File puptcrit/puptcrit.0803, message 135


Date: Thu, 06 Mar 2008 19:50:03 -0500
To: <puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] American Girl store in Los Angeles


Smiling, I have been to all three, Alan. But I have a daughter who like me
loves dolls (and puppets, too......). Unfortunately, the original concept
has become way too commercialized. However, my daughter uses her energies to
create historical scenes down to the finest detail. I am always impressed by
her scenes and think she should do something sometime in scenic design.
Walking into her doll room, it is like going into a museum......so, it isn't
all bad. 

Mary H. 


On 3/6/08 7:20 PM, "Alan Cook" <alangregorycook-AT-msn.com> wrote:

> I just got around to visiting the  Los Angeles American Girl Store..lovely
> lighting, lots of space, escalators & elevator  between 2 floors, and inflated
> prices. There are just a few of these elite stores (thank heaven).
> 
> Wherever there are nouveau riche customers, there are vendors.
> 
> Frankly I would rather spend my money on puppets of consequence and
> artistic/historical value.
> 
> The American Girl offers a hair salon for dollies, matching wardrobes for Doll
> and Girl, and faces on dolls which look very similar except for skin tones.
> Well, the hair comes in dfferent colors and lengths. You get matching story
> books for specific dolls (terribly empowering if you buy the sales pitch) and
> there is a cafe and a show room/theatre.
> 
> You can buy doll beds (four poster with variations), other doll furniture,
> dolls for dolls, dogs & cats for dolls, party tables for doll teas  Some items
> are available for short times (impetus to buy now) and some dolls are
> available for just one year. It is a controlled market like collector plates.
> 
> Now that I've seen it, I can say I've seen it.( I got dragged there---so now
> its off the list.)
> 
> Frankly I get more from a museum visit.
> 
> ALAN COOK
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mary Horsley
> Sent: Thursday, March 6, 2008 3:55 PM
> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Fwd: $3000 birthday party
> 
> To top that, my daughter just showed me an American Girl site that told
> about a $30,000 slumber party one could arrange in the penthouse of the
> Palace Hotel in NYC. And yes, no puppet show there either!
> 
> Now, that is ridiculous.......
> 
> Mary H. 
> 
> 
> On 3/6/08 9:02 AM, "Susan Wall Kronenberg" <susan-AT-carouselpuppets.com>
> wrote:
> 
>> 
>>> 
>>> From: Peter Kronenberg <pak-AT-carouselpuppets.com>
>>> Subject: $3000 birthday party
>>> 
>>> http://www.sptimes.com/2008/02/24/Hillsborough/One_year_old__one_lav.shtml
>>> 
>>> What!  No puppet show?
>>> 
>> 
>> 
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