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New Businesses during COVID

New Businesses during COVID

Read all about New Businesses during COVID that opened in Downtown Kamloops.

He Brew’s Ahava Coffee Inc.

He Brews is a new bustling Café with meals situated at 210 Victoria Street, in downtown Kamloops. It is a family-owned organization, managed and directed by its owners, Indar and Janelle Seelal.

He Brew’s serves freshly roasted coffee beans, gourmet coffee/espresso, good meals, breakfast, lunch. In addition, the menu contains a variety of choices so everyone can find something they like, such as Sandwiches featured from around the world, Wraps, Fresh Salads, Soups made in house, Etc., 🥙🌯🫔

As people are becoming more interested in their health, wellness and spirituality, He Brew’s will provide a relaxing, Community-focused place, with good healthy food choices, where all people are welcomed to sit (on the patio for now), relax and enjoy the beauty of conversation.


Prickly Pear

Formerly known as The Big Boot Inn before rebranding, Prickly Pear has opened its doors in the downtown Kamloops community. The company has pivoted to a fashionable boutique that offers footwear to be envied and many additional stylish accessories. Similar to it’s previous store, quality will be of the most significant priority while still offering many shoe wear choices for special events and daily life. 🤩


Far & Wide

We also welcomed Far & Wide again on their larger storefront at 353 Victoria Street. Along with this new space, they have stocked up on new brands and treasures for you to discover. ❤️

“We will be bringing in new inventory from our current brands, introducing inspiring new brands and revamping our current local maker’s program to support them better,” said Duncan.

Far + Wide curates a trendy selection of brands and also sells work from local artisans to showcase an entire store full of unique gifts or a new feature for your home.

Cassidy Watt Artistry Collective

Perhaps new to Kamloops this business has its roots in Kelowna, Kamloops and the Okanagan’s as a premier hair and makeup styling team for weddings and events! From soft and natural bridal looks to sultry boudoir hair and makeup, Cassidy and her team is a full-service beauty authority available in the Okanagan Valley and across British Columbia!

“We are Cassidy Watt Artistry Collective, a brand-new storefront hair and makeup studio opening in the 100 block of Downtown Kamloops on May 1st, 2021! We got our start in the industry doing mobile hair and makeup styling appointments for weddings and events throughout the Okanagan area of British Columbia. Our team has quickly grown to include ten incredibly talented hair and makeup artists and we are excited to be expanding into a storefront location where our clients can get their hair and makeup done by us and shop some of our favourite retail products! We offer an array of services, including dry-bar hairstyling, makeup artistry, and hair and makeup lessons. We are so excited to be opening in Downtown Kamloops and hope to see you in our studio very soon!!” – Cassidy Watt

Frozen Paddle

Originally based out of Prince Geoge this craft ice creamery set its sight on charming Downtown Kamloops. Encouraged by the local movement of craft breweries across Canada in late 2014, Co-Founders Wes Pederson and Kevin Pederson looked to other industries that brought communities together and landed on ice cream. Meet Kevin Pederson – Founder(far right) and his wife, and Lisa Bajkov – Kamloops Operator (second from the left) with her husband at the grand opening.

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Anxiety During a Global Pandemic

Anxiety During a Global Pandemic

I was passing beside my colleague in the hallway today. I asked a typical ‘How is your day looking today?’ morning greeting.

‘It’s a bit of a heavy day today,’ She replied, honestly. ‘My clients today are really struggling.’ She paused for a moment. ‘So many of my clients are struggling right now,’ she shared with a heavy heart.

All I could do was offer her space and acknowledge the realities of our pandemic world. ‘It is hard right now, so many people are struggling.’

We talked about if someone has a slightly rocky foundation pre-covid, the whole foundation seems to be like an earthquake right now. Unsteady, unpredictable, unfamiliar, and unknown. It’s scary to not know how to make sense of one’s world.

Many people are experiencing higher than their “typical” levels of anxiety. My understanding is that there are a few significant contributing factors to this. Firstly, we are living in a world with constantly changing rules, regulations, and safety. Secondly, we aren’t able to care for ourselves in ways we typically would.

A great antidote to anxiety is routine, regularity, planning, and having a sense of control/safety over one’s own life. All those things have gone out the window in this pandemic!

We might have a semblance of routine, or have created a new routine. Perhaps we are even lucky enough to be able to still work in our place of work. However, so many things are still different. We are less able to plan into the future because the future is uncertain and having a sense of control or safety in the world changes from person to person and day-to-day. Our lives as we knew them pre-pandemic are incredibly different now, for the vast majority of us.

Additionally, we aren’t able to care for ourselves as we did pre-pandemic in terms of our social lives and hobbies. Perhaps we loved a certain pottery club, or a fitness space, or going to the movies, or traveling to see loved ones. Perhaps we loved having people over for dinner, going out for dinner, or going to the pool with ease. All the things we used to do with a sense of ease now come with restrictions, regulations, and barriers to access them.

Does it not make sense in an uncertain world, where we aren’t able to provide ourselves with the same levels of comfort we once did, that our anxiety is going to be higher? This is a perfect mix to increase anxiety.

So what do we do about it?

At present, I think it is important to acknowledge the difficulties and move towards accepting we will do the best we can and that is all we can do! We are living in uncertainty and if we look for certainty, we will likely cause more distress for ourselves and our internal systems.

Embrace the opportunity to change up your routine and engage with different activities.

Get creative and stretch your comfort zone!

Ensure you are connected to your trusted people either through outdoor walks, video calls, or the good old-fashioned phone call.

This is a time where we can band together and support each other so let’s do that.

Lastly, practice some self-compassion!

You have never done this before and most of our living world has not lived through a pandemic before. Let’s have compassion for ourselves, for our humanness, and let’s see the humanness in others.

We are all doing the best we can!

Contributed by:

Kelsey Grimm
Founder + Clinical Director
Healing Spaces Center
177 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC
Website: www.healingspaces.center
Instagram: @healingspaces 

On Earth Day we are reminded that we have to #takecareoftheplanet

On Earth Day we are reminded that we have to #takecareoftheplanet

On Earth Day, we are reminded that we have to #takecareoftheplanet. It is a day to help individuals and organizations reduce their impact on the environment. Here are some businesses in Downtown doing their part!
 
 
“We love our refill station at Far & Wide. We carry Shampoo, Conditioner, Soaps, Cleaners and more, all you need is your own container! Far & Wide also carries environmentally-friendly bulk goods from The Unscented Company and Common Good. We choose to use paper over plastic bags but always encourage shoppers to bring their own bags when they visit. Many of our suppliers use environmental practices like compostable packaging and shipping materials and recycled & up-cycled products.”
 

