American Girl Boutique and Bistro


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If Samantha, Addy, Felicity and Josefina are everyday words at your house, a trip to Atlanta won’t be complete without a visit to the American Girl Boutique and Bistro. Located at the North Point Mall in Alpharetta, the store is on the North Carolina side of Atlanta, so it’s very convenient for Charlotte-area moms.

Last spring, five of us, two mothers and three daughters, made the journey. We stayed right around the corner from the store at the Embassy Suites, which made it very convenient for us.

So convenient, in fact, that we were able to arrive when the store opened at 10 a.m. Our pre-planning paid off: We were first in line to make “hair appointments” for our dolls — we had already made a reservation for lunch at the bistro (the latter is an absolute necessity if you want to guarantee you’ll have lunch there).

We left our dolls in the hair salon and were told to return in about 30 minutes if the girls wanted to watch the styling. The hairstyle choices varied based on the length of the doll’s hair. Our girls spent $20 or less on each doll to have braids, ribbons and curls — they were very happy with the outcomes.

We shopped before and after our doll hair appointments. The boutique is set up with displays of the history dolls and their stories, along with videos playing to help educate those unfamiliar with the dolls, It was so great to see the products — we’d only catalogue-shopped before. The store carries a rotating selection of the company’s popular dolls, outfits and accessories, as well as a variety of its best-selling American Girl books.

At lunchtime, the entire Bistro atmosphere was fabulous! The girls received menus for themselves as well as for their dolls who were seated in chairs that slid into the sides of the tables. They also received star-shaped cookie cutter napkin rings that doubled as bracelets for the dolls.

The Create Your Plate menu offers choices from items that are Mom-approved. We all chose our own appetizer: Warm Spinach-and-Artichoke Dip, Warm Pretzel Bread, Very Veggie Platter and Chicken Satay; main event: Grilled Chicken Alfredo, Ham-and-Cheese Panini, Chicken Tenders and Picnic Time; and side: Green Side Salad, Steamed Seasonal Vegetables, Homemade Sweet-Potato Crisps and Fruit Salad. Each had a very sophisticated presentation and healthy items such as broccoli or fruit skewers. Lunch was reasonably priced at $13.50, plus tax.

The boutique had very nice party rooms, beautiful cakes for the birthday girls and a great soda-fountain type bar (you can have lunch here, also). Dessert was the highlight of our meal because we splurged on a 3-foot-long banana split for all to share, and the girls giggled with delight when it was delivered to our table!

After lunch, we did a little more shopping in the mall and returned to our hotel. Embassy Suites in Alpharetta offered a free, full-service breakfast and a manager’s reception for the moms, which we figured we’d need after a day with three girls and their dolls. It also had an indoor heated pool, which was great for the girls.

American Girl Boutique & Bistro
North Point Mall
1202 North Point Circle
Alpharetta, GA 30022
1-888-777-0010
Americangirl.com

Embassy Suites
5955 North Point Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(678) 566-8800
www.embassysuitesalpharetta.com

Meal Prices
Brunch is $13.50 per person, plus tax.
Lunch is $14.50 per person, plus tax.
Dinner is $14.50 per person, plus tax.

Store Hours
December 1–30
Mon–Fri: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sun: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Bistro Hours
December 1–30
Mon–Fri: 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sun: 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Special Store Hours
December 24, Christmas Eve:
Store: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Bistro: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
December 25, Christmas Day: CLOSED
December 31, New Year’s Eve:
Store: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Bistro: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
January 1, New Year’s Day:
Store: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Bistro: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Store hours are subject to change without notice.

Sharen Swintek is a Huntersville mom and former Charlotte Parent staffer.

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