Vol. LXIII, No. 14
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
ALL YOU NEED: Even though were a small store with 1,000 square feet, we have a great selection of items. Office products, inkjet cartridges and toners, printer paper, photo paper, pens, pencils, note pads, labels, binders, etc. to name just some! We really have all you need. Andrew Mangone, co-owner of Hinksons, The Office Store, stands beside a display of ClaireFontaine notebooks.
Hinksons, The Office Store at 28 Spring Street, is a true Princeton tradition. Independently-owned, it is one of the towns few remaining genuine family businesses.
Co-owners (and cousins) John Roberto and Andrew Mangone actually grew up in the store. Mr. Robertos father, the late Bert Roberto, purchased Hinksons in 1960 from original owner Harold M. Hinkson. A much smaller operation in those days, the shop offered newspapers, greeting cards, and a small selection of writing supplies. As time passed, the merchandise greatly expanded, and the store became an essential resource in town.
After many years on Nassau Street, Hinksons moved to Spring Street nearly four years ago, and this has been a good location, says Mr. Mangone, who operates the retail business.
We have been very pleased. Spring Street has a nice mix of stores and businesses. There are a lot of walk-in customers new ones as well as the long-time regulars. Theyre all ages, including high school and Princeton University students, business people. Everyone.
Customers look at Hinksons as a convenience store for the town for office supplies and more. They can come in and get things quickly. Also, for parking, they can go into the parking garage, and the first half-hour is free. Were just next door, and were also right by the library.
Hinksons website offers 200,000 items, he adds, and if customers call the store before 5 p.m., we can have the item in the store the next day.
Once inside, customers will find a treasure trove! It is simply fun to browse, says a regular customer. There are just so many cool things all the basics, but in fun colors, designs, etc. And they also have a great selection of new and different greeting cards.
There is really just about anything one could want or need in the area of office and school supplies, as well as social stationery. The most popular items are really pens, journals, and office supplies, reports Mr. Mangone. They are a very big part of our business.
The pen selection is huge every style, color, type, size, and price. Lamy pens, Fisher space pens, Cross, Pilot and Pentel pens, among many others; fountain pens, ballpoint, rollerball and gel pens, brush pens for artwork, pens with different points, calligraphy pens, also mechanical and drawing pencils, and dont forget the handy hi-liters all these and more are available.
Hinksons offers every type of notebook, journal or pad to write on, says Mr. Mangone. Moleskine journals, lined and unlined, and all types of notebooks are very popular. We also carry them from ClaireFontaine, Quo Vadis, and Exaclair. All these are in demand, especially with students.
Yellow pads are not just yellow anymore! They come in a variety of colors, including pink, blue, gray, and white, and assorted sizes.
Righties and Lefties
There is also high quality social stationery from Cranes, leather organizers and diaries from Charing Cross, as well as Filofax organizers and refills.
Batteries, binders, binder clips in different colors, file folders, wallet inserts, résumé paper and envelopes, Post-its. custom rubber stamps, sheet (paper) protectors, mailing supplies, rulers, staplers, rubber bands, glue, Scotch Tape, scissors (for righties and lefties), and traditional composition notebooks are in full supply.
Or perhaps you need a clipboard, calculator, paper cutter or shredder, and reading glasses to bring everything into focus Hinksons has them all. Supplies for printer and fax machines? Absolutely. Inkjet cartridges, fax and toner cartridges, and a small computer section with mouse, cables, surge protectors, etc. are all on display.
Prices at the store are across the board, with items for $1, $2.50 for a box of 12 pens, to $100 for a special fountain pen, and all prices in between.
We also match Staples on prices for inkjet cartridges, points out Mr. Mangone. In addition, we try very hard to use recycled products as much as we can. For example, copy paper, letterhead, binders, notebooks, and our pens are made of 80 percent recycled materials.
He is proud of Hinksons long-time success, which is due in large part to quality products, personal service, a helpful, knowledgeable staff, and loyal customers.
Employees like our weekend manager Lou Paredes have been with us a long time, says Mr. Mangone. And we also have a very good customer base that continues to support us. People just like to come in and look at everything.
I really like what I do, he adds. I like the people and everything about the job. Now, were looking ahead to the economy turning around, to getting past the construction for the new buildings across the street, and seeing them completed. We are very encouraged, and we look forward to continuing to serve Princeton businesses and residents in the community.
Hinksons is open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 12 to 4. The store is closed Sundays May through August. (609) 924-0112. Website: www.hinksons.com
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