I'd never thought I would ever like going to J. Press because the J. Press on 44th St is so sterile. I was wandering around Cambridge on Fri and I found that the J. Press there to have much more character. The salesman was nice and helpful with suggestions. I always felt unwelcome at the 44th St store. Stonestreet was also pretty nice too. Unfortunately I was chronically poor in college and could never actually afford anything. I was thinking of finding Drinkwater's but didn't want to wander around Porter square in the rain trying to find it (at least I think it's in Porter Square). Oh yes, I overheard a conversation that the salesmen are told not to sell to Japan by phone in order to maintain the pricing in Japan. They will sell things to them when they come in person, just not over the phone. So it appears it's not just Vass with such arrangements.