Great Stores - Stores of Note - Canada
- Calgary, Alberta
- Cambridge, Ontario
- Edmonton, Alberta
- Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Montreal, Quebec
- Toronto, Canada
- Vancouver, BC
- Victoria, BC
710 17th Avenue S/W
Here is a great pen store in Calgary owned by the Reid family. Stop by and ask for Lauchlan Reid. The store has a significant pen section. He provides top notch service and has a depth of knowledge of pens. Trish is also very knowledgeable. Kari has also worked there for over 15 years so there is a lot of pen knowledge.
I visit Reid's when I have the opportunity to visit Calgary and I reguarly hear very good things about the store from others.
Going to Calgary? Don't miss a trip to Reid's stationery.
The store is open from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm Monday to Friday and 10:00 am to 5:30 pm on Saturdays.
Major pen lines are available such as Lamy, Pelikan, Montblanc, Waterman, Parker, Cross, Rotring, Elysee, Scheaffer, S.T. Dupont, Caran D'Ache and Omas. In addition to pens they carry a good stock of quality papers, notebooks, diaries, pencils and inks. All the stuff that pen people need and care about. (Thanks - R. Bilton, B. Cervi, D Duval).
63 Dickson Street
Balpdeep and Mano Duggal opened Phidon Pens in September 2008. They are knowledgeable and in talking with them, they show their love of fine pens.
There is a good selection of pens by Sailor, Conway Stewart, Visconti, Marlen, Pelikan, Lamy, Bexley, Faber-Castell, Carand'Ache - to name just some of the lines. Mano notes that they carry some lines that are difficult to find elsewhere in Canada. The store is "upscale" and desribed as impressive.
They will help you with the selection of a pen that is right for you, and in choosing the right ink -- always part of the pen experience. They carry Noodlers, Diamine, Private Reserve, Waterman and Sailor writing inks.
When you add that they have a selection of stationery and leather products - well, this great pen store.
Thanks to - R Hutchinson and G. Krueger who have recently written me about this store. I have to get a trip to Eastern Canada so that I can visit Phidon Pens!
Stylus Fine Pens
10538 102 Avenue
Tel: 780.421.0191 | Fax: 780.420.1401
After previously having lived in Edmonton for a number of years, I was pleased to be able to visit Stylus on a 2012 vist back to Edmonton.
Edmonton is fortunately to have a great store such as Stylus, and for their loyal clients, the feeling is mutual.
The store, located on 102nd Avenue, is downtown, a block over from the Boardwalk Market. So if you are walking, it is a few blocks down from the major City Centre retail complex. If you drive, here is a treat, there is parking in front of the store.
On my 2012 visit I had the pleasure of meeting Store Manager Grace Emmanuel. She has been with been Stylus since the store started, some six years ago. As we talked about pens and the pen retail business her passion to quality writing instruments became clear. Quality mean well designed and manufactured pens as opposed to high price points.
The Stylus store has a smart clean look. Along the walls are cases of of the some 20 lines of pens they stock that include major lines such as Sailor, Pelican, Lamy, Kawecko, Cross, Waterman, OMAS, Montegrappa - to name just a few.
There is also an impressive series of shelves where they stock what I would say is one of the best selection of inks you will find in any pen store. Lines such as Waterman, Pelikan, J. Herbin, Noodler', Private Reserve, Diamine, and some lines like De Atramentis, Rohrer & Klingner and Bethge which are not commonly found in other stores. I spent some time make a decision to pick up a couple of good dark blue tone inks. They have colour charts to help with the process.
Store Manager Grace Emmanuel in front of the impressive ink selection at Stylus Pen in Edmonton.
The centre section of the store has floor cases with pens as well as counters with a good selection of note books and journals. Always need good paper for writing!
While I was visiting the store there were a couple of customers in the store. I had the chance to overhear the questions Grace would ask to help a customer find an appropriate pen, ink or writing paper.
I had the chance to talk with one of the customers while I was there. Victor Chou, an teacher, has make Stylus his pen store for a numer of years. When I asked him what he valued the most with the store, he was quick to respond: the high level of service the store provides. Good product knowledge and a staff that care. That sounds like just what we all want in a great pen store.
As Grace and I talked, I became aware of some of the ways that Stylus goes the extra mile to look after its customers. For example, it is not that well known that some of the pen manufacturers no longer automatically supply a convertor with a fountain pen that has the converter option. Shame on them! As a customer the purchase of a fountain pen, with a converter option, carries the assumption the converter will be in the box. To meet customer expectations, Stylus orders the converters and ensures they are available as part of the total product offering. That is just one of the marks of good service.
So when next in Edmonton, here is a pen store you should not miss.
12543 102 Avenue
Tel: 780.488.4625 | Fax: 780.488.4680
Notables is a well-established Edmonton stationery store that carries a ton of product. While stationery is their main focus, the stores also has a good selection of fountain pens. Check out the small corner with fountain pens from Lamy, Stypen, Visconti, Faber-Castell, Monteverde, Retro 51. (Thanks. N. Walker)
1459 Brenton Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2S7
Duly Note is a stationery shop that also carries pen, and if you are in Halifax, then this is one of the stores you may want to drop see for pens and ink. The company`s website (dulynoted.ca) basically talks about the stationery side of the business - with Moleskin Journals and a reference to Waterman, Parker and Lamy pens mentioned. They also operate a website that relates more to pens (quilljoy.com) where there is a larger assortment of pens.
