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Little Secret In Little Rock: The Vanness Pen Shop


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#21 esterbex

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 05:09

I enjoyed visiting with you. I told my husband I want a necklace like yours! Something I might find on FPN?


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Posted 04 January 2012 - 22:39

After seeing this very post, my husband (trump321) and I made our way from Memphis down to Little Rock to check out this gem of a store. Man, none of the praise here was hyperbole, I can tell you that. Courteous and attentive service, a selection that made me a little woozy, and fantastic prices. Seriously, I saw pens that I had only ever heard of in hushed tones so that it felt almost like being in the presence of a vaunted celebrity--and I think my grail pen has now become a Dupont... Anyhoo, I just wanted to wave my new blue carbonesque VP and my Iroshizuku and Edelstein inks around in praise of a fantastic brick and mortar that is definitely worth the 2 1/2 hour drive! If you're in the area (or don't mind ordering by phone) show them some love! They definitely deserve it!

Edited by angelofmusic81, 04 January 2012 - 22:42.


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Posted 04 January 2012 - 22:59

looks like we just found the next Pam store :thumbup:
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 23:21

After seeing this very post, my husband (trump321) and I made our way from Memphis down to Little Rock to check out this gem of a store. Man, none of the praise here was hyperbole, I can tell you that. Courteous and attentive service, a selection that made me a little woozy, and fantastic prices. Seriously, I saw pens that I had only ever heard of in hushed tones so that it felt almost like being in the presence of a vaunted celebrity--and I think my grail pen has now become a Dupont... Anyhoo, I just wanted to wave my new blue carbonesque VP and my Iroshizuku and Edelstein inks around in praise of a fantastic brick and mortar that is definitely worth the 2 1/2 hour drive! If you're in the area (or don't mind ordering by phone) show them some love! They definitely deserve it!

Thanks for the positive feed back! As you observed- it is so much fun to try the inks and pens in person!
And the carbonesque will soon be a collectible! I always like to find new ink friends!

Hope to see you guys at the Arkansas Pen show- it will be open on Sunday too ( I think one of you works Saturdays?)

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 23:47

what a lovely post..

it makes me wish i lived in arkansas myself...got any room? :)
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Posted 04 January 2012 - 23:48

After seeing this very post, my husband (trump321) and I made our way from Memphis down to Little Rock to check out this gem of a store. Man, none of the praise here was hyperbole, I can tell you that. Courteous and attentive service, a selection that made me a little woozy, and fantastic prices. Seriously, I saw pens that I had only ever heard of in hushed tones so that it felt almost like being in the presence of a vaunted celebrity--and I think my grail pen has now become a Dupont... Anyhoo, I just wanted to wave my new blue carbonesque VP and my Iroshizuku and Edelstein inks around in praise of a fantastic brick and mortar that is definitely worth the 2 1/2 hour drive! If you're in the area (or don't mind ordering by phone) show them some love! They definitely deserve it!

Thanks for the positive feed back! As you observed- it is so much fun to try the inks and pens in person!
And the carbonesque will soon be a collectible! I always like to find new ink friends!

Hope to see you guys at the Arkansas Pen show- it will be open on Sunday too ( I think one of you works Saturdays?)



That's the plan! We may even try to finagle a Saturday as well. We'll definitely be back to see you guys anyway--you've still got my Sheaffer! :)

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 00:40

The fan club groweth! Posted Image

You Tennessee folk up Nashville and Middle Tennessee way need to make it to this show. Last year's was so much fun that folks are crossing big ponds to join us again. Vanness will be there in full dress....so droolicious! Posted Image And maybe there'll be a chance to visit the store while you're there? I can't wait!!! Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
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Posted 05 January 2012 - 00:53

Oh dear. I have the strangest urge to make a field trip :embarrassed_smile: Meanwhile, I found them on Facebook. :thumbup:

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 02:22

Over Christmas I made another visit to Vanness. What a wonderful visit!

Mr. Van Vanness warmly greeted me when I entered and was delighted to spend more than an hour with me showing and discussing pens. I happily left the store with a very nice Visconti Rembrandt pen.

This is the second pen I've purchased from Vanness and it won't be the last.

Their service is phenomenal.

Their selection is superb.

Their prices are competitive (in fact, I've not found a Rembrandt at a better price anywhere).

