Tooth Update, Charlevoix, Maison Jardin

Friday, May 20, 2011


                                               I have to begin this blog with an update on my tooth. My trip to the dentist revealed a tooth cracked to the root thus no repair was possible. So I am now minus one tooth. As painful as that sounds I am learning that the removal of a tooth that is cracked to the root is far less painful than living with it.
Actually, in spite of a trip to the dentist is has been a very busy week. I have been busy in the shop repairing, painting, finishing and busy collecting some great items from about 3 auctions this week. CJ has been home working on some design projects that have turned up this spring. After having a couple of slow years we are grateful for all the work that finds it way to our door.
One of the things I have been wanting to blog about for some time are our trips we make up north. We often have times to make great side trips when we have left our load at Then and Now in Petoskey. One of our favorite places to visit is the wonderful little summer resort community of Chalevoix. It is about 20 minutes away from Petoskey, has a population of about 3000 people that swells to about 30,000 in the summer, and is located between Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix
We love to drive around town and looks at Earl Young houses. Earl Young was a builder who built a number of houses in and around town out of mostly field stones and boulders found throughout northern Michigan. The houses are very whimsical and are often called mushroom houses, gnome houses, or hobbit houses because of their shapes.

However, one of our  main reasons to visit downtown is usually to visit a wonderful store called Maison Jardin. We love the look of this store and of the building. 
They carry a number of vintage items as well as new home decor items and in the last year really great clothes.

I have long wanted to share with you our love of this store and I hope a few of the pictures will entice a few of you to put this place on your list of places to visit if you are ever in northern Michigan.

We have a list of stores, antique shops and magazines/books that are an important sources of creative inspiration for us as we do our business and this little gem of a place always inspires us.

So if you are ever in Charlevoix please check this store which is located in a wonderful 100 year old plus building.

Now time for me to focus on making one more trip up to Petoskey this coming week and then back to Allegan Antique Market next weekend.

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