Chapel Hill’s Timberlyne shopping center is home to one of the most unique shops in town: Crazy Alan’s Emporium. But what Crazy Alan sells there is anything but insane — in fact, it’s one of the most practical shops around!

Often presented as “North Carolina’s only independent discount office supply store,” Crazy Alan’s is home to specialized gifts, card, office supplies, pencils, pens, paper  and more! Having been in business for 20 years in Chapel Hill, Alan Cohen and his variety of premium pens, papers and gifts have become a Chapel Hill institution, attracting visitors from as far away as Alaska!

Listen below to hear Ron’s conversation with Cohen about some of the most expensive pens in the world, high-quality stationery for the discerning connoisseur and more! Cohen’s collection of fountain pens gets a great deal of attention, and ample art supplies to feed creative needs of Orange County and beyond make Crazy Alan’s the place to go when it’s time to get inspired!


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