The origins of a little dream store

This story started in 2012, on a Sunday drive in Merrickville, Ontario. There she was, a beautiful seven foot metal giraffe standing in a storefront. I looked at her and was mesmerized. I said "STOP! she's beautiful, I have to have her!" Even though I lived in a small apartment at the time, I'd find a place. My future husband, Frank helped me take her home to Ottawa, and I named her Frangelica.

Note that the urban dictionary defines Frangelica as:

1. Anything that is extremely cool, exciting, fun and unique
2. To embody something that is great and wonderful
3. To embrace a new appreciation for life's little treasures

Since that first shared experience, our love of statues has grown overwhelmingly. Animal statues in particular bring us such joy every day! We realized that many of these items are not available in Canada, and decided to start our own store. Kim provides inspiration, energy and creativity. Frank runs the business.

Frangelica still describes our personal criteria for adding items to our little dream store, even if it is a little difficult to spell and pronounce! In 2019, we moved our home and business to the wonderful province of PEI and rebranded as Maritime Tropical Decor and Statues. Many local people slow down or stop by to say hello when they see our life size giraffe, 14 foot palm tree, solar torch lighted boardwalk, and various unique animal statues in front of our dream home, just steps away from a beautiful beach on the Northumberland Strait, with an incredible view of the Confederation Bridge. Our house, as well as our life together, remains true to our original slogan: "just a slight left off the paved road". And we still love it!

Enjoy the website and all of the treasures it may bring into your lives!

Kim & Frank

(Founders of Maritime Tropical Decor & Statues)

... and oh yeah, Frangelica! She's still with us, standing guard.

The giraffe statue that inspired a dream store