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archive-title Category Archives: People of the Neighbourhood

Category Archives: People of the Neighbourhood

McAllister & Howard Clothiers

In 1914, McAllister & Howard Clothiers was established at 235 Victoria Street. The men’s boutique store is infused with a history of Italian immigration and neighbourhood relationships. Over a century later, the boutique men’s store stands between a bustling coffee shop and shoe store. Owner David Fuoco humbly shares his family’s connection to the men’s […]

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RhiCom Networks

A small staff with big plans, RhiCom Networks has been expanding its reach out of 156 Victoria Street since 2010. RhiCom Networks is an internet service provider for commercial and residential properties throughout British Columbia. Kayle Tjomsaas acquired RhiCom in December 2017; however, Kayle has a unique history with the Kamloops-based company. With a Bachelor […]

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Pizza Pi

314 Victoria Street is home to a beloved pizza joint, Pizza Pi! Founded in 2015 by Greg Smith, the pizzeria has established itself as a gourmet hotspot that emphasizes local grub and hand-crafted brew. Pizza is in its name and Greg’s team has perfected just that all the while promoting an active hub for musicians […]

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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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Commodore Grand Café & Lounge

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 throughout 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 Neighbourhood 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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