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Painting Windows for the Holiday Season

Painting Windows for the Holiday Season

Painting windows is a great way to celebrate the holiday season! Downtown Kamloops is providing a list of talented artists who specialize in window-painting who .

For more information about our Downtown Kamloops Storybook Village and how to participate, visit our website.

No matter the theme, these qualified individuals will bring your vision to life:

Ken Wells

Contact Number: 250 574 7112

Email: mercurymediainc@telus.net

Taron Senko

Contact Number: 250 819 9448

Email: senko.taron@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/artbytsko

 

Shari Rockliff

Contact Number: 778 838 6642

 

Brittany Martens

Contact Number: 250 570 2442

Email: bdmartens14@gmail.com

 

Laura Anne

Email: sketched.artist@gmail.com

https://Laura-Anne.com

Happy holidays, stay safe!

A Story Book Village

A Story Book Village

Due to the current pandemic, Kamloops will be hosting a ‘non-parade’ to boost holiday spirits while following social distancing protocols. Businesses of Downtown Kamloops will be paired with designers from past floats to transform windows into holiday displays. Residents, locals, and visitors will have the opportunity to walk or drive through this “go-through” parade as they enjoy stationary floats at a safe distance.

Lights, ornaments, characters, music, and window paint will transform Downtown businesses into a magical scene this winter. Further, each display will represent a storybook page and partner with other businesses to create a holiday tale along each block. Led by a map, residents will have the option to follow classic storybook tales such as “The Nutcracker,” ‘Frosty the Snowman,” “Twelve Days of Christmas,” “A Christmas Carol,”  and so much more!

This will allow for greater flexibility, diversity, and community involvement. It will also showcase our unique local spirit during the holiday season. 

We at Downtown Kamloops believe this alternative will provide an opportunity for community engagement from a safe and responsible distance.

Enjoy your favorite classics, stay safe, and shop local.

 

 

It’s Small Business Week !

It’s Small Business Week !

Happy ‘Small Business Week’ everyone! 

These last seven months have been tough for all of us. This week, we want to celebrate small businesses in Downtown Kamloops that are staying resilient and strong together. These are the friendly smiles that greet you every morning with your cup of joe, your favourite meal, that unique store that knows your style and preferences. These are the risk-takers that do everything to keep our downtown vibrant and alive. So this week, take time to thank them in your own way.

Here is a series of free business webinars offered throughout the week by Small Business BC (SBBC) to celebrate the small business week. 

Tuesday, October 20th, 1100am – 1200pm: Staying resilient during Covid19

https://smallbusinessbc.ca/education/staying-resilient-during-covid-19

Tuesday, October 20th, 100pm – 200pm: Market research and emerging trends in consumer behavior

https://smallbusinessbc.ca/education/market-research-emerging-trends-in-consumer-behaviour-2020-10-20

Tuesday, October 20th, 230pm – 330pm: Smart marketing in a changing world

https://smallbusinessbc.ca/education/smart-marketing-in-a-changing-world-2020-10-20

Wednesday, October 21st, 900am – 1200pm: Blogging to promote your business

https://smallbusinessbc.ca/education/blogging-to-promote-your-business-2020-10-21

Thursday, October 22nd, 100pm – 400pm: Decolonizing, indigenizing and reconciling entrepreneurship

https://smallbusinessbc.ca/education/decolonizing-indigenizing-and-reconciling-entrepreneurship-2020-10-22

Friday, October 23rd, 900am – 1000am: Google strategies for your local business

https://smallbusinessbc.ca/education/google-strategies-for-your-local-business/

Friday, October 23rd, 300pm – 400pm: Staying relevant in uncertain times

https://smallbusinessbc.ca/education/how-to-stay-relevant-in-uncertain-time

 

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Heat Wave Incoming

Heat Wave Incoming

Heat wave incoming! The weather forecast is predicting more hot weather coming to Kamloops and the surrounding area. So, we here at Downtown Kamloops thought it would be a good idea to give you all some advice on how to stay cool in the days ahead.

1. Drink Water!

It sounds lame, but this age-old piece of wisdom has stuck around for a reason. Especially while out in the heat, you need to drink water. If you’re sweating excessively – if you work outdoors or are going for a run – you’ll also need to replace the electrolytes you’re losing as well as the water. If you need to, mix an electrolyte powder into your water, or substitute a bottle of water for a bottle of your favourite sports drink.

2. Stick to the Shade and Cover Up

Prolonged direct sunlight is one of the main causes of heat stroke, and can also lead to nasty things like skin cancer. The best way to avoid this is stay in the shade whenever possible. If it’s not possible to be in the shade, make sure to wear a sun shirt and hat.

3. Sunscreen

Another oldie-but-goodie. If you must be in the sun, make sure to slather on the sunscreen onto any exposed skin. This will reduce the risk of sunburn for one, but will also reduce your long-term risk of skin cancer. For maximum effectiveness, reapply sunscreen often, at least once an hour.

