Readers’ Choice: WhatcomTalk’s Most-Read Stories in November


As autumn descended into winter, our readers enjoyed cuddling up with a good WhatcomTalk read. There was plenty to choose from this month. These were some of WhatcomTalk’s most-read stories published in November.

1. Home for the Holidays—Buy Locally-Made Gifts This Festive Season

Customers check out vendors at the Home for the Holidays show. Photo courtesy: Joyce Hill.

In this great article readers discovered how to fill those Christmas wish lists and support our local community at the same time. Writer Patricia Herlevi highlighted over 60 vendors selling everything from luxurious personal products and gourmet food, to jewelry and art at the 35th Annual Home for the Holidays bazaar at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal.

2. Free Thanksgiving Meals For Those in Whatcom County in Need

Five Columns Restaurant serves Thanksgiving dinner for seniors every year — complete with pumpkin pie.
Photo courtesy: Five Columns Restaurant.

Whatcom County is a place of abundant kindness and generosity, as evidenced by the many free community Thanksgiving dinners in our area. Writer Stacee Sledge’s beautifully written and informative article helped connect readers with all these community dinners and provided them with ways to serve their community on Thanksgiving.

3. Longtime Village Books Owners to Sell Iconic Bookstores to Current Management Team

Chuck and Dee Robinson opened Village Books in 1980 and Paper Dreams three years later. Their story has inspired readers and quickly became one of WhatcomTalk’s most-read stories.

Chuck and Dee Robinson opened Village Books in Fairhaven in 1980 and expanded the business two years later with Paper Dreams. In 2015, the couple – along with fellow Leadership Team members Kelly, Paul, and Sarah – opened a second store in Lynden’s Waples Building. Now this accomplished couple will be passing these local treasures on to new owners. In this article, writer Stacee Sledge pays homage to the Robinsons and the profound impact they have made on our community.

4. Editor’s Pick: Deliver a Handmade Gift in Bellingham this Season

NW Yarns offers a once-a-month felting class with Melissa Gragg and a Kids Crafternoon with John Dorrenbacher. Photo credit: Theresa Golden.

They say it’s the thought that counts. If that’s true than a handmade gift may be the most thoughtful gift of all. In this informative article, writer Theresa Golden presents several ideas for handmade Christmas gifts that are fun to make, delightful to receive and which support our local Whatcom County businesses.

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