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American Girl Store in Palo Alto, CA – Grand Opening 11/16-17! #AmericanGirlSF

by TerriAnn
New American Girl Store at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, CA Grand Opening 2013


Do you have a little girl (or boy) that likes American Girl? Or, are you personally interested in what the doll/book/movie brand is all about? Well, SF Bay Area, AG fever will be hitting us hard with the brand new American Girl store opening this weekend!

The gorgeous two-story building is located at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, just around the corner from Pottery Barn. Festivities for the grand opening on both Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17 will include:

  • All girls in attendance on Saturday (11/16) and Sunday (11/17) will receive a FREE gift.
  • There will be free craft activities available in the mall on Saturday and Sunday.
  • There will be live entertainment for guests waiting in line and in the mall, including face painters and balloon artists
  • American Girl will also have drawings for a Saige doll (valued at $110) on 11/16 and 11/17.
  • Purchase with Purchase Promotion – Get the exclusive Breakfast in Bed Set for $16 with a purchase of $50 or more. Available starting on November 13, 2013 through December 15, 2013 or while supplies last.
  • American Girl has also designated Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford as its grand opening benefit partner. AmericanGirl is providing funding to the hospital for various children’s programs.

**The earliest people can begin to line up is 7am on Saturday (for 9am opening) and 8am on Sunday (10am opening). No overnight camping is permitted.

New American Girl Store at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, CA Grand Opening 2013

Inside the New American Girl Store

Upon entering the store, guests are greeted by friendly staff members that are more than happy to give you a mini-tour or answer any American Girl-related questions you might have. The first floor includes all the historical dolls and accessories, books, movies, activity kits, and Bitty Baby items (15″ dolls designed as a ‘starter’ option for children ages 3-6). Also on this floor is the dedicate display for Saige, the 2013 girl of the year.

New American Girl Store at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, CA Grand Opening 2013

Even more fun is in store (pun intended) upstairs. This is where My American Girl, the bistro, and the salon are located. Salon? Yes, dolls can be brought to the salon to get a new do or if they need some serious hair help. Stylists are on hand to fix any number of styles shown in the salon catalogue. Or, dolls can have their ears pieced to sport some shiny new earrings. There is also a small area where girls can custom order matching shirts for both themselves and their dolls.

My American Girl is the contemporary part of the line. Using various skin tones, hair colors, hair types, and eye colors, about 40 different combinations can be put together a doll that looks just like your little one. There are pets, accessories, playsets, and accessories to make the new doll feel at home. I could not believe there was a pair of eyeglasses that looked EXACTLY like my daughter’s! Some outfits have a real-life counterpart and come in sizes 7-16.

New American Girl Store at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, CA Grand Opening 2013

The bistro is a quaint little spot to grab some refreshments with savory, sweet, and healthy options. Dietary restrictions are respected so those sensitive to certain food allergens can feel comfortable when inquiring about menu items. Dolls will get their own ‘treat seats’ to sit together at the table with the rest of their party. When it comes to parties or other special events, the bistro has a special section that can be reserved.

New American Girl Store at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, CA Grand Opening 2013

I’m sure this new store will be getting a lot of foot traffic, starting with the 10,000 visitors expected this weekend. Fans and non-fans will love all the options but be careful as it’s extremely easy to get caught up in buying it all! You can find more information on the American Girl website as well as the Stanford Shopping Center Facebook page.

Thanks to American Girl and in honor of the store’s opening, one of my readers will win their own American Girl doll – Saige, 2013 Girl of the Year and her book ($110 Value). Enter below and tell your friends!

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Debbie Jackson November 15, 2013 - 6:09 pm

We love Felicity

karen medlin November 16, 2013 - 6:24 am

My younger gal has Rebecca Rubin on her wishlist.

Rosey November 16, 2013 - 6:26 am

Molly McIntire is my daughter’s favorite American Girl doll.

Cory November 16, 2013 - 6:30 am

Addy Walker is our favorite.

Stephanie November 16, 2013 - 8:52 am

MY daughter has wanted felicity!

Alexa November 16, 2013 - 9:29 am

My daughter likes Molly McIntire 🙂

Kalian Schradie November 16, 2013 - 11:06 am


Maria Iemma November 17, 2013 - 5:38 am

My granddaughter loves Felicity but she would be very happy with Sage too.

