I called the store the next day and spoke with Bob and Marilyn. They confirmed the rumor; they were indeed closing on Friday at three o’clock.
We were in shock at Exaclair. The news was received like the loss of a family member. The store closing not only represents a great customer that is gone, but a place we referred people to all the time, since we knew they would be taken good care of, and could not find whatever they needed with pens, inks and stationery. It is the loss of an iconic institution – a must-stop for visitors to New York. I shopped at Art Brown. I’m not sure who can take their place – if it’s possible.
The folks at Art Brown were wonderful people. I will especially miss Warren and Marilyn. Along with Sam Fiorella of Pendemonium, Marilyn was my go-to person for any pen problem or ink question.
The closing of Art Brown also represents one more loss for a way of life–people who write with a fountain pen, and everything that brings and means on many levels. That is probably the saddest in some way, to see a way of life diminished, and people and an institution who embodied it disappear.
I am so sad for them, for me, and everyone.