I am not responsible for children attending this meet-and-greet: parental supervision is required. This means that any child attending the event must be accompanied by a parent, and said parent must keep their child within eyesight at all times. This requirement helps ensure the overall safety and comfort during the meet-up. Parents, if you plan to go shopping around the mall, please take your child with you.
Location: The expected turnout for this meet-up is large (90+ people!), so it is not feasible to center our activity inside the AG store. Instead, we will meet outside, in the adjacent plaza. Below I have attached a photo (courtesy of google images) that shows the plaza area. Since we will be outside, remember to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and a jacket.
I will stay outside for most of the meet-and-greet, but I encourage others to explore the AG store. Try on doll clothes, visit the hair salon or eat at the café-- don't feel confined in the courtyard location. If you get hungry at some point during the meet-up, there is a large selection of restaurants within the mall to choose from.
Timing: I will arrive at the Stanford Shopping Center at approximately 11:30 on Saturday morning. I plan to stay until 2:30. At some point during the meet-up, I may need to take a private lunch/relaxation break, but that should only take about 15 minutes.
Since there are so many people coming, I will not be able to devote much time to meeting each and every person. I will try my best, however, to give an autograph/take a doll photo with every attendee.
Atmosphere: With more than 90 people attending, the key to a successful day is to be calm, sharing and respectful.
Some important things to keep in mind:
1. Noise level: We don't want to disturb any of the surrounding businesses with our meet-up event. This means we have to keep our group at a low noise level-- no excessive yelling or squealing, no matter how tempting it is.
2. Crowding: We should be careful to leave room in walkways and store entrances, so that other shoppers don't have to work their way around us.
3. Respect: Treat all fellow shoppers and employees with respect. We want this to be a fun day for everyone!
Goal: I hope that this meet-up is a relaxed, fun and memorable experience for all participants. It is a wonderful opportunity to visit the AG store, make new friends who share a similar interest and do collaboration photo-shoots.
I envision an event where everyone interacts. Reach out to the people standing around you, make new friends, share the latest AG news, talk about dolls, take photos etc. I will try my best to walk around and greet everyone who shows up. Just remember, it is not about me-- it is about you. Consider this day an opportunity to reach out and make friends and visit the AG store with them.
I am thrilled to host this meet-and-greet, and I can't wait to meet you all.
Thanks for reading, and I will see you on the 15th!