Support These Five Local Shops

Support These Five Local Shops

This holiday season we’d like to encourage you to support local by showcasing some of the excellent stores in downtown Kamloops!

 

Funny Page Collectables

  • Stop in at Funny Pages Collectables for their 1st annual pre-Christmas blitz with huge savings throughout the entire store! Judy and Dave our the warmest and our passionate about helping their customers and the community. This is the place for you if you are looking for those rare finds.


808 & Bench

  • Check out 808 & Bench to shop for skateboards, art supplies, spray paint, custom apparel, graphic designs, stickers, and more.

 

The Golden Buddha

  • Shop at The Golden Buddha for a variety of jewelry, gift-ware, as well as locally made arts and crafts.

 

Barnacle Records

  • Barnacle Records sells a myriad of products for your music listening needs. From vinyl, tapes, and used stereo gear to poly sleeves and turntable repair, they’ve got you covered.

Oronge Board Shop

  • If you’re looking for snowboarding gear, Oronge is the place to go for boards, boots, helmets, and more.
Five Places to Get Coffee in Downtown Kamloops

Five Places to Get Coffee in Downtown Kamloops

The days are getting colder as winter is fast approaching and one of the best way to stay warm while out and about is to bring along a hot cup of coffee for the adventure. Whether you’re downtown for work or for a leisurely stroll, you’ll need to find somewhere to help you keep toasty this season.

The Art We Are

  • If you’re looking for a local coffee shop to grab a coffee and a bite to eat, The Art We Are has an array of caffeinated and non-caffeinated beverages for all those who want a quick warmup this winter.

The Vic

  • The Vic prides themselves on providing high-quality fair-trade tea and coffee with fresh, full flavours. In addition to beverages, The Vic also has both sweet and savory foods to snack on while you sip your coffee.

Swiss Pastries

  • With an assortment of artisan breads, buns, danish, and croissants to pair with your coffee, Swiss Pastries is a great place to stop for a coffee and a delicious home-made treat during these chilly months.

Caffe Motivo

  • Want some specialty brew coffee by the cup or some whole beans bagged up for coffee at home? Stop by Caffe Motivo for a freshly brewed cup of coffee if you’re in the area searching for something warm to drink.

Frankly Coffee and Bistro

  • Stop by Frankly for some spiritbear coffee, a specialty brew, or beer with baileys to help you keep warm on a chilly day.

 

 

Disclaimer: All images were borrowed from the respective web pages of each cafe mentioned.
And, just a friendly reminder that there are a range of different coffee shops to stop at in Downtown Kamloops and this list is by no means a conclusive one.
Five Places to Buy Gifts in Downtown Kamloops

Five Places to Buy Gifts in Downtown Kamloops

November is coming to an end and Christmas is right around the corner, which means that it’s nearing the time to start purchasing gifts for our loved ones. There are a variety of shops located in downtown Kamloops that you can find gifts at, but we’d like to recommend a few specific places to shop at for presents this week:

Far + Wide

  • Support local shops downtown by checking out Far + Wide. They feature home and lifestyle goods, as well as plants and vintage pieces.

Miss Whimsy’s Gift Emporium

  • Another local downtown shop to stop by is Ms. Whimsy’s. 99% of their merchandise is comprised of handmade Canadian items (while the other 1% is upcycled goods).

Castles and Cottages & Ciao Bella Boutique

  • With kitchen accessories, home décor, bath, garden, bedding, specialty foods, chocolate, and a variety of clothing attire, Castles and Cottages is an ideal place to look for all kinds of unique gifts.

High Octane

  • A bit more of a niche shop than the prior mentions in this list, but High Octane is an excellent place to shop for your comic book reading, board game playing, war hammer loving friends and family.

Volegacy

  • And finally, another locally owned shop with Canadian-made merchandise where you can find men and women’s clothing, home décor, candles, and a variety of other small trinkets.

Just a friendly reminder that this list is by no means conclusive as there are many shops located in the downtown Kamloops area that you can stop at to look for gifts. Stay tuned for our weekly updates to find more lists of places to check out in downtown Kamloops.

Written by Oliver O’Dell, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. The CAP Team is our Downtown Kamloops ambassador program. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Downtown Kamloops office at 250-372-3242.

A Sustainable Holiday Season – Downtown Kamloops

A Sustainable Holiday Season – Downtown Kamloops

With Christmas just around the corner, we’re all getting prepared to hunt for Christmas presents and decorations to spruce up our homes. Something that we all ought to take into consideration is how sustainable we are this holiday season. Here at Downtown Kamloops, we’ve got some tips and tricks for you this winter.

