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Within a historic building in Malta, Shelly Walker and Doug Dockendorf have created a unique shopping experience that has something for everyone to enjoy, inside or out!

Where Character is Built In

The Finishing Touches Home Décor store originally opened seven years ago in Wilton. To bring the former Gurn Springs Methodist Episcopal Church, which was originally built in 1885, back to life, they completed extensive renovations. The result was a beautiful structure with an atmosphere that was entirely unique.

When Finishing Touches decided to relocate, they chose another historic property, rich with character.

They are now located in the Wiggins-Collamer House. Built in 1835, it served as the Malta Town Hall building in the 1970s, and was designated a Malta Town Landmark a decade later. In 2007, it was placed on the State and National Register of Historic Places.

“This location is a hundred percent better,” said Shelly. Situated in a prime spot on Route 9, just three miles from Saratoga Springs, Finishes Touches has become so much more than it was before. 

Custom is Customary

There’s nothing cookie-cutter about Finishes Touches. 

As an award-winning interior designer, Shelly Walker and the Finishing Touches team help clients select cabinets, countertops, flooring, lighting, paint, wall coverings, faucets and fixtures - whether it’s for a small home renovation or an entirely new structure. They’ll also assist you with choosing the right furniture, lighting, and rugs to make your outdoor patios and living areas feel comfortable and inviting.

“No matter what a customer wants, that’s what we give to them,” said Shelly. 

She is constantly searching home décor and lifestyle shows for special designer pieces and works with local artisans and craftsman to make your dream a reality. Custom window coverings, comforters, duvet covers, bed skirts, pillows and slipcovers can also be created to complement any style. Stop-in the shop to browse through a wide selection of special-order items, try out the furniture, and find something completely unexpected.

But, wait! We can’t forget to mention Finishing Touches wonderous room re-stylings, model home staging that helps sellers get the most for their home, and their holiday decorating which is sure to leave the whole neighborhood in absolute awe. 

Gifts Galore!

While the designing work is accomplished upstairs, on the main floor of Finishing Touches is a bonanza of gift items. 

Whether you’re shopping for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, showers, the holidays, or anything in-between, you’ll be delighted to feast your eyes on the amazingly lush array of fantastic faux greenery, richly textured fabrics, substantial wood pieces, and glamourous metallic décor. 

Dress up any table with gorgeous linens, flatware, dishes and glasses. There’s lots of interesting wall art, lighting, and room embellishments that you’ll want to get two of (so you can keep one for yourself!)

Finishing Touches also carries many locally-made products; wooden cutting boards, thick beeswax candles wonderfully molded into beautiful designs and fun shapes, and yummy food items including products from Saratoga Peanut Butter Company, Sundae’s Best Hot Fudge Sauces, and The Country Corner Cafe jams. 

A Welcome Treat

In 2020, Cookies and Cream opened inside Finishes Touches (customers can order while remaining outdoors from their four walk-up windows). Serving 20+ flavors of hard ice cream, they also have soft serve, shakes, flurries, floats, non-fat yogurt, ice cream sandwiches and sundaes (including cider donut sundaes for fall).

There are nostalgic favorites like Dole Whip, and modern novelties including affogato, an Italian coffee-based dessert where the sweetness of ice cream is paired with the sharpness of espresso. 

This year, Finishing Touches also added The Coffee Bar, serving lattes, espresso, cappuccino, hot chocolate, iced coffee, pastries and cheesecake. As the weather cools, they’ll be featuring special seasonal items like pumpkin spiced lattes, teas in fall flavors, and cider donuts. 

Grab a coffee and peruse the store, discuss your design plan, or to enjoy while chatting with friends in their nice outdoor dining area while the kids play with games; cornhole, Jenga, checkers, and Connect 4, or take advantage of the adjacent town basketball courts.

Located at 450 East High Street in Malta, find the Finishes Touches Store on Facebook, Instagram, and by visiting finishingtouchesstore.com

Look for Pop-ups with Pastries coming this fall showcasing work by local artisans.

 


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