Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Visit to the newest American Girl Store

American Girl Comes to Northern California

Ask any girl young or old about their American Girl Doll and watch their face light up. Since the first catalogue debuted in 1986, American Girl has provided inspiring products for each stage of a young girl’s development—from her preschool days of baby dolls and fantasy play through her tween years of self-expression and individuality. Through an array of premium-quality books, dolls, clothes, toys, and accessories, American Girl has earned the loyalty of millions of girls and the praise and trust of parents and educators. Now the magic of American Girl has come to Northern California with it’s newest store debuting in the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto opening its doors to the public on Nov. 17.

My family and I were lucky enough to be given a special sneak peek at their magical new store. This brand new retail experience boasts a sparkling, two level 15,000 square feet retail site and features a fun, casual environment where girls and their family members and friends can shop for their favorite American Girl products, enjoy lunch and dinner, or an unforgettable dessert in the Bistro where table come complete with high chairs for doll companions. Don’t have your favorite doll with you-not to worry! The store has American Girl dolls that you can borrow for your visit to the store.
The store is definitely tops in full service for the doll lover in us all. In the new Palo Alto store, we found our old favorites from the company’s historical and contemporary lines, along with a wide selection of outfits, accessories, Dress Like Your Doll clothing as well as the best selling books. 

Beyond shopping, girls who want to treat their dolls to a new look can visit the Doll Hair Salon, where they can treat their dolls to a variety of salon services from a new hairdo to pampering to pierced ears.  The Creativi-tees boutique offers girls a chance to create their own stylish tee shirts for themselves and their dolls.  Girl-friendly events and activities based on the American Girl characters and award-winning books will also be available throughout the year.  Having a birthday? American Girl will be happy to help you celebrate the magic of the day in their special party room.
This weekend the store will be offering a wide variety of activities to celebrate their Grand Opening

Grand Opening Information: November 16-17

To reduce guests waiting and observe fire-safety regulations, a ticket system will be used for American Girl Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto grand-opening weekend.

It is recommended to park in parking garage #2
Each person (including children) who wishes to enter the store will receive a ticket with an assigned group number.
Ticket distribution for Saturday admittance begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday, November 16.
Saturday tickets are valid for Saturday only.
Ticket distribution for Sunday admittance begins at 8 a.m. on Sunday, November 17.
Sunday tickets are valid for Sunday only.
Lining up prior to 7 a.m. on Saturday, November 16 and 8 a.m. on Sunday, November 17 will not be permitted.
Overnight camping is not allowed on property.
When the store opens each day, groups will be announced in numerical order for admittance through the American Girl entrance adjacent to California Pizza Kitchen.
You can shop or dine in Stanford Shopping Center until your group number is called, or, should you have a Bistro reservation, you can come directly to the Welcome Table as check-in is allowed two hours prior to your Bistro reservation time, whichever comes first.
Ticket Alerts: Text Messaging will be available providing updates on current group numbers being admitted; details on text messaging will be available onsite.
Signage: 22x28 signs will be located throughout Stanford Shopping Center, providing updates on current group numbers being admitted.
Event staff and security officers will also be able to assist with information on what group numbers are being called.

For those not in the Northern California California_Bay Area, fear not, there are 16 American Girl Doll located throughout the country.  What is American Girl? It’s the celebration of every girl’s potential. American Girl invites each and every girl to dream, grow, aspire, create and imagine and through their dolls, books, outfits and accessories help them embrace who they are today, and what they may become tomorrow.  Shouldn’t this be the dream for every girl? 

 Special thanks to Stephanie Spanos of American Girl for giving our family this exclusive preview of what is sure to become one of our newest favorite outings and for making us feel so welcome.

Gayle is a Disney Gal that loves churros for breakfast, still gets giddy with delight at the first sight of the “Disneyland next exit sign”, loves the overwhelming emotions and memories that come with each and every return to the Happiest Place on Earth and dreams of one day being the Captain of the Jungle Boat. To learn more about Gayle, click here

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