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archive-title Category Archives: People of the Neighbourhood

Category Archives: People of the Neighbourhood

The Golden Buddha

The Golden Buddha is more than a store; it’s a little community! Depending on the day of the week, you might find it packed with volunteers, employees, a variety of mystics, or new and returning customers – some of whom have been coming since the day it opened. Owner Brenda Johnson says the store is […]

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4Cats Arts Studio

“What would it look like if you stepped away and did something else?”. This is the thought process Jenny O’Brien explains during an 11:00am People of the Neighborhood interview at an imperfectly stained table in 4Cats Arts Studio at 250 Victoria Street. The faint smell of drying pottery and sight of miniature scissors leaves you […]

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The Art We Are

Christina Grono’s warm smile, earnest hospitality, and zest for local living are three of the many reasons that The Art We Are Café is abuzz with activity from Monday-Saturday, often late with open-mic nights. A Kamloops native, Christina is the creator/owner of The Art We Are, a local artisan market and café. When asked about […]

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Zack’s Coffee

Over twenty years ago, Dan Zackarius opened Zack’s Coffees, Teas & Gifts in the historical Ellis Block, located on the corner of 4th Avenue and Victoria Street in downtown Kamloops.  The coffee shop’s charm has remained a constant throughout the decades due to its famous striped awnings and bold varieties of coffee beans and tea […]

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Red Collar Brewing

Since opening in November 2014, Red Collar Brewing (RCB)- under the ownership of Anna-Marie and  David Beardsell- has become a beloved craft brewery and taproom, shaded by sunflowers and murals at 355 Lansdowne Street in downtown Kamloops. David- Red Collar Brewing’s Beermaster- and Anna-Marie have been in the industry over two decades, spanning across the […]

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HOJA Mongolian Grill

More than fifteen years ago, Maxine Tsai saw an opportunity and moved from Vancouver to open up HOJA Mongolian Grill at 256 Victoria Street. Fast-forward to 2016 and HOJA Mongolian Grill has grown to a staff of eighteen. On any given weeknight, you may spot university students on first dates, a mid-week staff party, and […]

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The Plaza Hotel

Built in 1928, The Plaza Hotel remains Kamloops’ oldest hotel at the corner of 4th  Avenue and Victoria Street. More recently in 2010, the boutique hotel underwent six months of extensive renovations under the direction of the General Manager, Shatha Al-Reihani. From unrolling new carpets, installing new dryers, and rewiring new telephone lines, The Plaza Hotel’s […]

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Tala Clothing & The African Store

Tala Clothing has grown and flourished as a company since it started business in the fall of 2003. The shop emulates the character of it’s owner, Ish, through its unique and spunky ambience and the name which she chose for her own business. Ish explains that the word ‘Tala’ has multiple translations from her first […]

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Kennell’s Shoes

For Kennell’s Shoes, it’s all about the quality that can last practically a lifetime. From the shoes that they carry to the history of their business, genuine and lasting quality is the key as owner, Stephen Kennell, describes it. “Kennell’s is known for carrying quality shoes that last forever… we fit them for people and size them […]

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Travelwise specialises in exactly what their business name advertises…travelling wisely! Roxanna Ferguson, owner of Travelwise, expresses how important it is to know and to be passionate about what the business sells. Primarily, they are selling their service. When asked what three words would best describe Travelwise, Roxanna’s choice of description sums her company’s business up […]

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