Ferndale Grocery Outlet and owners Larry and Beth Brown have been recognized as the Ferndale School District’s 2018-2019 Business of the Year.
Each June, the district honors a business that has made outstanding contributions to Ferndale Schools during the past year. The recognition is a longstanding annual practice as a way to honor and appreciate the positive impacts community businesses and organizations have on students and schools.
Ferndale Grocery Outlet has supported Ferndale Schools through numerous donations that directly impact student participation in academics and extracurricular activities.
“Ferndale Grocery Outlet is a wonderful, wonderful partner in so many ways,” Ferndale School District Superintendent Dr. Linda Quinn said. “They have shown up at our events, they have stepped in to lend a hand when one was needed, and they have helped to tell the positive stories of the Ferndale School District. They are truly the best kind of partner.”
In particular during the past year, Ferndale Grocery Outlet provided space every week for the Ferndale School District to meet community members and provide them with information about the district’s capital projects bond.
“They made a critical difference in helping us to reach our community with information about our recent bond proposal,” Dr. Quinn said. “They opened their doors to us and allowed us to set up a table in the store on a weekly basis where we could hand out information and meet people one-on-one.”
Partnering with Ferndale Schools and the Ferndale community is important to the Browns on a personal level.
“My wife and I partner with Ferndale Schools because we love kids and want to support our teachers and administration to make their lives better,” Larry Brown said. “My wife is a third-generation graduate of FHS and now my daughter, a 2019 FHS graduate, is a fourth-generation graduate. With two more young boys at home, we have a vested interest in supporting our schools.”
The Ferndale School District is just one beneficiary of the Browns’ commitment to this community. Service and support are central features of their business identity.
“We’re not the only ones that Ferndale Grocery Outlet serves,” Dr. Quinn said. “Larry is on the Chamber of Commerce Board. I see Larry and Beth every place where there’s a group of people meeting for the betterment of our community.”
“I love working in the community,” Larry Brown said. “I learned a long time ago that you never feel bad when you volunteer your time for someone else. My wife and I believe that our job doesn’t reside in the four walls of our business. When we are not at work we are trying to support others who support us, and that makes us happy. Our Ferndale Chamber of Commerce is among the best in the state of Washington. I have never seen a group of people work so hard to make a community a better place to live.”
Grocery Outlet received numerous nominations for this year’s Ferndale School District Business of the Year award, a testament to the impact and support provided to our schools, teachers and children.
“To be selected and chosen Business of the Year was a surprise and shocking to the both Beth and I, but very meaningful,” Larry Brown said. “We would do everything over again without ever being honored by our teachers and administration. It is who we are.”
Thank you, Ferndale Grocery Outlet, for your partnership and support of Ferndale Schools. And thank you to all of the many other community businesses and organizations who partner with and support Ferndale Schools as well.
Previous Business of the Year Recipients:
2018: Dewey Griffin
2016: Hot Dogz & Kool Catz and Phillips 66
2015: No business was recognized
2014: City of Ferndale
2013: No business was recognized
2012: Second Avenue Sports
2010: The G.R. Plume Company
2009: The Unity Group
2007: Donette Studio, Inc.
2006: Cost Cutter of Ferndale
2004: Intalco Primary Metals
2003: Key Bank, Delancey’s, Kent’s Nursery
2002: Cost Cutter of Ferndale
2000: Harthorne Hagen Architects
1998: Jim Stack, Mount Baker Lanes
1997: John Friberg Company
1996: Eldred & Essex Construction
1995: McKay Farms
1994: Jerry Tobolski, The Boeing Company
1993: Dan Crocker, TCI Cablevision
1992: Law Firm of Langabeer, Tull and Cuillier
1991: Paul Oves and Jerry Eklund, BP
1990: Fielding Formwell, ARCO
1989: Portal Way Farm and Garden
1988: Tom George, Westside Record Journal
1987: Jim Frederick, Intalco
1986: Craig Cole, Brown and Cole