From the little girl designing Barbie houses out of banana boxes, to the quiet, 20-something young designer in vintage clothing with her hands folded at the table, to the power-house designer who isn’t impressed with your second-rate cocktail bitters…Dana Ensing has traveled a great distance to meet with you here today (Michigan; New Orleans; Denver, to be exact). After getting her design degree and realizing she didn’t want to a.) design houses for oil-rich Texans (sorry Texas) or b.) pick paint colors and furniture for suburban hotel lobbies, Dana cast her line to find the perfect home for her skillset and passion. As a service industry-veteran who had mourned her departure from the organized chaos of the restaurant world, Dana knew that designing restaurant spaces would be the perfect mashup role. During a meeting with Melissa and Steph, Dana realized she’d found her place: Xan. Proudly wearing the badge of “employee number three,” Dana knows how to breathe life into her 3D modeling and approaches projects with a refined curiosity that allows her to dream big without losing site of a project’s aim. Have a cocktail with her and she’ll tell you about her recent, awe-inspiring trip to the eco-city of Arcosanti, AZ!