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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It's that time again! We're hiring!!! 
We are on the search for hard working, self-motivated, optimistic individuals who enjoy working on a team and talking with people. 
Jobs to Apply for:
Retail Associate 
Store Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
If you would like to learn more about these positions available please email Nicole at littleluxuries.mackisland@yahoo.com for more information. 
Working on Mackinac Island is a unique experience and we are sure you will love working on our team representing Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island. 
Nicole xo.
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December 2, 2018

'Tis the Season!

This weekend is Mackinac Island's annual Christmas Bazaar. It is a classic, small-town Christmas event. Island residents, friends, family and some tourists take part in the festivities. 
Friday evening was the tree lighting with Christmas caroling followed by a pig roast. Saturday is the first day of the bazaar - a silent and live auction, baked goods sale, craft making, lunch, a special visit from Santa and much more! 
The entire weekend events benefit the churches on the island and the medical center. 
The Christmas season has officially begun on Mackinac Island! 
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November 25, 2018

Winter Time

Many of our customers wonder where and what we do in the 'off-season'.  For ten years it was pretty simple, my husband and I lived on Mackinac Island year-round. We would take a few trips for work and pleasure, worked on projects for our businesses and at home.  Our friends and family and customers often wondered and still wonder how we lived on an island during the winter months without going crazy. Our motto is: it's what you make it. If you want to be at home and rest during these quiet months, do it. If you want to keep busy and accomplish projects, do it.  Now our lives are a little more complicated....
It is our third winter in Petoskey, MI, a small town just 35 miles SW of Mackinaw City.  We love the town of Petoskey and it's a great place to raise a family. Of course, we absolutely love Mackinac Island too; however, going to buying shows, meeting with vendors, visiting family, traveling and raising kids; living off the island during the winter months is best for our growing family and busy lives.
Now you probably wonder how my husband still goes to work (owner of Doud's Market) and how online orders are shipped from our stores. Andrew commutes to the island 3-4 times a week weather permitting and our online orders are shipped out by a few of our amazing employees who live on Mackinac Island year-round. 
We are very lucky to be able to live in two beautiful northern Michigan towns. If you follow me on Instagram you will notice my stories and posts in the winter time are more 'off island', and during the summer season, they are on the island. I apologize if I have confused any of you and I have been meaning to explain our unique lives for awhile now. 
Thank you, again, for your continued support and friendship and love for Mackinac Island and all of northern Michigan. 
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November 23, 2018

Thankful. Grateful. Blessed.

It's Thanksgiving weekend, as I sit at home holding our sweet new son, John Mark Doud, I am beyond thankful for our growing family.  
John Mark Doud was born November 12th at 3:05PM, 7 lbs, 12 ozs and 21.5 inches long in Charlevoix, MI. 
We are so in love with him and it is wonderful to watch our boys, Louis and Thomas interact with John. Three boys....this mom is in for an interesting ride! :)
I hope this weekend is relaxing and full of holiday spirit as the Christmas season officially kicks off. 
Happy Holidays
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Happy Friday from our store to YOU! 

September is off to a great start and I am loving the coming of fall this time of year! For this blog, I wanted to share what my family and I would consider a perfect September day on Mackinac Island! Read along for a taste of beauty and some ideas for your next island visit:

First, a morning wake-up drink from Lucky Bean Coffeehouse is a must...

... Then, a bike ride around the island on M-185, taking stops at your favorite scenic photos...

...If you've never been inside The Grand Hotel, you must! It is worth the $10 to take a self-guided tour through the famous historic hotel. Head to the very top, to the Cupola bar, for more beautiful views of the island and the Straits of Mackinac and for a delicious cocktail or mocktail! The News Stand in the hotel is a cute little shop with magazines, books about the Grand Hotel, cards, snacks and beverages. I like to look at the sweet cards and pick up a homemade caramel... 

...On your bike ride or walk back downtown, take a little detour in the 'forest' just before the hotel. It's a peaceful walk through trails that leads you to the famous Esther Williams Pool and even a 'Secret Garden'... 

...For lunch, I suggest the Tea Room inside Fort Mackinac. The Tea Room has some of the best views, the food is light but delicious and then you can tour Fort Mackinac following lunch...

...Of course shopping has to be on your agenda! Hit the local shops on Main Street and Market Street. Make sure you visit Little LuxuriesArtists Market and Canvas and Paddle!...

...While downtown, visit the famous  Pink Pony bar and America's Oldest Grocery Store, Doud's Market... 

...Need a rest? Find a spot in Marquette Park to relax and watch the boats in the harbor, or just people watch along Main Street... 

...For dinner, if you want to escape downtown, head for a leisurely bike ride to the Woods Restaurant, or the restaurant at Stonecliffe Inn. After dinner, go to Sunset Rock, which is behind Stonecliffe Inn, for some stunning sunset views overlooking the Mackinac Bridge ...

...On your ride back downtown, take a bike ride through the Annex, a historic neighborhood just past the West Bluff. There are beautiful homes and landscape to enjoy...

...By this time, it's probably time to catch an evening boat back to the mainland. Hope these insider tips for a perfect day on the island are helpful! 





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