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Sunday is for the Dads

Sunday for Dads

Dad, pops, pa, the old man – these are all typical ways in which we identify the fathers in our lives. In addition to these simple terms of endearment, certain cultural ‘dad-isms’ have persistently made their way into our collective consciousness. Dad jokes, dad bods, dad’s clothes – the ‘dad’ list is lengthy. Just as these dad fads are much loved and appreciated in our society, so too are the unwitting inspirations behind them. This upcoming Sunday is for the dads of the world.

I’m sure that I have irritated many a CAP Team member with my frequent use of the phrase “my dad always told me…”, but I’ve come to recognize how significant my own dad’s influence has been on my life. From campfire stories and changing car tires to my fondness of cycling and black coffee, I’m constantly being confronted by the scope of my dad’s direct and indirect teachings. It’s common for young people to fear of becoming their parents, but I’m starting to realize it may not be as bad as it’s made out to be. As in many families, dad is often the punchline to an onslaught of unfair jokes, but he’s also the one we turn to first and the foundation we rely on when we are overwhelmed or in over our heads. It’s easy to forget that part of the reason we can poke fun at our fathers in the first place is that we know they are strong enough to take some good-natured ribbing every once and awhile.

Working with the CAP Team, we meet fathers of all varieties every single day: young fathers, old fathers, single fathers, new fathers, step-fathers, as well as all the women who step into the role of ‘father’ without a second thought when that responsibility needs to be filled. With Father’s Day fast approaching, it’s easy to get caught up wracking your brain thinking how to best show appreciation to the father figure in your life. Regardless of how you spend your Father’s Day this year, just try and do the simple things. Give him a call, give him a hug, give him some of your time (as he has probably given you a lot of his), and tell him how awesome he is. Oh, and in my experience, a cold beer is never a bad idea. Happy Father’s Day from the CAP Team!

Written by Nathan Bymoen, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Customer Care & Info Centre at 250-572-3017. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about what’s going on in Downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.

CAP Team is now on the North Shore!

CAP Team on the North Shore

The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association (KCBIA) and the North Shore Business Improvement Association (NSBIA) are very happy to announce a new partnership with the expansion of the Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team. This pilot project will not impact CAP Team operations in Downtown Kamloops, but instead complement the communities and enhance the current CAP Team. Both Business Improvement Associations are eagerly moving forward on this project.

Over the past couple of weeks, we have focused on building strong relationships with the stakeholders and community members. We are eager in continuing to learn business operations within the NSBIA and what makes the North Shore such a unique place to eat, drink, shop and play. The North Shore community has been very welcoming toward the CAP team. It is rewarding to be recognized and greeted as we patrol down streets like Tranquille and Fortune Drive.
The CAP team priorities will remain as follows:
• Promote the community as tourism ambassadors
• Daily foot patrols in alleyways and on streets
• Bike patrols (weather dependent)
• Act as a set of eyes and ears for law enforcement and social agencies
• Weekly hotspot reports to law enforcement and social service agencies
• Regularly liaise with social and law enforcement agencies
• Removal of profane graffiti off public property (with limitations)
• Communicate with businesses regarding safety concerns
• Communicate regularly with the vulnerable street population
• Assist on-site with concerns of loitering and aggressive panhandling
• Provide education, awareness, and Crime Prevention Packages
• Removal of syringes and condoms
• Assist with safe walks to and from an NSBIA location
• Carry Naloxone and First Aid Kits

These are our core responsibilities as a team, but we are happy to help in any way we can, on either side of the river. Since the CAP Team has started on the North Shore (two weeks ago) we have picked up 70 needles and 100 pieces of tinfoil, made 51 contacts with businesses (a combination of education, response to safety concerns, and getting to know our neighbours), biked 159km’s and walked 97 kilometers!

This article was written by Keegan Lawrence, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Customer Care & Info Centre at 250-572-3017. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about what’s going on in Downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.

Meet the 2018 Summer CAP Team

Summer CAP Team

The Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team is excited for another great sunny season in Downtown Kamloops! We have hired two new CAP Team Members and are now out and about in full force! Let’s meet the team, starting with the new recruits of the Summer CAP Team:

Matthew Gropp

Matthew is a student at Thompson Rivers University, taking the Computing Science Program. He enjoys hiking with his dog and friends as well as playing video games and enjoying the fine craft beers that Kamloops has to offer. He is also an avid enthusiast of astronomy, biology and other sciences.

Jake Andrykew

Jake started going to Thompson Rivers University in 2017 for their Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Jake was interested in becoming a CAP Team Member because of their interactions with people in downtown, and to experience more of Downtown Kamloops himself! In his free time, Jake likes hiking, playing board games and playing video games!

Angela Halas

Angela Halas graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Development from Queen’s University in 2016. In her spare time, Angie enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and of course Kamloops’ craft breweries!

Jon George

Jon George has been a part of our CAP Team since September 2016. He enjoys working for the team because it allows him to help people from all walks of life. Jon is a graduate of the Police and Justice Studies Program at Thompson Rivers University and in his spare time he enjoys being active and going to the gym.