4. Stay Indoors

This isn’t possible for everyone, but whenever possible, stay inside and out of the sun. Keep the windows in your house closed and if you have air conditioning or fans, turn them on. This will help keep your house cool and give you a sanctuary away from the heat. It’s also a good idea to take a cold shower to help regulate your body temperature.

In Conlusion,

I know these tips seem obvious, but they can certainly help you stay safe and cool this summer. As the hot weather approaches, it can be easy to forget how dangerous heat stroke and heat exhaustion can be, but these suggestions can help you and your family stay safe.

For more information about Downtown Kamloops and upcoming events, click here.

Taste of Downtown is Underway!

Taste of Downtown is Underway!

Taste of Downtown is underway, so let’s take a look at what it has to offer!

You can get a Taste of Downtown passport for a minimum donation of just $5. All donations will go to the Kamloops Food Bank to help feed local families and individuals in need. With your passport, you get access to a whole host of amazing offers from downtown restaurants. For example, Scoopz Ice Cream Parlor is offering one free scoop of ice cream to passport holders, while Caffe Motivo is offering 10% off all menu items. And remember, you can use your passport at all of our Taste of Downtown locations twice! Get your passport at the KCBIA main office from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, or at the CAP Team office at 340 Victoria Street from 11 am to 1 pm, Monday to Saturday. We will also be at the Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays selling passports from 10 am until 1 pm.

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Because of the current COVID-19 pandemic happening at the moment, we’ve decided to change things up for Taste of Downtown this year. In past years, Taste of Downtown has been a day-long event. This year, in order to reduce crowds, we’ve decided to make Taste of Downtown a month-long event. This is part of Downtown Kamloops’s #OpenWithCare campaign, which is dedicated to keeping Kamloops businesses open and safe during this trying time. So, you have until August 31st to take advantage of as many of these excellent offers as you can.

For more information about Taste of Downtown and what offers are available, click here.

 

Sundays in Downtown Kamloops

Sundays in Downtown Kamloops

Summer weekends can be great time to head downtown and take all our city centre has to offer. However, it can be hard to find out what’s open on Sundays in Downtown Kamloops. We here at the KCBIA thought it might help to let you all know what businesses are open on Sunday, and what their hours are, so you can plan your day accordingly.

Restaurants

The following restaurants are open on Sunday for the following times:

Caffe Motivo – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Fresh Slice – 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

Hoja – 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Mittz Kitchen – 11:00 am to 8:00 pm

The Noble Pig – 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Booster Juice – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Boston Pizza – 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

Carlos O’Bryans – 11:00 am to 12:00 am

Central Station Pub – 10:00 am to 12:00 am

Cordo Resto & Bar – 7:00 am to 10:00 pm

Dairy Queen – 10:00 am to 11:00 pm

Denny’s – 7:00 am to 10:00 pm

Dorian Greek House – 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Frick & Frack Taphouse – 11:30 am to 10:00 pm

Hello Toast – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Kelly O’Bryans – 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

Klasske’s Bistro – 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Maurya’s Fine Indian Cuisine – 1:00 pm to 8:30 pm

McDonald’s – 6:00 am to 10:00 pm

Moxie’s Grill and Bar – 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Oriental Gardens – 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Passeks Classics Cafe and Catering – 8:00am to 1:30 pm

Pizza King – 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Red Collar Brewing – 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Scoopz Ice cream Parlor – 11:00 am to 9:00 pm

Sharks Club – 11:30 am to 11:00 pm

Starbucks – 6:00 am to 7:00 pm

Subway – 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

Tim Hortons – 24 Hours

Vyanjan Fine Indian Cuisine – 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Other Business

4 Cats Art Studio – 10:30 am to 7:00 pm

Billiard Club – 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Barre Kamloops – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Common Sound – 10:00 am to 2:00 am

Great Canadian Oil Change – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Let’s Move Studio – 9:00 am to 10:30 am

The Yoga Loft – 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Jardine’s Domaine – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Kipp Mallery Pharmacy – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Lansdowne Liquor Store – 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Castles & Cottages – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

High Octane Comics – 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

VapeSense – 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Wizards of the Green Tower – 10:00 am to 11:00 pm

Dollarama – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

St. Paul Liquor Store – 9:00 am to 11:00 pm

Save-on-Foods – 8:00 am to 9:00 pm

7-Eleven – 24 Hours

808&Bench – 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Citymax Liquor Store – 9:00 am to 11:00 pm

Cloverdale Paint – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

CosmoProf – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Countdown Escape Rooms – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Dancy Pants Boutique – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Desert Hemp Hut – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Desert Rain Giftware – 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Doctor Love – 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Visions Electronics – 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sherwin-Williams Paint – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

One Stop Love Shop – 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

London Drugs – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

First Comes Love – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Ferguson Equipment – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Bell Mobility – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Plaza Liquor Store – 9:00 am to 11:00 pm

 

Spend your Sundays in Downtown Kamloops! For more information about what Downtown Kamloops has to offer, visit www.downtownkamloops.com/.

