Nick Campisano and Joshua James - Born & Raised Hospitality
A Tucson native, Nicholas Campisano explored his need for adventure by moving to Southern California. It was there he refined his high expectations of entertainment, quality and service by opening a string of new age lounges along the coast of California. In Arizona, his leadership roles were established at popular locales such as Modern Steak, Culinary Dropout, and the Mondrian in Scottsdale by planning progressive high-profile events that combined elegant food and luxury bar service. This experience shaped him for his role managing Central Phoenix hotspot, The Parlor Pizzeria, where he met partner Joshua James.
About Joshua James
Native to North Central Phoenix, James was compelled by an opportunity to be creative during his tenure with Karl Kopp at AZ/88. While mastering the art of the classic cocktail he understood that restaurants were more than just a place to grab a quick bite - they were an opportunity to engage. As bar manager of The Parlor Pizzeria, James had built one of the most innovative beverage programs in the state - a place where food and drink co-exist in unison and harmony. His recipes have been featured in local magazines such as Phoenix Magazine, Phoenix New Times, AZCentral and Desert Living.
What drives us as a company is pushing each other, and helping each other be the best versions of our teams and ourselves. Providing a safe and happy sanctuary for the community.
COVID showed us how much care each and every one of our team members had for one another and the business that they believe in. It drove them to adapt and problem solve all the while keeping their safe haven as safe as can be. The community took a hit, but a lot of leaders stepped up to the plate to do what they could to keep not only their businesses alive, but everyone around them as well.
Some places were not as fortunate as others and that is such a sad story.
What Cloth & Flame is doing for the community is admirable. They are bringing everyone together for the greater good, but strategizing it for an impact currently and in the future. They have built something where all the places that participate and the people that attend truly love and embody the experience. That is worth its weight in gold, especially during a trying time where hope could be lost.
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