Our Story


The idea for Essex Duck was hatched as a distraction from inescapable political discord following the 2016 election. Shortly after the inauguration, I purchased a rubber duck on impulse and sat her on my desk. I named her Penelope, after the wife of the hero Odysseus in Greek mythology. The story is told that Penelope—when an infant—was rescued by ducks after being thrown (by her father) into the sea.

Sitting on my desk, Penelope came to my rescue. This single yellow rubber duck was like a ray of sunshine in what seemed to be an ever-darkening world. Within hours of purchasing Penelope, I announced to my husband and daughter we were going to open a rubber duck store. After all, I reasoned, if one duck casts a ray of sunshine, what light might thousands shed?

Penelope now sits surrounded by thousands of ducks from around the globe.

We call Essex Duck our happy place. A place free from the cares of the world—where zombies, politicians, rock stars, and others coexist in unbiased harmony. A place most aptly described by one of our younger visitors as, "The best place ever."

Our tagline, “Peace, Love, and Rubber Ducks,” resonates with visitors to Essex Duck—both online and in the store.

We hope you can join us in our happy place on your next visit to Essex, a quaint New England village on the Connecticut River and home to the historic Griswold Inn, the Essex Steam Train, the Connecticut River Museum, and Truffle Shots chocolatier* (winner of 30 International Chocolate Awards).

Until then, we hope you will enjoy perusing the website and acquainting yourself with some of the many diverse and colorful characters we've come to know at Essex Duck. If you find something you like on the website, we'll send it migrating your way as soon as possible.




* In the spirit of full disclosure, we are also the owners of the Truffle Shots chocolate store in Essex (another happy place). See more info at truffleshots.com