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archive-title Category Archives: People of the Neighbourhood

Category Archives: People of the Neighbourhood

Frenchie’s Poutinerie

Originally from Gatineau, Quebec, Elie Hanna moved to Kamloops in 2008 to pursue a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Thompson Rivers University. He had never been to Kamloops but, Eli “…decided to google Kamloops right before I left and was so excited for the mountains and scenery. I hopped on a bus for four […]

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Derek V. Smoluk Notary Corporation

At 467 St. Paul Street, a charming burgundy building is home to Derek V. Smoluk Notary Corporation. Derek’s business has been located on St. Paul Street since the late 2000s; yet, his connection to the wider community is ingrained in his family history. Originally from Merritt, Derek studied at Thompson Rivers University (then known as […]

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The Commodore

In early 2006, Dino Bernardo and Chris Monteleone became co-owners of the beloved Commodore Grand Café & Lounge at 369 Victoria Street. The Commodore – as it is more commonly known- opened in 1927 and is both a licensed restaurant by day and a club by night.  The ownership has changed througout the eras, but […]

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BARRE Kamloops

In November 2015, BARRE Kamloops opened its doors on the 100 block of Victoria Street. Previously, Geralyn Alain had been teaching barre classes at a variety of different studios, as well as at Nuance Dance Studio where she met Kristen Pickell, another dance teacher. Entrepreneurship took form when Geralyn, her husband Joey, and Kristen Pickell […]

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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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