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After 32 years, Finishing Touches, the gifts and home accessories boutique at 48th and Prescott Avenue, is now just finishing.  

Founded by Harriet Potter, an interior designer who has retired, it's been operated by her partners, daughter Linda Spurrier, daughter-in-law Sandy Randolph, and manager Sandy Carpenter, who's considered the "adopted daughter."

A fixture in the College View Neighborhood for more than a generation, the store is closing out its merchandise, ranging from the whimsical and charming to the practical.

The store is half empty, and they could keep it open until September, but probably won't. The building was acquired earlier this year and the lease is up.  

Danpac Holdings LLC acquired the building and is jacking up the rent beyond what the partner-owners' said they're willing to pay.   

"It's astronomical," said Carpenter. "Even if we were doing very well we probably wouldn't pay it."

Neither will they move. 

"This has been our home," Carpenter said. "We're a neighborhood boutique store, we don't feel like we belong in a strip mall. If we can't be here, we're choosing not to be anywhere else."

This is not a happy ending.  

The city's separate closings of Prescott Avenue and 48th Street for rebuilding didn't make it easy to do business on that corner, said Carpenter, manager for the last 17 years. 

"What's upsetting more than anything, it's been in this community for 32 years," Carpenter said, criticizing the circumstances as much as the landlord. "They're about business. It's for them not to take into consideration our community.

"It's very unfortunate, not only for us, but for the city of Lincoln," Carpenter said. "The road was closed twice, it's been hard. If people were supporting local businesses more, perhaps we could pay the rent."

Randolph, too, said the rent change was "exorbitant" and the street closings, "not pleasant."

"The city doesn't move real fast," Randolph said. "But we had a good run at it."

The store's Facebook page displayed a framed reminder, quoting Abe Lincoln: "In the end, it's not the years in your life, it's the life in your years."

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