We had the good fortune of connecting with Tony Barsotti and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tony, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
To be honest I’m not sure I had an exact idea of starting a business. I was always heavily into building things and fascinated by design & always wanted to work for myself and with other people that were creating things. It seemed pretty effortless to jump right In and start taking on projects & building things, whether I knew how to or not. The uncertainty of the outcome was the risk I was willing to take. I would take on projects that would require a tool I didn’t have, and a process I’ve never experienced, then learn about the tool while doing the job, and with just a little time it would turn out pretty good. Essentially I was being paid to learn, and at that point I knew I was going the right direction and was hooked. It’s actually really fun and gratifying, still is to this day!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think what separates me from other designers & fabricators, is that I am completely boutique, and I am somewhat versatile. I can help design, render, build and also offer CNC routing services. If something is out of my wheelhouse, I can easily recommend somebody to help a client get what they are looking for. The love of taking on different clients and projects keeps me fresh and learning new things! No matter how unexperienced someone is, envisioning their own project, more times than not they have an outlook or solution that I’ve never considered, so I’m always learning or passing it on! I can’t say it was always easy. Having a crash course in design, scale engineering & building definitely comes with its challenges, but they are challenges I welcome. I often try to take on a project that’s about 25% out of my comfort zone, this way I walk away with something new, and of course get blasted with some much needed dopamine 🙂 Learning to enjoy the process of problem solving and the reward of finishing a project & making someone happy definitely helps buff out some of the challenges . One of the more exciting things that I got to experience and I’m very proud of, was the design, build out and ownership of The Lounge Here bar/restaurant. Designing the lounge came with many challenges, that once again, I had to TRY to enjoy the process and get to the finish line. Once finished, the reward was pretty remarkable. I am forever changed after dealing with city regulations and restrictions. I may be adding that on my list of things not to do 🙂
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If it were pre-pandemic I would annoyingly pressure someone new to town to go with me to Cedar Ridge Preserve (one of my favorite hiking spots). The Lounge Here, Desta’s Ethiopian restaurant or Cosmic cup, then maybe the Doublewide for an entertaining night cap.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Wow, while I think about this question there are a lot of people and companies to thank that gave me great opportunities. I was lucky enough to be surrounded by photographers, solon owners and musicians that would let me take on their small projects and help me get some experience along the way. My monumental opportunity was being asked (damn, 18 yrs ago) to build & design all the hairdressers stations for a Dallas salon, named Sweet 200. After doing that big project in a small garage, it gave me the confidence to take on other clients where I built sets and props for JC pennies, Nieman Marcus, Mary Kay and Fossil.
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Melissa Hennings -Interior shot Tony Barsotti- interior wall shot Mark Roach- Teardrop trailer shot Bob Suffolk- studio desk Fernando Ceja -Game table shot