Mighty Life List
Jun 3 2008

The Regional Assembly of Text

This little store was one of the most magical things about Vancouver. It’s a gift store devoted to the love of text. They’ve collected many local zine-type publications, and there’s a couch at the front where you can type a letter on an old school typewriter if you buy stationery there. Best of all, on the first Thursday of every month, they host a letter writing club complete with tea, cookies, and typewriters. These are my people.

Also, I’m in love with the wall of file cabinets at the register. I’d love to make a faux wall out of old cabinets. It would be a great way to block off a cozy office in a large space, and an even better way to store my ever growing collection of magazine tear outs.

63 Responses to “The Regional Assembly of Text”

  • Katie Says:

    Thanks for posting about this! I love it.

  • robyn Says:

    my favorite thing for magazine tear outs? page protectors in binders. i have loose organization by things like “knitting patterns”, “bath and beauty”, “yoga”, fashion”, and “home” amongst others, and i can just grab them off the shelf and flip through them any time!

  • daay Says:

    OMG I would love to be part of letter writers club. I wonder if I could make a meet-up and if other people would join.
    I might have to add this to my list.

  • HoweverAlthough Says:

    Oh wow…is this what heaven will be like? I hope so.

  • Alayna Says:

    heaven is called vancouver… can you tell I live on main street? :-)

  • sarah Says:

    waaaaaaah! i was in vancouver this march and i had no idea this existed! :(

    between this store and tojo’s—i know where my next vaca will be.

  • misstraceynolan Says:

    That is so awesome!

  • laura Says:

    I love this store! On my first visit, I think I actually flapped my arms in excitement.

  • Jill Says:

    ooh..I’m glad you were tipped off to Main St and this little wonderland. Seems right up your alley.

  • Spatula Says:

    That sounds so wonderfully quixotic! I love that someone would start a store like that. I’m sure it does fine, but there is something so impractical-sounding about it, it makes me happy that someone would even try it as a business.

  • andee Says:

    ohhhh! this is one of the shops I miss most since leaving vancouver. Thanks for the reminder. You did well to find this hole-in-the-wall on your first foray into vancouver(& canada)…I always thought it was a hidden gem – but then, I guess finding the coolest of the cool is kinda what you do, huh?

  • Lauren Says:

    What a great idea! I’ve always wondered what the heck to do with my magazine tear-outs. Thanks!

  • Steph Says:

    I want to decorate my entire house like this photograph…

  • rebecca Says:

    too cool…this is on the list the next time I’m in Vancouver!

  • daisy Says:

    This is fantastic. Thanks so much for posting about it. Much to my regret I left Vancouver five years ago. The silver lining is that the grandparents are still up there, babysitting and a vacation!

  • elliebiscuits Says:

    What a great place! I like the idea of letter writing sessions. It really is a lost art. I just started a blog and incorporated a letter writing section into it. Haven’t written any letters yet (maybe I’ll write one to you!), but I did use your 100 Words idea. I’m having so much fun with it. Thanks!

  • Rachae Says:

    I also sort my magazine pull outs in protective sleeves in binders!! Hooray for the obsessively organized.

    Great story, I miss snail mail.

    http://www.illusivejoy.wordpress.com

  • A Whole Lot of Nothing Says:

    I so wish I was a better writer just to take advantage of that store.

  • Sandi Says:

    This is just one of the many cool places I have yet to check out in my neighbourhood. I walk past it but I wouldn’t try to get my twin stroller through the door. Glad to see that you got to explore my neighbourhood!

  • beebs Says:

    little gem, ain’t it? it’s in my neighbourhood and a constant source of unique gifts and cards. i’ve documented to, too http://www.flickr.com/photos/beebs/75932136/

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  • kerry Says:

    Ooh! I have been pining to go to that shop since I saw some amazing letter my sis got as a gift….Soon I will take a break from my three boys, hop in the car and coast all the way down to Vancouver for a “me” day. Shopping in Whistler is rather sad…I have almost given up. http://www.snickerdoodles.typepad.com p.s. We did a great Eco post regarding TED last week…Cradle to Cradle…

  • Denise Snakard Says:

    Awesome shop-!! I know a young couple who used an “ancient” typewriter of a relative and had it as their Wedding Guest Book. Everyone typed in messages and their names. Later to be put all in a book. So unique.

    Denise
    http://discountdesignerfabrics.blogspot.com/

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