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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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This summer, I've had the privilege of having two interns, Isabella and Natalie, from Central Michigan University's Merchandising program.

They've spent time working on creating beautiful displays, learning to move merchandise throughout the store, posting stories on social media, writing their own guest blog posts for Little Luxuries' and more!  

One of the things that I'm most proud of that they do is new window displays at Little Luxuries, Artists Market and Canvas and Paddle every few weeks! They do an amazing job! 

This is my second year having interns from Central Michigan's Merchandising program and each summer they impress me so much! Isabella and Natalie have such incredible ideas to contribute and I'll be sad to have them head back to school, but I'm so excited to see where they end up when they graduate! 

 

Are you positive, up beat, organized, creative and hard working?

🎉 We’re hiring for now - end of October! 🎉

Housing is provided.

Email me at littleluxuriesmanager@yahoo.com to apply!

 

Xo, 
Nicole 
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            Sadly, summer is coming to an end and college students are getting prepared for the upcoming semester. Looking through our stores we have so many products that would be the perfect addition to this school year. I found 5 products from Little Luxuries, Canvas and Paddle and The Artist Market that are essential for college students. See our favorites below:

 Little Luxuries Of Mackinac Island 

1Canoe2- Peach Today Notepad:

          In college you always want to stay organized with this note pad you are able to have your schedule on one side and your tasks on the other side. Having goals is always important so having this feature at the top is great to always remind you to keep going!

Swig Mug 18oz.:

            Having this mug handy will be a lifesaver in college. This mug can keep drinks cold for up to 9 hours and hot for up to 3 hours. Weather you need a cold sip of water to stay hydrated or need hot coffee to help you keep going through the day this insulated mug is perfected to do just that!

Hand Sanitizing Wipes:

            Not only are these wipes easy to take on the go but these sanitizing wipes can be used both for surfaces and skin which is great for college students.

Island Girl Tote:

       This reusable Island Girl tote is perfect for college students! It could be used for groceries, trips back home and even to hold all of your books for classes.

Mackinac Sherpa Blanket:

            With the cold season coming ahead and if you go to school somewhere cold this double-faced Sherpa blanket is perfect to keep you warm and can match any college room aesthetic.

Canvas and Paddle 

Mackinac Awesome Fudge Coffee:

            Caffeine is a must for some college students, this Michigan made fudge coffee is a must have! Having a little taste of Mackinac fudge is a great way to help you study day or night.

Shopping List:

            Has anyone ever lost their shopping list? I know I have!! This jumbo shopping pad is a great way to keep track and organize what you need from the grocery store. Plus, it is made in Michigan!

Storage Bowl:

            Storage is always important when it comes to college students, these multipurpose storage bowls are great for snacks, food in the fridge, or even your jewelry. The black and white pattern can match anyone's room décor.

Stormy Kromer Hat:

            With summer and warmer weather winding down, and colder weather will be here before we know it! This cozy Stormy Kromer hat is ideal to keep anyone's head warm which can be helpful for those cold walks to class.

Backpack:

            Customers love the backpacks at Canvas and Paddle. They are durable and essential to   hold your books, laptop, pens and pencils and more!

The Artists Market of Mackinac Island 

Stickers:

            Want to add a little personality to your laptop or water bottle? These stickers are a perfect addition. Stickers are a great conversation starter in class and are a fun way to decorate your water bottle or laptop with.

Essential oils:

            College can be taxing as everyone knows, we have a handful of essential oils that can help from stress relief, help sleeping, and more, we have it all!

Alleviation Aromatherapy:

            A great addition to the Essential oils is the Alleviation Aromatherapy we have. All you need to do is sniff the oils to help with countless things such as sinus, migraines, and if we need boost of energy. They are small and can fit anywhere, which makes it perfect for on the go college students. 

Soap and Washcloth:

            Having products that serve two purposes is even better for college students. This fun multicolored ball is soap and a washcloth in one made of wool. Each color has a different essential oils, so come and pick your favorite scent today!

Key Chain: 

Never lose your car keys or dorm keys with this key chain. This product is not only cute but the perfect size where you can easily find them in your backpack or purse.

I hope you enjoyed learning about our top back to school essentials. Shop online or in the the store, we are open till 10 pm!

 

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It’s been a while since I highlighted some of my favorites in the shop! We have so many new goodies this summer and so I’m highlighting what I love!

 

Island Girl Pomegranate Sweatshirt: This is the perfect sweatshirt to remind you of summer days on Mackinac! It’s comfortable and cozy and a classic fit!

Little Luxuries’ Diner Mug: I truly believe that life is made in the little moments and the little things. Something that brings me joy is drinking my tea out of this Little Luxuries’ Diner Mug. It’s a classic styled mug that is timeless!

Little Luxuries’ Burlap Tote: New this summer, this tote is the perfect bag for a day at the beach, pool or for running errands. It’s sturdy and great for groceries, car trips and more! When you purchase the tote, you’ll get 10% OFF future purchases when you bring it into the shop!

