Gia Ciliento is the Owner of The Brush Bar – Paint & Wine Bar in Old Town Scottsdale. An Arizona native, Gia took the leap into business ownership 6 years ago, and she continues to inspire with her openness to empower and support other women. Learn more about Gia Ciliento….
Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona
First job: I worked in the General Store at Rawhide scooping ice cream 🙂 I must have been 14 or 15 years old, but working and learning responsibility so young felt empowering. I never thought I would get sick of ice cream, but serve it up for a while and it definitely gets old!
Favorite AZ restaurant: Hands down FnB!! The ambiance, the experience and the fact that I can sit down and literally order anything off the menu and have my socks blown off!
Person who has impacted your life the most: Both of my parents for teaching me a strong work ethic from a young age. My mom for always being my biggest cheerleader and thinking I could do anything… literally anything! And my dad for always shooting me straight. Without judgment, he always seems to give me the best advice. Honesty can be a very hard thing to say and even a harder thing to hear.
Your biggest accomplishment in your eyes: Taking a leap of faith to start The Brush Bar. Leaving a well paying job in the corporate world and taking a risk was the most terrifying, but best decision I ever made. We just celebrated 6 years in the valley and I couldn’t be more proud of the business and the team working so hard to keep it amazing!
The biggest obstacle you have overcome: Being a new mom while running The Brush Bar. The first three months brought being tired to a whole new level…pretty much zombie status…sometimes I feel like I will never not be tired.
Someone who inspires you: SO, so many people. From the entrepreneurs I listen to on my podcasts to the amazing community of other women hustling out there just like me and my most closest family and friends who give me unwavering support day in and day out!
Favorite quote: “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world” – Marilyn Monroe
Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: You’re much stronger than you know. We always look at things and think they are unattainable, but in reality what we can do and accomplish when we have the passion is amazing.
What makes someone fabulous: Being able to be strong and confident while still being able to be genuine and humble.