#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-closures-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 favorite establishments

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

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

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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 is Online

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 

#YKAStrong

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.

Farm2Chefs

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.

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.

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COVID-19 Loan program

A new COVID-19 loan program will provide businesses up to $20,000 based on business assessed needs and impact requirements. These loans will be streamlined application and approval processes, no administration fees, low-interest rates and interest-only options for the first 3 months. Information about the loan requirements and application can be found on the CFTC website, www.communityfurtures.net or by phone 250-828-8772.

COVID-19 Business Support Program

The business community is facing an incredible amount of stress and confusion trying to navigate access to provincial and federal relief funding. Community Futures will also be providing one-on-one virtual and telephone support through the new COVID-19 Business Support Program. CFTC will help in completing the required application for relief funding. To access the services businesses 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. 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 through phone 250-372-3242 or email admin@downtownkamloops.com

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

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

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/maintaingrowimprovebusiness/resources-for-canadian-businesses.html

For more resources: 

https://smallbusinessbc.ca/article/resources-for-small-businesses-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19/

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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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 yesterday 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 and other. We are a resilient community indeed! Last Updated on April 7 at 2:30 PM

Online Stores:

  • Mainstreet Kamloops (Special offers for healthcare workers)
  • Jardines Domaine (Special offers for healthcare workers)
  • Blue Sky Clothing
  • Castles & Ciao Bella Boutique
  • McAllister & Howard Clothiers
  • Barnacle Records
  • Modern Family Boutique
  • Kamloops Florist

Take Out & Delivery Food:

  • ahhYay – Wellness Café
  • Krob Krua
  • Peter’s Pasta
  • Booster Juice (Take out only)
  • Smorgasboard Deli (Take out only)
  • Eden Bento Café (Take out only)
  • FreshSlice Pizza
  • Casa Azul 4 PM – 8 PM (call 778-471-6364)
  • Boston Pizza Free delivery and 15% on take-out and pickup
  • Mittz Kitchen – 20% discount on takeout Monday-Saturday 12 PM – 7 PM; Sunday 4 PM – 7 PM for takeout (New Menu). Also serving bottled beer and wine.
  • Red Collar Brewing – Call on 7784710174 for delivery
  • Jacob’s Noodle & Cutlet – 12 PM – 8 PM
  • Terra Kamloops – Call 3 PM – 4 PM to place order, Only E-transfer accepted. New Menu.
  • Kelly O’Bryan’s – 40% off take-out orders to all health care workers
  • Senor Froggy – 250.554.2055 or senorfroggy.ca
  • Di Muzio Ristorante – 15% discount on Pickup and Delivery through Mitchie’s
  • Maurya’s – Online order through mauryascusine.com or FREE delivery call 250-377-4969
  • The Coconut
  • Frenchies Poutinerie
  • Pizza Pi
  • Klasske’s Bistro
  • Freshslice Pizza –  pick-up, delivery 11 AM –  PM with 20% on P/U Free Contactless Delivery for orders over $30
  • Caffe Motivo – take-out, pick-Up for Coffee beans, and online catering

Drive-Thru:

  • Starbucks (As well as Take out)
  • Tim Hortons (As well as Take out)

Changed Hours:

  • Subway (Take-Out) 9 AM – 4 PM
  • Amplified Cafe – 9 AM – 3 PM (Selling Coffee beans for homebrews; free delivery)
  • Big Boot Inn – Mon- Fri 10 AM – 5 PM – Only one person at a time. Call before.

Others:

  • Swiss Pastries – No Cash Payments
  • 4Cats Art Studio – Open for Online orders as well as Spring Session Classes Online.

Grocery and Pharmacies

  • Save-On-Food – 8 AM -8 PM to all public; 7 AM – 8 AM to Seniors and those with disabilities
  • Kipp-Mallery Pharmacy – Offering free delivery and Pick up
  • Nightingale Medical Supplies – pick up and delivery; call 250-377-8844

For Wellness Needs

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 counseling services.

  • Healing Spaces – Free Virtual Community Connections every Tuesday & Thursday starting 24th March, and taking new clients and can be reached through email or phone for an appointment.
  • Seasons Health Therapies is open and offering telehealth services.
  • K-Spin Studio (Virtual Classes)
  • Barre Kamloops (Virtual Classes)
  • SKIN Kamloops – 20% OFF – email or call to place an order and receive free shipping or curbside delivery
  • Aina Organic Spa – Visit their Online store www.ainaspa.ca with door drop deliveries. You can also purchase gifting care packages for those that need some cheering up as well as for yourself!

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.

Temporary Closures until further notice:

  • The Golden Buddha
  • Delta Kamloops
  • Paramount Theatre
  • The Art We Are Café
  • Hello Toast
  • Cocoa Dot Cakes (can contact via Instagram, Facebook & Email)
  • Commodore
  • Cordo Resto + Bar
  • Forno on 5th
  • The Noble Pig Brewhouse
  • Alchemy
  • Moxie’s Grill & Bar
  • Far & Wide BC (can contact via Instagram)
  • Second Chances Thrift Store
  • Afternoon Auxiliary RIH
  • First Comes Love
  • Nicola Eye Care Optometrists
  • Ninth Lab
  • Life Ink Tattoo
  • Boldersyde Custom Tattoos
  • Yoga Loft
  • Volegacy Clothing
  • High Maintenance Beauty Salon
  • Kennell’s Shoes Ltd. (Curbside Pickup & Mail orders)
  • Mystic Moon tattoos
  • Dorian Greek House
  • Red Wing Shoes
  • Passek’s Classics Cafe & Catering
  • Roving K-9 Kare
  • Kamloops Brow & Beauty Bar
  • Interior Academy
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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