Photo Credit: The Bench Kamloops

 
“Our goal is to help you reuse and upcycle your precious metal and gemstone jewellery at The Bench. We specialize in repairs that bring heirloom pieces back up to wearability! Your old or broken gold and platinum jewellery that is no longer used can be recycled into a fresh, custom-made piece that you’ll enjoy. Unused metals are ultimately refined and reused again from their pure form rather than wasted.
Diamonds and gemstones of all types can be reused in your new item of hand-crafted jewellery! We supply lab-grown diamonds and gemstones produced without the environmental impact of mined stones and ethically sourced natural stones.”

Photo Credit: Arwen’s Apparel

 
“At Arwen’s Apparel, we believe in living sustainably every day. We utilize refillable and reusable packaging, as well as offering products that are ethically made. Our specialty has always been quality clothes made with bamboo fabric. Bamboo is sustainable due to it being able to regenerate in just 55 days after harvest. Bamboo is also often planted to prevent soil erosion, and it can absorb up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide per hectare. These bamboo forests produce 30% more oxygen than a hardwood forest of similar size and require little irrigation and no pesticides. Happy Earth Day!!”

Photo Credit: Andre’s Electronics/ Hitfar

 
“We have a program with Hitfar of recycling all phone cases that are brought to us. Hitfar has also gone a step further and uses recycled phone cases and turns them into new phone cases known as the Pela series. These phone cases are made for almost every device made with recycled material such as phone cases. These phone cases if they don’t get recycled and disposed of, are made made of Flaxstic®, which is comprised of compostable bioplastic elastomer and flax straw materials.”

Photo Credit: Sam Chi Health

“At Sam Chi health, we believe in eco-friendly, safe, gentle, sustainable and environmentally safe products. Environize Anolyte Disinfectant for (Food Premises, Hospitals, Healthcare Facilities, Household, Institutions, Industrial) that uses Hypochlorous (HOCI) that is Health Canada Approved. It has so many uses and can replace hand sanitizers and bleach. There is also a hand and skincare line that protects and aids in your skin’s natural healing including refillable spray bottles and foggers for large areas to be cleaned including the air! Amongst our other alternative health solutions are our Chaga Mushrooms, which are Wild Harvested in Canada, Certified Organic by Ecocert- Lab Tested Safe – Health Canada Approved, are free from Pesticides and Heavy metals, eco-friendly, Fair Trade, sustainable and safe and can replace, coffee, tea, shampoo, soaps, hand and body care, essential oil, beard and massage oil blends, including skincare creams and balms made from hemp seeds. Happy Earth Day!”
It’s high time to act. Let’s take care of the planet. #TakeCareOfThePlanet
Kamloops Arts Council devoted to the development and enhancement of the arts

Kamloops Arts Council devoted to the development and enhancement of the arts

The Kamloops Arts Council (KAC) is a registered charitable organization devoted to the development and enhancement of the arts in the Kamloops area. We support all artists and art organizations and promote cooperation among them, government and business. We provide local artists and arts groups – visual artists, musicians, dancers, writers and actors – with opportunities for exposure, networking and professional development.

Kamloops Arts Council Rivertown Players 2020 MELODY DEVITT

KAC Mandate

As part of our mandate, the KAC takes the arts out to the community – producing high-quality, year-round low- and no-cost arts programs, performances, workshops and events for all. We believe the arts are for everyone and that they have the power to heal, transform, connect, and develop skills in children, youth, adults and seniors, including those in crisis. Art changes lives. Some of our programs include our Crossing Bridges Outreach program, our Rivertown Summer Theatre Group, our Children’s Arts Festival every fall, and our annual Art Exposed Regional Exhibition. You can find out more about these programs/events on our website at kamloopsarts.ca.

The Kamloops Arts Council has always been and will continue to be open, inclusive and welcoming of all artistic styles. We respect, encourage and support artists in all art forms and of all levels of experience. It is not our intent to dictate any particular set of artistic standards or values – those are for the artist to decide.

CAF 2019 DAVE SNIDER

KAC membership

KAC membership consists of individual members, group members and honorary members and includes amateur and professional artists, arts organizations, philanthropists and art admirers. The organization has more than 550 members, 9 Board directors, three full-time staff, two part-time contractors, and a seasonal theatre troupe. We employ local artists whenever possible.
Core funding is received from the provincial government through the BC Arts Council and from the City of Kamloops. The Kamloops Arts Council collects memberships, receives both unsolicited and solicited donations, and continually seeks funding for its various programs and events.

The Kamloops Arts Council is community-based and grassroots. The organization has always been and will continue to be a vital agency representing community artists while responding to their direct needs. Our purpose is to build a stronger cultural environment in which the arts, in all its forms, can develop, thrive and flourish.

Follow us on social media!
Facebook @KamloopsArts
Instagram @KamloopsArtsCouncil
Twitter @KamArtsCouncil

Contributed By:
Rebecca Kurtis
Kamloops Arts Council

Here We Grow Again

Here We Grow Again

Downtown is growing and we are excited! 2021 has seen a number of new businesses and there is an emerging trend in Downtown of new faces since 2020. Even though the pandemic has created many challenges for new business owners, the value of local entrepreneurship does not go unnoticed. Downtown Kamloops saw a staggering 33 percent increase in new businesses opening. We will continue to highlight these new names and encourage you to support local stores in the coming months.

the store Botanical Scene, with pots on the left and a rack of garments at the far end of the store.

The Botanical Scene

The Botanical Scene

From rare finds to a range of common, and not-so-common houseplants, pots, and accessories, they have it all. Located on 250 Victoria St. this branch of the trendy Far & Wide Store is every plant lovers’ haven. This lush oasis opened in late Feb 2021 and is already a local favourite. You can find updates on their Instagram page for their new stock. But don’t wait too long because they sell out sometimes before even reaching their online store!

The Cure Culinary

The Cure Culinary

Your charcuterie haven has finally arrived in Downtown Kamloops! Located on 607 Victoria St., this delight comes from the creator of Salty Fig Catering, Nicole Mackie. The Cure has opened its doors for all you lovers of Canadian cheese and cured meats, but they are not just that; their goal is to keep food simple while being nutritious. Discover a range of preserves, antipasti, spices, and so much more. If you are looking for a hassle-free way to entertain in the outdoors this summer, The Cure will have charcuterie boards to order, so you don’t have to worry about which combination works best. The Cure welcomes you to discover kitchen essentials that will become staples in your home, explore local producers of Canadian cheese & meat, and find delicacies that will soon become favourites.

