Thursday, November 14, 2019

Montblanc's New Great Character collection is - Walt Disney -

Montblanc Great Characters: Walt Disney

Something huge that was apart of my childhood, and the childhoods of many other children growing up over the last 96 years was and is Disney. Disney brought out imagination, creativity, and magic to life and it has become a legacy around the world. From their adaptations of well known fairy tales, to the well loved Mickey Mouse, Disney has had a place in our hearts and dreams.

   This month Montblanc released a pen inspired by Walt Disney, as a part of their Great Characters collection. When you wish upon a star, I guess dreams really do come true. This is definitely a sleek, innovative pen that reflects the beloved Mickey Mouse.

Mickey Mouse was originally not a mouse. Originally he began as a rabbit, known as Oswald. Oswald became popular very quickly, and they began making a series of shorts for him. Sadly, the studio ended up taking the rights for Oswald, and Disney and Ub Iwerks, one of the animators who stayed with Disney,  stayed together to create Mortimer the mouse. However, Mortimer did not end up being as popular as Oswald. He ended up changing the mouse’s name to Mickey, who at first was also not gaining any popularity. Then “Steamboat Willie” happened in 1928. It was the first time both music and sound effects were both used at the same time, and it was a hit. A few years later he received a makeover, and has been around since being the adorable mouse that he is.

  Montblanc wanted this pen to be inspired by such a legacy, and it’s color choice for the barrel is actually inspired by “Steamboat Willie”. The design of the pen is also inspired by the famous Monorail system at Disneyworld in Florida.

The barrel and cap are made from black precious resin, and have hidden mickey ears all over the barrel, as well as a 3D resin molding integrated into the barrel. Walt Disney’s signature is also featured on the cap. A very interesting part of this pen is that at the cone there are a set of coordinates engraved to represent where the position of the garage belonging to Walt Disney’s uncle was. This garage is celebrated because it is where his brother created a camera stand.There’s also a yellow accent ring around the thread and barrel, as well as a red ring around the cone to represent Mickey’s iconic outfit.

This special edition pen comes in a fountain pen, rollerball, and ballpoint. There is a limited edition fountain pen as well, that is similar in shape and size, but has blue and black laquer inlays with the Mickey Mouse portrait in scanimation effect. Scanimation, which is also called a “kinegram”, creates a picket fence animation. This effect was invented in the late 1890’s, and then a man named Rufus Butler Seder brought it back to life. This is the first time Montblanc has used this effect.

Alongside the release of these pens are the notebooks and inks. The inks are a bright yellow, which is inspired by the shoes of Mickey Mouse.

I do personally think that the pens look a lot better in person. You really get to see all the fine detail, that can be a lot harder for a camera to capture. It has a good weight to it, and feels decent when writing with it. The only deal breaker for some people, however, is that it sadly does not post. I do really enjoy the texture of the barrel, and it doesn’t seem to be bothersome when writing with it.

This pen is perfect for all of us Disney enthusiasts and collectors, and such a magnificent way to remember and celebrate the truly great character that is Walt Disney.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Fine pens which compliments the Autumn!

Fall is here and it’s starting to finally feel like it!  We here in the pen community love our seasonal themed pens, inks, and stationery. With fall comes a new season and some nostalgia. Today I thought I’d list and go over some fun products that are great for this upcoming season, new and old.

 First, we have the new Pelikan Star Ruby.

  The Pelikan Star Ruby is a special edition pen inspired by the gemstone: star ruby. Star Rubies are found to be rare because it can be difficult to find high-quality ones that fulfill both the vibrant color and the star reflection that it is known for.

They are mined from a variety of places: Sri Lanka, Burma, India, Africa, Cambodia, and the United States. However, India and Africa tend to be where more of the rare ones tend to be found.

The reason they are called “star rubies” is because when the light reflects off of it creates a six ray star. This is a phenomenon known as “asterism”.

I find that in person the glitter is definitely more prominent and the red/burgundy of the pen is a tiny bit brighter as well. It’s a great time for the release of this pen because it definitely suits the current and upcoming seasons/holidays! (It also has a matching ink, which would make a great gift set!)

Next up is the Estie Honeycomb.

