Downtown Kamloops Business OPEN + Updates #YKASTRONG

Downtown Kamloops Business OPEN + Updates #YKASTRONG

We have put together a list of Downtown Kamloops Business OPEN + Updates which is subject to change. It includes all temporary closures, take-out options, pick-up, online stores, and other business models that will help our community #ykastrong. We will try and update this list the best we can so you can make the necessary decisions. Downtown Kamloops met with many of our local businesses recently to see how they are dealing with this challenging time. Our businesses are working together while ensuring their employees, customers, and the community stay safe. They are taking all the precautions necessary. We should continue to be conscientious and kind to one another. We are a resilient community indeed!

Last Updated on March 2 Mask/ Face Coverings is mandatory in every business.

Store Fronts & Online

Takeout & Delivery

Services & Entertainment

Grocery and Pharmacies

Health, wellness & Beauty

Online Stores + Store Fronts:

Here is an updated list of open storefronts and online stores! Please double-check the store’s website for any changes/updates. 

406 Sportswear LTD.

  • (250) 828-6297
  • The storefront will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. No more than 4 people in the store at one time. Private appointments are also available, please e-mail us at 406sportswearltd@gmail.com

808 & Bench

  • (236) 425-1200

Afternoon Auxiliary RIH

  • (250) 314-2331
  • Open 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday to Friday, and 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturday
  • Social distancing rules in place

All Aboard Games›

  • (250) 377-0745

Anderson’s Sewing Centre

  • (250) 374-1154
  • Open Monday to Saturday 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
  • Storefront is still open

Andres Electronic Experts 

  • (250) 377-8007
  • Open Monday to Saturday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Arwen’s Apparel

  • (778) 257-3344
  • Open Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Upon entering please sanitize your hands
  • Dressing rooms are open

Barnacle Records

  • 250-372-1963
  • We are open regular hours! Please check out barnaclerecords.com to shop for a wide variety of new and used vinyl. We ship to folks outside of Kamloops. Thank you for your continued support!
  • Mon-Fri: 11am – 6pm, Sat: 10am – 5pm, Sun: Closed
  • Only 7 people allowed in the store at once

The Bench Jewelry Co.

  • Call (259) 377-8871 or (604) 997-5635
  • (Normal Hours of operation: Tuesday-Saturday 10 am – 5 pm)
  • Temporary hours: by appointment or Thursday – Saturday.

Big Boot Inn

  • (250) 372-3551
  • The storefront is open! Online shopping is also available. Check out our website!
  • Mon – Fri: 9:30-5:30, ​​Saturday: 9:30-5:00, ​Sunday & Holidays: Closed

Bikini Bills

  • (250) 828-9400
  • Open Monday to Friday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Please sanitize your hands upon entering the store

Blue Sky Clothing

  • (236) 425-1100
  • Monday – Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM
  • Online Store https://blueskyclothingco.com/
  • Personal Shopping by Appointment: 9AM – 10AM & 5PM – 6PM
  • kamloops@blueskyclothingco.com

The Book Place

  • (250) 374-1172
  • Open Monday to Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Brown’s Repair

  • (250) 372-3656
  • Open Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and Saturday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Camera House Ltd

  • Open Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • (250) 374-4611

Casa Decor

  • (250) 372-2588
  • We only allow appointments right now
  • Open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Castles and Cottages & Ciao Bella Boutique

  • (250) 374-6704
  • Storefront Now Open!
  • Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 5:00pm, Saturday 9:30am – 5:00pm, Sunday: 12-4
  • 10 customers are allowed in the shop at a time
  • We are still providing curbside pick-up which is available during store hours:
  • Free shipping on all orders over $100,
  • A flat rate of $15 for orders $99 and under.

Classic Eyewear Today

  • (250) 374-3937
  • Open Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Please schedule an appointment by phone

Cloverdale Paint

  • (250) 377-8718
  • Open Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm Saturday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Limit of 5 people allowed in the store
  • Still accepting curbside pickup

Cool Running, Walking, and Fitness

  • (250) 253-2737
  • The storefront is now open! 10am – 5pm. We are doing everything we can to keep ourselves, our shoppers, and our community safe. If you’re not comfortable coming into the store, call Ray at 250-253-2737 and we will arrange to deliver safely.


  • (250) 372-2905
  • Open Thursday to Tuesday 8:30 am to 6:00 pm Saturday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Contactless Pick up is available

Crooked Crown

  • (250)-214-7000
  • Tuesday Curbside Pickup: Order by 2:30 pm on Tuesday, and pick up your order from 404 Victoria St between 3 pm – 5 pm.
  • Saturday Curbside Pick Up: Order by 10 am on Saturday, and pick up your order from 404 Victoria St between 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Please proceed to the door where a safe pick up zone will be set up!
  • While shopping in the store please sanitize your hands

Cycle Logic

  • (250) 374-4515
  • Open Monday to Saturday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Dancy Pants Boutique

  • (250) 314-6634
  • Open, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Check their social media for more information
  • Please wear a mask
  • Curbside pickup is now available

Desert Rain Giftware

  • (236) 425-2555
  • Storefront open Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Please sanitize your hands upon entering the store

Doctor Love & Hemp City

  • (250) 314-1440
  • Open Monday to Saturday 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • Please social distance while in the store
  • Limited amount of people allowed in the store
  • Storefront open Monday to Sunday from 10 am – 10 pm!


  • (250) 372-0810
  • Open Monday to Saturday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sundays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Please follow arrows on the floor
  • Face coverings are mandatory

Far & Wide

  • (250) 571-1479
  • Open Tuesday to Friday 10:00 – 5:30 Saturday 10:00 – 4:00 and Sunday 12:00 – 4:00. check out the online store for your shopping needs! Pickup services and delivery available. More information to come, stay connected via Instagram & Facebook
  • Free shipping on orders of $150 or more

Fashion 5

  • (250) 374-1516
  • Open but with new hours call them for more information
  • Please sanitize your hands upon entering the store

Ferguson Equipment

  • (250) 372-3579
  • Please sanitize your hands when entering the business
  • Open Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:30 pm and Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Please wear a face covering
  • The washrooms are closed

First Comes Love Gowns & Events

  • (778) 471-2445

The Golden Buddha

  • (250) 374-1578
  • Open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Please sanitize your hands upon entering and maintain social distancing
  • Online pick up is still allowed call or email to place your order
  • 8 people are allowed in the store
  • To visit our store, book an appointment either over the phone or online and we will contact you with important info regarding our new procedures and what to expect during your appointment.

High Octane Comics

  • (250) 377-8444
  • Open Tuesday to Saturday, Wednesday and Friday are 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm and Tuesday and Thursday are 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm, Saturday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Limited amount of people allowed in the store

Instinct Adornment 

  • (250) 377-3877
  • Open Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Please sanitize hands upon entering
  • 8 people allowed in the store
  • Please check out their website for more information

Instinct Adornment & Arwen’s Apparel 

  • (250) 377-3877
  • SHOWROOM IS OPEN! We will be limiting clients to 6 in the studio to allow for social distancing. Clients may try on clothing, of their choice.

Jardines Domaine (Special offers for healthcare workers)

  • (250) 374-1424
  • Storefront is open Monday to Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Online shopping, delivery & pick up available!
  • Storefront Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm.

Jonathan Buchner gems and Jewellery

  • (250) 374-4367
  • Open Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Only 6 people are allowed in the store

Kamloops Florist

  • (250) 828-6211
  • Open Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Pick up and Delivery is still available
  • Face coverings are mandatory

Kennell’s Shoes Ltd. 

  • (250) 374-1711 or (250) 371-3109
  • Storefront hours open Tuesday to Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
  • Please sanitize your hands upon entering the business
  • Storefront open 7 days a week, regular hours. Check out their website for online shopping deals!

Lansdowne Liquor Store

  • (250) 571-1377
  • Open Monday to Saturday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Lavender Lingerie Kamloops

  • (250) 314-1223
  • Storefront is now open 10 AM – 4 PM Tuesday to Saturday

London Drugs

  • (250) 372-3445
  • Open Monday to Saturday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • 8:00 am to 9:00 am is for seniors shopping
  • Please social distance by keeping 2 meters away from people
  • Free Curbside Pick-up is available

Long & McQuade 

  • (250) 828-2234
  • Open Monday to Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Mainstreet Clothing

  • Open Monday – Saturday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • (250) 374-3018
  • Local front store deliveries (purchases over $60) Tuesday & Fridays 1-4 pm
  • Curbside Pickup Monday – Saturday 11:00 am-4:30 pm

McAllister & Howard Clothiers

  • 250-372-9588
  • Open Monday to Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Please sanitize your hands upon entering the business

Modern Family Boutique

  • 250-374-8706
  • We are currently operating at reduced hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10 am – 4 pm You can also shop online using the SHOP NOW Button and choose: 1) Curbside Pickup (pickup during store hours) or 2) Free Local Delivery on all orders over $100 (Please select Shipping)


  • (250) 828-9988
  • Open Monday to Saturday 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Ms. Whimsy’s Gift Emporium

  • (778) 644-5149
  • Storefront open 10 am – 5 pm Tuesday to Friday and 10 am – 5 pm Saturday
  • Face covering is mandatory in the store

The Mustard Seed Thrift Store

  • (250) 372-2273
  • Open Monday to Friday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Please wear a mask and sanitize your hands
  • Donations are accepted

Optiks International 

  • (250) 851-8992
  • Open for bookings
  • Please book online or call to book an appointment

Players Bench 

  • (250) 851-0344
  • Open Monday to Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Please social distance while in the business
  • No public washrooms available

Plaza Liquor Store

  • (250) 377-8075
  • Open Monday to Sunday 11:00 am to 9:00 pm Friday and Saturday 11:00 am to 11:00 pm


  • (250) 371-1500
  • Open Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Please follow the arrows inside
  • Please sanitize your hands upon entering the bank

Red Wing Shoes

  • (250) 851-2668
  • During this time, we may not be in the store, but are able to meet you in short order. Please don’t hesitate to call us and we will make arrangements. Thank you!

