Archive for Retailer Spotlights
Five years ago on Nov. 17, 2009 my wife and I received our first shipment of Rhodia, Clairefontaine, and J. Herbin products from Exaclair to sell on our website, GouletPens.com. This was our first foray into fountain pen retailing, and we had a whole new world to discover.
We were new to online retailing, and brand new to the fountain pen world. We had our website that we’d been using to sell our hand-turned wood pens for the previous three years, in a failed former version of our business. We’d devoted three years of our lives trying to build up our company with wood pens, and we simply treaded water.
It wasn’t until I’d discovered fountain pens and the amazing community of folks that are into them that I found my new home. Attending the DC Fountain Pen Supershow in 2009 opened up my eyes to the fact that people are actually into this fountain pen thing, and my discovery of online communities like the Fountain Pen Network showed me that the internet was bringing us together in a way that wasn’t possible even just a few years before. Fountain pen users were no longer isolated from each other. Yes, maybe geographically we are spread out, but online we’re all together sharing with each other. I immediately recognized that this is what had been missing from my wood pen experience, and I dove in head-first to learn everything I possibly could about fountain pens and then turn it around and immediately share it back out freely on my own blog and in my YouTube videos. This laid the groundwork for my company today, and I’ve put out well over 1,000 blog posts and 600 videos with many more to come.
It’s very appropriate that the GouletPens anniversary falls right around Thanksgiving every year, because each year I’m thankful to have spent yet another year doing what I love. The pens, ink, and paper that make up this hobby are great. Though for me they’re not the most satisfying part of being “in the fountain pen business” after five years. It’s the people. Those of us who are into fountain pens have a connection with each other, one that’s hard to explain and even harder to find outside of this community. Because of the internet, blogging, and social media, we are able to find each other and share our knowledge and passion with one another in a way that was difficult to do even ten years ago. I consider myself to be unbelievably fortunate to have discovered fountain pens when I did, with the opportunity that was there for me to participate in the writing community like I do.
It’s no longer just about me and my wife, either. We have had two children since starting our company and been able to build a future for them. We have a team of amazing people that help us do what we do every day, twenty-four of us all working hard to share the fountain pen love. This is something I could not possibly have conceived when I wrote on my first Rhodia pad in 2009, and I am truly grateful for the opportunity I have to serve the community that has taught me so much.
I’m thankful for Exaclair, for allowing a once no-name online retailer like me to start to carry their products and represent their brands. I’m thankful to Stephanie Smith here at RhodiaDrive for blogging passionately and being a resource for me as a fountain pen newbie. I’m thankful for manufacturers like Rhodia who make consistent and reliable fountain-pen friendly products that greatly enhance our writing experience. And most of all I’m thankful for you as a reader of RhodiaDrive for reading and sharing your own knowledge of this writing lifestyle. Your passion and generosity of your knowledge is what drew me in to fountain pens five years ago, and that continues to inspire me to this day.
Boulder Colorado based online retailer European Paper Company is now stocking the Ltd. Edition Rhodia ICE products and is offering a coupon for $5 off an $85 purchase by using the coupon code ICE5 before 10/15.
Five sizes are available in this special edition of a customer favorite:
Look at all that Rhodia in the beautiful new showcases at the Fountain Pen Hospital, located at 10 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007. The Fountain Pen Hospital is a retailer of fine writing instruments, ink & stationery and has also been repairing pens since 1946- an era when the only types of pens being used were fountain pens!
FOUNTAIN PEN HOSPITAL was founded in 1946 by Phil Wiederlight and Al Wiederlight (the father and grandfather, respectively, of today’s proprietors – Terry and Steve Wiederlight). Terry and Steve have a combined 60 years experience in all phases of vintage and modern writing instruments. Joining them in January of 1997 as Director of Operations, was Ed Fingerman who brought an additional 20+ years experience in fine writing instruments to the firm. Ed is a former President of Pen Collectors of America, a regular contributor to The Pennant, and has contributed to Pen World and numerous vintage pen books. (from the Fountain Pen Hospital website. Be sure to check them out online as well as in person when visiting the city.)
If you have been thinking about a new pen, check out the Aurora Ipsilon at Fountain Pen Hospital. Fountain Pen Hospital has become the go-to pen store in New York City, especially since Art Brown closed its doors last year. They have a great staff, a wonderful selection of pens, and some Rhodia to make your nib happy.
This week on our Retailer Spotlight we have the lovely duo from Anderson Pens, Lisa and Brian Anderson! For our readers who do not know about Anderson Pens here’s a bit of background from their website and e-store www.andersonpens.net:
“Established in 2010, AndersonPens.net was developed to combine the efforts of Brian Anderson’s Esterbrook.net, and Lisa Anderson’s ProperPads to bring pens and paper together all in one place.”
They have become big enough to successfully open a brand new retail location in Appleton, WI which if you’re in the area you definitely need to check out! Continue Readering »
We are reintroducing the Rhodia Drive Retailer Spotlight!
To start us off in the inaugural spot is the fan favorite JetPens. You will find a large assortment of Rhodia, Clairefontaine, Brause and J. Herbin over at www.JetPens.com. If you’ve never heard of them or you’re a long time customer here’s your chance to get to know JetPens a little better.
Thank you for taking time out of your day to chat with us about JetPens today. The website has really taken off in the past couple of years and your presence is felt throughout the blogging community and pen fans everywhere.
RhodiaDrive: How did JetPens get started?