Some suggestions on ensuring sustainability are:

  • Decorating with energy efficient and durable products.
  • Choosing creative, community centred gifts.
  • Wrapping presents in newspaper.
  • Thoughtful preparation of dinner to prevent waste.

Ultimately, it is imperative that remain conscious about the products that we consume. Who wants our holiday celebrations to end up in a landfill?

Watch the video to know more at

Written by, Oliver O’Dell, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. The CAP Team is our Downtown Kamloops ambassador program. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Downtown Kamloops office at 250-372-3242.

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Canadians pause for a moment to commemorate the armistice agreement that brought an end to the First World War at 11 am on November 11th, 1918. This upcoming Monday, we will commemorate this ceremonious day throughout the city of Kamloops. There will be a few events and ceremonies occurring downtown on Remembrance Day, which will provide an opportunity for residents to pay their respects and to remember the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom.

Remembrance Day is an opportunity for communities to come together and collectively remember the suffering of war. Veterans come to remember and honour the fallen. Friends and family come to pay their respects and to remember the ones who died as well as those still living with memories of war. On Monday, November 11th, the annual Remembrance Day ceremony will be held at Riverside Park beginning at 10:45 am.

There are a few events lined up on the program for this Remembrance Day. The day will begin with the mounting of the cenotaph guard, then the colour party and the veteran’s company will march, and following that, if weather permits, there will be a fly past by 419 squadron from Cold Lake, Alberta. After the ceremonies, there will be a parade led by the Kamloops Pipe Band from Riverside to the dispersal point at 500 block Victoria Street. Following the dispersal, youth participants will be provided refreshments at Desert Gardens and adults will be invited to socialize at one of the Legions in town. On Sunday evening, November 10, there will also be a Remembrance Day dinner at the Columbo Lodge for $35 per person. Arrive at 6:30 for cocktails and 7:30 for dinner.

Another way to show your support this Remembrance Day is to make a donation and grab a poppy from one of the various businesses that have Royal Canadian Legion donation boxes near the register. The donations from this promotion go to veterans and youth programs each year.

 

          Written by, Oliver O’Dell, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. The CAP Team is our Downtown Kamloops ambassador program. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Downtown Kamloops office at 250-372-3242.

Halloween in Downtown Kamloops

Halloween in Downtown Kamloops

It’s that season again. the leaves are changing colour, the temperature is dropping, and everything is becoming a little bit spookier. Halloween is quickly approaching, and this Thursday is the big day we’ve all been waiting for.

There are a few different events happening in downtown Kamloops this Halloween that the CAP team thought you ought to know about. That’s why we’ve prepared a list of the top nine things that you can do downtown on Halloween for a spooktacular evening this Thursday, October 31st.

  1. 5th Annual Halloween Dinner at the restaurant Terra on 300 block Victoria St. Dinner starts at 6pm until 10pm and tickets are $75 per person.
  2. Rock n Roll Halloween Bash at The Blue Grotto on 300 block Victoria St. Event starts at 8pm and tickets are $10 each.
  3. Hallowe’en with DJ KingKongFinger at Alchemy Brewing Company on 600 block Victoria St. Event starts at 7pm until 11pm and tickets are available in house.
  4. Devil’s Country Halloween at Shark Club Sports Bar & Grill on 285 Lorne St. Event starts at 9pm. Tickets are $5 and must be purchased in advanced.
  5. Paint Nite: Autumn Forest Light at Boston Pizza on 300 block Victoria St. Event starts at 7pm and tickets are $40 per person.
  6. TFS: Dogman at Paramount Theatre on 503 Victoria St. Event starts at 7pm until 8:45pm and tickets range from $5 – $11.
  7. Hotel Horror Show Night at The Blackwell Hall in The Plaza Hotel and Tumbleweeds Lounge. The event starts at 7pm until 11:30pm. Tickets are $10 at the door.
  8. Halloween Skaraoke at the Central Pub Station. Event starts at 9pm.

And lastly, if you’re still in need of a costume…

  1. Spirit Halloween on 444 Seymour St.
  • Looking to get started on next year’s outfit? Check out Spirit Halloween on November 1st for a discount on your costumes.

Written by, Oliver O’Dell, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. The CAP Team is our Downtown Kamloops ambassador program. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Downtown Kamloops office at 250-372-3242.