Art Brown International Pen Shop Closes in New York City

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Today is a sad day as the iconic Art Brown International Pen Shop forever closes its doors in New York City.

I’d only ever visited Art Brown on one occasion but that trip made a tremendous impression on me as it reminded me of the local stationery stores of my youth. For fountain pen lovers, this was *the* place to shop when visiting New York City with its ability to create an instant ear to ear grin at all of their available pen, paper and ink options.

Will you share your favorite memories of visiting Art Brown? What will you miss the most about this store?

What if you could buy every available Rhodia product through Amazon?

We recently received a comment from a fan who said: “it would be great if you would sell your full product line on Amazon!  that would make it much easier for people to find and order your notebooks, and would allow companies that use amazon for corporate purchasing to have an easy way to get all things Rhodia!”

Would you be interested in being able to buy any Rhodia product through Do you regularly shop with Amazon?

The typewriter store on Hudson street

Stuart Matz snapped this at the typewriter store on Hudson street in the West Village, NYC. A bit of sleuthing uncovered AFAX Business Machines to be the store in question at 181 Hudson Street, Suite 2A New York, NY 10013.

I haven’t really spent a lot of time in NYC despite it being only a 90 minute bus ride away, and as I am somewhat enamored of all the mom & pop specialty stores that exist there, I should make the ride more often.

Do you have a favorite little specialty shop in NYC? Or in your hometown? I’d like to hear about it.

Image courtesy of Stuart Matz – follow stumatz on Instagram.

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