This Montreal store has been selling pens since 1945. They carry pens and watches with pens becoming a greater and greater focus of attention. Recent changes include the addition of a large Montblanc Shop-inShop -- probably the largest in Canada. So the full line of Montblanc products are available.
Montreal is an exciting city. Any trip should include a visit to Vieux-Montrèal, the old section of Montreal. It is in Old-Montreal that you will find the impressive Basilique Notre-Dame and also just down the street from the Basilique, a great pen store - Papeterie Casse-Noisette.
When I visited the store in June 1999 I was greeted by enthusiastic staff (Zoë and Anne Catherine) and shown a wide range of pens, inks and papers. They staff demonstrate a great interest in pens, inks and papers and show the store's stock with pride. If you don't see what you are looking for, be sure to ask, as there are plenty of items to be brought out for you, just waiting your request.
Owner Pierrette Julien has traveled extensively and brought in a wonderful selection of papers from countries that include Italy and Germany. Like the pens the store carries, Madame Julien only buys what she has seen and establishes as being of quality. The store will also arrange pen repairs, and order items on a no-obligation basis. Casse-Noisette is open Monday to Thursday from 10-6 and Saturday to Sunday from 10-4:30pm. Don't miss it.
The store has a good selection of ink and the staff are very knowledgeable. Store has a selection of Montblanc, Sheaffer, Parker as well as some limited edition pens. They have a discount section with some regular good finds! (Merci, A. Coutu).
1, Place Ville Marie
University & Rene Levesque
Tel: (514) 874-9834
Recently I was contacted about the Place Ville Marie Store which is larger than the store on St-Denis and carries MontBlanc, Cartier, Von Graf Faber Castel, Dunhill, Dupon, Pelikan, Visconti, Omas, Waterman and a number of other lines.
La Maison Ogilvy
1307 Ste-Catherine Street West
Tel: (514) 842-0136
Essence du Papier has a large store on the lower level of this Montreal Store.
Guy Filion started stylo.ca in 1969. His first store is still open today in the male of Place Laurier in Sainte-Foy. Since there, both the on-line pen operation and retail stores have expanded. The other stores are independently owned.
The Montreal store, at 977 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest in Montreal. The store is open seven days a week, with hours on Sunday from 12 to 5pm. Tel: 514-284-1295.
There is also a store in Laurier
2700, boulevard Laurier
I heard that this store has an excellent offering. Great service and a wide variety of pens. This includes a good selection of Dupont, Montegrappa, Waterman, Parker and other main pen lines. Friendly, knowledgeable staff. No pressure atmosphere here and good prices also.
There is another store in Laval in le Carrefour Laval
3035, boulevard Le Carrefour
I have heard reports this store has top notch staff. I look forward to have the chance to get back to Montreal and area.
The Laval stores is open seven days a week, with hours of 10 to 5 on Sundays.
Tel: 514 485-6587
Toll Free: 877 993-2527
Fax: 514 485-7372
Russell Hemsworth is the propietro. His store is located on avenue du Parc at street level. Mainly stationery, based on their website. The website is under construction.
The store has a good variety of pens. Their recent new location is larger than the former store. Comments from a number of individuals confirm a good level of service and an encouragement to trying pens to make sure its right for you.
For example, Claudio writes: "Laywines, Toronto, is staffed with classy people! I returned a faulty, three month old Rotring convertor and they provided me with a new one - at no cost! Now that's customer service!".
Don Duval notes that "Peter seems to foster a positive attitude and a camaraderie among the people who work there that shows up in their service."
They also have a extensive variety of domestic and foreign diary/organizers and refills. If you see Joy you will be getting service from someone who as been there for quite a while and really knows her stuff.
A number of years ago I met proprietor Wayne Kingsland. He talked with enthusiasm about the wide range of Montlbanc pens carried in the Montblanc Boutique located in the upscale shopping area of Bloor Street West in Toronto. As of the time, this was Canada's only free-standing Montblanc Boutique store.
Wayne, previously a Vice-President with Montblanc, opened up the Toronto Montlbanc Boutique around the end of 1997. He acknowledges the importance of top level service in making a pen store great. And they treat their stock with care! It is with white gloves and care that he and his other staff showed some of the various lines that he carries. The store is very smart looking. Besides just about every Montblanc pen you can imagine, the store carries all the Montblanc accessories such as writing accessories and jewelry items.
Located in the Exchange Tower in downtown Toronto. I will have to get to Toronto and visit B. Sleuth & Statesman as I hear it is a great store.
They sell Cuban cigars, pipes and men's grooming supplies (razors, shaving supplies, leather goods, etc.) but also stock a good selection of pens and accessories. The pen lines include Montblanc, S.T. Dupont, Lamy, Faber Castell, Pelikan, Caran d'Ache, Parker, Cross, Waterman and Visconti.
