The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin: World Premiere

 

New York, L.A., Cleveland Heights – October 3rd, 2014 – Full Press Release

 


 

Bitcoin Boulevard US events and incentives for THE RISE AND RISE OF BITCOIN

October 3rd, 2014

4:30pm: Pre-party at The Wine Spot: “Bitcoin 101” education session and film VIP meet and greet.

6:00pm: Red carpet event at Cedar Lee Theatre.

7:05pm: Showtime, THE RISE AND RISE OF BITCOIN, followed by Q/A with Patrick Lope and Daniel Mross.

9:00pm: Post-party at Parnell’s Pub. Show ticket stub or mention Bitcoin, receive $1 off beverages.

October 3rd-October 9th, 2014

Additional film showtimes: http://www.clevelandcinemas.com/moviedetails.asp?id=5355

The Katz Club Diner: Mention Bitcoin, order a diner burger and get a complimentary house made dessert or shake. Any payment method accepted.

Sweetie Fry: Order French fries or ice cream, show movie stub or pay with bitcoin and you are entered in a raffle to win 25 free scoops.

The Wine Spot: Show ticket stub and purchase a beverage, receive 25% off cheese plate.

Parnell’s Pub: Show ticket stub or mention Bitcoin, receive $1 off beverages.

Revive: Mention Bitcoin, receive 10% off any apparel, plus an additional 5% off if you pay with Bitcoin.

Mitchell’s Chocolates: Show ticket stub or pay in Bitcoin, receive 5% off.

Stay tuned to event updates at The Cleveland Bitcoin Meetup.

 

 

Bitcoin Boulevard US – Participating Merchants

 

 

Sweetie Fry

Sweetie Fry | 2307 Lee Rd | Cleveland Heights | OH | 44118 | (216) 932-2300 | Map | www.sweetiefry.com | FB | Twitter

 

 

Mitchells

 Mitchell’s Fine Chocolates | 2285 Lee Rd | Cleveland Heights | OH | 44118 | (216) 932-3200 | Mapwww.mitchellschocolates.com | FB | Twitter

 

 

WSThe Wine Spot | 2271 Lee Rd | Cleveland Heights | OH | 44118 | (216) 342-3623 | Map | www.thewinespotonline.com | FB | Twitter

NO BITCOIN SALES YET – SEE BELOW – BITCOIN BOULEVARD US – OHIO LIQUOR LICENSE ISSUE

 

SP_BannerShawn Paul Salon | 2265 Lee Rd | Cleveland Heights | OH | 44118 | (216) 342-3623 | Map | www.shawnpaulsalon.com | FB | Twitter

 

 

TCTavern Company | 2260 Lee Rd | Cleveland Heights | OH | 44118 | (216) 321-6001 | Map | www.thetaverncompany.com | FB

 ONLY IF THE OWNER CHRIS IS THERE HE WILL RING YOU UP FOR FOOD – CALL AHEAD – SEE BELOW – BITCOIN BOULEVARD US – OHIO LIQUOR LICENSE ISSUE

 

revive-logoRevive | 2248 Lee Rd | Cleveland Heights | OH | 44118 | (216) 371-2778 | Map | www.revivestore.com | FB | Twitter

 

 

Parnells2Parnell’s Pub | 2167 Lee Rd | Cleveland Heights | OH | 44118 | (216) 321-3469 | Map | FB | Twitter

NO BITCOIN SALES YET – SEE BELOW – BITCOIN BOULEVARD US – OHIO LIQUOR LICENSE ISSUE

 

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The Katz Club Diner | 1975 Lee Rd | Cleveland Heights | OH | 44118 | (216) 932-3333 | Map | www.thekatzclubdiner.com | FB | Twitter

 ALL STAFF KNOW TO SPLIT FOOD BILL FROM ALCOHOL BILL – SEE BELOW – BITCOIN BOULEVARD US – OHIO LIQUOR LICENSE ISSUE

BottleHouse

The BottleHouse Brewery | 2050 Lee Rd | Cleveland Heights | OH | 44118 | (216) 214-2120 | Map | www.thebottlehousebrewingcompany.com | FB

