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Zoey’s Selected Treasures: A Hidden Gem Round Every Corner

In-Focus | Published June 2, 2023


ST. CLAIR SHORES — Inspired by their shared passion for breathing new life into used treasures, father-daughter duo Marco and Stephanie Catalfio launched Zoey’s Selected Treasures in February to introduce the community to a diverse selection of previously owned yet carefully curated books, antiques, collectibles, household items and decor.

“It all started with my dad’s personal collection of books and a mix of his own photography, collectibles and other items he was interested in,” Stephanie said. “He’s an avid reader and has been a photographer for 65 years.”

Then, with the help and tireless work of Denise MacDonald, the Catalfios started hunting for antiques and found some intriguing pieces here and there, which they took pleasure in rescuing from the scrap heap and touching up when needed.

“A short time later, we got a gigantic shipment of books and, Holy Cannoli Batman, we were a used bookstore with other things mixed in!” Stephanie exclaimed.

The result is an eclectic haven for bibliophiles and collectors alike, featuring a wide range of titles spanning fiction, non-fiction, children’s literature, history, geography, pop culture and military studies.

Shelves are filled with books covering a variety of perspectives, from the “Diary of Anne Frank” to “Fallen Valor” to a collection of works by the renowned author Stephen King, as well as poignant accounts that illustrate how the machinery of war has evolved while the hopes and dreams of those struggling to survive it have remained unchanged.

With a little something for everyone, customers never know what’s around the next corner. They might be eyeing a vintage brass teapot or a 120-year-old fainting couch one minute, and the next they’re browsing through books on architecture or flipping through an enormous coffee table book on Alaska.

“You can walk around and look at Hot Wheels cars, check out our selection of Dr. Seuss books or go digging into the romance section for a juicy novel,” Stephanie said, adding that a visit to the shop is akin to going on a treasure hunt. “Shopping from home in your comfy clothes can be fun but, especially post-COVID, people crave a place to get out and walk around.”

Carefully arranged little vignettes complement the spirit of specific genres. These scenes celebrate a wide range of interests, including science, animals, astronomy, dogs, gardening, and even the world of horror.

“We have cases of books that we are still trying to figure out what to do with, so at least once a week I ask myself whose idea it was to buy all these books,” Stephanie laughs.

Marco’s limited edition photo art is also available for purchase in a variety of formats, including frameable sizes, tote bags, puzzles, blank cards and grouped photo sets.

To honor the shop’s namesake, Zoey, a beloved Malinois rescue, Stephanie and Marco contribute a portion of their profits to support Macomb County Animal Control. Additionally, they proudly support Vets Returning Home through separate contributions.

Mention this ad for a 10% discount on any book. Teachers and students, present your ID and receive a 25% discount on all books.

Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday by appointment only.

Zoey’s Selected Treasures is located at 31388 Harper Ave. in St. Clair Shores. For more information, call (586) 224-4824, visit and follow on Instagram.