Krystal Dunlap November 17, 2013 - 9:47 am

My oldest daughter wants Sage for Christmas. She also likes McKenna.

shelly peterson November 17, 2013 - 4:15 pm

I like the Josefina doll

Wendy Rozema November 17, 2013 - 6:18 pm

my daughters favorite is Saige

latanya November 18, 2013 - 5:20 am

I like Kaya

marian boll November 19, 2013 - 4:20 pm

Molly McIntire would be great

Margaret Smith November 19, 2013 - 7:05 pm

Felicity is my favorite.

Wehaf November 19, 2013 - 7:48 pm

I always loved Samantha!

Saige, 2013 American Girl Doll of the Year Giveaway | Just Sweep November 19, 2013 - 7:49 pm


April November 20, 2013 - 4:38 am

My daughter loves Molly!

john p November 20, 2013 - 7:28 am

nice 4 my grand daughter

chris hoey November 20, 2013 - 8:05 am

My granddaughter likes Molly McIntire

Christa November 20, 2013 - 10:08 am

My daughter would love this.

Heather Coddington November 20, 2013 - 10:13 am

we love elizabeth and kit

Cynthia C November 20, 2013 - 10:30 am

My favorite is Molly

Kimberly Kihega November 20, 2013 - 11:56 am

My daughter’s favorite is Saige!

Arlene Whitfield November 20, 2013 - 1:37 pm

My girls love Marie-Grace and Cecile! Thanks so much for the chance!

mod*mom November 20, 2013 - 7:34 pm

WoW TerriAnn you write very good posts with beautiful pictures!
My daughter and I were at the store Saturday and went back today to get her new doll.
I’ll pass on your post and giveaway links 🙂

Miranda Ward November 20, 2013 - 9:04 pm

My Daughters Like Caroline!

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Debora Cook November 20, 2013 - 11:28 pm

My Grand Daughter Loves them all…But if we had to choose it would be Emily..she is Beautiful.

Angie Bailey November 21, 2013 - 2:08 am

My niece and I love Kit Kittredge.

Ann Fantom November 21, 2013 - 3:41 am

My daughter likes the Kit American Girl doll

Terri Egelund November 21, 2013 - 7:08 am

My granddaughter would love Rebecca or Josefina.

Tabathia B November 21, 2013 - 9:57 am

she would love either addy or cecile

Nicole D. November 21, 2013 - 1:03 pm

My daughter’s favorite is Molly.

Danielle Jones November 21, 2013 - 2:13 pm

My daughter wants Saige and a doll that looks like her with light skin, layered brown hair, and brown eyes.

Tari Lawson November 21, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Saige is her favorite.

Katherine November 21, 2013 - 4:21 pm

My daughter loved samantha I think she might be retired now

Natalie U November 22, 2013 - 7:36 am

I like Rebecca the best.

Katie Roch November 22, 2013 - 7:54 am

Her favorite American Girl is Caroline.

HilLesha November 22, 2013 - 9:31 am

Addy has always been my favorite. 🙂

Terri Egelund November 22, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Definitely love Saige.

Christine November 22, 2013 - 4:09 pm

Addy Walker

Daniel M November 22, 2013 - 4:55 pm

She says she likes Saige

melissa Resnick November 22, 2013 - 7:30 pm

mine likes Saige

Rosanne November 22, 2013 - 9:08 pm

I like the My American Girl where you buy one to look like your child eye, skin, hair color etc

debbie November 23, 2013 - 4:37 am

Felicity has always been a favorite.

Maria Malaveci November 23, 2013 - 1:36 pm

Saige is her favorite. Would love to win it for
her for Christmas. She doesn’t have an American
Girl doll

Rebecca Lock November 23, 2013 - 4:56 pm

Felicity is my favorite.

Jen D November 23, 2013 - 8:11 pm

Would love to win Saige for my 8 yr old, we used to live in New Mexico!

Heather Smith November 23, 2013 - 10:42 pm

The first American Girl book my daughter and I read together was Meet Caroline. We are currently reading the Addy series. Because of this, I would say she loves Caroline and Addy, but she doesn’t have an American Girl doll yet. Honestly, she wouldn’t care which one she received if she were given one.

