Submitted By Michelle
The Spirit of Los Angeles bronze statue created by De L’Esprie stands majestically at the center of The Grove
I love it when a plan comes together and thankfully my front row friend Carrie makes things happen. Carrie is from Michigan and has only been on the West Coast for two years. She likes to find new and fun things to do and driving long distances never stops her. A while back she suggested that we go to the American Girl Store with Celeste and Samantha (or Sis as we like to call her) who despite being 18, still enjoys doing girly things with her mom. Carrie and Sis have shared happy memories at the American Girl Store in Chicago and this was a chance to start them again with another little girl, Celeste.
The only American Girl store near to La Quinta is located at The Grove in Los Angeles. The Grove is an amazing outdoor shopping mall in the heart of LA.
It is like a Disneyland for shoppers with it's vast array of stores, piped in music and trolley car that runs up and down the main street. It is also a great place to sit and people watch. Many TV and movie stars are often spotted at The Grove so we had our Celebrity Radar up and lo and behold, who should we bump into but none other than Joshua Jackson (a.k.a Pacey from Dawson's Creek or more currently, Peter Bishop from the Fringe) at Sur La Table! I was behind him in the line for the cashier and he struck up a very brief conversation with our group about a small dog that was being carried around the store like a baby by it's owner. Ah, the small joys of shopping amongst all the beautiful LA people.
The Grove is adjacent to the L.A. Farmer's Market so we were able to go there, too! The food stalls were packed with people but we navigated our way around and found a Starbucks since Linda was having a hankering for a black tea lemonade.
Celeste and JunieLunch started with warm cinnamon rolls that were delish. Also on the table were pink flowers which Celeste adored and a box of conversation starters that included such topics as, "What is your favorite book?" and "Do you find call-waiting to be a nuisance?"
Sis and her doll Samantha
For the most of the day we called Celeste's doll Dollie because she did not have a name and Celeste had never bothered to give her one. However, by the end of the day, we all decided that she should be called Junie due to the fact that Celeste's doll is supposed to look like her so she is a "Junior" (or Junie in the feminine form) of sorts.
Sis and her doll Samantha
Sis's doll is really named Samantha so it was helpful that we already had a nickname for Sis so as not to confuse her and the doll.
We had a choice of main courses but many of us choose the grilled chicken melt with curly fries. Mmmm, good!
Dessert consisted of a decorative sugar cookie, a heart shaped piece of cake and chocolate mousse in a flower pot!
Celeste did a bit of shopping for Junie after we had lunch and was delighted to find that there are dolls who have wheel chairs just like her.
And I was excited to spend time with my girl friends, both big and small, in such a happy environment.