Wild Cave Gift Shop

Wild Cave Gift Shop

If you are looking for a wide variety of Kamloops/Canadian-made souvenirs, mugs, key chains, shot glasses, cards, pottery, clothes or Home Decor check out this new gift shop on Victoria Street. You can find gifts for every occasion.

Brynn’s Bakery

Brynn Bakery

The newest addition to Downtown is this quaint and unassuming Bakery on Victoria Street. As you enter, you are treated by art from locals and the smell of fresh bread and sweet treats. Brynn’s Bakery is not new to Kamloopsians, who have been supporting these young entrepreneurs since they started at the Kamloops Farmers Market. You can find Artisan baked goods made with fresh, local ingredients and with a whole lot of love.

 

Would you like to learn more about Downtown Kamloops, follow us on https://www.instagram.com/downtownkamloops/

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New Public Health Order – #downtowntogo

New Public Health Order – #downtowntogo

When Dr. Bonnie Henry announced on Monday the pause on indoor dining, many restaurant owners had a minimum of 12 hours to prepare for weeks to come. Despite the short notice of the new Public Health Order, the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association and the City of Kamloops have been working tirelessly to support local restaurants. #downtowntogo

Patio Extensions

Victoria street’s extended sidewalks have returned in Downtown Kamloops. This will allow restaurants extra space for outdoor dining. Some restaurants have successfully opened their patio’s already. When dining outdoors, please remember to continually wear your mask unless seated at a table. Also, remember to sanitize before and follow the safety protocols highlighted by your server. If your favourite restaurant’s patio isn’t quite ready, be patient. City of Kamloops workers are hard at work and will be working on these extensions daily until completed. We currently have 20 Patio extensions are in progress. 

Takeout

There are always ways to support your favourite restaurant. Takeout and delivery options may also be available to satisfy your hunger. To ensure your full support, consider calling the restaurant directly. Third-party apps can be handy but also financially straining to restaurants. Call and place your order and receive a pick-up time. When picking up, ensure you arrive at the time your food is ready. This will limit the number of people waiting for their orders at once. If they offer delivery, pay with a card if possible and thank the delivery driver for their front-line work. 

Don’t forget to share your wonderful experiences by leaving the restaurants a review or social media shout-out. This is a great way to enjoy your favourite local meals from the safety of your own bubble. During challenging times like this is when our local restaurants and their employees rely on community support.

Have you heard about Show us your Takeout? 

We have over $4,500 in GCs to reward Kamloopsians to support, sip, and snack local this April. Tourism Kamloops, North Shore Business BIA and Downtown Kamloops BIA are teaming up to showcase Kamloops’ amazing eateries and drink establishments.

From April 1st-7th, share a picture of your takeout items online by tagging @luvntheloops and using #ykastrong in your posts or stories. Next Wednesday, we’ll announce the takeout category winners who have 7 days to pick up their $50 GC. Next Thursday, we’ll announce the new category. We will repeat this weekly until we run out of GCs.

Show us your…takeout & win godies from April 1st – 7th. 6 days. 10 winners. $50 GCs to:
✔️ Black Iron at @tobianogolf
✔️ @5beanbrewbar
✔️ @brighteyebrewing
✔️ @senorfroggy
✔️ @hojamongoliangrill
✔️ @theartwearecafe
✔️ @krobkruathairestaurant
✔️ @passeksclassics
✔️ @eatclean.kamloops
✔️ Oriental Gardens Restaurant

To learn more about businesses open with care in Downtown Kamloops, visit: https://www.downtownkamloops.com/downtown-kamloops-business-open-updates-ykastrong/

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24th Annual Kamloops Film Festival is Back !

24th Annual Kamloops Film Festival is Back !

What a year! Many of us are reeling from the fact that it has now been over a year of pandemic life, of this “new normal” that we have all become semi-accustomed to. The Kamloops Film Society (and every business for that matter) has been through many highs and lows. This time last year, we had just wrapped up our 24th annual Film Festival. Our closing party was one of the last parties any of us would attend for a long time.

kamloops film festival 2020

The pandemic hit, and we had to close the doors of the Paramount Theatre to the public. The world shut down, and like everyone else, we waited in lockdown. In the meantime, we painted upstairs, organized, and kept occupied, but it wasn’t the same as making our delicious popcorn and seeing our favourite patrons.

COVID Pivot

Months passed, and finally, a silver lining: a drive-in! Private bookings! Things to occupy our time and give us a source of revenue. The Twin Rivers Drive-In was a huge success last year and gave the community a fun and safe event to attend.

Summer came and went, the nights started getting colder, so the drive-in closed. However, cases were low, so we could reopen the Paramount Theatre with a capacity of 50 patrons in each theatre. We started with only our Thursday Film Series and then cautiously added the weekends as well. The usual stream of patrons was more of a trickle, but it was something! Sadly, as the fall season wore on, the cases grew higher, and we had to close once more: no private bookings, no public showings. In February, we were briefly allowed by Interior Health to reopen with private bookings, however, that was revoked by the Ministry of Health. We were back to waiting.

24(.5)th Kamloops Film Festival

But in the distance, a film festival was on the rise! This journey has been difficult, but we’ve persevered, and we’re back in the office full-time to get ready for our 24(.5)th Kamloops Film Festival. Once again, the City of Kamloops has been our saviour because we can host the Film Festival at McArthur Island from April 21 – May 2. We’ll also be offering films online, which means we’ll be showcasing more movies than ever before! We have a total of 15 films at the drive-in (single tickets on sale now!) and 23 films online. We won’t have any in-person events this year, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have fun and interactive plans up our sleeve. The rise of zoom meetings and virtual hangouts has given us a unique opportunity to bring in stars and film lovers from around the globe to enjoy and take part in our festival. In times when we must stay safe and healthy for ourselves and our loved ones, we’re glad to continue the festival in this unique way. So stay tuned for a one-of-a-kind film festival that Kamloops will never forget!

Book your tickets: https://www.kamloopsfilmfest.ca/

Contributed by
Emily Brown
Patron Engagement Coordinator
The Kamloops Film Society

One Year in a COVID World

One Year in a COVID World

Personal Reflections in a COVID World

We have reached a one-year anniversary of a COVID world. We made it.

