Whether you are looking for fantastic shopping, a great place to eat, fun activities to partake in or places to stroll, Downtown Kamloops has something for everyone. We are proud of our community and invite you to experience the vibrant arts and cultural scene, exciting and diverse business district, beautiful tree-lined streets and restored heritage buildings.
People of the Neighbourhood
When you pass through the iconic (and adorably Instagram-worthy) bright blue door at Mittz Kitchen, you will be greeted with happy faces, a delightful hello and the sweet and savory scents of homemade food. As you sit and get comfortable, it’s likely you may even catch a glimpse of co-owner, Steve Mitton lending a helping hand in the eatery. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Steve to get to know a little bit more about him and the business. Between the co-owner (and brothers) Steve and Jeff Mitton, they’ve got over 50 years of shared knowledge in the hospitality industry. It’s no wonder Mittz Kitchen is a go-to for so many Kamloopsians! As a business owner, employer and someone in the hospitality industry, being a people person is crucial to the industry. If you have ever met Steve, you know that he fits this pressing persona perfectly. When asked why a customer should choose his business, Steve’s response was quick and to the point – “We have damn good food.” With a variety of local, homemade and Canadian cuisine – there is nothing that Mittz Kitchen doesn’t do well. “This is a very hard question (what’s your favourite […]
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 store. “My grandfather [Ray Fuoco] bought it from McAllister and Howard, years later my dad bought it from him…and I bought it from my dad.” A Kamloops local, David spent many afternoons working for his grandfather at his bookstore, Book 221, or doing homework in the basement at McAllister & Howard. He laughs, “I think my first paycheque was $14 and it was around $1 per hour so that was fun.” David adds, “I’m very fortunate to the people before me, of everything they’ve done. My grandfather loved downtown. He would throw 200 Block parties. I remember helping him setup bocce in front of the bookstore which people would play for 3 months in the summer. He’d have a barbeque out and would roast chestnuts during the Santa Claus Parade. He would sit down and just talk to strangers, ask them where they’re from, and […]
The Noble Pig Brewhouse
In 2010, the Noble Pig Brewhouse was established at 650 Victoria Street in Downtown Kamloops. The Pig- as the locals call it- has been catalyst for micro-brewing culture & sustainability throughout Kamloops. Partner and Operations Manager Meaghan Summers admits, “we’re family and that’s what makes the Pig part of who and what we are.” With eight rotating brews on-tap, food crafted in a 100% scratch kitchen, and dedicated staff, The Pig embodies hospitality. The team at the full-service restaurant & brewery sources as many local ingredients as possible for its menu. Meaghan explains, “…we really try and focus on incorporating our beer into our baking program so that includes creating our own sourdough starter from our pumpkin ale yeast. We also procure hops from the local farm near Westsyde. In brewing, it really boils down to the fact that Kamloops has awesome water and it’s why we have great breweries in town. The natural water has a lot of desirable, mineral components that are similar to German-style beers… that’s what made us start with the beer program in 2010. We’re also lucky that Kamloops also has a state of the art water treatment facility!” When asked what she’s most proud […]