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I'm Nicole. I am a wife, mother, shop owner on Mackinac Island, and lover of handmade. The little things and little moments inspire me. Follow me on my blog as I write about shop news, my travels, island life and motherhood.
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Cityscapes
The Artists Market of Mackinac just welcomed a new artist to the shop, so it’s time to introduce them on Maker Monday!
Cityscapes
Cityscapes started when Jess, the owner, was a lifeguard in inner-city Cincinnati. She started to capture the architecture and heart of her city after her shifts at work. Now for over 15 years, she has been documenting the change and helping to remember the history of the city where she lives and other cities around the United State and the world. She says “I’ve found that thinking ‘local,’ like my tiles, both honors and transcends the places we call “home.” All of the tiles are fashioned into black and white, making them very nostalgic.
City Scapes
Jess was able to come to Mackinac Island and capture some of the most iconic scenes and then create them into beautiful tiles for you to take home with you! Some of the views she was able to document include icons like Fort Mackinac, Arch Rock, St. Anne’s, Doud’s Market and  Pink Pony. She also captured tandem bike riders, the view form M-185 and more memorable moments.
We hope that you enjoy these beautiful handmade tiles of our happy place!
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Little Luxuries StaffLittle Luxuries Girls 2019
The 2019 season is in full swing and I wanted to take a minute to introduce our staff that is with me at Little Luxuries, Canvas & Paddle and The Artists Market of Mackinac for the season.
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Alyssa is from East Lansing, Michigan. Her favorite part about living on Mackinac Island is how beautiful it is! She loves all of the jewelry that we carry at Little Luxuries and The Artists Market. You can typically see her wearing one of the Amano Studio necklaces with her outfits! 
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Allie is from Petoskey, Michigan. Her favorite product that we carry at Little Luxuries is the Rifle Paper & Co. line with all the pretty cards, paper and Corksicle mugs. At The Artists Market, she loves the colorful scrunchies from Lindsay Quilt Co.! One of her favorite things to do is take a walk on the trails past Sugar Loaf Mountain while enjoying the trails of Mackinac Island! 
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Emily lives in St. Ignace and takes the ferry over to the island for work! Her favorite part about Mackinac Island is the beauty of nature and how many ways there are take in the loveliness of the island! When asked her favorite product, she would tell you the Lenny & Eva line at The Artists Market- she loves their jewelry or The Barn Social signs that are also found at The Artists Market.  
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Em is from Central Michigan, the Alma area. Her favorite part about living on Mackinac is the community of people that she’s found. She strongly feels like Mackinac is home, as this is her third season on Mackinac Island! You can usually find Em working at The Artist Market, where one of her favorite products are The Barn Social signs! 
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Marea is from Cheboygan, Michigan and comes over on the ferry every day for work! Her favorite part about Mackinac Island is riding her bicycle on the 8.2 loop around the outside of the island. Her favorite product in Canvas and Paddle is A State of Copper! 
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Bry is original from Imlay City, Michigan. It’s a small town between Flint and Port Huron that is best known for its Vlasic pickle factory. Her favorite thing about living on the island is listening to the clip clop of the horses and the beauty and simplicity of using a bike, carriage or your own two feet as transportation. The Vintage Silverware Treasure Rings and Joy Sparks Typewriter Rings at Artists Market are her absolute favorite! They add a vintage flair to any outfit, spark up conversation because of their uniqueness and added bonus: she said she get tons of compliments!! 
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Bella is from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her favorite thing about living on Mackinac Island is that there are no cars! She loves all of the candles at each of the different stores. 
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Karen lives in Mackinaw City, Michigan and commutes via ferry for work! Her favorite parts of Mackinac Island are the sights, the sunrises and sunsets that are world class! Her favorite products are anything that smells! She loves the essential oils, lilac soaps and balsam fir incenses. 
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Kristy grew up in Cadillac, Michigan. Her favorite part about living on the island is the ability to explore beautiful places on her bike and finding new reading/napping spots! She loves the Artists Market because she loves being able to support local artists.
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Peyton is from Cincinnati, Ohio! Her favorite place on Mackinac Island is Windermere Point! Her favorite products are at Canvas and Paddle, where we have cool vintage thermos’ that she likes! 
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Tiffany is from Alma, Michigan. Her favorite part about living on Mackinac Island is the active lifestyle and beautiful scenery. Her favorite product is found at Canvas and Paddle- the Stormy Kromer hats! 
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Kaitlynn has lived on Mackinac Island full time since 2012, winter and all! Her favorite part about living on Mackinac is the tight knit community that is always doing what they can to help each other. Her favorite product is the Harwood Gold Maple Mustard and the State of Copper - you can find both of these products at Canvas and Paddle! 
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Macy is here this summer from the Jenison / Grand Rapids area. Her favorite part about living on Mackinac Island is being able to bike ride around the island and watch the beautiful sunsets! Her favorite thing in Little Luxuries is The Home T-Shirt that says “Sunday Funday”, which you can see her wearing on more than just Sundays in the shops!
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    Little Luxuries Staff
    I’m so excited to work with each of these talented and special girls! Next time you’re on the island, be sure to stop in and meet them!
    XO
    Nicole
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    Jenna Kator