Keegan Lawrence

Keegan has worked on the CAP team for two Summers and his favorite part about being a Cappie is the people he gets to meet, greet and talk to in Downtown Kamloops. He has continued working part-time during his semesters at TRU studying finance and economics in pursuit of a business degree!

Nathan Bymoen

Nathan has been working with the CAP Team for the past few years while pursuing a degree in Geography and Environmental Studies. He enjoys playing music, a good book, and a strong beer – not necessarily in that order.

Alexis Proulx

Alexis joined the team in September of 2015 and on a daily basis, she can be found keeping the office laughing while leading the CAP Team, ensuring the program is running better than ever! Fun Facts: This year, Alexis is celebrating 5 years of marriage, she has a slight obsession with dogs and is an enthusiastic lover of cold brews and sunny days!

 

We are all very excited to continue (or start!) building relationships with all of the wonderful people of Downtown Kamloops. When you see us on the streets, make sure to stop us and say hi!

 

Written by, Alexis Proulx, the Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Supervisor. The CAP Team is our Downtown Kamloops ambassador program. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Customer Care – Info centre at 250-572-3017.

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about what’s going on in Downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.

Back Alley Art Gallery – Call for Participants

Back Alley Art Gallery

Call for artists, mural designs and artist assistants!

Back Alley Art Gallery is a vital component in the KCBIA’s community beautification efforts. Our goal is to create public spaces that are friendly, supportive, appealing, and safe. This program creates community partnerships between the local business and creative communities and provides an opportunity for local artists to showcase their talents, diversify the downtown business environment, and beautify public space. Funding has been approved for this year and the project will commence June 4th through September 14th.

We are looking for: Two Lead Mural Artists and Two Mural Artist Assistants

Lead Mural Artists

Lead Mural Artists are the mural designers and in charge of its execution. Responsibilities include working with property owners to design a concept for a building, teaching, mentoring and managing two mural artist assistants who will help with the rollout of your design. Lead Mural Artists must be comfortable and experienced working on large scale design and execution.

 

TO APPLY: Submit your artist portfolio with qualifications, previous projects worked on and examples of your work. Submit a design for the proposed location (you must create the design on the photo of the building.) State your desired compensation and your availability for above dates. References will be requested.

EMAIL YOUR APPLICATION TO: alexis@downtownkamloops.com

All designs are due by May 25th, 2018.

We have included photos (below) of the buildings that the murals will be installed on this year. Please use these photos to design a mural for the location.

 

Artist Assistants

Do you love to paint, want to learn how to create large scale works and update your knowledge of the mural process? Are you a hard worker who’s not afraid to get your hands dirty? Become a Mural Artist Assistant for the 2018 Alley Art Gallery!

Requirements:

  • You must be E.I. eligible (not currently employed and have been on Employment Insurance Benefits or maternity leave in the last 5 years).
  • You must have a desire to work hard and learn about large scale painting and the mural process to further your career.
  • Must be willing to work outside
  • Can lift up to 50lbs
  • Willing to work on scaffolding and with heights

Employment will start on June 4th, 2018

TO APPLY: We have two positions to fill. Please submit your resume with references to get the process started. You will have to register with WorkBC to get a case manager who can refer you to this project. Submit resumes and questions to alexis@downtownkamloops.com

EMAIL YOUR APPLICATION TO: alexis@downtownkamloops.com

 

Deadline for both submissions and employment possibilities is May 25th 2018.

PROJECT PARTNERS: Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Housing and Social Development and their Job Creation Partnership, the various property owners, Kamloops Arts Council, suppliers including Sherwin-Williams Paint Store, United Rentals and the BC Wildlife Park.

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about what’s going on in Downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.

PROPOSED MURAL LOCATIONS FOR 2018

BrewLoops Block Party & The Royal Cup

BrewLoops and Royal Cup

This month will see a collaboration of hockey and local brew in our neighbourhood. On Saturday, May 26th, 2018, the BrewLoops Cultural Development Society will kick off the summer season with the Royal Cup and Downtown Block Party! Expanding on the 2017 successes of the Welcome Winter Block Party and the Back-Alley Block Party, this event will take place from day to night in Downtown Kamloops.

From 12:00-5:00 pm, the Royal Cup Hockey Tournament will take over the 300 block of Victoria Street. The Royal Cup is an invitational hockey tournament that was founded on Royal Avenue in Kamloops. Every year, a few NHL and Kamloops Blazers alumni make an appearance to support an awesome cause. In 2018, the Royal Cup aims to raise $10,000 for Kidsport to help ensure all local kids get access to the sport they love.

From 5:00 pm -10:00 pm, the BrewLoops block party will celebrate B.C beer and local talent on the 400 block of Victoria Street, as well as the Plaza Hotel parking lot. Over a dozen breweries and a handful of cideries will be popping up tents and serving up craft brew alongside live music, artisans, and more. Tickets for the BrewLoops Downtown Block Party are available online for $20.

Of course, the CAP Team will also be there from start to finish to answer any questions you may have or to point you in the right direction. This community event is the perfect opportunity to contribute to a great cause while enjoying fun activities and great BC brewed beverages.

Please note that the 300 and 400 blocks of Victoria Street will be closed for the day; however, the Seymour & Lansdowne parkades are free on weekends. There are also dozens of bike parking stations and specific bike routes throughout the downtown core for you to get here.

See you downtown for the party on May 26th!

This article was written by Nathan Bymoen, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Customer Care & Info Centre at 250-572-3017. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about what’s going on in Downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.

5 Events This Weekend in Downtown Kamloops

Five Events This Weekend

There is something for everyone this weekend Downtown Kamloops! With nothing but sunshine and high temperatures in the forecast,  it’s the perfect weekend to get out and re-discover the buzz of our neighbourhood. Here’s a list of five events happening in downtown Kamloops this weekend!

1.Friday Night Group Ride

Clip-in, buckle up and join a road ride with the crew from Cycle Logic on Friday, May 11th! Group rides take place from 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm and leave from 222 Victoria Street. Spandex shorts and a sense of adventure are not necessary but are encouraged.

2. Frog Eyes / Hello Blue Roses / Emilio Pagnotta

Barnacle Records will host three, rad bands under its roof on Friday, May 11th from 7:30 pm – 10 pm. Doors open at 7:00 pm at 290 3rd Avenue. Tickets are $15 and available at the door or online.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Birth Gab

Lizzie Bits Baby Co. will host Birth Gab from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm at 665 Victoria Street on Saturday, May 12th. Share stories, relax with soon-to-be-parents and join the parenting community. All moms, dads, and little ones are welcome!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Raising It Up For Ryan

Beer, live bands, raffles, and more. Red Collar Brewing will host Raising It Up For Ryan from 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm this Saturday, May 12th at 355 Lansdowne Street. All proceeds from a special cask will be donated to the Shtuka family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Mother’s Day SpringFest Sip & Shop

Experience Mother’s Day in Downtown Kamloops! SpringFest Sip & Shop includes delicious options for brunch, live entertainment, art demos, shopping specials & more including an artisan market with wine tasting on the 400 block of Victoria Street. RSVP here!

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Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about what’s going on in Downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.

 

The Canadian National Railway Station

Canadian National Railway Station

The Canadian National Railway (CNR) Station located on the 500 block of Lorne Street in Downtown Kamloops is not only significant to Kamloops’ history, but to Canadian history as well. Situated next to where The Keg restaurant used to be, the CNR Station is still in operation acting as the Kamloops Heritage Railway Station.

This Railway Station was built in 1927 and was especially meaningful in two regards: Through its establishment and growth with Canadian National Railway (CNR), and through its impact on economic growth in Kamloops. The Canadian National Railway and the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) competed aggressively in the early decades of the 20th century. The CPR had already established its transcontinental line through Kamloops in 1885, and it was critical for CNR to establish a presence in Kamloops for some control. This drove them to build the CNR station that we can still see today, and the unusually large size indicates the station’s regional importance. The station was important to the CNR company and to Kamloops’ economy. Kamloops was and remains to be a hub for tourism and transportation, this can partially be attributed to these such expansions and projects.

Today, the station welcomes thousands of guests per year onboard the Rocky Mountaineer. Beginning in April and running through to October, guests arrive in Downtown Kamloops where they are welcomed by locals, merchants, and us, the Kamloops CAP Team! We are proud to showcase our train station as well as everything else we have to offer in our beautiful downtown.

If you found any of this brief history on the CNR Station interesting and wish to see it for yourself, then it is in my experienced Cappie opinion to head on down to Lorne Street and inquire further with the Kamloops Heritage Railway Station. They will have you doubting the notion that “Time travel doesn’t exist” as you step into an authentic piece of Canadian history.

Written by Keegan Lawrence from the Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Information Kiosk at 250-572-3017. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com.

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about what’s going on in Downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.

A Sneak Peek!

A Sneak Peek

This past weekend the CAP Team attended the Green Living Expo as well as Boogie the Bridge. We were thrilled to unroll a new set of giant checkers and chat with the community about upcoming events in Downtown Kamloops! We are excited to be gearing up for our busiest season and can’t wait to share what we have in store for you! Here’s a sneak peek into what we’ve been up to this week.

On Sunday, May 13th (Mothers Day!) we will be hosting SpringFest in the downtown core. You’ll find art demonstrations, live entertainment & other fun activities including an artisan market with wine tasting on the 400 block of Victoria Street. Sip & Shop your way through the downtown core. SpringFest will bring the first sidewalk sales of the year so come enjoy your Mother’s Day brunch along with a fantastic Sunday in Downtown Kamloops.

