Our very own Karen got to take a pre-Grand Opening tour of the newest American Girl store in Seattle, Washington. The Grand Opening is this weekend – July 16 and 17th – and it will be exciting! Here are some of the photos Karen took today and be sure to come back over the next few days as we post even more!
Seattle is the newest home to the American Girl Store. Opening this Saturday July 16-17, this 12,500 square foot location is spectacular. I was lucky enough to be invited to the store for the “soft opening” and got to take advantage of a personal tour of the store. I had so much fun taking more then 145 photographs, talking with the staff and others on hand about the American Girl Store experience.
The first thing I noticed about the store is that it is all on one storefront level. Seattle’s store located in Alderwood mall is so well laid out and not one detail has been over looked.
The water fountain and reflection pond in front of the store has a “flying water” feature and it is spectacular to watch. The water fountain and pond were a gift to the store from the mall and has the Innerstar mark on the front of the fountain facing the store’s front entrance.
Water feature in front of the American Girl Seattle store.
Once inside the store the adventure begins with the book store a small intimate corner beside the Bistro. The Bistro is spacious and offers an ala carte menu starting at just under $5.00. The menu has something for everyone and I was assured that if you have any dietary concerns upon arriving the chef will personally make a visit to your table to discuss your options. It is highly recommended that you call ahead and make a reservation. The Bistro can accommodate up to 50 people at one time so book a head to avoid disappointment.
The Chandelier in the Bistro is so beautiful.
Beside the bistro is the party room that can accommodate a party of up to 14 girls. With an amazing throne for the birthday girl, crafts, games and a special wall mounted space for the girls to place their dolls during the party.
After the tour of the Bistro and Party room, I wandered through the Historical Doll section, Doll of the Year section and even had my photo taken by the wonderfully helpful staff.
Moving on to the Bitty Section, the babies and the twins have their own special spot in the middle of the store, a very welcoming place to wander through.
Then I moved on to the Just Like You doll section, that houses the most fantastically staged doll play scenes, like the new Stable and Supplies for horses. In person it is 100% better than the photos online. If you are a horse lover I highly recommend this set!
The most popular area of the store is sure to be the hair styling salon, where you can have your doll completely pampered from head to toe. She can also have her ears pierced while you are there and then have her hair styled professionally!
A great addition to the store is the Creatvi-Tees section where you can create a shirt for yourself and your doll. You can choose from many designs. Another option is you can make your doll, her own shirt to take home to remember your special day in the store.
I had such a wonderful time at the store “soft opening” and I know that this store is going to be very busy for the next few weeks for sure. So if you are planning a trip to the new Seattle store, plan ahead, bring a camera and do not forget bring your doll. Take advantage of all the store has to offer and have a wonderful time!
I look forward to sharing more with you next week.
By Karen of Karen Mom of Three