Stationery stores, art stores and book stores are a few of the more popular types of brick and mortar stores where you may discover a selection of Rhodia products available for purchase.
Click here to find a local retailer in your state or here for retailers with multiple locations. Product availability may vary and if you are looking for a specific Rhodia or Exaclair product, it might be best to call ahead.
The image above was taken at a D&R Music and Book Store in Turkey. Where do you buy your Rhodia?
Fahrney’s Pens is offering a free gift of a Rhodia graph pad with any $50 purchase between now and October 31st. Be sure to check out a number of delightful Halloween inspired items like the Limited Edition Montegrappa Skull Pen and other various pens, cases and notebooks in our favorite colors of orange and black.
Our friends at European Paper are doing a cool Rhodia promotion. Here it is:
“We know Rhodia fans travel all over the world with their beloved orange pads. Here’s a chance to capture the adventure with your Rhodia! Simply use hashtag #TravelingRhodia, and tag @EuroPaper on Instagram or European Paper on Facebook & we’ll send you a fantastic coupon! Follow European Paper on Instagram : http://instagram.com/
*The details :
-Available to US customers only.
-Naturally, submissions must be new, original, and taken by you in order to receive a coupon; your participation in this contest warrants that this is true.
-Every new month, you can get a new coupon if you submit a new photo (one coupon per username per month, three coupons max).
-To receive a coupon, your Instagram account needs to be public (as we’re unable to send coupons to private users).
-The coupon cannot be combined with other offers.
-This coupon incentive is good through 12/31/13.
-Occasionally, we’ll feature our favorite submissions of #TravelingRhodia on our blog – we promise to credit your photo!
Happy Trails! We look forward to seeing some great photos. Thank you for your support of Rhodia and our wonderful retailers.
A special 3 month promotion which started July 11th has a variety of pocket sized Rhodia products (Unlimited, “R” and Rhodiarama Webbies) available in 31 WHSmith locations throughout the UK. (WHSmith is the UK equivalent of Hudson News.)
Edinburgh Airport Airside 1
Manchester Airport T1 IDL
Heathrow T3 Main IDL
Belfast International Airside Main
Stansted Airport Airside
Victoria Island – Ground
Dublin Airport IDL
Manchester Airport T2 Airside Main
Heathrow T4 Airside NE Central
Newcastle Air Airside
QE Hospital Birmingham Main Store
St Thomas Hospital
Glasgow Airport Airside Main
Liverpool Air Airside
Heathrow T5 C
Liverpool Street Broadgate
Manchester Airport T1 Term 3 Airside
Reading Rail Main
Birmingham Air T2 Airside
Luton Airport Airside CTN
Manchester Airport T1 Airside 1
Manchester Airport T2 Airside 1
North Middlesex Hospital Main Store
A big welcome to a new customer: Jenni Bick Bookbinding. Jenni Bick now offers most Rhodia references. You can find whatever you want and more. We are delighted to be part of Jenni Bick.
Barnes and Noble has offered Rhodia on their website for awhile, but now has started to stock Rhodia in select stores in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho. Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wisconsin and Washington State. Look for the Rhodia display.
Dear Rhodia Drive Friends,
Once a month, I will do a post on any special sales or promotions we know our retailers are doing on Rhodia products.
This month, European Paper Company and Quiver Pen Holders are offering Rhodia specials for Father’s Day, graduations and just presents to self for fine writing.
European Paper Company is featuring Rhodia Academic Year (August 2013-July 2014) planners. They are also offering a 15% discount on Rhodia pencils. The code is goRhodia. They will also be having an interesting traveling Rhodia notebook promotion coming up later this month. Here’s a link to their site.
Just in time for Father’s Day, Quiver Pen Holders is featuring a hand-made leather pen holder with a large Rhodia Webnotebook. The stitching in the pen holder perfectly matches Rhodia’s orange. It looks pretty striking with a black Webbie. Be sure to enter coupon code Dad2013 at checkout for your 20% discount. See them all here.
The other day I was Googling around trying to see if I could find a some place where I could buy a single 602 Palomino Blackwing pencil (I just wanted to try one) and ended up finding the coolest site: Hand-Eye Supply – and they also happen to be an Exaclair retailer. This Portland, OR company has both an online store and a retail location and unfortunately, now I want to buy EVERYTHING they carry.
The European Paper Company is offering a free No. 11 Rhodia pad with every purchase until supplies run out. If you need to shop or stock up, hurry over to their site and get a free No. 11 with your order.
Yesterday we received an email from Dick Blick that they have acquired Utrecht Art Supplies. Blick has 39 locations and a webstore, and Utrecht has 45 locations and a webstore. Both chains stock a large assortment of Rhodia products. Dick Blick also carries our GraF it sketch pads by Clairefontaine, and calligraphy supplies by Brause.
Holiday shopping is almost at hand…Black Friday, Cyber Monday, here we go!
For those paper-lovers in your life (including you!) we would like to pass along places we hear of that are offering great holiday shopping and specials for Rhodia gifts.
Please let us know if you would like to recommend a retailer or special website. If you are a retailer, please let us know about any special holiday sales or promotions.
For example, until 11/27 The European Paper Company is including some FREE Rhodia pads with every purchase over $50. http://europeanpaper.com/. We encourage you to hurry on over to their site for some good holiday shopping!
Thank you, and to our US readers, warm wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving.
Image courtesy of acouni on Instagram