August 20, 2007 at 6:56 AMWhen I was a small child, my mom and dad, with the best intentions, took my worn, over-loved Raggedy Ann to...."the beauty parlor." Whenever she got rather ragged, in fact, she would go to the beauty parlor and come back looking "good as NEW..." This happened on a regular basis.
Since the age of about four, I've wondered about the dolly beauty parlor. I've harbored a strong suspicion that no such thing actually exists, that my parents were, in fact, stashing away the old Raggedy and giving me a new one.
I now humbly must recognize that the dolly beauty parlor DOES indeed exist. It's at The Grove mall in LA, and it's called, "American Girl Place." I went there with my daughter and her two dolls. They got their hair done. Check it out, I took pictures. Dolls DO get their hair done.
They also really do have tea parties.
It's a truly strange world, but at least now something does make more sense to me. Mom and Dad, I'm sorry I doubted the dolly beauty parlor.
My daughter was concerned over a rumor that they would simply pop off the dolls' heads and put on new ones, so she guarded this whole "beautifying" process very carefully! Fortunately, each doll kept its head.
I did not bring Raggedy Ann. She's been through enough!
I'm now convinced they were all at the beauty parlor!.
Yes, the same wooden girlfriend you heard in Pasadena. The same one that used to belong to Boris Goldstein.
And I was going to say, what a couple of dolls!
Santas Workshop is actually in the Adirondacks, at the foot of Whiteface Mountain in North Pole, Ny. Santa lives there all year in an alpine village with rides and treats for all the children. Its really cool! www.northpoleny.com
Emil, incredible story!
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