Read all about New Businesses during COVID that opened in Downtown Kamloops.
He Brews is a new bustling Café with meals situated at 210 Victoria Street, in downtown Kamloops. It is a family-owned organization, managed and directed by its owners, Indar and Janelle Seelal.
He Brew’s serves freshly roasted coffee beans, gourmet coffee/espresso, good meals, breakfast, lunch. In addition, the menu contains a variety of choices so everyone can find something they like, such as Sandwiches featured from around the world, Wraps, Fresh Salads, Soups made in house, Etc., 🥙🌯🫔
As people are becoming more interested in their health, wellness and spirituality, He Brew’s will provide a relaxing, Community-focused place, with good healthy food choices, where all people are welcomed to sit (on the patio for now), relax and enjoy the beauty of conversation.
Formerly known as The Big Boot Inn before rebranding, Prickly Pear has opened its doors in the downtown Kamloops community. The company has pivoted to a fashionable boutique that offers footwear to be envied and many additional stylish accessories. Similar to it’s previous store, quality will be of the most significant priority while still offering many shoe wear choices for special events and daily life. 🤩
Far & Wide
We also welcomed Far & Wide again on their larger storefront at 353 Victoria Street. Along with this new space, they have stocked up on new brands and treasures for you to discover. ❤️
“We will be bringing in new inventory from our current brands, introducing inspiring new brands and revamping our current local maker’s program to support them better,” said Duncan.
Far + Wide curates a trendy selection of brands and also sells work from local artisans to showcase an entire store full of unique gifts or a new feature for your home.
Perhaps new to Kamloops this business has its roots in Kelowna, Kamloops and the Okanagan’s as a premier hair and makeup styling team for weddings and events! From soft and natural bridal looks to sultry boudoir hair and makeup, Cassidy and her team is a full-service beauty authority available in the Okanagan Valley and across British Columbia!
“We are Cassidy Watt Artistry Collective, a brand-new storefront hair and makeup studio opening in the 100 block of Downtown Kamloops on May 1st, 2021! We got our start in the industry doing mobile hair and makeup styling appointments for weddings and events throughout the Okanagan area of British Columbia. Our team has quickly grown to include ten incredibly talented hair and makeup artists and we are excited to be expanding into a storefront location where our clients can get their hair and makeup done by us and shop some of our favourite retail products! We offer an array of services, including dry-bar hairstyling, makeup artistry, and hair and makeup lessons. We are so excited to be opening in Downtown Kamloops and hope to see you in our studio very soon!!” – Cassidy Watt
Originally based out of Prince Geoge this craft ice creamery set its sight on charming Downtown Kamloops. Encouraged by the local movement of craft breweries across Canada in late 2014, Co-Founders Wes Pederson and Kevin Pederson looked to other industries that brought communities together and landed on ice cream. Meet Kevin Pederson – Founder(far right) and his wife, and Lisa Bajkov – Kamloops Operator (second from the left) with her husband at the grand opening.
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I was passing beside my colleague in the hallway today. I asked a typical ‘How is your day looking today?’ morning greeting.
‘It’s a bit of a heavy day today,’ She replied, honestly. ‘My clients today are really struggling.’ She paused for a moment. ‘So many of my clients are struggling right now,’ she shared with a heavy heart.
All I could do was offer her space and acknowledge the realities of our pandemic world. ‘It is hard right now, so many people are struggling.’
We talked about if someone has a slightly rocky foundation pre-covid, the whole foundation seems to be like an earthquake right now. Unsteady, unpredictable, unfamiliar, and unknown. It’s scary to not know how to make sense of one’s world.
Many people are experiencing higher than their “typical” levels of anxiety. My understanding is that there are a few significant contributing factors to this. Firstly, we are living in a world with constantly changing rules, regulations, and safety. Secondly, we aren’t able to care for ourselves in ways we typically would.
A great antidote to anxiety is routine, regularity, planning, and having a sense of control/safety over one’s own life. All those things have gone out the window in this pandemic!
We might have a semblance of routine, or have created a new routine. Perhaps we are even lucky enough to be able to still work in our place of work. However, so many things are still different. We are less able to plan into the future because the future is uncertain and having a sense of control or safety in the world changes from person to person and day-to-day. Our lives as we knew them pre-pandemic are incredibly different now, for the vast majority of us.
Additionally, we aren’t able to care for ourselves as we did pre-pandemic in terms of our social lives and hobbies. Perhaps we loved a certain pottery club, or a fitness space, or going to the movies, or traveling to see loved ones. Perhaps we loved having people over for dinner, going out for dinner, or going to the pool with ease. All the things we used to do with a sense of ease now come with restrictions, regulations, and barriers to access them.
Does it not make sense in an uncertain world, where we aren’t able to provide ourselves with the same levels of comfort we once did, that our anxiety is going to be higher? This is a perfect mix to increase anxiety.
So what do we do about it?
At present, I think it is important to acknowledge the difficulties and move towards accepting we will do the best we can and that is all we can do! We are living in uncertainty and if we look for certainty, we will likely cause more distress for ourselves and our internal systems.
