You write and text all day. Pick up some pens and paper at these local stationery stores for that old-fashioned feel.
In this age of digital note-taking, texting, and emailing, it’s easy to forget about the humble, yet powerful, pen and paper. We all know how special it feels to receive a card with more than just Hallmark-ism preprinted inside, and studies show that handwriting can benefit your brain. Having something good to write with is good! Check out these stores across the city for your next stationery stop.
Originally opened in 1986, this Granville Island treasure trove features hundreds of different sheets of creative handmade papers. In addition to loose sheets, Paper-Ya offers notebooks, cards, leather goods, stamps, and quirky stationery that would make a valuable addition to any desk. A must see during your next outing to Granville.
The Regional Text Assembly
The Regional Text Assembly on Main Street has all the accessories, from bold greeting cards to stationery sets. Designed in-house, their items have a distinctly vintage style. They also offer button making, stationery subscriptions, a monthly letter-writing club, use of their typewriters, and a reading room filled with hundreds of fanzines and self-published books (although these last three offerings are temporarily on hold).
Japanese-owned MUJI’s unbranded pens, notebooks and stationery are perfect for minimalists. With prices starting as low as 0.43 cents for an unbleached composition notebook, MUJI is a great option for students who want inexpensive yet functional supplies. The store also supports sustainability through forestry efforts, simple packaging, and streamlined manufacturing processes. Both you and your wallet can feel good about shopping here.
porch light press
All East Vancouver Porchlight Press products are made using letterpress, a centuries-old relief printing technique. Porchlight runs workshops and can handcraft any paper product you can imagine. According to their Instagram, they even made themed coasters for an episode of Riverdale. Now that is a claim to fame! His online store and charming East Van storefront sell pun-filled cards and Vancouver-inspired paper goods.
Vancouver Pen Store
We’ll 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 new to the hobby, stop by this Gastown store for fountain pens, ink refills of all shades, ballpoint pens and more fun pen-related accessories.
Buchan Stationery & Gifts
More of a brick-and-mortar store than the rest on this list, Buchan’s carries top brands for planning and writing like Moleskine, Leuchtturm1917, Pilot, and FILOFAX. Located in the Kerrisdale business district, Buchan’s is a good stop for anyone looking for tried-and-true stationery.