Kamloops Art Gallery – Now Open!

Kamloops Art Gallery – Now Open!

 

The Kamloops Art Gallery has reopened its doors to the public! After being closed down they are finally able, and ready to #openwithcare to the public.

Some things have changed, however, the new hours of operations are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. Thursday is still free admission thanks to BCLC.

The exhibit the Art Gallery will be highlighting is “Casting the Eye Adrift” by Donald Lawerence, curated by Charo Neville and will run until December.

Remember to adhere to the Gallery’s COVID procedures:

  • Please stay home if you are not feeling well
  • There will be limited maximum capacity in all of our spaces
  • All guest from different households must stay 2m apart
  • Children must stay with an adult at all times
  • Masks are welcome but not mandatory
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the Gallery

For more information, check out their website for all the details! Help support the Kamloops Art Gallery!

Where Are They Now Series: Rory McKerchar

Where Are They Now Series: Rory McKerchar

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? A CAP TEAM ALUMNI SERIES

Today we have an interview with past Cappie, Rory McKerchar!

What year were you a CAP Team Member?

  •   I was a CAP Team member over the Summer of 2013

Tell us about your career path since leaving the CAP Team

  • I worked on the CAP team the summer before starting my Bachelor of Science at Thompson Rivers University. Since leaving the CAP team I completed my B.Sc. in Chemical Biology and worked for a couple of years in Kamloops. During that time, I worked teaching chemistry labs at TRU, as a youth worker for the Boys and Girls Club, and as a lab technician at ALS Metallurgy. This year I started my first year of medical school at the University of British Columbia.

 What were your career goals when you started with the CAP Team?

  • When I started with the CAP team, I was not 100% sure of what I wanted to do. I had not started university yet, but I was planning on doing a year of sciences at TRU before switching into the nursing program.

  How do you feel your experience on the CAP Team helped you achieve your goals?

  • The CAP team was a great summer job for me. I think it looked good for my job and school applications, while also providing me with some great talking points for job interviews etc. Besides this, working on the CAP team was a lot of fun. It was great working outside for the summer and it was an excellent opportunity to get outside, meet visitors to Kamloops’ Downtown

What was the most valuable skill learned on the job?

  • While working as part of the CAP team I believe I developed great customer service and communication skills. Prior to my role on the CAP team, I had never worked in an environment where those skills were requirements. In retrospect, I am very thankful for the experience, as those skills have been very helpful in other workplaces, I have been apart of as well as in the university environment.

What was your favourite part of the program?

  • My favourite part of the program was the opportunity to work outside during the summer. There is always a lot going on downtown in Kamloops during the summer and it was fun being a part of a lot of it. I also really enjoyed the biking and walking patrols, helping organize events, and talking to visitors to Kamloops.

 What kind of unique experiences do you have?

  • A unique experience I had while working for the CAP team was meeting Justin Trudeau at Riverside Park a few years before he became Prime Minister in 2015.

What was your favorite event that Downtown Kamloops organized?

  • My favourite event organized by Downtown Kamloops was the Taste of Downtown event.

What is your favorite store in downtown?

  • My favourite place downtown is Motivo! Great coffee and great pie!

 

Did you use to work for the CAP Team? Interested in having a feature for our alumni series? Send us an email at capteam@downtownkamloops.com to be involved! For more of the Where Are They Now Series, go to www.downtownkamloops.com/news-and-blog-downtown-kamloops/where-are-they-now/.

Proposed Street Closures – Downtown Business Feedback

Proposed Street Closures – Downtown Business Feedback

The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association would like feedback from Downtown Businesses on proposed street closures. Please take two minutes to give your feedback.

Recently there have been reports of conversations regarding the potential short term or intermittent closure of Victoria Street. The goal would be to encourage consumers to return to our Downtown while affording the space intended to support safe physical distancing.

We are reaching out to you asking for your feedback regarding this matter.

This form is currently closed for submissions.

Kamloops Central BIA Launches Open With Care Campaign

Kamloops Central BIA Launches Open With Care Campaign

The Open With Care campaign is part of a strategy supported by BIA’s across the province. This campaign is intended to inspire businesses to open safely and is designed for organizations within the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association area.

While we are extremely excited that Downtown Kamloops is finally getting back to business, we understand that consumers may be hesitant to go back to normal. BIA’s throughout the province are introducing Open With Care campaigns. These initiatives are intended to inspire businesses to re-open in a safe, healthy, and compliant manner in order to support consumer confidence. Businesses in the Downtown Kamloops are taking responsible steps and following WorkSafeBC regulations to ensure the health and safety of their employees.

It is crucial for our business leaders to reassure their customers that it’s safe to do business with them.