    On Saturday, June 22nd Little Luxuries is welcoming Jenna Kator into the shop for her annual Trunk Show! We’re switching it up for our Monday Maker and sharing more about Jenna Kator, as a Michigan designer! 

    Jenna Kator Handbag

    In 2008 during the economic downturn, Jenna Kator took the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an entrepreneur and started marketing her vegan handbags at affordable prices, to give women a little pep in their step, while helping them save money.

    Jenna Kator Wallet

    Jenna Kator’s roots are here in the great state of Michigan. She pays tribute to the state in every bag and wristlet by naming them after different Michigan cities or landmarks.

    Jenna Kator Handbag

    The Women’s Wellness Weekend that is held on Mackinac Island each fall has been largely influenced by Jenna working to bring women to the island for a weekend of women, wellness and a wee bit of wine!

    Jenna Kator Handbag
    To meet Jenna Kator, handbag designer, come to Little Luxuries on Saturday, June 22nd from 2-4 PM. During the event, all handbags at 10% OFF and there will be a wristlet giveaway during the show! See you then!

    Jenna Kator

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    The Barn Social
    The Barn Social is this week’s Monday Maker! The Barn Social is known for home goods with a charming and rustic flare. 
    The Barn SocialThe Barn Social
    A husband and wife team, the initial concept was to make fine art screen prints with the highest quality designs and typography. What started out as a dream has turned into a successful business for this couple! They now sell pieces all over the world and own a 14,000 square foot retail space and production studio. The Barn Social is based out of Cadillac, Michigan. Today, The Barn Social has expanded to include products and services from local artists with national recognition and an emphasis on function.
    The Barn Social
    The Artists Market of Mackinac Island and Little Luxuries are having different events all week long in celebration of this year’s Lilac Festival! Stop in on Sunday, June 16th from 12 PM - 2 PM to meet the faces behind The Barn Social! 
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    Lilac Festival
    Can you believe that Lilac Festival is already here? With the official start being today, Friday, June 7th, I thought I would share some of my favorite Lilac products at Little Luxuries and the Artists Market!
    1. Lilac Votives at Little Luxuries: These tiny votives are soy and burn for 25 hours! They are made here in Michigan and have the perfect lilac smell to remind you of Mackinac all year long.
    2. Lilac Bar Soap from Mackinac Bath and Body at Little Luxuries: Keep the memories and scent of Mackinac Island's fragrant lilacs with you all year long. This bar of soap will leave you moisturized and refreshed!
    3. Lilac Bath Bomb from My Secret Stash at Little Luxuries: Drop this lilac bath bomb in the tub and enjoy a relaxing bath. This bath bomb was made in Michigan. 
    4. Lilac Tea Towels from Mackinac Memories at The Artists Market: These tea towels are so cute and remind me of warm days on Mackinac all year long! These towels are not only cute, but very absorbent and practical! 
    We carry so many lilac products at Little Luxuries that sometimes it can be hard to know what to choose! I would recommend choosing from any of the products above (since they are my favorite!) or I would recommend purchasing our first ever Little Luxuries Love Box! This box is just available for June and has so many great lilac products included! You can purchase it here!
    Hoping to see you this next week for all the fun festivities at the shops (read about them here!) and on the island.
    June Love Box
    Xo
    Nicole
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