Island Girl Reusable Bag: I love to leave this bag in the car for groceries or if I’m on the island, I love using it to grab my groceries from Doud’s! It’s sturdy and great for groceries or an afternoon spent at the park! 

 

Mackinac Tervis Water Bottle: Say hello to the NEW Mackinac Island Island Girl Water Bottle! You're going to want to have this with you all summer long! It is designed to keep your drink cold for up to 48 hours, plus it has a leak proof lid, which makes it the perfect water bottle to throw into a tote!

 

Mackinac Tray: Made exclusively for us, this tray is the perfect keepsake from your trip to Mackinac Island. Use it to serve your morning beverage, display jewelry or just as decor in your home. 

Nat & Noor Hair Clips: I love the classic look of these barrettes from Nat + Noor! They pair perfectly with any outfit and the colors are fun for summer! 

Inspirational Wire Journal: New this year, these wire journals are the perfect inspirational notebook for all your thoughts, lists and sentiments. Designed by Katie Doucette, this journal makes the perfect gift for a friend or to keep for yourself! 

Little Fish Boateak Pearl Earrings: Boateak is new this summer and I love the classic look of their jewelry! Made on Hilton Head Island and shipped to Mackinac Island, this jewelry line fits in perfectly with the Island lifestyle. These earrings are classic and pair well with any outfit. 

Wavertree & London Australian Soaps: These soaps are amazing! They are great for sensitive skin and help to seal in moisture.

 

I hope you'll stop in and shop my favorites or check them out in the online shop! 

Xo, 

Nicole 

 

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I wanted to share a blog post with you that highlights what you as our customers are loving in the shop! 
Here are the top goodies that are popular in the shop right now!
Hand painted Mackinac Ornaments: Everyone loves to bring home an ornament from Mackinac! These ornaments are so popular because they are hand painted and gorgeous!
Mackinac Bath and Body: It's no secret that our Mackinac Bath and Body line is extremely popular! Made in Northern Michigan, this line is luxurious, but affordable! 
Island Girl Candle: Another popular item that is signature to the shop, our Island Girl line from Green Daffodil! These lilac candles are the perfect take home present from Mackinac- they remind you of lilac season year round!
Elyse Breanne Stickers: Elyse Breanne is an artist that is currently in law school! Her creative outlet of stickers, cards and more is helping pay her way! We love supporting business women like her. 
Polka Dot Mitten Stickers: Another business woman, Katie Doucette's work is extremely popular! Her stickers remind you of the best parts of your trip to Mackinac! 
Choices Shower Steamers: Popular among everyone, these shower steamers are great for those that want to add a touch of self-care to their daily routine! 
MichiGummies: There's just something about candy in the shape of Michigan - it tastes better! Plus, we love that these are made in Michigan! 
Beth Mueller Mugs: Beth Mueller has been working with Little Luxuries since 2009. Her mugs have remained classic and timeless pieces that are wanted every year! There are so many beautiful designs that have been added over the years, but the bike design still remains our favorite! 
Michigan Necklaces: Overall, these necklaces remain the most popular! With quite a few different designs, these necklaces are a favorite year after year! 
Wee Bee Jammin': We love all of our different options from the Michigan food section, but this year Wee Bee Jammin' is taking the lead as the most popular! With so many different tastes and flavors that are all delicious, these are the perfect addition to any appetizer! 
Were any of your favorites included in this list? If you haven't checked these goodies out, head over to the online shop and add them to your cart!
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Looking for a way to treat Dad this Father's Day? Here are some of our favorites from Little Luxuries, Artists Market and Canvas + Paddle!

Coffee Scoops: Get Dad the perfect coffee gift. These fun coffee scoops are a great addition to his gift filled with a mug + coffee.

Great Lakes Mug: We love this mug for sipping on coffee all summer long and we know that Dad will too!

Michigan Awesome Coffee: This coffee can be found at Canvas and Paddle! It has been SO popular this summer, that we can barely keep it in stock! Grab this coffee for Dad and we know he'll love it! 

Mackinac Island Bottle Opener: These are new to Canvas and Paddle this summer, but definitely a favorite! Quality leather bottle openers paired with a six pack of Dad's favorite craft beer are the perfect gift for a summer Sunday spent celebrating Dad!

Michigan Outdoors Baseball Cap: These baseball hats have been SO popular this summer! They are perfect for the Dad that loves a good summer hat and also loves the great outdoors of Michigan!

Michigan Great Lakes Icon T-Shirt: Does Dad love the great state of Michigan? Grab him this t-shirt for him to wear with pride all summer long! 

Dapper Dan Soap from Cellar Door: Is Dad a Dapper Dan? Shop this soap for him that is filled with scents of exotic woods, musk, oakmoss, rose, getting your hair expertly coifed in a prohibition era barbershop.

Father's Day Card: We love this card for Dad for Father's Day! It's from a new artist featured at The Artists Market of Mackinac Island, Pen + Piper!  

We hope this gives you a good idea of what goods to find for Dad in the shops! If you need more suggestions, follow us on Instagram, where we share more ideas in our stories! 

 

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