Hello from a fellow GT newbie.
I actually found your thread via a search for Costa's Ludus. I'm taking his HE01 and HE02 offerings here in NE-Ohio this July, and was searching around for some AARs, when I stumbled on your thread.
I'm "from" Atlanta. Most of my formative years were spent in the Roswell/Alpharetta area (I graduated from Chattahoochee High back in '93), and my parents both still live in Duluth. I'm going to be flying back with my daughter, currently 6, to visit them in June. I think the last time I was back there was in the summer of '07!
We don't have an American Girl store here in Ohio, and my mom's dying to take my daughter (and her doll, Lucy) there. :lol: