Spring has sprung in Northern Michigan and that means the arrival of wildflowers, longer days… and new treasures in local shops. After a quiet pandemic year, the shops are blooming with renewed energy and ideas…. Let’s take a tour!


Front Porch, Suttons Bay


Rifle Paper Company Drinkware by Corkcicle


How about gorgeous Rifle Paper Co. drinkware from Corkcicle? These triple-insulated drinkers are pretty in hydrangeas. Every purchase helps fund clean water projects around the world. (This company’s claim to fame is creating a Corkcicle – a bottle-deep wine stopper and chiller that can be frozen – like an icicle in the bottle - and used to keep wine cool while you sip.


Good Habit Towels


Your new go-to kitchen towels have arrived! Good Habit towels are ultra-absorbent… they absorb 5 times their weight in water, are quick-drying, and durable for over 300 washes. They remove up to 99% of bacteria from surfaces and are sustainably produced… 1 towel = 2.5 recycled bottles! These are made by Once Again Home Co. and their tagline is “Break the Paper Habit!”


Knibble Non-Stick Cheese Knife


…and introducing Knibble: The non-stick cheese knife that slices, spreads, and even forks to serve your nibbles. This fun new knife’s unique barbed blade creates air pockets to stop cheese from sticking. Plus the tiny stainless steel forks at the end of the blade are perfect for serving.




Two Fish, Leland


Handcrafted Planter by Local Artist Amy Gilmore


It’s spring! Choose from a handcrafted Fishtown planter from local artist Amy Gilmore or the Allen Design whimsical teal fish. Each is planted with an adorable succulent and gift boxed so it’s ready to give (or take home for yourself)!


Simply Southern Collection Tote




The new @simplysoutherncollection totes are practical and adorable. Great for the beach, everyday use, and well... everything! Even puppy selfies! Available in six fun colors and a smaller size too with fun charms to customize.





Delicate Dune Collection Jewelry


Take home a little bit of Michigan with Dune in Gold Vermeil necklaces! The Delicate Dune Collection is handcrafted in 14k Gold Vermeil with a choice of Sleeping Bear Dunes, Van's Beach sand, or crushed Leland Blue. This company’s fun promise is each necklace is “Handmade with Love & Sandy Hands in the USA.”




Cottonseed, Glen Arbor



Northern Nail Polish

Northern Nail Polish is here with spring colors! Handmade in Traverse City, these vegan, toxin-free, and chip-resistant polishes have colors inspired by and named after Michigan favorites. The Spring 2021 Collection includes 6 colors: Northville, Blueberry Festival, Dark Sky Park, Ginger Ale, Owosso, and Dodging Potholes. However, we are partial to the “M-22,” a holographic charcoal black full of rainbow shimmer in the sunshine. Or try the “Sleeping Bear,” taupe nail polish with a very slight shimmer inspired by the Legend of the Sleeping Bear Dunes.


Cottonseed Apparel

Cottonseed Apparel has just put out their latest spring collection of clothes – here’s a sneak peek! Expect the influence of life in the heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to be reflected in their new arrivals. Enjoy!



As spring arrives and summer follows suit, enjoy warm, lazy days shopping the shops in our area. Practice social distancing, mask-wearing as stores request – and, most of all, take home a piece of beautiful Northern Michigan to cherish.