By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Retail | Issue: June 2008
Gloria Pierce, owner of My Doll Castle in Claremore, displays the signature princess-like dolls of Linda Rick.
Once upon a time in a faraway land called Michigan, a little girl named Linda lived in a fairy tale world with her many beautiful dolls. Linda was very shy, and she treasured the magical conversations she had with her dolls. Linda’s mother taught her to sew, knit and crochet, and the little girl would often recreate her dolls’ clothing, hairstyles and makeup to make them even more stunning. Today she is all grown up and uses these special childhood memories when making original dolls of her own. Linda Rick will be at My Doll Castle in Claremore on June 21 to meet and greet collectors and sign her distinctive dolls.
Doll-making began as a hobby for Linda 18 years ago, when her son started school. She soon became The Doll Maker, creating original, American-made porcelain beauties. Blessed with two sons rather than daughters, Linda always felt that her gift for dolls was God’s way of allowing her to express her adoration of princesses, brides and angels. Her company has expanded over the years to include numerous other doll lines and artists, including Precious Moments, Key to My Heart, Doll Maker & Friends, and Lee Middleton Moments, which honors the beloved American doll artist who was Linda’s biggest influence.
If you love exquisite, feminine dolls, Linda’s originals are the way to go. “They have gorgeous faces, frilly dresses, long silky hair – they’re truly dolls for girly-girls,” said Gloria Pierce, owner of My Doll Castle.
The signing on June 21 will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will allow fans the chance to meet Linda Rick and have the dolls they purchase signed by her. The artist’s signature on a doll increases both its sentimental and monetary value. “This is a wonderful opportunity to meet an amazing doll artist,” said Gloria. “Linda is such a sweet person.” A free doll giveaway will also be part of the event.
My Doll Castle has been bustling with activity since the store opened in March. The grand opening celebration received a large turnout and went extremely well. Kandi Palm won a free Molly P Original baby doll, which she said went straight to her granddaughter to enjoy. Gloria recently held the first adult doll club meeting as well. The club gathers the last Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Additional events are in the works, including a tea party for young ladies.
My Doll Castle has recently added more dolls and doll artists to its inventory, including Marie Osmond, an avid doll collector recently seen on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Other new additions to My Doll Castle are Sheila Michael, FayZah Spanos, Heidi Plusczok and Beverly Stoehr. “We have even more dolls and artists coming soon,” added Gloria. The store also carries dolls from Sybille Saue, Barry Cathers, Berdine Creedy, Joann Pohlman, Karen Scott, Regina Swialkoski and many more.
My Doll Castle at 407 W. Will Rogers Blvd. in Claremore is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Nearly any kind of doll imaginable is available - retro dolls, fairy godmothers, brides, baby dolls and much more. Dolls from My Doll Castle make great gifts for infants, toddlers, young girls and those who are simply young at heart. To find out more, go online to www.mydollcastle.com.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.