How has it been a year and it’s still happening? I don’t know about you, but I look forward to hugging my family and friends, sharing food, and having adventures outside of my city limits! Those are things that help me get through long days and buffer me against the monotony and challenges of life. This last year has been an interesting one, one I didn’t see coming.

I have learned about myself and grown closer to my ‘inner circle people’ and further from acquaintances. I have realized how draining it is not to have fun and how I have sensations to ‘rebel’ against being responsible when all it feels like I do is work, clean, cook and walk the dogs. I have learned I am not as good at backgammon as my husband and the allure of Grey’s Anatomy. I have learned I need diversity in my books. I have learned to be even more grateful for my beloved husband and our outdoor lifestyle. Walking our dogs by ourselves or with a friend or two has kept me going! 

Even pre-COVID, I would sometimes daydream about time off work and what I would do if I didn’t have all these obligations, without them I could take up xyz hobbies, get through that stack of books and do two hours of fitness a day. And then COVID. With the weight, confusion and uncertainty of COVID, it’s hard to keep up that motivation and energy each and every day.

I listen to the CBC radio to and from work. I really appreciate the transparency of the house doctor, Dr. Raj. He said – so honestly – that he would love it if he could say he was one of the people who read 20 books in 2020 due to COVID, but he instead binge-watched a lot of Schitt’s Creek

UBC Study Shows That Canadians Mental Health has Declined in the Last Year

What has the impact of this last year been on the life of you, your family and friends? How have you come to mitigate risk with every decision you make? What concessions have you made and what have you prioritized? Most importantly, how are you doing? 

That brings me to the mental health impacts of what it has been like to live one year in a COVID world. A national survey completed by UBC in early December found Canadian’s mental health has been impacted by the pandemic significantly. You likely didn’t need a survey to know how your mental health has been impacted. I’m sure you yourself have felt the reality of not having access to various people and activities you previously enjoyed. 

The results of this report are notable. 40% of Canadians note their mental health has declined in the last year. 1 in 10 people have experienced suicidal ideation since COVID hit.

I Choose How to Interact With This Experience

As the Clinical Director for Healing Spaces, a private practice counselling agency, I have seen the human impact of COVID. I have been grateful for the role my team and I can offer our community and grateful people are reaching out for support. This is one of those times when humanity can and has come together to support each other. We can choose to interact with the impact of COVID in many different ways. 

COVID is outside of my hands. Our public health orders are outside of my hands. Your choices are outside of my hands. Only I am within my own locus of control. How am I going to choose to interact with this experience?

Our Community is Our Responsibility

I will close this with a quote from my husband’s grandmother that has humbled me and grounded me. She sees a perspective of coming together, despite the difficulties that have pulled us all apart. She has taken COVID seriously and has been following our provincial health orders. She has struggled seeing the anti-masker protests and yet her wisdom of how she chooses to engage with this difficulty is to be admired. She shared with us that she is willing to care for those who choose not to wear masks. ‘All of our community is our responsibility and so I will wear a mask and I will follow orders to keep those who choose not to safe’

Source: University of British Columbia

Contributed by:

Kelsey Grimm
Founder + Clinical Director
Healing Spaces Center
177 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC
Website: www.healingspaces.center
Instagram: @healingspaces 

 

 

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2021

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2021

Happy International Women’s Day 2021!

What is International Women’s Day?

IWD  is a time for both men and women to band together in support of gender equality. People around the world take part in this initiative to help close the gap between genders.

Why is it important?

This movement is important because of the longstanding gender-inequality felt by females across cultures. By participating in the movement, both men and women can join the conversation and help solve various gender-related issues that exist globally.

Is there a colour dedicated to IWD?

Yes, the proposed colour to be worn in support of this movement is purple. By wearing purple, individuals can visually display their support of International Women’s Day.

Is there a specific theme for 2021?

Absolutely! Each year, International Women’s Day adopts a new theme. According to BBC, this year’s theme is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world.” The goal of this theme is to celebrate women in leadership and inspire lasting change.

For more information or to read this article, click here.

Is it hard to join the movement?

This year, the movement has gone significantly more virtual. This has made it easier than ever to show support for IWD from the safety and security of your own home. For example, the #ChooseToChallenge theme across multiple social media platforms makes it easy for everyday people – like you – to the movement. By posting the tag, individuals can join the conversation and spread the word about National Women’s Day!

Downtown Kamloops has joined the movement by featuring the voices of female community members. This includes various photos and challenges posted by individuals who chose to join the movement.

Check it out on our Instagram page by clicking here.

 

Highlighting Brownstone: A Local Gem on Foodnetwork Canada

Highlighting Brownstone: A Local Gem on Foodnetwork Canada

Established in 2004, Brownstone has been a downtown landmark for Kamloops.

Located in the 1904 Canadian Bank of Commerce Building, Brownstone restaurant creates a historical atmosphere that is warm and elegant. The restaurant proudly partners with local producers to bring clean, honest, and simple ingredients to life on your plate. 

Their honey-glazed smoked duck with bacon-braised Swiss chard, organic mustard greens and charred cabbage is a popular choice for the season. This dish is perfectly cozy for the chilly season and is a fantastic pair for the smoky pinot noir from Cassini Cellars. 

Brownstone has released a special menu to delight your loved ones this Valentine’s Day.

They are offering a choice between three, four or five-course meals on their specialty pre-set menu. 

  • Three-course meals include a soup or salad, main course, and dessert for 55$. Add popular wine pairings for an additional 15$. 
  • Four-course meals include a soup or salad, appetizer, main course, and dessert for 65$. Add popular wine pairings for an additional 20$.
  • Five-course meals include a soup and salad, appetizer, main course, as well as a dessert for 75$. Add popular wine pairings for an additional 25$.

Dessert highlights for the romantic evening include: 

  • Lemon & blueberry cheesecake, blueberry meringue, Saskatoon berry coulis
  • Chocolate sponge cake, strawberry jam and marshmallow, chocolate covered strawberry
  • Pineapple sorbetto, coconut crisp, candied cashews, dark rum syrup 

You can find examples of their mouth-watering mains, dazzling desserts, and bubbling beverages here

The Foodnetwork Canada series #Bigfoodbucketlist, with food personality John Catucci, will proudly feature Brownstone on February 13th at eight and 8:30 pm ET/PT. 

In Season two, watch John Catucci and Head Chef Jarrod Omichincki try out some locally sourced food at Brownstone Kamloops! You can also Stream Food Network Shows through STACKTV with Amazon Prime Video Channels or the new Global TV app. 

