Betty Haskell and Rebecca Ennis believe their business is a blessing, right down to the name.
“When we were trying to pick a name, we decided we would email each other with three names,” Haskell said. “We both had The Perfect Piece on our list.”
Inspired by the Bible verse Isaiah 26:3, The Perfect Piece has lived up to its billing, Ennis said.
“Customers are always saying ‘Oh, it’s the perfect piece!’” Ennis said.
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The home decor and gift store offers consigned goods as well as inventory from furniture markets and model homes. Thirty-nine vendor booths, which the women call a store within a store, line the perimeter. The center showroom is packed with furniture and decor, all staged as if in a designer home.
The business grew out of an experience decorating an apartment for the Haskells’ daughter during her college years. The family hit area yard sales and were amazed at the great finds.
“We furnished the best apartment for her,” Haskell said.
In 2012, Haskell approached Ennis with the idea for a store. Within months, they had opened shop.
“I had three months of severance from my job, and it took us exactly three months,” Haskell said. “The business was debt-free our first year.”
The store originally opened in a 5,000-square-foot space in 2012 and now occupies the entire 11,000-square-foot building on East Chatham Street in downtown Cary.
An outside area, which at one time was a bank drive-through, has been fenced in to showcase outdoor furniture and decor.
“For the longest time, people would come through the drive-through looking for the bank,” Ennis said.
A perk for customers is the in-house designers.
“If a customer comes in with a picture of new bookshelves and asks what to do with them, we’ll help,” said Ennis, who is an interior designer.
Inventory is limited to current styles.
“We are very selective,” Ennis said. “We’ve learned what our customer wants, and that’s trendy and current pieces.”
Their formula has proved successful. Almost all of their their furniture sells, Haskell said. Regular turnover means the store’s offerings are always changing.
“It’s like Christmas every day,” Haskell said.
The Perfect Piece is a family business. Ennis is Haskell’s niece by marriage. Robert Haskell and Kevin Ennis, the women’s husbands, help with carpentry, bookkeeping, moving furniture and pitching in as cashiers in a pinch. The couples’ four daughters all work at the store.
As if by divine providence, the building they chose was filled with family history. It once was a grocery store where both of their fathers had worked decades before.
“What is it we always say?” Haskell asked Ennis. “God is good all the time.”
“All the time, God is good,” the women finished the saying together.
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About The Perfect Piece
Location: 200 E. Chatham St., Cary
Contact: 919-460-9841, email@example.com
Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Sunday