       The Estie Honeycomb is a beautifully designed pen. While the name may remind us of summer, the colors that are brought out in this pen make me want me to curl up with a hot cup of tea (with honey, of course),a good book or my journal, and watch the leaves fall.

I love the way this feels in my hand and the way it looks. I personally think the gold trim is such a great accent to the rich and smooth warm golds/yellows blended into this pen.

Lamy Lx -Marron:

The Lamy LX Marron, also a recently released pen, is another great pick for the fall with its rich brown, autumnal tones. When I see this pen I think of chocolate or coffee. At a great price, you can’t go wrong with one of the Lamy LX’s. I, personally think that Lamy has a wide selection for a diverse amount of people, and really enjoy that aspect of their selection.

Now, if you’re like me, you love an ink that’s going to match either one of these pens, or your own fall collection. A couple of great colors, or what I think are great additions for fall, are Diamine’s “Autumn Oak, Pilot Iroshizoku’s “Momiji” (Autumn Leaves), and Monteverde’s Sweet Life “Pumpkin Cake”.

The “Momiji” is a deep red color, however it does lean more towards the pink side of the spectrum, depending on how it’s being used. It is a very saturated red, however, especially when written. It definitely reminds me of red leaves during this time of year!

“Autumn Oak” reminds me of a more fall orange: you know, pumpkins and leaves versus neon orange popsicles or summer. I think it can be dynamic without going overboard, and brings a fun and creative color to your writing palette.

Monteverde’s Sweet Life “Pumpkin Cake” is a rich brown color that, at least to me, has some orange slightly mixed in there. Now that it’s fall it’s kind of wrong to not have a pumpkin ink, right?

We also have some great stationary, too, to match with these pens and inks: The Rhodia Heritage notebooks and the recently added Field Notes Autumn Trilogy.

The Rhodia Heritage notebooks, which are limited edition,  immediately reminded me of the fall, especially the plaid patterned one! I am absolutely obsessed with this pattern and color scheme. For this line they have the Tartan, Checkered, and Escher designs in graph and lined.

We also recently got in the Field Notes 2019 Autumn Trilogy Notebooks! These are Limited Edition Notebooks. The colors they chose were “Warm Red”, “Safety Yellow”, and “Scarlet”. These colors are approximately the same color as the leaf colors of the American Sugar Maple, American Elm, and Scarlet Oak. Each notebook features a realistic debossed leaf from each specific tree. These are simple yet beautiful colors, and something small you can just throw in your bag.

Thanks for reading this week’s blog and I hope you enjoyed the variety of pens, inks, and notebooks we looked at!  Hopefully it’ll start to feel like fall soon!

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Friday, October 11, 2019

The Rhodiactive Hardcover Notebook is Brilliant

Being a full-time student, I have a need for sturdy, dependable notebooks well suited to notetaking. When I sit down at a lecture, I need to be able to quickly pull the relevant notebook out of my bag, open to the first unused page, and denote information about the lecture for future reference.

The hardcover Rhodiactive notebook was designed with these needs in mind. The book-bound construction circumvents the annoying tendency of spiral bound notebooks' spirals to interlock when they're adjacent in a bag. The unusual but surprisingly convenient inclusion of perforated corners makes finding the next unused page exceptionally easy and quick. Finally, the single isolated header line on each page makes the subject and date of the lecture stand out on the page and helps me find old notes when I'm just flipping through looking for a specific header.

Those are concrete reasons why I appreciate my hardcover Rhodiactive notebook. If I was recommending it to a friend and trying to sell its appeal, I'd focus on those points because they represent objective benefits. But my appreciation for the hardcover Rhodiactive goes way beyond the things that just make it a quality stationary product. There are so many little things that set the Rhodiactive apart and make writing in it an absolute joy.

For starters, Rhodia's line ruling is exceptionally wide, with abundant vertical space. This isn't exactly a universally popular trait, as a significant amount of space is wasted if you're used to writing on college or narrow rule paper or just have small handwriting. As someone with relatively large print and a love of ink, I love using the wider rule offered by Rhodia, because I can justify using broad and stub nib pens that put down more ink without compromising legibility.

