We had the good fortune of connecting with Tony and Laura Elizondo and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tony and Laura, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I started building furniture out of need. In 2005, I was just out of college, had moved out of my home state, and had purchased my first home. I didn’t have extra money to furnish my new house with the furniture I wanted so instead of spending money on furniture I didn’t want, I purchased some tools and learned how to make simple furniture pieces. When I met my husband, he also enjoyed woodworking so spending time together in the garage, building stuff for our home, was our quality time alone. We purchased a fixer upper in 2016 and completely remodeled the kitchen and living space. We redid the fireplace, built a custom island, made several home decor pieces, and built a 10 foot dining room table, just in time to host Thanksgiving that year. As friends and family learned about our hidden talent, they started asking us to build pieces for their homes. We also started using the big table we built to host DIY workshops where guests were able to learn how to use a tool, make a personalized home decor piece, and take it home with them. It wasn’t until we were asked to build a cash wrap for Screws and Sparkles, a local boutique shop in Buckeye, that we decided to take it a step further and make it an official business. We knew that our garage hobby was getting busier and evolving into something bigger and it was time to commit to growth or keep it at a hobby level. We decided to take the plunge into building the business. All of those years of building in the garage and connecting with others, paved the way for us to get to this place where we are busier than ever building a verity of pieces for home owners as well as business owners. And most recently we became vendors at Screws and Sparkles where we will have a booth of our own line of products consisting of furniture pieces, home decor and gifts so we are super excited about this next chapter in our business!

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
At Build It Creative Workshop, we like to think about our business, not just as furniture builders, but truly making home/business owners’ dreams and visions come to reality. Whether it is a piece built for a very specific space or an idea of a piece that flourishes into a masterpiece, we engage with the aesthetic desire, but also the functionality of the piece. We ask our clients a lot of questions to learn about the purpose for the piece so we can take it into consideration as we are building for them. Knowing what questions to ask and how they are relevant to what we are building has come with the lessons we’ve learned over the years as we’ve been mastering our skills. There’s definitely a lot of trial and error, and we are still learning so much; but every time we build a piece we learn something new. We have gained such an appreciation for different types of wood and the value the different types bring to each project. And while the self taught path is one that is not easy, the reward is great. We most certainly enjoy building pieces for our clients, but we also want people to not be afraid of picking up a tool and making something themselves. Power tools only appear to be scary, but once you use them, you learn that there’s nothing scary about them.

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?
First and foremost on the agenda would be some local shopping, starting with a visit to Screws and Sparkles in downtown Buckeye to shop from many local vendors. Dining options would consist of Cafe 25:35, Revolu, Barrio Queen, Saddle Mountain Brewing Company, DeGiNo Coffee Bar, and Molina’s Creperie are some of our favorite spots to visit. And for entertainment, we definitely enjoy the options at West Gate such as axe throwing, hiking across the valley, and even taking a drive up to Sedona.

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?
It takes a village to achieve success! Our village consists of our kids, who have grown up in the garage right alongside us. Laura’s parents, her sister Sonia, and her brother-in-law, Hector, who have always encouraged us to say yes to the requests we get as we expand out business and have been our greatest supporters, who are not afraid to get their hands dirty and get woodworker’s glitter (sawdust) all over them if we need help. We are also super grateful for those who have trusted us and given us the opportunity to build or make something for them, whether it was a sign or a full kitchen and dining room remodel, we appreciate it all as it is part of our story no matter what!

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Profile picture of Tony and Laura – Credit to Tica Photo All others were taken and owned by Laura Elizondo

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