MALTA — This store’s new location has become the one-stop-shop for local home décor complete with a sweet treat: an ice cream parlor.
Finishing Touches Home Décor opened the doors to their new location this past Thursday. Exclusively a home décor store before moving to their new location, owner Shelly Walker said her husband has always wanted to open an ice cream store. When the new location offered the opportunity to open one, the couple knew they had to take advantage of it.
“The ice cream parlor is called Cookies and Cream. It’s a full-blown ice cream shop. We offer hard ice cream, soft ice cream, shakes, banana splits and ice cream cookies to name a few. We’ve been really busy,” Walker said.
The ice cream parlor was not the only addition to Finishing Touches. The decor store now features a baby and child section, pet section and displays several window treatment options.
“We have a lot more windows in this building so I put sample designs in most of the windows. People can now see the different styles of stain of window shades on the windows rather than just look at a tiny sample or online,” Walker said.
Since opening their doors at 450 East High Street in Malta, business has been busy. Walker said the store felt “tucked away” at its previous location at 217 Ballard Rd Wilton and was looking forward to the move.
“It’s been great. We’ve had steady traffic every day and it’s so much better than what we had in Wilton,” Walker said. “The people here are so nice, friendly and are always saying ‘we love that you’re here.’ Everyone in Malta is excited that we are there.”
The store is located on the corner of Route 9 and East High Street. Walker said the new store is aimed to sell gifts for special occasions. They are trying to offer more items for weddings, anniversaries and birthdays. Finishing Touches also offers gift cards and gift bags sets.
“There’s nothing like that in Malta, really,” Walker said.
The store aims to provide the “finishing touches” to anyone’s home. They not only offer artwork, mirrors, furniture, bedding and accessories, but also room re-styling as well. Walker focuses on items made in the United States as well.
Walker previously hoped to open her doors this past spring, but the pandemic put her on pause. She and her husband have spent their effort in remodeling, placing patio furniture outside and designing the ice cream parlor.
“We’re excited that we're busy. Even though we are at a new location, we still offer interior design along with other services,” Walker said.
Other services include: renovations, model home staging, artwork and accessories selection and placement and outdoor patios. Walker has over 20 years of experience in the design field after earning her degree at the Interior Design Institute in CA. She has participated in the Saratoga Builders Association Showcase of Homes and the Capital Region Builders and Remodelers Association Parade of Home.