The author's progress at the time of this writing
The perforated corners are obviously convenient for finding the next unused page and remove the hassle of making sure the integrated bookmark is properly placed every time you put away the notebook, but I find they make using up the notebook exceptionally fun. We all know the satisfaction of putting the used portion of a notebook between thumb and forefinger and appreciating the thickness of the pages we've filled. With the perforated corners, every time you fill a new page you're reminded of the journey that is filling a notebook. You pull off the little tab with its satisfying pop pop pop of tearing perforations and are filled with a profound sense of accomplishment at having gotten one step closer to conquering the 98 sheets of pristine stationary you started with. This is a powerful form of positive reinforcement, and I've found myself taking unnecessary notes on readings for the class I use it in as an excuse to tear off those little tabs.
Although the space for filling out the owner's contact information is something you ideally never need, it gives me a sense of security knowing that if some good Samaritan should find my notebook, they'll have 5 different ways to reach me and return it. I'm in the habit of providing contact information on the inside cover of my notebooks regardless of the provided space, but the included blanks reflect a bottom-up design approach that values convenience of use.

In case I get hit by a bus on campus
While the inclusion of the space for contact information and the metric conversion chart on its reverse are greatly appreciated, the inside cover has some odd elements. The perpetual calendar provided opposite the contact information has such tiny squares for each day that I can't imagine writing much more than a weekday abbreviation in each one. I see the utility of being able to see the day of the week for a given date, but filling it in would be a chore, and on most occasions when you need to see the day of the week on a future date you also need your schedule for the sake of making plans. On the contact information sheet, 'personal email' is spelled 'personnal email', a flagrant typo. The French for 'personal email' is 'email personnel' according to the cross-labeling below the English, which suggests this isn't really a typo so much as lazy translation on the part of some designer at Rhodia's headquarters in La Défense, France. The cross-labeling is oddly inconsistent, with terms like 'capacity' being provided in French with exact cognates like 'volume', but with 'USA Dry Measure Equivalents' receiving no French translation. 

The world map on the inside back cover shows time zones, and is
 interestingly centered on the Pacific Ocean instead of the Atlantic
All told, this is possibly my favorite notebook for the role it fulfills: large, durable, A4 notebook I can throw in my bag without worrying about it. Its French origin leads to some interesting quirks, but the inclusion of the preprinted pages inside the front and back cover improves its utility and definitely helps the Rhodiactive hardcover stand out in a market where competing products can be extremely similar.
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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Montblanc Calligraphy pen series launch and Flex nibs.

Calligraphy  /kəˈliɡrəfē/

“Decorative handwriting or handwritten lettering”


A quick review about Montblanc new Flex nibs !

       What an exciting summer it has been, and how even more exciting that it’s ending with the release of the Meisterstück Calligraphy Pen Collection! However, we all know that the real excitement, or curiosity, is about their new and creative flex nib (made of pure solid 18k gold) inspired by their well known design from the 1950’s. Their flex nib is supposed to create lines of different varieties, from very broad to extra fine (depending on the pressure you use) while maintaining its smooth and feel-good sensation.

     It took a decent amount of time to design and complete this masterpiece of a nib (approximately 3 years between 35 skilled designers and craftsmen/women). The flex nib is offered on the Meisterstück Solitaire Gold Leaf and the classic black/gold Meisterstück 149.  The flex nib has a new symbol from Montblanc and is also engraved on the nib.

     The Meisterstück Solitaire Gold Leaf is wrapped in real gold leaf, which is all hand applied, creating a unique design on each pen. This pen takes a mesmerizing spin on the classic black and gold colors we all well know from Montblanc. It also features a full black PVD  coated clip and three full black PVD rings with the Montblanc brand name embellished on it. It’s also offered as a rollerball and in the calligraphy nib, which is a hand-crafted Au750/18K gold ruthenium-coated nib. The barrel is a black translucent  lacquer topped with a black lacquer cap.

      The idea behind this pen is to bring out the rich history of the art of writing, and to embrace this through the calligraphy nib. Calligraphy is a form of art that has reached all parts of the world, and can have different meanings amongst different cultures. For example, in China, calligraphy is seen as more than just a form of art. It’s a form of self-expression, personality, and success.

