Disclosure: This post was sponsored by American Girl Doll Brand. They were so generous and gracious to allow us to visit their temporary store location in Washington Square Mall, and they gifted us a doll. As always, all opinions expressed are my own and I only work with brands that I love and adore on this blog!
“You run a tight ship!” a lady knowingly said to me in the grocery store one morning. In truth, I do. I don’t always get to say yes to my boys, I’m playing the long game. My niece came to visit this weekend, and it was her birthday weekend. She turned seven, and has been working and saving tirelessly to get her first American Girl doll.
Around the time we were planning our trip I heard a rumor that our local (amazing!) mall Washington Square Mall would be hosting a temporary American Girl store. I knew we’d have to go! There is so much magic in American Girl stores. Every American Girl doll store I have ever been into has this innocence and wonder throughout. Iris, one of the store’s employees, was just marvelous! She spent time explaining the back stories to most of the dolls in the store. Your first AG doll is a huge decision! I have always loved Kit, so it was hard for me to remain objective! I wanted Piper to pick her dream doll, but a small part wanted to live vicariously through her. I can’t in good conscience say who had more fun, me or her. I think I touched every toy on display in there. The store was so cute, empowering, and did I already say cute? I loved that they had something for EVERY little girl. I noticed science kits, diabetes kits, outfits for girls with broken bones. In general, this was one of the most special things to be a part of. I’ve said it many times on this site, that I didn’t get to look forward to things often as a child. I remember checking the books out from the library in my childhood city, and praying someone would ride a train through that small Appalachian town to deliver me an American Girl doll. When I got older and developed an affinity for romantic comedies, I began to fantasize about telling the story of yearning for one of those dolls to a special suitor and he’d surprise me with one when he proposed. Fans of the movie, Santa Clause, I know you feel me on this one.
Needless to say, from the moment Piper expressed an interest in an American Girl doll. I knew I had to be a part of it. I’m happy she allowed me to be a part of this special day. The American Girl temporary store in Washington Square Mall provided us such an experience! It was beautifully lit, bright, welcoming, and joy was abounding in that place! I urge you to make your own magical this holiday with one of the most timeless and inspiring gifts. (or get your wife the American Girl doll she never got as child..)