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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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As you know, fall is one of my favorite seasons, yet it goes by so quickly! The weather in northern Michigan has recently seemed to turn colder and rainy. We are hoping for a few sunny, beautiful fall days to enjoy this month. 
Each year, October seems to be a whirlwind month. Our fall sale keeps our staff busy, tourists flood the streets on weekends, our fall shopping event takes place, and we close out the season celebrating Halloween October 25-27. With restaurants and shops closing up the end of the month, our family tries to go out to dinner a little more. With kids, we love the Yankee Rebel, Gate House (where Andrew and I first met), Millies and Mary's Bistro. They all have great options for kids and mom and dad too!
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Jenna Kator Trunk Show
Now, the most important event of the month and season really, is the Women's Wellness Weekend. Seven years ago a group of like-minded business owners got together to create a refreshing, women's weekend focused on health, friendships and a little bit of wine! My close friend and vendor, Jenna Kator has a huge love for Mackinac Island. When she learned about the event, she thought, "I want to bring a group of women to this great weekend getaway." We carry Jenna's beautiful handbags in Little Luxuries. To tie her handbags into this event, Little Luxuries' hosts a private trunk show for her group of women. This year's group is her largest - 120 women! Since we can't fit all 120 women inside of Little Luxuries at one time, the trunk show shopping event will also take place inside The Artists Market and Canvas and Paddle. We are very excited to host this special event and have so many women in our stores at one time! Best of all, the Women's Wellness Weekend supports the Mackinac Island Community Cancer Fund. In these short seven years, we have raised over 170,000! Last week, there was an end of the season women's dinner at Grand Hotel supporting the Cancer Fund. Over 100 women attended and it was such a great time! What a special way to close out the 2019 season. 
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As I mentioned before, fall is my favorite season and now you can see why! There are too many great events taking place this time of year before the island hibernates. 
If you have never visited Mackinac Island in the fall, add it to your bucket list! 
Nicole
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Today’s Monday Maker is Iconic Detroit Art. Their tag line is “Art that honors the past - Art that helps forge the future.” 
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Their artwork is meant for you to enjoy, while also supporting a community of artists that value Detroit’s and Greater Michigan’s culture. We sell a variety of their coasters that all pay tribute to Mackinac Island, Northern Michigan and the entire state Michigan! We love the ones that specialize in showcasing Mackinac Island: including Greetings from Mackinac Island, M-185 and so many other fun local ones. 
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Proceeds from each purchase benefit the region’s artistic endeavors. We love being part of Iconic Detroit’s efforts to bring more art to the region! Stop in while we are still open to grab one of their coasters. 
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I can’t believe that it’s already the end of the second week of October! It has been a beautiful fall, with sunshine and the leaves changing. October on Mackinac Island is one of my favorite times! The island slows down and there is an air of expectation, as we know there are only a few weeks left in the season.

Fall on Mackinac Island

Stores start to have their end of the year sale and we are no exception! Currently, our items are on sale from 20-30% OFF at all three of the shops: Little Luxuries, The Artists Market and Canvas and Paddle.

Fall on Mackinac Island

This coming week, we have our annual Witches Brew Shopping Event, on Tuesday, October 15th from 5-8 PM. The stores will be marked down to 40% OFF, there will be giveaways, pumpkin treats and our favorite fall wine, Witches Brew. We hope to see you at the shops for this fun event, to help us clear out our 2019 inventory and make way for exciting new products in 2020!

Fall on Mackinac Island

As always, as we start to come to a close for 2019, I am thankful for your love and support of Mackinac Island and especially my three shops

Xoxo, 

Nicole 

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Today’s Monday Maker is about Martens Printworks, from right here in Michigan! We have have been proud to carry this company run by Petrus Martens. 
Martens Printworks
Martens Printworks creates a vintage style print where the Great Lakes and Michigan are displayed in a fresh and exciting way, while also making a nod at design work of the past.
Martens Printworks
All of the artwork is printed in Michigan on quality, archival paper with lightfast ink. 
We hope that you will stop by and check out these unique and beautifully creative prints! We are open until October 28th and hope to see you before then!
Photos from https://www.martensprintworks.com 
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Mackinac Memories & Peninsula Prints

Today’s Monday Maker is about a Mackinac artist, Mackinac Memories & Peninsula Prints, a mother / daughter artistic team!

Mackinac Memories & Peninsula Prints

Jennifer and Natalia explore the island by bike and by foot, seeking inspiration wherever they can find it! They have created beautiful books, photography and prints from things they have seen on Mackinac Island and around Michigan!

Mackinac Memories & Peninsula Prints

The books, The Gardens of Mackinac Island and An Introduction to the Gardens of Mackinac Island by Jack Barnwell (who we featured on a Monday Maker here) feature the photography of Jennifer! We also sell their coloring book, Mindful Mackinac and the book, Triple the Fun (available at Little Luxuries) which features their illustrated work!

Mackinac Memories & Peninsula Prints

Natalia has beautiful block prints that we carry, from her business Peninsula Prints. Block printing dates back hundreds of years and is truly amazing art! First she draws the image, then carves it out and then prints the image. To see more about block printing, visit her website here. Natalia’s original block prints are designs from Mackinac Island and other places in Michigan.


We hope that you will stop in to see Mackinac Memories & Peninsula Prints at The Artists Market of Mackinac Island! We love supporting local artists, especially ones that work and create right here on Mackinac!

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