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Dear Readers: We miss you

Sep 2nd, 2020 | Category: Features

We sure miss you. Grow Northwest has been on “hiatus” for 5 months, and we had hoped that September would be the month that we would be able to resume. Sadly, it is time that we inform you Grow Northwest will no longer be publishing print editions. There will be no September issue, and no future issues planned. This was an incredibly difficult decision to make. Our publication was already struggling pre-COVID, and now, it is not possible to operate given the current market and circumstances – we’re looking at decimated revenue, we’re in the red, with no financial assistance. 

As a family-owned, independent publication, it is heartbreaking to share this with you. Grow is community work that we truly love, and has been a part of our lives for years. There’s so much to say, so much we miss, so much we haven’t finished. Since we launched from our kitchen table back in May 2010, Grow has always operated on a very small budget, and we are very thankful for the local businesses who advertised in our pages as well as the subscriptions and small donations from residents. We made it work, feeling the value is in serving the community, sharing and promoting local information and simpler, practical living.

Moving forward, we are keeping the mission of Grow Northwest at heart, and will attempt to produce an online-only format and continue to serve the community that way. Our website was in the middle of a much-needed and complete redesign last Spring and was to be launched with our 10th anniversary in May – a milestone we so much looked forward to, but never saw as publication halted in mid-March. The redesign was stopped. Perhaps in the coming months we will be able to serve you online in a better, viable manner; it will take some time to work out and we will keep you posted either way.

Whatever happens and whatever comes, we thank you for being a part of Grow Northwest. We had a good run and enjoyed producing each and every issue (May 2010-March 2020). Many, many thanks to all in the community who supported Grow – the local businesses, organizations, writers, photographers, helpers, residents, and readers. Grow wouldn’t have happened without you. You’re all amazing.

We are forever grateful for this work and what we’ve done together. It was honor to put you in print. Thank you for the memories. 

Happy growing,

3 Comments to “Dear Readers: We miss you”

  1. Lisa LaSalata says:

    This may be one of our community’s greatest COVID losses. Thank you for the years of education, inspiration and resources. I hope that you can find your way back. You s we I’ll be missed.

  2. Kenny Austin says:

    Hi Becca,
    I’m sorry to hear of the stoppage of your paper publications. I was wondering about your newspaper boxes in downtown Bellingham. I wasn’t sure if they had been picked up or if I should round them up and take care of them myself. I take care of all the landscaping and sidewalks downtown and would like to make sure if there are any left that we can deal with them in the best way possible. Thank you and good luck with the online version in the future,
    Kenny Austin

  3. Wendy says:

    So Sorry to hear this….☹️
    I Loved Grow Magazine, couldn’t wait for the Next Issue.????
    You did a Stellar Job…So Professional!
    Will anxiously await the Online Version…????????

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