May has come around once again with Mother’s Day in tow, which means the return of SpringFest to Downtown Kamloops! From May 6 to 8, come downtown and experience sidewalk sales from a wide array of stores and live music from 10 AM to 4 PM at various locations throughout the downtown core. To top it all off, shopping at participating businesses will give you a chance at winning a grand prize gift basket with merch, gift cards, and so much more from your favourite downtown businesses! So be sure to enter and follow us at @downtownkamloops for SpringFest Deals
We have compiled a list of the best deals to make it easy for you to plan ahead:
Crooked Crown Kamloops
Known for their love for local Candian made goods, Crooked Crown is a gift boutique, bringing specialty curated items to Kamloops (and the dot com). They will be offering a whopping 70% discount on select items. Located at 404 Victoria St.
They will be offering 25 – 50% off selected apparel and footwear. Cool Running is Kamloops’ local, family-owned “BOUTIQUE” footwear store and they are known for their expertise in getting you a great fitting pair of shoes. They can be found at 351 Victoria Street.
Your go-to place for the best floral arrangements with staff that go above and beyond to make the customer feel special. They are always booked up for Mother’s day so call in adavcne to stay ahead of the game. You can find them at 605 Victoria St.
A renowned stop for women’s clothing in downtown, this boutique has a wide variety of clothing for all occasions. Don’t forget to check out their sale rack. The look can be found on Victoria Street.
A staple for every Kamloopsian, this relatively new addition to downtown is known for Artisan baked goods made with fresh, local ingredients and with a whole lot of love. Find them at 424 Victoria Street.
Far and Wide and Botanical Scene
Are you looking for unique finds this mother’s Day? or the perfect plant for that plant-obsessed Mom. Look no further because the girls at Far & Wide and Botanical have your back! And what’s more for SpringFest they will be offering up to 50% of on select merchandise. Hurry. F+W can be found at 353 Victoria St and Botanical Scene at 250 Victoria St,
The ultimate gift store downtown, Desert Rain boasts a large variety of merchandise for every occasion including very special deals this Mother’s Day this weekend. You can find them at 217 Victoria St. You can also find their second store Wild Cave at 257 Victoria St.
Mainstreet Clothing Co
MainStreet Clothing opened its doors over 20 years ago in the heart of Downtown Kamloops. They are known for their latest fashion trends with a strong desire to provide the best customer service. You can find them at 221 Victoria Street.
They carry products from all around the world. You can find clothing, giftware and items for metaphysical needs such as incense sticks, prayer flags, books and decks. Golden Buddha will be putting some of their unique items for sale at 247 Victoria St.
This local Kamloops brand needs no introduction but we would like to highlight the new addition to the Jardine’s brand while you are downtown this week JD Home. Don’t miss out an opportunity to check out great deals and win big! Located at 245 Victoria St.
Total Ten Studios
While you shop, don’t forget to pamper yourself by visiting the stylist at Total ten. They have SpringFest deals too with 20% off products. You can enter our giveaways here too. Visit them at 230 Victoria St.
Like no other on this list, Fergie is the latest addition to the heart of Kamloops. Fergie offers a variety of Indigenous gift wear and apparel. They also specialize in hydro dipping. They will have a sale table with 15% off. Located at 131 Victoria St.
Ray’s /Brown’s Lock and Key
One time only Ray’s will be joining SpringFest this year with 10% off keys and fobs $3 House keys. Visit them at 226 Lansdowne St.
Son Mai Spa
Son Mai Spa is located at 459 Lansdowne St. From the choice of colours, the artistically-crafted wood detailing and the Zen decor, Son Mai Spa emanates a soothing sense of calm. It’s a weave of traditional Vietnam aesthetics and modern-day spa luxury. You can also enter the draw to win a $60 pedicure at Son Mai Spa.
SpringFest is not limited to Victoria Street. You can visit stores like Volegacy located on 463 Lansdowne St. They stock a variety of giftware and clothing and will be offering up to 70% off select merchandise.
Fashion 5 is conveniently located downtown on Victoria Street since 2007. They carry an extensive inventory of ladies’ fashions, accessories and jewelry. For SpringFest deals they will be offering 20% off spring sweaters and a $24.99 clearance rack. Find them at 418 Victoria St.
SpringFest is not only about shopping, you can find some great eats while you are out and don; forget you can enter our giveaway at participating restaurants too.
Here are some of our recommendations:
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What a year! Many of us are reeling from the fact that it has now been over a year of pandemic life, of this “new normal” that we have all become semi-accustomed to. The Kamloops Film Society (and every business for that matter) has been through many highs and lows. This time last year, we had just wrapped up our 24th annual Film Festival. Our closing party was one of the last parties any of us would attend for a long time.
kamloops film festival 2020
The pandemic hit, and we had to close the doors of the Paramount Theatre to the public. The world shut down, and like everyone else, we waited in lockdown. In the meantime, we painted upstairs, organized, and kept occupied, but it wasn’t the same as making our delicious popcorn and seeing our favourite patrons.
