By Andrea Harwood Palmer
Shelly Walker is relocating her interior design business and showroom, Finishing Touches Home Décor.
The new location is at 450 E. High St. in Malta, on the corner of Route 9, across the highway from the Publik House. The property previously housed Collamer House Bike & Ski.
“I started a moving sale. The sale, had fliers and mailings—everything ready for a big sale. The following week, we had to close down. (Due to the coronavirus). I sold a few little things and put some larger items like furniture into our storage facility. We had to pack most of the store up and move it all with us to the new location,” said Walker.
“Thank goodness we have some friends who have been helping us move,” said Walker.
Finishing Touches was located just off of Exit 16 in Wilton. Walker closed on the purchase of the new building just before the state ordered business closures earlier this year.
Walker was forced to lay off her employee when she closed.
She began looking for a new location that would offer more passerby traffic. “We’ve renovated the inside, completely repainted, added landscaping and a patio. It looks great,” she said.
“Our new building has a whole bunch of windows. I’ll have different styles of blinds, shades, shutters, all the different window treatments. I’ve always done window treatments, but now it will be a whole lot easier for people to come in and see all the different options they can have,” said Walker.
“We also added a babies, kids and pet section. We’ll have more gift items. Things for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries. We’re adding a card and gift bag section. It’s a one-stop shop to pick up a gift, a card and a bag. We will continue to carry furniture, and of course we can order furniture for clients as we always have for design jobs,” she said.
Walker has been an interior designer for over 20 years. She opened her brick-and-mortar showroom in Wilton five years ago. She also maintains a well-received interior design blog on her website.
“My interior design work definitely kept me afloat while people weren’t able to come into my store. I was doing design work and working with clients outside of the store during that time,” said Walker.
Her services include renovations and remodeling; room restyling; model home staging; artwork and accessories selection and placement; bedding, pillows and slipcovers; table linens, flatware, dishes and glasses; lighting; furniture; pet beds; paint color, faux painting and wall coverings; window treatments; area rugs; holiday decorating; outdoor patios, kitchens and living areas; new home construction materials selection; and vacation restyling.
Finishing Touches Home Décor will re-open in their new location on June 23. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.
“We’re looking forward to seeing all of our friends and our people again,” said Walker.
Email is the best way to reach Walker, at email@example.com. The website is www.finishingtouchesstore.com