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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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As you know, fall is one of my favorite seasons, yet it goes by so quickly! The weather in northern Michigan has recently seemed to turn colder and rainy. We are hoping for a few sunny, beautiful fall days to enjoy this month. 
Each year, October seems to be a whirlwind month. Our fall sale keeps our staff busy, tourists flood the streets on weekends, our fall shopping event takes place, and we close out the season celebrating Halloween October 25-27. With restaurants and shops closing up the end of the month, our family tries to go out to dinner a little more. With kids, we love the Yankee Rebel, Gate House (where Andrew and I first met), Millies and Mary's Bistro. They all have great options for kids and mom and dad too!
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Jenna Kator Trunk Show
Now, the most important event of the month and season really, is the Women's Wellness Weekend. Seven years ago a group of like-minded business owners got together to create a refreshing, women's weekend focused on health, friendships and a little bit of wine! My close friend and vendor, Jenna Kator has a huge love for Mackinac Island. When she learned about the event, she thought, "I want to bring a group of women to this great weekend getaway." We carry Jenna's beautiful handbags in Little Luxuries. To tie her handbags into this event, Little Luxuries' hosts a private trunk show for her group of women. This year's group is her largest - 120 women! Since we can't fit all 120 women inside of Little Luxuries at one time, the trunk show shopping event will also take place inside The Artists Market and Canvas and Paddle. We are very excited to host this special event and have so many women in our stores at one time! Best of all, the Women's Wellness Weekend supports the Mackinac Island Community Cancer Fund. In these short seven years, we have raised over 170,000! Last week, there was an end of the season women's dinner at Grand Hotel supporting the Cancer Fund. Over 100 women attended and it was such a great time! What a special way to close out the 2019 season. 
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As I mentioned before, fall is my favorite season and now you can see why! There are too many great events taking place this time of year before the island hibernates. 
If you have never visited Mackinac Island in the fall, add it to your bucket list! 
Nicole
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I can’t believe that it’s already the end of the second week of October! It has been a beautiful fall, with sunshine and the leaves changing. October on Mackinac Island is one of my favorite times! The island slows down and there is an air of expectation, as we know there are only a few weeks left in the season.

Fall on Mackinac Island

Stores start to have their end of the year sale and we are no exception! Currently, our items are on sale from 20-30% OFF at all three of the shops: Little Luxuries, The Artists Market and Canvas and Paddle.

Fall on Mackinac Island

This coming week, we have our annual Witches Brew Shopping Event, on Tuesday, October 15th from 5-8 PM. The stores will be marked down to 40% OFF, there will be giveaways, pumpkin treats and our favorite fall wine, Witches Brew. We hope to see you at the shops for this fun event, to help us clear out our 2019 inventory and make way for exciting new products in 2020!

Fall on Mackinac Island

As always, as we start to come to a close for 2019, I am thankful for your love and support of Mackinac Island and especially my three shops

Xoxo, 

Nicole 

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Mackinac Memories & Peninsula Prints

Today’s Monday Maker is about a Mackinac artist, Mackinac Memories & Peninsula Prints, a mother / daughter artistic team!

Mackinac Memories & Peninsula Prints

Jennifer and Natalia explore the island by bike and by foot, seeking inspiration wherever they can find it! They have created beautiful books, photography and prints from things they have seen on Mackinac Island and around Michigan!

Mackinac Memories & Peninsula Prints

The books, The Gardens of Mackinac Island and An Introduction to the Gardens of Mackinac Island by Jack Barnwell (who we featured on a Monday Maker here) feature the photography of Jennifer! We also sell their coloring book, Mindful Mackinac and the book, Triple the Fun (available at Little Luxuries) which features their illustrated work!

Mackinac Memories & Peninsula Prints

Natalia has beautiful block prints that we carry, from her business Peninsula Prints. Block printing dates back hundreds of years and is truly amazing art! First she draws the image, then carves it out and then prints the image. To see more about block printing, visit her website here. Natalia’s original block prints are designs from Mackinac Island and other places in Michigan.


We hope that you will stop in to see Mackinac Memories & Peninsula Prints at The Artists Market of Mackinac Island! We love supporting local artists, especially ones that work and create right here on Mackinac!

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Happy Saturday!

Fall brings about a breath of fresh air on the island, as the leaves are changing and the season is starting to slow down. The air is crisp and the mornings / nights are chillier.

I wanted to tell you about two of my favorite spots to visit on the island: Watercolor Cafe and Lucky Bean!

Watercolor Cafe

Watercolor Cafe is new this year, opened by Kate Dupre, an artist on Mackinac Island. (Fun Fact: Her work is in The Artists Market of Mackinac!) Watercolor Cafe is an art space and beanery, hosting a cafe during the day and creative art classes at night. The boys enjoyed her Monday art classes that she hosted for children this summer! The menu is fresh, exciting and delicious! The view of Watercolor Cafe is peaceful and serene, as is it right on the water, next to the marina.

Lucky Bean

Lucky Bean is right behind us on Market Street. I love to slip in here in the morning for a chai tea latte with almond milk to start the day! Crisp fall mornings are perfect latte weather. This is Lucky Bean’s 9th season on Mackinac Island and I honestly don’t know what I did before it existed!

When you are on Mackinac Island this fall, stop in to each of these places for a sweet treat and great drink!

 

Xoxo

Nicole

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Fall Bucket List

The first day of fall is just around the corner! I love fall and am so excited for the changing of seasons. The newness that fall brings with a slower season at the shops, more of a routine with the boys in school, cozier days and crisp leaves! Here are a few things on our family’s bucket list for this new season!

  • Chai Tea Lattes: If you know me, you know how much I love chai tea! I’m looking forward to being able to drink chai tea while seeing the changing of leaves as I bike down Main Street!
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  • Pond Hill Farm is located a little north of Harbor Springs and is so fun to visit in the fall! They have a pumpkin launcher, animals to see, hayrides, pumpkin patch and more! It’s the perfect family friendly outing for you and your kids on a fall afternoon - they even have a farm - to -table restaurant for a delicious lunch or dinner! 
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  • Apple Town in Brutus, Michigan, a little north of Petoskey on the way to Mackinaw City is another fun family spot to visit this fall! Stop in for fresh apple cider and the best apple donuts! You won’t be disappointed with their hayrides and corn mazes! 
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  • Uncle John’s Cider Mill is of course one of my favorites, as it is in my hometown of St. John’s! They have so many fun activities for the kids that we love to go do with the boys! Corn mazes, wagon rides, train rides, apple cannons, a pumpkin patch and so much more! I can’t wait to head to my hometown this winter and visit!
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  • Carving Pumpkins: The boys are getting old enough to where they love to carve pumpkins! It’s fun to help them design a face on the pumpkin and then watch them get so excited about creating a masterpiece. I love to roast the pumpkin seeds and save them for a fall snack! 
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  • Mackinac Island’s Halloween: No one celebrates Halloween quite like Mackinac Island. The end of October is when Mackinac Island starts to shut down for the season, so Halloween is the last big celebration! This is one of the last nights that a lot of the hotels / restaurants are open, so it’s a big deal. Our family will get all dressed up and walk around downtown to see all of the businesses decorated for the season. The decorations are extravagant, with gigantic spiders decorating a hotel, and other fun spooky decor! 

    As I said, I’m so excited for fall and I hope that you are too! What’s on your fall bucket list? Do you plan on visiting Mackinac this fall? If so, stop on into the shop to see all our fun fall items! 

    xoxo 

    Nicole

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