Wow! Last weekend when we went to New York City for a wedding, I decided to scope out the American Girl store for Mackenzie. Pretty incredible. The prices are steep but the experiential elements are high and the little girls who are shopping appear to be in total heaven. Definitely a shop to visit if you have little girls with you or one at home who is desperate to someday own her very own “American Girl.” The store is on multiple levels which include – besides all the dolls and accessories – a hair salon for the dolls, a photo studio, and a cafe & bistro for the dining reservation packages. You can even book parties too! Here’s the Doll Hair Salon! Be sure to warn your girls that ONLY the dolls will get their hair done. I’ve heard stories of little guests having tantrums during their visit over this confusing fact since the kids assume that they’ll get a new hairstyle along with their doll.
Kenzie does not yet own an American Girl of her own, but she has literally been obsessing over their free catalog for the past 2 months. Seriously, sweet Kenzie reads this catalog almost daily as she pines over the dolls and outfits while she plans which doll she’d love to someday possess. Her catalog is totally tattered and the cover is just about in shreds after months of heavy reading and perusing.Honestly, I think I would have paid almost $100 for this American Girl catalog given the amount of entertainment it has provided. (The catalog might actually be worth more than buying a doll in this case!) She asks me to read and recite bits of the catalog to her and on evenings when she can’t fall asleep, we let her read it in bed after we tuck her into bed. Chrissa, the “modern girl”, is the doll Kenzie is currently pining after. Her birthday is in October so we’ll see if Mom & Dad decide to splurge on an extravagantly expensive doll for her 4th birthday.