We had the good fortune of connecting with Nikki Santigati and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nikki, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Choosing a career path is probably one of the toughest choices in life. When I graduated from college, I was given the opportunity to choose my own path. My father asked me what I was passionate about. That question changed my perspective and challenged the way I had viewed my life and career. I knew the answer to his question was to leave my corporate job behind to pursue my own business full time. That question eventually gave me the courage to stop treating my dream like a hobby. To stop using my talents to fuel other people’s success and start building my own. Leaving a steady paycheck to pursue that uncharted path was very scary, but I knew, deep down, I could do this. I knew I was willing to sacrifice, and work hard, and push my own limits. I could do whatever it would take to create something others could believe in too. Hard work creates its own luck. Even though the risks could have easily outweighed the possibilities, I took that leap of faith and have never looked back. I have leaned into every opportunity possible, and created many of my own. I hope to inspire others to take that chance on themselves. I hope others see me building my dreams, and it helps them believe they can build their own.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I spend a lot of my time researching, developing, and producing my products. My staple product line is completely unique. All of the recipes are formulated by me, and are handcrafted in small quantity batches. Every recipe was developed to address a specific need of my own or for someone I know. I spend a lot of time listening and communicating with my clientele. To ensure that I am staying innovative while producing products that assist the community as a whole. The rest of my professional time is spent networking and making connections, and educating myself in all sorts of subjects including herbalism, skin care, marketing, and other means of professional development.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?

Arizona is my home state so I love showing off Arizona’s beauty. South Mountain for a hike *one of my favorite views of the valley* Hillside spot for brunch, yum. Mango’s in Downtown Mesa is the spot for tacos. Rocket a Go-Go in Tempe is the best place to shop for some stellar unique finds. Wonderspaces interactive museum and Selfie World in Scottsdale are always a blast. In addition to a road trip to Bisbee, one of my favorite spots in the state.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?

My father Rocco Santigati is the reason I am on this amazing adventure. He has believed in me, made me feel loved, valued, and unstoppable. I will be forever grateful to have a father who is so loving, supportive and kind. Thank you for seeing the light inside me before I found it for myself! I love you dad!

In addition to recognizing my father I would like to shout out so many small businesses as they are the backing of the community. Here is just a small list of some of the amazing small local businesses around:

Ben @occultishwares (salves & tinctures)
Tess @spellbinding (tarot, candles & more)
Tiffany Hunt @paramedtattoo (tattoos & more)
Marsha @wickitlove.candle.co (candles & car infusers)
Tina @highheelsandvegetablepeels (fresh produce)
Annica @spook_shops (jewelry & events)
Dori @hentoothcottage ( witch, crafter, seamstress)
Courtney @crimsonsageapoth (handcrafted ritual tools & more)
Amy @artnight_az (artist & events)
Michele @eternalnoirjewelry (vintage jewelry)
@shadowpathparlour (ancestral arts, handcrafted items & more)

Website: https://coppercrescentbotanicals.com/

Instagram: @coppercrescent

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Image Credits
Darien Smith, AC Carlson

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