Six-year-old twins Kaitlyn and Kristin Welch spent Friday morning at American Girl Place at the Grove, accompanied by their mother, their grandmother -- and two brand-new American Girl dolls.
"They've been doing so well in school," said Linda Kettle, the girls’ grandmother. "It’s a special reward."
Crowds at the Grove seemed subdued Friday afternoon, with traffic comparable to a typical Saturday's at the popular shopping and dining area in Los Angeles' Fairfax district. Lines of cars hunting for a spot snaked around the eight-story parking garage. A recording of Frank Sinatra crooning “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” echoed in the streets during the balmy afternoon.
But despite the lack of discounts, late into the afternoon, shoppers dropped major cash.
Kettle and the girls’ mother, Janelle Welch, carried three large red bags loaded with $1,000 worth of American Girl Place merchandise. The twins, in tops with pink-sequined sleeves, clutched their new dolls, Bella and Jewel.
The jeans, accessories and slippers the family bought Friday will be the girls’ Christmas and birthday gifts.
Friday was the only day the family could all go together to celebrate the twins’ upcoming birthday -- but American Girl Place, part of Mattel Inc., had no Black Friday discounts.