It’s been sensational on Station Street!


photographed by Julie Linnekin

When I first saw the space that would become TT Patton on Station Street, my idea for a little stationery store started to feel like a reality. Now that we are marking down our inventory and selling some of our furnishings, the reality that we are leaving this sensational location at the end of September is sinking in.

We have made many memories in Barrington. If you have ever been to the room “write under the stairs” you will see some of these memories literally drawn on the walls. We spent many summer weeks with 3rd through 8th graders crafting poetry, posting letters and even writing and performing screenplays.  We will miss the laughter (oh the stories these whimsical walls could share about young students) while filling fountain pens for the very first time.


Between writing camps with your children and calligraphy lessons with local artists, selecting your cherishes Christmas cards, wedding invitations and the stationery that speaks to your personality, or finding the perfect pen and journal to tell your story–TT Patton hopes it has inspired as many stories as it has selfishly enjoyed over the last decade. The friendships made while sitting on those Asian high chairs have forged relationships inspired by the simple joy of writing.

The shops of 60010 have been a network of support. We were pleased to be a member of such a wonderful group of proprietors.  Some of you have shared your joys and your fears of small business retail all while offering strategies for longevity in challenging times.

Graphic Image Leather Accessories

photographed by Tim Seed Photography

But you know that TT Patton will never really be gone.

… and it really won’t be! Our virtual store will soon expand for all your stationery needs, and personal consulation for custom orders like wedding invitations, fine personalized stationery and corporate giving is available by appointment only in Chicago.  And stay tuned… because you might find us at another location soon, but just a bit further west of the Mississippi river.

As we leave this storefront in Barrington it opens up for something new and wonderful to come. So, stop by 123 East Station Street while it’s still home to TT Patton for 50% off all of our in-store products–pens, cards, journals, etc. And in case you want to take a larger piece of the memories home with you ask about our furniture pieces that are marked for sale, too.

It’s been sensational on Station Street and writing in Barrington for over a decade has been a blast.  We hope you feel the same and invite you to share your favorite TT Patton memory.  So long….for now.

It’s National Fountain Pen Month!


TT Patton has declared August National Fountain Pen Month, and in order to celebrate our love for fine writing instruments as well as our appreciation for our clients old and new, we’ll be offering complimentary fountain pen cleaning.  If you’re looking to renew your fountain pen to its former glory, bring it in any time from August 1st-31st and we’ll get it flowing again.

Seeking Inspiration? Come Write With Us!

What’s in a Summer with TT Patton?

This June, our young writers have found inspiration in just about every nook and cranny of Barrington–from trees, flowers, and statues in Memorial Park to the examples of classic American poets like Emily Dickinson, all the way back to 17th century Japanese poet Basho.

Elliot wrote proudly in the first-person about the fallen police officer behind the statue.

Elliot wrote proudly in the first-person about the life of the fallen police officer behind this statue

Keeper of the World by Abby Monk An Amazonian Dragonfly Sitting on the enchanted tree Calling to the wonders of the galaxy He makes the wind on the ocean he creates the majestic wind on the breeze peace peace peace to the world please

“Keeper of the World”by Abby Monk:
An Amazonian dragonfly
Sitting on the enchanted tree
Calling to the wonders
of the galaxy
He makes the waves on the ocean
he creates the majestic wind on the breeze
peace peace
peace to the world please

Something about the rhythm of Langston Hughes sparked something in 6th grader Cayden, who wrote a piece mimicking the structure and theme of Hughes’ “Dreams”:

Cling to dreams
for if dreams die
life is like a mean kid
who only lies

Hold fast to dreams
hold on tight
for if you lose them
it’s like being lost
in a room with no light


3rd grader Abby fell in love with our ink blot activity, incorporating images of autumn trees and magical dragonflies into her original poem, “Keeper of the World.”

Roll-the-dice haikus, poetry walks, story structure activities, and classic journaling and letter writing, all composed with the writers’ very own fountain pens, have kept the TT Patton kids both creatively busy and inspired for their weeks of camp.  Our July screenplay writing programs are certain to do the same, set to feature plenty of collective writing, plot practice, and character development games!

Amazed by what our junior poets and authors have achieved? Sign your young ones up to come and write with us in one of our July or August summer camps!