You type and text all day. Pick up pens and paper at these local stationery stores for an old-fashioned vibe.
In the age of digital note taking, texting and emailing, it’s easy to overlook the humble, yet powerful, pen and paper. We all know how special it is to receive a card with more than just the pre-printed punch inside and studies show that handwriting can be good for your brain. Having something nice to write about is good! Check out these stores all over town for your next stationery stop.
Originally opened in 1986, this Granville Island treasure trove includes hundreds of different sheets of handmade craft papers. In addition to single sheets, Paper-Ya offers notebooks, cards, leather goods, stamps and quirky office supplies that would be a worthy addition to any office. A must see on your next trip to Granville.
The Regional Text Assembly
The Regional Text Assembly on Main Street has everything from cheeky greeting cards to stationery sets. Designed in-house, their items have a decidedly vintage vibe. They also offer button-making, stationery subscriptions, a monthly letter-writing club, use of their typewriters, and a reading room filled with hundreds of zines and self-published books (though these last three offers are temporarily suspended).
Unbranded pens, notebooks and office supplies from Japanese company MUJI are perfect for minimalists. With prices starting at 0.43 cents for an unbleached composition notebook, MUJI is a great choice for students looking for affordable yet functional supplies. The store also supports sustainability through afforestation efforts, simple packaging, and streamlined manufacturing processes. You and your wallet can feel good shopping here.
East Vancouver’s Porchlight Press products are all made using letterpress, a centuries-old relief printing technique. Porchlight runs workshops and can handcraft any paper product you imagine. According to their Instagram, they even made themed coasters for an episode of Riverdale. Now that’s a claim to fame! Their online store and charming East Van storefront sell pun-filled cards and Vancouver-inspired paper goods.
Pen shop in Vancouver
We’re going to keep this short and sweet, unlike the letter you might write with one of Vancouver Pen Shop’s amazing pens. After all, with all that paper, you’re going to need something to doodle on! Whether you’re a pen connoisseur or a new hobby, stop by this Gastown storefront for fountain pens, ink refills of all shades, ballpoint pens and other fun pen-related accessories. pen.
Buchan Stationery and Gifts
More of a traditional store than the others on this list, Buchan’s carries all the top brands for planning and drafting like Moleskine, Leuchtturm1917, Pilot and FILOFAX. Located in the shopping district of Kerrisdale, Buchan’s is a good stop for anyone looking for tried-and-true stationery.