Flash­coin

The Daily Courier - - BUSINESS -

A Kelowna en­tre­pre­neur is bank­ing on cus­tomers want­ing to pay with the new Flash­coin dig­i­tal cur­rency.

Brandi Kneze­vich owns and op­er­ates two busi­nesses.

Eyes on You on Kelowna’s Lawrence Av­enue is a sa­lon spe­cial­iz­ing in eye­lashes, hair ex­ten­sions, per­ma­nent make-up and wax­ing.

As the name in­di­cates, Van Isl Ap­parel is Kneze­vich’s line of ca­sual clothing for men and women flaunt­ing the Van­cou­ver Is­land lifestyle.

Most sales are made at VanIs­lAp­parel, but items are also for sale at Eyes on You.

With the Flash app, shop­pers can load an on­line wal­let and pay in a flash at stores and web­sites that ac­cept it.

The ben­e­fit for busi­nesses is that there’s no mid­dle­man like In­terac, Visa or Mastercard.

There­fore, re­tail­ers get their money in­stantly with near-zero fees.

“Cus­tomers were ask­ing if they could use dig­i­tal cur­rency, so I de­cided to start ac­cept­ing Flash,” said Kneze­vich.

“It’s good for both them and me.”

Of course, Eyes on You and Van Isl will con­tinue to ac­cept In­terac and credit cards for pay­ment as well.

Steve MacNaull is The Daily Courier’s busi­ness re­porter and colum­nist. Reach him at [email protected]

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