Open With Care campaign objectives:

  • Create a safe atmosphere
  • Support local businesses in line with the #ykastrong support local campaign
  • Share a consistent message across the City and Province of BC
  • Prepare the public to be “good consumers”; to shop, live, play, eat, and art with care
  • Provide our members with the tools to Open With Care
  • Remind all that Downtown is resilient, alive, and cares about its customers

Kamloops residents can share what they are doing to support local businesses by using the hashtags #openwithcare #ykastrong #dtkcares #downtowntogo on social media.

For more information email admin@downtownkamloops.com

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Welcome to the Downtown Summer CAP Team!

Welcome to the Downtown Summer CAP Team!

You may have noticed a few more red hats and shirts patrolling the downtown lately. This is because the KCBIA has just finished hiring its Downtown summer CAP Team. You already know the CAP Team supervisor, Jon, as well as Blake, Frankie, Oliver, Jake, and Matt, but they have now been joined by eager new CAP Team members! Meet Erika, Moira, Lucas, Brooke, Margo, and returning CAPper David.

So please don’t be shy when you see these red-shirted individuals out and about!

The Downtown summer CAP Team is collecting business information to update the Open With Care. Don’t hesitate to reach out to them and provide them information like store timings, new safety protocols, and essential information for customers. For more information on the Open With Care campaign, visit https://www.downtownkamloops.com/open-with-care/

As a quick reminder, here is what the CAP Team can and cannot do for you:

The CAP Team can:

  • Help with events
  • Pick up needles and drug paraphernalia.
  • Observe and report unsafe conditions such as crime, graffiti, and vagrancy
  • Assist tourists and customers

The CAP Team cannot:

  • Provide emergency treatment
  • Respond to criminal activity – please call 911 if there is an immediate emergency/crime in progress
  • Clean up garbage, feces or other litter

We can’t wait to see you all downtown!

For more information, check our website: https://www.downtownkamloops.com/about/cap-team/

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Celebrate Father’s Day! #Openwithcare

Celebrate Father’s Day! #Openwithcare

Sunday, June 21st is Father’s Day, and in today’s ever-changing climate we know it can be difficult to figure out the best way to celebrate! We’ve compiled a list of some of the ways you can celebrate your Dad and support local! Many businesses and restaurants downtown are now #openwithcare, so getting out is easier than before!

Food + Drinks 

  • Maurya’s Cuisine 
    • Stay tuned for their Father’s Day menu! Maurya’s is open for takeout, delivery, and dine-in. Treat your Dad to some butter chicken and a cold beer this Sunday!
  • Red Collar 
    • Pick up a Father’s Day Case today! Cases include Dave Bomb Double Pale Ale (3), A Dog Aquatic Pale Ale (4), Maibock Fest Lager (4), and Black Dog Quad (1), PLUS a bonus $15 GC for $75!!
    • Order through their online store today for delivery
  • Boston Pizza
    • Give Dad what he wants this year… PIZZA! Save 15% on BP E-Gift Cards for Father’s Day from June 15th to June 21st when you spend $50. Go to bostonpizza.com/fathersday to get yours before they’re gone!
  • Dorian Greek House
    • Let Dorians do the cooking for you, so you can focus on that special Dad! Order the DADDY PACK: 2 Chicken souvlaki skewers, 2 racks of Greek Ribs, 2 Traditional Beef Greek kabobs, All the greek trimmings, Serves 4 adults! For ONLY $55.00. Pre-order now at doriangreekhouse.com. 
    • We are taking preorders until Saturday, June 21 @ 9 pm. You can pick it up or we can deliver it! All online orders will be closed on Father’s day.

SHOPS 

  • McAllister & Howard Clothiers 
    • Check out their FATHER‘S DAY GIFT SETS! Up online with limited numbers so don’t wait too long! Check out their website to order: the Beard Gift Set; perfect for the bearded gentleman in your life. Shaving Gift Set; perfect for the clean-shaven gentlemen, and the Essentials Gift Set; perfect for the gentleman in your life who needs fresh new essentials.

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  • Far + Wide
    • Check out their Father’s Day gift sets! They partnered with Amplified Cafe and Chop N’ Block to make these gift sets that include fun socks, great coffee, delicious salami, artisan chocolate from @alicjaconfections or infused salts from @vanislesalt, these boxes are sure to go fast! They will be available for pickup the week of June 16th and come wrapped with a card so take the worry out of the day. Available for sale now on the website for 45.00!

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@far_and_wide_bc

This is just a small list of what’s available! With most shops open now, be sure to come down and check out what’s in the store while searching for the perfect gift! For more ideas, check out our directory!

We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend celebrating their Dad while experiencing Downtown Kamloops. Remember to be kind, be calm and to be safe while downtown, and that we are #openwithcare!

Read about the Open With Care Campaign to support local businesses.

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Meet the New Executive Committee for the KCBIA 2020

Meet the New Executive Committee for the KCBIA 2020

The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association (BIA) is proud to announce its newest Executive Committee after this morning’s Board of Directors meeting. 

