Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Vancouver Pen Shop's 25th anniversary (and sales!)--October 1st and the rest of October

We are fortunate to have so many nice pen stores in Vancouver, and one of them is having its 25th Anniversary Sale on Saturday October 1st. The Vancouver Pen Shop on 512 West Hastings Street will feature "special pricing" on nearly all items (*except* Montblancs, I believe) on this date (late edit: the "special pricing" applies to non-Montblanc items priced at $25 or more only) Additionally, each subsequent week in October will feature special pricing on a selected pen company brand. I believe the four brands featured will be: Lamy, Faber-Castell, Parker and Waterman (late edit: Week #1 will feature Sheaffer--not Lamy--week #2 will be Faber-Castell, week #3 will be Parker and week #4 will be Waterman. Turns out I won't be able to make it to the sale on Saturday, but I hope that you will come and take advantage of these great deals!).

Belated congratulations to Al Charania, owner of Charals pen store on his own store's 25th anniversary, back in August! I picked up a bottle of nice Montegrappa blue ink there (thanks, Al!) when I stopped to chat with Al about his shop a few weeks ago.

Fellow VPC member Glenn Marcus wrote about these two anniversaries
in this blog entry and individually about Charals' anniversary here, in this article and Vancouver Pen Shop's 25th on this page.

Best wishes to both the Vancouver Pen Shop and Charals on 25 successful years in business. In this tough economy, that's quite an achievement!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Some photos from our September meeting

Great turnout for the September 15th meeting---14 VPC members (including two new members--Sam and Dexter) and two guests (Tim & Elena Sawyer, who came all the way from Hawaii!). Tim and Elena brought macadamia nut treats, and even remembered to bring some "long-short"-style Japanese fountain pens for our theme's show & tell! We saw many examples of beautiful pens made by Nakaya, Pilot, Platinum & Sailor brought in by our members. Many thanks to all who attended!

Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday October 20th at Perks pen store (usual place & time). Theme: Non-Parker British Pens (some examples are: modern/vintage Conway Stewart, Onoto & Yard-o-Led pens, as well as pens by vintage makers Burnham, Croxley, Kingswood, Mabie-Todd, Mentmore, Osmiroid, Platignum, Stephens, Summit, Wyvern & others). Thanks to our friends at the London Pen Club in Ontario for the theme idea!

(Photo above shows---clockwise from extreme left--- Graham, Wai, David S., Sam, Bill K., May, Maja, Bruce R., Louise, Elena Sawyer(hidden from view), Tim Sawyer, Dexter, Christopher R., Norm & Ian. Not pictured: Richard (photographer))

(photos courtesy of Richard C.)