Goodbye, American Girl Seattle

Did you heard that the Seattle American Girl store closed? Sadly, it’s true. We went one last time to say goodbye to American Girl Seattle and it was even sadder than I thought it would be.

For almost 10 years now I’ve been sharing our adventures from the American Girl Seattle store, and this week we went there for the very last time. We were so sad when we heard our beloved store was closing, and there were real tears this week when the American Girl Seattle store closed for good. It truly is an end of an era for us.

Goodbye American Girl Seattle

Our home away from home at American Girl Seattle

I’m not even a little ashamed to admit that when we walked in the door of the Alderwood American Girl store, it was a little bit like Cheers. Everyone knew our names, only in this case they knew what dolls were our favorites instead of our drink of choice. The store employees literally watched our kids grow up.

Our oldest was only 2 years old when we toured the store for its grand opening celebration back in 2011 {see the post we did about the American Girl Seattle grand opening back in the day}. In the years since we first walked the store almost 10 years ago, we have attended numerous parties, made it to most of the craft days, taken part in media events, done special shopping hours, attended all the summer book clubs, and even attended movie releases there.  

Goodbye American Girl Seattle

Two things to note about us: We aren’t casual fans, and we make friends everywhere we go.

Here’s where it gets *slightly* embarrassing. We once went a few weeks without coming in and the staff and management talked amongst themselves about how worried they were. When we did finally walk through the door, we were greeted as if we had been gone for years.

Then, a few years back, I missed an event and the manager personally emailed me and asked if I was coming in soon so she could save me a few things in her office. The American Girl employees had become our friends throughout the years, so now we’re mourning our beloved store AND the fact that all of our AG friends aren’t just down the street from us anymore.

Goodbye American Girl Seattle

It still hasn’t fully sunk in that we can’t just pop into the Seattle store whenever we want.  We’ve been to the mall once now since the store left, and it was definitely hard on all of us. Thank goodness we can still order online at AmericanGirl.com and have our favorites shipped right to our door, but this was a really hard blow in a really hard year.

Goodbye, American Girl Seattle. We will miss you and all of your amazing staff.

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