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Premier is Kelowna’s upscale pawn shop: part retail, part financial institution and completely unique.  Founded in 1995 by Ernst & Martin Strasser we have been owner operated from the beginning. This provides our clients with stability and expertise that is uncommon in today’s transitory world.  We are also decade long members of the Better Business Bureau (A+ rated) and National Pawn Association.

We are responsible corporate citizens and have sponsored many local charities as outlined HERE.



We have a full experience virtual tour of our store available HERE.  This is a small glimpse of our shop.



We pride ourselves on having the best trained staff in the region.  As the only local store of our type with an accredited diamond grader, GIA trained appraisal staff and more we are pleased to set the industry standard.

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Martin Strasser,

Graduate Diamonds & Accredited Jewellery Professional Certificates from the Gemological Institute of America

Diamond Certified, Jewellery Sales &Advanced Jewellery Sales Certificates from the Diamond Council of America

Premier’s General Manager, Martin Strasser, served on the executive board of the B.C. Pawnbrokers Association. As a recognized pawnshop spokesman he has been interviewed by local newspaper, television and radio stations many times. Martin has been consulted by Kelowna RCMP and City Hall on issues relating to refining, improving or strengthening municipal bylaws relating to the pawn and secondhand industry.

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Eryn Bayes, 

Diamonds & Diamond Grading, Accredited Jewellery Professional Certificates from the Gemological Institute of America,

Diamond Certified & Jewellery Sales Certificates from the Diamond Council of America

Graduate Sales Associate Certificate from the Jewellers Education Foundation of the American Gem Society

Eryn joined us in 2003. She brought her previous retail and administration skills to our operation and has assisted us in streamlining many aspects of our business procedures. Given her organizational prowess she oversees our online listings and website database.  

Eryn received her Graduate Sales Associate from the American Gem Society in 2006 and her  G.I.A. Accredited Jewellery Professional certificate in 2012.  2014 marked another achievement when she obtained her Diamond Certification from the Diamond Council of America – well done!  She’s currently taking diamond grading through the G.I.A.

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Kyle Paulson,

Accredited Jewellery Professional Certificate from the Gemological Institute of America,

Diamond Certified & Jewellery Sales from the Diamond Council of America

Kyle joined our team in late 2012 and is excited to be learning the trade.  An active learner with great professional pride Kyle just completed his Diamond Certification through the Diamond Council of America.  He enjoys Kelowna’s outdoor lifestyle including mountain biking and riding his motorcycle.

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Dave Choy,

Jewellery Sales from the Diamond Council of America

Diamond Certified from the Diamond Council of America

Dave brings 20 years of retail sales experience to our store.  He joined us early in 2015 and recently graduated his DCA Diamonds course.  He’s an avid golfer on his off-time and frequently debates with our other staff on who plays a better game. 


Marantha Chretien-James,

Jewellery Sales from the Diamond Council of America

Marantha joined us in October of 2016 from a background in inventory management and visual merchandising.  She’s taking classes from the Diamond Council of America and helps manage our online inventory and website listings.


Looking for work?

Premier is always looking for talented team players.  Viewers of PAWNSTARS will know how diverse and interesting the pawn industry can be. If you relish a challenge, enjoy learning and can offer topnotch client service we’re interested in talking to you.

Our staff handle a diverse array of products from Rolex watches to flatscreen TV’s. We’ve helped people in financial difficulty with short-term collateral loans and 10 minutes later sold an engagement set to a young couple. We understand that this is an eclectic mix of skills and we’re prepared to train new staff.

If you’re interested in trying something new, talk to us.


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