Happy International Women’s Day 2021!
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Special Offered: Special Heart-Shaped Pizza
Offer Validity: TBA
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
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
Special Offered: 3 Exhibitions, including one exclusively featuring Hearts for Heart Month.
Offer Validity: Running until February 20th, 2021
Visit: 7 Seymour St W
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
Option 1 – Wellness Massage And Red Light Combo
Wellness Massage Therapy Muscle Energy (MET), Myofascial Release
50 Canadian dollars
Option 2 – CranioSacral Therapy
It’s good for Trauma Release, PTSD, Chronic Pain etc. Non-Invasive treatment, clients remain dressed for the session
80 Canadian dollars
Option 3 – Sunshine Red Light Therapy Sampler
Why not add some Sunshine to your life! 15 Minute Session -Non-Invasive treatment
15 Canadian dollars
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
50 Canadian dollars
Option 5 – Red Light Therapy Treatment
For Acute and Chronic Pain Management
1 hr 15 min
70 Canadian dollars
Offer Validity: Valid till July 2, 2021
Visit: #7, 231 Victoria St W 2nd floor
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
Special Offered: 20% off passes
Offer Validity: Feb 12-15, 2021
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
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
Special Offered: Vase Arrangement $79.95
Offer Validity: Until 14th February 2021
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.
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
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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:
Contact Number: 250 574 7112
Contact Number: 250 819 9448
Contact Number: 778 838 6642
Contact Number: 250 570 2442
Happy holidays, stay safe!
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.
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
Tuesday, October 20th, 100pm – 200pm: Market research and emerging trends in consumer behavior
Tuesday, October 20th, 230pm – 330pm: Smart marketing in a changing world
Wednesday, October 21st, 900am – 1200pm: Blogging to promote your business
Thursday, October 22nd, 100pm – 400pm: Decolonizing, indigenizing and reconciling entrepreneurship
Friday, October 23rd, 900am – 1000am: Google strategies for your local business
Friday, October 23rd, 300pm – 400pm: Staying relevant in uncertain times
Follow us on Instagram for a spotlight on businesses.
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! 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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
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/.
Taste of Downtown Kamloops
The Taste of Downtown is back, and now it’s bigger and better than ever. From July 31st to August 31st, patrons of the downtown are encouraged to purchase a Taste of Downtown passport for a minimum donation of $5. This passport will allow them access to special offers and discounts at participating downtown restaurants and cafes. The participating businesses and their promotions will be announced at a later date.
How Can You Participate?
Businesses that wish to participate are encouraged to contact the KCBIA by phone at (250) 372 3242. The deadline for businesses to join is July 15th. All businesses have to do is fill out a registration form stating what promotion they will be offering. Donations of merchandise and gift cards are also appreciated as we will be giving out weekly prizes to passport holders. There will be a grand prize given out at the end of the event. Passport holders who have received at least ten stamps in their passport and who have kept their receipts are eligible for the grand prize. Once the event begins, patrons will show their passport to participating businesses to receive special offers and discounts. There is no additional cost to businesses to participate, but donations of prizes are welcome.
In past years, the Taste of Downtown has been a day-long event, but this year we’re doing things a bit differently. As part of the KCBIA’s #OpenWithCare campaign, this year the Taste of Downtown will be a month-long event, from July 31st to August 31st. This is to spread crowds out and ensure proper social distancing can be maintained throughout the event.
Passports can be acquired starting on July 25th at our main office at 246 2nd Avenue Monday to Friday, from 10am to 5pm and Monday to Saturday at our 340 Victoria Street office from 11am to 1pm.
For more information about Downtown Kamloops, please visit downtownkamloops.ca or phone us at (250) 372 3242.
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!
As Kamloops businesses open up, many worry about the increased risk of infection with COVID-19. However, there are ways that we can open our city safely, but we need everyone’s help. How can you help #OpenWithCare?
Wear A Mask To Help Out
Studies have shown that wearing masks in public can greatly reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. According to the Government of Canada website, wearing a non-medical mask or face-covering is recommended in crowded public settings such as stores, shopping areas, and public transportation. You’ll know your face mask or face covering is effective if it allows for easy breathing, fits securely to the head, and is made of at least 2 layers of tightly-woven material fabric (such as cotton or linen). If your mask becomes damp or dirty, change it out for a new one as soon as possible. If it’s a cloth mask, wash it. Your mask should be comfortable and not require frequent adjustment, as touching your face increases your chance of contracting COVID-19.
Never share your mask with others. Never place a mask on anyone under two years of age, on someone who is unable to remove it themselves, or who has trouble breathing. Your mask should not impair your vision. It should also not be made of plastic or other non-breathable materials, or anything that might fall apart easily, like tape. Masks with exhalation valves are not recommended, because they don’t protect others from COVID-19 and don’t limit the spread of the virus.
Sanitize To Help Out
Hand washing is the most effective way to limit the spread of any virus or bacteria. If you are unable to wash your hands, however, sanitizing them is the next best option. Hand sanitizer is convenient, effective, and can be found at most drug stores. As part of the province’s reopening plan, most businesses have hand sanitizer available to customers. It’s also a good idea to keep a small bottle on your person or in your vehicle.
