Day 15: Walk through American Girl Place

September 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

Today we took my parents downtown to The Magnificent Mile. While walking through the mall in Water Tower Place, we stopped at the American Girl store, which we had been told was particularly extravagant. Little could prepare me for what I saw within those walls. Pink everywhere. Dolls with every shade of skin imaginable, hair cut and styled in every way conceivable. You can even get them with braces or head gear. These dolls cost a full $95 each, but their ridiculous price does not keep out the customers. The store was packed. Dizzy, I stumbled to the back of the store, my vision blurred from the excessive amounts of pastel and flower print, right into the  midst of American Girl City.

The city is complete with a clothing store, snack bar, doll hair styling studio, doll hospital, and doll restaurant. Doll hair cuts cost $20 each, and are certainly the fastest route to spoiling your child rotten. Dolls sit in miniature salon chairs as stylists work their magic. Next door, dolls in wheel chairs with hospital gowns sit in the window of the doll hospital, where I assume you take your doll if it has been damaged in some way. It wouldn’t have surprised me to hear that they had an American Girl gynecologist on staff. Then there was the restaurant:

The menu is composed of gourmet macaroni and cheese, milkshakes, pasta, and the like. High chairs are provided for your American Girl doll to sit at the table with you. This four course meal costs $21.

To add to the absurdity, Stephanie took a photo of the American Girl bathroom. Enjoy?

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