I'm a happy and very satisfied customer. (And thankfully for my wallet, one that lives 10 hours away :lol: )
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Posted 05 January 2012 - 02:56

The fan club groweth! Posted Image

You Tennessee folk up Nashville and Middle Tennessee way need to make it to this show. Last year's was so much fun that folks are crossing big ponds to join us again. Vanness will be there in full dress....so droolicious! Posted Image And maybe there'll be a chance to visit the store while you're there? I can't wait!!! Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Last year we did an evening open house after the show- I may do it again. We can't take it all to the show- and this year we are helping behind the scenes some so we may have only three tables - but are considering asking Sheaffer to come.... and are getting door prizes from - tba

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 03:28

The fan club groweth! Posted Image

You Tennessee folk up Nashville and Middle Tennessee way need to make it to this show. Last year's was so much fun that folks are crossing big ponds to join us again. Vanness will be there in full dress....so droolicious! Posted Image And maybe there'll be a chance to visit the store while you're there? I can't wait!!! Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Last year we did an evening open house after the show- I may do it again. We can't take it all to the show- and this year we are helping behind the scenes some so we may have only three tables - but are considering asking Sheaffer to come.... and are getting door prizes from - tba


Sheaffer? Door prizes from ??? Posted Image OK, I think I will just be a punter that weekend and roam around with the milieu and throw my name in that hat.....Ummm....Are pen club members excluded from the drawing? Can I rescind my membership? Posted Image
Just plotting here....Posted Image
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Posted 05 January 2012 - 10:59

i hope to one day set up a pen shop..i only hope my service can be half as good as yours..kudos to you all Posted Image
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Posted 06 January 2012 - 02:46

The fan club groweth! Posted Image

You Tennessee folk up Nashville and Middle Tennessee way need to make it to this show. Last year's was so much fun that folks are crossing big ponds to join us again. Vanness will be there in full dress....so droolicious! Posted Image And maybe there'll be a chance to visit the store while you're there? I can't wait!!! Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Last year we did an evening open house after the show- I may do it again. We can't take it all to the show- and this year we are helping behind the scenes some so we may have only three tables - but are considering asking Sheaffer to come.... and are getting door prizes from - tba


We would not exclude anyone- but it may not be Sheaffer- I had talkedto them last fall and they seemed positive- also in talks with another pen company- Its hard to follow up last years Conway Stewart-

Sheaffer? Door prizes from ??? Posted Image OK, I think I will just be a punter that weekend and roam around with the milieu and throw my name in that hat.....Ummm....Are pen club members excluded from the drawing? Can I rescind my membership? Posted Image
Just plotting here....Posted Image


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Posted 21 January 2012 - 14:09

Will be stopping by your place just to say "Hi" I hope. Posted Image
My daughter has a B-ball game this afternoon and now that I know where you are it will be difficult to bypass your exit.Posted Image

eta: Unexpected availability of Diamine Bilberry rescinded my notion of keeping my purse closed. A pad of G Lalo A4 in ivory and a pen case found their way in as well. :blush:

Edited by esterbex, 21 January 2012 - 20:43.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 04:24

So this is getting to be a regular thing....stopping by this place on the way to and fro....Posted Image
Today, with queries only in hand, I left with 3 bottles of iroshizuku ink (my wallet felt considerably lighter, though the prices were very good) and would have had an additional VP nib unit in broad if it'd been in stock (but now it's ordered). I fingered a blue TWSBI 540, and saw the mate to one of the auction items/door prizes(?) for the show in March....OMG such drool. Posted Image The winner of any of the proposed items will be very happy no matter which one they are lucky enough to snag. I hope I am so favoured! Posted Image

( I think I should not ponder upon moving closer to this enchanting spot....I'd be bankrupt in a year or less!)
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 18:59

So this is getting to be a regular thing....stopping by this place on the way to and fro....Posted Image
Today, with queries only in hand, I left with 3 bottles of iroshizuku ink (my wallet felt considerably lighter, though the prices were very good) and would have had an additional VP nib unit in broad if it'd been in stock (but now it's ordered). I fingered a blue TWSBI 540, and saw the mate to one of the auction items/door prizes(?) for the show in March....OMG such drool. Posted Image The winner of any of the proposed items will be very happy no matter which one they are lucky enough to snag. I hope I am so favoured! Posted Image

( I think I should not ponder upon moving closer to this enchanting spot....I'd be bankrupt in a year or less!)

It is always great to see a pen friend! FPN friend also admiring the TWSBI- He "knew you" by way of this great site!

We forgot about the scented inks! I can give you the rest a small bottle when next we visit!

As soon as I am allowed I will post pictures of these wonderful door prizes!

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 19:34

Hi, Vanness folks!
Do you expect to be at the D.C. show in August 2012?

I've been reading such great things about you that seeing you there would be a treat.

Thanks,
Erica

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 19:43

Having grown up mostly in Arkansas and spent (by the best quick math I can muster) 15 of my years there, I'm sorry I never found you guys. I didn't catch the fountain pen bug until after I'd long moved on. If my travels find me back there, I'll be sure to stop by.

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 14:31

Going to be in Little Rock tomorrow, will DEFINITELY stop by.



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Posted 16 August 2013 - 15:36

Going to be in Little Rock tomorrow, will DEFINITELY stop by.

 

Can't wait to meet you!  We have several new inks in the store- not even on the website! Maybe Esterbex will come by-  She just moved to Little Rock. We appreciate the positive feedack. Sometimes us old brick and mortars feel a little lost among the new website companies.


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