Social Distance To Help Out
When in public spaces, stay 6ft or 2m from those around you. This is because if someone near you has the virus, droplets from their nose or mouth are not likely to travel this distance when they speak or cough. It is still a good idea to wear a mask even if you are socially distancing because it further reduces the spread of droplets. If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into your elbow, not into your hand.
We are currently in Phase 3 of BC’s reopening plan. As such, according to the Government of BC website, the recommended maximum number of people at a gathering is six. However, even in small groups, social distancing is still encouraged. Avoid touching others whenever possible and remember to wash your hands or sanitize after you do so.
Support Kamloops To Help Out
This has been a difficult time for people and businesses everywhere. The impacts of the pandemic on our economy are still being measured, but are expected to be severe. To help mitigate the impact, it’s a good idea to shop at Kamloops owned and operated businesses. These small businesses have been hit the hardest by the pandemic and need our support the most. Try to eat at a local restaurant once a week, or, even better, order takeout from them and enjoy your food from the safety of your own home. Buy coffee from your local coffee shop instead of a chain. If you have extra funds, consider donating them. Charities like the Kamloops Food Bank, the BCSPCA, and others are particularly vulnerable during these uncertain times. Doing these small things can make a huge difference in helping our city, province, and country get back on its feet.
Be Kind To Help Out
In this trying time, many individuals feel stressed about the future and about the current situation. It is more important than ever to be kind to and understanding of those around us. As our provincial health officer, Dr. Bonny Henry, says, “Be kind. Be calm. Be safe.” These lessons are among the most important ones we can learn from her. It may be difficult to follow them as the pandemic stretches on with no end in sight, but they are vitally important. If you feel you need to speak to a counsellor, there are many free online resources available to those struggling during the COVID-19 crisis.
Together, we can stop the spread of COVID-19 and help our economy survive, but everyone needs to do their part. For more information about BC’s response to the pandemic, visit the BC Government’s COVID-19 response website at www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support. For more information about Canada’s response to the pandemic, go to www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/canadas-reponse.html. And for more about business reopening in Kamloops, visit Downtown Kamloops’s #OpenWithCare page at www.downtownkamloops.com/open-with-care/.
Finally, ride-hailing is coming to Kamloops! KABU, a Richmond-based ride-hailing company launched in Kamloops on July 1st. They are partnering with the local tour and shuttle company TasteFull Excursions to provide service to Kamloops and the surrounding area, including Sun Peaks. This comes as exciting news for Kamloops residents. As the economy reopens and business picks up downtown and across the city, it seems the perfect time to launch this new venture.
At the moment, KABU’s hours are limited as the service starts up, as is their fleet. However, the company plans on expanding soon to 24-hour service, seven days a week. For now, they are running seven days a week from 6am to 11am, and until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.
KABU’s app is available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. To hail a ride, one must simply download the app. KABU is also able to accommodate a variety of needs, and different sizes of parties. Their drivers are required to have a Class 1, Class 2, or Class 4 license, and are also required to obtain their own business license. According to their website, “drivers keep 80 percent of their revenues … and full-time drivers qualify for subsidized health, dental, disability, and illness coverage, along with a free $250,000 life insurance policy.”
Kamloops is beginning to come to life once more now that summer is here and with BC emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents are eager to explore the city, and KABU is certain to help with this. It’s also exciting that KABU is a BC-based company, meaning that its users are giving back to their province’s economy.
For more information about KABU and its services, or to apply to drive for them, visit www.kabu.ca
A Taste of Thailand
As co-owner of the only Thai restaurant in Kamloops, Kamphon Muktier of Krob Krua Thai Restaurant knows that he has an important job in bringing the flavours of his home country to Downtown Kamloops. His customers appreciate his melding of Canadian and Thai flavours to create a palette that is unique to our city. Most of Krob Krua’s customers are not Thai themselves but have been to Thailand and are eager to enjoy a Thai meal. Others have never been to Thailand and are looking for an introduction to Thai cuisine. As well, Kamphon is more than happy to help any would-be travelers to Thailand learn about Thai cuisine and culture.
A Family Business
When deciding on what to name his restaurant, Kamphon followed Thai culture. In Thailand, it is traditional for a name to have meaning. Kamphon started his business with his wife, and their main value as a company is family. They settled on the name Krob Krua because it means family in Thai. Family and community are incredibly important to the Krob Krua team. They usually employ between ten and twelve workers, whom they consider as part of their family. Part of the reason they love doing business in Downtown Kamloops is because of its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Kamphon knows that if ever he is in need, he can ask his neighbours for help. He also is passionate about giving back to his community. He and his wife donate regularly to the Kamloops Food Bank the BCSPCA, and are dedicated to helping those around them.
Krob Krua Thai Restaurant is usually open for dine-in or take-out from 11:30am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday, and for take-out only on Sundays. During the pandemic, however, they are only open for take-out, but are open seven days a week. For more information, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Krobkruathairestaurant/ or call them at (250) 828-0645.
To read more about the People of the Neighbourhood, visit https://www.downtownkamloops.com/news-and-blog-downtown-kamloops/people-of-the-neighbourhood/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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/.