Hot in July

WOW, what a month it’s been!

I was hit with the heat at the beginning of the month, as the 80s are not my favorite temperatures, and it made for some pretty uncomfortable days at work and nights of sleep. But, I made it through, of course, and just kept focusing on work. July (and all of June) has been some of the most hard-working moments for me, and I am definitely not in the best shape I used to be in either. Thankfully work has evened out better and I’m not so hit by the labor of candy making. And the candy making in general has been working out pretty well, despite all the mandates and extra preparedness procedures that we’ve been following this summer at May’s Candy Shop.

Peanut butter fudge
Love Potion fudge – our coffee chocolate fudge
A batch of Monsters, with caramel setting and waiting for a layer of chocolate on top
Peco flake – our brittle with peanut and coconut
Cherry fudge waiting to be flipped
Blueberry fudge

Although some places downtown have opted to stay closed for the season, others have changed gears and reopened as new businesses. The Old Time Photo shop has turned into a Little Bookstore, and I’m definitely all for it!

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been spending at least a partial day off the island to give my car a good drive around St. Ignace, and just being able to drive around for an hour or two is a nice enough break from the island sometimes! St. Ignace also has some wonderful places to visit, such as their Museum of Ojibwa Culture, as well as a few shopping places downtown like the French Outpost. But once I’ve done my driving, I just hop back on the boat.

Boat views
On one of the few rainy days we’ve had recently

I’ve had the pleasure of at least taking walks around the areas of the island close to downtown, including places like the Grand Hotel’s secret garden, the boardwalk, and Devil’s kitchen. M-185 was closed for repairs for awhile but has opened back up recently. You can still see some erosion in spots but for the most part it is bikeable. I recently decided to walk to Devil’s kitchen and the views did not disappoint, with clear blue water and splashing waves against the boulders protecting the island, watching the ferries sail by along with a rogue speedboat or freighter passing through, and the wildflowers growing over every spot available, the views were enjoyable all over the place.

Peeking at Devil’s Kitchen

I hope to continue getting more walks in and hopefully venturing further into the island if my schedule allows it ~ and here’s hoping for steady work to continue at my fudge shop, and for everyone’s businesses downtown. Take care, everyone!

Until next time,

Heather

 

Memories from June

What a whirlwind the month of June has been!

Last month (I can’t believe it’s July already) has been filled with all kinds of new beginnings, including starting up my business much later in the season than  I’m used to. The vast majority of islanders are very serious about mask wearing, and businesses here are certainly doing their part to keep their employees and customers safe with social distancing and mask wearing in stores. I myself had a heck of a time getting plexiglass installed, but I have to say that the end result tuned out to be a good match with the overall store decor, plus (and more importantly) provides a barrier between customers and the marble slabs where I make all of my candy.

Since I missed out the income that I usually get from May and early June, I’ve been making most of the candy myself, along with some help from my candy gals (that’s the name I call my salesclerks!) as well as a few very supportive island friends of mine.  There’s one thing for sure that has remained exactly the same, and  that is the tried and true May’s family recipe for candies, including fudge.

Classic Chocolate Fudge
Grandpa’s Peanut Brittle, thinnest in town!
One of our newest flavors, Love Potion: A coffee flavored fudge using coffee from my sister’s store, Lucky Bean Coffeeshop

 

Along with the long hours of hard work going into the fudge shop, I do my best to get out and at least run errands around town. Mask wearing among tourists seems pretty low, but I feel as though it’s been going up more recently. We absolutely want all visitors to know they should at least bring a face mask on your trip here, since many stores will require you to have one on in their stores.

 

 

The scene down by Carriage Tours with 6 feet distancing markers
Fort Hill and Marquette Park – still a gorgeous view in June
I don’t know why I took this picture so far away from the sign, lol – these blue sandwich boards can be found all over, encouraging visitors to wear masks and keep a safe distance from others

One thing we missed this year was the Lilac Festival, but the lilacs still showed up for us! I had planned on opening my shop the day after the scheduled day for the Lilac Parade, and therefore was able to take a little time to walk among the lilacs:


And just a few more views from down by the lake…

I’m looking forward to having a healthy and fun July month! I hope you’re all staying safe out there, too! Until next time,

Heather

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Slow Open

Congratulations everyone, we made it through May!

The weather is steadily getting nicer, the flowers are steadily blooming, and stores are slowly starting to open. The island has participated in a “soft soft opening” to the season, keeping the elders of our community in mind as we get the tourist season started up. I’ve ventured out a few times recently for more than just the mail, and am starting to enjoy more of the nature coming alive outside my window as well.

Two morning doves have found a new place to build a nest, just outside my window! They were working on it for a full day a few days ago, using the cut off branch as a nice landing pad.

A shipment of flowers rounding the corner onto Cadotte Ave…

My sister arrived back on the island a couple weeks ago as well. The boat lines have made many changes to their services in the time of Covid-19, including requiring guests wear masks on the boat, and cleaning seats off between each boat ride.

I recently left the island to move my car out of winter parking and into summer parking, as well as pick up my resident pass for Shepler’s. The ride was great, and I missed the wavy rides of a fast ferry ride! I haven’t left the island since mid-March, which isn’t that long, but considering the fact that I’ve stayed home for the majority of that time, it seemed MUCH longer. Anyway, it was nice to enjoy the lake breeze on the return trip home.

For those of you interested, you can find a list of store openings on Mackinac Island’s tourism bureau website, right here. Who’s looking forward to a trip to the island this summer, and when are you planning to come? Is there anyone playing it safe and delaying their trip to next year?

Stay safe everyone! Until next time…

Heather

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