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Papeterie Nota Bene

Here is a truly notable Canadian stationery store. In the McGill University district of downtown Montreal, Nota Bene features an art gallery, a small stationery museum, and an enormous array of stationery, both practical and fanciful. It was a pleasure to meet Russell, the store’s proprietor. Russell is a great host, and a stationery (and [...]

The Regional Assembly of Text

Carrying on from yesterday’s post, Strikethru mentioned another great Vancouver stationer. A counterpoint to Paper-Ya, The Regional Assembly of Text is not in a tourist area, and focuses on products from individual craftspeople and small presses, rather than prominent brands. The store is decorated as an homage to typewriters, filing cabinets, and yesteryear’s offices. It [...]


Please let me express my appreciation to Cheryl of Strikethru for this post – it formed a wonderful guide to two stationery treasures that I recently visited. Paper-Ya is located on Granville Island, a vibrant arts district in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The island is easily (and probably best) traversed on foot. Notable landmarks include [...]

Design.Y notebooks

It seems to have been a while since this blog has been so excited about a new stationery product. The notebooks shown here are from Design.Y, the brand of Mr. Hiroshi Yoshino-san, a bookbinder from Sendai, Japan. The products are amazing because every aspect of the notebook is of exceptional quality – the cover, the [...]

Beautiful Pigs and Beautiful Sheep notecards

This is the season when we celebrate the harvest. My friends in the US just celebrated Thanksgiving – a holiday which is also celebrated in Canada, though in October. Of course, many countries and regions have their own versions of harvest festivals. A fond childhood memory for me was the annual fall trip to Royal [...]

Clairefontaine notebooks

Doing some fall cleaning, I found a dozen Clairefontaine A4 notebooks from student days in the late 1980s/early 1990s. The notebooks strongly resemble the current offerings, and have held up very well over time. Good job, Clairefontaine!