This summer, the CAP Team will be participating and assisting with a handful of community projects. Some of these events include:

• Brew Loops Block Party featuring Royal Cup: on May 26th join Brewloops and Downtown Kamloops in a road hockey tournament. In the past, this event has featured several current or previous NHL hockey players, ex-Kamloops Blazers, and various other professional level hockey players. Come on down to have a good time, eat some good food and have a couple of cold ones!
• Bike to Work Week: starting May 28th, we will have a Celebration Station at our Visitor Information Center (340 Victoria Street).
• Taste of Downtown: a tour for the foodies who want to sample award-winning dishes in June
• Back Alley Block Party: our official kickoff to summer at the end of June
• Artisans Alive: come down and enjoy local artists play music on the streets, stay tuned for a schedule!
• Alley Art Gallery Tours: A fun and unique walking tour lead by the CAP Team! Starting in June, one day a week – give us a call to get the details!
• Yoga in the Park: hosted by Let’s Move Studio at St. Andrews on the Square in July & August

In the meantime, feel free to chat with the CAP Team at our Visitor Information Centre (340 Victoria Street) or while we’re out on patrol to stay in the loop of all the events and fun things taking place in our community!

Written by Angela Halas from the Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Information Kiosk at 250-572-3017. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about what’s going on in Downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.

“A” Is For Adventure

“A” Is For Adventure

How would you define Kamloops? Answers to this question would likely vary across of wide spectrum, but I am confident that most long-time residents, recent arrivals, and sojourners would agree that Kamloops has an identity as an ’outdoor’ city. What I mean by this is that regardless of the season, there are always opportunities to experience the best Kamloops has to offer through the lens of outdoor “adventure recreation”. This identity has been built and developed largely in part to an active population, ambitious adventure recreation companies, outdoor sporting businesses, and of course the environment that is natural to the Central Interior of British Columbia. Part of what makes Kamloops a unique geographical location to both live and visit is its diversity of landscape. The semi-arid climate and the combination of grasslands and alpine mountain landscape create ideal conditions for all-season outdoor recreational activities.

So, what does Kamloops have to offer for adventure recreation? The CAP Team Visitor Info Centre at 340 Victoria Street is stocked full of information for numerous activities including golfing, biking, hiking, tennis, skateboarding, and longboarding among many others. As a response to the consistent demand for outdoor recreational equipment, services, and knowledge, Downtown Kamloops has established a network of businesses committed to preparing adventure recreation enthusiasts of all experience levels with the resources they need. Looking for skateboarding or snowboarding gear and accessories? The team at Oronge Boardshop should be the first people you consult with. Are you preparing for Bike to Work Week and beyond? I can say from experience that Cycle Logic provides the highest quality of cycling products, repairs, and services. If you are thinking of doing some hiking or playing some tennis this summer, then my advice to you would be to visit Big Boot Inn and Red Wing Shoes to ensure that your feet are well taken care of.  These are just a few examples of the businesses in Downtown Kamloops working to strengthen Kamloops’ identity as a hub for outdoor recreation and recreation tourism.

I have lived most of my life in Kamloops and growing up in a city dedicated to fostering active and outdoor activities has been rewarding, to say the least. As a member of the CAP Team, I am fortunate to spend many days outdoors enjoying the fresh air and beautiful weather we are privileged to receive. Make sure to come Downtown and say ‘hello’, whether it’s on the street or at our Visitor Info Centre, and the CAP Team will guarantee you are fully informed and prepared for your next adventure.

This article was written by Nathan Bymoen, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Customer Care & Info Centre at 250-572-3017. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about what’s going on in Downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.

Fresh Air & Fresh Produce: The Kamloops Regional Farmers Market

Fresh Air and Fresh Produce

Weekends are meant for catching up and slowing down. We all need some fresh air and fresh produce.

This past weekend, the Kamloops Regional Farmers Market kicked off on the 200 block of St. Paul Street. The Market is in its 40th year celebrating and selling the best of the Kamloops region, such as award-winning wine, organic greens, and savory jerky. We’re lucky to have the Farmers Market pop up on Wednesdays (8:00 am -2:00 pm on the 400 block Victoria Street, starting May 2nd) and Saturdays (8:30 am -12:30 pm on the 200 block St. Paul Street) in Downtown Kamloops!

At this time of year, vegetables such as kale, asparagus, and radishes are fresh for purchase. You can also pick up a raspberry plant, tomato plant, or a range of bedding plants for your apartment patio or backyard garden!

Regardless of the season, one thing is clear-  never underestimate the power of community and the positive effects it has on your physical and mental health. After dozens of CAP Team patrols through the Farmers Market, I’ve seen passionate farmers explaining the harvesting process to curious tourists. I’ve overheard beekeepers recommending indigenous, bee-friendly plants. I’ve graciously accepted many samples of bread and jerky. The Market is just one example of how Kamloopsians come together and support the wider community. That’s pretty cool!

Stay awhile next time you visit Downtown Kamloops. Pick up seasonal greens from the Farmers Market, admire the blossoming tulips at the Old Courthouse, and take a moment to chat with your barista or banker. The Farmers Market is dog-friendly, but please remember to keep your pup on a short leash and under control at all times.

