Trendsetter to Know: Joshua James of Born & Raised Hospitality

Name: Joshua James


Instagram: @joshuamjames


Age: 38

Title: Co-Founder

Married/Single: Married

Kids: Hopefully someday

City you live in: Phoenix

A typical day in my life includes… My mornings consist of reading emails, drinking espresso, and going to the gym with my wife before she heads off to her salon for a busy day of work.  I drink more espresso, listen to a podcast, then I’m off to one of the restaurants to repair something or meet my business partner Nick Campisano, and/or managers to discuss all things Born & Raised Hospitality.

I was born… North Central Phoenix

My favorite thing about Arizona… The diverse and amazingly beautiful landscapes. Also, the weather October through May. My wife and I like to spend time up north during the summer months.

I’m listening to… 90% of what I listen to is podcasts throughout the day.  When I’m listening to music, I really enjoy lo-fi if I’m working on my laptop, and usually Trojan Records Reggae if I’m being more active.

My family… Always supports me, keeps me grounded and level headed, and inspires me to be better than I was yesterday.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… Lex Fridman or Eric Weinstein (preferably both together).

One thing I cannot live without… My bulldog

When I was younger, I wanted to be… I watched Magnum P.I. everyday growing up and loved me some Tom Selleck.  The allure of being a private eye was too tempting for me to overcome.

I’m inspired by… Thoughtful and interesting people.

The one person who motivates me is… My wife.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be… Our inability to have meaningful conversations.

The perfect day would be… Fly Fishing with my friends and family.

My first job was… Business Sales Associate at Comp USA in Metro Center.

My favorite escape… The beach. Any beach.

My life… Is incredibly blessed with amazing people.

I’m currently working on… Killer travel trailer mods, and our newest concept, Clever Ramen opening late Summer of 2021.

Always… For love.

Never… For money.

Favorite Quote… “The explanation requiring the fewest assumptions is most likely to be correct.” – William of Ockham

Biggest Dream… Exceptional health and happiness for me and my family.

My Pet Peeve(s)… People who chew with their mouths open.

More 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 Phoenix – 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, AZ Central, and Desert Living.

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