The KCBIA appointed the following as the New Executive Committee:

Dino Bernardo – President – The Commodore Grand Cafe

Ryan Gentile – Vice President – Red Wing Shoes

Brianne Vondracek – Treasurer- BDO LLP

Mike Blackwell – Secretary – Fulton & Company LLP

Ted Ockenden– Director at Large – BCLC

On behalf of Carl Desantis, Executive Director of the KCBIA, we extend a warm welcome to each of the new Executive Board members. We look forward to future collaboration and development with each of you.

Further, we welcome back our returning and new board members returning for another year.

Sheila Minten – Director – Total Concept Development Ltd

Maeghan Summers – Director – The Noble Pig

Andy Philpot – Director – St John’s Ambulance

Jesse Daniel Faubert – Director – Common Sound

Luke Chidgzey – Director – RBC

Maren Luciani – Director – Meraki Planning

Nicki James – Director – Main Street Clothing

Kathy Sinclair – Liaison – City of Kamloops

Carl DeSantis mentioned, “We congratulate the new and returning members to the KCBIA board of directors and the KCBIA executive committee — this is a remarkable group of Downtown leaders poised to guide the association forward.”

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Downtown Kamloops Celebrates Mother’s Day

Downtown Kamloops Celebrates Mother’s Day

Bring Downtown Home

#Downtowntogo

With Mother’s Day happening this Sunday, May 10th, you may be wondering what you can do to show your Mom love in today’s current situation. Thankfully, many businesses and restaurants in town are still operating, so we’ve compiled a list of some of those promoting Mother’s Day specials! Not sure what to get/do for your Mom? Check out our list for some ideas!

Brownstone Kamloops

FOOD SPECIALS

  • Passek’s Classics Cafe & Catering: Mother’s Day Brunch! Choose from their selected menu for only 20$! Minimum order of 4 people, all orders are Pick-Up Only. Choose from their Denver eggs, crispy sliced bacon, or their cinnamon raisin french toast! The pre-order deadline is Friday, May 8th by 12 pm. Check out their Facebook for more information, or call 250-314-1114 after 3:30 pm.
  • Cordo Resto + Bar:  Offering a BBQ Lunch, Cordo has teamed up with Valley First to donate $5 for every order prepared from their set Mother’s Day menu! Orders can be delivered free of charge or customers can receive 10 percent off their entire order with pickup from Cordo Resto + Bar, downtown at 540 Victoria St. Check out this link for more information and to place your order! The deadline to place an order is May 7th, at 12 pm. 
  • Swiss Pastries: Get your cake order in! Swiss Pastries is offering FREE deliveries for this Saturday for your Mother’s Day orders! Check out their Facebook for more information! 
  • Brownstone Restaurant: Purchase a Brownstone e-card and have it emailed directly to mom! She can use it to order pickup or save it for dine-in. You can even personalize her card with your own graphics. It’s so quick and easy you can have it done in a flash! Check out their website for more information! 
Crooked Crown Kamloops

Crooked Crown Kamloops

SHOPPING SPECIALS

  • Lavender Lingerie: Mother’s Day Giveaway! They are giving away one free nursing bra for new moms and moms-to-be! To enter, like their post on Instagram or Facebook, and tag any pregnant or new moms to enter them to win a new nursing bra. Check out the links above for more information.
  • Blue Sky Clothing: Shop their spring/summer 2020 collection and receive 20% off! Just use MOTHER20 at check out! Check out their Facebook for more information. 
  • Amplified Cafe, Far + Wide & Modern Family Boutique: These lovely Kamloops businesses have teamed up for a Mother’s Day giveaway! To enter, follow @far_and_wide_bc, @mfbkamloops and @amplifiedcafe on Instagram! Then, like @far_and_wide_bc @mfbkamloops and @amplifiedcafe on Facebook. Like this post and tag a friend! Giveaway closes at 12 pm Friday, May 8th, and the winner will be drawn after 12 pm Friday, May 8th and notified directly. 

Are you a business downtown that has a Mother’s Day special you’d like us to know about? Email us at capteam@downtownkamloops to get added to the list! 

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Call for Mural Artists – Downtown Kamloops

Call for Mural Artists – Downtown Kamloops

The call for mural artists for summer 2020 is open. The KCBIA began the public mural program in order to make the back alleys part of the downtown Kamloops experience  There are now over thirty murals adorning downtown Kamloops’s alleyways and parking lots. Apply to become a lead mural artist now!

Lead Mural Artist

The lead mural artist designs and completes the mural, typically within four to five weeks. Responsibilities include:

  • Working with confidence in large scale design and execution
  • Cooperating with property owners to create designs
  • Teaching, mentoring, and managing an artist’s assistants who will help with the implementation of the design

Requirements

  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision and be able to supervise a small team of assistants.
  • Must be prepared to work outside during the summer months.
  • Must be willing to work on scaffolding and use the necessary safety equipment.
  • Must be able to lift to 50 pounds.

