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Little Luxuries
We are excited to welcome new products to Little Luxuries for the 2019 season! This week, we are letting you in on a few new product lines that will be in the store this season. 
Beekman 1802
Beekman 1802 is located in Sharon Springs, NY. This lifestyle brand has become nationally known and grew faster than Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his parter Brent Ridge could have ever imagined. They learned to run their farm, making artisan goods and now are known all over the world. We will be carrying a variety of their beauty and body products this summer. If you have never tried the products before, we highly recommend you do. The large soap bars are wonderful! 
Pieces of Me
Pieces of Me is a jewelry lifestyle brand “Celebrating Strong, Beautiful Women, One Piece of Jewelry at a Time.” Pieces of Me was founded to help women find their feeling of value and true freedom. We know that you will love the jewelry we are carrying from their line AND it's a Michigan maker! 
Bee's Wrap
Bee’s Wrap was started as a more sustainable way for food storage in 2012. Created from organic cotton, beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin, Bee’s Wrap has created a sustainable and reusable plastic wrap. 
Dave's Sweet Tooth
Dave’s Sweet Tooth is an old fashioned (no machines, microwaves or assembly lines!) company creating an incredible toffee experience. We will be carrying their tasty sweet treats for you to tote around on the island when you are in need of an afternoon snack. They melt in your mouth and are SO good! 
June & December
June & December is a Michigan based company creating goods for home and life. They want all of their products to invoke memories and stories of day to day life, that can create meaningful conversations. Their products that we carry will remind you of special memories and hopefully help you create a few new memories, as well.  We have carried the line for a few years now and each year they come out with new items and beautiful new designs. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do! 
Boogie Toes
Boogie Toes will be a new parents favorite purchase! Created with anti-slip bottoms and filled with cute rattles on the toes, these socks will keep baby occupied and also safe when walking! 
Our Opening Celebration is Friday, April 26th from 10 AM - 6 PM. We hope to see you there for the festivities and to check out our new products! 
Nicole Doud
All Photos are Courtesy of their brands' websites
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Take the Monday Blues away by supporting a Michigan artisan, Ovella Wool, who we are featuring in today’s Monday Maker!
Ovella Wool
Ovella Wool all began in 2014 on a whim. Owner and creative, Justen was in the process of learning more about sustainable products for her family (mainly regarding cloth diapers) when her research led her into getting rid of fabric softener. Because she was no longer using fabric softener, she needed to find an alternative and taught herself how to make wool dryer balls. Through trial and error, she learned what worked and what did not work. Eventually, she perfected her technique and was gifting them to friends, as she encouraged her circle of influence to make this sustainable shift from fabric softener / dryer sheets to wool dryer balls. She happened to give them to a friend that worked at a wellness store and next thing she knew, she had her first retail store carrying her dryer balls! 
Ovella Wool
Since 2014, Ovella has expanded their line to include Verde from Ovella Wool products. These products are natural laundry detergent, home cleaners and soap. 
Did you know that Ovella is Gaelic for sheep? It was the perfect name for her business. As the years have progressed, Ovella Wool now purchases their wool from a local wool processor, and Justen dyes all of the wool herself.  Fun fact: her favorite colors are the colors in The Terra Collection! As Justen says: “Wool is such a great material, from being non-combustable to mildew resistant to completely reusable and renewable, it has so many functions that we can use it for. Wool dryer balls are just one of those.” 
Ovella Wool
Next time you are on Mackinac Island, stop into The Artists Market to see what we have in stock from Ovella Wool and give it a try! Your laundry will never be the same after. 
Photos Courtesy of Ovella Wool
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We are so excited to have Steel Southern Designs, out of Georgia at the Artists Market of Mackinac Island and we are featuring them today on Monday Maker! Steel Southern Designs made The Artists Market of Mackinac Sign that proudly hangs in the shop!

Steel Southern Designs

Steel Southern Designs was born out of a desire for two sisters to spend more time with their growing families, rather than working outside the home. They dreamed up an idea to create custom cut pieces that would turn into beautiful focal points and talking points in homes all over. 

Steel Southern Designs

They currently have the capacity to cut designs up to 5’ X 10’! The entire business is family owned and run, and all of the designs are created using aluminum, stainless and milk steel. If you take a look at the pictures on their website, you will truly see that they can do just about anything! Their creative motto states: “If you can think it, we can cut it.” 

Steel Southern Designs

We are excited to have this new artist to the shop! When you are on Mackinac Island, be sure to pop in to see our selection of their fun designs that decorate our walls!  

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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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Today’s Monday Maker is about Emmy Lou Bags! Emmy Lou Bags is owned and designed by Tammy, who resides in the Midwest, specifically Wisconsin, but she is originally from the great state of Michigan! 
Emmy Lou Bags
She creates unique, but functional bags with quality and purpose. Emmy Lou Bags creates and sells handmade bags, clutches and pouches. Every single bag is handmade by Tammy herself, right out of her home. You will notice that her products are made with different fabrics and leathers and all are unique and creative!
Emmy Lou BagsEmmy Lou Bags 
The Artists Market of Mackinac Island is the only retailer in the state of Michigan to carry Emmy Lou Bags. Next time you are on Mackinac Island, don’t forget to stop in and check out our selection of these products.
Photos Courtesy of Emmy Lou Bags
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