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2. Yoseka Stationary
4806 41ST ST., SUNNYSIDE
Only a few months old, Yoseka Stationary
is a breath of fresh air off Greenpoint Avenue
in Sunnyside, supplying high-quality
stationary items that go well beyond pens,
paper and pretty planners.
“Stationary is more than just pens and paper,”
owner Neil Ni said.
“You use it to organize your desk, and
your life. You can make it your own style,
whether fun or cute or classic. We want
people to feel happy when they use anything.”
He walked us through all of the giftable
items at the store:
The Perfect Travel Journal: If you have
someone in your life who has a trip coming
up, get them a journal that was designed
specifically with traveling in mind. Yoseka
is well-stocked with Traveler’s Company
Notebooks, from a Japanese company that
creates leather-bound travel journals with
different changeable inserts you can swap
out depending on the trip, and choose the
organization and layout style you like best.
There is a size specifically made to hold a
passport as well ($42) as well as the traditional
size (ranging from $50-60).
Fountain Penning, for Beginners or
Experts: One of the first things you’ll
notice as you enter Yoseka is the wide selection
of fountain pens. There are pens
specifically for beginners ($13-28, from a
range of brands), if you have a friend who
is just getting into penmanship or calligraphy
(which they offer classes for as
well!). If you know someone who already
loves that writing style, there are beautiful
copper and brass pens from Taiwan
design shop ystudio that change over
time due to finger contact on the metal
(for around $70), and even a pen custom
designed in a unique color designated to
Yoseka that is made to order from Japan
for $140 (from Sen Handmade).
Desk Design: If you’re gifting someone
who’s career-driven or an entrepreneur
(you know, those people who feel like their
desk is their happy place), you can find
their next beloved item at Yoseka. HMM
Scissors ($45) are sleek and have a magnetic
base so they stand upright, and are
a two-in-one item with a box cutter as well.
There is also a wide variety of both professional
and more fun, quirky pens ($2-3) to
add to their pencil cups.
Local Creations: Yoseka also carries
unique items from Queens-based artists.
Check out the custom ceramics from Miwa
Neishi (ranging from $35-85) and adorable
cat cards from Ping Hatta ($5.50 each), on
Instagram and in the shop.
Photos courtesy of Matted LIC
Photos: Claire Leaden/BORO