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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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xo.

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It sure feels good to BE OPEN! ✨
 
In January I thought, it’s going to be simple to get the store reopened again in the spring. We kept getting product in throughout the winter for the online store which makes spring time a little easier not starting from scratch with inventory. 
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Then I decided to have all of our white shelving repainted with a special lacquer paint that could only be sprayed on. The majority of the store had to be packed up and covered. 
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THEN I decided to change things up! Let’s switch the baby section to the front of the store, the accessory section to the middle and get new clothing displays + more little changes. We had a last minute change in staffing and by April 7th I had one full time employee starting and I could barely put in a 5 hour day because of commuting on the ‘winter boat’ from St. Ignace to the island weekly.
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Going back + forth a lot + making our schedule work between Andrew + I + the boys’ schedule; it’s been a dizzy month. I now have three full time employees + some part time help + all three shops are open again as of today! Yay! By mid May, more employees will be arriving + our hours will be extended! 
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All I can say is, you would think it gets easier entering my 13th year of business. 😆 A seasonal business is full of roller coasters! That’s what keeps owning a business exciting + feeling brand new each new season. ✨I am so thankful for the hard work my team has given the last three weeks. We hope to see you soon this season + check out the new products! 💕🎉✨
 
Enjoy some of the behind the scenes shots of the store as we got it ready for our opening. We can’t wait to see you this season! 
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There are SO many new goodies for Spring! In today’s blog, we are highlighting what’s NEW in the shop!
  1. Spread More Kindness: This pink mug is perfect for spring! It’s colorful and encouraging for yourself or a friend!
  2. Indigo Tray & Dip Set: Indigo is the perfect color for Spring & Summer! This is great for appetizers for a night at home.
  3. Salt & Pepper Shakers: We love this simple Salt & Pepper for spring. It’s light and bright and will dress the kitchen up!
  4. Let’s Taco ‘Bout It: We love Taco Tuesday’s in our home! This is fun for having a taco bar for Tuesdays or any night of the week!
  5. Indigo Serving Bowls: These indigo serving bowls are beautiful, featuring mango wood on the outside and blue / white enamel on the inside.
  6. Flower Planting Sets: It’s time to start planting for spring! Treat yourself or gift one of these cute planters featuring Cornflowers, Petunias, or Sunflowers.
  7. Mackinac Is My Happy Place Pillow: This is a NEW pillow to our sister store, the Artists Market of Mackinac! We love it SO much and know you will too!
  8. Round Stoneware Jar: Add these stoneware jars to your kitchen counters for storage or add as a decorative piece in another room! 
  9. Mackinac Is My Happy Place T-Shirt: The newest addition to The Happy Collection is the long sleeved t-shirt! Long sleeved t-shirt that will keep you warm and cozy during the spring! 
  10. Tea Drops: This gift of tea drops is paired perfectly with a mug or cute kitchen item from the shop! We have a few different flavors and love them all!
  11. Spring Dress: We have a new baby.+ kids like in the shop this summer! The pom-pom trim is so darling that moms and kids alike will love this new line!  
There are new goodies being added to the shop daily, so check back often to see what else is new! 
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Artists Market

 

In 2015, I opened The Artists Market of Mackinac Island, which is truly an incredible place.

When I was buying goodies for Little Luxuries, I kept on seeing more handcrafted and unique goods that I knew needed a special place. I wanted a place where artists from all over the country would be showcased right here on Mackinac Island. Which is why in 2015, I opened The Artists Market on Mackinac Island, which is truly an incredibly special place.

The Artists Market of Mackinac Island is home to over 100 artists each season and every season we bring in more! Some artists have retired from their careers and end up finding a creative hobby. Others have put their creative minds to use, supporting themselves through college with this hobby. One of our youngest entrepreneurs is the artists behind Ava’s Candles. Ava is just in middle school, but her and her mom create these beautiful candles with Petoskey stones shaped around the wick. Our artists are from all over the United States, with a lot coming from right here in Michigan!

One of my favorite parts of The Artists Market of Mackinac Island is introducing YOU to small businesses from the heart of the United States. Each time you shop at The Artists Market, you are truly supporting a small, local shop that helps to support over 100 other small artisans, families and students.

If you’re looking for a truly unique gift that you won’t be able to find elsewhere, go visit The Artists Market of Mackinac. This little shop has a special place in my heart and brings a smile to my face every time I see an order go through because I know we’re helping other family’s stay in business.

 

Xo,

Nicole

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We are SO excited to announce our new collection, The Happy Collection! ✨✨✨


In the fall, as our season was winding down, I thought how can I bring more joy to others through my shop? As we all experienced a tough year, it seemed appropriate to create a line of goods that spread kindness + happiness. 

Right away I got busy planning. I chose local artist, Kate Dupre, owner of Kate Creates + Watercolor Cafe on Mackinac Island to design four uplifting sayings. Kate was delighted to help and I was excited to work with her on this fun project. 

Today, four different t-shirt designs are NOW AVAILABLE on the website! Best part, the t-shirts are printed in Michigan, they are designed locally and sold on beautiful Mackinac Island. 

We will be adding more fun products to The Happy Collection over the next few weeks. I hope you enjoy the start of this fun, new collection!

Nicole
xo
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Nicole Doud

Do you ever wonder what a seasonal shop does during the off season? Here are a few things that we do to stay busy and get ready for the upcoming season!
*Spend time with family and friends! Since we are open 7 days a week for 7 months a year, I rarely get to spend time with extended family or even friends! A lot of the off season is spent with our loved ones, catching up and making memories! I also spend a lot of time with the boys when they aren’t in school. I love to take the time to make cookies for them, read them extra books or make a fun arts and craft project!
*Take trips! When it isn’t a pandemic, we spend a lot of time taking weekend trips, heading South for warmer weather! Andrew and I usually take a trip just the two of us to celebrate our anniversary and the end of one season before the next season begins! It’s nice to have just time for the two of us and to explore somewhere new!
*Evaluate the past season. Brainstorm what worked and what didn’t! I want to make sure that each season, we are improving and becoming the best shop we can to keep on selling the goodies that bring a smile to your face! 
*During November and December when the storefront is closed, we are very busy mailing out online orders and then opening on select days for Island residents to do their holiday shopping. 
*Order for the upcoming season! I spend a lot of time perusing catalogs, searching for new, unheard of artists and looking for unique goods for all three shops! This is one of my favorite things to do during the off season. Dream about new goodies that you’ll love!
*In January, I start to hire for the next season! If you’re interested in applying, read about the positions we have open HERE and then send an email with your resume and references to me (Nicole) at littleluxuriesmanager@yahoo.com
*Purge! I love a good deep clean! I spend a lot of time going through the shops, getting rid of old displays and thinking of ways to display goods!
*House projects! Since I’m so busy during the summer, I spend some days doing house projects, deep cleaning and decorating various spaces. Out with the old, in with the new!
The off season is filled with memories being made with our family and friends, plus administrative work to prepare for the upcoming season! It’s a lot of work, but I love it and wouldn’t trade it for the world!
Nicole
Xo 
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