UPDATE: We are sad to report that COVID-19 led to the closing of Georgia’s American Girl store at North Point Mall. The closest American Girl store to Atlanta is now the Charlotte, NC location. The following information is from our visit to the Atlanta location in 2015.
I live with three guys. I’m swimming in a sea of testosterone on a daily basis. So, when Alpharetta asked me to come visit and check out the American Girl Atlanta scene, I was game! It meant pink sheets, high tea and plenty of “girl talk.” I fell in love with the dolls! Samantha is my favorite; her motto speaks to me.
“I’ve never met a tree I couldn’t climb, a rule I couldn’t ruffle, or a friend I couldn’t help.”
Here are our favorite ways to experience the magic of American Girl.
Shop Georgia’s only American Girl Store
Georgia’s only American Girl Store is at North Point Mall in Alpharetta. It includes a large library area, with books and movies; a doll hair salon; the American Girl Bistro and shopping space galore!
Take Afternoon Tea at the American Girl Bistro
We visited for tea in the afternoon, tasting finger sandwiches, mini hotdogs, fruit kabobs, yogurt cups and so much more. While you wait, make a tiny American Girl craft to take home — and don’t forget your hair tie..it’s around your napkin! Food comes served so sweetly on a tiered tray and is followed by heavenly dessert like mini cupcakes, sugar cookies or chocolate mousse. With so many weekend birthday parties, afternoon tea is only served on weekdays. I recommend making a reservation. At $13.50 per person, it’s well worth it! As promised, here’s a little about Sue’s visit to the American Girl Atlanta store at Northpoint Mall with her niece. All I can say is…Thank goodness they didn’t have an American Girl Boutique and Bistro when I was young. I would want EVERYTHING and my mother was not the kind to spend money on dolls clothing, especially at those prices. But I bet she would have splurged, especially for a special occasion like birthday parties or maybe as a holiday gift. We visited for my niece Kate’s birthday. Although I think can be a bit expensive, I do like American Girl. They’re great role models for little girls and I’ve heard rave reviews about the books. We shopped at the American Girl boutique (so many fabulous items), and ate at the American Girl Bistro (it was very tasty). I love how you can get a seat and drink at the Bistro table for your doll. Pro Tip: If you don’t have your own American Girl doll yet, you can invite one of the dolls at the restaurant to join you for lunch.
Visit the Doll Hair Salon
If your doll needs a special do (or if that ponytail is so “yesterday”) then bring them by the Doll Hair Salon. Prices range from $10-25. Example styles are displayed on the wall for you to choose from. “Extras” at the salon include doll ear piercing, a hearing aid and a special pamper package with a mani-pedi for your doll. Advanced reservations are not accepted, so come by early, especially on a weekend. This is a fantastic way to experience the American Girl Store without buying another doll!
Other American Doll Store Locations:
You may find something just as fun in a city near you. Here are the other American Girl store locations:
- American Girl Store NYC
- American Girl Chicago
- American Girl Dallas
- American Girl Houston
- American Girl Tysons Corner (Washington D.C.)
- American Girl store Los Angeles
- American Girl Palo Alto (San Francisco Bay Area)
- American Girl Orlando
- American Girl Miami
- American Girl Charlotte
- American Girl Columbus
- American Girl Nashville
- American Girl Seattle
- American Girl Canada
Disclosure: Thank you to Alpharetta CVB, Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta and the American Girl Store in Alpharetta for hosting me. The opinions here are all my own. #keepingitreal