Rock & Smoke Shop

  • (250) 372-2106
  • Open Monday to Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Limited amount of people allowed in the store

The Ruby Room

  • (250) 828-7829
  • Open Monday to Saturday 10:30 am – 5 pm.
  • Drop-offs are welcomed Monday – Friday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Second Chances Thrift Store

  • (236) 425-1615
  • Open from 10 am until 5 pm Monday through Saturday

Sherwin-Williams Paint Store

  • (250) 372-7818
  • Open Monday to Friday 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Curbside pickup available

Signature Signs & Printing 

  • (778) 471-3282
  • Open Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Soul Stones 

  • (778) 921-0303
  • Offering Curbside Pickup can be reached through Facebook & Instagram and also via email soulstoneskamloops@gmail.com

Spitfire Computers

  • (250) 374-0078
  • Open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Spoke N’ Motion 

  • (250) 372-3001
  • Open Monday to Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Please sanitize your hands upon entering the business
  • A limited amount of customers are allowed in a store at all times

St Paul Liquor Store

  • (778) 471-6455
  • Open regular hours
  • Available for delivery on Skip the Dishes, Mitchie’s Delivery, and BizzyBee Deliveries

The Look Boutique

  • (250) 828-1000
  • Open Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Limited amount of people allowed in the store

Thrift Seller

  • (250) 374-0487
  • Open Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Universal Reproductions 

  • (250) 372-3866
  • Open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm


  • (236) 425-0097
  • The storefront now open again!
  • Monday – Saturday: 9 AM – 5 PM, Sundays: Closed

Take Out & Delivery Food: 

Some restaurants have opened for dine-in again, while some are still waiting before doing so. Note: the information here is subject to change daily, please call ahead of time to see what options they have available for you! 


  • (778) 471-0096
  • Open Tuesday to Thursday 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Friday 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm & Saturday 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm
  • Limited seating available.
  • Online order is also available

Amplified Cafe

  • (250) 828-2789
  • Get coffee beans delivered! Go to: www.coffeekamloops.com OR email: ineedcoffee@amplifiedcafe.com
  • Storefront open for take-out! Check Facebook for hour updates!

The Art We Are 

  • (250) 828-7998
  • Open from 8 am until 6 pm Monday through Saturday with a maximum of 50% capacity

Booster Juice

  • (250) 828-7113
  • Open Monday to Saturday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Pick up, Skip the Dishes, Mitchie’s Delivery, and Door Dash are available
  • Limit of 2 people allowed in the store at all times
  • Curbside pick up is available

Caffe Motivo

  • (250) 372-3565
  • Limited seating available
  • No online orders available at this time
  • Open Monday to Saturday, 8 am – 2 pm. Stay connected on Instagram for updates!

Carlos O’ Bryans

  • (250) 374-4113
  • Open Monday to Sunday 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
  • 6 people per table
  • Please wait outside and a hostess will show you to your seat
  • Serving Liquor till 10:00 pm

Casa Azul

  • 778-471-6364
  • Take out, Delivery and Dine-In are available however only 6 people per table are allowed
  • Open Wednesday and Thursday 11:30 am to 8:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 11:30 am to 9:00 pm, and Sunday 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Please let the server show you to your seat

Central Station Pub

  • (250) 372-3388
  • Open Monday to Sunday 10:00 am to 12:00 am
  • 6 people per table and please don’t change seats
  • Please sanitize your hands upon entering the pub
  • Serving Liquor till 10:00 pm

The Coconut

  • (250) 377-1160
  • Open for dine-in, take-out & delivery. Monday – Saturday 12:00pm – 8:30pm

Dairy Queen

  • (250) 372-3744
  • Open Monday to Sunday 10:00 am to 11:00 pm
  • Drive-thru, Skip the Dishes, and Door Dash and dine-ins allowed


  • (250) 374-6369
  • Open Monday to Sunday 7:00 am to 10:00 pm and Friday- Saturday open from 7:00 am- 11:00 pm
  • Call to reserve a table or order with Skip the Dishes, Door Dash, or Pickups available too
  • Get 15% off on pick-up orders

Di Muzio Ristorante

  • (250) 371-0245
  • Open for both dine-in and take-out
  • Open from 5:00 pm- 9:00 pm Tuesday to Saturday

Dorian Greek House 

  • (250) 377-8786
  • Open Sunday to Thursday 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm and Friday to Saturday 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Open for delivery & curbside pick-up and eating-in

Dragon Wok & Grill

  • (250) 377-3715
  • Open for pick up and on Skip The Dishes
  • Open 4:30 pm- 7:00 pm

Eden Bento Cafe

  • Open Monday to Saturday 11:30 am- 7:00 pm except for Saturday which is 11:30 am to 8:00 pm
  • Online ordering is now available

Frankly Coffee & Bistro

  • 250-851-9909
  • Offers Take-out & Delivery
  • Eating-in is now available
  • Open Monday to Friday 7:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

FreshSlice Pizza

  • 778-471-1122, Take out, Delivery, and Dine-In available
  • Storefront open 11:00 am – 11:00 pm Monday to Sunday
  • Please follow the arrows on the ground

Frick & Frack Taphouse

  • (250) 851-2030
  • Open regular hours
  • Open for dinning-in and pick-up orders

Hanna’s Cafe 

  • (250) 682-2561
  • Please call for more information
  • Delivery is also available on Skip The Dishes

Hello Toast

  • (250) 372-9322
  • Open Monday-Saturday 7:30 am- 3:00 pm and Sunday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Please sanitize your hands upon entering the restaurant
  • Pick-up is also available

Hoja Mongolian Grill

  • (250) 372-3166
  • Open Monday to Thursday 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Friday 11:30 am to 9:00 pm Saturday 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm Sunday to 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Open for dining in and take out

Jacob’s Noodle & Cutlet

  • (778) 471-3597
  • 12 PM – 8 PM
  • Take out & Delivery Available
  • Eating-in now available

Kamloops Inn

  • (250) 374-1127
  • Open Monday to Sunday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Kelly O’Bryan’s 

  • (250) 828-1559
  • Open Monday to Sunday 11:00 am to 11:00 pm limited seating capacity, take out & delivery available!
  • Serving liquor until 10:00 pm
  • Takes Downtown Kamloops gift cards

Klasske’s Bistro

  • (236) 425-0500
  • Open for take-out Monday – Thursday 11am – 9pm, Friday & Saturday 11am – 10pm
  • Delivery also available by Skip The Dishes and Mitchie’s Delivery

Krob Krua Thai Restaurant

  • (250) 828-0645
  • Pick Up & Delivery available through Mitchie’s Delivery
  • Open Monday to Saturday 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Please follow the arrows on the floor

Madras Masala & Grill

  • (236) 425-2211
  • Open Monday to Sunday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • Delivery is available and take-out is too
  • Delivery is with Skip the Dishes, Doordash, and Mitchie’s Delivery


  • 250-377-4969
  • Open Monday – Sunday 12:00 pm – 8:30 pm.
  • Order online for delivery & take-out: mauryascusine.com
  • Reserve a table by calling or booking online


  • (250) 314-6493
  • Pick up, Skip The Dishes, McDonald’s app and eating-in are all available
  • Please limit your stay to 30 minutes

Mittz Kitchen

  • 778-471-5050
  • Open again for dine-in! Take out available!
  • Monday to Friday open at 11 am, Saturday & Sunday, open at 10 am.
  • Happy hour is from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Moxie’s Bar and Grill

  • (250) 852-6710
  • Open from 11 am until 10 pm Sunday through Thursday, and 11 am until 11 pm Friday and Saturday
  • Open at 50% capacity with social distancing rules in place
  • 10% off food for pick-up orders
  • Maximum of 6 people per table

The Noble Pig Brewhouse 

  • (778) 471-5999
  • Open for dine-in
  • Open Monday to Sunday from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Friday and Saturday are 11:30 am to 10:00 pm
  • For our Take & Bake and Pantry Goods! Call 778 471-5999
  • Maximum of 6 people per table

Oriental Gardens Restaurant

  • 250-372-2344
  • Open Tuesday to Sunday from 5 pm to 8:30 pm. Pick-ups and delivery available
  • Open for Dine-In
  • 50 people allowed in the restaurant

Papa G’s 

  • 778-471-4799
  • Open again for dine-in! Limited seating available.
  • Open Monday – Saturday 7am – 9pm, Catering available 4pm – 9pm, Take-out & delivery also available.
  • Online ordering is available

Passek’s Classics Cafe & Catering

  • 250-314-1114
  • Dinner available for delivery through Mitchie’s Delivery
  • Tuesday-Friday 9am-1:30pm and 4:00-6:30pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 9-1:30

Peter’s Pasta 

  • (250) 372-8514
  • Tuesday – Saturday 5:00 pm- 9:00 pm
  • Take out starts at 4:30 pm
  • Max of 6 people per table
  • Please sanitize your hands upon entering the restaurant

Pizza King

  • (250) 879-2000
  • Open regular hours
  • Please sanitize your hands upon entering the restaurant

Pizza Pi

  • 250-377-0700
  • Delivery available! Front window take-out available as well.
  • Growler’s available for take-out!