NO BITCOIN SALES YET – SEE BELOW – BITCOIN BOULEVARD US – OHIO LIQUOR LICENSE ISSUE

 

 

Bitcoin Boulevard US – Participating Services Providers

 

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Monroe Constructs | Cleveland Heights | OH | 44118 | (216) 701-3456 | FB

 

 

216Software216 Software | Cleveland Heights | OH | 44118 | www.216software.com | info@216software.com

PCHandymanfinalfile72PC Handyman | Cleveland Heights | OH | 44118 | clevelandheightscomputerrepair.com | 216-236-8743

 

 

CoinNEO

CoinNEO Bitcoin Consulting | Cleveland Heights | OH | 44118 | (216) 202-0423 | FB | Twitter

 

 

 

Bitcoin Boulevard US – Community Partners

 

cbm_banner copyhttp://www.meetup.com/Cleveland-Bitcoin/

This group is dedicated to exploring digital currencies, such as Bitcoin. We discuss their relationship to the Cleveland economy, global commerce, personal finance, techno-politics, innovation, entrepreneurship, and much, much more.

We invite everyone, whether novice or expert to join our meetups. This group allows Bitcoiners from around Cleveland to connect, collaborate, and inspire.

 

Bitcoin Boulevard US – Ohio Liquor License Issue

Discussions with lawyers of the State Liquor Control of Ohio, The Ohio Department of Public Safety, and the federal TTB have been initiated to determine if Bitcoin may lawfully be accepted as payment for alcohol. This presents a pioneering (and welcomed) discussion with state and federal, regulatory and enforcement agencies regarding the use of digital currencies as a form of payment for businesses operating under certain regulatory licensing. According to these agencies, no one has ever asked them about this before. We have had positive communications with these agencies, but with varying results. The Ohio Department of Liquor Control changed their stance from “No” to “No Stance” after productive discussions with their board lawyers. The Federal TTB gave the green light, stating that this was a private business matter and “we don’t care as long as we receive our tax money”.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety, however, ruled “No”, and this has complicated our efforts. Here is their official response:

“The state of Ohio has not taken a position regarding the use of bitcoins.  Rather, in keeping with guidance from the IRS that bitcoins are a form of “property” and not “currency” for tax purposes, the Ohio Investigative Unit may investigate the use of bitcoins as monetary payment for alcohol.  If the Investigative Unit issues a citation out of such an investigation, a liquor permit holder may challenge the citation, and ultimately the Ohio Liquor Control Commission, and possibly an Ohio court, will determine whether the use was permissible.  These comments are limited to the monetary payment for alcohol, and the Investigative Unit cannot speak to any to any other risks or legal consequences of accepting or using bit coins.

Thank you for your time.
 
Agent in Charge Eric W. Wolf
Ohio Investigative Unit – Administration
(614) 728-1369”

After many attempts to engage in cooperative dialog to help them better understand our project and this new commerce technology, we are delivered this same canned response, which indicates to us they are no longer interested in discussing this issue. We are now working towards new methods in finding a resolution that maintains lawfulness, provides digital currency legitimacy for other businesses of this type in Ohio, and supports the innovative spirit of Ohio small business. We hope Ohio can participate in the leadership of states like California and Texas, whose public agencies are embracing the innovation occurring in this space.

In the meantime, while unable to accept Bitcoin for alcohol, some businesses along Bitcoin Boulevard US remain welcoming Bitcoin-friendly places for digital currency discussion. Some will stop Bitcoin processing altogether until this is sorted out. Others will offer delicious locally crafted non-alcohol refreshments for Bitcoin, and simply not yet allow the sale of alcohol. Until then, cash and credit card only please but let them know you came because of Bitcoin Boulevard!