Finishing Touch Flowers Grows Into New Site

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Finishing Touch Flowers and Gifts was "bursting at the seams" after 10 years in Mario's Borgata.

In November, owner Debbee McDonald and her staff moved the flourishing flower shop to 108 E. Bonita Street.

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The ladies at Finishing Touch Flowers and Gifts bring more than 110 years combined experience to the designs they provide for their clients. The shop is now at 108 E. Bonita St. The shop's talented designers include (from left) Jen Jacobsen, Sue Barton, owner Debbee McDonald and Ashley Dryer.

"The move tripled our space and gave us, and more importantly, our clients more breathing room," McDonald said.

McDonald, along with designers Sue Barton and Jen Jacobsen, have more than 110 years combined experience in the floral industry. They also are introducing a new florist to the business, Ashley Dryer, who has been with the shop for about a year.

Actually, Dryer has been with McDonald longer than either Barton or Jacobsen. Barton came to the shop in mid-summer and Jacobsen joined in early October.

In addition to their many years of combined experience with flowers, the women at Finishing Touch have discovered that three of them are from New England, in fact they lived within about 20 miles of each other, McDonald said.

"I even made arrangements for her mother," Barton added.

Finishing Touch is more than a flower shop.

"We do so many things," McDonald said. "We have fresh, silk and dried flowers, we do custom designs, going to clients' homes to create pieces to give a ‘finishing touch' to their decor."

The shop can do everything for a wedding, except provide the gowns -- though they can rent tuxedos or business suits for the bridegroom and his attendants. The ladies at Finishing Touch can furnish it all, from the garter to building a castle for the bride. They even have a new limousine service.

"People should think of us a gift source, too," McDonald said. "We don't just do flowers."

Finishing Touch carries house plants, stuffed animals, balloon bouquets and balloon sculptures, gift baskets, gourmet baskets and special "romance baskets." Checking the shop's website, finishingtouchflower.com, will give a view to many of the wonderful products offered. There is even a questionnaire to help discover exactly what kind of floral arrangement best suits a personality.

They deliver both locally and worldwide and can provide costumed flower-grams.

McDonald has been in Payson since 1985 and has worked at other flower shops around town.

"It's nice to serve people we know personally and with whom we have a connection," she said.

The challenge is the product she and her designers use.

"It's a big challenge working with a perishable product. If it doesn't sell in two days, it goes in the garbage. We use a quality wholesaler and process material very carefully to make it last a long time. We work hard to do this and we pride ourselves on it."

Right now, McDonald and her staff are gearing up for Valentines Day, decorating the shop, placing the orders to get the flowers they expect to sell.

Finishing Touch is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (928) 474-8736 for more information.

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