Check out the following article, which covers Brownstone’s upcoming TV debut, here. 

You can also find their location and hours of operation on our website here.

Cigarette Recycling Program

Cigarette Recycling Program

The Kamloops Central Business Association continues its “Butt Out” cigarette recycling initiative.

Since 2017, this project has successfully reduced waste on the streets and helping out the environment with each cigarette recycle. The boxes are scattered throughout the 200 to 400 block area and maintained by the local CAP Team.
The program ships the cigarettes for free to a Vancouver facility called TerraCycle, which recycles them entirely. TerraCycle then exchanges the cigarette butts for money that further funds other sustainability initiatives in Kamloops.

Each year, billions of cigarette butts enter dumpsters and landfills.

Shorelines, parks, and sidewalks are littered with cigarette butts across Canada! The cigarette recycling program is a growing initiative in which potential waste is transformed into various industrial products – such as plastic pallets. At the same time, any remaining tobacco is recycled as compost. The goal of this partnership is to clean up the downtown core while lowering our contribution to landfills.

There has been a lot of positive feedback in regards to this program.

Business owners are pleased by the program, as it saves them from sweeping up cigarette butts off their property. Locals using the “Butt Out” locations can sleep a little better knowing they are doing something positive for the environment. Small acts add up to an enormous difference when we all work together to create change! The more people use these stations, the more likely it is that this project will expand to more downtown areas.

Any damaged boxes or containers weathered by the winter have recently been replaced and repaired. As such, the project is still going strong! We at the KCBIA support this sustainability initiative and hope to see the public take advantage of the opportunity to protect our environment.

Notice a full container? Call the CAP Team, and they will promptly empty it for further use. The CAP Team is always happy to help!

For more information on the program, feel free to check out TerraCycle’s website through this link.

 

Valentine’s Day Deals in Downtown Kamloops

Valentine’s Day Deals in Downtown Kamloops

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! While celebrating your loved ones, we encourage you also to show love for your favourite restaurant, retail outlet or experience here in Downtown Kamloops. Even though the last year was challenging, our vibrant downtown has come out strong and kept pivoting, so you have what you are looking for right here in the heart of downtown. Spoil your special someone with these Valentine’s Day Deals in Downtown Kamloops.

Thompson Hotel and Conference Centre

Specials Offered: 

Option 1 –  A one night stay in our Mountain view King suite for 2 guests, 45 minute private pool swim time. You will also receive a $50.00 gift card to Noble Pig for dinner for two and a 60 minutes private Dance Lesson for two at Let’s Move Studio in Kamloops.

Option 2 – Enjoy a one night stay in our Mountain view King Suite for 2 guests, 60-minute private pool swim time, a $50.00 gift card to Noble Pig for a Dinner for two, and a 120-minute private movie showing in our full private Movie Theatre, includes popcorn, beverages and treats.

Offer Validity: Until February 28th, 2021

Book: Call 250-374-1999 or email reserve@thompsonhotel.ca

Mainstreet Clothing

Special Offered: Ladies sweaters 50% off; Men’s & ladies denim 30% off; Limited edition rose candle from local Soy Serene Candle.

Offer Validity: Until quantities last

Shop: 221 Victoria St

FreshSlice Pizza

Special Offered: Special Heart-Shaped Pizza

Offer Validity: TBA

Order: https://orderonline.freshslice.com/

 

Kamloops Art Gallery

Special Offered: Bring your loved one to the Gallery and check out the lovingly selected gifts in the Gallery Store!

Offer Validity: Free Admission, Saturday, February 13 – 10 AM to 5 PM

Shop: 465 Victoria St #101

The Noble Pig

Special Offered: For Valentines Day, they are partnering with the Rotary for a Take-Away Dinner! There will also be a Dine-In feature from Thursday 11th-13th February, a Chicken and Smoked Garlic Alfredo Pizza.

Offer Validity: This dinner will run for Sunday night (14th), with curbside pick up times and orders being arranged through the Rotary Club of Kamloops West.

Order: Call (778) 471-5999

Kamloops Arts Council

Special Offered: 3 Exhibitions, including one exclusively featuring Hearts for Heart Month.

Offer Validity: Running until February 20th, 2021

Visit: 7 Seymour St W

Interior Academy

Special Offered:

Balayage $55+ (price will vary depending on product needed to achieve look)
Hair Repair and hair cut $25
Shampoo and Rollerset $8
Date Night Makeup and Updo $30
20% off ALL Waxing Services
24k Gold Facial and Swedish Massage combo $60

Offer Validity: All prices valid for February

Book: Call or email to book 250-374-5565 booking.interioracademy@gmail.com

Alchemy Brewing

Special Offered: One feature heart-shaped pizza – Tropical Hawaiian with strawberry and basil. Two 20oz beer – We will be re-releasing our “Dirty Love” strawberry blonde ale. One shared dessert bowl – chocolate mouse with brownie, whipped cream and fresh strawberries. The price is $40.

Offer Validity: 13th Feb 2021

Visit: No Prebooking required. 650 Victoria St.

Afternoon Auxiliary to R.I.H. Thrift Seller

Special Offered: Valentines Day Merchandise will be 60% off, AND the Collectables are 30% off

Offer Validity: Saturday, Feb 13th, 2021 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Shop in-store: 146 Victoria St.

 

Senor Froggy

Specials Offered and Validity:

Option 1 – Saturday, Feb 13 is “Spaghetti Saturday” – 25% off mix’n’match full-size pasta orders

Option 2 – Sunday, Feb 14 is “Chimi Sunday” – our Froggy Favourite Chimichanga plus Mexi Fries for $12 (This will only be through the North Shore location as the Downtown location is currently closed on Sundays)

Visit: Specials are available both in-store for eat-in/takeout AND through our online ordering via our website, senorfroggy.ca

Doctor Love & Hemp City

Special Offered: 15% off regular tag price for all red lingerie, all black lingerie, all candles, all incense, all incense holders, all Shunga & Toko products.

Offer Validity: Offer runs until Monday, February 15th, 2021 (cannot be combined with other discount programs, while supplies last in-store, no rainchecks or substitutions)

Shop in-store: 521 Victoria St.

The Vic

Special Offered: Cinnamon Heart Latte -It’s smooth and velvety with real cinnamon hearts to jazz up the kick.  12 OZ $5.50 16 OZ $6.50

Offer Validity: February 7 – 16th, 2021

Visit: 377 Victoria St

 

St Andrews On The Square

Special Offered: “Elope at Home” wedding packages. The package offers a beautiful wedding venue, marriage commissioner, an option of one of three hotels for one night and dinner for 2 with optional flower and photography specials.