   How amazing that art and writing are expressed so differently and uniquely amongst all cultures, yet brings people together all over the world? From first glance at the Solitaire Gold Leaf I thought it looked like there were different continents placed on the pen. Due to the gold leaf being hand applied, it’s like each pen has a new world on it to discover.

What a neat and beautiful contribute to the art and history of calligraphy, as well as a unique take to the classic Montblanc design.


The Montblanc 149 fountain pen is a large fountain ( largest of the Montblanc fountain pens also thicker) and the 146 also known as LeGrand is a size smaller.  The filling mechanism is piston fill.

Below picture the comparison is between the 149 flex, 146 gold leaf flex, Marlyn Monroe Muses and Montblanc Boheme.

 More resource and video: 

 To get in-depth we have also created a video. Check it out.

 By - Amber

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Fisher Space Pen Apollo 11 Astronaut Ballpoint Pen (Special Edition)

Fisher Space Pen Apollo 11 Astronaut Ballpoint Pen (Special Edition)

We meet in an hour of change and challenge, in a decade of hope and fear, in an age of both knowledge and ignorance. The greater our knowledge increases, the greater our ignorance unfolds." - President John F. Kennedy
When John F. Kennedy challenged America to land a man on the moon and return him safely back to earth by the end of the decade, he kick-started what would be one of the most inspiring and difficult undertakings mankind has ever attempted. Space was a new frontier, filled with hazards and challenges yet unknown. This bold and daring pursuit has inspired millions, and continues to inspire tomorrow's scientists, engineers, and astronauts. Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon truly were a great leap for mankind, as they represented our escape from the confines of the earth in spite of the huge hurdles to space exploration 
These hurdles ranged from the grand questions of propulsion and life support to the more pedestrian considerations of how astronauts would eat or write in space. Finding a writing implement suitable for use in the testing environment of space turned out to be surprisingly difficult. The ballpoint pens available at the time required gravity to maintain consistent inkflow, and had issues with excessive outgassing of ink vapors into the small confined space of a command module. Pencils generated broken tips and fine graphite particulate that would float around in microgravity and present a hazard to both the crew and the sensitive electronics keeping them alive.
The need for a suitable pen was met by Paul Fisher of the Fisher Pen Company. Through a common sense design process, he developed the original Fisher Space Pen: the Anti-Gravity 7 (AG7). Capable of writing perfectly in all manner of challenging conditions encountered in space and on earth, the AG7 was designed expressly with the needs of the Apollo astronauts in mind.
Fisher pitched the AG7 to NASA, and after 18 months of rigorous testing, it went up with the Apollo program’s first manned spaceflight, Apollo 7, on October 11th, 1968. The same AG7 design has been carried by NASA’s manned spaceflights ever since, most notably the Apollo 11 mission that carried Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon.
This Special Edition Fisher Space Pen AG7 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that brought man to the lunar surface and back for the first time. The pen itself is the same AG7 design used by the crew of Apollo 11, but also features unique engravings celebrating the first moon landing. These include the Apollo Command and Service module that carried the crew across the vast translunar gulf, “Man’s First Moon Landing” with the date, “Jul. 20 1969”, and an “Apollo 11” incorporating the button used to retract the pen’s tip as the second “O” in “Apollo”, along with other small astronomical motifs.
As a genuine Fisher Space Pen of the same variety as those used on the Apollo missions, this pen stands out among those commemorating the first moon landing. While other moon landing themed special editions exist as monuments to the achievements of the Apollo program, the AG7 is part of the story of the moon landings, and was present for the landing itself as much as Neil Armstrong or Buzz Aldrin. Not only is this pen a beautiful tribute to mankind's giant leap and the power of bravery and ingenuity to make possible things once confined to the realm of science fiction, but it's also an opportunity to own a piece of history.

Ben goes in length as to why Fisher Space pens mechanism and why the 50th Year anniversary edition for Moonlanding is even more enticing.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

December To Remember Contest!

At Pen Boutique we are running a December to Remember contest and we are giving away a lot of pens as a thank you to our customers who have made this a great year!

The prizes are amazing and you have opportunities to increase your chances to win with ways to do multiple entries. 