Months passed, and finally, a silver lining: a drive-in! Private bookings! Things to occupy our time and give us a source of revenue. The Twin Rivers Drive-In was a huge success last year and gave the community a fun and safe event to attend.
Summer came and went, the nights started getting colder, so the drive-in closed. However, cases were low, so we could reopen the Paramount Theatre with a capacity of 50 patrons in each theatre. We started with only our Thursday Film Series and then cautiously added the weekends as well. The usual stream of patrons was more of a trickle, but it was something! Sadly, as the fall season wore on, the cases grew higher, and we had to close once more: no private bookings, no public showings. In February, we were briefly allowed by Interior Health to reopen with private bookings, however, that was revoked by the Ministry of Health. We were back to waiting.
But in the distance, a film festival was on the rise! This journey has been difficult, but we’ve persevered, and we’re back in the office full-time to get ready for our 24(.5)th Kamloops Film Festival. Once again, the City of Kamloops has been our saviour because we can host the Film Festival at McArthur Island from April 21 – May 2. We’ll also be offering films online, which means we’ll be showcasing more movies than ever before! We have a total of 15 films at the drive-in (single tickets on sale now!) and 23 films online. We won’t have any in-person events this year, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have fun and interactive plans up our sleeve. The rise of zoom meetings and virtual hangouts has given us a unique opportunity to bring in stars and film lovers from around the globe to enjoy and take part in our festival. In times when we must stay safe and healthy for ourselves and our loved ones, we’re glad to continue the festival in this unique way. So stay tuned for a one-of-a-kind film festival that Kamloops will never forget!
Book your tickets: https://www.kamloopsfilmfest.ca/
Patron Engagement Coordinator
The Kamloops Film Society
Painting windows is a great way to celebrate the holiday season! Downtown Kamloops is providing a list of talented artists who specialize in window-painting who .
For more information about our Downtown Kamloops Storybook Village and how to participate, visit our website.
No matter the theme, these qualified individuals will bring your vision to life:
Contact Number: 250 574 7112
Contact Number: 250 819 9448
Contact Number: 778 838 6642
Contact Number: 250 570 2442
Happy holidays, stay safe!
Taste of Downtown Kamloops
The Taste of Downtown is back, and now it’s bigger and better than ever. From July 31st to August 31st, patrons of the downtown are encouraged to purchase a Taste of Downtown passport for a minimum donation of $5. This passport will allow them access to special offers and discounts at participating downtown restaurants and cafes. The participating businesses and their promotions will be announced at a later date.
How Can You Participate?
Businesses that wish to participate are encouraged to contact the KCBIA by phone at (250) 372 3242. The deadline for businesses to join is July 15th. All businesses have to do is fill out a registration form stating what promotion they will be offering. Donations of merchandise and gift cards are also appreciated as we will be giving out weekly prizes to passport holders. There will be a grand prize given out at the end of the event. Passport holders who have received at least ten stamps in their passport and who have kept their receipts are eligible for the grand prize. Once the event begins, patrons will show their passport to participating businesses to receive special offers and discounts. There is no additional cost to businesses to participate, but donations of prizes are welcome.
In past years, the Taste of Downtown has been a day-long event, but this year we’re doing things a bit differently. As part of the KCBIA’s #OpenWithCare campaign, this year the Taste of Downtown will be a month-long event, from July 31st to August 31st. This is to spread crowds out and ensure proper social distancing can be maintained throughout the event.
Passports can be acquired starting on July 25th at our main office at 246 2nd Avenue Monday to Friday, from 10am to 5pm and Monday to Saturday at our 340 Victoria Street office from 11am to 1pm.
For more information about Downtown Kamloops, please visit downtownkamloops.ca or phone us at (250) 372 3242.
The Kamloops Art Gallery has reopened its doors to the public! After being closed down they are finally able, and ready to #openwithcare to the public.
Some things have changed, however, the new hours of operations are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. Thursday is still free admission thanks to BCLC.
The exhibit the Art Gallery will be highlighting is “Casting the Eye Adrift” by Donald Lawerence, curated by Charo Neville and will run until December.
Remember to adhere to the Gallery’s COVID procedures:
- Please stay home if you are not feeling well
- There will be limited maximum capacity in all of our spaces
- All guest from different households must stay 2m apart
- Children must stay with an adult at all times
- Masks are welcome but not mandatory
- Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the Gallery
For more information, check out their website for all the details! Help support the Kamloops Art Gallery!