To download a detailed guide for submission click below.

Apply Now

Submit your artist portfolio with qualifications and examples of previous projects and works. Please state the desired compensation, and availability during the summer season. References are requested.

Closing date: July 2nd, 2020

Required Submission Materials

Length: Maximum four 8.5 x 11 pages

Size: 10 MB maximum

File type: Submission should be in a single PDF file

Submit all applications and inquiries to murals@downtownkamloops.com

Application deadline: July 2, 2020

Note: Should the proposal requirements for this call be a barrier to you submitting your ideas, please contact us at murals@downtownkamloops.com before May 3rd.

Though this year will look different than past ones, the KCBIA looks forward to sharing new stories in Downtown Kamloops.

CAP Team in Downtown Kamloops

CAP Team in Downtown Kamloops

Who Are We?

The Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team are downtown ambassadors who assist businesses, tourists, and citizens. The supervisor, as well as patrol members, are trained to promote tourism and safety in the downtown core. CAP team members are responsible for taking on the role of both an ambassador and safety patrolling, which are two integral aspects of the program that are important to the success of the team.

Safety patrollers are accountable for observing and reporting unsafe conditions, crimes, graffiti, and vagrancy around the downtown vicinity, also referring and reporting aggressive panhandlers and homeless to outreach facilities. Our team also assists the RCMP and By-Law with crime prevention strategies and initiatives in a non-aggressive capacity. Contact the safety patrollers at (250)-572-3009.

Ambassadors are the embodiment of hospitality. We greet and welcome both locals and visitors to downtown Kamloops. The team aids tourists by directing them to historical points of interest, key events and activities, local attractions, restaurants, shopping, parking, and accommodations.

The Customer Care and Visitor Information Centre is operated by ambassadors who can help you decide where to go and how to get there or any other assistance you need. Contact the ambassadors at (250)-572-3008.

Why Should You Book the Cap Team?

The CAP Team is always eager to help, and there are many ways we can do so! We offer a variety of services for businesses and events located in downtown Kamloops.

Learn more about the ambassador program below!

Services provided by the CAP Team:
  • Games and activities for events
  • Event attendance as a vendor to promote downtown
  • Deliver notices and flyers to downtown businesses
  • Speaking engagements such as mural tours
  • Safe walks to and from any downtown location
What can you book the CAP team for?
  • Events
  • Trade Shows
  • Place management (i.e. games and activities)
  • Guest speaker engagements
Types of games and activities:
  • Giant Jenga
  • Connect Four
  • Cactus Throw
  • Instagram Sign
  • Ladder Ball
  • Bistro Sets (tables and chairs)

**Please be advised that you will need to pick up and drop off these amenities from our downtown location. **

How it works:

There is usually no cost to book our services and games, with some exceptions.

Games and activities should be picked up and dropped off by your event staff at a pre-determined time from our office at 340 Victoria Street (unless otherwise discussed).

After use, leave borrowed material with a CAP team member. Under no circumstances should these materials be left outside of the office unattended.

CAP Team services will not be issued if the event contradicts KCBIA’s mandate or if the services being provided conflict with pre-arranged and established obligations.

How do I book the Cap Team?

You may book your time on the calendar below by clicking on a date, filling in relevant details, hitting send, and then complete the sign-up form. Please lookout for a phone call or e-mail before approval to coordinate and confirm the times and responsibilities.

Important: Please note that we can only confirm your booking within 3 months of the event date. You can book it any time, but we may not be able to confirm until the 3-month window.
The Thompson Hotel

The Thompson Hotel

The Thompson Hotel

As an independent hotel, it’s not always easy to compete again the big hotel chains and franchises. But the “Travelers Choice” award has been presented to The Thompson Hotel several times over a number of years. This certificate of excellence is a testament to the quality of service offered by the staff of The Thompson Hotel. What sets this hotel apart from many others in Kamloops is that Thompson Hotel is a family-owned hotel. Depending on the season, the hotel employs between 20 and 40 staff members. As it’s a business for accommodation, the hotel is open every day of the year for 24 hours a day. Most of the hotel patrons come to visit Kamloops from out of town. In such a centralized location downtown there are many opportunities to explore everything the city has to offer.

There are many reasons to choose The Thompson Hotel for your stay in Kamloops. With a variety of amenities for patrons, The Thompson Hotel has various opportunities for everyone staying there. Their games room is particularly unique with multiple big-screen TVs, two pool tables, air hockey, foosball, an arcade with a pinball machine, and board games. There’s also an indoor pool and hot tub located on the premises. Instead of congregating with larger groups inside a hotel room, their amenity area is a great place for groups to hang out. The best part of being located downtown is being within walking distance of dozens of restaurants, the nightlife, shopping, Riverside and Music in the Park, as well as everything else located in downtown Kamloops.

