Newcastle upon Tyne’s prestigious department store Fenwick, is the latest collaboration with Europe’s largest instrument writing specialist, The Pen Shop. Fenwick, situated on Newcastle upon Tyne’s most popular high street Northumberland Street, was the first store to open in the Fenwick group in 1882. Since then, many of these luxury department stores have opened around the UK.
On display at our new Fenwick concession will be a magnificent range of luxury and premium pens, including Montblanc, Caran d’Ache, Graf von Faber Castell, Kingsley, Cross, Lamy, Sheaffer, Parker and Waterman, together with an extensive range of gifts and leather accessories.
The Pen Shop opened originally in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1858 and it is with great pride that our new concession is now settled on the ground floor of Fenwick in the city. We still have our original store in Newcastle upon Tyne’s Eldon Gardens, so you now have a choice on where you would like to pay us a visit.
Bringing together traditional writing instruments with the latest modern technology The Pen Shop continues to stay ahead of the most recent market trends. At The Pen Shop we are excited to announce the launch of in-store website browsing and buying via iPads in our Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield and London Oxford Street stores.
The option of buying in store increases customer convenience offering flexibility of free UK delivery to work, home or other addresses for example if the order is for a gift. The customer also doesn’t have to wait for gift wrapping or engraving as they can simply have it delivered to them instead.
The iPads in our stores will help promote a wider range of products that are currently not available in-store such as Online Exclusive ranges including Diplomat, Troika and Visconti.
We have also modified our website for the in-store iPads with several special features now available. While browsing the iPad customers can use their smartphone to take a picture of a QR code on any product page to then view on their phone at a later date. They can also email product details to any email address with a message, perfect for dropping ‘subtle’ ideas for Christmas presents.
The option of in-store browsing and buying through iPads will be deployed in all our stores in the New Year.
The Pen Shop was proud to be able to take part in the first ever North East Pen Show on Sunday 2nd of September in Newcastle upon Tyne. This event was held in the beautiful Copthorne Hotel on Newcastle’s historic Quayside and showcased over 10,000 vintage pens and writing instruments. The show also offered visitors the opportunity to get free expert valuation of their heirloom pieces as well as free advice on pen restoration and repair.
The North East Pen Show featured exhibitors based both locally and internationally with collectors traveling from as far as Scotland and London to attend. As a locally based business we were thrilled to take part in the show and meet so many people who are as passionate about pens as we are at The Pen Shop.
This was a new event held by UK Pen Shows who own and organise five out of the six pen shows that are currently staged in the UK. UK Pen Shows are owned and organised by two friends who share a love of fountain pens. Jeremy Collingridge and Ian Williamson are both members of the Writing Equipment Society having both served the organisation as council members for many years. UK Pen Shows is a labour of love and the aim for each show is to make the experience as enjoyable as possible for both visitors and dealers. If you would like to learn more about the world of pens you can buy Art: Pens & Culture magazine Edition No 8 through our website which many collectors bought from us at the show.
The show was opened by local personality and Olympic torch bearer Claire Paczko. Claire has raised thousands of pounds on behalf of many various charities and she spends her free time helping Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Crisis and St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle.
We would like to thank everyone who organised and attended the North East Pen Show and we are looking forward to attending more of the UK Pen Show’s in the future.