We had the good fortune of connecting with Jose Jimenez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jose, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
My wife & I have two daughters ( now teenagers). We have always been open with them, and have communicated with them about everything and anything. For the most part we allow them to make decisions for themselves. I believe that resulted in confident and independent individuals. They have thoughts and make plans for their future in ways that i never did in my youth.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I’m passionate & energetic about what I do. I source and I merchandise in a way that makes me happy. And I hope that feeling transfers to the client. I don’t think I’m unique in that regard and I’m glad that I’m consistently meeting like minded entrepreneurs. I have gotten this far through sheer will ( ignorance)a good bit of luck and a lot of love and support. The business has never been easy, but it’s always been exciting to me. I have always found the business very fulfilling and that’s the only way I’ve been able to overcome challenges. When I have thought of quitting, I quickly become disillusioned with the alternatives. My one priority for my business is to establish a sense of place. I work hard to invoke the hospitality and warmth of Tucson.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Assuming you are visiting during the 9 months of wonderful weather I would definitely encourage outdoor activity. Tucson is bordered by National & State parks. Saguaro National Park East & West is a must. A visit to The Desert museum to help translate that environment is also a must do. One of my favorite things to do regularly is to cycle on The Chuck Huckelberry loop. The Loop is a paved system of mixed use paths. The loop consist of more than 136 miles of paved pathways and bike lanes. And covers and connects most of the county. If you partake of the loop you will encounter beautiful views of nature and public art. Another favorite is to enjoy The Sweetwater Wetlands for a pleasant nature walk and bird watching. For an urban paved hike with history, nature and amazing views of the city I would take a guest to Tumamoc Hill. I would hike Tumamoc in or early morning or at sunset for a more serene experience. Once you have built up an appetite, I would then just plan on eating my way through town. Tucson is the first city of gastronomy with a UNESCO designation. A must tacos & Sonoran hotdogs. They’re everywhere it’s hard to make a mistake. One my favorite places is BK’s asada & Hotdogs. You can get both at the same time. Truly the quality of restaurants in Tucson is extraordinary and to many to mention. A small percentage of my favorite food purveyors are: Antojos Poblanos, Barrio Bread, Roma Imports and El Berraco. Also Hotel Congress. Hotel Congress checks off many boxes. Meals at all times of the day, Cocktails,patio,entertainment, history and architecture. For more history and architecture definitely The San Xavier mission on the TOHONO O’ODHAM RESERVATION. If you are short on time and you want to cover much of the high points of Tucson, you can do most of this list at Mercado District. A concentrated downtown experience. Great dining and local treats,cocktails & patios. Shopping , all local merchants. History, The Mercado sits on the birth place of Tucson. It’s on part of the Chuck Huckleberry loop and minutes from Downtown proper.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My wife for allowing me and dealing with the ups & downs of the retail business. In our twenty years of marriage she has been incredibly supportive.
The City of Tucson. Tucson is community.
The community of Tucson has been so kind and supportive in some of the darkest moments of my life. Truly there has been so many people and organizations that have been kind to me and my family, that I have to thank the city.
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