Bitcoin Meetup | River House

Last night, nine people met at River House restaurant in Portsmouth to talk about bitcoin over dinner and drinks. We got a table on the deck, which overlooks the scenic Piscataqua river tugboats and faces the bridge to Maine. The weather was perfect for outdoor dining and the awning was drawn in so the sky surrounded us and the stars came out as twilight fell. Our group — 4 women, 5 men — ranged in age from early 20’s to late 60’s. Experience levels varied from “never used bitcoin” to “long-time power-user.” The event lasted almost 90 minutes. At the […]

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Free State Bitcoin Shoppe Featured on Free Talk Live

Derrick called into the popular nationally-syndicated radio show Free Talk Live this week to share an amazing story about a local Portsmouth man and his wife. They walked into the Free State Bitcoin Shoppe looking for some New Hampshire-themed gifts for their friends, and upon learning that our store takes a variety of crytpocurrencies, the man (who appeared to be in his 60s), pulled out his smart phone and displayed several different wallets. He opted to pay for a bitcoin t-shirt and some locally-made coasters in Litecoin because of the instant transaction time and negligible fees. He was very happy […]

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Free State Bitcoin Shoppe Featured on Neocash Radio

Our friends at Neocash Radio talked about the opening of Free State Bitcoin Shoppe on their hilarious and informative podcast this week. We grabbed an audio clip from their conversation to share with you. Have a listen and a laugh! Darren was so smitten by our adorable, soft Doge pillows that he came in the next day and bought out our entire supply! (Don’t worry, we immediately restocked, and you’ll receive a 15% discount on this item when you pay in Doge!)

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Easiest Way to Get Bitcoin

Yesterday after an amazing lobster BLT, lobster roll, and seafood chowder at River House, my partner Steven asked our server if he’d ever heard of bitcoin. Of course, he had. His college macroeconomics professor bought some bitcoin 5 years ago, and today the value of his bitcoin has quintupled. Our server said he’d like to get some but didn’t know how. Delighted, we told him we love to use bitcoin and use it all the time — to buy things online like hotels and plane tickets and also things in Portsmouth like tickets to the Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Bikram Yoga […]

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Bitcoin Meetup | The Fresh Press

This morning the Portsmouth Bitcoin Network held a meetup at the Fresh Press, a locally-owned healthy organic juice and salad bar. It was awesome! City Councillor¬† Joshua Cyr, co-owner of AlphaLoft, Portsmouth’s first bitcoin-accepting business, attended, as did one of the managers of STREET, Portsmouth’s favorite bitcoin-accepting restaurant! A few of us ordered delicious juices, a cold brew, and the avocado chop salad with chicken. We pulled up some chairs to a table and the conversation quickly began. “What do you guys think of BIP 91?” BIP 91 is “Bitcoin Implementation Protocol #91” and it would do two things: (from […]

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Dollars Not Accepted, Free Staters Bet on Bitcoin with America’s First “Crypto-Only” Retail Shop

Although the new store opening today in Portsmouth, New Hampshire may appear to be another small town gift shop, it is the first store of its kind in the world. “We’ll take any crypto-currency: Dogecoin, Dash, Ether, Bitcoin…but no dollars, thank you,” says Steven Zeiler. He and Derrick Freeman are co-owners of Free State Bitcoin Shoppe, a “crypto-only” retail store – located at 56 State St. “We believe it’s better money,” says Freeman, “and our mission is to help Portsmouth transition to an inflation-proof currency that’s publicly accountable.” Unlike dollars, there is a fixed amount of bitcoin. Similar to gold, […]

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