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Lakeshore Dry Goods
This week’s Monday Maker is focused on Lakeshore Dry Goods, based in Petoskey, Michigan! 
Lakeshore Dry Good creates organic cotton t-shirt hair towels that will completely change the way you feel about the days you have to wash your hair. Power couple, Pam & Christian Colby created this company to bring a new experience and a healthier way to dry your hair. Their Sunrise Bliss line is made with organic cotton to help reduce breakage, frizz, tangles and the amount of time it takes to dry your hair. 
Once you own one of these towels for yourself, you will want to give them to everyone you know! The Sunrise Bliss towel makes a great Mother’s Day present, birthday gift, bridesmaid gift, teacher gift or best friend gift or just because surprise.
Lakeshore Dry Goods 
I personally love using this towel and anyone I talk to shares the same feelings! The really work great and I’m so glad that we can carry this line of organic hair towels in the shop!
Currently, their towels are available in 15+ retailers around the USA and growing! The Artists Market is a proud retailer of this product and the only retailer on Mackinac Island to sell this product. If you want to make a change in your hair care process, adding this towel to your drying process will do wonders for your hair care. Next time you pop into The Artists Market, check out our selection of Lakeshore Dry Goods’ Sunrise Bliss Towels - you won’t be disappointed! 
Lakeshore Dry Goods
Photos Courtesy of Lakeshore Dry Goods
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Letter writing seems to continually become less and less commonplace in today’s society. However, at The Artists Market on Mackinac we have found a few artists and companies who will make you want to reach out to your best pals via snail mail, because of their trendy and chic letter products. 


Photo Courtesy of Hazel + Dolly

Today’s Monday Maker is focusing on Hazel and Dolly, a Detroit company focused on bringing back the art of letter writing! Rachael, owner of Hazel + Dolly guarantees locally sourced sustainable materials that are created into modern and fun cards and prints. 
Photo Courtesy of Hazel + Dolly
Their designs range from cute kiwi on the front, to sayings like, “This is a paper hug” and other sassy sayings. Next time you are on Mackinac Island, pop into The Artists Market to see what card you can find for your favorite pen pal or if you don’t want to wait to shop her latest line, visit her website here! Hazel + Dolly also specializes in custom press, so if you have any idea that you’ve been thinking about for a while, reach out and see what Rachael from Hazel + Dolly can do for you!  
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It’s time for Monday Maker, highlighting Lovable Lobes! These stylish, leather earrings are carried at our sister shop, the Artists Market.

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Owner of Lovable Lobes, Danae wanted a cute dangly earring, but didn’t love the weight of large, dangly earrings. So she decided to do something about it- by creating stylish leather earrings. The leather earrings from Lovable Lobes are trendy, stylish and affordable! Using different shapes, sizes, textures and colors this artist has a little something that everyone will love to wear.

Lovable Lobes

Next time you’re on Mackinac Island, pop in to view our selection of Danae’s beautiful leather selection that we carry at the Artists Market.

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It’s time for MONDAY MAKER! Today we are talking about Change Wellness, from right here in Michigan! All the products are made with natural, quality ingredients and carried in The Artists Market, our sister store.
Change Wellness started in 2014, in Oxford, Michigan. The founder / owner Tina wanted to make sure the products her family used were all natural and made with quality ingredients. She self – taught everything she knows now, and we are excited to carry her at the Artists Market!
Change Wellness has a variety of products available. Two of our favorites that we carry include:
Dead Sea Clay Soap, which is made up of twenty-one different minerals! These minerals are supposed to help problem areas on your skin, aching joints and event fluid retention (all according the Change Website and their research).
Soothe Facial Toner, helps hydrate your skin and benefits skin texture.
Change Soap - Dead Sea
After a long day out in the sun on Mackinac Island, it’s great to have these products on hand to rejuvenate your skin and take some time to take care of yourself. Next time you pop into the Artists Market, be sure to check out our section promoting Change Wellness in the shop!
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Happy Friday from our store to YOU! 

September is off to a great start and I am loving the coming of fall this time of year! For this blog, I wanted to share what my family and I would consider a perfect September day on Mackinac Island! Read along for a taste of beauty and some ideas for your next island visit:

First, a morning wake-up drink from Lucky Bean Coffeehouse is a must...

... Then, a bike ride around the island on M-185, taking stops at your favorite scenic photos...

...If you've never been inside The Grand Hotel, you must! It is worth the $10 to take a self-guided tour through the famous historic hotel. Head to the very top, to the Cupola bar, for more beautiful views of the island and the Straits of Mackinac and for a delicious cocktail or mocktail! The News Stand in the hotel is a cute little shop with magazines, books about the Grand Hotel, cards, snacks and beverages. I like to look at the sweet cards and pick up a homemade caramel... 

...On your bike ride or walk back downtown, take a little detour in the 'forest' just before the hotel. It's a peaceful walk through trails that leads you to the famous Esther Williams Pool and even a 'Secret Garden'... 

...For lunch, I suggest the Tea Room inside Fort Mackinac. The Tea Room has some of the best views, the food is light but delicious and then you can tour Fort Mackinac following lunch...

...Of course shopping has to be on your agenda! Hit the local shops on Main Street and Market Street. Make sure you visit Little LuxuriesArtists Market and Canvas and Paddle!...

...While downtown, visit the famous  Pink Pony bar and America's Oldest Grocery Store, Doud's Market... 

...Need a rest? Find a spot in Marquette Park to relax and watch the boats in the harbor, or just people watch along Main Street... 

...For dinner, if you want to escape downtown, head for a leisurely bike ride to the Woods Restaurant, or the restaurant at Stonecliffe Inn. After dinner, go to Sunset Rock, which is behind Stonecliffe Inn, for some stunning sunset views overlooking the Mackinac Bridge ...

...On your ride back downtown, take a bike ride through the Annex, a historic neighborhood just past the West Bluff. There are beautiful homes and landscape to enjoy...

...By this time, it's probably time to catch an evening boat back to the mainland. Hope these insider tips for a perfect day on the island are helpful! 





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