Recently, Mr. Three Staples and I made a short trip to Vancouver, BC, Canada, and here I'd like to show you some photos from our favorite spot, Paper-Ya.
This wasn’t the first time we visited this stationery store, and we’re happy to report we still love it! It’s on Granville Island, with plenty of other small stores nearby to browse (not to mention a public food market!). I’d say their vibe is similar to Paper Source here in the US; their selection is a mix of both Western and Japanese stationery brands, sort of like Maido or Kinokuniya. True to its name (ya in Paper-Ya means “store” in Japanese), they have large, loose sheets of papers in a variety of textures, as well as wrapping papers and tons of notebooks and journals. It’s a small-ish store packed with stuff, but the space is well laid out and easy to navigate.
We first fell in love with Paper-Ya because they carried some Japanese brands not often found in our local stores, like Delfonics and Hightide. We were happy to see them again this time. Actually, that was the main goal of our visit: to stock up on Delfonics Rollbahn spiral notebooks (I wrote in depth about them here). At $8.95 CAD each, they were still a bit pricey, but we figured with the current exchange rate, it was a lot better than paying the US retail price ($15 USD at East Dane, for example). We bought mostly the L size (comparable to B6 size) but they had a variety of other sizes. Side note: they also had Midori MD Paper notebooks and Traveler's Notebooks.
If you have a chance to visit Vancouver, we highly recommend Paper-Ya. It’s the sort of shop we wish was in our neighborhood.