In July, I had the honor of being one of American Girl’s Parent Partners to help promote the “Shine on Now” project. This charitable initiative “harnesses the collective power of girls to help others in need. Through Shine On Now, American Girl is calling on girls across the country to help the company give $1 million in clothes, books, dolls, and money to the following four organizations: Kids in Distressed Situations, Save the Children U.S.A., National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions, and National Wildlife Federation.” I am pleased to announce that through the help of young girls and the Parent Partners, American Girl reached the goal!
Last week, I traveled to New York City for BlogHer 2010 and I was invited to the American Girl Cafe for lunch on Thursday and again to meet several other Parent Partners for brunch on Sunday. Because I have never been to an American Girl store, I could not wait to see what it was all about, and I was NOT disappointed.
Walking in to the store, it is hard not to feel like a little girl. I was immediately enchanted by the rooms of dolls, accessories and clothes. As I explored the store, I stumbled upon the Doll Salon. Did you know that you can bring your American Girl doll and actual hairstylists give your doll a brand new ‘do? You can even get your doll’s ears pierced! I absolutely HAVE to take my girls back!
As we ventured to the Cafe on the third floor (yes, THREE floors), I started to realize that visiting the store is more of an experience than “normal shopping.” And when I entered the cafe, it was like stepping into my daughters’ dreams. There was pink to the right, pink to the left, hair bows and flowers on the table, dolls to play with and lots of yummy treats. Of course, I had to get the full experience and select a doll to sit with me. Ok, I know I am NOT five, but you just can’t eat at the American Girl Cafe and NOT play with a doll, right? I realize that we probably looked quite strange, but I had a blast. Until…….
Cecelia’s doll had a little accident….oops…..
Thank you so much, American Girl, for hosting me at your wonderful store. After meeting the dedicated professionals who represent your brand and the other Parent Partners, I am honored to be a part of your “family.”