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Time for some racing 🏁

02/23/2017

It’s no surprise we like fast things at Jimmy John’s, which is why sponsoring the greatest NASCAR driver in the world, Kevin Harvick, is a no brainer.

Tomorrow is the 59th running of the Daytona 500, which means it's officially NASCAR season! To celebrate, let’s take a quick walk to down NASCAR memory lane and get ready to rock out another season with the #4 car!

Kevin Harvick 2017 Jimmy John's Ford Fusion


JJ’s first joined the NASCAR family in 2007, becoming a sponsor for the Rusty Wallace Racing team; first with NASCAR legend Kenny Wallace and the #2 Busch Series car.

Kenny Wallace with the Jimmy John's #2 Car

and then Steve Wallace in 2008!

  Steve Wallace in the #66 Jimmy John's Car

We became a primary sponsor for Kevin Harvick in 2009!

Since then, Kevin has had 59 Top 10 finishes in the Freaky Fast™ car. Including his first Freaky Fast Racing win at the Auto Club 400 in 2011!

Kevin Harvick's first Freaky Fast win!

In 2014, we sponsored our first NASCAR Xfinity series race, the Freaky Fast 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. And of course, our main man, Kevin, got to celebrate in Victory Lane! 

Kevin Harvick in Victory Lane at teh Freaky Fast 300

and that’s cool and all, but not as cool as winning the whole thing. In 2014, Kevin took home the Sprint Cup Championship trophy at Homestead!

Kevin Harvick 2014 Sprint Cup Champion

 

Now folks, it’s time for some racing! We hope we see lots of these this season! 👇

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Respect your employees and they will respect you

02/22/2017

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"Lead by example, that’s it. If your employees see you work, they will work. If they see you not working, they won’t work. If they see you have an attitude, they’ll have an attitude. If they see you treat a customer a certain way, they’ll treat a customer the same way. Respect your employees, and they will respect you. And once you earn their respect, don’t lose it."

-Shawn Lawrence, General Manger, Tallahassee, FL #170

Mini Jimmy-cation: Nashville, TN

02/18/2017

Helloooo Music City, USA 🇺🇸 Another Mini Jimmy-cation comin' atcha!

 

Nashville is full of good music, good food, and good people! You can't beat it. So go on, explore! But before you get to exploring, here are a few of my favorite spots...

 

1. Broadway

Broadway is where it's at. You didn't visit Nashville if you didn't hit the bars on Broadway. Live music all day, everyday...soak it up!

Jimmy John's BroadwayAnd gimme a call if you need some grub to soak up all those drinks. JJ's delivers! 😎

 

2. The Johnny Cash Museum

Cash me ousside the Johnny Cash Museum 😏 While you're on Broadway, swing by the Johnny Cash Museum. Such a rockstar! What better way to immerse yourself in the Nashville culture?

Jimmy John's Johnny Cash

I hear the locals eat a lot of JJ's, so that might be a good way too. 👍

 

3. Third Man Records

Speaking of music...Jack White's recording studio/record store combination is in Nashville! It's a hidden gem and worth the visit.

Jimmy John's Third Man RecordsTell 'em Jimmy sent you! They probably won't know what you're talking about, but it'd be funny.

 

4. Parthenon

This is a full scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. It's located in Centennial Park near Vanderbilt's campus. So random, but so sweet!

Jimmy John's Parthenon

It's the perfect place for a picnic. So, ya know, bring some lunch. 

 

5. I Believe in Nashville Sign

You'll find this mural right next to Antique Archaeology, another great spot! 

Jimmy John's NashvillePlus, it's perfect for those Instagram photo shoots all you kids love so much. 📸

 

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Go on! Show Nashville what ya got 🤗

 

Don't forget to visit us here:

Nashville Jimmy John's

  1. 2318 West End Avenue Nashville, TN
  2. 207 3rd Ave South Nashville, TN
  3. 424 Church St. Nashville, TN
  4. 810 Gale Lane Nashville, TN
  5. 457 Donelson Pike Nashville, TN
  6. 15563 Old Hickory Blvd Nashville, TN
  7. 1592 Gallatin Pike North Madison, TN
  8. 101 Creekside Crossing Brentwood, TN
  9. 600 Frazier Drive Franklin, TN
  10. 203 N. Anderson Lane Hendersonville, TN
  11. 5013 Crossing Circle Mount Juliet, TN
  12. 900 Grammer Lane Smyrna, TN

 

Take care of your people

02/17/2017

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"The Jimmy John’s brand is honest and it’s real. When you walk in, you’ll experience a clean store with a great group of people having a blast interacting with each other and our customers. A lot of our customers know the team by name and the team knows the customer by their favorite sandwich. That’s how we roll at Jimmy John’s.

I am an Area Manager and I love managing my team using the One Minute Manager. I think it’s brilliant. Right now, my managers and I are focused on managing consistently, creating a culture of positive reinforcement to produce the best results as a team! As much as I want our stores to succeed, I want our team to succeed. What’s most important to me is that our JJ’s family is doing well. If our people are taken care of, everything else will fall into place.”