So, how will you catch up and slow down this week in Downtown Kamloops?

Written by Angie Halas, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Customer Care & Info Centre at 250-572-3017. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about what’s going on in Downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.

McAllister & Howard Clothiers

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 promote Kamloops. He’d go, “if you don’t live here, move here!”. When you come across those people, it’s amazing. It’s amazing to see the passion and we hope to live up to that.” In recent years, the City of Kamloops gave the 200 block of Victoria Street the designation of Ray Fuoco Block to honor Ray Fuoco’s community contributions.

In 2008, David bought McAllister & Howard from his father, Reg. He adds, “I went through university for engineering design, but realized it wasn’t what I wanted. I went back to university and pursued a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. At the same time I got more involved here at the store and really enjoyed it. I’m not sociable so being in front of people all day was a challenge, but quite fun.”

Today, McAllister & Howard carries brands such as PULLIN, Victorinox, and Tommy Bahamas. David and his team emphasize customer service and quality above everything else. David admits, “I’m shy, quiet and reserved, but I use clothing to fix that. Clothing doesn’t have to be the most expensive but if it fits properly and you look good in it, you’re going to feel good throughout the day. It gives you that self-pride. Watching guys realize that and rediscover their confidence is a lot of fun.”

David’s kind demeanor and stylish inventory is a unique find in Kamloops. We look forward to not only watching David carry on his family’s legacy, but personalizing his storefront at 235 Victoria Street!

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about what’s going on in Downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.

Springtime in the Neighbourhood

Springtime in the Neighbourhood

It’s Springtime in the neighbourhood of downtown Kamloops. Oh, Spring- the time of year when you leave the house dressed for -4˚ and arrive home at 15˚. It seems too late to wear salt-stained Sorels, but too soon to switch into shorts (excluding the throngs of runners training for Boogie the Bridge on the 29th!). What a refreshing time to dress for 3 seasons in one day! Similarly, it’s the time of year where you overhear “spring cleaning” in the news, throughout the neighbourhood, and finally take notice of the cobwebs in the corner of the office.
Downtown Kamloops is gearing up for a fun season full of events, new adventures and fun for all ages.

On April 28th, the 3rd annual Green Living Expo will take place at the Sandman Centre. This year’s expo will host a full day of speakers, free Zumba classes, Iron Chef: Green Edition, a food truck festival and more. Of course, the CAP Team will be at the Sandman Centre all day with giant checkers and giant jenga. There will also be live music all day!

We know that you’re going to want to make the whole weekend a weekend downtown, so make sure to pop down to Boogie the Bridge the day after. Even if you’re not running, come cheer on everyone as they cross the finish line. There will be lots of fun things going on in the Kid Zone in Riverside Park, including some of our famous games! Don’t forget to wear Boogie Red (we will be!)

In the following weeks, you may notice more sandwich boards, patios, and flower planters popping up Downtown. In the following months, keep out an eye out for Cappies moving an interactive art cart, a public piano, a lending library, or setting up a stage for live music. In the meantime, check out www.downtownkamloops.com to stay in the loop on events, attractions, and more!

See you out and about!

Written by Angela Halas from the Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Information Kiosk at 250-572-3017. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about what’s going on in Downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.

Graffiti – Spring Cleaning Has Begun!

Graffiti – Spring Cleaning Has Begun

Hey there Kamloops! Mornings mean so much don’t they? A great morning experience can assist you even if you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, and we know that’s no easy task! Imagine you are headed Downtown for the day and anticipating all the fresh experiences to behold. The sun glistens over the Thompson River, the birds are chirping with harmonious glee, and you’ve got a spirit that certainly cannot be dampened, even with all that extended winter nonsense! You arrive at your destination but oh no! What’s this? You find graffiti vandalism! Thankfully after reading this article, you’ll have all the tools you need to wipe away the letters, from A to Z! It’s time for the spring cleaning of graffiti.

Graffiti is one form of vandalism, and getting rid of graffiti vandalism can be a messy situation. The first step is being able to properly identify where it is. Graffiti in different places means that it falls under the responsibility of different faces to take down. While on our daily patrol, the CAP Team will remove graffiti from City property as well as remove profanity seen elsewhere. This is, of course, weather and supply dependant. A recent graffiti blitz at the beginning of March, took the CAP Team all over the downtown streets, as well as the Yellow Bridge, to remove 250+ tags in a week!

With its new location now at Macarthur Island, in certain cases, the Graffiti Task Force (a non-profit organization) can be contracted out to businesses. It is important to remember that they are not the City of Kamloops employees nor a City service. While they are contracted out by Parks and Recreation by the City, they will clean up the City parks first and, in some cases, they may meet with building owners if they face unwanted tags. GTF charges $100 per hour for the first two hours and $50 per hour after that. Keep in mind that even if the job takes twenty minutes, they still must charge a minimum of $100. They also recommend for business owners to simply paint over the graffiti within a 24-hour period as a simple and quick solution. If you wish to, you can report any graffiti on City property, Telus boxes, or BC Hydro boxes by calling 250-572-6848 with the specific location.