Offer Validity: Starting Feb 13 through to the middle of May

Contact: https://standrewssquare.com/contact-us/ 

Sam Chi Health

Specials Offered: 

Option 1 – Wellness Massage And Red Light Combo
Wellness Massage Therapy Muscle Energy (MET), Myofascial Release
1 hr
50 Canadian dollars
$50

Option 2 – CranioSacral Therapy
It’s good for Trauma Release, PTSD, Chronic Pain etc. Non-Invasive treatment, clients remain dressed for the session
1 hr
80 Canadian dollars
$80

Option 3 – Sunshine Red Light Therapy Sampler
Why not add some Sunshine to your life! 15 Minute Session -Non-Invasive treatment
15 min
15 Canadian dollars
$15

Option 4 – 15 Minute Red Light Therapy Package of 5
Package of 5 – 15 Minute sessions Non-Invasive treatment – clients remain dressed, only uncovered area is treated
15 min
50 Canadian dollars
$50

Option 5 – Red Light Therapy Treatment
For Acute and Chronic Pain Management
1 hr 15 min
70 Canadian dollars
$70

Offer Validity: Valid till July 2, 2021

Visit: #7, 231 Victoria St W 2nd floor

Passeks Classics Restaurant & Bakery

Special Offered: Real Crab Cake Eggs Benny $16.95

Offer Validity: Sunday, February 14, 2021 (8am-3pm) – Eat-In or Take-Out available

Visit: 326 Victoria Street

Barre Kamloops

Special Offered: 20% off passes

Offer Validity: Feb 12-15, 2021

Buy: https://www.barrekamloops.com/

Ms. Whimsy’s Gift Emporium

Special Offered: Build your own box, jewelry, small gable, or large gable and get it free with a purchase of any item(s) you put in it. You decorate your own Kraft paper box with washi tape and stamps provided.

Offer Validity: Until Feb 14th, 4 PM

To Book: Call (778) 644-5149

Maurya’s Rest.Bar.Banquet

Special Offered:

Dine-in: Get 2 BONUS glasses of wine along with your champagne + a FREE Lamb delicacy when you reserve before Feb 14!

Takeout: Get a bottle of wine + a FREE Lamb delicacy when you pre-order before Feb 14

Redeem offers + view menu/more info at mauryascuisine.com/val2021

Offer Validity: 14th February 2021

Book: Registration must be done before Feb 14 at mauryascuisine.com/val2021

Kamloops Florist

Special Offered: Vase Arrangement $79.95

Offer Validity: Until 14th February 2021

Buy: https://kamloopsflorist.net/valentine-s-day-flowers.html

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Storybook Village Winners

Storybook Village Winners

Due to the current events and ongoing health-pandemic, Downtown Kamloops decided to switch things this year regarding the 40th Annual Santa Parade. Downtown businesses worked together to spread cheer this holiday season while following social distancing protocols. Business fronts displayed lights, ornaments, characters, music, and window paint to transform the Downtown core into a winter wonderland. The Storybook Village initiative provided a safe way to spend time connecting with the community and was the largest outdoor celebration of the year. Thanks to the efforts of downtown businesses, this “Non-parade” was a smashing success.

Each store was assigned one or more pages from popular holiday stories, songs, or folklore. Guided by an online map, pedestrians could follow along with pages from popular holiday stories and songs. Our goal was to cultivate the holiday spirit, support local businesses, and continue the Santa Parade tradition in a unique way.

We asked you, the public, to help decide a winner by public choice for the “Best Represented Story” and “The Best Represented Story.” Downtown Kamloops appreciates your feedback and interaction!

The winner of the “Best Represented Story” is The Art We Are, for their visual rendition of the famous story “The Christmas Carol.” Feeling peckish, or want to support local artists? Check out their hours, menu, and more at https://www.theartweare.com/

Photo Credit: Frank Luka

St. Johns Ambulance won first place in the “Best Festive Decor” category, with their window display of a holiday classic “Frosty the Snowman.” Need safety training, or want to donate to this local business? Click this link!

 

Congratulations to these winners, and thank you to all of those who participated in or voted for the event. These businesses appreciate your continued support!

We at Downtown Kamloops hope everyone had a very merry holiday season. Stay positive, support local, and stay safe!

To check out the original link, just click here.

Mask-wearing now Mandatory

Mask-wearing now Mandatory

Throughout the pandemic, Downtown’s businesses and services have continually followed advice intended to ensure our employees’ and consumers’ health, safety, and well-being. Mask-wearing is now mandatory by the new public health order.

Downtown Kamloops sincerely appreciates the support, understanding, and compliance within our community.

On Tuesday, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth announced that anyone who fails to comply with the mandatory mask order for indoor public spaces could be looking at a $230 fine. Masks are now required to be worn by all British Columbians who are 12 years and older, in many public indoor settings. Anyone without a mask in an indoor public place, or who refuses to follow the directive, may be subject to a $230 fine. This includes the order to leave the space, or anyone who responds with abusive or belligerent behaviour.

Mask-wearing now mandatory in these places:

  • malls, shopping centres, coffee shops, and retail and grocery stores;
  • liquor and drug stores;
  • airports, city halls, libraries, community and recreation centres;
  • restaurants, pubs and bars;
  • places of public worship;
  • on public transportation, in a taxi or ride-sharing vehicle;
  • common areas of office buildings, courthouses, hospitals and hotels;
  • common areas of sport and fitness centres when not engaged in physical activity; and
  • common areas of post-secondary institutions and non-profit organizations.

A mask or face covering is a medical or non-medical mask covering the nose and mouth. Face shields are not considered allowable, as there is an opening below the mouth.

People who cannot wear a mask, or who cannot put on or remove a mask without others’ assistance, are exempt. A person may not be able to wear a mask due to a psychological, behavioural or health condition, or due to a physical, cognitive or mental impairment.

Masks may be removed temporarily in indoor public places to identify the person wearing the mask, for consuming food or beverage at a restaurant or similar location. You may also remove your mask while participating in a sport or fitness activity in a sports facility, and while you are receiving a personal or health service that requires the mask to be removed.

On behalf of Downtown Kamloops, we appreciate your ongoing support and understanding. Community commitment and compliance will prevent the spread of Covid-19 and allow businesses to continue operating.