Embrace the opportunity to change up your routine and engage with different activities.
Get creative and stretch your comfort zone!
Ensure you are connected to your trusted people either through outdoor walks, video calls, or the good old-fashioned phone call.
This is a time where we can band together and support each other so let’s do that.
Lastly, practice some self-compassion!
You have never done this before and most of our living world has not lived through a pandemic before. Let’s have compassion for ourselves, for our humanness, and let’s see the humanness in others.
We are all doing the best we can!
Founder + Clinical Director
Healing Spaces Center
177 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC
On Earth Day, we are reminded that we have to #takecareoftheplanet. It is a day to help individuals and organizations reduce their impact on the environment.
Here are some businesses in Downtown
doing their part!
“We love our refill station at Far & Wide. We carry Shampoo, Conditioner, Soaps, Cleaners and more, all you need is your own container! Far & Wide also carries environmentally-friendly bulk goods from The Unscented Company and Common Good. We choose to use paper over plastic bags but always encourage shoppers to bring their own bags when they visit. Many of our suppliers use environmental practices like compostable packaging and shipping materials and recycled & up-cycled products.”
Photo Credit: The Bench Kamloops
“Our goal is to help you reuse and upcycle your precious metal and gemstone jewellery at The Bench. We specialize in repairs that bring heirloom pieces back up to wearability! Your old or broken gold and platinum jewellery that is no longer used can be recycled into a fresh, custom-made piece that you’ll enjoy. Unused metals are ultimately refined and reused again from their pure form rather than wasted.
Diamonds and gemstones of all types can be reused in your new item of hand-crafted jewellery! We supply lab-grown diamonds and gemstones produced without the environmental impact of mined stones and ethically sourced natural stones.”
Photo Credit: Arwen’s Apparel
“At Arwen’s Apparel, we believe in living sustainably every day. We utilize refillable and reusable packaging, as well as offering products that are ethically made. Our specialty has always been quality clothes made with bamboo fabric. Bamboo is sustainable due to it being able to regenerate in just 55 days after harvest. Bamboo is also often planted to prevent soil erosion, and it can absorb up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide per hectare. These bamboo forests produce 30% more oxygen than a hardwood forest of similar size and require little irrigation and no pesticides. Happy Earth Day!!”
Photo Credit: Andre’s Electronics/ Hitfar
“We have a program with Hitfar of recycling all phone cases that are brought to us. Hitfar has also gone a step further and uses recycled phone cases and turns them into new phone cases known as the Pela series. These phone cases are made for almost every device made with recycled material such as phone cases. These phone cases if they don’t get recycled and disposed of, are made made of Flaxstic®, which is comprised of compostable bioplastic elastomer and flax straw materials.”
Photo Credit: Sam Chi Health
“At Sam Chi health, we believe in eco-friendly, safe, gentle, sustainable and environmentally safe products. Environize Anolyte Disinfectant for (Food Premises, Hospitals, Healthcare Facilities, Household, Institutions, Industrial) that uses Hypochlorous (HOCI) that is Health Canada Approved. It has so many uses and can replace hand sanitizers and bleach. There is also a hand and skincare line that protects and aids in your skin’s natural healing including refillable spray bottles and foggers for large areas to be cleaned including the air! Amongst our other alternative health solutions are our Chaga Mushrooms, which are Wild Harvested in Canada, Certified Organic by Ecocert- Lab Tested Safe – Health Canada Approved, are free from Pesticides and Heavy metals, eco-friendly, Fair Trade, sustainable and safe and can replace, coffee, tea, shampoo, soaps, hand and body care, essential oil, beard and massage oil blends, including skincare creams and balms made from hemp seeds. Happy Earth Day!”
It’s high time to act. Let’s take care of the planet. #TakeCareOfThePlanet
The Kamloops Arts Council (KAC) is a registered charitable organization devoted to the development and enhancement of the arts in the Kamloops area. We support all artists and art organizations and promote cooperation among them, government and business. We provide local artists and arts groups – visual artists, musicians, dancers, writers and actors – with opportunities for exposure, networking and professional development.
Kamloops Arts Council Rivertown Players 2020 MELODY DEVITT
As part of our mandate, the KAC takes the arts out to the community – producing high-quality, year-round low- and no-cost arts programs, performances, workshops and events for all. We believe the arts are for everyone and that they have the power to heal, transform, connect, and develop skills in children, youth, adults and seniors, including those in crisis. Art changes lives. Some of our programs include our Crossing Bridges Outreach program, our Rivertown Summer Theatre Group, our Children’s Arts Festival every fall, and our annual Art Exposed Regional Exhibition. You can find out more about these programs/events on our website at kamloopsarts.ca.
The Kamloops Arts Council has always been and will continue to be open, inclusive and welcoming of all artistic styles. We respect, encourage and support artists in all art forms and of all levels of experience. It is not our intent to dictate any particular set of artistic standards or values – those are for the artist to decide.
