Canvas & Paddle Turns One!

Happy birthday to us! What a wonderful and adventurous first year it has been. Read on to see what our shop looked like as we began the journey to open Canvas & Paddle and the days leading to our first opening day. We would not be anywhere without our amazing team members and our customers! THANK YOU for one great year. Here's to many, many more. 

The beginning stages: Nicole worked closely with local vendor, Matelski Lumber Company, out of Boyne Falls, MI and couldn't have been more pleased with how the pine wood turned out on the walls. The floor are also original wood! The shelves are live edge wood planks for a more rustic feel. The cash wrap was custom built by Nicole and her husband Andrew, while the remaining shelves and displays were found all across the great state of Michigan. It was such a fun process hunting for pieces that made Canvas & Paddle come alive.

We started receiving products and transported them to the shop, the Mackinac way! We have always had an amazing support system. Pictured on left is Andrew, Nicole and Robert - one of our all-time favorite vendors from Peninsulas. On the right is Dori (Nicole's mom) - who always has a smile on and was (and still is!) the best at finding unique pieces for displays for the shop.

Finally we had product and displays in place and were ready for the new season to start! We chose products that felt:

...Rustic enough to survive outside but refined enough to bring in the house
...Elegant, like an elk-antler chandelier
...Comfortable enough to keep you in your pajamas all weekend
...Nostalgic, like your grandparents' cabin
...Tough when you need it to be, delicate when you want it to be
...A faithful companion for long walks in the woods
...The place you miss most

And on May 5, 2017 our doors opened and we never looked back. Thank you again for all the supporters out there! As we celebrate this milestone birthday, we hope you can join us this season. Let's explore together.

Welcome to our blog!

The blog is here! 2018 has started off great with many new and exciting changes for Canvas and Paddle. This coming season, we will have even more great outdoors and "up north" products available both in store and online. Be sure to keep up with our blog and social media sites to see updates about our new products. (Of course we are bringing back our favorites as well!)

The Canvas and Paddle blog will keep you in the loop about upcoming sales and new products, as well as helpful insights to Mackinac Island and travels beyond. Useful tips for camping, the best hiking and canoeing spots in the Midwest, and more will be featured here, so stay tuned!