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/

Mask-wearing now Mandatory

Mask-wearing now Mandatory

Throughout the pandemic, Downtown’s businesses and services have continually followed advice intended to ensure our employees’ and consumers’ health, safety, and well-being. Mask-wearing is now mandatory by the new public health order.

Downtown Kamloops sincerely appreciates the support, understanding, and compliance within our community.

On Tuesday, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth announced that anyone who fails to comply with the mandatory mask order for indoor public spaces could be looking at a $230 fine. Masks are now required to be worn by all British Columbians who are 12 years and older, in many public indoor settings. Anyone without a mask in an indoor public place, or who refuses to follow the directive, may be subject to a $230 fine. This includes the order to leave the space, or anyone who responds with abusive or belligerent behaviour.

Mask-wearing now mandatory in these places:

  • malls, shopping centres, coffee shops, and retail and grocery stores;
  • liquor and drug stores;
  • airports, city halls, libraries, community and recreation centres;
  • restaurants, pubs and bars;
  • places of public worship;
  • on public transportation, in a taxi or ride-sharing vehicle;
  • common areas of office buildings, courthouses, hospitals and hotels;
  • common areas of sport and fitness centres when not engaged in physical activity; and
  • common areas of post-secondary institutions and non-profit organizations.

A mask or face covering is a medical or non-medical mask covering the nose and mouth. Face shields are not considered allowable, as there is an opening below the mouth.

People who cannot wear a mask, or who cannot put on or remove a mask without others’ assistance, are exempt. A person may not be able to wear a mask due to a psychological, behavioural or health condition, or due to a physical, cognitive or mental impairment.

Masks may be removed temporarily in indoor public places to identify the person wearing the mask, for consuming food or beverage at a restaurant or similar location. You may also remove your mask while participating in a sport or fitness activity in a sports facility, and while you are receiving a personal or health service that requires the mask to be removed.

On behalf of Downtown Kamloops, we appreciate your ongoing support and understanding. Community commitment and compliance will prevent the spread of Covid-19 and allow businesses to continue operating.

Learn More: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support


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

Experience Holiday Cheer with Downtown’s Storybook Village

Painting Windows for the Holiday Season

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:

Ken Wells

Contact Number: 250 574 7112

Email: mercurymediainc@telus.net

Taron Senko

Contact Number: 250 819 9448

Email: senko.taron@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/artbytsko


Shari Rockliff

Contact Number: 778 838 6642


Brittany Martens

Contact Number: 250 570 2442

Email: bdmartens14@gmail.com


Laura Anne

Email: sketched.artist@gmail.com


Happy holidays, stay safe!

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.