By Steve Guntli
Blaine’s new Edaleen Dairy store is tentatively scheduled to open next week.
The dairy, located on 458 Peace Portal Drive, has been under construction since last spring, and owners Ed and Aileen Brandsma are hoping to open for business by noon on Monday, October 6.
“Right now, we’re just waiting on a few final inspections and a few final details,” Aileen said. “But if it all goes as planned, we’ll be ready.”
The 3,200-square-foot store will be the Lynden dairy’s fourth storefront in northern Whatcom County, with two stores in Lynden and another in Sumas. Aileen said the Blaine store would most closely resemble their store on the Guide Meridian in terms of size and selection.
The Brandsmas hope to bring in a large Canadian crowd, since Canadians frequently travel to the U.S. to purchase low priced milk, butter and other dairy products, but they are also excited to serve the local community.
“We’re really excited to be a part of the Blaine community,” Aileen said. “We appreciate the warm welcome we’ve received.”
The store will have 16 indoor seats and a variable amount of seasonal outdoor seating. The dairy will serve a selection of 16 flavors of hard-dipped ice cream and four flavors of soft serve.
If all goes according to plan, the Brandsmas are hoping to have a grand opening later in the month.
“Once we’re open and we’ve worked out all the kinks, we’ll start thinking about what we’re going to do for a grand opening,” Aileen said.
Edaleen Dairy’s hours will be from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The store will be closed on Sundays.
For more information, call Edaleen’s office at 360/354-5342.