By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Retail | Issue: June 2009
Doll lover Katie was excited to meet Linda Rick, also known as The Doll Maker, last year at My Doll Castle. Linda returns on June 13, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Doll artist Linda Rick returns to downtown Claremore’s My Doll Castle on Saturday, June 13 for a day of meeting and greeting fans, doll-signing, refreshments, giveaways and fun!
When Linda Rick was a little girl growing up in Michigan, she lived in a fairy tale world with her many beautiful dolls. She was very shy and treasured the magical conversations she had with them. Linda’s mother taught her to sew, knit and crochet, and the little girl would often redesign her dolls’ clothing, hairstyles and makeup to make them even more stunning. Today, Linda relies on these childhood memories when making original dolls of her own.
Doll-making began as a hobby for Linda almost 20 years ago, when her son started school. She soon became known as The Doll Maker, creating original, American-made porcelain beauties. Blessed with two sons, Linda always felt that her gift for dolls was God’s way of allowing her to express her love for all things girly, including 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.
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,” says Gloria Pierce, owner of My Doll Castle.
The signing on June 13 will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will allow fans the opportunity to meet Linda Rick and have the dolls they purchase signed by her. This increases both the sentimental and monetary value of the doll. Event festivities will include refreshments and drawings to win dolls. Linda will be bringing along a very limited edition 22-inch princess bride doll that is exclusive to My Doll Castle.
“This is a wonderful chance to meet an amazing doll artist,” says Gloria. “Linda is such a sweet person, and she has a lot of fun with her work. It is the only time she will be visiting Oklahoma this year.”
Lots of exciting things have been going on at My Doll Castle since it opened last year, including tea parties and artist signings. Gloria won the contest for best window display at the Lilac Festival in May. She is thrilled that the store has recently been named as a finalist for the Best in State Awards by the Oklahoma Main Street Program, in the Best Window Display Category.
The two large windows make a huge impact on passersby with their eye-catching colors, strategic lighting, and gorgeous, perfectly-accessorized dolls. The window displays are changed every six to eight weeks, and with each display Gloria creatively utilizes the space with risers, shelves, dollhouses and dimensional design elements that create a magnetic window appeal. The windows are covered with a film to block the sun’s rays from harming the dolls.
Inside the store, the visual appeal continues with faux castle walls, black and white shelves, and display stands showcasing a massive doll inventory. “I’ve been asked several times if this is a museum,” laughs Gloria. “People find my store delightful and fun. Men, women and children enjoy themselves here. Dolls put a smile on everyone’s face.”
Shoppers can find a huge selection of dolls for all ages – infants, toddlers, little girls, teens and adults. Whether you want a doll that is soft and cuddly, lifelike, for play, or for education, chances are My Doll Castle has the perfect one. In stock are paper dolls, rag dolls, brides, fairy godmothers, Native American dolls, retro dolls, baby dolls and more. Many talented artists are available, including Heidi Plusczok, Berdine Creedy, Adora, Ashton-Drake, Beringuer, Marie Osmond, Madame Alexander, Ginny, Hildegard Gunzel, Sissel Bjorstad Skille and Barry Cathers. My Doll Castle also carries a large selection of doll furniture, clothes and accessories.
For more information, call owner Gloria Pierce at (918) 341-1413 or 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.