Red Collar Brewing

  • 778-471-0174
  • Open Tuesday to Thursday from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm Friday and Saturday 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Pick up and delivery is available

Royal Tokyo

  • (250) 374-8675
  • Open regular hours
  • Order in person or by texting (250) 214-8675
  • Dine-in is allowed
  • Online ordering is now available

Senor Froggy

  • (250)-374.8282
  • Dine-in, Mon-Sat 11:00 am – 7:30 pm
  • Take Out Mon-Sat 10 am – 8 pm
  • Delivery links, full menu, hours, allergy info, safety plan, and more at senorfroggy.ca
  • Follow us on Facebook or Instagram for updates

Sharks Club

  • (250) 852-6700
  • Open Tuesday to Saturday 11:30 am to 11:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am to 11:00 pm
  • Open for dine-in, take out, and delivery
  • 20% off for healthcare workers and First Responders

Smorgasbord Deli

  • (250) 377-0055
  • Take out and eating-in available

Spezia House

  • (236) 852-1927
  • Open Monday to Saturday 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Delivery is also available on Skip the Dishes, Mitchie’s Delivery, Doordash, Uber Eats, and Tutti


  • (250) 828-1158
  • Open Monday to Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Online order’s and in-person orders are available
  • Please follow the arrows
  • Dine-in is allowed

Tong Dak

  • (778) 471-6200
  • Open Tuesday to Saturday 11:30 am to 7:30 pm and Friday and Saturday 11:30 am to 6:30 pm the rest of the time
  • Please follow the arrows on the floor

The Vic 

  • (250)-320-1443 or (250) 374- 6487
  • Open Monday to Saturday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Pick up and dining-in is available



  • Dairy Queen (+ Take out and dine-in)
  • Starbucks (+ Take out)
  • Tim Hortons (+ Take out)

Services & Entertainment

Academy of Learning 

  • (250) 372-5429
  • Classes are available online only at this time
  • Please email or call them to register for online classes

Adroit Technologies

  • (250) 828-1198
  • Currently working from home
  • Email or call Adroit for more information

Axis Family Resources

  • (250) 851-2947


  • (250) 828-5500
  • Open Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Tickets available online

Besanger Law

  • (778) 471-1810
  • Please call to book an appointment

BGC Engineering Inc

  • (250) 374-8600
  • Staff is currently working from home

Bilkey Law Corporation 

  • (778) 471-4350
  • Please call their office for more information


  • (250) 828-8847
  • Open Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Online banking is available

Boldersyde Custom Tattoo

  • No guests allowed because of limited space
  • Please call to book an appointment at (250) 377-3780
  • Open Tuesday to Saturday 11:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Must sign a waiver form
  • No guest is allowed to come with you

Boomers Auto Centers

  • (250) 374-9242
  • Open Monday to Saturday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Bradford F. Smith Law Corporation

  • (778)471-7200
  • Open Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Please sanitize your hands upon entering the office
  • All meetings will be either online or by phone

Buzz’s Autobody

  • (250) 372-7511
  • Open Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Canada Post

  • Open Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Please follow the arrows in the store

Castanet Kamloops

  • (604) 828-1144
  • 275 Seymour Street
  • Our office is not open to the public

Cates Ford Soll & Epp LLP

  • (250) 372-1234
  • Open By appointments
  • All will signings will be done by video conference

Cathy McLeod Office

  • (250) 851-4991
  • Open by appointments only

Centennial Building 

  • (250) 374-1241
  • Open Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • The pool is open but by appointment only

City Hall

  • (250) 828-3311
  • Open Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Please sanitize your hands and don’t come in if you feel sick


  • (250) 372-1232
  • Please book an appointment by phone or email
  • Only 2 people allowed in the reception area

Community Futures Thompson Country 

  • (250) 828-8772
  • Open Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • The building is under construction so all appointments will be online

Craig Nixon Law Corporation

  • (250) 374-1555
  • Open Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Please sanitize your hands upon entering the office

Delta Hotel by Marriott

  • (250) 372-2281
  • Book online or call to book a room
  • Please maintain 6 feet distance from guests and staff

Derek Smoluk

  • (250) 374-2727
  • Open by appointments only
  • Call or email to book an appointment email at derek@kamloopsnotary.ca

DoubleTree by Hilton

  • (250) 851-0026
  • Book online or call to book a room
  • Please social distance, stay 6 feet away
  • All rooms have been disinfected

Drake Cremation & Funeral Services

  • (250) 377-8225
  • Open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Please call to book an appointment

DriveWise B.C.

  • (250) 372-0546
  • Open by appointment only

Fulton & Company LLP

  • (250) 372-5542
  • Open by appointments only
  • Video calls are available

Gillespie & Co. LLP

  • (250) 374-4463
  • Open Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Please don’t come in if you have Covid symptoms

Howard Johnson by Wyndham

  • (250) 372-7761
  • Book online or call to book a room
  • Complimentary travel hand sanitize given to guests
  • Frequent cleaning and sanitization by staff

I.T. Isin Solutions 

  • (250) 682-4746
  • Open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Jensen Law Corporation 

  • (250) 374-7777
  • Open Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Kamloops Art Gallery

  • (250) 377-2400
  • Open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays are free thank you to the BCLC
  • Please follow the arrows on the ground

Kamloops Billiard Club

  • (250) 377-7665
  • Open Friday 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm Saturday 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Kamloops Chamber of Commerce 

  • (250) 372-7722
  • Free consultations are available for 30 minutes
  • Zoom calls are available

Kamloops Courthouse Gallery

  • (250) 314-6600
  • Only 4 people allowed at a time
  • Please sanitize your hands upon entering the gallery
  • Open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Kamloops Museum and Archives

  • (250) 828-3576
  • Open Tuesday to Saturday 9:30 am- 4:30 pm
  • Maximum of 15 people allowed in the museum
  • Please don’t touch anything
  • Please enter from the side door

KCBIA (Downtown Kamloops)

  • (250) 372-3242
  • Open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Please sanitize your hands when entering the business
  • Please knock loudly, we have individual offices.


  • Appointment Only
  • Must wear a mask to enter
  • Call (778) 471-1733

Martain & Martain Lawyers

  • (250) 828-6175
  • Open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm


  • (250) 372-9655
  • Open Regular hours

Morelli Chertkow LLP

  • (250) 374-3344
  • Open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Call or email to book an appointment
  • 1 client in the office at a time allowed

Mystic Moon Tattoos

  • Open regular hours
  • Book an appointment online or by phone (778) 538-0394

Natalie L Herbert

  • 1 (236) 425-1981
  • Open Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Upon entering the office please ring the bell and proceed to the hand washing station

Open Door Group

  • 1 (866) 377-3670
  • Open by appointments only
  • Please wash and sanitize your hands
  • Please stay 2 meters away from other people

Paladin Security

  • (250) 377-8299
  • Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

 Paramount Theatre 

  • (236) 425-3456
  • Please check their website for information

Pirate Palace Tattoo Studios 

  • (778) 471-5666
  • Open for appointments only

Priddle Law Group

  • (250) 434-8911
  • Open Monday to Friday
  • Please sanitize your hands upon entering the office

Roving K9 Kare

  • (250) 374-5273
  • Open for appointments only
  • 6:30 am-6:30 pm Monday to Friday


  • (250) 314-3950
  • Open regular hours
  • Please follow the arrows and sanitize your hands
  • Book an appointment online or call to book one

Sprott Shaw College 

  • (250) 800-2301
  • Classes are available online
  • Please email or call Sprott Shaw for more information

Sun Life Financial 

  • (250) 374-5308
  • Open Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Please book an appointment by calling

The Plaza Hotel

  • (250) 377-8075
  • Open Bookings available online and through phone call
  • Frequent cleaning and sanitization by staff

The Thompson Hotel & Conference Centre 

  • (250) 374-1999
  • Booking available through call-ins and online
  • Please social distance with guests and staff

The Travelodge

  • (800) 578-7878
  • Booking available online and through phone call
  • Frequent cleaning and sanitization by staff

Todd Stone Office 

  • (250) 374-2880
  • Open by appointments only
  • Please do not come to the office if you feel sick

Venture Kamloops 

  • (250) 828-6818
  • Open Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Please book an appointment online or by phone

Watson & Haines

  • (250) 372-8803
  • Open Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Woitas McLeod Law

  • (250) 374-3337
  • Open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm


  • 1 (250) 374-5252
  • Please call to book an appointment

Zak & Decker 

  • (250) 372-1221
  • Open Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Please sanitize your hands upon entering the office

Grocery and Pharmacies


  • (250) 372-8837 Open 24 Hours 7 days a week
  • Please follow the arrows on the ground
  • Order on skip the dishes is also available