A Word from Kav Sangha

Kav Sangha, the co-owner of The Thompson Hotel, began working there in 2018. He states that prior to working there he had “wanted to get into the hotel business for many years”. He waited for the right opportunity and property to present itself. According to Sangha, one of the most appealing aspects of this hotel is that it has “two on-site brewhouse restaurants”. Sangha affirms that what makes his hotel stand out “is our amazing games room and pool area, as well as our fantastic on-site brewhouse restaurants”. Located nearby is The Nobel Pig and Alchemy Brewing, which are two local hotspots for visitors searching for some excellent quality beer in downtown Kamloops.

Sangha says that they strive to “provide the best combination of quality and value in the local accommodation market”. He’s proud of his business for being a successful independent local business when so many franchises and big-chain hotels are situated in Kamloops. When a patron enters The Thompson Hotel they can expect “great service and great value” says Kav Sangha. Part of what makes The Thompson Hotel so unique is that they’re an independent hotel in Kamloops. And the KCBIA agrees that The Thompson Hotel is a special hotel!

Check out The Thompson Hotel’s website by following this link!

 

Valentines Day in Downtown Kamloops

Valentines Day in Downtown Kamloops

Are you looking for something to do in downtown Kamloops this Valentines Day? What about coming down to the core of town to support some of these local businesses!

1. Build-a-Box

Feb 13th, 2020 visit Ms Whimsys Emporium located on 1st Ave will be hosting a build-a-box event where you can come and pick a cute box and fill it up with goodies for yourself or a special someone this Valentines Day Weekend. There are items for budgets of all sizes, and everything in the store is locally made!

 

 

 

 

2. Valentines @ Cordo

Get your tickets for two and enjoy an anything but ordinary 3-course meal specially prepared by executive chef Mitch Shafer. Enjoy some one on one time with your significant other in a sophisticated atmosphere. Available Feb 14th and 15th, this Valentines Day Weekend.     

 

 

 

3. Bobs night out-A vertical tasting 

Go out on a date, go out with your friends, go by yourself and make friends. The choice is yours. But you’re not going to want to miss out on this exclusive tasting at Red Collar Brewing. There will be brews, appetizers, and like always there is a great selection of tabletop games.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Seafood Dinner for 2

Make your reservation with the Tumbleweed Plaza Lounge for your seafood platter for two, or just you! The chef will be preparing a mouthwatering platter that will showcase crab legs, salmon 2 ways, scallops, bacon, fresh mussels and prawns served up with vegetables and rice. While you eat, you can enjoy a music performance by Shawna Palmer. Call ahead to make sure you have your spot reserved.

 

 

5. 2 Headed Giant Valentines Day Tournament 

Want to put your competitive talents to the test? Get your league together for the ultimate Valentine day tournament hosted by your very own locally owned and operated All Aboard Games. This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss. Time to take things to the next level.

 

6. Pretty in Pink 

The perfect date night movie will be playing at the Kamloops Film Society Paramount Theatre on Valentine’s Day. A classic romance that only gets better in time, just like your date. The movie kicks off at 7 pm but be sure to show up early to get your snacks, and don’t worry, this theatre has no bad seats!

 

 

7. Latin Love Party 

Ditch the traditions of dinner and go straight to dessert at The Plaza Hotel. Get your $15 dollar ticket either at ticket master or straight from the source at the plaza on Feb. 14th and 15th. You will get to enjoy complimentary champagne, dessert, and dance lessons! Certainly a spicier way to spend Valentine’s day with your bestie. Dr Drac will be bringing the house down with some sexy Latin tracks. The event kicks off at 7 pm with complimentary beginners dance lessons at 8 pm.

 

 

 

8. Valentines Affair: Featuring Average Gypsy 

Looking to dance, drink, meet other singles, and enjoy some majestic rap? The Cactus Jacks is the place for you this Valentine’s Day. Head out on Feb 14th to CJ’s because Hi, Society is presenting Average Gypsy, with support from Tiny Humans. Show up early to support our local talent Angie C B2B Kellan it and Bearflower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Anti-Valentines Day @ CJ’s     

Not a fan of Valentines Day? Don’t worry CJ‘s has you covered. Head out on Feb 15th for the ultimate Anti-Valentines Day Shindig and dress to impress for a chance to win a bomb diggity prize. DJ King Kong Finger will be serving up some sick beats and the drink special will be stupid cupid shooters!

 

 

 

 

10. Forno on 5th Lovin’ Love 

Forno on 5th would love to celebrate their love of love and food with you this Valentine’s Day weekend. Dine-in on Feb 13th, 14th or 15th for a 3-course dinner for two menu, with options sure to impress your taste buds. Be sure to call ahead for your reservation. You won’t want to miss this dining experience.

 

 

 

 

11. Love at first bite or sight?

Plans with a partner, BFF, sibling, coworker, finance hero? Mauryas Cuisine invites you to fill your table with as many great people as you like! They will be serving a one of a kind 4-course Indian dinner. There will also be some signature cocktails that you won’t want to miss trying. As if it didn’t already sound like an amazing choice, book your reservation before Feb 14th and receive $25 dollars off of your 2 can dine meal!

