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Happy Weekend! I can’t believe that summer is rapidly coming to an end. College students are starting to pack up and leave the island as they had back for their fall semester! Thinking about packing up, has me reminiscing of graduation college years ago! As I look through the shop, I see things that I wish I would have had as a college student - so I’ve rounded up a list of 10 Back to College Essentials that you need before the school year commences! 
Jenna Kator Dexter
1. Jenna Kator Dexter Bag: Don’t just show up to class with last year’s bag! Use the Jenna Kator Dexter Backpack, which has a full zip-around closure under snap flap, perfect for taking everything to class! 
Ionia Jenna Kator
2. Jenna Kator Ionia Wallet: If you use need something smaller to carry, slip your money, cards and ID in here and you are all set! 
Island Girl
3. Island Girl Sweatshirt Dress: Want to look cute, without having to put a lot of effort in? Slip on this dress with leggings for the cutest fall look! 
Mackinac Island Pouch
4. Tandem for Two Pouch: Remember your favorite days on Mackinac Island with this colorful, made in Michigan pouch!
Rifle & Co
5. Rifle & Co Canteen: You’ll have the cutest and more stylish water bottle with this fun and happy print! 
My Happy Place
6. Polka Dot Mitten “My Happy Place” Sign: Going out of state to school? Take this My Happy Place sign along with you, so you never forget where you came from! 
Mackinac Bath & Body
7. Mackinac Bath and Body Room & Body Mist: Keep this on hand to spruce up your dorm room or apartment before friends come over! 
Happy Spirtz
8. Happy Spritz Face Wipes: Use these face wipes in your daily routine for a quick pick me up! 
Pieces of Me
9. Pieces of Me Cuff: Take the quiz to find out your persanality before heading back to school remembering who you are!
Island Girl Blanket
10. Island Girl Blanket: Cozy up with this soft and colorful Island Girl blanket, reminiscing of days on Mackinac.
We know that college will be starting soon, but I hope that this list of some college essentials will help remind you of your favorite days spent on Mackinac and help make your dorm room a little more cozy. 
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Cellar Door
Today’s Monday Maker is about everyone’s favorite, Cellar Door Soaps! Their soaps are found all over the world and right here on Mackinac Island!
Cellar Door
Cellar Door Soaps uses 100% plant based oils and shea butter to create an amazing product made right here in Michigan! They have soaps that are perfect for each season and represent the great state of Michigan! Some favorites include: Dapper Dan, Kitch-iti-kipi Spring, Mackinac Island Lilac and Michigan Meadows. Typically, one of their bars of soap will last you 3-4 weeks, even with daily use.
Cellar Door uses a blend of 5 plant based oils in all of their soaps: olive oil, coconut oil, sustainable palm oil, castor oil and shea butter- making their soap a vegan product. Even when they scent and color their soaps and candles, they remain completely phthalate and paraben free.
Cellar Door
Next time you stop in, check out the Cellar Door soaps and candles! We know you won’t be disappointed!
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The Mackinac House

The newest boutique hotel on Mackinac Island, The Mackinac House is officially open for the summer! 

The goal of The Mackinac House was to make it different than any other hotel on the island, by creating a boutique hotel that offers world class service and luxury accommodations.

The interior designer, from Traverse City, Michigan, pulled from the color palette of the iconic Pink Pony as well as a collection of bright island-like colors. 

The Mackinac House will offer guests a selection of 19 rooms to choose from, each uniquely decorated with bold themes that are reminiscent of Mackinac Island and its heritage. 

The Mackinac House
Artwork by Marlee Musser
The piece of land where The Mackinac House stands used to contain a personal home. The resident’s home was purchased by the city of Mackinac Island and moved to the center of the island, Harrisonville. Something like this had never been done before on the island and was an exciting accomplishment. 
The Mackinac House

We’re excited to have this new luxury lodging accommodation on the island. We think that you will enjoy It as much as we do!



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Welcome to the Weekend! I can’t believe that it is already almost the middle of July! We have new products that are arriving almost daily, so I wanted to drop a note on the blog and tell you what I am currently loving for summer!
Body Oil
Mackinac Bath & Body Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Body Oil: This body oil is as refreshing and good for your skin as a dip in the Great Lakes--without the goose bumps. It feels great on my skin and gives me an extra pep in my step for the day!
Island Girl
Island Girl Dolman Shirt: I love this t-shirt because it’s the perfect fit for summer, while telling everyone about the Island Girl that you are!
Relax by Lollia: This perfume is my all-time favorite! It’s elegant and feminine, without being overpowering. If it’s date night or a special occasion, I put on a dab of Relax by Lollia!
If you can’t make it in the shop personally, pop over to the online store where you can purchase any of these products. I’m sure that you will love them just as much as I do!


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Today’s Monday Maker is about Little Traverse Tileworks from Petoskey, Michigan! Little Traverse Tileworks brings over 30 years of experience to their art and production. 
Little Traverse Tileworks
Little Traverse Tileworks creates ceramic tiles for not only shops around Michigan, but also for commercial installations. This company began in 2010, with the purpose of providing quality ceramic tiles to the retail industry. You will find their work in different homes and businesses around the country. 
Little Traverse Tileworks
Their work in the Artists Market of Mackinac Island represents the Up North atmosphere and Mackinac Island memories with tiles featuring Great Lakes, bicycles, Michigan, sailboats, the Mackinac Bridge and more. 
Little Traverse Tileworks
Next time you are in the Artists Market, stop in to see Little Traverse Tileworks beautiful selection of art to take home with you!
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