Old Spring Town is full of wonderful little shops, bakeries, and restaurants, but of course my favorite was this little shop.
The shop keeper was everything I had envisioned as a child, complete with a traditional lab coat, just like a "real doctor."
Since 1987, Mary Ann Pizzolato has been operating this little shop, and her background in chemical engineering was evident as she talked with a customer who had brought in some vintage dolls for restoration. She had bought them for herself because her own collection had been stolen many years ago. (I am convinced a little girl is in all of us women, and we love dolls until the day we die.) The doll doctor was assuring her customer that she had chemicals to remove stains without damaging the beautiful dolls which were to be left in her care.
Mary Ann is no amateur either, and her reputation has landed the Doll Hospital a feature article in the December 1996 issue of "Good Housekeeping" magazine. Then in 1999 of the November issue of "Parents Magazine, " the Doll Hospital was featured once again. Both the Dallas Morning News, and the Houston Chronicle have done stories on the establishment, and of course little girls for years have made memories in the shop. That isn't the end of their fame, with the Discovery Channel doing a feature piece, and on September 28th of 2000 "The Lynette Jennings Show" showcasing the shop, and the reputation of the business has been established literally around the world. Those of us who collect dolls, and manufacturers alike, share the story of the skills of the Doll Hospital to bring back a dear little friend.
There are white lace curtains, just as I expected, and row after row, and shelf after shelf of dolls. It is too hard to decide which one is prettiest!
If you are in the Houston area, you shouldn't miss the Doll Hospital in Old Spring Town. They are located just about 20 miles from Houston, and less than an hour from our house, if you are staying with us. In fact, there are so many things to do and see in our area, that this story, along with their web site information, will be permanently available on a new page of our site. We will be doing stories on all the intriguing little shops and special places near Soldier's Heart Ranch. There is always something special to do with-in an hour's drive.
There are so many more dolls to see, but you will just have to go and look at all Mary Ann's beautiful dolls, and talk to her of her craft. It was everything I had hoped it would be when my father took me to the Doll Hospital fifty years ago, and it was well worth the wait! Here's where you find the Doll Hospital in Old Spring Town.