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.
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Customer Driven and Reliable
For forty years, CML Properties has provided outstanding property management services to commercial and residential properties in Kamloops. Ken Wallin started the company in 1980, and CML Properties has been in the Wallin family ever since. Their team is committed to best practice property management services. Their clientele knows they can expect a maximum return on their investment as well as the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their properties are in the best hands. CML Properties has built a reputation for excellence and reliability in the interior of BC. Many of CML’s clients have been with them since they first opened their doors four decades ago. CML’s unique combination of industry expertise and best practice systems makes them an industry leader. They are known for providing excellent property stewardship to their customers.
A Kamloops Business
CML Properties is also first and foremost a Kamloops business. Their location on Lansdowne Street makes them especially accessible to their clientele. Their team is proud to be a part of the Kamloops community. They especially enjoy being a part of Downtown Kamloops, with its vibrant atmosphere and scenery. Kamloops is in CML’s roots, and they are loyal to their customer base. Having been a part of the Downtown Kamloops community for so long, they are experts on what it takes to succeed here. We asked the HR and office manager at CML Properties, Joan Zammit, what advice she would give to new businesses in Downtown Kamloops. She replied, “Support other local businesses. [Kamloops] is a wonderful community and being able to support one another in our business needs is what makes everyone stronger. Find a mentor who has been through this before and use them for guidance.”
The CML Properties office is located at 272 Lansdowne Street. It is open from 8:30-4:30, Monday to Friday. They also have a 24-hour emergency service available to their clients. They can be reached by calling (250) 372-1232. For more information, please visit their website at https://www.cmlproperties.ca/.
For anyone looking for a patient-centered dental experience, Empire Dental is the place to go. Dr. Dhaval Admar, BDS, DDS, owns Empire Dental and is committed to giving his clients world-class dentistry. He is committed to doing this without sacrificing excellent customer service. Always considerate, Dr. Admar makes sure to listen to his clients’ wants and needs before coming up with a treatment plan. He is also passionate about giving his clients the best treatment available and stays up to date on the latest techniques and technologies. He uses 3D scanning, laser technology, and digital smile design technology among many others to ensure his clients are receiving the best care possible.
Dr. Admar first received his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 2010 in India before immigrating to Canada where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 2014. He then worked as an associate dentist in Saskatoon, SK. In 2018, Dr. Admar moved to Kamloops and purchased the Empire Dental practice. Dr. Admar now employs five dental hygienists, assistants, and receptionists who are all committed to providing the best service possible to their clients.
The staff at Empire Dental love working in downtown Kamloops. Dr. Admar was motivated to move to BC because of the mountains, and to Kamloops in specific because he was drawn to the tight-knit working environment at Empire Dental. According to his staff, they love the vibrant atmosphere downtown and the friendly, welcoming people.
Empire Dental’s hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30 pm. For more information, visit their website at www.empiredental.ca or phone them at 250-374-7227.
Extended patios to sweep Downtown Kamloops! As restrictions lift across B.C., more and more Kamloops businesses are expanding their patios. They hope that more outdoor seating will bring customers to the downtown area while still letting them maintain a safe social distance. Many restaurants, cafes, and retail stores have already applied to the City of Kamloops for this expansion. The Vic Cafe at 377 Victoria Street was the first business to open its expanded patio earlier this month.
As part of its Open with Care campaign, the KCBIA wants to help businesses extend their patios. The Open with Care campaign is part of a strategy supported by BIA’s across the province intended to help businesses to open safely. It is designed for organizations within the KCBIA area. Read more at www.downtownkamloops.com/open-with-care/
Other businesses with plans to expand their patios include Dorian Greek House, Motivo, and Blue Sky Clothing. However, many others are soon to join them. We’re excited to see more patios popping up in our downtown as we enter the summer season. Kamloops residents are eager to enjoy the summer weather, so this development is sure to bring business to the downtown area. We can’t wait to see you this summer!
We encourage businesses with an interest in extended patios to email Christine Beaton at email@example.com. Application forms are also available from the City of Kamloops.
For more information please visit www.kamloops.ca/sites/default/files/docs/homes-businesses/outdoorpatioguidelines.pdf
The first thing customers can expect when walking into the Lansdowne Liquor Store is that they will be greeted right away with a smile. The staff are always eager to help their customers find what they need. The store, which has been serving the downtown community for twelve years, employs nine staff members.
Ileene, the store manager, is proud of her employees, who she describes as excellent. The staff at the Lansdowne Liquor Store are knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. This, she says, is what keeps her customers coming back for more. When asked about the history of the business, Ileene responded, laughing, “It’s just liquor. That’s it, that’s the history.”
Lansdowne Liquor is at 225-450 Lansdowne Street, and is perfectly located to serve its downtown clientele. Ileene loves working downtown and enjoys seeing the diverse people who come through the business’s front door.
Lansdowne Liquor is open Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 9pm, and on Sundays from 10am to 8pm. Be sure to stop by, say hi, and see what they have on sale. Lansdowne Liquor can be reached by phoning 250-571-1377 or by going to their website, www.lansdowneliquor.ca.
For more on Downtown Kamloops’s People of the Neighbourhood, visit www.downtownkamloops.com/news-and-blog-downtown-kamloops/people-of-the-neighbourhood/
For the past four years, Kelsey Grimm and her team of counsellors at Healing Spaces have been helping clients through difficult times. Kelsey is the founder of this experienced and enthusiastic team, having created Healing Spaces with a dream to provide support and give people someone to talk to when life gets heavy. Healing Spaces is currently made up of a team of seven counsellors, each trained in different specializations, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, trauma therapy, anxiety and depression, and EMDR, or Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.
It is clear from talking to Kelsey Grimm that she is passionate about her work. When asked about what makes her proudest about her work, Kelsey told us that she loves seeing her clients leave feeling good. Her favourite moment is when clients tell her they don’t need her anymore, and hers is probably one of the few business owners who want their clients to stop coming back.
Kelsey has created a welcoming, open environment, complete with a book nook where clients can find books on a variety of subjects related to mental health and healing. The book nook also contains weighted blankets that can help with anxiety. The clean, sunlit office is a peaceful setting where clients are sure to feel safe and at-home.
For more information, or to set up an appointment, Kelsey and her team can be reached by phone at 1-877-325-7484 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their hours vary, but appointments are available from 8 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday. For more information, please go to www.healingspaces.centre.