-Guy Dupree, Area Manager, Houston, TX #2390

 

 

Love is in the air!

02/14/2017

What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than gettin' hitched?!

 

I know, I know! Gettin' hitched AND having JJ's surprise cater. 😏

MR&MRS

Every year on this day couples elope, marry, renew vows, go on first dates, go on 2nd dates...you name it. Love is in the air! Today I was lucky enough to visit the Rhinestone Wedding Chapel in Nashville and spread some love. ❤️

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Oh yea, Elvis was there too. 🎤

 

We had cookies instead of cake! (talk about a chocolate chunka burnin' love) 😉

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By the way, it's waaaay easier to clean cookie off of your face.

 

We didn't leave anyone out, Elvis got some love too!

Rhinestone Chapel

And the officiant...

Officiant

Dude has good taste 😏

 

Thank you Brenda and everyone at the Rhinestone Chapel! You made my Valentine's Day the best one yet 😘

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Sandwiches, because you can't eat flowers.

02/11/2017

Valentine’s Day is in three days and if ya didn’t already know this, the best way to say I love you or I kinda like you, is with food. Obviously.

I’m just gonna cut to the chase, below are a few tips to help you seal the deal.

 

1. Send food instead of flowers. Flowers die and you can eat food. It’s a no brainer.

Jimmy John's Delivery

 

2. Surprise them with a candy heart! But without the candy and with a whole lotta Jimmy John’s gift cards.

Jimmy John's Gift Card

You can get rid of the candy however you’d like, but I suggest just eating it yourself. It’s a win, win!

 

3. If you’re dealing with someone who has a serious sweet tooth, get creative and make some yummy cookie hearts out of my Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookies!

Jimmy John's Triple Chocolate Chunk cookies

 

4. And if you want to get really creative, try your hand at a sandwich bouquet.  It’s a bouquet. Made out of sandwiches.  If that doesn’t give you bonus points for the next 5 years, I don’t know what will. 

Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches Valentine's Day Sandwich Boquet

 

And of course, don’t forget a card. Arts & crafts time is always fun and putting in a little extra effort never hurts!

Jimmy John's Valentine's Card

 

Best of luck out there my friends and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Mini Jimmy-cation: Glenwood Springs, CO

02/10/2017

Winter is in full swing. Let's head to the mountains and enjoy the snow...

 

Glenwood Springs, CO we're comin' for ya! ✈️

 

1. Glenwood Canyon

As you approach Glenwood Springs on I-70, you'll drive right through Glenwood Canyon. It's a view worth stopping for!

Glenwood Canyon

It's a great place for a snack too.

 

2. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

This park is located above the city of Glenwood. Yes, ABOVE. Adventure Park has rides that will dangle you over the canyon, if that's something you're in to.

Adventure Park

I'm more of a sandwich guy, but ya know, different strokes for different folks. 🙃

 

3. Downtown Glenwood

Downtown has it all; a sweet comedy club, yummy ice cream shops, and you're very own locally owned JJ's!

Downtown JJ's

Stop by, and say hi to Jimmy John's owner Matt and the crew for me! 

 

4. Hanging Lake

Hanging Lake is about 20 minutes from Glenwood. It's a mile-long hike leading up to the lake and is well worth it! 

Hanging Lake

I know what you're thinking, "Oh, a mile?! That's nothing!" You're wrong. This hike is uphill, the ENTIRE way. Don't underestimate the power of altitude. And bring some JJ's to comfort you!

 

Nothing motivates me more than a pack of Mini Jimmys.

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Go on and make me proud! And don't forget to visit us here:

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1. 1331 Grand Ave. Glenwood Springs, CO

Ride On

02/08/2017

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"I’m a Bicycle Delivery Driver for Jimmy John’s in Tucson, AZ, but my true love is cycling and backpacking, to wherever my heart takes me.

One trip to Southeast Asia stands out. I had loved my experience, but I was getting tired of the tropics. One day, I randomly went to an airline office and asked, ‘What’s the cheapest flight to Nepal?' It ended up being just about how much money I had, so three days later I flew to Nepal. Boom, completely unplanned. I’ve never done anything like that before. I biked a solo three-week trek through the Himalayas. I reached 17,769 feet, the highest that I’ve ever hiked! All along the way, prayer flags were strung along mountain ridges and peaks, blowing in the wind. Beautiful. I’d left long after the guided groups had left, so when I reached the top of the mountain pass, everyone had already gone down the other side. I stood there, completely alone, taking in the magnificent view. It was incredible!

On another trip, I cycled through Washington, Oregon, and California. After about 10 weeks I reached Mexico. I spent a little time sitting on the beach and then headed back to San Diego. After months of traveling, it was time to make some more money. I looked on Craig’s list for a warm location for the winter, so I could live out of my sleeping bag. I found an ad for ‘Bicycle Delivery Driver, Tucson Jimmy John’s.’ Hmm, I’ve got a bike and Tucson is warm, I can probably do that! Within an hour, I hitchhiked from San Diego to Phoenix, then caught another ride from Phoenix to Tucson. I found the store, filled out an application, talked with Paul, the hiring manager for a while, and he offered me a job! That was just over a month ago and I love that I get to ride my bike while earning some bucks!"

