Celebrating International Women’s Day 2021

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2021

Happy International Women’s Day 2021!

What is International Women’s Day?

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

Why is it important?

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

Is there a colour dedicated to IWD?

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

Is there a specific theme for 2021?

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

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

Is it hard to join the movement?

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

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

Check it out on our Instagram page by clicking here.


Cigarette Recycling Program

Cigarette Recycling Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


20 Must Have’s on the CAP Holiday Wish List

20 Must Have’s on the CAP Holiday Wish List

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

Ms. Whimsy’s Gift Emporium

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

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

The Ruby Room

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

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

Far + Wide

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

Photo Credit: Far + Wide

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

Cycle Logic

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

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

The Vic Downtown Coffee Bistro

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

Photo Credit: The Vic Downtown Coffee Bistro

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

MainStreet Clothing Co

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

Photo Credit: MainStreet Clothing Co

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

Lavender Lingerie

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

Photo Credit: Lavender Lingerie

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

The Golden Buddha

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

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

Manhandler Barber Shop

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

Photo Credit: Manhandler Barber Shop

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

The Art We Are Cafe

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

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

Red Wing Shoes Kamloops

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

Photo Credit: Red Wing Shoes

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

Jardine’s Domaine

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

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

Desert Rain Giftware

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

Photo Credit: Desert Rain

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

Castles & Cottages

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

High Octane Comics & Collectibles

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

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

Genesis Beauty Boutique

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

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

Aina Salon & Spa

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

Photo Credit:Aina Salon & Spa

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

The Modern Family Boutique

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

Photo Credit:The Modern Family Boutique

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

Barnacle Records

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

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

Blowfish Hair Studio

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

Photo Credit: Blowfish Hair Studio

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

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

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

Where Are They Now Series: Rory McKerchar

Where Are They Now Series: Rory McKerchar


Today we have an interview with past Cappie, Rory McKerchar!

What year were you a CAP Team Member?

  •   I was a CAP Team member over the Summer of 2013

Tell us about your career path since leaving the CAP Team

  • I worked on the CAP team the summer before starting my Bachelor of Science at Thompson Rivers University. Since leaving the CAP team I completed my B.Sc. in Chemical Biology and worked for a couple of years in Kamloops. During that time, I worked teaching chemistry labs at TRU, as a youth worker for the Boys and Girls Club, and as a lab technician at ALS Metallurgy. This year I started my first year of medical school at the University of British Columbia.

 What were your career goals when you started with the CAP Team?

  • When I started with the CAP team, I was not 100% sure of what I wanted to do. I had not started university yet, but I was planning on doing a year of sciences at TRU before switching into the nursing program.

  How do you feel your experience on the CAP Team helped you achieve your goals?

  • The CAP team was a great summer job for me. I think it looked good for my job and school applications, while also providing me with some great talking points for job interviews etc. Besides this, working on the CAP team was a lot of fun. It was great working outside for the summer and it was an excellent opportunity to get outside, meet visitors to Kamloops’ Downtown

What was the most valuable skill learned on the job?

  • While working as part of the CAP team I believe I developed great customer service and communication skills. Prior to my role on the CAP team, I had never worked in an environment where those skills were requirements. In retrospect, I am very thankful for the experience, as those skills have been very helpful in other workplaces, I have been apart of as well as in the university environment.

What was your favourite part of the program?

  • My favourite part of the program was the opportunity to work outside during the summer. There is always a lot going on downtown in Kamloops during the summer and it was fun being a part of a lot of it. I also really enjoyed the biking and walking patrols, helping organize events, and talking to visitors to Kamloops.

 What kind of unique experiences do you have?

  • A unique experience I had while working for the CAP team was meeting Justin Trudeau at Riverside Park a few years before he became Prime Minister in 2015.

What was your favorite event that Downtown Kamloops organized?

  • My favourite event organized by Downtown Kamloops was the Taste of Downtown event.

What is your favorite store in downtown?

  • My favourite place downtown is Motivo! Great coffee and great pie!


Did you use to work for the CAP Team? Interested in having a feature for our alumni series? Send us an email at capteam@downtownkamloops.com to be involved! For more of the Where Are They Now Series, go to www.downtownkamloops.com/news-and-blog-downtown-kamloops/where-are-they-now/.