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Chalk Contest, Craft Workshops, Boutique & More – Explore 44 Lakes Customized Gifts & Décor

Nestled on North Main Street is 44 Lakes Customized Gifts & Decor, an Adirondack style shop that includes customizable gifts. It provides so much more for the community besides an opportunity to find that something special to purchase for themselves or a loved one.

Owned by Kim Walter and Denise Dickson, the store provides over 20 local artists and vendors an opportunity to sell their products. Items rotate in the store so a visitor can find custom earrings one day and fragment candles another. Tumblers, mugs, customized plates, quilts and knitted blankets, prints, wreaths, holiday themed crafts, and more can be found inside the beautiful brick building.

Online reviews include this one from Tina S. “Love, love the store! Great customer service! Affordable prices!” Sonja M. wrote, “Great people, great atmosphere, great products … recommend! Great melts, smell amazing!”

Aspiring artists or those who love to craft, have the opportunity to take workshops at the store. Classes include making a painted and decorated wine bottle and glass set, creating a mushroom canvas painting, producing a patriotic ribbon flag and birdhouse trays. They also offer sensory classes with both children and adults welcome to attend. A 4-H Club conducts art themed meetings at the shop and birthday parties can also be booked at the facility.

At Christmas time, Santa visited, and the shop gave a gift to the children who had a photo taken with the jolly old elf. At Easter, the bunny came, and children were invited to visit and enter a coloring contest to win a prize.

In March, they participated in a Mardi Gras themed celebration in Downtown Gloversville by offering beignets and café au laits while The Nolanauts band marched into their store to play a few tunes before heading to The Glove Theatre for a performance.

Now, they are celebrating spring with organizing a Sidewalk Chalk Contest on May 18 at 11 a.m. Participants are encouraged to sign up by messaging the store through its Facebook page or by calling the store at (518) 775-8634. The rain date is May 25. Contestants are split up into age groups. In the category for ages 12 to adult, the top two winners will split all the money donated. In the category for ages 11 and under, the two winners will each win a gift bag. Those ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

When exploring Downtown Gloversville, explore your inner artists as well at 44 Lakes Customized Gifts & Décor.


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