific Place


Welcome New Members: Summer 2015


Rodan + Fields—Jane Cappelletti

Live Fit LLC


Keller Williams—Michael Smith

Ferndale Grocery Outlet



Home 2 Suites by Hilton

Walton Beverage

Heston Hauling

Minute Man Press

Gym Star Sports Center

Good Burger

Motel 6




Ferndale Street Festival

Get ready, because the 12th Annual Ferndale Street Festival is just around the corner!

Over 120 food and craft vendors, live music, Super Hero themed Kids Street, Car Show and a beer garden can all be expected this year.

This year we are excited to feature two 80’s cover bands, one 90’s cover band, a country band and a folk/alternative band.  There truly is something for everyone’s ears.

Kids Street, sponsored by the Ferndale YMCA, is going to be superhero themed, so brings the kids out in their best superhero costume!

The beer/wine tent, sponsored by Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery, will also be themed out this year.  We’re going Hawaiian luau with a twist!  Once the light starts to fade, parts of the beer garden will begin to glow.

Make sure to mark your calendars for August 28 and 29, because this  may just be the best Street Festival yet!

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.

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