Rooted in Vegas: Meet Josh Molina

Featured Socialista Podcast guest: Josh Molina

This is a story about family, tradition, and following your passion.

If you are social coffee drinker or connoisseur, then chances are you have heard of Makers & Finders in the Arts District (and another location in Downtown Summerlin).

It’s easy to frequent this welcoming café, nestled on the burgeoning Main Street, every day. As someone who found Makers to be a great place to meet friends for breakfast and stay for the Lavender Lattes, I was intrigued by the story behind this latin-inspired coffee shop.

When I first reached out to Josh Molina, the co-owner of Makers, he was excited to come on the Socialista Podcast. We sat down in the tiny home and talked about everything from growing up in Queens to his family’s big move to Las Vegas.

Josh moved to our beautiful city of Las Vegas when he was around 12 years old. It was very obvious to me that he is an extremely hard worker — he put himself through college and pursued various jobs that taught him leadership skills. But, he had something pulling him to the restaurant business — his upbringing in Colombia and later, New York City.

In fact, that Latin cuisine he grew up on was instrumental in bringing the neo-traditional Latin food to the community.

He talked more about his memories as a child, recalling that cooking was a special time when eeryone would get together and craft traditional Columbian food. This familial love of culture and food transcends into Makers’ menu.

It all started with the arepa. Being able to share Latin culture and meals with our community is Josh’s and Makers’ goal. I would say he and his business partner are doing a great job of doing so!

Late last year, Makers & Finders opened its second location in Downtown Summerlin. Head over there and check out the new gorgeous spot and show Josh and the Makers team some love by visiting the café (you must try the Lavender Latte and Mango Arepa!)

Listen to the full episode here.

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