Let me check in again. I didn't say there weren't any places you could find fountain pens for sale in a bricks-and-mortar shop here in San Francisco. I said there weren't any dedicated pen shops, because hecya in the original post spoke of pen shops.
A Montblanc boutique is very far from being a dedicated pen shop, but yes, we do have one. And, yes, the Maido shop in the Westfield downtown shopping center. At a more modest pretension level, our locally-owned stationery chain Patrick & Co. stocks a fair number of major fountain-pen brands (Parker, Waterman, Cross, Waldmann, &c., though not Dupont or Platinum) and a decent selection of non-boutique inks.
In Japantown the stationery shop next to our Kinokuniya bookshop has Japanese pens above the Daiso level, including the Pilot Metropolitan, which isn't a hyperexpensive pen. Our excellent though not bargain-priced art supplies shop Flax Art has a knowledgeable and well-stocked fine pens department that was hands-down better than Write With Style when we still had Write With Style. But Write With Style was a pen shop, whereas Flax is not.
Stationery shops here and there in San Francisco, not just in our downtown business district, may well stock FPs and bottled FP ink. In the Marina District a Japanese chain has just opened an artistic stationery shop selling Japanese and European pens, including a full range of Lamy FPs, up to the 2000, and ink in carts, though not (yet) ink in bottles. If one thinks "good stationer's shop" or "good art-supplies shop" the FPs will often follow.
I am sorry about the diminished availability of fountain pens in Mexico City, but wonder if the picture would look better if we considered Mexican cities with a lower level of rents for retail space. Art Brown's might still be with us if it had been located in a less expensive neighborhood in a less expensive city. The Pen Shop, now of Monrovia, California, in what I am told is a very nondescript location, used to be in Los Angeles. If it had stayed in relatively pricey Los Angeles it might have disappeared. Which may help explain why we still have with us Avalon Jewelers in Zionsville, Indiana.
Edited by Jerome Tarshis, 18 May 2014 - 04:00.