Columbia Street Pharmacy

  • (778) 471-5971
  • Open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
  • Please sanitize upon entering the pharmacy

Daana Paani

  • 1(236) 425-4284
  • Open Monday to Sunday 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • Please sanitize your hands
  • Delivery is now available please call 1(236) 425-4284

Fratelli’s Foods

  • (250) 314-0702
  • Open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Kipp-Mallery Pharmacy 

  • Offering free delivery and Pick up
  • Please follow the arrows on the ground
  • Please sanitize your hands when entering the business

Manshadi Pharmacy

  • (250) 372-2223
  • Open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
  • Please follow the arrows on the floor and sanitize your hands
  • Delivery on prescriptions is also available

Nightingale Medical Supplies

  • pick up and delivery; call 250-377-8844

Pharmasave Lansdowne

  • (250) 374-2216
  • Open Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Online and on the phone ordering is available
  • Curbside pick up and delivery is available

Pratt’s Compounding Pharmacy 

  • (250) 374-7226
  • Open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Free delivery
  • Online shopping is also available


  • 8 AM – 10 PM to all public; 7 AM – 8 AM to Seniors and those with disabilities
  • Please follow the arrows on the ground
  • Curbside pick-up is also available

Health, Wellness & Beauty

During these times there are higher levels of stress, worry, and anxiety for some. With social distancing, there can be a feeling of disconnection and isolation. There can be financial difficulties and an inability to access counselling services.

Aina Organic Spa

  • Visit their Online store with door drop deliveries. You can also purchase gifting care packages for those that need some cheering up as well as for yourself!
  • Booking online is available

Ardeo Spa and Salon

  • (250) 374-8881
  • Open for appointment’s only arrive 5 minutes early
  • Please wear a mask and fill out the wavier form
  • Please sanitize your hands upon entering the salon

Barre Kamloops

  • (250) 682-8323
  • Open for in-person classes
  • Online classes are also available
  • Must book a class no drop-ins are allowed

Blowfish Hair Studios

  • (778) 471-5540
  • Open Tuesday and Wednesday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Thursday and Friday  9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Please wear a mask and sanitize your hands
  • Maximum of 12 people allowed in the studio
  • Please follow the arrows on the ground

Continental Barbershop 

  • (250) 374-6042
  • Open Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Please book an appointment the day you want a haircut
  • Doors will be locked we will unlock them once it’s time for your appointment

Country Garden Greenhouse

  • (250) 377-0055
  • Open Monday to Saturday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

Healing Spaces 

  • (778) 765-4282
  • Health care workers can register for up to 3 free counseling sessions
  • Online counseling is available

High Maintenance Beauty Salon

  • Open by appointment only (250) 434-1820
  • Call your technician once you arrive they will come and meet you
  • Please sign the Covid-19 Waiver form and wear a mask
  • No guests allowed

Interior Academy

  • Open on selected Saturdays call to book an appointment
  • Please wear a mask
  • Please no guests with you
  • No cash allowed
  • (250) 374-5565

K-Spin Studio

  • (250) 374-1010
  • Please bring your own towels
  • All equipment will be sanitized
  • Please follow the arrows on the ground
  • Online classes are available

Let’s Move Studio

  • (250) 372-9642
  • We are open with a full schedule of in-person and virtual offerings.
  • Please check their website for up to date information
  • Must reserve a spot online
  • Please check their website for up-to-date rules

Seasons Health Therapies is offering telehealth services.

  • (250) 314-0377
  • Open regular hours
  • Please keep a distance of 2 meters from others at all times
  • Please answer all the questions asked by the staff

SKIN Kamloops 

  • 20% OFF – email or call to place an order and receive free shipping or curbside delivery

Sugar & Spice

  • Please wear a mask
  • Book online or by phone (250) 851-1719 Monday to Saturday

Yoga Loft

  • Now offering online classes through Zoom
  • Maximum of 12 people per class
  • (250) 828-6206
  • Doors will open 15 minutes before each class
  • In-person classes are also available

Dentists / General Physicians / Optometrists

Columbia Dental

  • (250) 372-1455
  • Open Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 8:30 am to 12:30 pm only by appointment
  • Please book an appointment online or call to book one

Dr. Dan Dagasso Orthodontics

  • (250) 828-6208
  • Open Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Please use the app or call to book an appointment
  • Limited amount of people allowed in the office and sanitize your hands upon entering
  • Text when you arrive and a team member will escort you to the office

Empire Dental

  • (250) 374-7227
  • Open Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Please fill out the Covid-19 form from the email they will send you 1-2 hours before the appointment
  • Upon entering please sanitize your hands
  • Please arrive alone because of the limit of people allowed in

Hallgren Plastic Surgery

  • (250) 851-4465
  • Open Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Please book an appointment by phone

Hearing Life

  • Open Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • No walk-ins appointments only
  • Limited amount of customers allowed in the clinic
  • 1 (888)-221-4326
  • Pre-Screening questions are done by phone

Kamloops Dental Centre

  • (250) 372-3030
  • Open Tuesday to Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm and Saturday 7:30 am to 3:00 pm
  • Please book an appointment

Legacy Denture Clinic

  • Monday through Thursday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • Will be seeing clients by appointment only.
  • Please contact us to schedule an appointment at 250-372-3011 or email legacydentureclinic@shaw.ca

Dr. Steven Meredith

  • (778) 471-5979
  • Open Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Please book an appointment by phone
  • Email for more information

Nicola Eye Care Optometrists

  • (778) 657- 8210
  • Open 7:30 am until 5 pm Monday through Saturday
  • By appointment only

Optiks International

  • purchase glasses and get repairs done
  • Vroom is the optometrist and she is seeing patients for appointments and booking only about a week out for those who want to get in somewhere ASAP
  • Book Appointment: https://optiksinternational.ca/book-an-eye-exam
  • Optiks Optometry is Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm for eye exams, contact # is 250-828-0252
  • Optiks International is open Monday to Friday 9:30-5:30 and Saturdays 9:30-5 for appointments to look at glasses/get adjustments and repairs. Their # is 250-851-8992
  • Please wear a face-covering/ Mask they are mandatory

Riverside Dental Clinic

  • (250) 372-1237
  • Open Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Please wear a mask and sanitize your hands
  • Wait in your car and not the waiting room
  • Maintain 6 feet distance

Riviera Dental Clinic

  • (250) 314-1234
  • Open Monday to Saturday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Please answer all COVID-19 questions asked upon entering the clinic
  • Please maintain a 2-meter distance with others in the clinic
  • Temperatures will be taken

Thompson Valley Dental

  • (250) 374-4544
  • Open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Please maintain social distancing and sanitize your hands
  • Also, complete and sign the Covid-19 risk form

Twin Rivers Dental

  • (250) 374-1511
  • Open Monday to Thursday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Upon entering the clinic please sanitize your hands and answer the questions
  • Please wear a mask while in the reception area
  • Your temperature will be taken

Temporary Closures until further notice:

Flora Cannabis

Sandman Centre

Memorial Arena

The Wreck Room

Citrus Restaurant and Lounge

Blue Grotto

Kamloops Masonic Temple

KTSA Indoor Range

Western Canada Theatre

Kamloops Symphony

Kamloops Blazers

Countdown Escape Rooms


Boston Pizza

If you are aware of a change in Downtown Kamloops Business open + Updates, please contact us at email events@downtownkamloops.com and admin@downtownkamloops.com If you are a business downtown, we request you to take a few minutes to share your feedback. As a small business, you can find resources for COVID-19 here. Kindly note all these timings are subject to change and we urge you to check with businesses before visiting.


What’s New in Downtown Kamloops?

What’s New in Downtown Kamloops?

Foodies from downtown and beyond rejoice because downtown Kamloops has some newly opened and coming businesses all relating to delicious delights and tasty treats. Keep reading to find more info about the newly opened ethnic grocery story Daana Panni, the new location and café style of Passeks Classics, and Gin Lane Co.

Photo Credit: Daana Paani

Daana Panni

First up, that is currently open for business is Daana Panni. On November 27th, 2020, the ethnic grocery store opened its doors to the public at 414 Seymour Street. Inspired by their own experiences as international students, recent Thompson Rivers University graduates with business majors Harpreet Singh and Udit Bharti hoped to provide students familiar tastes that they were missing back home. They opened up in downtown due to its central location and wish to do all they can to give back to Kamloops in the same way that Kamloops welcomed them. On top of imported grocery items from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri-Lanka, they also have a selection of traditional men’s and women’s clothing, handbags, and religious items. The next time you are downtown, stop by for a fresh new experience or a familiar yet nearly forgotten taste.

Photo Credit: Passeks Classics

Passeks Classics 

After re-opening nearly 2 months from being closed, Passeks has re-opened its new location at 326 Victoria Street. Passeks started out as a quick sandwich shop near city hall, but after 10 years at that location, they grew rapidly and needed to expand to serve the community cravings better. Since they saw Tera Restaurant moving locations, Passeks wanted to be more visible on Victoria Street instead of remaining at their old location on 3rd Avenue near the Yellow Bridge. With almost 30 years of baking experience and 13 years downtown, the team at Passeks is more than qualified to bring Downtown Kamloops breakfast, lunch, and grab & go bakery-style options. The Grab n Go section will also soon include dinner options with more variety coming, most likely in the summer months. The owners are incredibly grateful to their loyal and faithful customers and the great feedback on the new location. They hope to be here for many more years serving great homemade food to Kamloops.

