Kaien Office Essentials


What began as a small, home-based, specialty ink and toner sales business has grown into a 2,000 square foot retail facility stocked with a comprehensive range of office supplies. From wall to wall you’ll find everything you need to outfit your business or home office, from pencils to printers and calculators to computers. Kaien Office Essentials’ mission is to provide the best selection of computer and printer supplies in the northwest at competitive pricing. Kaien Office Essentials carries most every major printer and computer brand in store and accepts special orders for anything not in-store. Guests will also find an array of office and school supplies, office furniture, audio-visual equipment, marketing materials and consumables. Kaien Office Essentials offers computer repairs and Internet access.

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Meet Karen Haynes

Meet Karen Haynes

Karen Haynes is an independent spirit and always dreamed of owning and operating her own business. Her venture into small business began when she started selling re-manufactured toner and ink cartridges door to door. It quickly became evident to Karen that Prince Rupert residents and business owners needed greater and easier local access to quality office supplies. By 2000, Karen obtained retail space and opened a full-fledged office supplies store. It has grown steadily since then, prompting a move to a bigger location in 2007, and Karen is thrilled with its success and grateful to her regular local customers who have been so supportive throughout the years. She considers it a privilege to help people find solutions or product that fits their needs, even when that means getting called at home in an emergency when the store is closed.

Karen was born in Prince Rupert and feels deeply connected to the community. Connections are easy to make here, she notes. She meets a lot of people through her business, but even on the streets and sidewalks, people take the time to make connections. "People smile and say hello all around town, even if you don't know them," says Karen. It is one of the best parts of Prince Rupert living, although the amazing outdoors is pretty great too. Add to it the fact that you can find everything you want or need, including the fabulous waterfront trail, all within minutes of anywhere in town, and it makes for a wonderful quality of life.

Karen is a grandparent who loves spending her time outside of work with her kids and grandchildren. Cooking and baking are also big hobbies of Karen's, and rumor has it that, if you happen to come into the store at just the right time, you might get to sample some of her home-made goodies.

227 1st Ave E
Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1A7


Monday to Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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