Open Letters

An Open Letter to Lisa Frank

Dear Lisa Frank,

Oh my goodness, Lisa Frank! It is you! It is really you! I am so glad that my letter has reached out to you across the interwebs to the place of your Tuscon, Arizona Headquarters on Lisa Frank Ave – which, yes, you can find on Google (and probably Bing but I’m over Bing so I haven’t tried)!  I have so many things to say to you! Most of them are questions!

  • Who are you?
  • Are you a real lady?
  • Do you exist in the flesh or are you just the elusive figure of my childhood dreams? (And when I say childhood dreams, you should know that just two nights ago I dreamt I traveled to the Lisa Frank headquarters in Tuscon, Arizona, whereupon you greeted me on the back of a Pegasus named Magenta Sparrow River-Poodle with a bowl full of rainbow sherbet whilst an animated puppy painted my toenails iridescent turquoise. And you should also know that I am between the ages of 26 and 28).
  • According to his bio, Markie the Unicorn lives “in the clouds above the Fantastic World of Lisa Frank” in a place called “Airfluff Island”. Holy smokes! How do I get to this surely magical wonderland in the sky?
  • When will you branch out to apparel, but specifically for adult ladies, such as myself?
  • What is your daily drug regimen?
  • Can I visit you in Tucson, Arizona on Li sa Frank Ave?
  • What do you smell like? (I bet you smell kind of like a Strawberry Shortcake doll I got in a Happy Meal a few months ago – you know, like the slightly chemical but addictive scent of strawberries and artificial sweetener and a baby kitten and the residual foam that stays in the tub after you’ve drained your bubble bath? Like that.)

Oh Lisa Frank, I want nothing more than to be your real life acquaintance and to see where the magic happens! And in this case, I literally mean magic and am not making a reference to sex, because truthfully, that would be weird. And I may be weird, but I really like magic.  If I come visit you I will bring my diary that my BFF Amy gave me when I was in fourth grade so I can show you how strongly I still feel about the image of two kittens paling around in a Converse high-top, but mostly so I can show you how strongly I feel about you and everything the Lisa Frank brand means to me, after which I will make a strong case for why I should run your adult apparel division to reach out to the twelve-year-old girl inside of us all!

Please tell Markie I say hi and that I too like butterflies and dislike bullies and REALLY like discovering things and want to learn more about collecting stars.

Fondest Regards,



Featured Image via Lisa Frank on Facebook

  • Ashley Lynn Cook

    Oh, I ADORED Lisa Frank back in Middle and High School! I had Lisa Frank everything! I wrote in multiple little plastic lock LF diaries and have kept them all! 😀

  • Robin Karnes

    Holy buckets this made me laugh out loud multiple times. Truth!

    • Annie Stamell

      Oh good! Glad to hear someone else is laughing at my absurd sense of humor!

  • Katie Wall

    What a great article! Now I really do wonder if Lisa Frank is a real person. What/whoever she is, she is amazing.

  • Jenny Lazo

    oh my gosh, i loved, and still love, lisa frank! just the colors and the amazing way they came together make me so happy. i think i still have all my LF stuff in a box somewhere :)

  • Valerie Yvonne Huerta

    .-*’*-.-*’*-I LOVE LISA FRANK-*’*-.-*’*-.

  • Jessica Day

    My mom bribed me into getting my ears pierced at walmart by promising me copious amounts of Lisa Frank stuff. I collected specifically the puppies, unicorns, and pretty horsies.

  • Wilma Faye Inocencio

    i can still smell the plastic of my lisa frank trapper keeper! aaaahh, i miss my childhood! :)

  • Maria Quaratino-Fulton

    I too had a Lisa Frank diary when I was a little girl. I wish I still had it!

  • Mandie Mohrlock

    I would be ALL OVER Lisa Frank shirts for adults. I always loved the kittens, unicorns and purple painter pandas with their little cover-alls!

  • Mindy Fransen

    Yes! I’m not the only one.

    • Annie Stamell

      No way – there are legions of us!

  • Abigail Aguisanda

    I always keep a sleeve of stickers in my wallet just in case I need to Lisa Frank something (ie wine bottle display at Via Tribunali in Capitol HIll-Seattle, bathroom stalls, etc. ) 4EVER&ALWAYZ LISA FRANK!!!!!!!

    • Annie Stamell

      SHUT UP. I keep stickers in MY wallet too for pretty much EXACTLY the same reason. You never know when a Lisa Frank hologram will make someone’s day!

  • Trina Hernàndez-Estrada

    lisa frank & judy bloom dominated my pre-teen/teen years and boy am i glad it did.

    talk about major lawlz, thanks!

  • Jenna Keegan

    I have a Lisa Frank retractable pencil…on my desk…at work. If my coworkers can’t handle the stationary heat, they can get out of the kitchen, you know?

  • Amber Alvarado

    Should you get to meet with Ms. Frank (I assume she is not married, who could handle that much awesomeness) please tell her that every time I see a rainbow or hip hop crazy cool bears rapping I think of her and smile

  • Annette Gallego

    I live in Tucson and I have seen with my own eyes the fabled Lisa Frank headquarters… the site which undoubtedly has been the start of many a girl’s life long sticker / stationary addiction and I can tell you that amidst the sweltering hot desert landscape Lisa Frank HQ sits like a wonderful whimsical acid trip mirage where Panda Bear Cheerleaders and Ballerina Bunnies frolic on the wings of Swans inside it’s rainbow colored walls. Fantastic.

    • Annie Stamell

      Well this sounds like my dream voyage. I think I may need to make a journey to the Lisa Frank headquarters and document the entire experience. It sounds like a desert mirage! Rainbow walls! Acid trips! WOW!

  • Danielle Hampton

    I had NO idea the LF headquarters was in Tucson. I live about 4 hours north of there and you can bet your bottom dollar I’m going to be making a trip there. I can already imagine this huge, amazing Wonka-esque place. And guess what? I’ll get you some souvenirs too! <3

    • Anonymous

      Reading this makes my decisions easier than tkanig candy from a baby.

  • Rhea Isaacs
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  • Stevie Brown

    “Magenta Sparrow River-Poodle” made wine come out through my nose. Not as pleasant as one might think.

  • Trisha Zayco

    I still have my Lisa Frank sticker book from over 12 years ago!

    My favorite thing you asked: What is your daily drug regimen?

    WHUUUUTTT??? LOL. :)

  • Mallory Olson Olson

    Annie, I must say, I love this post. I live in Phoenix and am surprisingly tempted to make the short trip to Tuscon to see this magical place called Lisa Frank Ave. But Annie real reason I am posting is because I am very excited to find another astronaut ice cream enthusiast. When at science museums I cant help but buy as many packages as available. The clerk at the gift shop usually looks at me like I am trying to lure kids into a van but alas that is what us Astronaut ice cream enthusiast must endure.

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