Gin Lane Distilling Co

January may be almost over, but at Red Collar, Brewing Gin-uary has just begun! Many people know Red Collar for their toothsome craft beer and delectable food. Starting today, Red Collar finally re-opens and is bringing guests even more variety. In the works for over a year, Red Collar will now be manufacturing and producing Gin Lane, their very own in-house gin. Their two new products include Aquarius, a new age style gin, and Borealis, a Haskap styled gin. Paired with these new gin’s will be an updated cocktail menu highlighting their unique style and taste. These cocktails will be focused on the fresh new tastes of their products and only include outside liquors for additional ingredients.

Drop into the newly renovated Red Collar Brewery from Tuesday through Thursday from 3 pm until 9, Friday and Saturday 1 pm until 9, and Sunday’s 1 pm until 7. Can’t make it into a tasting? Don’t worry, Gin Lane’s products will soon be available in liquor stores throughout the city. Make sure to keep in touch with @redcollarbrewing and @ginlaneco on Instagram for all of the new and exciting features to come.


10 Local Places to Support for the Holiday Season

10 Local Places to Support for the Holiday Season

We have too many beautiful stores in Downtown Kamloops to put them all down on paper. However, we thought we would list 10 Local Places – a few of our favourite stores to help you decide where to shop this year. With Covid around, it may not be easy to shop, so plan ahead to avoid unnecessary barriers.

1) McAllister & Howard Clothiers

First on our list is McAllister & Howard Clothiers. They have been around since 1914 and believe that casual clothing should be comfortable enough to ease into but still look great in the evening. A wardrobe doesn’t have to be an expansive collection of clothing that was collected over the decades. Instead, it should be clean, concise and practical. McAllister & Howard focus on service and quality while continually adding exciting accessories one enjoys discovering in a boutique men’s shop.

It’s a pandemic, and we get it if you don’t want to step outside. Shop online with a flat $12 shipping fee Canada-wide. They can also arrange FREE delivery in Kamloops, as well as pickup at their downtown location. 

Business Hours: Open Monday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm

Covid Protocols: As per Dr. Bonney Henry’s retail protocols, we now require everyone to wear a mask and kindly sanitize their hands upon entering all stores in Downtown Kamloops.

2) The Ruby Room

The Ruby Room has been a downtown business for over ten years. They specialize in new & recycled name brand clothing and accessories, as well as consignment wedding dresses. You can find unique gift items, including new Caracol scarves starting at $22.99 and beautifully styled purses starting at $36.99. Until December 18, shop a minimum purchase of $20 to win a fantastic gift basket with all the holiday must-haves! 

Business Hours: Open Monday to Saturday 10:30 am-5:00 pm.

Covid Protocols: The Ruby Room is limiting its customer capacity, reducing its change room capacity, steaming all items tried on before they are put back on the floor, quarantining items coming into the store for consignment dropoffs, and sanitizing counters, debit machine and changerooms. They also have a plexiglass counter division.

3) Kamloops Arts Council

The Kamloops Arts Council has been supporting local artists since 1968. Currently, they are hosting their fourth annual holiday art exhibit SMALL//works. DYK SMALL//works 2020 features over 300 pieces of artwork created by over 50 different local artists. All artwork is priced under $300, with an average cost of $100 per piece. 

If you would like to shop from the comfort of your home, all of these unique, one-of-a-kind pieces can be found online at kamloopsarts.ca/shop and are available for curbside pickup. 

Business Hours: Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am-4 pm

COVID Protocols: COVID safety procedures are in place at the Court House. You will be asked to sanitize your hands upon entering, masks are required, there are no more than ten patrons allowed in the building at one time. Contract tracing information will be gathered. Restrooms are closed to the public. One-hour parking is available.

4) Senor Froggy

Life is Short…EAT MORE TACOS! Senor Froggy is a 100% Kamloops-owned business focused on authentic, affordable Mexican food.

We love local restaurants that support other local partners. All their food is sourced locally through partners such as Nu Leaf Produce, Blackwell Dairy and The Grocery People. They have been actively supporting many community partners for over 35 years.

Business Hours: Open Monday to Saturday 10 am – 8 pm, and you can also check our their North Shore outlet.

COVID Protocols: Their new salsa bar has been converted into a full hand wash station, and now you can order online with the SAME prices as in-store – including daily specials! The newly-installed Plexi barriers between seating, designated takeout waiting seats and one-way directional arrows reduce contact between customers.

5) Far + Wide

Far + Wide is a small neighbourhood shop that stocks a thoughtful mix of handmade and small Canadian brands for home and lifestyle. They stock products from local artisans, vintage collectors, and makers to offer a unique lineup of items perfectly designed for treating yourself or someone you love.

Co-owned by Brianne Shepher and Calli Duncan, Far + Wide was born from their appreciation of thrifting vintage finds and a desire to bring creativity and design into our daily lives. What’s even more exciting is the new Far + Wide Pop up with rotating local artisans. Here you can find all your plant needs, wreath kits, and so much more.

Business Hours: Open Tuesday to Friday 10 am – 5:30 pm, Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm, and Sunday 12 pm – 4 pm. Pop Up at 250 Victoria street is open Wednesday to Friday from 10 am, Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm, and Sunday 12 pm – 4 pm.

COVID Protocols: The secondary pop-up shop on 250 Victoria street allows Far + Wide to spread their offerings out over more space. What’s more, is we have $15 Flat Rate Shipping every day and your order ships free when you spend $150 or more.

6) The Vic Downtown Coffee Bistro

The Vic Downtown strives to be the hub of Kamloops, providing you with top-quality fresh roasted coffees and premium loose-leaf teas. They pride themselves in securing the highest quality fair trade tea and coffee. The Bistro and the Gallery are focused on local products, artisanship, and quality. – the former with beautiful art and the latter with delicious.

Business Hours: Open Monday to Saturday 8 am – 5 pm, and Sunday 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Covid Protocols: The Vic undertook significant renovation during the shutdown and completely changed the direction of flow, service counters, equipment positioning, and so much more. Plexi Glass, floor markers, dedicated entry/exit doors, and so much more are in place to keep you safe.

7) Manhandler Barber Shop

Are you looking for a unique stocking stuffer under $12? Or are you someone looking to treat yourself with some care products this holiday season? Look no further – Manhandler Barbershop carries a wide range of men’s hair and beard products that are perfect for any occasion. They also hold various products that will help elevate your hairstyle. The store supports both students and seniors with discounts! Walk-ins are welcome but remember to keep your distance! Better yet now, book your appointment straight from Instagram!

Business Hours: The store is open Monday to Thursday from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm. Friday 9:30Am – 6:00pm. The shop is closed on both Saturday and Sunday. 

Covid Protocols: As specified by local health authorities, it is now mandatory to wear masks in the store for your safety and others’ safety. Please stay apart and stay safe! 

8) Modern Family Boutique

Over the past 10 years, The Modern Family Boutique has evolved to be so much more: it is a place to gather and support our fellow parents. This beautifully laid out store is a welcoming and inviting space that fits all your needs this holiday season. Here, you will find excellent quality name brand children’s clothes and maternity items for your loved ones – just in time for Christmas! 

You can also find natural parenting items, baby carriers, and nursing products that will bring a sense of style into your household. This location focuses heavily on locally sourced and handmade materials, so shop local today! Jenn and her team are always ready to answer your questions and help you out during this special time in your lives.

Business Hours: Monday to Saturday between 10 am – 4 pm

Covid Protocols: This location ensures a safe shopping environment by providing a hand sanitizing station at the door, sanitizing diligently throughout the day, and requiring masks inside the store. Please keep your distance during your time there and stay safe! And don’t forget, you can also shop online!✅ 

9) Healing Spaces

Healing Spaces offers counselling to children, youth, adults, couples, parents and families in Kamloops. They focus on supporting you where you are now and where you would like to go by identifying the blocks that might be separating you from the life that you hope to be living. Accessing counselling is a tender process. Have you checked out their incredible selection of self-help books, journals and weighted blankets! Everything ranging from healthy relationships, anxiety, depression, happiness, grief and everything in between. They are with you every step along the way, and if you have any questions, feel free to reach out! 

Business hours: Monday to Friday 9 am-7 pm (with flexibility per counsellor)

Covid Protocols: They are available for telephone counselling and teleconferencing as an alternative to coming into our office. Please connect with your counsellor to discuss your questions and concern. For detailed procedures, visit @healingspaces.center

10) The Coconut

The Coconut has been a favourite in Kamloops for years now! They promise authentic south Indian flavours that do not disappoint. If you haven’t tried it yet, you’ve missed out on your divine calling. No worries, though. We recommend asking the accommodating staff about what to try and choosing the spice level. There’s nothing that a dosa can’t solve. And if you have a sweet tooth try the Bebinca – Layered heritage of Goa, an edible souvenir! 

Business Hours: Monday to Saturday 12:00 to 8:30 pm 

Covid Protocols: Please wear a mask until you are at your table. They have spaced seating and a sanitizer at the entrance. They are also available for delivery through Skip the dishes and others.

