This is a stationers situated in Edinburgh University territory, which I imagine ensures it a good trade. And rightly so, because it is well-stocked and sells a really nice selection. Some of the pens and notebooks are pricey, but there is usually cheaper options. However, they have a range that vastly exceeds just your standard stationer. I personally have to pay them a visit at least a couple of times a year to stock up on my favourite pen. This is the only place I know always has them and I hate writing with any other (.... it's a Pilot G-tec 0.4 if you care!).
Brown: The Stationers is a great little stationery shop next to Surgeon's Hall in Newington. Whilst it will no doubt receive competition from the Rymans that has opened just down the road, I think it should hold its own with the wide range of services it offers.
Back when I first visited this shop, it was just a stationers, selling the normal range of stationery and office equipment. They have since branched out into providing food and coffee, as well as computers with an internet connection plus WiFi. So, it now combines the idea of Starbucks with Rymans to provide the facilities of both! It's unique in this sense, so far as I can tell.
Back when it was a pure stationery shop, it was never lacking in reasonably priced stationery, and I expect this to have continued. It remains to be seen as to whether they are trying to do a bit too much in the one place. Give them a go, and see how successful or not they are.
It is a big stationery shop with a small cafe area at the bottom of the first floor, usually self-service and full of students with laptops using the free wi-fi connection. The second floor is a computer room, where customers may browse the internet, scan or print. These services are not expensive, however, in order to print out only you will have to use a pc and pay for it, which does not make it very attractive deal. I used the computer room a couple of times, the speed of the connection sometimes is annoyingly slow. Some of the stationery items are a bit pricey compare to Tesco Metro products, for instance, so I am not sure that they are making a good profit. Moreover, there is a constant sign that the shop is looking for part-time staff, I suppose the owners hire mainly students.
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