Jon and Liz Chan opened the Wonder Pens Stationery Shop in 2013. Years earlier, Liz's first fountain pen, a gift from Jon, sparked a dormant lifelong interest in stationery, that resulted in a never-ending hunt for the best and hardest-to-find stationery products from Japan and around the world.
Liz's closets and cupboards began overflowing to the extent that Jon saw there was no choice but to open a shop.
First located at 906 Dundas West, a tiny shop in Little Portugal, the shop quickly grew to be packed to the rafters with boxes and inventory, along with some of our favourite customers. With increasing interest in analogue tools, slowing down to write by hand, "lost" arts like calligraphy and physical correspondence, and especially with the arrival of baby Caleb in 2014, the shop began its hunt for a larger space.
In the spring of 2015, the shop moved to its current location, at 250 Carlaw Avenue, Unit 105, in the vibrant Leslieville neighbourhood, taking on new team members as well as shop cat, Chicken.
The shop now offers calligraphy workshops, special events, and a monthly Letter Writing Club (the second Thursday evening of every month, from 7-9pm), and free Introduction to Fountain Pen workshops for new writers.
Micah has been a great addition to our team, doing many things that only she can do, along with helping Liz with photography and special projects. Best of all, Caleb enjoys sitting next to Micah on the bench while she works at the table.
Danielle is the hinge upon which our entire operation swings, as she keeps our coffee pot running. Her interests include Japanese fountain pens, Russian literature, and Canadian music. Danielle handles much of our customer service in the back and keeps us organized.
Derrick is a fan of all things DIY- his past creations include notebooks, pen rolls, and time machines. He also enjoys board games, accounting, photography, and more coffee. Derrick works in our warehouse and shipping operations, getting orders out the door, and managing inventory numbers.