Share these 10 Local Places with your friends and family and #supportlocal in Downtown Kamloops!

7 Ways to Shop Safely During the Holiday Season

7 Ways to Shop Safely During the Holiday Season

It’s that time of the year again, and as much as we may want to avoid it, gift-giving is a tradition for most. It is also a perfect time to boost spirits and add some much-needed cheer to what has been a gloomy year for some. Here are 7 Ways to Shop Safely while you get your Christmas shopping checklists completed.

1) Wear a Mask

Basic precautionary gear is vital to protect us and those around us. In the most recent provincial government health mandate, wearing masks in public spaces is now required. Ignoring this precaution can cost you a substantial fine. We recommend not spending your money on fines, but rather on your loved ones!

2) Carry Hand Sanitizers or Disinfectant Wipes 

Most stores and businesses have strict Covid-19 protocols that include hand sanitizer at entrances and strategic locations. However, the space between your car and the company could come with obstacles. Carrying some handy dandy hand sanitizer is definitely at the top of our list. We recommend trying some wipes or sanitizers that don’t smell like you broke an alcohol bottle.

3) Maintain Social Distance 

We know how difficult this is, even with floor decals and Covid signage. Especially when you come across a contrary individual going in the opposite direction, blatantly avoiding all guidelines. In situations like this, allowing others social distancing space and being proactive is appreciated by those around you. Plus, once the vaccine makes its rounds, guilt-free hugs are around the corner.

4) Avoid Rush Hours

This is a big recommendation on our list. Why be stressed when you can avoid the rush and shop at leisure. Most businesses have started to alter their hours and are open later or sometimes even on the weekend. An additional plus is not having to wait in line due to the store’s limited persons rule. Check store timings here: https://www.downtownkamloops.com/downtown-kamloops-business-open-updates-ykastrong/

5) Avoid Big Box Stores

 We have many small, local businesses unique to each other. Big box stores seem to always have a crowd, even with the limited numbers allowed inside. Instead, visit your local stores and support the local economy. These businesses can curate a much more personalized experience, and your business is always appreciated.

6) Alternate Modes of Shopping

Curbside P/U – Many of the local businesses offer Curbside pick up or local deliveries. Before stepping out of the safety of your home, call up your local store and check with them. They might have some great solutions that may come free of charge.

7) Shop Online

We know this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is one of your best options considering the pandemic. More than 90% of businesses have pivoted into online stores. They have invested time and immense effort to make sure you have a seamless experience. Why not make use of this? Shopping online allows us to take time, research and avail of the best deals available. 

Discover local this Holiday Season, but remember to put your family first and Be Safe, Be Conscious, and Be Considerate.


A Sustainable Holiday Season

The Holiday Season is just around the corner, and we’re all getting ready. We know you are looking forward to shopping, decorating, and baking. It’s time to spruce up our lives with all of the Holiday festivities even though this year is very different. But there’s something vital for us all to remember when making preparations for Christmas. What we all should take into consideration is how sustainable we are this holiday season. This season is one of the leading culprits for much of the waste that occurs at the end of the year. And here at Downtown Kamloops, we’ve got some tips and tricks to help prevent waste this holiday season. A Sustainable Holiday Season is what we need!

Some of our suggestions on ensuring sustainability are:

  • Decorate with energy efficient and durable products.
  • Choosing creative, community-centred gifts.
  • Wrap presents in newspaper and recycled materials.
  • Be mindful of dinner preparations to prevent waste.

Overall, these are great ways to help to get creative and remain sustainable. Each person to contribute counts!

Ultimately, we all must remain conscious of the products that we consume. Because, honestly, who wants our holiday celebrations to end up in a landfill?

Watch this video to learn more about our sustainability initiative:https://youtu.be/fCmv-n5q-e0

*This Video was produced Nov 3, 2019, Pre Covid-19*

To learn more on Thompson Rivers Universities Initiatives: https://www.tru.ca/sustainability.html

Experience Holiday Cheer with Downtown’s Storybook Village

Experience Holiday Cheer with Downtown’s Storybook Village

The 40th Annual Santa Claus Parade (A Non-Parade), presented by Thompson Rivers University (TRU) returns Sunday, November 29th till Tuesday, December 29th. Experience Holiday Cheer in Downtown Kamloops – the biggest outdoor celebration of the year!

For 2020, we are doing things differently this year in Downtown Kamloops.

This holiday season, you can safely explore a rendition of 11 Storybooks and loads of festive cheer in storefront windows at our Downtown Storybook Village starting 29th November until 29th December. Lights, ornaments, characters, and window paintings can be found on business fronts throughout the Downtown core. Instead of having to line our streets to watch the parade, you can now have a ‘drive-through’ parade environment or safely walk through Downtown safely and experience each of these displays.

11 reworded Books can be found at over 40 locations to add some much needed Holiday Cheer. 

  • A Christmas Carol
  • The Nutcracker
  • Mousekin’s Frosty Friend
  • The Shortest Day
  • 12 Little Elves Visit Canada by Trish Madson
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas
  • Away in a Manger
  • Frosty The Snowman
  • Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • 12 Canadian Days of Christmas

There is an interactive map for you to locate each storybook page.

On 100 Block in Downtown Kamloops, you can find Santa and his elves and even walk through a Candy Cane Forest. And Santa’s had set time apart for all the ‘Nice Kids’ of Kamloops. Book your virtual Visit with Santa – ‘Meet Santa on the Big Screen’ at the Paramount Theatre. If due to COVID-19, visits are not possible at the Paramount Theatre, a Zoom link will be provided to you so that your child(ren) can connect with Santa from home or another safe space.

You can do a fun family scavenger hunt this holiday season or just explore 1 book each day. Explore safely within your bubble, mask up and remember to stay 2 reindeers apart(6 ft)! 🦌🦌

✅ Oh, and don’t forget to VOTE for your Favourite Storybook Window Display – ‘Best Represented Story’.

For more information: https://www.downtownkamloops.com/santa-claus-parade-downtown-storybook-village/


Kelson Group shared more details of $140M project

Kelson Group shared more details of $140M project

We are excited as Kelson Group shared more details of the $140M project – City Gardens in Downtown Kamloops. The proposed $140M development is said to have a 22-storey and 18-storey tower, three 4 to 5-storey apartment buildings and six townhomes. 

“The name City Gardens has always been the foundation of our design because it captures our vision of a vibrant urban environment enhanced with green spaces and beautiful landscaping,” said Ron Fawcett, Founder & Executive Director of Kelson Group and the driving force behind the project. “This design concept brings the best of both worlds into one living space and will be a jewel in the downtown core.” 

The land area exceeds 150,000 square feet (about 3.5 acres), and the current design concept has 445,000 sq. ft of residential space or over 435 units. Expectations are that up to 60% of the housing will be market condos and the balance rental suites. Interest from the community will determine the final allocation. 

Plans for the development also include: 

  • · Up to 600 underground parking stalls over three levels below surface 
  • · Social gathering spaces like outdoor kitchens, lounge seating, and workout stations 
  • · A linear park with bench seating and walking paths 
  • · Lush plantings with a terrace garden, water features, and a Zen garden 
  • · An amphitheatre, dog run area, and a natural play park area 

Architects and landscape designers have created an overall concept of the development and were able to add in many elements to ensure accessibility while also providing important green spaces for the residents of City Gardens to enjoy. 

“We are very pleased with where we are today with the design,” said Jason. “We are looking forward to hearing back from the public, and depending on the interest, we would then move forward and apply for the development permit.” 

Take the Survey, what would you like to see: https://kelsondowntownproject.ca/

5 Things you need to know about the CAP team

5 Things you need to know about the CAP team

While many people see the CAP Team in the summer months, did you know that the team is year-round? Even in the icy snow, the CAP Team is working to provide that special customer care and patrol! 5 Things you need to know about the CAP team

• The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association, a non-profit organization, employs the CAP Team. While the CAP team works closely with the City of Kamloops, they are not City employees. There are two main components to the CAP team’s job. The first component is safety and patrol, where the CAP team monitors designated hotspots, disposes of discarded needles and assists the public. The second component is the ambassador role, where we assist tourists and locals while also helping plan and execute downtown BIA events.  

• The CAP team is trained by partners such as; Rocky Mountaineer, White Crane Gung Fu Society, CMHA, ASK Wellness, Interior Health, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops Immigrant Services, St. Johns Ambulance, City of Kamloops, RCMP, and Tourism Kamloops.

• They patrol extends from 1st Avenue to 10th Avenue horizontally and from the north side of Columbia Street to the Rivers Trail vertically. 

• Currently, there are a total of 3 full-time members and 3 part-time staff. Generally speaking, we have two main shift periods depending on the day of the week. From Mondays to Saturdays, we are here from 8am until 4 pm. The second time slot we work is noon until 8 pm, which is Tuesday to Friday. There is no team available on Sundays.   

• The CAP Team disposes of needles, drug paraphernalia, sharp objects, and open condoms. They do not pick up blue saline solution or plastic needle garbage as it does not pose a health risk and is “typical” garbage. The CAP Team does not pick up litter on city property nor private property. 

For more information on the CAP Team, including bios and frequently asked questions, then be sure to visit https://www.downtownkamloops.com/about/customer-care-and-patrol-team/ for more details. 


