Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Changing Times



I could be wrong, but that sure looks like a Pilot Varsity in the above photo. The Varsity was technically my first fountain pen though I usually don’t credit it as such since it is a disposable pen. Karen Doherty, Exaclair’s VP of Marketing who knows I have a love for all things purple, recently sent me a Varsity with purple ink and it made me think of the store where I bought my first one – a local art and stationery store which has since gone out of business.

It’s sad reality that brick and mortar specialty stores are becoming harder and harder to come by – especially when huge iconic stores such as Art Brown International are forced to close their doors after almost *nine* decades of serving their customers.

To look on the bright side of things, many local businesses are looking for ways to grow with the times and can often  be found serving a different kind of “local” community by focusing on online sales. (There once was a time when most people bought what they needed to live from a single mail order catalog...)  No, it’s not the same as being able to walk in and touch things and try them, but I’d  rather be able to buy what I want or need rather than not at all. Online retailers such as Goulet Pens, JetPens, these I believe are the *New* breed of Mom & Pop shops which I am happy to support and I hope you will too.

How about you? Do you shop the Mom & Pop online shops for your specialty goods? Which are your favorites? If no, why not?

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Image courtesy of marchedees on Instagram.


2 thoughts on “Changing Times

  1. There aren’t any brick and mortar stationery stores here anymore, but I do love and Goulet Pens. I have shopped at both of them and they have good prices, an excellent selection, and exceptional customer service!

  2. I just went on a trip where I got to go to a real pen store. (And paper….) If I lived in the city, the would be willing to bring in stuff for me (dotpad paper versus lined), but since I’m 630 km away… the commute is a bit of a killer. I do wish I could go there more often.

    But I guess it means that when I do end up grabbing a stack of rhodia pads and a pen and a bottle of ink when I do show up makes it into that much more of a treat.

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