It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 10 years since our family owned business opened in Portland, Oregon. Time has flown by, and since then we’ve moved and now we’ve got a small office and warehouse in the bustling metropolis of Houston, Texas.
Our first brick-and-mortar store shared a space with a flower shop and was located on NW 23rd Avenue in the Nob Hill area of Portland. This charming neighborhood is both a great shopping and a great eating destination! We loved walking out the door to find lots of interesting boutiques, coffee houses and restaurants with delicious food from around the world. In addition to the food, shopping and coffee, we love the large trees and old Victorian homes in the area. When we opened it was autumn and the colors of leaves on the trees was fantastic!
When our store first opened we featured many kinds of Japanese pens that you can’t buy at large office supply retailers. We really like the superior writing quality that these Asian pens provide, especially the pens with a very fine tip.
Since we love Eurogames, or German-style board games, these were also featured in our shop. If you’re not sure what these are you’ve been missing out on a lot of fun times with friends and family! Board games like Carcassonne and Settlers of Catan are considered Eurogames and our customers were excited to have a local shop to buy these at.
We had (and still have) a good supply of environmentally friendly rice paper which is harvested from the branches of the paper mulberry tree. The manufacturing of this paper does not require that any trees be cut down. It is made from the bark of the tree and does not harm the health or growth of the tree. It is naturally pure white and when it’s colored it is dyed naturally, eliminating the use of harsh chemicals.
When we were able to get them, we had a good variety of super cute Asian planners, notebooks, stickers and pencil cases from Jetoy, Lamb-Lamb, the storybook themed Art Deco 7321 and many more.
Then customers started asking for Clairefontaine, Rhodia, Lamy fountain pens and Noodler’s Ink. We were as excited as our customers were when we started to stock our shelves with these fantastic products! These have become some of our favorite writing tools of all time and have grown to become a major part of our store’s inventory today.
The best part of this experience is you – our wonderful customers! We appreciate that you’ve loyally been with us over the years and share our love of all things related to pen, ink and paper. We’re happy that you’ve taken the time to introduce us to many new writing tools that we hadn’t had the opportunity to experience before, and we’re sure that you’ll continue to help us grow in the years to come. Thank you all!