Those who have visited us know why we are headquartered here. Portsmouth, NH is an historic fishing village, a small, compact city (population 21,000) at the mouth of the Piscataqua River, which flows into the beautiful Atlantic from the equally beautiful Great Bay.
Portsmouth is home to a thriving arts culture, at the center of which is the celebrated Music Hall, which attracts some of the worlds’ best-known music artists and authors, and is home to the annual Telluride by the Sea film festival. The town offers a well-known repertory theater, has many shops that feature the work of local artists, and is full of venues where live music plays every night of the week. The iconic night-lit white steeple of the old North Church in Market Square marks the center of town.
Portsmouth’s restaurants per capita are pretty much off the charts. A recent study found more restaurant seats (21,760) than residents. The “docks,” a series of outdoor-seating restaurants and bars, are regularly packed with after-work locals (like us) and tourists. One offers drinks on the house when both drawbridges (visible from the deck) are raised at the same time. You can tell when both drawbridges are raised simultaneously by the cheers coming from that bar.
Yet Portsmouth remains a flourishing working port. The Portsmouth Naval Yard is responsible for maintenance of the U.S. nuclear submarine fleet. Two ship companies offer transportation to and from the famous Isles of Shoals, seven miles off the coast. Cruise ships arrive periodically. Very large cargo ships come and go daily.
Part of the charm of Portsmouth is that it’s so close to so many things. It’s an hour from downtown Boston. It’s an hour (or less) to three major airports: Logan, Manchester, and Portland. The first of New Hampshire’s beautiful sandy beaches on the Atlantic is 10 minutes from downtown. The famous Kittery shopping outlets are just across the bridge in Maine. The NH lakes region is 45 minutes away. New Hampshire’s ski mountains are within an hour’s drive.
We weren’t always headquartered here. Greenwich, CT was our corporate home for many years. Bursting at the seams with staff in 1995, our New Hampshire born-and-bred founder decided to open a branch office in Portsmouth—for entirely selfish reasons. Five of our Greenwich colleagues volunteered to staff that office. Over the next few years, many other Greenwich colleagues would return from visits to Portsmouth, asking if they could move up to that office. Our founder was not sad about this migration, and it wasn’t long before we had a larger staff in Portsmouth than we did in Greenwich. In 1999 the decision was made to move the company entirely up to NH.
We would like to invite you to come visit us sometime—anytime. But beware. You just might not want to leave. [We’re just sayin’.]