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The American Girl stores provide a unique experience

American Girl Store General Manager Koko Polk with Lexie Galvez chat about Caroline.
American Girl Store General Manager Koko Polk with Lexie Galvez chat about Caroline.
Photo courtesy of Larry Galvez.

American Girl is the perfect store to shop, dine, and play. A trip to the American Girl store in the Falls or one of its other locations, is a guaranteed adventure for girls. Grandmothers holding their granddaughters’ hand, enter the fascinating world of American Girl through the double doors at the entrance. They join other shoppers: mothers, daughters, aunts, and nieces, and families,walking around, exploring the large store with its many displays illuminated to highlight the exquisitely made dolls. Teenagers are spotted at the register, purchasing new dolls for their collection. Girls stare with admiration at arrays of accessories that range from a simple tee to a canoe.

American Girl employee Anthony Lee with Lexie Galvez.
Photo courtesy of Larry Galvez

Every year a new doll is introduced. Each doll represents a period in history and has her specific hobbies and personality. Each American Girl is also accompanied by a book revolving around her character. The special features given each doll enhance their uniqueness. Saige is the American Girl for 2013. She loves art and her horses. Saige has long hair, green eyes, and freckles. She is an avid horseback rider. Saige’s horse, hot air balloon, outfits, and extra accessories can be purchased separately.

More than 143 million American Girl books and over 23 million American Girl dolls have been sold since 1986 and the stores have welcomed over 54 million visitors. It is evident that American Girl is a successful story; the first dolls were first manufactured in 1986 by Pleasant Company, which was founded by Pleasant Rowland. In 1998, Pleasant Company became a subsidiary of Mattel, which has maintained the original concept, to the delight of its ever growing fan base.

American Girl offers hairstyling services for the dolls. Professional American Girl hairstylists work on the dolls’ hair in a realistic hair salon inside the store. Your daughter’s American Girl needs curls for a special occasion? Your niece would like her American Girl doll’s hair braided? The American Girl salon has it covered. Appointments need to be made, unless you want to chance being a walk-in.
By now, you and your companions might be feeling a tad hungry. The in-store American Girl Bistro offers a varied menu to satisfy everyone’s palate. You might want to start with an appetizer and then try the savory Bistro Burger or the delicious Herb-Roasted Salmon with Lemon Beurre Blanc. The menu is subject to change and will be reviewed in a forthcoming article.

American Girl stores offer special events on a monthly basis. The American Girl Brunch with Santa is being offered among the events for November and December. Reservations are required and may be made at 877-247-5223.

Girl provides girls with memories they will treasure forever. Visiting the store is truly a priceless experience.

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