Stores of Note - Great Pens Stores
California

Beverly Hills

Mont Blanc Boutique
439 1/2 Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, California

The staff in this store are very knowledgeable on. The store's policy on exchange, repair and/or adjustments generous. Good stock. Ask for Janice Ward. (Thanks D. Sternlight)

Carmel, CA

Bittner PenBittner
The Pleasure of Writing
Ocean Avenue & San Carlos
Carmel, California 93921
Tel: (831) 626-8828

 The stores has an incredible selection of pens and also fine handmade European stationery. A great place. Bittner's also has a web site [M. Ham]

 


Los Angeles, CA

LA Fountain Pen Shop
2640 South Myrtle, Unit 12
Monrovia, CA 91016-8204
Tel: (626) 294-9974

 The store moved out of the downtown area and recently one of the readers noted that it is well out of town, in a little warehouse area of a fairly small one-story building. The store is located in one of the "bays' of the warehouse building. This is a great shop with a good selection of vintage pens and a lot of new stuff also. Don't give up, as the store can be a little hard to find.

  

Flax
1078 Gaylay Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90024
Toll Free: 866.514.3529 Telephone: 310.208-3529

 No longer an art supply/pen store but a pen store with some other assessories. I hear from readers on an ongoing basis with positive things to say about this store. Reviews for visitors say it is one of top pen stores in Los Angeles. (Web Site)

 

Vroman's Bookstore
695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101
Tel: 626.449.5320
website: www.vromansbookstore.com

The store includes a good selection of pens from Montlanc, Waterman, Cross, Visconti, Lamy to name some of the brands. So thisis one more store to consider when in LA.

Palo Alto, CA

Congdon & Crome
552 Waverley Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Tel:(650) 326-1650

This stationery and office supplies store also has a variety of fountain pens - Cross, Parker, Sheaffer, Pelikan, Faber-Castell, Waterman, Rotring, Lamy and more. The sales staff is both friendly and knowledgeable. If you are looking for pens or paper in the Palo Alto area, this store is well worth checking out. I have recently heard more comments on an excellent selectionof low to mid-priced pens and a selection of Private Reserve and J. Herbin inks. Friendly staff. (Thanks, Tony J. & J. Hubbard)

 

University Art
267 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Tel: (650) 328-3500
Fax: (650) 328-0784

 Jan Hunter is the store manager and pen buyer. He's wonderful to work with: helpful, knowledgeable and personable... all great qualities for a pen store person! Always eager to give advice and let you try out the various pens. (Thanks: K. Groves)

 

Pasadena, CA

Vroman's Fine Writing, Gifts & stationery
667 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, California 91101
Tel: (626) 744-1834

Here is a store with a good selection of pens that includes Montblanc, Pelikan, Lamy and Waterman. They carry a good selection of inks such as Waterman and Private Reserve. The staff are knowledgeable and the kind of people who own and like owning a good pen. This is a store where you are welcome to dip the pen in some ink and try it out. They are right next to Vroman's Books and keep "bookstore hours". (Thanks - Steve Botts)

San Diego, CA

Montblanc Boutique
Fashion Valley Mall
San Diego, CA

This store has been noted for its knowledgeable and friendly staff. You'll find good customer service here. (Thanks B. Winkelmann)

San Francisco, CA

Flax Art and Design
1699 Market Street
San Francisco, California

(2010) There is one rectangular counter plus a side wall displaying fountain pens, ink and accessories. The pens cover a range of price points, from moderate to high, with a good selection of moderate priced pens. Recent visits report back an encouragement to dip and try - always a good sign. Noodler's and Private Reserve inks are stocked. [Thanks J. Hubbard]

 

Maido
(Westfield Mall 4th floor)
845 Market St San Francisco, CA 94103
Telephone: (415) 227-4338
mymaido.com

George wrote and described Maido as a "Japanophiles paradise". `So, this is not your average pen store! The store carries a selection of high-end japanese pens from the major Japanese manufacturers. The selection includes various consumer level pens in just about every conceivable style and colour. In addition, you will find fine Japanese papers. Think of what you would want and they probably have it. Maido Stationery is one of the finest Japanese stationery store outside of Japan. They have everything you could imagine and it is displayed beautifully and everything is maintained in pristine condition. The sales staff are very helpful and have the finest manners of any store in the city. This store is a joy to visit and is run by someone who really cares! This is a special place! [Thanks George]

 2010 - John wrote of his visit, the store definitly stocks higher priced fountain pens but also noted a wide range of ballpoint and rollerball pens in a full price point spectrum. [Thanks, J. Hubbard]


 

Penopoly
San Francisco Bay Area

PenopolyThis is not a pen store that you can just stroll by and visit, it is a pen store that offers a unique pen experience. This is more of a show room by invitation only. Once there, enjoy sitting at the pen bar. There are over 2,000 vintage and new pens. They have pens, they have ink and they also do pen repairs.

Their motto mirrors what I tell many people: "It is the nib that makes the pen". Oh a point that is so often missed as folks miss out the real experience in buying a fountain pen, trying it out and finding the right nib. So, if you are planning to be in the San Francisco Bay Area a booking to visit Penopoly may be just what you need.

Web Site: www.penopoly.com E-Mail: roger@penopoly.com