Win Prizes by entering into our December to Remember contest.  Improve your chances by opting into different media. Winners will be chosen in random by the app . 
  • 1st prize: Parker Duofold Big Red  Fountain pen - Medium point. ($690 value)
  • 2nd Prize Pelikan M200 Smoky Quartz  Fountain Pen - Fine with matching Edelstein Ink bottle($275 value)
  • 3rd  Prize Cross Century  II Fountain pen 
  • 4th Prize Diplomat Aero fountain pen 
  • 5th Prize  Sheaffer Calligraphy Fountain Pen Set ( 10 of them)

December To Remember - Fountain Pen Blast
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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Mont Blanc Le Grand and Nib Selections - A quick view.

Mont Blanc Le Grand
and Nib Selections
Blog by Tony Roman:

  When I first started buying “fine” writing instruments back in the 1980’s, I knew my first purchase would be a Mont Blanc. Mont Blanc had, and still has, a reputation for producing fountain pens of the highest quality, and there is the mystique of owning one. My first pen was a 144, followed by the Diplomat 149 model. I have used both of the models for many years now and they never fail me. So when the owner of Pen Boutique asked me to do a blog on Mont Blanc, I was eager to do so. This blog is on the LeGrand sized Mont Blanc fountain pen. I was lucky enough to be allowed to borrow the entire set of the Mont Blanc nib collection to write about: a total of eight pens, all identical except for the nibs on the pen. The pens range from extra Fine (EF) to Double Broad (BB), plus three special nibs: Oblique Medium, Oblique Broad, and Oblique Double Broad. I felt like a kid in a candy store - all 8 Mont Blancs to fill with ink and test out, wow! I’ll describe my experience with each nib, and I hope this might act as a guide for others thinking about which nib size might be best for them. But don’t go by my analysis alone, given the opportunity to visit the Pen Boutique store in person, please do so and try them all out yourself. So in order of size here we go:

EF: Extra Fine. The Mont Blanc extra fine nib draws a very thin line and is something that is too thin for my taste. But if you write in a very small font size or need to cram in a lot of notes in a small space, this is one to consider. Given that, it is narrow but not scratchy, as some extra fine nibs can be; it is very smooth. I noticed the ink flow is less than some of the other nibs which means you need to write a little bit slower. If you are a fast writer, this might not be your best choice.

F: Fine. I didn’t notice much difference between Extra Fine and Fine, a very subtle size difference and just a bit more ink flow. I think it has very close characteristics with that of the EF nib, i.e. light ink flow and narrow font. Still not my favorite, but that is my personal choice.

M: Medium. Medium is quite different in line thickness and ink flow. It has almost twice as thick of a line width as the fine and the ink flow is abundant. This nib size was much more to my liking and one that I think, if in doubt would be a great first choice. I have several fountain pens and many of them only came in Medium size (or that was all that was available) a such I am use to writing with the Medium nib and it is the yardstick against which I compare all other nibs. I like this nib.

B: Broad. If you are looking for something that makes more of an impression, perhaps signatures or accented notes, I would say the Broad nib is for you. I choose this nib size when ever I need to sign an important document. Since the Broader sized nib results in a thicker line width, it takes up more space on the paper. Something to consider. I also like this nib a lot and my 149 is this size.

BB: Double Broad. I have never tried a double broad Mont Blanc before, and I found this size nib especially pleasing. It draws a wider/fatter line so you can readily see the ink colors as you write. Also the thicker the line the larger the amount of wet text that is under your hand, so for me, a lefty, I had to be careful not to smudge the text as I wrote. The ink flow is wet for this size nib and I liked that, I could write fast and the pen ink flow kept up. Another great signature pen.

OM: Oblique Medium. By ‘oblique’ I mean that the nib is cut at an angle (approximately 15 degrees) rather than squarely cut across the nib. The Mont Blanc Obliques are properly called Left Obliques, because they are cut at the same angle your toes make across your left foot from little toe to big toe looking down at them from above. Depending on how you hold the pen and it’s angle with respect to the paper, this pen either works for you or it doesn’t. As it turns out, for the way I write, these Oblique nibs are perfect for me. I don’t have to think about how to hold the pen, my hand just does, and everything is fine. I found the OM made too thin of a line width for me (narrower than the regular medium (M)) and therefore I did not like it as much as the medium. But I did like how the obliquely cut nib adds character to my lettering, a thick/thin up stroke and down stroke adds a sculpted contour.

