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A Story Book Village

A Story Book Village

Due to the current pandemic, Kamloops will be hosting a ‘non-parade’ to boost holiday spirits while following social distancing protocols. Businesses of Downtown Kamloops will be paired with designers from past floats to transform windows into holiday displays. Residents, locals, and visitors will have the opportunity to walk or drive through this “go-through” parade as they enjoy stationary floats at a safe distance.

Lights, ornaments, characters, music, and window paint will transform Downtown businesses into a magical scene this winter. Further, each display will represent a storybook page and partner with other businesses to create a holiday tale along each block. Led by a map, residents will have the option to follow classic storybook tales such as “The Nutcracker,” ‘Frosty the Snowman,” “Twelve Days of Christmas,” “A Christmas Carol,”  and so much more!

This will allow for greater flexibility, diversity, and community involvement. It will also showcase our unique local spirit during the holiday season. 

We at Downtown Kamloops believe this alternative will provide an opportunity for community engagement from a safe and responsible distance.

Enjoy your favorite classics, stay safe, and shop local.

 

 

It’s Small Business Week !

It’s Small Business Week !

Happy ‘Small Business Week’ everyone! 

These last seven months have been tough for all of us. This week, we want to celebrate small businesses in Downtown Kamloops that are staying resilient and strong together. These are the friendly smiles that greet you every morning with your cup of joe, your favourite meal, that unique store that knows your style and preferences. These are the risk-takers that do everything to keep our downtown vibrant and alive. So this week, take time to thank them in your own way.

Here is a series of free business webinars offered throughout the week by Small Business BC (SBBC) to celebrate the small business week. 

Tuesday, October 20th, 1100am – 1200pm: Staying resilient during Covid19

https://smallbusinessbc.ca/education/staying-resilient-during-covid-19

Tuesday, October 20th, 100pm – 200pm: Market research and emerging trends in consumer behavior

https://smallbusinessbc.ca/education/market-research-emerging-trends-in-consumer-behaviour-2020-10-20

Tuesday, October 20th, 230pm – 330pm: Smart marketing in a changing world

https://smallbusinessbc.ca/education/smart-marketing-in-a-changing-world-2020-10-20

Wednesday, October 21st, 900am – 1200pm: Blogging to promote your business

https://smallbusinessbc.ca/education/blogging-to-promote-your-business-2020-10-21

Thursday, October 22nd, 100pm – 400pm: Decolonizing, indigenizing and reconciling entrepreneurship

https://smallbusinessbc.ca/education/decolonizing-indigenizing-and-reconciling-entrepreneurship-2020-10-22

Friday, October 23rd, 900am – 1000am: Google strategies for your local business

https://smallbusinessbc.ca/education/google-strategies-for-your-local-business/

Friday, October 23rd, 300pm – 400pm: Staying relevant in uncertain times

https://smallbusinessbc.ca/education/how-to-stay-relevant-in-uncertain-time

 

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3 Things to Do in Downtown Kamloops this Thanksgiving

3 Things to Do in Downtown Kamloops this Thanksgiving

Fall is officially upon us! With this comes many things: sweater weather, pumpkins, falling leaves, and, most importantly, Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a great time to spend with friends and family. With the pandemic still affecting everything in our lives, it’s hard to know how best to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. So, we here at Downtown Kamloops thought we would put together a list of 3 ways you can safely celebrate this Thanksgiving.

Picnic in the park (with food from Salty Fig Catering Co.!)

Salty Fig Catering Company is offering a special Thanksgiving meal this year. Their full meal includes and artisanal turkey sandwich, a fall harvest salad, and a pumpkin cookie. The meal can be pre-ordered by calling (604) 290-4237 and can be picked up on Friday, October 9th at their 1428 Lorne Street Location between 11 and 1:30.

Once you have your food, you can eat it wherever you want. But, we here at Downtown Kamloops recommend a socially distanced picnic at Riverside Park.

A scenic walk through Downtown Kamloops

Though, many stores will be closed for the holiday, there’s still plenty to see in Downtown Kamloops this holiday weekend. The fall colours are lovely downtown, and what better way to spend socially distanced time with your family than to go for a walk?

Thanksgiving dinner at Cordo Resto & Bar

Cordo Resto & Bar has a very special Thanksgiving dinner this year. They are offering a three-course meal for $35, just the main course turkey dinner for $25, or a children’s turkey dinner with pie for $16. For a starter, they are offering either a delicious butternut squash and apple soup or a beet and quinoa salad. For their main course, they have roasted smoked turkey, chorizo sausage stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes and pan gravy, house-made cranberry compote, and local farm vegetables. For dessert they have, of course, freshly baked pumpkin pie and whipped cream.

