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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It feels SO good to be open again! Each season it feels like reopening a brand new store again. I think that’s a good thing, I hope! I cannot believe this is my 14th season with Little Luxuries.
I learn new things each season and change things up as trends change and as I grow too. We have over 50 Michigan vendors in the store and a handful of Mackinac Island artists and makers. It feels so special to have one store filled with so many good things - talent, happiness, uniqueness, and Mackinac love. I hope you can make it in this season.
My staff is eager to meet you and help you find the perfect gift or little luxury. If you can’t make the trip to Mackinac, shop online with us and we will ship our goodies right to your home and make you feel like you’re on Mackinac.
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Visiting Mackinac Island for the first time can have many unknowns. Which ferry do we take? Do we bring our own bikes or rent them? Do we stay on the island or just for the day? Do we pack a lunch or eat out? 
Since living on Mackinac since my first summer in 2006 and now living here with kids I have learned a lot over the years. If you are making the trip to Mackinac Island with kids this summer below are a few of my suggestions that I have found work best for our family. 
1. Dress in layers. You never know what the weather will be like once you are on the island. It could be sunny and warm in Mackinaw City or St. Ignace and by the time you get to the island it is chilly and cloudy. It's not fun with kids not having enough warm clothes with you! 
2. If you plan to ride bikes throughout the island and most of your time while on Mackinac, I recommend bringing your own bikes. If you want to ride a bike only for a few hours I recommend renting them. All the bike rentals on the island are great! 
3. Do we eat out or pack a picnic? This is totally up to you and your family. Personally, I would grab to-go items at Doud's Market and eat in Marquette Park or ride bikes and pick a picnic table along the way. If you are not wanting the restaurant atmosphere The Doghouse is also a good option for families across from The Windermere Hotel. There is a large grassy area with picnic tables right on the water. The kids love throwing rocks in the water or flying kites. If you do want to eat in a restaurant Pink Pony is the iconic restaurant on the water side and Mary's Bistro is great with a family as it is spacious, options to eat outside or inside and great food! 
4. When visiting, make sure you get off of Main Street and see what beautiful Mackinac Island has to offer. There is so much more than just Main Street! 
5. If you want the full Mackinac experience staying overnight is highly recommended. Once the last ferry leaves it is peaceful and quiet along Main Street. When you visit just for the day it is difficult to fit it all in. Staying overnight allows you to relax more and fit it all in. If staying overnight just isn't an option, I do recommend staying til the last ferry leaves and there are many campsite options on the mainland close by as well. 
I hope these 5 tips help plan your next visit to Mackinac Island! Stop in and say hello! 
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I have been wanting to redo our laundry room for a couple of years now. This winter was finally the time to do it. We bought our house in Petoskey in 2016.
Each room has needed updating to fit our style and the appliances were all outdated. I love navy and white and black. I decided with navy cabinets, black hardware, a basic utility sink which will be wrapped in wood for a more finished look. White marbled hexagon tile I chose for the flooring with a dark gray grout. For a counter I went with a birch butcher block from Lowes. Super easy to install and looks so nice!
I love the wallpaper I went with. It's refreshing and the colors are calming. It's not finished completely yet, I will share photos when it is completed!
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Meet Allie!
Allie has worked for Little Luxuries since 2019. She worked on the island in the stores the season of 2019 and since 2020 she now works remotely assisting in all aspects of the business; marketing, website, book keeping and more! Allie's creativity and organizational skills help make Nicole and the team successful. Allie is a joy to work with and spend time with outside of shop work. We are very thankful to have Allie be a huge part of Little Luxuries even though she can't be on the island all the time. 
Here's a little bit more about Allie .... 
Where did you grow up? I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania. 
What college did you attend? I attended Cedarville University in Ohio. 
How did you end up in Michigan? After college, I wanted a new adventure! I had visited friends that lived in Northern Michigan and fell in love with the Great Lakes and the area! 
What is your favorite thing to do when you're not working? I’m usually spending my time reading, taking my dog, Millie, for a walk or traveling with my husband!  
What do you love most about Mackinac Island? I love everything about Mackinac Island! One of my favorite parts is walking down Main Street first thing in the morning, when the streets are still quiet. If I have more time during the day, I love to go from Arch Rock to the Mackinac Island Airport, via Leslie Avenue. It’s beautiful anytime of the year! 
What is your favorite book of all time? I can never pick just one, but I do really love historical non-fiction! One of my favorite books is The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. 
What is your favorite retail store other than Little Luxuries? :) I love Catching Fireflies + Found in Ann Arbor. But if I’m not shopping small, I absolutely love Target! 
Thank you Allie! We hope our customers and readers know a little bit more about Allie and what happens behind the scenes at Little Luxuries!
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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!


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