45 Comments

  1. Lilian

    Wonderpens friends!!!! I will miss you being in my backyard but your leap of faith is so beautiful! Can’t wait to visit the studio shop!!!

    Lilian

    • wonderpens

      We will still be here for a while! You’ll have to visit us extra while we’re still here πŸ˜‰

      But looking forward to your visits to the studio shop!! Bring the babes!

  2. Jeeto

    Best of luck with your transition, new space and all the change you are all about to experience. Looking forward to visiting, wherever you are in the GTA.

  3. Nadine

    Congratulations and best wishes as you take this big leap forward! What a gorgeous property, too! I look forward to following along on your journey!

    • wonderpens

      Thank you so much! We’ll certainly be sharing lots as we go forward – I suppose you can count on a few ups and downs in any renovation, and I’m sure we’ll have our share πŸ™‚

    • wonderpens

      Thank you so much! Both for your kind words and for your support over the years. Yes, our online shop should be the same as always πŸ™‚

  4. Barbara Barrie

    I just became a new fan (and hopefully a new client soon)! I need a fountain pen with a fine point nib and a not too chunky barrel. I really want to wish you luck in your endeavours and to support you in your move. I am happy to have discovered you via my friend Lucija’s post.
    Sending you my best wishes for your continued success,
    Barbara Barrie

    • wonderpens

      I’m so glad you found us! I hope you end up finding what you’re looking for, and it brings you many pages of happy writing.

      Thank you for your luck and good wishes – we’ll need it!

  5. Ruth E. Martin

    Wow, what a front entryway that is! Wait, are those plaster deer heads?? Hope to come and visit this new space when we’re in town for next year’s Scriptus. It looks like it will be fabulous! (But I was really, really hoping that you’d open a branch store in Kingston. πŸ˜‰ )

    • wonderpens

      Oh Ruth, I knew I could count on you to notice the important things! They are indeed plaster deer heads!! I have communicated to Jon my deep interested in keeping them, and he has consented to “depends on how much it costs…”

      Certainly by next Scriptus we hope to be up and running, and I will be counting on a visit from you. I’ll have to keep Kingston as a future possibility – you know how much I love the city.

      • Ruth E. Martin

        You can tell Jon that I said the deer heads have to stay, haha! Just think of the Christmas decorating potential…

        • wonderpens

          I was in the room when he was on the phone with the contractor, and I did hear him say “we should keep the deer head archway if we can…” but I have to say he didn’t sound very committed. I’m going to keep working on him πŸ™‚

  6. STan

    Oh my goodness, my heart stopped at that line about your rent going up 30%. I was so happy when you moved to this space on Carlaw (I live a 10 min bike ride away). I’m glad you’ll be maintaining a space in the East end, but it’ll be sad to see the lovely, large warehouse space go – you and your team have created a wonderful community here!

    • wonderpens

      The 30% was a bit of a shocker for us as well! They gave us plenty of notice, which was very much appreciated, as it gives us time to plan ahead and see how things go. Unfortunately the increased rent would be untenable for us, so we have to move, but hopefully good things to come ahead.

      We will also be pretty sad to say goodbye to this place. Our business has seen a lot of change and growth and excitement from this location, and while I know there are many more adventures to come, this warehouse space has meant a lot to us.

  7. Melodie Li

    Wow, when the Wonder Pens family does change, you do it big! So excited for you all – the studio shop / family home looks gorgeous and I can’t wait to follow along with the updates. Caleb’s enthusiasm for the new home beams through in your photos 😁 Keeping you all in our thoughts during this busy season of adventurous and joyful change!

    • wonderpens

      Haha, you got that right! Although it’s almost seemed like every year we’ve had something new and exciting (and challenging!). Thank you so much for always remembering us – can’t wait to share more!

    • wonderpens

      Thank you so much! I’m hoping to keep a bit of the architectural detail from the hallway, but we’ll have to see how the renovations go… πŸ™‚

  8. Julie-Anne Mendoza

    Congrats!! Your pen community will be with your through these turbulent times – and I can’t wait to visit your new spaces in the future!

  9. Jim

    Impermanence is one of the three marks of existence. But that’s cold comfort when you’re managing the children, managing the pets, packing and unpacking, no? (I always swear the next time WE move, I’m going to toss in a match and walk away.)

    I’ve started SO MANY reddit comments with “If you’re in Toronto, even for a few hours, you have to visit…” or “If you’re in Canada and need is shipped to you, go to this website…” That will go one, just the street address will change. Yours is one of the finest shops of its kind in Canada (believe me, we’ve been in most) – the new location can’t change that. Supportive thoughts heading your way.

    • wonderpens

      Thank you so much for your support! This sort of grassroots support and word of mouth is really what keeps us alive in this day and age. We truly could not be here without folks like you.

      And I may very well test out your strategy as we look ahead to moving. I’ll let you know how it goes πŸ˜‰

  10. Nina

    Oh my goodness! I know you’ll make all your “moves” with style and a great attitude.

    I realize you love the east end but did you know along The Queensway there are dozens of empty shops some of them large? And there’s parking, lots of parks and schools. It’s a service-oriented area (hairdressers, spas, No Frills, antiques etc. Just FYI. And with the condos going up, it’s brought the 20-somethings to the area (your market, I think).

    Happy trails….

    • wonderpens

      Thanks so much! I will certainly take your advice about the Queensway into consideration – there are so many great neighbourhoods on the west end, and affordability is of course very important to a small business like us.

      Thanks again for all of your support!

  11. Steph R

    All that matters is that Wonder Pens still survives another day, especially in this era of big box stores and Amazon. As long as Jon and you decide to stay in business most, if not all, of current and new patrons will endeavor to follow you. I live way near Hamilton and I tend to visit at least once a month. Congratulations on your new home and store!

    • wonderpens

      Thank you so much! We certainly can only hope to continue on. I come from Hamilton myself, so I well know the trek – we truly do appreciate your support and visits, and hope to be around for a few more visits.

  12. Deirdre

    What exciting news. You have the gift of creating and fostering community. The path you carve will become a familiar trail for others.

    • wonderpens

      Thank you so much for your kind and beautiful words! We couldn’t be more grateful for the community we have here, and can’t wait for what else is in store.

  13. Sara

    I am echoing the request to save the deer heads. How often do you see architectural detail like that? The whole entry way is dreamy. I am mostly an online shopper because I live in the wilderness, but your store is always on my Toronto-to-visit list.

    • wonderpens

      I’m tracking the votes on the deer heads to pass along to Jon. It’s like they’re watching over all who pass underneath! I’m sure you’re enjoying the real deer out in the bush, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed my deer heads will be here if you ever leave the wilderness (why would you??) and make it to Toronto for a visit πŸ™‚

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