Downtown Parkades Membrane Replacement Project – Update

Downtown Parkades Membrane Replacement Project – Update

The City of Kamloops is replacing the traffic deck membrane in both downtown parkades (Lansdowne Street and Seymour Street) between July–August 2020. This Membrane Replacement project is necessary to protect the concrete structures from moisture and extend the life of the downtown Parkades.

Due to the membrane Replacement project, the Seymour Street Parkade scheduled to reopen at 7:00 am on Monday, August 10. The Lansdowne Street Parkade will be closed for approximately one month starting Wednesday, August 12. Construction scheduled to occur Monday–Friday, 7:00 am–7:00 pm. Weather permitting, this project is expected to be complete by the end of August 2020.

During the Lansdowne Parkade closure, the Seymour Parkade will be open. Off-street parking is also available in the following City-owned surface parking lots: 300 St. Paul Street, 400 Lorne Street, 500 Lorne Street, Heritage House parking lot, Sandman Centre north parking lot, and Riverside Park west-end lot.

As the City is not currently collecting parking fees in the parkades and City-owned surface lots, parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking fees will be reinstated effective September 7, 2020, for all City-owned surface lots and parkades.

For questions about downtown parking, contact bylaws@kamloops.ca or 250-828-3409.

Source: City of Kamloops

#Downtowntogo – We have everything you need!

#Downtowntogo – We have everything you need!

We have everything you may need, right here in Downtown. You can support local by utilizing services from small business owners while staying safe and staying home #Downtowntogo. Their front door might be closed, but these businesses are still available for their customers either through online stores or takeout & delivery services. Some of the following even offer curbside pickup.

Now a sampling of the businesses that are #Downtowntogo:

Mainstreet Clothing Can’t go out? Don’t worry, they’ve got you covered. You can now buy your favorite spring outfits online through their new store https://mainstreetclothing.ca/. You can even get a free front door drop off in Kamloops for orders over $50. As a #thankshealthheroes, Mainstreet is offering 30% off on your next purchase today, tomorrow, next month or whenever that may be.

Jardines Domaine As always, Jardines has been giving back to our community and now it’s our turn to support this awesome local business. Their new spring line is now live on their online store, and they have a massive online sale going on. In appreciation, they have a special deal for all healthcare workers. All you have to do is DM them and they will send you a code to receive a discount in addition to their online sale.

Freshslice Pizza For all you pizza lovers out there, they have a delicious offer for delivery or pick up. You can pay online and receive contactless delivery to your home. On offer is unlimited Medium pizza with 2 toppings at $6.99* If you pick up your order you can save up to 20%. To see more of their deals visit: https://freshslice.com/pizza-near-me/freshslice-pizza-kamloops/

Krob Krua Thai Restaurant Is now open 7 days a week, so you won’t go without their delicious green curry nor their indulgent stir-fries. Plus they are offering all RIH Healthcare staff a 20% discount on pick-up.

Kipp Mallery Pharmacy Has a phone in-clinic option in which they connect you to a physician remotely who can then fax your prescription to the pharmacy. The pharmacy also offers free, fast home delivery of your prescription. Book an appointment at https://medimap.ca/iMedicine-Landmark

Here is a list of all open businesses: https://www.downtownkamloops.com/downtown-kamloops-business-open-updates-ykastrong/

What you can do to #Supportlocal through the COVID-19 pandemic

  1. Order online
  2. Buy gift certificates to use later
  3. Become an advocate through social media
  4. Order takeout once a week from your favourite establishments

Follow us on Instagram as we share stories of #downtowntogo in the following weeks. If you do not see your favourite place listed, email us at events@downtownkamloops.com or admin@downtownkamloops.com.

For more information: https://www.downtownkamloops.com/covid-19/ 



Good News Stories #YKAStrong

Good News Stories #YKAStrong

Let’s be honest, we are all feeling anxious and unsure by the COVID-19 pandemic in our community and around the world. These ‘Good News Stories’ in Kamloops will uplift your spirit. We will continue to update any good news that we hear through the weeks ahead and encourage you to share these with your family and friends. Remember #YKAStrong!

Thank you to our #healthcareheroes

We are so grateful for the doctors and nurses on the frontlines who have been working tirelessly to make sure we get over this. To salute them Kamloops at 7 PM PST daily have applauding from their homes. Emergency vehicles drive by Royal Inland Hospital to honour these brave souls. Stores like Mainstreet and Jardines are offering special discounts for healthcare staff. Pizza Pi has partnered with Meal Train & Kamloops Food Policy Council to support all RIH healthcare workers. You can donate $20 through E-Transfer which will provide RIH staff with a free large Pizza delivered at home. Pizza Pi has also been providing meals to persons in need through community donations. Good news indeed!

Downtown To Go

Many of our stores downtown have started virtual classes to help the community get through this crisis stronger, together. A local artist and studio Downtown Yvonne Reddick is one such business that has started virtual art classes. You can get virtual fitness classes, wellness workshops and so much more. Read more about health and wellness classes.

Caremongering – Kamloops

This is a movement to spread kindness and help others in the community. Caremongering Kamloops is a 100% volunteer-driven organization with no formal structure. They are providing a neighbour to neighbour service (N2N) to connect people who want to help during this crisis with those who need it. You can sign up on their website www.kamloopscares.ca or join their Facebook page 


More than a hashtag and a powerful statement, #YKAstrong is a combined strategy from 8 Kamloops business community leaders. Take a pledge to support our local businesses and community by being a Kamloops ambassador. #YKAstrong will provide streamlined communication and an engagement strategy to address the ongoing effects on businesses in Kamloops. You can also get a #YKAStrong decal to show your support during these unprecedented times.


The Farm2Chef has started a Support Local Challenge to help restaurants connect with local producers. Their goal is to help small businesses remain open through this pandemic. You can do your part by supporting local and entering their challenge. Their first draw is on 6th April.

Parking on Downtown Streets

Yay, it’s FREE…If you are in downtown to Pickup food or any essential items you can avail of free street parking. This parking is meant only for short time customers grabbing takeout or other such necessities. We encourage downtown businesses to ask employees and other long time parkers to find available alternate parking that’s FREE in parkades and all city lots. Please consider the other stressed restaurant businesses that remain open to offer delivery and takeout.

Cafe Motivo

Caffe Motivo ran a Gift Certificate promo for healthcare workers. For every GC purchased they gave a free coffee. The proceeds were donated to Kamloops Fire Rescue.

Jardines Domaine

Jardines Domaine has curated a collection of products for their ‘Comfort Box – We are in this Together Est. 2020’. These boxes are available for men and ladies. Their goal is to raise $1000 for the Kamloops Food Bank. Of every box sold $5 will be donated. This box can be purchased for frontline workers as well as yourself.

Mainstreet Clothing Co

Mainstreet has launched its Spring package giveaway worth $1000 including GC’s from Peter’s Pasta, DIY Body, Flo Designs, K Spin and more. They recognize our community is in dire need of help and will donate $2 for every person who shares this post. $1 will go towards the Kamloops Food Bank and $1 to the BC Wildlife Park. Draw closes May 3!

If you can any good news stories to tell email us at events@downtownkamloops.com or admin@downtownkamloops.com.

To can read more at https://www.downtownkamloops.com/covid-19/

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Community Futures Thompson Country

Community Futures Thompson Country

On March 25th, Community Futures Thompson Country launched two new services to assist businesses in Kamloops, Clearwater, Barriere, Sun Peaks and Chase for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses can now access the COVID-19 Loan program and COVID-19 Business Support Program by contacting CFTC.

Community Futures Logo


COVID-19 Loan program

A new COVID-19 loan program will provide businesses up to $20,000 based on their assessed needs and impact requirements. These loans feature a streamlined application and approval processes, no administration fees, low-interest rates, and interest-only options for the first three months. Information about the loan requirements and application can be found on the CFTC website, www.communityfutures.net or you can contact CFTC by phone at 250-828-8772.

COVID-19 Business Support Program

The business community is facing an incredible amount of stress and confusion trying to access provincial and federal relief funding. To combat this, Community Futures will be providing one-on-one virtual and telephone support through the new COVID-19 Business Support Program. This program will help businesses complete the required application for government relief funding. To access these services call Community Futures Thomspon Country office at 250-828-8772 or email reception@communityfutures.net

Community Futures Thompson Country office is closed to the public as per the direction of the CDC, however you can still reach all CFTC services and staff through phone or email. Contact hours are 8 AM – 4 PM, Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays.

Contact Downtown Kamloops by phone at 250-372-3242 or email admin@downtownkamloops.com

For information on resources and updates for COVID-19, visit https://www.downtownkamloops.com/covid-19/

To learn about all downtown business Closures + Takeout Options, vist https://www.downtownkamloops.com/downtown-kamloops-business-closures-updates-ykastrong/

Follow: #YKAStrong


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Resources for Small Business Owners

Resources for Small Business Owners

Most businesses are under an immense amount of stress during this pandemic. It is important as a business owner to stay informed via the latest official updates and ensure the utilization of resources the government has introduced. The following are some resources to assist in preparing for small business owners through this challenging time.

