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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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Do you ever wonder what a seasonal shop does during the off season? Here are a few things that we do to stay busy and get ready for the upcoming season!
*Spend time with family and friends! Since we are open 7 days a week for 7 months a year, I rarely get to spend time with extended family or even friends! A lot of the off season is spent with our loved ones, catching up and making memories! I also spend a lot of time with the boys when they aren’t in school. I love to take the time to make cookies for them, read them extra books or make a fun arts and craft project!
*Take trips! When it isn’t a pandemic, we spend a lot of time taking weekend trips, heading South for warmer weather! Andrew and I usually take a trip just the two of us to celebrate our anniversary and the end of one season before the next season begins! It’s nice to have just time for the two of us and to explore somewhere new!
*Evaluate the past season. Brainstorm what worked and what didn’t! I want to make sure that each season, we are improving and becoming the best shop we can to keep on selling the goodies that bring a smile to your face! 
*During November and December when the storefront is closed, we are very busy mailing out online orders and then opening on select days for Island residents to do their holiday shopping. 
*Order for the upcoming season! I spend a lot of time perusing catalogs, searching for new, unheard of artists and looking for unique goods for all three shops! This is one of my favorite things to do during the off season. Dream about new goodies that you’ll love!
*In January, I start to hire for the next season! If you’re interested in applying, read about the positions we have open HERE and then send an email with your resume and references to me (Nicole) at littleluxuriesmanager@yahoo.com
*Purge! I love a good deep clean! I spend a lot of time going through the shops, getting rid of old displays and thinking of ways to display goods!
*House projects! Since I’m so busy during the summer, I spend some days doing house projects, deep cleaning and decorating various spaces. Out with the old, in with the new!
The off season is filled with memories being made with our family and friends, plus administrative work to prepare for the upcoming season! It’s a lot of work, but I love it and wouldn’t trade it for the world!
Nicole
Xo 
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We're hiring for the 2021 season! Would you like to be a part of a passionate, hard working team and live and work on beautiful Mackinac Island, MI? 
At Little Luxuries, we are like family, and we take pride in our company. We believe that we work better when we all work together. 
We offer housing located on Mackinac Island, flexible with schedules, and we offer fun perks! We work hard to provide our customers with beautiful, carefully selected products each season. 
See our job opportunities below:
Retail Manager: 
April-November, previous retail experience, comfortable working in a fast pace environment, exceptional customer-service, hard working, creative, able to manage a team, multi-tasker and works six days a week.
Retail Associate: 
May-August & May-November
Very hard working, enjoys people, exceptional customer service skills, creative, pays attention to detail, comfortable working in a fast pace environment, team player
If you would like to be considered for one of these positions, please email littleluxuriesmanager@yahoo.comyour resume and references. Thank you for your interest! 
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2020, the year of our new normal.
This year, masks became our new normal. Everyone created a Zoom login for countless online meetings. School constantly fluctuated between online learning and masked learning. We counted how many guests could be in the shop at once. We ate and cooked at home more than ever before. 
In February, we took a family trip to NYC and Andrew and I escaped to Mexico in March. Those trips were fun escapes before we realized that we would be spending more time at home than ever before! 
This year was an unexpected gift in a lot of ways. We had more family time than we would have ever expected. The boys started distanced learning, we relocated from Petoskey to Mackinac early and spent our days in the fresh, cool air all throughout the spring.
I learned to pivot to more of an online shop than ever before and you showed up LOVING all the fun options! I was excited to offer Surprise Boxes, Curated Boxes, Online Trunk Shows and more! It was so fun to box up your orders for yourself, for friends and for those you loved on the front lines.
I'm ending the year grateful for the boys, grateful for our health and grateful for you. 
Xo,
Nicole 
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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.

