Free State Blockchain Digital Assets Conference a Huge Success

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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 with crypto-themed shirts and accessories, plus pocked-sized secure bitcoin vaults, and a towering bitcoin vending machine kept busy all day as items were flying off the shelves. We sold out of many items, and were delighted to see our last digital vault go to a customer who asked to pay in encrypted Zcash. We still haven’t heard of any other retail store in the world doing that.

After a full day at the conference, we went to not one–but two–bitcoin meetups. They were both record-breaking. First, the cryptonauts drank crafted draughts from local bitcoin brewery, Liar’s Bench.They started taking bitcoin and dash about a month ago after a bitcoin meetup where almost everyone asked if they could pay in digital cash. Good thing for them — all these new customers from out of town came to them because they do.

After a few drinks, people walked a couple blocks to the newest Bitcoin Village favorite, STREET’ZA. Their sister restaurant STREET has been taking bitcoin for about 2 years now, and it’s been a big draw attracting new customers who prefer to use bitcoin. Naturally, every one of the 21 attendees to the meetup paid their bill with their favorite cryptocurrency.

The conference and the meetups were huge successes — bringing together great minds to learn and share information, make new friends, and enjoy using our favorite money.




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  1. I’m so disappointed that there was confusion over the price of the tickets early on, as I so wanted to attend. It looks like the event was a blast and from what I hear there were a lot of people from out of state and the event was a huge success in terms of the number of people who turned out for a first time conference.

  2. The IRS is cracking down on those who have over or made annual transactions of amounts of or over $20,000. In other words, The IRS will be getting personal information on bitcoin users. Don’t forget, the fee for bitcoin users will be going up. It is also said with all the new regulations it is possible for bitcoin to crash. I guess we will have to see what happens.

  3. Say Jacks, it’s been brought to our attention that you still don’t seem to understand that having more money is better than having less of it. You wouldn’t care to explain why that is, now would you woogums?

  4. Jacks: Not everybody uses coinbase. Some people don’t utilize exchanges at all. There are various ways to get Bitcoin. From mining it to vending machines to localbitcoins to private exchanges to simply accepting it as a form of payment. I certainly will not show up in this database because I don’t utilize exchanges. Period.

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