Learn More: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support

 

20 Must Have’s on the CAP Holiday Wish List

20 Must Have’s on the CAP Holiday Wish List

Each of us’s challenge during the holiday season is what to gift to our loved ones. Perhaps you asked your dad what he wants, and all he said was, “I want for my family to be happy” (not helpful, Dad). Or maybe you asked your sister, and all she wants is a new laptop that you can’t afford to buy her (Let’s be realistic, Sis). Whatever the case, we here at Downtown Kamloops wanted to help you with a cheat sheet. The CAP Team has gone to all of our favourite stores downtown and put together their own wish list. Here is the CAP Holiday Wish List: 20 items from 20 stores that we think would make excellent gifts.

Ms. Whimsy’s Gift Emporium

Ms. Whimsy’s is the perfect place to start this list, as they have a fantastic selection of beautiful, handcrafted gifts. There are gifts for even the most nuanced and complicated relative, and the staff are always willing to help in any way. For Christmas, they are selling gift boxes with various entirely customizable items, which range in price. This one is full of exceptional, locally sourced food items and retails for $75.

Ms. Whimsy’s Gift Emporium’s Christmas hours will be starting in December. They will be open from 9am to 5pm, from Monday to Saturday, and from 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

The Ruby Room

The Ruby Room is a store for new and recycled clothing for the modern woman. Their curated selection of clothing is full of gems, so it’s a great place to browse. We highlight their beautiful new caracol scarves, which are available starting at only $22.99.

The Ruby Room is open from 10:30am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday.

Far + Wide

Far + Wide is a unique little store in downtown Kamloops that sells home decor and lifestyle goods, focusing on small batch and locally sourced items. They also sell plants and some curated vintage pieces. All of their products are beautiful, so it’s hard to go wrong with buying a gift here. Our gift pick is their gorgeous line of Esther and Erik candles since they’re the only store in BC’s interior that sells them. These candles are handmade in Denmark and range in price from $17.50 to $34.00, depending on their size.

Photo Credit: Far + Wide

Far + Wide is open from 10am to 5:30pm from Tuesday to Friday, from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays, and from noon to 4pm on Sundays. Online Shop coming soon.

Cycle Logic

Cycle Logic is the stop to shop for all your outdoor sports needs. In the summer, they have tons of bike equipment and accessories, and in the winter, they pivot to skiing and snowboarding. Rest assured, this store will have something you can gift to the athlete in your life. Our pick is this bike pump and multi-tool pair. The two products go together, with the multi-tool fitting inside the pump for easy storage, making this an excellent gift. Both items are $78 each.

Cycle Logic is open from 9am to 6pm from Monday to Saturday.

The Vic Downtown Coffee Bistro

The Vic is the perfect place to stop in for a hot cup of coffee or to relax with a cup of their delicious hot buttered rum chai. They have several gift items available from local artisans, including their own coffee, roasted in house, or handmade mugs. The CAP Team has selected Under the Deck Honey, which The Vic sells for $8.99 for 500g. This is the perfect gift for the tea drinker in your life, and it is locally sourced and unpasteurized.

Photo Credit: The Vic Downtown Coffee Bistro

The Vic is open from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, and from 9:30am to 4pm on Sundays.

MainStreet Clothing Co

This locally owned and operated clothing store is dedicated to bringing the public all the most recent fashions, though they focus on local designs. This makes them an excellent place to shop for the fashionista in your life. They have so many stylish options to choose from, but our favourite is this adorable Paper Label playsuit for $78. The playsuit was designed in Vancouver and comes in a variety of colours.

Photo Credit: MainStreet Clothing Co

MainStreet Clothing Co is open from 10am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday, and from noon to 4pm on Sundays.

Lavender Lingerie

Lavender Lingerie is the best place for all your lingerie needs in Downtown Kamloops. As well as selling beautiful, high-quality lingerie, they do custom bra fittings for bra sizes B to K. Our choice of product from Lavender Lingerie is the Hanky Panky thong, the world’s most comfortable thong. This thong is $28 but is totally worth it.

Photo Credit: Lavender Lingerie

Lavender Lingerie is open from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Saturday or 24 hours a day at the website.

The Golden Buddha

The Golden Buddha is the best place in Downtown Kamloops to get crystals, incense, and all of your naturalistic needs. They also have tons of gorgeous jewelry. Their little store has a calming atmosphere, and their employees are always willing to provide help and advice. Our gift pick from The Golden Buddha is one of these excellent Tarot box sets. They have a vast selection to choose from, so you can pick out the perfect one for the spiritualist in your life. They have a bunch of different boxes, ranging in price from $30 to $40.

The Golden Buddha is open from 10am to 4pm, from Tuesday to Saturday.

Manhandler Barber Shop

This local barbershop is open and staying safe this holiday season. While offering premium hair cuts, they also carry hair products for styling short hair. It was difficult to choose just one product, but Manhandler has a selection of adorable stocking stuffers available that are perfect for the stylish man (or short-haired lady) in your life. These are all available for under $12 apiece.

Photo Credit: Manhandler Barber Shop

Manhandler Barber Shop is open from 9:30am to 4:30pm from Monday to Thursday and Friday from 9:30am to 6pm. They are closed on weekends.

The Art We Are Cafe

As well as being a bustling café and restaurant, The Art We Are has an excellent selection of locally sourced gifts and art available for sale. There is a beautiful range of offerings to choose from in this cozy little café, but we’ve selected this beautiful handmade ramen bowl with chopsticks. This bowl is available for just $25 and is the perfect gift for the starving student in your life who wants to look classy while eating their fifth bowl of ramen for the day.

The Art We Are is open from 8am to 6pm from Tuesday to Saturday and is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Red Wing Shoes Kamloops

Red Wing is the perfect stop for shoes and leather goods of all kinds, making it the ideal place to shop for Christmas gifts for even the pickiest person on your shopping list. We here on the CAP Team recommend their beautiful line of Heritage Boots for men and women, which range in price from $300 to $400. These gorgeous, high-quality boots are perfect for anyone in your life since they’re stylish, comfortable, and durable. And, even if $300 is out of your price range, Red Wing still has a ton of other great products at lower prices, so be sure to stop by and take a look.

Photo Credit: Red Wing Shoes

Red Wing is open 10am to 5:30pm from Monday to Friday, from 9:30am to 5pm on Saturdays, and is closed Sundays.

