Home decor shop features hand-picked items Piece and Story Sophia Kobs Shelley Adelson

Sophia Kobs and Shelley Adelson have known each other for years but are now co-owners to Piece and Story in Old Town.

Every piece of furniture, home accessory and art in a home has a story, according to Piece & Story owners in Old Town Scottsdale.

The shop specializes in vintage, antique and some new items.

Owners Shelley Adelson and Sophia Kobs met years ago when their children were in elementary school. Both have four sons.  

“We realized we had a lot of the same interests, same passions and we’d find ourselves going to the same places and picking out the same pieces and describing them to each other and we knew exactly what we were talking about,” said Kobs.

“We spent a lot of our time putting these pieces in our homes and making our own nest,” she added. “And then it got to the point where there was no more room for the stuff but we still loved it so much. And we thought why don’t we keep collecting these pieces and offer them to people?”

The business partners started out in an antique mall, renting a booth with the dream of opening up their own store.

That dream became a reality in November 2017 in a small storefront on 5th Avenue.  

“We wanted to have more of a local flair, not just a tourist attraction,” said Kobs. “We wanted to be a part of the community where we met, where our boys grew up, where our families still are. That’s what’s special about this location.”

The friends hand-pick each item sold in the store and are always adding new artifacts.

“We never know what pieces we’ll find when we go on a trip…It’s a work in progress,” said Kobs. “It’s a different store each time you come in.”

That’s one thing that sets the shop apart from other vintage stores.

“I think some people get a lot of the same thing in shipments but we’re always looking for unique items,” said Adelson. We might find 20 of one thing but usually we are selective with what we choose. We want high-quality.”

The owners shop for items all over the United States but they frequent California, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia.

“It’s very, very rare that we don’t agree,” said Adelson. “It’s crazy. When we first started doing this on our own, Sophia would say, ‘I have this light and I want you to see what you think of it for my dining room.’

“And I’d be like, ‘I know where it is. The back one on the right-hand side, hanging in the corner.’ And she’d be like, ‘How’d you see that?’ We both would see the same things.”

Pieces & Story doesn’t sell items online but they do ship. They also have a wish list from customers.

“When we go on trips, we do have customers looking for certain things and we try and find it and even send them a picture if we think they’ll like it,” said Adelson.

“Everyone has their own idea of taste and style,” said Kobs. “They want to tell their own story in their home. I think it’s very personalized.”

The shop carries a wide range of decor including mid-century modern and primitive French pieces.

As far as popular items, Kobs said, “For small pieces, African Trade beads (recycled glass in various colors) are very popular because they’re easy for travelers. They’re also easy for gifts and they’re easy for homeowners to drape around the home.”  

The store is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Information: pieceandstory.com