Well Kamloops, you now know have a little more info about the CAP Team and as well as Graffiti Task Force. Such wonderful people they are! With all of us working together with the goal to beatify Kamloops and with a little help from the public, I’d say we will have a bright, clean, and lemon-scented future!

Written by Jon George, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Customer Care & Info Centre at 250-572-3017. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

Additionally, if you’re interested in learning more about what’s going on in Downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, you can find us on Facebook here.

A Step Into Riverside Park’s Past

How many ways can a community use a single space?

That question is often tossed around in CAP Team discussions. As the eyes & ears of Downtown Kamloops, we see early morning coffee shops turn into late night music venues. We’ve helped transform a parking lot into a public plaza. In February, I discussed how the Brownstone building has transitioned from a bank, to city hall, to a contemporary restaurant. Today, I’ll explore how our community uses a multipurpose space, Riverside Park!

Situated on the banks of the South Thompson River is Riverside Park. In the warmer months, visitors can try their hand at basketball, pickle-ball, tennis, lawn bowling, running, and more! Kids can cool off in the river or jump around splash pads. Couples can pack a picnic and have an impromptu date night at Music in the Park. Yet, this green space wasn’t always the accessible urban oasis that we know today.

Throughout the 1800s Kamloops was a major link in the fur & lumber trade. The American Fur Trading Company & The North West Fur Company were established on the North Shore of the Thompson River. Meanwhile, the Shuswap Milling Company operated on the southern shore, which we now know as Riverside Park.

When the Shuswap Sawmill burned down in 1901, the City of Kamloops bought the land and transformed the space into a public park. Throughout the decades, beachgoers flocked to the park to escape the dry summer heat at the same time that fountains & flower beds were installed. In 2015, a community garden sprouted up in the west end of the park. In 2016, pickleball courts were installed at the west end of the park with the support and lobbying efforts of the Kamloops Pickleball Club. Riverside Park has become a destination crafted by our community.

I am excited to see how our community will use & transform Riverside Park in the next few years and I hope you are too! To find out more information about cultural sites in Kamloops, visit the Kamloops Museum & Archives or browse the the Royal BC Museum’s website!

This article was written by Angie Halas, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Customer Care & Info Centre at 250-572-3017. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

RhiCom Networks

RhiCom Networks

RhiCom

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 of Computer Science in hand, Kayle transitioned from a contracted worker to a full-time employee, to a manager, to business owner since 2010. His growth within the company is impressive and a testament to his work ethic.

Kayle works alongside brother, Shane, who is RhiCom’s Director of Business Development. Shane explains that his team, “…does network setup and engineering for organizations that may not have IT resources. Right now, we serve over 250,000 British Columbians from Kelowna to Prince Rupert.”

A Kamloopsian since the age of four, Shane grew up in the tournament capital and pursued a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Thompson Rivers University. Currently, Shane develops business relationships throughout the province. In 2018, RhiCom Networks received designation to work on film crew sets in British Columbia. An exciting development for the team, RhiCom Networks is certified to bring a remote network to film crews, as well as other industries!

Shane adds, “as we build more relationships, RhiCom expands further across the province. For example, we can use a rooftop of a building to reach internet service a little further. The more plans we have, the bigger our network grows. It’s great to work with different communities.”

When asked what he appreciates most about his work, Shane replies, “It’s great to work with a small team. Everyone is professional and just takes initiative. It’s a unique atmosphere that you get in an office like that…and Kayle has always been an advocate about have a face that customers can come in and meet. It’s why he’s passionate about having a street front location in Downtown Kamloops. Both he and I really like that.”

We are proud to have the Tjomsaas brothers and RhiCom Network’s entrepreneurial skills foster in Downtown Kamloops. We look forward to following the team’s success in the future!

 

The Noble Pig Brewhouse

The Noble Pig Brewhouse

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 of, Meaghan states, “It’s a no brainer. Our team. Our team is amazing. The team that’s here is a wonderful, wonderful family. We call ourselves piglets and we’ve very supportive of each other. I feel very humbled and very grateful for the team we have in place…and that’s because of the effort and the energy that we put in as a leadership group to make sure that everyone feels appreciated and valued. Our team is extremely important to us. Sara, our restaurant manager, started here and had never served before…she’s absolutely fantastic at what she does and that is a testament to our belief in people.”

The Piglets aren’t slowing down when it comes to beer, food, or sustainability. In January 2018, the brewhouse announced its new year’s resolution to “skip the straw” after Piglets presented the idea to the leadership team. Meaghan “was so excited and felt it was appropriate. I really feel we need to reduce our carbon footprint and showcase our sustainable program. It just seemed like a natural fit.”. On a larger scale, the Pig is working with Ocean Wise and their plastics program as well as outsourcing tree planting companies to reduce the business’ carbon footprint.