Nicole Doud & Jenna Kator

Nicole Doud and Jenna Kator


Today, I wanted to share how I met Jenna! Jenna and I first met when we were both starting our businesses’. I was looking for a handbag line that would fit in at Little Luxuries and Jenna was just starting her business, the Jenna Kator Collection. Our business relationship quickly grew into a friendship and I count her as one of my dear friends. A few years ago, we created the custom Island Girl Handbag, that was only sold at Little Luxuries. This bag was for the Island Girl in all of us and had the perfect attachment to your bike handles. While this bag is no longer in production, it was such a joy to create that handbag with Jenna.


While Jenna mostly names her handbags for different cities around Michigan, this fall collection honors different areas and their zip codes. We have been sharing in our Instagram stories this week some of the bags, but I wanted to take a minute here to show off a few of the handbags from this Fall Collection that we are loving.

 

Jenna Kator Fall CollectionJenna Kator Fall Collection

906 Crossbody: 906 is the area code for Mackinac Island and the Upper Peninsula! Michigan’s Upper Peninsula presents attractions unmatched anywhere else, there are no words to explain the rugged, pristine beauty of the 906 region. Being hands free to explore is no problem with this 906 Crossbody that is just as beautiful and adventurous as the region.


517 Wallet: One of the original area codes, the 517 encompasses the state capitol along with the south central portion of the lower peninsula. Small town America is well represented with everyday simple joys and pleasures making the little things feel big.


989 Bucket Bag: Central and northeastern Lower Peninsula is the home of so many bucket list adventures, beautiful scenery, majestic lakes and hidden gems. Just like the 989 region, the 989 Bucket Handbag is spacious + stylish making this a bucket list accessory.


313 Laptop Work Bag: 313 encompasses the Metro-Detroit area which set the benchmark for hard work. The 313 Laptop|Workbag was designed to carry on the legacy and reputation that the 313 has set for the entire State of Michigan. Designed to work hard for the hard worker.


231 Tote: 231 is a vacationer’s paradise and everything outdoor enthusiasts could ask for bundled with beautiful quaint towns lining northern Lake Michigan.The 231 Tote was designed to hold all of your essentials for every day and memorable getaways. 


616 Handbag: Experience the lifestyle of art, culture, beer and food in the 616; making it a place that ignites all of your senses. The 616 Handbag has a relaxed creative design just like the area it represents.


We can’t wait for the FUN Virtual Trunk Show Weekend! If you have any questions, reach out to the staff at Little Luxuries via email (littleluxuriesmanager@yahoo.com), social media or by calling 906-847-9980. The DISCOUNT code will come out in an email THURSDAY evening for use on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 16th - October 18th. If you aren’t on our email list, head to the website homepage now (https://littleluxuriesofmackinac.com) to sign up.

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Fall at Little Luxuries
We have so many new goodies in the shop for fall that we absolutely adore. We know you’ll love them just as much as we do!

Matte Tin Pumpkin: Nested set of two matte tin pumpkin trays perfect for serving appetizers before dinner. 

Green Leaf Mug: 2-piece set. Glazed stoneware mug features green leaf exterior and exposed stoneware base. Arrives with wood bead spoon.

Salted Maple Caramel: An instant favorite. The simple maple-y sweetness of this buttery caramel sauce is the perfect partner for creamy vanilla ice cream, or spooned over a warm waffle with a cup of coffee for the best breakfast. 

Watercolor Turkey Napkin Set: Beautiful set of four napkins that will be a beautiful addition to your fall table.
 Root Dinner Candles: The art of fine dining requires the careful selection and display of eye-catching dinner candles. The understated elegance of Root Dinner Candles will grace any table setting with unique character.
 
Halloween Garland: Felt Halloween character and pom-pom garland.

Pumpkin Bread Bowl & Towel Set: Fluted ceramic bread bowl features debossed sentiment exterior. Arrives with folded printed cotton towel. This would make a great fall hostess gift! 

 

Pumpkin Chip & Dip: Ceramic watercolor pumpkin chip bowl features attached hand-painted leaf dip bowl.

We can’t wait to see what fall pieces you pick out and how you style them in your home! 
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