On the ink side you will find Private Reserve and Herbin inks. As well, journals by Mignon, Clairefontaine and Graphic Image. Add to this a selection of leather pen cases and chests.
Owners Murtaza Amarshi and Akil Rahemtullab are passionate about customers buying the right pen and using it properly too. Murtaza loves special nibs, and favors oblique broad, so he carries a nice range of nibs for Pelikan, Parker, Waterman and S.T. Dupont fountain pens. They also operate the Handwritings store in First Canadian Place.
I like the fact that they encourage customers to 'dip and try before they buy'.
512 West Hastings St
Vancouver Pen, originally started by Margaret and Paul Leveque, and now operated by Margot McRae, has a long tradition in Vancouver.
It is located in downtown Vancouver, along West Hastings opposit the Harbour Centre.
757 West Hastings St
Tel: (604) 689-3497
Fax: (604) 689-5764
Here is another pen store in Vancover that had stood the test of time. 2011 marks the 15th Anniversary of Charals Pens. Located in the Sinclair Centre at West Hastings between Granville and Howe, Charals is a large spacious store with a decor that welcomes you to spend some time and view the selection of pens and related items.
5844 Cambie Street
42nd at Cambie
Mark Harcourt - Vintage Fountain Pen Repair, Restoration & Sales
When in Vancouver plan to make it over to the Cambie & 41st area as I recommend a stop by Perks.
Here is one of Vancouver's great pen stores. Spend some time in the store having a look at a good selection of pens, inks, paper and leather products and meet the store owner, Richard Clarke.
The store has lots of character and interest. Richard has been in the pen business for some 28 or more years and you will find him an interesting fellow. Pens are in the family as the Clarke family is involved with the distribution of the Cross line of pens in Canada.
When I visited the store in March 2009 Richard was looking forward to the end of the construction of the Canada Line - the extension of the rapid transit line to Richmond and the Airport.
The store is on the rapid transit line from downtown Vancouver to the airport so it is easy to drop by. Our local pen club, Vancouver Pen Club, has been holding its meetings at the Perks Store on Cambie so I reguarly visit the store.
Regardless how you get to the store, you will ensure your visit. It is the kind of pen store that pen users like... displays of pens along the wall, counters with pens in the middle of the store, and the layout is conducive to a feeling of exploration as you make your way further and further into the store.
Richard is pretty upbeat about the future of pens and has seen a steady growth of interest in the sale of fountain pens. He carries a variety of nibs for many of the lines and there is a good selection of Private Reserve, Noodler's as well as the other major line of writing inks.
He also carries a new line, OnLine and I will have to get around to trying that ink out.
Perks is open six days a week:
11 AM to 6 PM
Tuesday through Saturday
Noon to 5 PM on Sunday
Mark Harcourt - Vintage fountain pen repairs, restoration, sales
At the end of 2012, Mark Harcourt, South Slope Stylos, set up a location for his vintage fountain pen repair, restoration and sales in the Perks Store on Cambie. By Richard having Mark set up his work desk in the Perks store, it opens the access to Mark's skills in pen repair and restoration.
Mark Harcourt at his desk in the Perks store at 5844 Cambie Street.
I had Mark work on one of my OMAS fountain pens that needed the nib fixed and I Mark repair the ink feed for one of my classic Parker 75s - I was very pleased with the work he did.
Mark has over ten years experience in working on repair and restoration work with fountain pens. His experience and services include working to end to end on the pen. That includes nib grinding and repair. He work all lines, although he specializes with vintage Parker pens.
Mark at work at his desk in Perks
He has built up a good inventory of parts and for those parts he does not have, he brings in to complete the required repairs.
Most work is generally completed in a week, unless there are time frames to get specific parts required, and he will provide you a full quote.
Give Mark a call at 604-376-5237 to make an appointment; or you can contact him via his email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also leave your pen with Richard at Perks if you in the area and Mark is not in.
595 Howe Street (At Dunsmuir)
Vancouver, BC V6C 2T5
Tel: 604-633-0091 | Web Site: www.obsessionsonline.com
Obsessions is not a dedicated pen store but they do carry the Scheaffer line of pens. The store is located on the corner of Howe and Dunsmuir in the centre of Vancouver so it is easy to find. Hours are Monday to Friday 9:30 to 6:00 and on Saturdays from 10:00 to 6:00 pm.
Simply The Best
1008 Broad St.
When in Victoria, the pen shop to visit is Simply the Best.
Although not a dedicated pen store, Jim keeps a well stocked pen counter. Omas, Lamy, Visconti, Aurora are some of the brands that he carries, but others also. He carries both regular and limited editions. If you are looking for a limited edition, there is a good change he will have it.
He has a keen passion and knowledge of pens and enjoys talking to you about pens, nibs and ink.
His store now stocks a pretty good selection of Private Reserve Inks as well, the last time I was in his store there was a selection of Visconti ink.
The store is also a repair depot for all makes of pens.
Just one more reason to visit Victoria.