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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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Another season is wrapping up! I cannot believe that we have just two weekends left until we close our doors for the 2021 season. 
 I had an incredible staff this summer. I was able to have two interns from CMU, plus my manager is a recent graduate from CMU. These girls all came from their Fashion + Merchandising program - they were so talented, sharing fresh and inspiring ideas. If you came to the island this summer, you would have noticed their beautiful window displays! 
My other employees were also all very talented and all had amazing, go-getter attitudes! I was so appreciative of how hard they all worked - and how they all worked so well together.  Living together and working together can get challenging, but these girls became the best of friends, always showing up to work with a smile and a fresh perspective! 
We recently had the Jenna Kator Retreat on the island - three of my employees who attend college came up just to work the weekend. It was fun to have them back in the shop and to all be together again!
Having summer employees is always hard, because you only have them for such a short amount of time before they have to leave to head back to college again. I’m always sad to see them go, but I always enjoying seeing the growth in them over the summer.
With the season quickly closing, I just wanted to reflect on the amazing season with our 2021 employees. I’m thankful for them and their hard work this year!
Xo,
Nicole 
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If you want to be involved in the hustle of Mackinac during your trip to Mackinac, then staying on Main Street is a must!
 
Above Mackinac Condos is excited to be your host during your stay on Mackinac Island! Above Mackinac Condos offers three luxury condos above Good Day Cafe and Doud’s Market that are available to rent May - October.
 
The condos are gorgeous and have every comfort desired! There are (2) two bedroom condos and (1) four bedroom condo. The four bedroom condo occupies the entire third floor - it has has a beautiful picturesque balcony that overlooks beautiful Main Street!
 
Above Mackinac Condos prides itself on being affordable for those coming to stay on Mackinac Island!
 
Looking for a place for a group of friends or a large family to stay while on Mackinac? Consider staying at Above Mackinac Condos! The location couldn't be better. 
 
With a few weeks still available this fall, Above Mackinac Condos would love to be your lodging destination for your upcoming trip to Mackinac.
To book your extended stay, email abovemackinaccondos@gmail.com with your desired dates! (Condos are rented for extended stay only).
 
When you book at Above Mackinac Condos, mention that you saw this blog post on Little Luxuries’ blog! We hope will enjoy your stay in the Above Mackinac Condos and you will continue to make it your lodging destination for Mackinac Island for ages to come! 
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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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Happy August everyone! I’d like to introduce you to my amazing staff at Little Luxuries, Canvas and Paddle, and The Artists Market this season.
We’re so excited to have Allison back for her second season at Little Luxuries. Allison is from Bay City, MI. She came here last year for her internship in Fashion and Merchandising, but enjoyed the experience so much that she decided to return for a second season. Her favorite product from Little Luxuries are the Swan Creek Collection of candles. These are the perfect addition to brighten up and fragrance any home. This summer, Allison’s favorite thing to do on the island has been enjoying the sunset at Sunset Rock, and a goal of Allison’s has been to visit every restaurant on the island (that’s quite a task).
Emily is from Alma, MI and is here for her third season at The Artists Market. Emily has her own collection of earrings (Placed By Grace Designs) at The Artists Market that we love. Her favorite products at the stores are the Mary Lou Peters pieces at The Artists Market. While on the island, Emily loves to stargaze at Fort Holmes and explore the inner trails. This summer Emily hopes to take a sunrise kayak tour.
Meet Bella, who is here for her very first season on the island. Bella is from Grand Rapids, MI. Bella has visited the island in the past and knew that it would be a great way to spend the summer! Bella’s favorite products are the Michigan Awesome, Women’s Flowy Hoodies and the Ned’s Pretzels at Little Luxuries. Bella loves grabbing ice cream with friends after work and a goal of hers this summer has been to try fudge from every fudge shop.

Mallory is from Essexville, MI and is also here for her first season. She has visited the island several times before and wanted to experience life and retail here. Mallory’s favorite products are the Mackinac Bath and Body collection and the Cat Studio Pillows at Little Luxuries. This summer, Mallory’s goal has been to visit the Copula Lounge at the Grand hotel. Her favorite thing to do on the island is trying new restaurants and finding new trails to ride on and explore.

 

Isabella is from Macomb, MI and is here for her first season to complete her internship. Her favorite products in the stores are the Nat + Noor barrettes and earrings at Little Luxuries. This summer, Isabella has enjoyed exploring the island and finding new things to see. Isabella’s goal for the summer has been to ride a horse.

Meet Alissa! Alissa is from Commerce, MI. She has visited the island several times and was interested in experiencing life and work on Mackinac as well as all of the wonderful opportunities and experiences that come with it. Alissa’s favorite products are Ava’s Candles (especially the Island Vacation scent) and the Katie Elberts prints at The Artists Market. Alissa’s goal this summer is to go dancing at the Grand Hotel and she loves spending time at the beach near British Landing.

If you have been visiting us here for recent seasons, you might recognize Gaby. Gaby is from Ashland, Ohio and is here for her third season. She fell in love with Mackinac and loves working with us here at Little Luxuries. Her favorite product is the Vintage Silverware Treasures rings at The Artists Market and she is slowly working on filling her fingers with them. A summer goal of Gabys has been to make new friends. Her favorite thing to do on the island is take walks and enjoy the beautiful sights that Mackinac has to offer.

 

Meet Natalie! Natalie is from Zeeland, MI and has come here to complete her internship in a unique place full of fun summer opportunities. Her favorite products are the Jenna Kator bags at Little Luxuries and the Cellar Door candles and soaps at The Artists Market. A summer goal of hers has been to see a sunset at Sunset Rock and she loves spending time anywhere by the water.

 

Meredith is from Walnut Creek, California. She came to Mackinac to explore Michigan and meet people from all over the world. Her favorite product at the stores are the Mackinac Mittens at The Artists Market, which are made by 3 teachers on the island. Her favorite thing to do on the island has been swimming along the East Bluff. This summer, Meredith hopes to be able to kayak to Round Island.

 

Meet Kati! Kati is from Alma, MI and is here for her first season. Kati loves exploring and knew that coming to the island would be the perfect place to do so. She has been enjoying the season and hopes to return for another. Her favorite products at the stores are the Faded Flannels at Canvas and Paddle and the Ned’s Honey Mustard Pretzels at Little Luxuries. Her favorite things to do on the island are watching the sunset and stargazing at Fort Holmes. This summer Kati wants to develop her knowledge in retail to help her open her own store one day!

 

Remi is from Linden, MI. She came to the island to experience something new and exciting before starting her Masters degree. Her favorite products are the State of Copper pieces at Canvas and Paddle. Each piece from State of Copper is one of a kind! This summer her favorite thing to do on island has been exploring the trails and a goal of Remi’s has been to try all the Main Street restaurants.

Come stop on in to meet these lovely ladies, we are open from 9:30am to 9pm everyday. We can’t wait to see you!

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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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