This meal is available Sunday, October 11th and Monday, October 12th by reservation. Book your table at cordorestobar.com or by phoning (778) 471-8035.

 

For more information, please contact Downtown Kamloops at (250) 372-3242 or visit our website here.

Proposed Street Closures – Downtown Business Feedback

Proposed Street Closures – Downtown Business Feedback

The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association would like feedback from Downtown Businesses on proposed street closures. Please take two minutes to give your feedback.

Recently there have been reports of conversations regarding the potential short term or intermittent closure of Victoria Street. The goal would be to encourage consumers to return to our Downtown while affording the space intended to support safe physical distancing.

We are reaching out to you asking for your feedback regarding this matter.

This form is currently closed for submissions.

Good News Stories #YKAStrong

Good News Stories #YKAStrong

Let’s be honest, we are all feeling anxious and unsure by the COVID-19 pandemic in our community and around the world. These ‘Good News Stories’ in Kamloops will uplift your spirit. We will continue to update any good news that we hear through the weeks ahead and encourage you to share these with your family and friends. Remember #YKAStrong!

Thank you to our #healthcareheroes

We are so grateful for the doctors and nurses on the frontlines who have been working tirelessly to make sure we get over this. To salute them Kamloops at 7 PM PST daily have applauding from their homes. Emergency vehicles drive by Royal Inland Hospital to honour these brave souls. Stores like Mainstreet and Jardines are offering special discounts for healthcare staff. Pizza Pi has partnered with Meal Train & Kamloops Food Policy Council to support all RIH healthcare workers. You can donate $20 through E-Transfer which will provide RIH staff with a free large Pizza delivered at home. Pizza Pi has also been providing meals to persons in need through community donations. Good news indeed!

Downtown To Go

Many of our stores downtown have started virtual classes to help the community get through this crisis stronger, together. A local artist and studio Downtown Yvonne Reddick is one such business that has started virtual art classes. You can get virtual fitness classes, wellness workshops and so much more. Read more about health and wellness classes.

Caremongering – Kamloops

This is a movement to spread kindness and help others in the community. Caremongering Kamloops is a 100% volunteer-driven organization with no formal structure. They are providing a neighbour to neighbour service (N2N) to connect people who want to help during this crisis with those who need it. You can sign up on their website www.kamloopscares.ca or join their Facebook page 

#YKAStrong

More than a hashtag and a powerful statement, #YKAstrong is a combined strategy from 8 Kamloops business community leaders. Take a pledge to support our local businesses and community by being a Kamloops ambassador. #YKAstrong will provide streamlined communication and an engagement strategy to address the ongoing effects on businesses in Kamloops. You can also get a #YKAStrong decal to show your support during these unprecedented times.

Farm2Chefs

The Farm2Chef has started a Support Local Challenge to help restaurants connect with local producers. Their goal is to help small businesses remain open through this pandemic. You can do your part by supporting local and entering their challenge. Their first draw is on 6th April.

Parking on Downtown Streets

Yay, it’s FREE…If you are in downtown to Pickup food or any essential items you can avail of free street parking. This parking is meant only for short time customers grabbing takeout or other such necessities. We encourage downtown businesses to ask employees and other long time parkers to find available alternate parking that’s FREE in parkades and all city lots. Please consider the other stressed restaurant businesses that remain open to offer delivery and takeout.

Cafe Motivo

Caffe Motivo ran a Gift Certificate promo for healthcare workers. For every GC purchased they gave a free coffee. The proceeds were donated to Kamloops Fire Rescue.

Jardines Domaine

Jardines Domaine has curated a collection of products for their ‘Comfort Box – We are in this Together Est. 2020’. These boxes are available for men and ladies. Their goal is to raise $1000 for the Kamloops Food Bank. Of every box sold $5 will be donated. This box can be purchased for frontline workers as well as yourself.

Mainstreet Clothing Co

Mainstreet has launched its Spring package giveaway worth $1000 including GC’s from Peter’s Pasta, DIY Body, Flo Designs, K Spin and more. They recognize our community is in dire need of help and will donate $2 for every person who shares this post. $1 will go towards the Kamloops Food Bank and $1 to the BC Wildlife Park. Draw closes May 3!

If you can any good news stories to tell email us at events@downtownkamloops.com or admin@downtownkamloops.com.

To can read more at https://www.downtownkamloops.com/covid-19/

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