OB: Oblique Broad. This is one of my favorite nibs. It has a nice thick line with a more readily apparent thick/thin line variations as I write. The ink flow is abundant, which means I can write at a faster speed, yet very smoothly.

OBB: Oblique Double Broad. The last nib in the main Mont Blanc selection, it has more of the same positive characteristics as the OB. This means more line thickness bigger bolder lines. More ink means darker and larger text. If you like large text sizes and have plenty of paper, maybe you should try this nib. I like it very much and it is up there with the OB in my preferences.

So in conclusion, you can’t go wrong buying quality Mont Blanc pens. Month Blanc allows you to swap nibs for a period of time after your purchase (for no charge) if what you purchased was not to your liking. I suggest, if you live in the area of Pen Boutique (Washington DC, Columbia Maryland) drop in and try all of the nibs out for yourself and you will be amazed how different the nibs feel and the results they produce.

Looking at the photos, the paper used for this test was Tomoe River A4 (letter) size – white loose sheet (sku: TR_RURA4WL) and the ink was a wonderful Cobalt Blue from Graf von Faber-Castell.

Montblanc nib sizes ( Le Grand).

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Grand Re-opening - 7/14/2018

So we worked hard from Saturday June 30th to July 13th.  Every day was tiring and long.  We had contractors working everyday , fixing things.   All of the Pen Boutique staff put in some early morning  and late evening hours to get things done by Friday.

Around Friday we decided that we can re-open on Saturday July 14th.  It was still a work in progress and we sent out the information as part of our weekly e-mailer  that we are doing our re-opening tomorrow!

We did not think that turnout will be great since it was a last minute email - around 4 PM in the evening.   But to our amazement, many customers came and showed their full support! At one point of time we were running out of space and were thinking that even our expanded space will not be enough!

We are still having the Grand Re-opening sale for this week.  We are pretty sure you will love all the items on the sale.  We have special discount  plus free gift with purchase. So do stop by and check our new renovated location....  More space and more things to do :-)

The Graf Von Faber-castell shop in shop and also Montblanc shop-in-shop.  What to choose ?

The quietness before the storm.  We have the balloons and donuts.  We are set to open :-)

Yug is  helping the customer with the Sheaffer Ferrari fountain pen awesome deal.

Joseph and Deanna are customers and friend from 2004.  They have shown their support from the beginning and also have allowed us to involve in many of the non-profit movements. 

A customer from 2004 when I opened the Columbia Mall store.  Still supporting us and shows up to support every-time without fail. 

 Customers checking out the new wall of Montblanc with brick.  Totally mesmerizing.  After all he is the "greatest showman!" :-)

The end of the day employees took a selfie to mark this day!  After all the hard work, it is an amazing feeling to have a successful launch!
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Renovation at our Columbia Maryland store.

Hello Pen Enthusiasts!
We have good news and bad news - The good news is that our Columbia renovation project is starting to make our store look like a store again!  The bad news is that the Columbia renovation project is still going on!  You know that old saying “The best laid plans…”  Well, that most certainly applies to our current situation.  The closing of our Bethesda location took longer than anticipated, but due to the dedication and hard work of our Montgomery Mall staff it finally got done.
Now that all of the displays have been moved to our Columbia location, the store is being set up to give you the best Pen experience possible.  We are excited at the prospects this expansion has opened to us and look forward to all of the new adventures in our future!
We are tentatively hoping to re-open our storefront by Friday, July 13th.  Despite warehouse access being limited, we are still shipping online and phone orders so feel free to purchase via our website or by calling in.  A limited stock of Pelikan Edelstein Ink of the Year Olivine bottles just arrived, so make sure to secure your bottle if you’re interested!
We look forward to welcoming you to our new store!

The Pen Boutique Team

---------------------------UPDATE 1 - JULY 10th 6:00 AM -------------------------------

Julio was working until 4:30 AM in the morning along with the movers to bring the furniture in.  It was not an easy task.  But the dedication of the Pen Boutique team, especially Julio is beyond amazing.  These cases are huge and the large truck was used like 3 times to bring the items to the Columbia store from Bethesda,MD ( a solid 45 minute drive).  

Unfortunately, not everything is rosy.  Couple of nice cases broke. 

