(As of 9 August 2014)
The site has been minimally maintained over the past few years. Spammers and other bots have taken a toll, not just on the content but also on undue load on the server. This is changing. The site is being moved to a new server with advanced caching in a content delivery network. There are pros and cons but it gives me more latitude to filter out the bad traffic and make it easier for the people who really want to use the site to do so.
This means that over the next few days (or weeks) I'm going to be doing a lot of maintenance on the database, optimizing the site, and updating content. When I update the database from the development server it can overwrite changes made in the meantime. For the time being I recommend not updating or adding content. If you really want to or want to help in cleaning up the content, contact me in advance (user splicer on Fountain Pen Network) so that we can coordinate our efforts.
I really appreciate everyone's time and effort and I'm very anxious to make sure that time and effort is not wasted. Thank you for your patience.
So, with that in mind…
Welcome to penshops.info, the directory of pen shops everywhere, at least so long as you keep adding locations! It's easy: Add your favorite pen shop, or comment on other listings of shops you've been to. The more information we have, the better a resource this site becomes.
If you want to find a shop near you, try these:
- Directory by country, state and city
- Location Search (click on "advanced search" for options)
- Advanced/Brand Search (click on "advanced search" for options)
- browse around the interactive map
Also, here's a list of all the stores in the directory, sorted by time the entry was modified. This can be useful to check on an entry you've added or edited.
The site is in the process of being built (how 1995!) so forgive some incomplete features. In particular, the location search is not functional (though it was until recently so i think I can get it fixed soon). I haven't figured out quite how to handle the brands for which the stores are dealers. Don't let that stop you from adding stores.
Note: The issue with the seller directory not permitting exploration past countries with no listed states or provinces has been fixed. Thank you for your patience.
Thanks for checking out the Pen Shop Directory!