The Spirit of a Family Man
Josh Kimsey is a busy guy. President of Bubbles Liquor World in Castle Rock and involved in philanthropy and many activities, especially with his family, Kimsey said he has a lot on his plate but is glad his businesses are close by.
A Denver native, Kimsey attended Cherry Creek High School, went to college for two years in California and then moved home to graduate from CU Boulder. He earned his MBA from DU, and while in school and early in his career, he worked with his dad doing electrical contract work and construction. He then moved on to real estate investment companies that owned and operated trailer parks all over the country. Kimsey didn’t mind the work, but it took him away from home too much and he said he was missing his kids’ activities.
When opportunity knocked, Kimsey’s father bought Bubbles Liquor World in 2010, and Kimsey joined him at the store three years later.
“My long-term goal was not be slinging booze,” he joked. But running and managing Bubbles keeps him closer to home.
In addition to the 30,000-square-foot store off of Meadow’s Parkway and I-25, there is a much smaller Bubbles location further east in Castle Rock (on the corner of Founder’s Parkway and Ridgway) called Tiny Bubbles. Kimsey manages 50 employees between both locations and both are open every day except Christmas Day.
Kimsey also belongs to an international peer-networking group, Young Presidents Organization (YPO), where he has served in leadership roles. This year, he is chair of the Rocky Mountain chapter. Last year, he was education chair, so he was responsible for hosting 12 chapter meetings and events.
“It was like planning a wedding every month,” he said.
When he’s not managing his store or fulfilling YPO duties, Kimsey plays golf, is on a mens softball league, enjoys concerts, skis, snowboards and attends his kids’ activities.
Kimsey and his wife, Nina, have been married for two years, and they live near The Ridge golf course. Kimsey has two children from his first marriage: Bella (18) who just began her freshman year at the University of Utah, Reiken (15) who is a freshman at RCHS, and stepson, Liam (9).
The family has two French bulldogs, Pliny and Maizy. Pliny is named after Kimsey’s favorite beer, Pliny the Elder.
Other pets in the Kimsey household are the fish in the saltwater aquarium. “It’s a love–hate relationship and a lot of work,” he said. “And we have a betta fish that is going to outlive everything.”
Kimsey concluded that he is proud that Bubbles is family-owned and locally run, not a chain. His sister works at the establishment and his dad, still an owner, pops in on occasion.
Kimsey enjoys his life in Castle Pines and is happy for Bubbles to donate, host and be involved in local events and philanthropies in the community.
By Hollen Wheeler; photos courtesy of Josh Kimsey