------------------------UPDATE 2  - JULY 10th   1:00 PM --------------------------------------

We started from where Julio left off.  He left at 6:30 AM.  We were at the store at 8AM waiting for the help to arrange these huge furnitures.  We really respect these professional helpers.  They are strong and work tirelessly.  Compared to them we all have easy work  - especially with wonderful pen customers. We are actually living a passion and at the same time having business too.  Respect to these hard workers. 

At 8:30 AM they were finally here.  Now the daunting task of arranging this and even worse rearranging it after fixing it in  one place to make sure that all look ok.  Again big thanks to these professional helpers.  They are always smiling even when we ask them to rearrange.  Blessed to have these group.  So far here is the result. 

At 1:00 we all left to lunch.  Joe is not budging.  He wants to get through the orders from the warehouse.  He wants to stay back and continue to ship orders. So, we decided to bring lunch for him with his favorite Harmless coconut water. 

It is 5:00 PM.  It is coming along.  Wow, it is a tiring day.  Almost there.  Pretty positive that Manuel and co, are super tired with rearranging furniture like "nth" time.  But these guys still have a smile everytime.   

It is coming along.  I am pretty sure you will love this new set up - Leena.

---------------------------------------8/11/2018   9:00 AM ---------------------------

Another new day!  Let us hope we get this all done today!

Manuel and co are already here ready to work.  These are some hard working guys.  Today is mostly putting the shelves together, connect to plug and power up the cases. 

Then we have Maureen, Aurora , Joe and I here unboxing the pens from both Montgomery Mall store and the Columbia store.  Then we will be arranging it in the various cabinets and then displaying them.

---------------------- 8/11/2018  11 AM ------------------------------

Still with cabinets and installing all these cabinets.  Connecting power and more.  Phew.

---------------------8/11/2018   12 PM -----------------

Lunch time!  It is pizza for all. Still work to be done and then we need to ship also for warehouse orders.  Joe and staff on it and want to finish it before the day ends.

---------------------8/11/2018   3 PM -----------------------------

Finally it is coming through.  Lot of work to be still done.

---------------------- UPDATE 6 PM -------------------------------

Wow it is coming along!  Lots of hardwork  by the team.  Plus the pizza and the coke to pump up some energy.   We are working now on display.  Some more work to do on the cabinets but overall it is coming along.  Everyone is tired and I think we all will be sleeping like log today :-)

UPDATE :  Leena

----------------------------------- 7/12/2018 -------------------------------------------------


Here is another day and let us hope all will be done today.  It will unboxing and displaying.  Lot of work but I am pretty confident that Pen Boutique staff will overcome and should be done by the end of the day.

Julio and Joe looking at the pile and discussing how to get everything done.  Not an easy task.  These 2 are my pioneers and make sure Pen Boutique is at its best. 

Aurora and Linda displaying the pens.


1 PM.

Things are looking pretty good.  Aurora, Maureen, I , Linda, Yug, Joe, Julio are arranging pens.  Displaying them and we seem to be on a roll!

But it is pizza time!

See the smiles. Yeah good food and good company brings it.   Hard work and now it is chow time!

It may be that we are doing some serious stuff  but always there is room for fun!!!!  That is what makes us click! :-)

--- 7 PM --------

We are staying a bit late today.  There is still a lot to do, so tomorrow might be the day when we finish all and we should be set for Saturday for Grand Re-opening. 

Below are the pictures so far.  It was a tiring but fun filled day!  Thanks for all the customers who came to check us out and we will see you on Saturday!

--------7/13/2018   - FRIDAY THE 13TH     ----------------------------------------------

Yesterday was pretty tiring day.  Let us hope the staff has enough energy today.   I am dragging myself  and can see how tiring they must be.  May be donuts , some sugar can kick start them. 

9:00 AM 


All have showed up and seems like they are pumped up.  Seems like I may be the only one who looks tired.   All have worked hard and of course it seems there is always room for fun with pens in between to test it and admire them, revisit their features so that we can be ready for more questions.   But all in all, we worked throughout the day.   Here are some pictures.  I think we are almost there.  We should be open tomorrow.   It should be an exciting day. 

Julio going to his bike at the end of the day. 

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