I just have to share a very pleasant experience I had this weekend. A few days ago I found out that near where I live is a pen store. Yes, a store dedicated solely to pens. Fountain pens, rollerball pens, ballpoint pens, quill pens, as well as refills, inks, journals, seals/sealing wax and other things can be found there. For many years I have collected a few ballpoint pens (I've included a couple pictures of the pens in my collection), and just recently I discovered fountain pens and I've been doing research on them.
This store is a rare gem. It is an old-fashioned, traditional store in the mold of the many that existed in the first half of the twentieth century; and it is only fitting that it is in the heart of York's (Pennsylvania) historic district in an 1850-era structure that is write (right) beside the location where the U.S. Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation during the nine months York was the Capital of the United States (until June 27, 1778). The owner, Joan, was very accomodating, giving me plenty of guidance, so the very personal way she deals with customers is very refreshing. That is usually the case with small specialties stores like this. You don't get this kind of intimate customer service at OfficeMax or Staples.
I got a good deal on a Delta Unica (Italian-made) Fountain Pen (my special occasion, dress pen), and a Lamy Al-Star (German-made) Fountain Pen (my every day carry casual pen), which I have a pictured of here; as well as some extra ink. In addition, she put everything in a nice little bag with her business cards, a bookmark, a postcard, a thank you card and a couple sweet treats. Absolutely awesome!
I drove about 55 miles to get there, and it was a worthwhile trip; and I will be going back. If you are a lover of all types of pens, and history; and you want a unique shopping experience, then I highly recommend going to this store. I've included a couple pictures here that should give you a hint of what to expect. I was like a kid in a candy store.
Pippi's Pen Shoppe (Come Write Away!)
Owner: Joan M. Snyder
146 West Philadelphia Street
York, PA 17401
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Motto: "If you are pleased with us, please tell others. If you are not, please tell us."
Well, I'm telling others. There aren't too many of these types of stores around anymore; let alone one dedicated to pens. Yes...a pen store...how cool is that? We need to support stores like this that remind us of better times and an America that used to be.