American Girl Doll held its grand opening on Saturday, May 30th, with the expectation that 6,000 people would visit the store during the opening weekend. CoolSprings Galleria is the first in the state of Tennessee to open an American Girl Doll store. Certainly the excitement was big for locals as well as others throughout the area.  We spoke to a family that drove in on Friday night from Lexington, Kentucky, saying that this store was much closer than Atlanta or Chicago and they couldn’t wait to take a look inside.

Of course, someone has to be the first person to enter the store. That’s when we met  Sarah from Memphis who  set out to be the very first customer of the day on Saturday.  Sarah and her mother drove from Memphis on Friday night in hopes of grabbing the coveted #1 spot.  Sarah’s mom, Sandra, told us that they had arrived at 10:30pm  and set up chairs outside the mall until they were allowed inside.  She said finally when the doors opened,  Sarah received a personal escort into the building. In addition to getting the bragging rights of being first to enter the new store, Sarah was given a doll of her choice and the opportunity to cut the ribbon.  Sounds like  every 10-year-old girl’s dream, and when we asked Sarah how she felt about all of this attention–“I’m so excited, I just really started to collect American Girl Dolls last year, I  still can’t believe I will get to go home with a new doll.”

The Williamson Source has been holding a contest in which the American Girl Doll of the year, Grace, was the grand prize–by far the most popular girl on everyone’s list over the weekend.

Our winner from the American Girl Doll giveaway is Gail Wallin Johnson from Franklin.  We spoke to Gail who said she will be giving  the doll to her granddaughter  for an upcoming birthday. Gail also told us that her granddaughter has the bitty baby and  this will be her first full size doll.  Congratulations to Gail on winning our American Girl Doll giveaway! Be sure to sign up for our newsletter for more information about events and upcoming  giveaways.

The next American Girl Event is “An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success” movie-viewing event taking place on June 20 at 12:00 pm. The event celebrates  the release of the DVD for the newest Girl of the Year® movie. As part of the festivities, guests will receive a great Grace goody bag, get to take a fun “red carpet” photo, enter for a chance to win their own Grace doll and prize package, and watch a screening of the movie.  Currently, this event, which is to be held at the Franklin Theatre, is completely sold-out.  To keep updated on all the store events, check the American Girl website for the Nashville store.

Take a look at our pictures from the  grand opening on Saturday.

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