We had the good fortune of connecting with Riëtte Bartlett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Riëtte, how does your business contribute to your community and make a difference to others?
Warehouse 215 has always been committed to supporting our local community alongside our ambitious business goals. Our venue location alone has been instrumental in changing the perception of the Warehouse District and downtown area which positively impacts our neighbors. Warehouse 215 has also actively lead and participated in an organization that helps promote local venues. This organization has not only focused on promoting our neighbors in business, but we have also planned and hosted gatherings to build our community relationships. We firmly believe in collaboration over the competition.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have been running venues since late 2009. It was a very interesting start since the economy crashed right as I entered the workforce and events industry. To me this did not matter, I knew what I wanted to do and I knew that I wanted to be in the service industry, I genuinely love working with clients and help them have the best possible event! So I buckled down and plugged away and slowly the events industry came back to life! My team and I have taken an extraordinary space that used to do events here and there and turned it into a very much sought after event venue! I am so incredibly proud of this and truly blessed to have found my niche so early in my career. My team and I are focused on offering our clients a product that they can be proud to present to their guests and clients, we love that our venue is a historical experience for all that come here. Between the amazing owners and wonderful team every obstacle along the way has been a small bump in the way, just part of the learning experience and journey to gaining new skills to handle the next obstacle with more grace.
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.
I love this city and would love to show this city off to anyone who came down. My favorite part about our city is all the little locally run restaurants!! We would spend the week eating! We would start the week at lunch at Carly’s, followed by a trip to the Children’s Museum with the kiddos. Dinner would be at Lolo’s Chicken and Waffles followed by a glorious carb coma! On day 2 we would rent a boat and go to Bartlett Lake, not to far outside of town but perfect for a relaxing day and picnic on the lake. Day 3 would be a trip the to Aquarium followed by lunch at Pangaea Dinosaur Grill, why do you ask, because the owner is always there making sure everyone has a great experience and takes serious pride in their restaurant, I have the utmost respect for that! Day 4 & 5 would be restaurant hopping in downtown phoenix! We would defenitly grab some BBQ at Trap Haus followed by dinner at Pomo, the next day lunch at Taco Celo followed by dinner at Cibo. We would probsably stop for either a desert or ice cream in between meals to make sure we make the best of our day. Day 6 would be a relaxing day by the pool! Pool time is an essential activity in Phoenix! On Day 7 we would leave Phoenix and do a turn around trip to Sedona and Flagstaff, if we are feeling very brave, all the way up to the Grand Canyon!
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?
David and Bentley Calverley have been absolutely instrumental in fostering my personal growth and passions in my professional career. They have created an environment where I was able to learn my strengths and weaknesses and how to overcome those weaknesses. They supported and helped guide some of my best and greatest ideas to ensure that it is successful for our business as well as good for our community. Without their support and guidance all the successes I have had in my professional career would have been minuscule in comparison to what I have accomplished.
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