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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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Nicole Doud
Wow, what a ride it has been the last 8 months, with our 2020 season in the books. Back in late May, I wasn't sure if a season was even going to happen. So THANK YOU for showing up, THANK YOU for ordering online, and THANK YOU for supporting our small businesses as well as all of Mackinac Island. I truly cannot thank you enough.

Our three storefronts are closed up until next spring, 2021. It's hard to even think that far in advance right now as I have been taking the last 8 months day by day. Our inventory is completed, the stores are sparkling clean, my team has dispersed across the state of Michigan and out of state - back home they go, onto other adventures. I had a great team this season. Almost every employee was new which made the beginning a challenge, but we stuck together and learned from each other and made the best of this shortened, unpredictable season. I sure miss my team already! 

Now that the stores are closed up and our winter season is upon us, my focus is our online shops and planning for 2021.
Starting, Monday, November 2nd, stay tuned for some fun new things happening with us VIRTUALLY!  

My family is now in Petoskey for the winter season. I will commute to the island twice a week and Andrew, my husband commutes more often as his grocery store remains open year-round. Now with a more 'normal' schedule I get to spend more time with our boys, start home projects, organize and have more family fun! 

Thank you again for showing up this summer and fall. We would not be where we are without you! 

Nicole
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Grab Donuts from Cannon Ball: Cannon Ball is located at British Landing and is the halfway point when you are biking around the island. If you want to get a donut from Cannon Ball, be sure to get there early before they sell out!
Taste Caramel Apples from Sander’s: Don’t you remember growing up and eating tasty caramel apples? Relive those fall memories on Mackinac by visiting Sander’s for a delicious caramel covered apple!
Take a walk down Main Street to look at Halloween decor: This is one of our favorite things to do as a family! Take a walk from the Island House Hotel to Windemere Point looking at all the spooky decor!
Eat Lunch at Fort Mackinac’s Tea Room: The Tea Room is run by the Grand Hotel, so the food in delicious and the view of the leaves changing is spectacular!
Carve a pumpkin: We can’t wait to carve the pumpkins that will decorate the front doors at the shop! Stay tuned to see what the staff comes up with!
Hike to Fort Holmes: Many people never make it up to Fort Holmes, but the views from the top are incredible and it’s a lovely walk up there. On your fall stay, make time to head up there!
Visit Fort Mackinac: If you haven’t visited the Fort on past visits, do it this fall! It will be less crowded and you’ll learn so much history about Mackinac Island!
Jump in a Pile of Leaves: Look around Mackinac Island for a fun pile of leaves to jump in! You’ll probably be able to find a pile to jump in on your hike up to Fort Holmes.
 
Grab a Warm Drink from Lucky Bean: You already know my favorite drink is a Vanilla Chai Latte with Almond Milk! What is your go - to fall drink? 
 
Take an art class at Watercolor Cafe: Be sure to check out what fun art classes are happening this fall at Watercolor Cafe! 
 
Get the Best Apples from Friske Orchards, Found at Doud’s Market: We love Friske Orchards in Northern Michigan and we are proud to carry their fresh apples every fall! 
 
Pick up your favorite bottle of Witch’s Brew Wine at Little Luxuries: It is our secret wine blend enhanced with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and other natural spices that makes this a crowd pleaser and favorite of Leelanau Cellars' fans. Perfect for entertaining, this wine will explode with intense flavor when served warm but can also be served chilled as an ingredient in sangria.
Is there anything you would add to your fall bucket list of things you really want to do on the Island? Be sure to let us know!
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Summer is coming to an end and college students are getting ready to go back to school. Which means they’re packing their bags and getting together everything that they’re going to need for the school year. It got me thinking about what I would need to head back to school - so I went around the shops and found 5 items from each shop for a total of 15 Essentials for College Students!
 
Little Luxuries
  1. Inspirational Soft Cover Journal: Every student needs something to write down their notes in, so why not get an inspirational journal that’s adorable and uplifting!
 
  1. Island Girl Lilac Collection Hand Sanitizer: Not only is it easy to take on the go because it comes in two different sizes, but it also smells amazing! Who doesn’t want to smell good while also being able to keep their hands clean?
 
  1. Mackinac Bath and Body Room & Body Mist: Everyone loves products that have multiple uses. Room & Body Mists come in four different scents and can be used on your body as well as in your room, making them perfect for a student living in the dorm!
 
  1. Island Girl Tote: Let’s be honest, college students are always on the go and sometimes run late. The Island Girl Tote is perfect for those with a busy lifestyle because it’s easy to grab things, slip them into the tote and go! It’s also a great size so you can fit all of your books and other college essentials inside.
 
  1. Rifle Paper Weekly Desk Pad: In college it’s important to be organized and keep track of when homework is due and when exams are, that’s why this Weekly Desk Pad is perfect! Just place it on your desk, write down any important tasks for the week and there you go, you’re organized and prepared to take on the semester!
 
The Artists Market
  1. Mulberry Pines Essential Oil: We all know that college can be stressful and there’s nothing more relaxing than diffusing some essential oils. Plus, essential is literally in the name!
 
  1. Mackinac Mittens: If you go to school somewhere where winters are anything like they are on the island, you’ll definitely be needing a pair of these mittens to keep your hands warm!
 
  1. Lipstick Holder: Attach it to your keys or your backpack and you’ll never lose your lip gloss again!
 
  1. Red Cabin Studio Stickers: These stickers are the perfect addition to any laptop or water bottle!
 
  1. Masks: Considering they’re required, masks are the most essential thing there is right now so why not make sure you have one to go with every outfit? These Karen Allen masks are two-sided, have adjustable ear straps and a strap that goes around your neck so that you’ll never lose it!
 
Canvas and Paddle
  1. Rolltop Backpack PLUS: This backpack has enough storage to hold everything you need for classes!
 
  1. Keweenaw Coffee: Caffeine is always a must when it comes to college. It’s perfect for those early morning or late nights spent studying!
 
  1. Canoe Canvas Pouch: Throw all of your pens and pencils into this pencil pouch and you’ll be all set to take notes in class!
 
  1. Canvas and Paddle Water Bottle: Do you want to be able to take your favorite drink to class and have it stay the same temperature the whole time? This water bottle is amazing because it has a copper plated inner wall that helps retain the internal temperature longer!
 
  1. Jumbo Notepad Meal Planner: If you’re someone who has a busy schedule and doesn’t have time to plan what to eat every day, this meal planner is meant for you. It makes it easy to plan your meals ahead of time and you’ll never have to worry about what to eat!
 
College can be stressful, but I hope that these essentials will make things a little easier and a little more relaxing!
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