The American Girl phenomenon started after I was out of the target demographic. If you are unacquainted with the force that is “American Girl” let me tell you it is quite an enterprise. You can purchase a doll exactly to your specifications, skin tone, eye color, hair color etc. Then of course they have every possible outfit and accessory a little girl could imagine. Then there are the books, t-shirts, key chains and various other “American Girl” branded items.
I braved the crowded New York storefront in search of a gift for my youngest sister Gabby. I must say I had a mixed feeling of awe and nostalgia as I explored the 4 floors of the store. I would have loved to spend an entire day in this place if it had existed when I was a little girl.
Well, the American Girl store not only sells dolls but it also has a Café. Imagine getting tea service in this type of wonderland with your American Girl dolls. Now imagine being able to get GLUTEN FREE tea service. That’s right, if you call the café in advance you can get tea sandwiches served on gluten free bread, accompanied by gluten free scones, cookies and sorbet for dessert.
There are currently American Girl Stores in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. Just the thought of a little girl being able to feel “normal” while eating gluten free with her American Girl warms my heart.