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Meet Mark Chiappetta of Arizona Backyard Custom in Mesa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mark Chiappetta.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Mark. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
15 years ago, I went looking for a fire table. I could not find anything I liked. So, I decided to build one. A little research and help from a friend who taught me how to weld, we got the job done. Some friends came over and liked it enough to have us build one for them. That got delivered the day they were having a party. Other orders came in and here we are.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road has been typical. Starting a business from scratch is hard enough, add in the lack of a clear marketing path, cash flow in the fire business in Phoenix is very seasonal, etc…

Please tell us about Arizona Backyard Custom.
We are an outdoor custom furniture manufacturer. Fire table was our first product. Most of the others that have followed were born out of a need. Jalapeno pepper popper grills are a perfect example. When they are made at home, the cheese runs out, when laid on their side, I needed to make the stand up when grilling.

We stayed a custom builder instead of pushing one product to as many as we can, we will make you one that fits your needs. I believe too many people succumb to purchasing what is in front of them instead of finding their perfect option.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Being on my bike in the summers.

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