After losing their Algonquin Building space in January, Matthew Slaughter and his mother, Kathy, co-owners of the Next Summer home-design store, searched for a new location to lease.
“We were so nervous,” he said. “We felt like such a part of Saratoga Springs, and we were afraid we wouldn’t be able to find a place. Then our realtor told us there was one space left in the new Bonacio building, the Washington at 422 Broadway. We signed the lease March 1 and are so thrilled.”
The Washington, being constructed between Cantina and Lillian’s restaurants, will house Northshire Bookstore and Kilwins chocolate on its first floor. Next Summer will be on the side behind Kilwins on the first floor, Matthew Slaughter said. A lit, landscaped and heated walkway with benches will lead from the confectionary to the housewares and lifestyle store.
“We plan to hold different events in that area,” he said.
Being in the center of town and being in a Bonacio building is perfect for the Next Summer co-owners, who have also had a Bolton Landing store since 2008. Matthew Slaughter describes his wares as eclectic, ranging from a custom-made wooden puzzle of a Saratoga Race Track postcard to a sterling silver necklace in the shape of Lake George. Next Summer also offers all manner of contemporary dishes, vases, gifts, scarves and jewelry: “supplies for a good life,” as the store’s slogan says.
The shop has a great following of locals, Matthew Slaughter said, and he was looking forward to gaining the summer tourists as customers.
“Also, we have a large staff we couldn’t do without,” he said.
The Washington is due to be completed in mid-July; then its tenants will open.