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New Businesses on The Shore

Thompson Landing on Royal, Kamloops’ newest riverfront development, is nestled in a quiet neighbourhood on the North Shore, with easy access to a variety of commercial spaces. After being named one of the top commercial development zones in Canada in 2019, the North Shore Business Improvement Association (NSBIA) has continued to foster growth within this vibrant community, establishing this neighbourhood as a thriving hub for new businesses.

Photo by City of Kamloops

Over the last few months, the North Shore has welcomed several local businesses, each adding its own flavour to the landscape and promising a delightful experience filled with community spirit and creativity.

This gourmet artisan macaron bakery, owned t by passionate baker Ashley Funk, has been delighting customers with its colorful, custom-crafted macarons at markets for the past three years. On March 20, 2024, the business will finally celebrate the grand opening of its storefront location on 12th Street.

The Effie Arts Collective, Kamloops’ newest venue for talented artists and art enthusiasts, celebrated its grand opening on February 24, 2024. The night was filled with amazing performances, local vendors, and comedy acts.

Photo by NSBIA. Qphoria Grand Opening.

Qphoria is a full-service tanning and wellness centre on Kamloops’ North Shore, offering everything from tanning beds to hydration spaces and lash and brow services. After being closed for a year due to flooding, this business celebrated its grand re-opening on March 2, 2024, with special in-store offers, snacks and a fun welcoming atmosphere.

A classic North Shore favourite, The Ice Cream Social, just reopened its doors for the season, offering a variety of flavours that suit every palate, including lactose free and sugar free options, as well as sherbets and sorbets. This family-owned business is excited to welcome everyone as the temperatures begin to rise.

A new local game store, Desert City Games, opened its doors on January 5, 2024, providing a welcoming space for gamers to come together and share their passions.

Photo by Yew Street Food Hall

Two new vendors at Yew Street Food Hall on 107 Yew Street just opened up, serving delicious tacos and authentic Greek comfort food. These locally owned restaurants will add to the unique culinary scene in the core of the North Shore community.

As Jeremy Heighton, executive director of the NSBIA said, “The North Shore continues to be ‘the place to be’ in Kamloops. The dedication of developers, business owners, and the BIA to support our North Shore community is evident in the influx of businesses attracted to and thriving here.”

Benefiting from affordable lease spaces, extensive marketing support programs from the NSBIA, as well as services like the Clean Team, Kamloops’ North Shore fosters a strong sense of community and belonging.


For all new businesses entering the area, the NSBIA invests significant time and effort in supporting their growth. While marketing serves as the initial touchpoint, they ensure that all new businesses are integrated through their strongly attended member mixers.


“Our staff are experts in organizational development and business coaching, event management and member relations, and our members support services such as Community Ambassadors and Clean Team. We also advocate for community change, navigate issues and challenges a new owner may face, and work to create a strong sense of belonging,” added Heighton.


With its vibrant atmosphere, diverse array of businesses, and strong sense of community support, Thompson Landing on Royal promises an enriching and fulfilling experience for all who choose to make it their home.





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