 

 

12. Family Fun Night 

For those of you who like to include the whole family in your Valentine’s festivities, The Salvation Army is hosting a FREE family fun night on Feb 14th! They will be offering fried chicken, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables and gravy. Once your tummy is full, fill your heart with a family-friendly sloth making craft.  Be sure to RSVP in advance so they can be prepared to provide food and crafts for everyone that wants to be included.

 

 

 

12. Valentines Day Glassware Class 

Feeling artistic? The Kamloops Art Party Studio is hosting a stemless wine glass painting class on Feb 14th for Valentines! You are welcome to use a design of your own making or ask for tips and insight from artist Jennii M. Dyer. Art supplies and aprons are provided, but be sure to dress for the occasion in case you accidentally turn yourself into a piece of art too! So what are you waiting for, get your tickets now!

 

 

14. Drop-Off ValenTea Party

If you would like to have some alone-time, you can drop your kids off at your favourite daycare! There will be a special evening of childcare with extra activities. There will be cookie-making, decorating, crafts, face painting, story-time and so much more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the news and blogs section of our website for more information on events and businesses in downtown Kamloops!

Blazers In Downtown Kamloops

Blazers In Downtown Kamloops

Downtown Kamloops has a new Blazers campaign. We know Kamloops loves to support our boys, so we’ve come up with some amazing campaign initiatives to celebrate downtown and the Blazers! The Downtown Businesses you know and love have partnered with the Kamloops Blazers to bring you some exciting offers for the rest of the season. If you are a fan, you won’t want to miss this!

The Blazers are currently ranked #1 in the BC Division with 32 wins this season! 

GAMEDAY T-SHIRTS

If you see a business wearing orange GAMEDAY T-SHIRTS, you can get a 10% discount by showing them your ticket stubs. You can also enter to win tickets to the next games!!!

BLAZER SPECIAL MEAL COMBO

Now you do not have to wait to buy your tickets! Instead, you can purchase your tickets at participating restaurants with the Blazer special meal combo!

Check out these fantastic places for the Blazers Combo: 

ENTER TO WIN

We want to make it really special this season by supporting all you Blazer Nation Fans out there. Every time you show your ticket stub to purchase something at a participating store or you buy a Blazer special meal combo, you can enter to WIN TICKETS!

For a BONUS ENTRY**, take a selfie with the business sporting the orange T-SHIRTS and tag the company along with the Kamloops Blazers and Downtown Kamloops to enter!

Winners will be drawn one day before the next game! The next draw being February 13th/2020!

**This is only applicable after the purchase of goods or services**

Suggested tags: #blazersindowntown #blazernation #downtownkamloops

For more information on this promotion or are a business interested in participating, please email events@downtownkamloops.com

A Letter from the Downtown Executive Director

A Letter from the Downtown Executive Director

A note from the executive director of Downtown Kamloops

Although it’s only one month into a new year, it already appears 2020 will be the “Year of Downtown Kamloops”.

Last week, news that construction for a major commercial office development will soon begin Downtown created quite a buzz throughout the city.  “The Hive” will include a blend of premium office and retail space expected to enrich our already vibrant Downtown.  We’ll see new jobs created, new businesses introduced, and a positive economic impact that will support existing retail, culinary, entertainment, arts and recreation throughout Downtown Kamloops. We look forward to the rising tide in which each of your businesses and services can benefit.

Only a few weeks remain in the Blazer’s regular season, and fans are looking forward to the upcoming playoffs. It has been a fantastic hockey season, and the team is on fire! The KCBIA has introduced a few initiatives to support the team and downtown businesses. The Sandman Centre often has 5,000 fans attending the games. That is a lot of people coming Downtown for each game. This means opportunities for businesses. Initiatives such as the ‘Blazers Game Day – Orange Shirt campaign’, the Blazers ‘Special Meal Combo’ offered at participating restaurants (which includes a hockey ticket), the ‘Show us your ticket’ on social media, and various draws for hockey tickets have all been introduced. For more information and details about getting involved, please contact our office and speak with either Samantha or Christine.

Our office is currently busy planning various initiatives that will continue to showcase Downtown Kamloops throughout 2020. I look forward to the release of the events calendar soon.

Lastly, your voice, thoughts, opinions, and suggestions are essential to sustain our strong business community. The KCBIA is a non-profit organization that depends on your ongoing support to remain viable. We strive to be a voice that influences and navigates with success on all matters of importance to Downtown. We are committed to creating and introducing programs and events that will continue to bring attention to Downtown. I encourage you to contact our office should you have questions regarding the value of KCBIA membership.

We respectfully request your ongoing support in order that we can continue to support your Downtown businesses.

Please stay in touch.

Carl DeSantis

Executive Director