In celebration of Independents Month, we encourage you to think and be local!


When you choose to support local businesses, you are also supporting local jobs, our unique place, keeping money in our community, reducing environmental impacts, and supporting businesses that give back. We’ve made it easy and fun to celebrate local independent businesses throughout July. Participate in our Selfie Challenge or Download Raffle for chances to win big!

Participate & Win Prizes 3 Ways!

1Snap a Selfie in front of any Independents Month poster. The more smiles the better, post with friends.
2Post your selfie on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and use hashtag #indiemonthselfie to automatically enter.
3Tag the business or event you’re at and @thinklocalfirst or @sustainableconnections


1Download Your FREE Chinook Book Trial above.
2Complete as many of the tasks above to up your chances of being drawn!
3You’re automatically entered to win one of the 4 prize packs we’ll draw each Friday in July!


Selfie Challenge Participating Locations

Appel Farms  Appliance Depot Bellingham Farmers Market Binyon Vision Center Bow Hill Blueberries Boxx Berry Farms
Brandywine Kitchen Brio Laundry Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen Cloud Mountain Farm Center Dandelion Organic Delivery 
Diamond Jim’s Grill Earl’s Bike Shop | EAT Restaurant & Opera French Pasty Bar Explorations Academy
Fairhaven Runners & Walkers Final Touch Auto Spa | Fringe Boutique Good To Go Meat Pies
Heliotrope Hotel Hundred North |Keenan’s At The Pier  Kids Northwest  Louis Auto Glass
Maikham  Mount Baker Care Center Old School Tattoo Pizza’zza Pozie By Natalie @ July 21st Commercial Street Night Market Pure Bliss Desserts Ragfinery  Rice Insurance Shambala Bakery & Bistro Social Fabric |
The Chrysalis Inn & Spa Texture Clothing @ July 13th Pop Up Shop |Twin Sisters Farmers Market Wise Buys | Whatcom Family YMCA’s | Village Books in Fairhaven & Lynden



We’ll draw 1 winner for the Local Lover prize pack on Monday, July 31st, notified via the social media account they entered by and announced on Sustainable Connections Facebook.

We’ll draw 4 winners total in July. 1 winner for each prize each Friday. Winners will be notified via the info they provided while participating and announced on Sustainable Connections Facebook.

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The Stylish Local Lover Pack 

A pair of polarized sunglasses for the raffle from Binyon Vision (worth $128!)
A chic, Upcycled Banner Bag from Social Fabric
A Whatcom Museum Goodie Bag full of fun
Fit Body Wellness Special, Bija Chocolate Bar & Water Bottle
A handpicked jewelry item from Fringe Boutique
An Intellitonic Tee
A gift card to Ragfinery
2 admissions passes to Mindport Exhibits

Backyard TLC In A Basket

A variety of Boxx Berry Farm made jams, syrups, and a $25 gift card
1 Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen Mini Growler & a Pint Glass
A Scratch & Peck Feed trucker hat, a bag of Cluckin’ Good Herbs and a bag of Cluckin’ Good Grubs and 2 Scratch & Peck Feed Mason Jars
Fit Body Wellness Special, Bija Chocolate Bar & Water Bottle
A $30 gift card to Shambala Bakery & Bistro
A platter of house-made, peanut butter, oatmeal vegan chocolate cookies made with local ingredients from WWU Dining Services (delivery included!)
A $25 Cloud Mountain Farm Center gift card for plants, trees and produce
A Gorgeous Local Bouquet from Free Range Flowers

Family Adventure Pack

A gift card to Kids Northwest
A $20 gift card to Pure Bliss Desserts
An Intellitonic Tee
A gift card for up to 10lbs FREE U-pick Blueberries at Triple Wren Farms
Crossroads Grocery Bag & Mt Baker T Shirts
A 12oz Bottle of Pasty Sauce and gift card for 1 Pasty from Good To Go Meat Pies
2 admissions passes to Mindport Exhibits
A sampler of Bow Hill Blueberries Goodies

The Taking Care Of Business Pack

A gorgeous local Triple Wren Farms Bouquet
Louis Auto Glass Free Rock Repair, Dinner Certificate and Free Windshield Wipers
$150 gift card towards your first visit with Dr. Jenna Jorgensen at Northwest Life Medicine Clinic
25% off Escrow Fee Certificate from Whatcom Land Title Co. perfect for home shopping season
A one-month adult membership certificate to Whatcom Family YMCA
2 admissions passes to Mindport Exhibits
A $20 gift card to dine at Maikham
Brio Laundry
$50 gift card

Visit Us At Local Events

Try your luck at our ‘Catch The Local Love’ booth to learn more about Indie Month and to try your luck at reeling in local prizes.


Bellingham Farmers Market

Saturday, July 1st10am-3pmDepot Market Square

Annual Community Food Co-op Party
Bellingham Bells Game

Sunday, July 2nd2-5pmCivic Field

Commercial Street Night Market

Friday, July 21st5-10pmCommercial Street Bellingham 

Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema

Saturday, July 22nd6:30 – 9:30pmFairhaven Village Green
1207 10th St, Bellingham

Catch The Local Love Prizes

Buy Local Be Local Hat

Full Access Chinook Book App Subscription (worth $15)

I Choose Local Stickers

I Choose Local Buttons

30 Day Trial To Think Local Chinook Book App

More Tools To Be A Local Lover Year Round

Find out how supporting local businesses is good for you!

Discover and search for local, independently owned businesses.

Indie Month and the Chinook Book Mobile App Are Sponsored By

Brio Laundry

Steele Financial

Fairhaven Runners & Walkers