Welcome to the eleventh edition of my Supporting Small Businesses series. This time I would like to introduce you to a shop I have been visiting for some years, both online and in-store.
I had some time to kill in Shrewsbury a couple of weeks ago and as it was the first week of “non-essential” shops being allowed to open (due to COVID restrictions), I headed to my favourite shop in town… Write Here.
Write Here was founded in 2004 by John Hall to sell fountain pens and quality writing accessories. The shop is well known throughout the UK fountain pen community and provides excellent customer service.
An example of their wonderful and personal customer service is whilst I was in the shop (trying not to look at the fountain pens, but browsing the inks) an older couple were asking about and being shown mechanical pencils as they wished to buy one for their son. The staff member was very knowledgeable, ensuring their purchase would suit their son’s needs and confirming that they could buy the lead from any number of places.
You can never have too much ink (honestly!), so I decided to treat myself to a couple of bottles while I was in the shop (after all, I hadn’t been “proper” shopping in such a long time!). I picked up a bottle of Sailor Shikiori Shigure (I have a thing for purple ink) and a bottle of TWSBI Pink ink.
You can never have too much writing paper either, so I grabbed a pad of A5 Crown Mill Cream Vellum paper. It’s great for letters when using a fountain pen (which I always do).
As well as pens, pencils, ink and paper, the shop also sells a wide range of greeting cards, including some local ones. During my recent visit, I picked up three greeting cards, including one by Sunny Side Art – a Shrewsbury based company created by Linda Edwards & Nigel Elliot. I love Linda’s artwork. The cards feature illustrations that celebrate local Shropshire scenes, and this isn’t the first time I’ve purchased a Sunny Side Art greeting card.
Another sign of its great customer service, Write Here offers a pen repair and refurbishment service for clients who are having issues with their fountain pens. I have not yet needed to use this service myself, but I have often seen it recommended in fountain pen groups on Facebook when people have had issues with their pens.
Write Here also has an online shop (sadly, the greeting cards do not feature), although nothing quite beats an in-store visit. Standard UK delivery is free for orders over £20, but Write Here also offers international delivery.
Find Write Here at 10 High Street, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1SP or visit https://www.writeherekitenow.co.uk/
Back in 2018, Write Here kindly sent me a Lamy Al-star fountain pen and some matching ink – check out my review!
Please note: I bought these items with my own money and I am in no way affiliated with Write Here.