Jardine’s Domaine

Jardine’s Domaine is the cornerstone of accessible fashion in downtown Kamloops. Within are clothes, jewelry, and a large selection of gorgeous bags. Our picks are these adorable Smash & Tess Rompers from $120. These come in various styles, sizes, and colours, so there are tons to choose from.

Jardine’s Domaine is open from 10am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday.

Desert Rain Giftware

This little store is absolutely packed with memorable gifts for every member of the family. However, we thought that these adorable mermaid pyjamas were too cute to pass up. They’re available for $32.99 and are the perfect gift for the little mermaid in your life. There are countless options for gifts and treats in Desert Rain, so be sure to stop by this holiday season.

Photo Credit: Desert Rain

Desert Rain Giftware is open from 9:30am to 5:30pm from Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

Castles & Cottages

Castles & Cottages is chock-full of extraordinary gifts. It’s the kind of gift you could get lost in, surrounded by high-quality household decor and goods. All of their products are hand-picked and guaranteed to please. It was difficult to recommend just one with many beautiful products, but we have selected these unique aprons, which are the perfect gift for the chef in your life. These lovely aprons are available in a variety of colours for only $34.

High Octane Comics & Collectibles

This is the kind of store that the nerds in your life can spend hours in. It has everything we could ever imagine, from comics and board games to mini-figures and even a talking Batman cookie jar. We decided the perfect gift from this store would be a Dungeons & Dragons Starter Kit. It could be that you know someone who’s always been wanting to get into Dungeons & Dragons or perhaps someone who has just started their journey. For both options, this is the perfect fit for them. They have a few different boxes to choose from, but my favourite is the one that costs $30, although they do have a slightly more expensive one that includes a mini figure, and that’s pretty cool.

High Octane is open from 11am to 4p on Sundays and Mondays, from 11am to 5:30pm from Tuesday to Friday, and from 11am to 5pm on Sundays.

Genesis Beauty Boutique

Genesis Beauty Boutique is a salon, spa, and boutique. They have a great selection of services to offer, including hairstyling, microblading, and pedicures. They also have a ton of great items for men and women at reasonable prices. This super-soft, comfy sweater is $110 and is the perfect gift for anyone in your family.

Genesis Beauty Boutique is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

Aina Salon & Spa

This beautiful spot is one of the most relaxing places in the downtown core. With many services available, including massages, manicures, pedicures, and body sugaring, they also have many lifestyle products for sale. The store is full of scented candles, bath products, and essential oils to choose from. Right now, they have a bunch of Self-Care Gift Boxes on sale for the holidays. They have many premade gift boxes available at different price points and are also making custom gift boxes on order. We’ve chosen their premade Night Ritual Self-Care Gift Box, which is for sale for $45.50.

Photo Credit:Aina Salon & Spa

Aina Salon & Spa is open from 10am to 6pm on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 10am to 9pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays and is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

The Modern Family Boutique

Our favourite product is the Só Flaky Magnesium Bath Flake Soak, a little boutique that a lot to offer in this cozy store. This luxurious product is the perfect gift for the person in your life who needs to relax. It’s unscented, so it’s ideal for even to most sensitive of noses. A 600g bag is $22.

Photo Credit:The Modern Family Boutique

The Modern Family Boutique is open from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Saturday and is closed on Sundays.

Barnacle Records

It can be so hard to shop for music lovers, so it’s a good thing that Barnacle Records has everything you could want from a record store. They have a large selection of records to choose from in every genre, as well as CDs and tapes. In their current promotion, all CDs are $5 or 6 for $20, making this the perfect sale for that particular music lover in your life.

Barnacle Records’ Christmas hours start on December 7th, when they’ll be open from 9am to 6pm on weekdays, from 10am to 5pm on Saturdays, and from 12pm to 4pm Sundays.

Blowfish Hair Studio

This little hair salon packs a big punch. It’s got style, personality, and passion. Their stylists are dedicated to making your appearance is a reflection of your true self. They also have many fantastic hair products for sale and some bundles put together just for the holidays. We recommend Kevin Murphy’s Hydrate Me Wash, Hydrate Me Rinse, and Young Again Serum, all for only $71. These three products, used together, are sure to make your hair feel rejuvenated and refreshed.

Photo Credit: Blowfish Hair Studio

Blowfish Hair Studio is open from Tuesday to Saturday, with late night appointments available on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

So that’s the Downtown Kamloops CAP Team Holiday Wish List! Be sure to give these stores your love this holiday season to help them through the pandemic.

For more information about Downtown Kamloops’s plans this holiday season, check out downtownkamloops.com

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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3 Things to Do in Downtown Kamloops this Thanksgiving

3 Things to Do in Downtown Kamloops this Thanksgiving

Fall is officially upon us! With this comes many things: sweater weather, pumpkins, falling leaves, and, most importantly, Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a great time to spend with friends and family. With the pandemic still affecting everything in our lives, it’s hard to know how best to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. So, we here at Downtown Kamloops thought we would put together a list of 3 ways you can safely celebrate this Thanksgiving.

Picnic in the park (with food from Salty Fig Catering Co.!)

Salty Fig Catering Company is offering a special Thanksgiving meal this year. Their full meal includes and artisanal turkey sandwich, a fall harvest salad, and a pumpkin cookie. The meal can be pre-ordered by calling (604) 290-4237 and can be picked up on Friday, October 9th at their 1428 Lorne Street Location between 11 and 1:30.

Once you have your food, you can eat it wherever you want. But, we here at Downtown Kamloops recommend a socially distanced picnic at Riverside Park.

A scenic walk through Downtown Kamloops

Though, many stores will be closed for the holiday, there’s still plenty to see in Downtown Kamloops this holiday weekend. The fall colours are lovely downtown, and what better way to spend socially distanced time with your family than to go for a walk?

Thanksgiving dinner at Cordo Resto & Bar

Cordo Resto & Bar has a very special Thanksgiving dinner this year. They are offering a three-course meal for $35, just the main course turkey dinner for $25, or a children’s turkey dinner with pie for $16. For a starter, they are offering either a delicious butternut squash and apple soup or a beet and quinoa salad. For their main course, they have roasted smoked turkey, chorizo sausage stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes and pan gravy, house-made cranberry compote, and local farm vegetables. For dessert they have, of course, freshly baked pumpkin pie and whipped cream.

This meal is available Sunday, October 11th and Monday, October 12th by reservation. Book your table at cordorestobar.com or by phoning (778) 471-8035.

 

For more information, please contact Downtown Kamloops at (250) 372-3242 or visit our website here.

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.