The Buchan family opened Buchan’s Kerrisdale Stationery in 1957. Sixty-three yeas later it is still going strong and has become one of the neighbourhood’s oldest retail stores.
Inna Vasilyev became the proud owner of the shop in 2012. From her travels and visits to gift trade shows, she brings new trending products to the store while maintaining Buchan’s legacy that customers have enjoyed over the years.
Inna’s dream came true when she had the opportunity to purchase the well-established business.
Buchan’s is a large and well-stocked shop with everything your heart desires in the realm of stationery and beyond. You can easily lose track of time browsing the rows of boxed cards, beautiful journals and agendas, calendars, tea towels, body care products, backpacks, umbrellas, wallets and novelty gifts which are only the tip of the iceberg.
When was the last time you received a card in the mail? In a time of technology where computers and smart phones prevail as communication tools, it is refreshing to walk into Buchan’s and see beautiful stationery and cards. If you are searching for a writing implement, Buchan’s carries an impressive selection of luxury and designer pens, fountain pens, rollerball and ballpoints, multisystem pens, pen sets and propelling pencils.
Buchan’s has been the neighbourhood’s go-to stationery store for generations.
Students visit the store for art supplies, pens, markers, rulers, glue sticks, large sheets of coloured card stock, notebooks, and much more.
In the children’s section you will find wonderful imagination-based toys such as doctor’s medical kits, play tape recorders, cash registers, magic kits, and for the budding chef, a wooden sushi play set. Activity books help stimulate children’s minds, along with puzzles, stacking dolls and wooden blocks.
Celebrations are a breeze with the plethora of supplies Buchan’s carries. It’s party central with a huge selection of napkins, candles, balloons, gift-wrap, tissue paper, ribbons and bows. Inna mentions Meri Meri’s supplies make a birthday party memorable.
Some of the other brand names Inna is proud to carry include Lamy, Secrid wallets, Hugo Boss, Rossi Stationery, Cavallini & Co., Semikolon, Leuchtturm, Moleskine, Vera Wang, and many more. Make a note, if you are looking for Bar/Bat Mitzva greeting cards, Shabbat candles, menorahs and religious gifts; look no further than this one stop shop.
Do you live out of town or simply aren’t able to get to Kerrisdale to visit in person? Buchan’s has recently ventured into the world of e-commerce and their newly redesigned website is rich with ideas.
Inna says, “Buchan’s is a one stop shop for yourself, your family and your loved ones.”
As a busy proprietor, and like many small business owners, Inna dedicates long hours each day to running her shop. In her free time she likes to read, take Zumba classes at the community centre and travel. She also enjoys strolling through the neighbourhood with a coffee and browsing in the charming shops.
Inna is deeply grateful for her staff and their contribution to the business. She is extremely appreciative of her loyal and supportive customers. She likes to give back to the community by supporting local fundraisers. She enjoys participating in events hosted by Kerrisdale Business Association and was honoured to be awarded third place for their 2019 festive winter window display.
Hearing people’s reactions when they step inside Buchan’s for the first time is always satisfying for Inna. It’s music to a shop owner’s ears to hear how unique their business is, and Buchan’s is indeed a very special place.
Buchan’s Kerrisdale Stationery & Gifts
2141 W 41 Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6M 1Z6