In Spring 2018, the brewhouse announced “THIS LITTLE PIG HAS WINGS!” and will be opening a new concept restaurant in 2018. “This is a combination of our passions, our love, and our favorites coming together to create a unique dining experience for Kamloops. The downtown is a perfect location to be doing something like this. We’ve got some incredible restaurants downtown – look at Terra Restaurant and The Brownstone. We have a combined 30 years’ experience behind us and we’re a little excited!”

Genuine. Hardworking. Smart. These are just a few adjective we could muster to explain Meaghan and the Piglets at the Noble Pig Brewhouse. So, whether you’re ordering a pint of the Fascist Pig Pilsner or filling a growler with Mocha Porter, we think you’ll be in for a treat at 650 Victoria Street!

Take a Piece of Downtown Kamloops Home with You!

Take A Piece Home

To us, Downtown Kamloops is home! We are extremely proud of our community and invite you to be a part of it! We want to you stick around, explore the heart of our city and enjoy as much as you can. When the inevitable time comes for you to leave us, why not take a piece of Downtown Kamloops home with you?

Let’s start with the basics: clothing! We have such a unique variety of shops downtown and with more Spring fashions arriving in stores every week it’s a great time to pop in to your favourite shops. I went out and was able to find just what I was looking for – something bright and light for Spring! I settled on a cute top from Main Street Clothing. My new blouse can be dressed up or down – I can’t wait to wear it on my next date night!

Speaking of date night – A couple of weeks ago I faced a common struggle that I have, wanting to go out on a date but not actually wanting to leave the house. That day when I went to Fratelli Foods for lunch, I noticed that they sold pizza dough and a perfect idea crossed my mind! I grabbed the dough along with the necessary pizza supplies and was able to have a fun and creative date night at home! My husband and I had a great time throwing pizza dough, laughing, dancing to Italian inspired music and making a complete mess in the kitchen. We came pretty close to re-creating a gag-worthy TV commercial that I’m sure my husband wouldn’t love me telling the world about– but, hey, that’s amore!

Downtown Kamloops also has some great options for re-decorating your home. The thrift stores are filled with great finds and if it’s local art work you’re after, The Art We Are carries an amazing variety of artwork. Plant/greenery lovers should also know Downtown is home to a lovely greenhouse!

If you’re not in the mood for food or shopping, why not grab some paint supplies for that project you’ve been meaning to finish, get the oil change you’ve been neglecting to get all winter, replace that old windshield (if you’re a commuter like me, you probably need one!) or treat yourself to that new lawn mower you’ve had your eye on. Downtown Kamloops has something for everyone!

Our website (downtownkamloops.com) has a complete business directory with categories to cover all your shopping needs. When you shop downtown and find something fabulous and unique – don’t forget to share your experiences with us using hashtag #downtownkamloops!

Written by, Alexis Proulx, the Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Supervisor. The CAP Team is our Downtown Kamloops ambassador program. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Customer Care – Info centre at 250-572-3017.

Additionally, if you’re interested in finding out more information about what’s going on in Downtown Kamloops, you can find our website here. Moreover, you can also find us on Facebook here.

The Power of Place

What does it take to transform a space into a place? This is a question that most people have (probably) not considered from day to day – at least not in those terms. Generally, we go to stores, restaurants, parks, events, neighbourhoods, and cities that possess alluring factors that influence behaviour on a personal level. Rarely do we stop to consider why it is that a location has drawn us to it, instead choosing to unconsciously adopt the place into our daily lives. We show our appreciation for the place through repeated visitation and the memories made while within it.

The question remains – what does it take to transform a space into a place? In most urban landscapes, such as Downtown Kamloops, public space ‘activation’ is key. By activating a public space, the hope is that people will form attachments or positive feelings toward that particular area. Activation takes many forms, from beautification and public street games to public plazas and music festivals. The methods may vary but the desired result is usually the same, and that is to attract people to an area not only once – but on a recurring basis. This is a primary objective that the CAP Team holds, and we work throughout the year to promote innovative and realistic public space activation in Downtown Kamloops.

For the CAP Team, street games are a simple yet effective way to activate a space, and I’m sure many people are familiar with the giant checkers, giant jenga, and giant connect-4 that are put out on the street during the summer months. On many occasions, these games have attracted small crowds and fostered some additional fun to a day or evening spent downtown.

We have also utilized daily and monthly events to activate space, such as Pop-Up Picnics and the Artisans Alive music program. The Pop-Up Picnics make use of green space to bring downtown employees, restaurants, and the general public together for an outdoor dining experience. The Artisans Alive music program takes otherwise vacant sidewalk space and fills it – both physically and sonically. These are examples of taking a space and creating opportunities for interaction within it. By allowing for positive interaction in a space, a place is born. Through these events, the CAP Team can build relationships in the community and make future place-making even better.