CAF 2019 DAVE SNIDER
KAC membership consists of individual members, group members and honorary members and includes amateur and professional artists, arts organizations, philanthropists and art admirers. The organization has more than 550 members, 9 Board directors, three full-time staff, two part-time contractors, and a seasonal theatre troupe. We employ local artists whenever possible.
Core funding is received from the provincial government through the BC Arts Council and from the City of Kamloops. The Kamloops Arts Council collects memberships, receives both unsolicited and solicited donations, and continually seeks funding for its various programs and events.
The Kamloops Arts Council is community-based and grassroots. The organization has always been and will continue to be a vital agency representing community artists while responding to their direct needs. Our purpose is to build a stronger cultural environment in which the arts, in all its forms, can develop, thrive and flourish.
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Downtown is growing and we are excited! 2021 has seen a number of new businesses and there is an emerging trend in Downtown of new faces since 2020. Even though the pandemic has created many challenges for new business owners, the value of local entrepreneurship does not go unnoticed. Downtown Kamloops saw a staggering 33 percent increase in new businesses opening. We will continue to highlight these new names and encourage you to support local stores in the coming months.
The Botanical Scene
From rare finds to a range of common, and not-so-common houseplants, pots, and accessories, they have it all. Located on 250 Victoria St. this branch of the trendy Far & Wide Store is every plant lovers’ haven. This lush oasis opened in late Feb 2021 and is already a local favourite. You can find updates on their Instagram page for their new stock. But don’t wait too long because they sell out sometimes before even reaching their online store!
The Cure Culinary
Your charcuterie haven has finally arrived in Downtown Kamloops! Located on 607 Victoria St., this delight comes from the creator of Salty Fig Catering, Nicole Mackie. The Cure has opened its doors for all you lovers of Canadian cheese and cured meats, but they are not just that; their goal is to keep food simple while being nutritious. Discover a range of preserves, antipasti, spices, and so much more. If you are looking for a hassle-free way to entertain in the outdoors this summer, The Cure will have charcuterie boards to order, so you don’t have to worry about which combination works best. The Cure welcomes you to discover kitchen essentials that will become staples in your home, explore local producers of Canadian cheese & meat, and find delicacies that will soon become favourites.
Wild Cave Gift Shop
Wild Cave Gift Shop
If you are looking for a wide variety of Kamloops/Canadian-made souvenirs, mugs, key chains, shot glasses, cards, pottery, clothes or Home Decor check out this new gift shop on Victoria Street. You can find gifts for every occasion.
The newest addition to Downtown is this quaint and unassuming Bakery on Victoria Street. As you enter, you are treated by art from locals and the smell of fresh bread and sweet treats. Brynn’s Bakery is not new to Kamloopsians, who have been supporting these young entrepreneurs since they started at the Kamloops Farmers Market. You can find Artisan baked goods made with fresh, local ingredients and with a whole lot of love.
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When Dr. Bonnie Henry announced on Monday the pause on indoor dining, many restaurant owners had a minimum of 12 hours to prepare for weeks to come. Despite the short notice of the new Public Health Order, the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association and the City of Kamloops have been working tirelessly to support local restaurants. #downtowntogo
Victoria street’s extended sidewalks have returned in Downtown Kamloops. This will allow restaurants extra space for outdoor dining. Some restaurants have successfully opened their patio’s already. When dining outdoors, please remember to continually wear your mask unless seated at a table. Also, remember to sanitize before and follow the safety protocols highlighted by your server. If your favourite restaurant’s patio isn’t quite ready, be patient. City of Kamloops workers are hard at work and will be working on these extensions daily until completed. We currently have 20 Patio extensions are in progress.
There are always ways to support your favourite restaurant. Takeout and delivery options may also be available to satisfy your hunger. To ensure your full support, consider calling the restaurant directly. Third-party apps can be handy but also financially straining to restaurants. Call and place your order and receive a pick-up time. When picking up, ensure you arrive at the time your food is ready. This will limit the number of people waiting for their orders at once. If they offer delivery, pay with a card if possible and thank the delivery driver for their front-line work.
Don’t forget to share your wonderful experiences by leaving the restaurants a review or social media shout-out. This is a great way to enjoy your favourite local meals from the safety of your own bubble. During challenging times like this is when our local restaurants and their employees rely on community support.
Have you heard about Show us your Takeout?
We have over $4,500 in GCs to reward Kamloopsians to support, sip, and snack local this April. Tourism Kamloops, North Shore Business BIA and Downtown Kamloops BIA are teaming up to showcase Kamloops’ amazing eateries and drink establishments.
From April 1st-7th, share a picture of your takeout items online by tagging @luvntheloops and using #ykastrong in your posts or stories. Next Wednesday, we’ll announce the takeout category winners who have 7 days to pick up their $50 GC. Next Thursday, we’ll announce the new category. We will repeat this weekly until we run out of GCs.
Show us your…takeout & win godies from April 1st – 7th. 6 days. 10 winners. $50 GCs to:
✔️ Black Iron at @tobianogolf
✔️ Oriental Gardens Restaurant
To learn more about businesses open with care in Downtown Kamloops, visit: https://www.downtownkamloops.com/downtown-kamloops-business-open-updates-ykastrong/