Free State Blockchain Digital Assets Conference a Huge Success

This weekend, the Free State Bitcoin Shoppe went mobile for the first time. We attended a bitcoin conference happening in our hometown of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The occasion is the arrival of bitcoin powerhouse Bruce Fenton, his businesses, and his family, to move to NH as part of the ongoing freedom migration that’s been happening for almost 2 decades. The conference attracted some of the most exciting and important minds from across the country to talk about the latest in digital assets. The Free State Bitcoin Shoppe had an enormous presence, being one of the event’s sponsors. A booth loaded […]

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Portsmouth Smoke and Vape | Bitcoin Preferred

The crypto-economy grew a little bit larger today when the popular downtown shop Portsmouth Smoke and Vape started accepting Ethereum, Dash, ZCash, Litecoin, and Bitcoin. Customers can now buy all the glass, incense, vaporizers, cleaning kits, tobacco products, e-cigarettes, and accessories they could possibly want — all using digital cash. They sell online too, so if your current local shop won’t take your litecoin, consider getting your items sent right to your house instead by buying at their website! You can keep the same privacy you would get from a cash transaction as your local shop, plus you get the […]

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Bitcoin Meetup | Cava

Cava was the best meetup yet by far. 14 people showed up to talk bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. 3 people set up their first wallets. The food and service was 5-star, top-notch friendliness and attentiveness. Afterwards, some of us went to hang out at the Free State Bitcoin Shoppe and listen to music and talk some more. One of the owners, John, called me earlier in the week because he saw our advertisement posted on a telephone pole and wanted to make sure he could accommodate our group. We reserved seats for 9, and were surprised by some additional folks […]

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Bitcoin Meetup | The Rosa

The bitcoin meetup at the Rosa last night was amazing. 10 people got together at the restaurant for dinner and drinks. We set up bitcoin wallets, talked about trading cryptocurrencies, strategies for using bots on exchanges, where to get bitcoins, and how to get them securely off 3rd party crypto banks like Coinbase. People ranged in age from about 25-60. About half the people attending were joining up for the first time. The food was excellent and plentiful, and the service was stellar and friendly. The server handled a growing table with a smile, and the manager came over several […]

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Bitcoin Meetup | Martingale Wharf

This meetup was incredible! A few guests came from out of the country to attend: one from Maine and two from Rhode Island. We talked about what to do with Bitcoin Cash (ahem, “Bitcoin Trash”), what wallets people are using to claim it, what exchanges to use to turn it into something useful (ahem, Dash, Ethereum, Monero — some people even still like Bitcoin). Dinner was great — nice and slow with lots of time to talk and meet different people. The service was excellent, of course, as to be expected at a great restaurant like Martingale Wharf. The staff […]

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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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