Once upon a time, if my daughter wanted to visit an American Girl Doll store, she would have to wait until we went to visit Los Angeles, which is hundreds of miles away from our home in San Francisco.
But the doll gods took pity of her and other Northern Californian American Girl Doll fans and a brand spanking new store opened in Palo Alto, a 45-minute drive from our home.
I must say, I am very glad the store is not in San Francisco proper, since finding an excuse not to go ALL the time (like she would want), would be far harder to manage. The store itself is a fantasy land for little girls like mine. They can see Caroline, Rebecca, and Saige (the 2013 Doll of the Year) in their natural habitat surrounded by their belongings from clothing to pets to vehicles (and what little girl wouldn’t want Julie’s VW bug).
A journey to an American Girl Doll store, for those who have already dived head first into phenomenon, isn’t just walking into an everyday toy store. No, this is an experience. Not just for the dolls, the books, and ALL those itsy bitsy accessories, but for the lunch, tea service, doll hair salon and seasonal events. But one thing you rarely see is a grown man entering the store and embracing everything that the American Girl Doll brand has to offer, but that’s just what late night host and funnyman Conan O’Brien did.
Conan took it upon himself to spend the day at the American Girl Doll store in Los Angeles. He asked poignant questions such as whether the dolls from different eras could play together (yes) and if he could get alcohol at lunch (another yes, the American Girl Doll store does serve wine). He even dined with his own doll albeit borrowed and gave her a unique back story. And yes, hilarity ensues.
Check out the clip below:
Photo Source: YouTube/Conan