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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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Little Luxuries
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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Happy Fall from Mackinac Island!
Fall on Mackinac Island
I have been blown away by your support of the shop and our island this fall. It has been wonderful to see you in the shop showing up for small businesses like mine online and in person. Every sale matters, so thank you for supporting Little Luxuries and Mackinac Island tourism, especially this year.
Every fall, we welcome a group of women to the island for Women’s Wellness Weekend. Jenna Kator brings tour busses of women from all over Michigan (and more states, too!) and so many of you drive yourselves and come up for the festivities too! Past years, we have had workshops on wellness, a silent auction and plenty of time for shopping! 
During the weekend, we hosted the women in the shop for a Jenna Kator Handbag Trunk Show. Since this year’s festivities have been canceled, we have decided to take them ONLINE! 
What does this mean?
Jenna Kator
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 16th, October 17th and October 18th, ALL Jenna Kator Handbags will be 25% OFF! Then, 15% of the sales will be donated to the Mackinac Island Cancer Fund! 
We can’t wait to celebrate the weekend (virtually) with you! Be sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram, because there will be some fun giveaways that you don’t want to miss out on!
Each year, I am amazed at the amount of money we are able to donate to the Mackinac Island Cancer Fund. You and your friends always show up in BIG ways for this cause and I appreciate it so much!
We can’t wait to celebrate this Jenna Kator Trunk Show virtually with you - so grab your girlfriends and mark your calendars for next weekend, October 16th, October 17th and October 18th! 
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This year was our 8th summer trunk show with Jenna Kator from the Jenna Kator Collection! It is always a favorite event for myself and our staff. We had two giveaways throughout the afternoon - one of Jenna's wristlets and one of our Island Girl handbags. Customers had a chance to pre-order from the new fall collection which will be available next month! 
  
Jenna and I have become lifelong friends from our working relationship. We started our businesses at the same time, our children are very close in age and we can connect on many levels through work and life. She has been a positive influence for me and I am very grateful to be able to work with Jenna and carry her beautiful handbags. I also had the privilege of co-designing a line of custom handbags together that you can find here.   
  
Jenna is a big part of the Mackinac Island community, especially the Women's Wellness Weekend which takes place every October. Jenna brings a bus full of women from the Detroit area to Mackinac Island for a fun girls getaway! We host a private trunk show for her group and this year her group is over 70 women!  The weekend benefits the Mackinac Island Community Cancer Fund. You can find more information here
We look forward to welcoming Jenna to the island again very soon! 
Nicole, 
xoxo
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In Northern Michigan, believe it or not, today is the first day of Spring! We have been thankful for some sunny days recently, but the temps are still pretty cold up here. 
But we can only HOPE for warmer and sunnier days ahead! 
A few days ago, we drove along M-119 to catch the sunset. It was beautiful. My son Louis, loved jumping down onto the beach and walking along the snow that's left. 
We only have two more weeks until we are in the shops getting them ready to open (April 27th Opening Day)! Behind the scenes, I am busy placing orders, working on new designs, hiring, and making a few changes in the shop interior that will hopefully make a big difference! I am eager to get on my bicycle and walk through town and the boardwalk with my family. Soon, very soon. 
Have a happy day!
Nicole
xo.
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