Support for Small Businesses

  • introduced the Canada Emergency Business Account, which provides interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits through their financial institutions. Up to 25% of the loan will be forgiven if repaid by December 31, 2022. More details to follow.
  • offered employers the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) applied at a rate of 75% on the first $58,700 earned by employees, representing a benefit of $847 per week. The program will be in place for a 12-week period, retroactive to March 15 and ending June 6, 2020. Eligible businesses of all sizes and from all sectors of the economy, regardless of the number of workers they employ, that suffer a drop of at least 30% in gross revenues due to COVID-19 in March, April or May, when compared to the same month in 2019, would be able to access the subsidy. This will help businesses to keep paying their employees and to bring laid-off workers back on the payroll.
  • created a new loan guarantee through Export Development Canada (EDC), which provides operating credit and cash-flow term loans of up to $6.25 million. More details to follow.
  • introduced a new co-lending program through the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), which will team up with financial institutions to co-lend term loans to support cash-flow requirements.
  • deferred all payments of GST/HST and import duties for all businesses, including individuals who are self-employed, until June 30. This amounts to $30 billion in interest-free loans to Canadian businesses. More details to follow.
  • reduced the administrative burden on businesses by extending the filing deadlines for returns for charities, trusts, partnerships and NR4 information.
  • enhanced the Work-Sharing program to support employers and their workers who are experiencing a downturn in business.
  • worked with the financial sector to ensure an additional $300 billion in lending capacity.
  • created the new Business Credit Availability Program to make more than $10 billion available to Canadian businesses in financing and credit insurance solutions through EDC and BDC.
  • ensured the Canada Revenue Agency will defer tax payment obligation until August 31, 2020, to help businesses with cash flow.
  • made an additional $5 billion available to farmers, producers, agribusinesses and food processors through Farm Credit Canada, as well as giving farmers more flexibility in repaying outstanding Advance Payments Program loans.
  • If you are a tourism operator, a small business or an organization affected by COVID-19 and need pressing assistance, the regional development agencies (RDAs) could assist you with access to federal funding and services.

Contingency plans

It is also vital for Canadian businesses to have contingency plans in place to manage potential financial risks. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has developed a comprehensive preparedness guide for businesses in the face of COVID-19.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is also providing information to help businesses through these difficult times.

For most small business their employees are also impacted due to this pandemic. Here are tools to help employees of small business owners.

Support for your Employees

  • Sickness Employment Insurance Benefits are being offered without the 1-week waiting period and medical certificate. Regular Employment Insurance benefits may also be available to employees laid off due to a temporary or ongoing shortage of work. 
  • For those that are not eligible for Employment Insurance, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit(CERB) will provide $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers and entrepreneurs who are not receiving a paycheque as a result of COVID-19.
  • To support working families’ children there have been changes boosting Canada Child Benefits Payments.
  • The deadline for filing taxes has been extended until June 1, 2020.
  • Canceled the penalties for Canadians who can’t file tax returns or make tax payments on time.
Businesses that can supply products and services

Public Services and Procurement Canada (formerly PWGSC) is asking companies who can supply products and services to send their information here

For detailed information:


For more resources: 


For all COVID-related programs and services for businesses

For more information on COVID -19: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

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Community & Innovation #YKAStrong

Community & Innovation #YKAStrong

In this unprecedented time, small businesses and communities show resiliency through community & innovation #YKAStrong. Leadership through this crisis will exponentially determine recovery, and in what strength businesses return. Here are some ideas adopted by local businesses here in Downtown Kamloops:

Develop an online presence

Though social distancing is key and most storefronts are closed, there is still room for small businesses that were not online. They can utilize this time to build an online brand reaching existing as well as new customers. Stores like Mainstreet have now started an online store

Share your resources

This is an essential time to reach the community that has supported you throughout the years. As a restaurant, you can give back by sharing your perishable resources to your employees and their families. The Noble Pig Brewhouse and Forno on 5th lead by example; like many food outlets, they had to close operations immediately. To help relieve economic stress, they support their employees (family) as well as families in need, by preparing ready to pick up meals.

Free knowledge sharing webinars 

We have to stick together during these difficult times. Though it may be harder to reach and support your business colleagues due to social distancing, you can do this virtually. Kelsey Grimm, from Healing Space, took this opportunity to start a free virtual connection webinar. Each Tuesday and Thursday she provides information on how to deal with stress, worry, and anxiety which is being caused by financial difficulties and inability to access counseling services. Please reach out to your neighbors through virtual means of communication to plan and stay connected. Ask us how and we can help you set it up! 

If you have any more ideas or stories of Community & Innovation #YKAStrong, please email events@downtownkamloops.com and admin@downtownkamloops.com

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Support Small Businesses

Support Small Businesses

Downtown is Open!

(Continuously Updated)

In these trying times when fear and panic grips our communities, we should remember that small businesses are inevitably going to be weighed down by the impact of COVID-19. These are the friendly smiles that greet you every morning with your cup of fresh coffee and your favourite lunch place. These are amazing stores that know your personal style and preferences. They are doing their best to persevere through these difficult times. These individuals are risk-takers that do everything to keep downtown vibrant through all seasons. Downtown Kamloops wants you to know that downtown is open. Social distancing is key and we should do our best to follow these important practices. However, we should try to support the businesses that do so much for the community through various initiatives like sponsoring events, non-profits, and giving back to the Kamloops community. We love and celebrate the local businesses that make Kamloops special. They choose to invest time, money, and their heart into our community and they help to make up a sustainable economy. We are thankful for these businesses! Downtown Kamloops encourages you to think of our local business and to shop local with them when you can during these challenging times. Kamloops let’s help our business community flourish through these times by buying products locally. For all our small businesses, check out @smallbusinessbc for tips on how to stay safe while staying open. Click Here If you have any tips or ideas to help support these businesses, please comment below. Thank you for all your support Kamloops! Additionally, if you’re looking for more information about downtown Kamloops, you can find us on our website here. Moreover, if you want to learn more about what’s going on with the coronavirus, you can find more information here.

Downtown Kamloops VOTE YES – Kamloops Centre for the Arts

Downtown Kamloops VOTE YES – Kamloops Centre for the Arts

Upcoming Elections Kamloops Centre for Arts

In anticipation of the upcoming elections on April 4th for the Kamloops Centre for Arts, Carl DeSantis, Executive Director of Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association, said, “I am encouraging each of you to join downtown businesses and services on April 4th and vote yes.”

KCBIA is eager for this unique space in the core of the city to be approved. KCA uses are seemingly endless for both the city and Downtown Kamloops. This centre can be used not just for theatre production but also for concerts that pass the city due to inadequate facilities and resources, graduations, sporting banquets and business meetings. This centre for the community will be in downtown Kamloops at 4th Avenue and Seymour. It will be an economic driver for the city of Kamloops, contributing to the revitalization of Downtown to a vibrant arts and cultural scene. As per Carl DeSantis, “the KCA will allow us to maintain a smaller city feel while benefiting from bigger city resources and events.”

Maren Luciani, Director KCBIAMaren Luciani, Director KCBIA, said, “As a Board Member for the KCBIA and a small business owner in the Downtown, I am more than thrilled to see our city diversify to include a strengthened focus on arts and culture. The KCA will enhance the downtown experience by supporting existing businesses and encouraging new businesses to locate here. It will provide much-needed vibrancy in the evenings and an incentive for more young professionals to move here. We are going to see a lot of positive changes and new developments in DowntownDowntown over the next 5-10 years, given a shortage of land in suburban areas and a heightened desire for more culture and entertainment. I am excited to be a part of this significant shift to a more sustainable community!”

Many businesses in Downtown have publicly announced their support. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2uTwXb3

To show your support, purchase a Memberships at www.kamloopscentre.ca. As well as WCT and KSO performances as well as at the Kamloops Art Gallery. 

The KCBIA strongly urges everyone to get out and vote on April 4th.



Authorized by the KCBIA, registered sponsor under LECFA, contact information 250 – 372 – 3242
#Whatsmysnack Chris Pratt in Downtown Kamloops?

#Whatsmysnack Chris Pratt in Downtown Kamloops?

Chris Pratt to Downtown Kamloops

Seen any angry ravenous dinosaurs around downtown Kamloops lately? Well, we have the finest dino-tamer around, Chris Pratt to thank. He and the amazing crew are filming the latest installment of the Jurassic World, Jurassic World: Dominion. We invite Chris Pratt to Downtown Kamloops

A few days back we couldn’t help but gush over Chris’ comments mentioning our amazing sunsets and we hope to show him why we’re sure he’d love to snack on Downtown Kamloops. Carl DeSantis, Executive Director of Downtown Kamloops and Jared Summer, Executive Chef at Nobel Pig invite the Star-Lord himself for an episode of #WhatsMySnack Kamloops. Watch the video now to see Carl and Jared’s serenading rendition of Downtown by Petula Clark.

Chris Pratt Downtown Kamloops

Carl DeSantis said,” We did this video to encourage and invite Chris Pratt to participate in a behind the scenes search for his next #WhatsMySnack episode. We really have some great locally sourced snack options here such as the famous ‘Deep Fried Pickle’ at The Pig.”

You’ve heard of Patagosaurus, now get ready for Pratt-o-saurus (whoever said forced puns aren’t funny) So, we hope Owen and his dino pals feast upon everything awesome that Downtown Kamloops has to offer.

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