American Girl Opens In Novi, MI - 3 Things To Love {review}

Thanks to Twelve Oaks Mall and American girl for this review opportunity. I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own. Others may have a different opinion or experience.



If you live in or around Novi, Michigan, I'm sure you've heard of the American Girl store opening in Twelve Oaks mall.  (And if you haven't, don't worry. You have permission to be in the know now)

American Girl is in the Mattel Brands family and has been around since I was a girl. They have beautifully made dolls and accessories for girls aged 5 and up. But believe me, this brand is not just about the dolls. They've always been about celebrating girls in their differences and creating memories that are built around each girl at an individual level. 

The store opening at Twelve Oaks Mall is a temporary store, closing in January. 
---OK, I saw that pouty lip you just made. Don't worry. If we flood the store with sales this holiday season, we have a good chance at getting them to build a permanent spot for us. (Shop, shop, shop!)

ANYway, my girls and I made an afternoon of visiting the store before the grand opening and we're so excited to share our 3 favorite things from our visit. 

1. Wellie Wishers! 
Photo by Amy Clary

Photo by Amy Clary
My Sunshine Girl, Mikki, is crazy about the Wellie Wishers. These are made perfectly for her (almost) 5 year old hands and play along perfectly with her imagination. She loves all the dolls but would like to get Willa next. (She has Camille.)

When she was shopping in the Wellie Wishers part of the store, I thought we would have to stay there the rest of the day. She loved playing with the doll house and checking out all the little accessories. Of course, she wants everything. LOL
Photo by Amy Clary

Photo by Amy Clary

Photo by Amy Clary

Photo by Amy Clary
Photo by Amy Clary
Little Mikki was so excited when she got to pick a box of accessories for Camille. She made sure to play with it as soon as she got home, too. In the box was a mermaid tail for Camille to wear, a little plush seahorse, and a treasure chest to hold a sea shell, an hour glass, & a message in a bottle. She's been carrying around her treasure chest all afternoon. It's so sweet to see.


2. Lea Clarke, the 2016 Girl Of The Year

There is a whole section dedicated to Lea and all her fun outfits & accessories. Eliana brought her Lea doll along so this was especially exciting for her.  And? She found Lea's Sloth was in stock so she made sure to grab it up and bring it home. (Is anyone else living with a sloth-crazy girl since the release of Lea? lol)

Photo by Amy Clary

Photo by Amy Clary

Photo by Amy Clary

Photo by Amy Clary

Photo by Amy Clary
3. The Doll Hair Salon

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After we paid for our things, we were asked if the girls' dolls could be used for a bit of practice in the doll hair salon. They excitedly agreed and loved every moment of choosing the hairstyle and ribbon color for each doll. With big smiles and anticipation building, they waited for the finished product. 
Oh, I wish you could have seen their little faces when they saw how beautifully the dolls' hair turned out. 

This is something they want to do again, but next time I think we'll make it a real pampering day for all of us. We learned that the dolls can also get their ears pierced and/or nails painted as an add-on for the styling. Our idea is to get the doll's hair styled and nails painted and then go get our own nails painted. It's a great idea, right? (Hey, I'm all for it.)

Photo by Amy Clary

Photo by Amy Clary
OK, enough of looking at my photos. Go to Twelve Oaks Mall and make your own memories with your girls (Or nieces, or granddaughters, or god-daughters, or your friend's girls...). The memories are right there waiting to be made and the employees in the store are waiting to greet each little face and make her feel like SHE is the star.

Photo by Amy Clary
And if you're looking for even more fun for little ones, check out the Summer Fun Thursdays in the mall. American Girl is one of the sponsors for this so I'm positive it will be worth checking out.


~Amy

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