The newest bakery in town is the latest business to open its doors with the help of Venture Kamloops’ VK Accelerate Program.
Christian Andrews and Brynn Hill opened the doors to Brynn’s Bakery on March 30. The bakery, which offers bread, drinks and artisan treats, is downtown at 424 Victoria St., across from Kamloops Library.
After two successful seasons at the Kamloops Regional Farmer’s Market, Andrews and Hill decided to upgrade to a brick and mortar bakery café, which is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but are flexible and open to feedback from the community as they determine their hours moving forward.
With a seasonally rotating menu, the menu will focus on high-quality ingredients from local sources.
COVID protocols will allow for 14 guests in the bakery at a time and all items will be served in single-use containers, as per Interior Health’s request.
“I think it’s so cool,” Hill said. “How many of his classmates can say they opened up a business fresh out of business school — and during a pandemic?”
After selling their creations at the farmers’ market, Andrews and Hill approached Venture Kamloops — the city’s economic-development arm — to discuss the VK Accelerate Program.
The program assists entrepreneurs who are ready to expand to their first bricks and mortar space by providing mentorship opportunities and business
coaching with business leaders within the region. Successful applicants get access to pre-approved financing, customized leasing agreements, marketing assistance and business integration support.
“It is always exciting when months of preparation and planning lead to the opening of a new business”, said Nicole Bruce, Venture Kamloops]’ economic development manager. “Opening a new business amidst a global pandemic and complying with ever-changing restrictions, however, is something that should most definitely be celebrated.”
Brynn’s Bakery is the fifth business to complete the VK Accelerate Program and open a business in Kamloops.
“I have been so pleased over the past year to see how our business partners have continued to pivot, evolve and find ways to not only foster their businesses but continue to aid those within our unique program as well,” Bruce said.
In addition to operating the storefront, Brynn's Bakery will return to the Saturday farmers' market when it opens this spring.