A Taste of Thailand
As co-owner of the only Thai restaurant in Kamloops, Kamphon Muktier of Krob Krua Thai Restaurant knows that he has an important job in bringing the flavours of his home country to Downtown Kamloops. His customers appreciate his melding of Canadian and Thai flavours to create a palette that is unique to our city. Most of Krob Krua’s customers are not Thai themselves but have been to Thailand and are eager to enjoy a Thai meal. Others have never been to Thailand and are looking for an introduction to Thai cuisine. As well, Kamphon is more than happy to help any would-be travelers to Thailand learn about Thai cuisine and culture.
A Family Business
When deciding on what to name his restaurant, Kamphon followed Thai culture. In Thailand, it is traditional for a name to have meaning. Kamphon started his business with his wife, and their main value as a company is family. They settled on the name Krob Krua because it means family in Thai. Family and community are incredibly important to the Krob Krua team. They usually employ between ten and twelve workers, whom they consider as part of their family. Part of the reason they love doing business in Downtown Kamloops is because of its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Kamphon knows that if ever he is in need, he can ask his neighbours for help. He also is passionate about giving back to his community. He and his wife donate regularly to the Kamloops Food Bank the BCSPCA, and are dedicated to helping those around them.
Krob Krua Thai Restaurant is usually open for dine-in or take-out from 11:30am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday, and for take-out only on Sundays. During the pandemic, however, they are only open for take-out, but are open seven days a week. For more information, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Krobkruathairestaurant/ or call them at (250) 828-0645.
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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? A CAP TEAM ALUMNI SERIES
Today we have an interview with past Cappie, Rory McKerchar!
What year were you a CAP Team Member?
- I was a CAP Team member over the Summer of 2013
Tell us about your career path since leaving the CAP Team
- I worked on the CAP team the summer before starting my Bachelor of Science at Thompson Rivers University. Since leaving the CAP team I completed my B.Sc. in Chemical Biology and worked for a couple of years in Kamloops. During that time, I worked teaching chemistry labs at TRU, as a youth worker for the Boys and Girls Club, and as a lab technician at ALS Metallurgy. This year I started my first year of medical school at the University of British Columbia.
What were your career goals when you started with the CAP Team?
- When I started with the CAP team, I was not 100% sure of what I wanted to do. I had not started university yet, but I was planning on doing a year of sciences at TRU before switching into the nursing program.
How do you feel your experience on the CAP Team helped you achieve your goals?
- The CAP team was a great summer job for me. I think it looked good for my job and school applications, while also providing me with some great talking points for job interviews etc. Besides this, working on the CAP team was a lot of fun. It was great working outside for the summer and it was an excellent opportunity to get outside, meet visitors to Kamloops’ Downtown
What was the most valuable skill learned on the job?
- While working as part of the CAP team I believe I developed great customer service and communication skills. Prior to my role on the CAP team, I had never worked in an environment where those skills were requirements. In retrospect, I am very thankful for the experience, as those skills have been very helpful in other workplaces, I have been apart of as well as in the university environment.
What was your favourite part of the program?
- My favourite part of the program was the opportunity to work outside during the summer. There is always a lot going on downtown in Kamloops during the summer and it was fun being a part of a lot of it. I also really enjoyed the biking and walking patrols, helping organize events, and talking to visitors to Kamloops.
What kind of unique experiences do you have?
- A unique experience I had while working for the CAP team was meeting Justin Trudeau at Riverside Park a few years before he became Prime Minister in 2015.
What was your favorite event that Downtown Kamloops organized?
- My favourite event organized by Downtown Kamloops was the Taste of Downtown event.
What is your favorite store in downtown?
- My favourite place downtown is Motivo! Great coffee and great pie!
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Customer Driven and Reliable
For forty years, CML Properties has provided outstanding property management services to commercial and residential properties in Kamloops. Ken Wallin started the company in 1980, and CML Properties has been in the Wallin family ever since. Their team is committed to best practice property management services. Their clientele knows they can expect a maximum return on their investment as well as the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their properties are in the best hands. CML Properties has built a reputation for excellence and reliability in the interior of BC. Many of CML’s clients have been with them since they first opened their doors four decades ago. CML’s unique combination of industry expertise and best practice systems makes them an industry leader. They are known for providing excellent property stewardship to their customers.
A Kamloops Business
CML Properties is also first and foremost a Kamloops business. Their location on Lansdowne Street makes them especially accessible to their clientele. Their team is proud to be a part of the Kamloops community. They especially enjoy being a part of Downtown Kamloops, with its vibrant atmosphere and scenery. Kamloops is in CML’s roots, and they are loyal to their customer base. Having been a part of the Downtown Kamloops community for so long, they are experts on what it takes to succeed here. We asked the HR and office manager at CML Properties, Joan Zammit, what advice she would give to new businesses in Downtown Kamloops. She replied, “Support other local businesses. [Kamloops] is a wonderful community and being able to support one another in our business needs is what makes everyone stronger. Find a mentor who has been through this before and use them for guidance.”
The CML Properties office is located at 272 Lansdowne Street. It is open from 8:30-4:30, Monday to Friday. They also have a 24-hour emergency service available to their clients. They can be reached by calling (250) 372-1232. For more information, please visit their website at https://www.cmlproperties.ca/.
Kamloops Central Business Improvement 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 as a strategy to ignite economic activity Downtown. If such a closure were to occur, 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.
The ‘Open with Care’ campaign is part of a strategy supported by BIA’s throughout the province intended to inspire businesses to open safely and is designed for organizations within the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association area.
While we are extremely excited that Downtown Kamloops is finally getting back to business, we understand that consumers may be hesitant to go back to their previous behaviour. BIAs throughout the province are introducing ‘Open with Care’ campaigns as an initiative intended to inspire businesses to re-open in a safe, healthy, and compliant manner, and support consumer confidence. Businesses in the Downtown Kamloops are taking responsible steps and following WorkSafeBC regulations to ensure their employees’ health and safety.
It is crucial for our business leaders to communicate with customers to reassure them that it’s safe to do business with you.
Open With Care campaign objectives:
- Create a safe atmosphere
- Support local businesses in line with the #ykastrong support local campaign
- Share a consistent message across the City and Province of BC
- Prepare the public to be “good consumers”; to shop, live, play, eat, art, with care
- Provide our members with the tools to Open With Care
- Remind all that Downtown is resilient, alive and cares about its customers
Kamloopsians can share what they are doing to support local businesses by using the hashtags #openwithcare #ykastrong #dtkcares #downtowntogo on social media.
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