Pencils Down: Famed LES Purveyor of Graphite Bows out Next Weekend
The quirky Lower East Side pencil shop, CW Pencil Enterprise, has reached the end of the line.
The so-called “purveyor of superior graphite,” which spent the last seven years pushing pencils of all persuasions, first on Forsyth then Orchard, is down for the count. Yet planning a final farewell for this weekend.
Ownership announced the closure on Instagram last month, noting that the pandemic was the culprit. Last day at 15 Orchard is October 17.
“It’s become apparent in the past two years that the right way, under these circumstances, just doesn’t pay the bills,” owner Caroline Weaver said in the post. “What’s more, after seven years of exploring every nook and cranny of the pencil world, I’m ready for something new.”
“We’re choosing to treat this as an ending, not a failure, and as a celebration of a really wonderful thing that got to exist in this vibrant city. It’s been an honor to be a small piece of the retail fabric of NYC.”
Founded by Weaver, CW Pencil Enterprise opened at 100-102 Forsyth Street in 2014 and became a formidable cult hit. However, flooding and mold infestation due to building renovations forced the business to relocate to Orchard Street in 2017.