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'Village People' prepare to close up shop

Original post made on Aug 8, 2019

Village Stationers, a family-owned stationery store with locations in Menlo Park and Los Altos, will be closing its doors on Aug. 17 after 53 years in business.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 8, 2019, 10:09 AM

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Posted by Jes' Sayin'
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Aug 8, 2019 at 11:43 am

Wasn't there a Village Stationers on Castro Street at one time? Or what was the name of the stationery store there on the west side of the street?


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Posted by Max Hauser
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 8, 2019 at 12:43 pm

Max Hauser is a registered user.

The closure is symbolic, change-of-era. Trends that started long before e-commerce did. Survival of Village Stationers even THIS long is remarkable, unusual.

Within memory of most people living, every local business district in the Bay Area had its neighborhood stationery store -- sometimes two or three (if many offices or schools were nearby). One was here in MV on Castro Street. Most gave way in the '90s to stationery chains (larger but less accommodating -- McWhorters, around here), and those in turn to the big-box "Office" chains.

Neighborhood stationers sold business envelopes in six or eight incremental sizes (they could enclose each other in turn) -- now you're expected to use one standard size that the big-box planners deem worth carrying. Manila envelopes in even more sizes and shapes. Lots of custom orders for rubber stamps or printed stationery. Rolls of tickets for school fairs and fund-raising raffles. Even (in the old days) ditto masters [remember those?], in many colors, even sold individually. Helpful staff who could explain standard paper and envelope sizes, or what "wove" and "bond" paper meant (try asking at "Office XXX" sometime!)

These shops went the way of the neighborhood pharmacies with soda fountains (once ubiquitous), and the little appliance-repair shops (still around but relegated to lower-rent strip malls).


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Posted by sherber
a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 8, 2019 at 2:55 pm

A very sad day. I have a special place in my heart for small independent stationery stores. It always brought me great joy to visit them whether in CA or Chicago or wherever I happened to be. But the times have changed. Wishing the best to Hoctor and all of his family and staff.


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Posted by Jes' Sayin'
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Aug 8, 2019 at 2:56 pm

Hey, thanks Max!
(I seem to recall you once worked at Sun Micro..?)


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Posted by Max Hauser
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 9, 2019 at 9:27 am

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Jes: No, never worked at Sun. You might be thinking of someone else. (I did use some of their products.)


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