Mary Casper November 24, 2013 - 3:40 am

She likes Cathy

Beth B November 24, 2013 - 5:13 am

Saige is on my daughters list this year!!! She loves horses so when the catalog same in she said “mom i don’t want an American Girl Doll that looks like me, I want her” & pointed to Saige

shelly November 24, 2013 - 5:50 am

My daughter loves the bitty twins and I like Emily & Molly

Patricia Wojnar Crowley November 24, 2013 - 7:28 am

My niece loves Caroline!

Jeane c November 24, 2013 - 8:48 am

Julie Albright.. for my Collette

Laura J November 24, 2013 - 9:23 am

Oh she loves Caroline!!

april yedinak November 24, 2013 - 10:09 am

My little girl loves Cecile- I think it is the ringlets.

Lisa Weidknecht November 24, 2013 - 6:24 pm

Julie doll is my favorite!

Sandy Cain November 24, 2013 - 7:17 pm

Our favorite is Kaya! So lovely, so nice to see a Native American doll !

Tamar November 25, 2013 - 6:11 am

She likes Caroline. Or Kit.

Kristen November 25, 2013 - 2:39 pm


susan Cox November 26, 2013 - 8:08 am


Brandi Dawn November 26, 2013 - 10:26 am

Right now Saige is the favorite in the household! Bet we also love Bitty Baby!

kelli anderson November 26, 2013 - 12:32 pm


Monique Rizzo November 26, 2013 - 4:44 pm

My daughters favorite is Saige.
Thanks for the chance.
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The Mom Jen November 26, 2013 - 5:20 pm


Susan Chester November 26, 2013 - 6:02 pm

My granddaughter wants Caroline Abbot desperately!

richelle bowers November 29, 2013 - 10:51 am

sage is what my daughter likes

Ben G November 29, 2013 - 2:18 pm

Caroline is our favorite at the moment,

ReggieMann November 30, 2013 - 6:53 am

Favorite is Addy Walker

christine jessamine November 30, 2013 - 6:29 pm

I love felicity

Kevin E November 30, 2013 - 7:05 pm

My daughters favorite is McKenna

Nicole Brady November 30, 2013 - 9:48 pm

My daughter wants a just like me doll.

Heather B December 1, 2013 - 8:20 am

My daughter likes Marie Grace

Lanicsha Wynn December 1, 2013 - 11:32 am

my daughter likes Kaya

Melissa Alvarado December 1, 2013 - 2:26 pm

My little girl loves Emily!

Lauren E. December 1, 2013 - 2:34 pm

My personal fave is Samantha, but she was the doll I had as a young girl. My daughters fave is Saige

shawna December 1, 2013 - 2:44 pm

My daughter would like Julie.

Jeanna December 1, 2013 - 4:08 pm

My daughter likes Emily!

Crystal F December 1, 2013 - 4:16 pm

We like Kit! thank you!

katie k December 1, 2013 - 5:15 pm

Samantha is my favorite

Paula Hafner December 1, 2013 - 6:36 pm

We all love Kaya the most. She’s so pretty.

Lexi December 1, 2013 - 6:41 pm

Molly is my fav for sure!

Melissa Nagy December 1, 2013 - 7:20 pm

My daughters favorite is caroline.

Tom Lester December 1, 2013 - 7:28 pm

My girl likes molly

Hesper Fry December 1, 2013 - 8:40 pm

I like Marie-Grace,

Vikki Billings December 1, 2013 - 9:15 pm

Addie Walker is our favorite!

Richard Hicks December 1, 2013 - 9:23 pm

Our little girl would like Light skin, brown hair, blue eyes
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Andrina G December 1, 2013 - 9:30 pm

My daughter would love Rebecca!

Brian E. December 1, 2013 - 9:47 pm

Thanks for the giveaway… our daughter likes the Ruthie doll.

Sonya December 1, 2013 - 10:19 pm

She’d love Rebecca!

Priscilla P. December 1, 2013 - 11:50 pm

Cécile Rey

Lily Kwan December 2, 2013 - 12:12 am

My favorite doll is Ivy.

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