Frith building, now occupied by KATZ! Coffee & Used Books and Front
Street Spa, was built in the 1930's on land that was originally
owned by Holden and Phoebe Judson, 'the mother of Lynden'. Ed Frith
was a tinsmith by trade and later obtained a franchise for
International Harvester farm equipment. This building was the
original home of Farmers Equipment Company, still doing business in
Lynden today. In addition to housing Farmers Equipment, it also was
home in the past to a drug store, a butcher shop, Frith's tin shop
as well as our predecessor, the Lynden Book Shop, Lynden's original
Frith eventually retired and it was about this time that Marion
Snapper started the Lynden Book Shop. In 1947, after having it only
a year, Snapper sold the business to the John Stap family, who still
operates it today under the name of KATZ! Coffee & Used Books.
Stap and his daughter Adeline operated the business together until
1987 when John Stap remodeled the store and sold his 1/2 of the
business to his grandson and his wife, Ken and Sherri Stap. Ken and
Sherri operated the store in partnership with his Aunt, Adeline, and
then five years later, Ken and Sherri purchased Adeline's share of
the store, becoming sole owners in 1992. The Lynden Book Shop
continued serving the Lynden community with a full line of Christian
books, cards, music and gifts in addition to a full line of office
supplies. In 1997, Ken and Sherri added an espresso bar and seating
to compliment the store's offering. Ken's aunt, Adeline Stap,
continued to work for the store up until April of 2011. Ken and
Sherri purchased the building from Adeline in 2004. They
renovated and remodeled the building in 2005 - to it's present
condition - bringing back the original wood flooring and tinned
ceiling that were part of the original Farmers Equipment showroom.
More tables and seating were added and the store was renamed 'KATZ!
Coffee & Used Books'.
was at this time that the 'Lynden Book Shop' made it's transition
from a 'Christian book store' to completely used books and coffee.
It was a transition that continued what John Stap had started back
in the '70's of selling used books in a small room in the back of
the store. He had begun this as a service to help out several
widows of pastors in the community whose husbands had passed away.
He assisted them in dispersing their husband's rather large
Christian reference personal libraries. To this day KATZ! still
stock a large selection of religious reference material for sale.
are still able to enjoy the unique and original sheet metal art
ceilings, planked flooring and can even find the builders initials
in the cement flooring. The Stap family has worked hard to keep it
unique and historical, helping the customers to feel comfortable and
at home. For those who can still remember 'the good ole days', it's
still just like going to 'Stap's Bookstore'.