Did you know Fountain Pen Day is on November 6th? This will be the ninth year of its celebration. You can learn more at fountainpenday.org. Flax Pen To Paper is a sponsor of Fountain Pen Day and we're going to celebrate by putting most of our fountain pens on sale in-store on November 6th and 7th. We're also going to have drawings for a Cross ATX fountain pen (courtesy of A.T. Cross and Flax Pen To Paper) and other items. We will draw from registrants for this special event. (that means you'll have to register specifically for the drawing). ENTRIES CLOSED AT 5:30 p.m. - GOOD LUCK! Check winner announcements on the Giveaways page.
In the meantime, if you'd like to order custom holiday cards or printed material, please stop in or make an appointment. We can also serve as your concierge for gifts, stationery and more to make your life easier. We appreciate your support, as that's what will help brick and mortar stores like Flax remain here for you. Please consider us at your service!
We've taken some special precautions in the midst of the pandemic, including asking customers who try the fine writing instruments to wear gloves (which we provide). We've had a little "pushback" but we do this for everyone's safety. Today, an ink refill inexplicably exploded. Our gloved customer was unaffected - and we appreciated the cooperation with our earlier request.
We're looking forward to 2021 and just received our stock of datebooks and planners from Graphic Image, Filofax, Letts of London, Paperblanks and Quo Vadis (among others). We haven't listed these on the website but can assist you in-store, by phone or if you (email to) firstname.lastname@example.org. Supplies are limited.
As many of you may know, the Flax story does not begin at our Gayley Avenue store, but goes back to 1931, when my grandfather opened his store in downtown Los Angeles. For three generations, the store has been a Flax family tradition; from downtown Los Angeles location, to Westwood on Lindbrook Avenue with my father in 1950 and finally in 2002, when Phil and I opened Flax Pen to Paper on Gayley Avenue.
Phil and I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some upcoming changes at Flax Pen to Paper. On July 1st, Phil and I will be retiring and will be selling Flax to our longtime manager and dear friend Jeremy Saumure. Jeremy is someone we like and respect, and who understands the spirit of the business that we created. We are confident he will grow and develop the business for many years to come. We could not leave the store in better hands.
We encourage you to support Flax Pen to Paper as you always have. In this time of uncertainty, small businesses like ours have become a precious commodity, and we must all do our part so that we not find ourselves in a world where all commerce is e-commerce.
Phil and I will not entirely vanish on July 1st, partly because we love the store and have trouble letting go, and partly because we care about Jeremy’s ongoing success and want to make ourselves available to him as much as possible. We have treasured the support and friendship you have shown us. Your loyalty and kindness made us look forward to opening our doors each day and we will always be grateful to you.
We thank you for everything!
Joan Flax and Phil Clark