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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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Jenna Kator

On Saturday, June 22nd Little Luxuries is welcoming Jenna Kator into the shop for her annual Trunk Show! We’re switching it up for our Monday Maker and sharing more about Jenna Kator, as a Michigan designer! 

Jenna Kator Handbag

In 2008 during the economic downturn, Jenna Kator took the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an entrepreneur and started marketing her vegan handbags at affordable prices, to give women a little pep in their step, while helping them save money.

Jenna Kator Wallet

Jenna Kator’s roots are here in the great state of Michigan. She pays tribute to the state in every bag and wristlet by naming them after different Michigan cities or landmarks.

Jenna Kator Handbag

The Women’s Wellness Weekend that is held on Mackinac Island each fall has been largely influenced by Jenna working to bring women to the island for a weekend of women, wellness and a wee bit of wine!

Jenna Kator Handbag
To meet Jenna Kator, handbag designer, come to Little Luxuries on Saturday, June 22nd from 2-4 PM. During the event, all handbags at 10% OFF and there will be a wristlet giveaway during the show! See you then!

Jenna Kator

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Mackinac Island Father's Day

Father’s Day will be here before you know it! We have rounded up a few of our favorite things in Little Luxuries that are perfect for the special Dad in your life!

Sunday Funday

  1. Sunday Funday Shirt: If your dad loves catching a game on Sunday’s, make sure he has this shirt to cheer on his favorite team!
  2. Collegiate MSU or UofM Pillows: Does your dad have a strong allegiance to MSU or UofM? Grab him one of these uniquely embroidered pillows, honoring his favorite team.
  3. Michigan Beer: Little Luxuries sells a wide variety of Michigan beer. Stop in to mix-n-match a 6 or 12 pack for Dad to enjoy! Don’t forget to pick up a coozie, too!

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Along with so many other dad gifts that we carry, we also have a great selection of Father’s Day cards, to capture just what you want to say to your family man! We’re open daily, starting at 9:30 AM, we can’t wait to see you and help you pick out the perfect present!

Father's Day on Mackinac

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Today’s Monday Maker is Elizabeth Hans, a Mackinac Island local who creates necklaces, earrings and barrettes that are sold at The Artists Market! 

Elizabeth Hans

Elizabeth works to create jewelry and barrettes from beautiful and unique natural materials. Her work is created from natural, semi-precious stone beads, pearls, crystals and shells, as well as unique objects, like Massachusetts sea glass, from where she grew up! The beautiful hair barrettes are made from handmade, heavy watercolor paper. 
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Elizabeth and her husband Dan reside on Mackinac Island May - October and then live in Pennsylvania the rest of the year. Next time you are in the Artists Market of Mackinac Island, stop in to see her beautiful designs! 
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Have you ever looked at Little Luxuries’ collection of Lake Art? Lake Art, custom made in Harbor Springs, Michigan (only about 45 minutes south of the Mackinac Bridge) is one of a kind and customizable! 

Lake Art

Lake Art is the company that started making 3D wooden lake maps, in the early 2000s. All of the orders are made in the United States by a small family owned and operated company and most of the process is done by hand! 
Lake Art
The number of layers on the art depends on the shape of the lake, so each one is creative and unique to the actual lake design. Lake Art has a pop of color included, with blue stain added to the natural coloring of the stain, as well. 
Next time you are in the shop, look at our collection of Lake Art! If you don’t see the lake you want on their list of offerings, they will work to make a custom map for you! 
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