(TNS) — PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — You can eat, drink and practice yoga in Portsmouth by paying with the electronic currency Bitcoin, thanks in large part to Steven Zeiler, a city resident, financial software developer and “Bitcoin evangelist.”
The 26-year-old technology professional said he’s been paid in Bitcoin and shops online with Bitcoin, but was frustrated with an inability to use it at local businesses. A Bikram yoga practitioner, he asked Sarah Curry, owner of the local Bikram Yoga studio on Islington Street, if she’d accept payment from him in Bitcoin and she said yes. In May, Zeiler filmed a video of Curry adhering a sticker to the front door of the yoga studio announcing the “cryptocurrency” is now accepted there.
“I work with the number one banking technology in cyrptospace, so I’m always working on expanding the Bitcoin technology,” Zeiler said. “I have a lot of friends on the Seacoast who use it and I want people near me to accept it.”
Zeiler’s latest convert is Street restaurant in Portsmouth, which also now accepts payment by Bitcoin. Street employee Jim Karlotski said Zeiler was dining in the Islington Street restaurant one evening when he asked about hosting a meeting for