For more than four years, guests from near and far could come to Woodinville Lavender to breathe in the calming scent of lavender, enjoy a refreshing lavender lemonade or lavender ice cream bar, pick up a lavender-infused gift in the shop, and stroll through the scenic three-acre farm.
Unfortunately for most, the days of causally visiting Woodinville Lavender are numbered as owners Tom and Brenda Frei has made what they said was a difficult decision to close the retail space and restrict public foot traffic in the fields. Instead, the farm will serve as a year-round rental venue for special events like weddings, corporate events, and parties both large and small.
“Our many friends can remain a valued part of the life of Woodinville Lavender by exploring opportunities to host special events with us,” Tom said in a statement. “We strive to keep the venue accessible for intimate family or friend gatherings and we would love to be a part of your special event.”
Additionally, the Frei’s will continue to host their very popular lavender harvest classes. Information about these classes will be announced through their email list and on their Facebook and Instagram pages during the harvest season, which generally runs from late June to early September.
With the closing of the retail shop, the Frei’s say they are discontinuing all of their product lines. Instead, they are opting to sell their fresh bundles, dried bundles, dried fragrant buds, and dried culinary buds to wholesale buyers.
In the meantime, the Frei’s are working on selling out their stock. To facilitate this, the store and grounds will remain open to the public on Friday, Dec 23 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., as well as Friday and Saturday, Dec. 30 and 31. All of the inventory will be marked down 30 to 50 percent with bonus discounts for customers paying for their purchases with cash.
For more information, visit Woodinville Lavender online.