Where are you from?
James: I spent the majority of my life in a small town called Monument, in Colorado, near Colorado Springs.
Joy: I was born and raised in the Bay Area, in California.
When did you move to Portland, why?
We both moved to Portland over five years ago - Joy in November 2010, James in May 2011.
Joy: We met for the first time only 2 weeks after James moved here. His brother, and now business partner, already lived in Portland. My parents lived in the next town over. We both had extreme life changes right before moving here and were looking to be physically close to our family to begin a new chapter in our lives.
Do you see yourself staying put, moving elsewhere – if so, where?
Joy: We absolutely love Portland and have never felt this loyal and connected to a place before. Portland is home and we can’t picture ourselves moving elsewhere within the US. We do flirt with the idea of living internationally, short-term, possibly in Japan or Korea. Most of James' clients are in Tokyo and I’ve always had this desire to connect with my heritage.
What’s a typical weekday like for you?
James: I wake up, read the news at our dining table before anyone is up, then share the morning with Joy and our son over breakfast. My workday varies a lot, but it typically includes all the necessary, but not-so-glamorous, essentials to running a business. There is a lot of time committed to brainstorming with my brother as well - we are always reevaluating our business and finding new ways to grow and challenge ourselves. At the end of the day, I’ll have dinner and spend some intentional time with our son or help Joy with anything she’s busy doing at that time.
Joy: James is my human alarm clock - it's so much better than a real alarm! I make a cortado and have some quiet time before our son wakes up. Once he's awake, I start cooking breakfast. Things are slow paced until breakfast is done. Then it's go-time! We all scramble to get ready and out of the house for an errand or an activity that's devoted to my son's development. We head home in the afternoon for my son's nap where I get to catch up on work and house chores. If I'm lucky, I'll spend some of that time reading. Then it's dinner prep and family time.
What do you like to do on a Sunday?
Joy: Sunday is the one day of the week where we don't really plan anything (except to go to church in the morning). We really value reserving this special time where we allow our moods to dictate the flow of our day without any obligations.
Coffee or tea?
Homebody or adventurer?
Loyal regular or always trying new spots?
James: I’m definitely a loyal regular. Joy has her favorite spots, but really enjoys trying new places.
Describe each day of the week with one word.
Monday - Preparation
Tuesday - Marriage
Wednesday - Community
Thursday - Reconnection
Friday - Relief
Saturday - Leisure
Sunday - Rest
10) What’s a long weekend or quickie vacation like in Oregon – where do you escape to, if you do?
James: Our weekend getaways have almost always been spent on the Oregon coast. We have a favorite spot in Manzanita where we’ve spent our wedding night, anniversaries, and birthdays. It's so quiet and there's almost nothing to do there which forces us to unplug and have some undistracted conversation.
Favorite Local Spots:
2713 SE 21st Ave Portland, OR 97292