As the spring and summer approach, we look forward to seeing you downtown, enjoying what the community has to offer, and hopefully taking in the many places that contribute to the whole of downtown. It is important to remember that when activating a space, it is not the ‘where’ or ‘what’ that matter most. The most powerful part of making a ‘place’ is people – in other words, you.

This article was written by Nathan Bymoen, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Customer Care & Info Centre at 250-572-3017. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

Pizza Pi

Pizza Pi

Pizza Pi

Victoria Street is home to a beloved pizza joint called 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 and artists alike.

A Kamloops native, Greg has worked in downtown restaurants since he was 12 years old and feels that downtown has been the cultural hub of our growing city throughout the years. The opportunity to invest in a turnkey pizzeria presented itself at the right time. Greg adds, “my brother and I, along with the help of many friends and family, my landlords, my staff, all helped build this little gem. I mean that literally! We tore down and built walls. We hammered open and re-concreted floors thrice. So much blood, sweat, and tears from caring people that had no stake in this business; except to want to see something special born and thrive in our city.”

On any given day guests may sip local brews from Red Collar Brewing – a business located only 1 block away on Lansdowne- or top pizzas with pepperoni and ham from the Vernon Sausage Company. Take a stroll inside and notice walls adorned with artwork from local artists. The pizzeria is an hub where patrons have the opportunity to play a board game, sign up for open mic, or catch an intimate concert.

Greg admits he has no favourite type of pizza. He states, “For me, it’s about the ingredients used in every step of making the pizza and making sure its always changing. It could have an alfredo base, nut-free pesto, beef rib, roast poblano, avocado sauce…some simple and some ridiculously pretentious pizzas, but I love them all!”

Ingredients, art, and a very cool website aside, Greg is most proud of his staff. He adds, “They work hard to be a team. I also believe that the business owners in downtown need to make an effort to make downtown the desirable choice for consumers. If we don’t take an active roll in achieving that then people will go elsewhere.”

Undoubtedly, Pizza Pi’s delicious menu, funky atmosphere, and down-to-earth staff make for a memorable experience that we enjoy on a (very) regular basis in Downtown Kamloops. The pizzeria is unveiling major changes in 2018 so stay up to date by following Pizza Pi Kamloops on Twitter and Facebook!

Additionally, if you’re interested in finding out more information about what’s going on in Downtown Kamloops, you can find out more on our website here. Moreover, you can also find us on Facebook here.

Lessons learned as an ‘honorary CAP Team member’


Lessons learned as an ‘honorary CAP Team member’

Submitted by Carl DeSantis

Executive Director of the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association

Gaining a true appreciation and understanding of a community, including social challenges and opportunities, cannot be accomplished by simply sitting behind a desk and relying on the opinions of others.  As such, this week I ventured out and spent time as an ‘honorary’ CAP team member, patrolling Downtown Kamloops donned in the identifiable red and black uniform.

Throughout the day, I met and spoke with business people, shoppers, and those who were hungry and exploring local cuisine. We met a few tourists and answered questions about Downtown Kamloops.  Without exception, everyone was happy to be wandering around outside on such a wonderful day.  I spoke with individuals regarding their opinions about our business community, and, their perceptions concerning personal safety while downtown.  The feedback I received was extremely positive, and people shared that they were satisfied and felt safe.  The diverse choices offered throughout the downtown business community clearly appealed to the people I spoke with.

Rhetorical, perhaps, but why is it that negative stories typically receive more media attention than the alternative? In the interests of full disclosure, during my shift, yes, I located and collected a few syringes.  Yes I saw some graffiti. Yes I saw a few ‘homeless’ people.  However, let me be clear; these observations should not be the headlines reported in the news. These matters do not accurately represent our downtown, nor are they challenges unique to a downtown environment. Rather, community social challenges exist throughout society, in every city, and in every province of our country.   Community social challenges require strategies from multiple stakeholders including various social services, government, businesses, and residents, to name a few, and I continue to be encouraged by progress made in this regard.  Agreed, there are sad, and unfortunate situations impacting the well being of some people; some through addictions and others many refer to as ‘homeless’.  I also recognize that some people who are experiencing ‘hard times’ can impact the experience of some visitors to a community. Therefore, what subjects should make the headlines? The Downtown Kamloops business community is intent on sharing our own stories.  Let’s speak about our vibrancy.  Let’s speak about our diverse downtown businesses, retailers, restaurants, drinking establishments, and services. Let’s speak about our business owners, our property owners, our developers.  Let’s speak about their individual and collective commitment and dedication to enhance our Downtown Kamloops as a welcoming business community.

Whether you spend time patrolling our community with a CAP team member, or exploring on your own, I am certain you will discover the positive attributes of our Downtown Kamloops are countless and provide locals and visitors alike with memorable experiences.  I encourage you to embrace the positive and wonderful benefits of our Downtown Kamloops and the businesses that are here to support you.

This article was written by Carl DeSantis, the Executive Director for the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association.

He can be reached at 250-372-3242, or by email, Carl@downtownkamloops.com