Now in its third generation, the Vanness family continues to serve central Arkansas. Orville Vanness could never be pinned down to a date for his original store. He began repairing razors in the Snodgrass and Bracy drugstore in the early 1930's. He quickly added on fountain pen repair. He dreamed of having his own name on a sign and sometime around 1938 he opened shop in downtown Little Rock. Orville passed his skills on to his sons. Together, Dennis and Van continued the family tradition with added locations and retail merchandise. Today, Orville's grandson, Mike, (Dennis' son) carries on the family tradition.
The "regulars" know that old parts to pens can be found in the shop area, and often enjoy tinkering with their pens while visiting the store. You can find a picture history of the family business on Facebook.
The people that keep Vanness going:
Mike - Grandpa Orville says Mike was working on repairs "helping out grandpa" before he could read. Part time engraver, part time pen man, and part time janitor. Find him on Instagram as Mr._Vanness.
Lisa - Occasional problem solver, part time pen specialist, sometimes social media "guru" and married to Mike. She handles marketing and buying for MOST aspects of the store. Lisa is left handed - and doesn't smear her ink. Known on Instagram as @justvanness.
Jasmine- A long-time Vanness employee who has worked with all three generations of the Vanness family, she manages the front of the store, helps the customers, and keeps inventory in check.
Ryan- Bringing a skilled photographer's eye and perspective, he takes the website product photos and styles the cool social media shots.
Truffle - The official Vanness mascot. Loves scratches, foam peanuts, and playing tug with blue rags.
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