Rachael Mumdell, Bike Delivery Driver, Tucson, AZ #1180

Appetizers for the Game That Can't Be Named

01/31/2017

Sunday’s a pretty big day for two things: football and food. I’m not much of a sports dude, but I do know a thing or two about feeding people. While I might be the man behind the man behind the sandwich, my expertise doesn’t stop at sandwiches.

If you’re planning a party for the game that can not be named, check out some tasty recipes below, and good news, they all use yummy Jimmy John’s grub! 

Jimmy John's Game That Can't Be Named Appetizers

 

1. Jimmy John’s Day Old Bread Cheese Tray 

Feeling fancy but short on time? Grab a few cheeses to top some Jimmy John’s Day Old Bread (available at your local JJ’s until it’s gone!) and make yourself a super classy cheese tray.…well I mean, as classy as you can be while drinking beer and watching football.

Jimmy John's Day Old Bread Cheese Tray

This one has some delicious Goat Gouda, Rosemary Manchego, and Brie cheeses!

 

2. Jimmy John’s Oven Fried Pickle Spears

If you haven’t heard, Jimmy John’s Pickles are a pretty big dill 😏 and the only way to make them better than Mother Nature did is by covering them in carbs and dipping ‘em in ranch. (It’s true.)

Fried Pickles from Jimmy John's Pickle Spears

Grab a couple Pickle Buckets from your local JJ’s (each one has 16 spears) and check out this super easy but yummy recipe for Oven Fried Pickle Spears: http://pennywisecook.com/oven-fried-pickles/

 

3. Day Old Bread Pizza

This one’s a classic that never fails. Everyone loves pizza, simple as that.

Jimmy John's Day Old Bread Pizza

All you need are a couple sticks of Day Old Bread, pizza sauce and your favorite toppings! http://www.homemadeinterest.com/french-bread-pizza-sticks/

 

4. Buffalo Chicken Dip

It’s like buffalo wings but slightly less messy and you can use bread as a spoon. Doesn’t get better than that, my friends.

Jimmy John's Day Old Bread Buffalo Chicken Dip

Here’s how to make it: https://www.franksredhot.com/recipes/franks-redhot-buffalo-chicken-dip-RE1242-1 and don’t forget to grab some Day Old Bread to dip in it!

 

5. Spinach & Artichoke Day Old Bread

People love Spinach & Artichoke dip, but no one likes double dippers (keep that in mind next time you go in for seconds.) Here’s a way to curb the problem: stack your dip right on top of some Day Old Bread, pile it with cheese and bake!

Jimmy John's Spinach and Aritchoke Day Old Bread

It’ll make your heart and your tummy happy! http://www.crunchycreamysweet.com/2015/09/16/spinach-artichoke-dip-cheesy-bread/

 

6. Triple Chocolate Chunk cheesecake bites

The name says it all and it’s alllllll delicious. You can use your favorite cheese cake recipe (or this one: http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/philadelphia-3-step-cheesecake-51208.aspx) just skip the crust and use Jimmy John’s Triple Chocolate Chunk cookies instead!

Jimmy John's Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookie cheesecake bites

 

7. Jimmy John's 

If you just don’t feel like cooking, I’m here for ya. Grab a 12 or 24 pack of Mini Jimmys, some party platters or boxed lunches and you’re done!

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Mini Jimmy-cation: Tucson, AZ

01/25/2017

I'm 90% sure that wherever you are and whoever you are, you're ready for some sunshine right about now.

 

Peel yourself off the couch and away from that show you've been binge watching, because you deserve a Mini Vacay!

 

Tucson here we come! ☀️☀️☀️

 

1. Saguaro National Park

Face it, you need some fresh air and a good view to get you out of hibernation mode. Take a drive down Saguaro's curvy roads and soak up the open land for hours. 

Saguaro National Park

I promise you won't regret it, especially if you bring some tasty snacks along for the ride. 🙃

 

2. University of Arizona

Swing by the university, it's a beautiful campus with lots of smart people walking around. 

University of Arizona

It's easy to spot the smart ones. They're usually carrying a box of these bad boys ^ 🤗

 

3. Sabino Canyon

This place is a cactus forest. 🌵 Everywhere you look...cactuses (that's how you say it, right?) It's unlike anything you've ever seen! 

Sabino Canyon

You could hike all day long, which is a great excuse to eat all day too!

 

4. Mt. Lemmon at Sunset

If you don't find yourself at the top of Mt. Lemmon by sunset at least once in your lifetime, you ain't doin' it right..

Mt. Lemmon Sunset

and if you don't have some JJ's with you too, you really ain't doin' it right. 

 

Enough talking about it, LET'S GO!

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Don't forget to visit us here

Tucson JJ's locations

 

  1. 63 E. Congress St. Tucson, AZ
  2. 749 N. Park Ave. Tucson, AZ
  3. 2575 N. Campbell Ave. Tucson, AZ
  4. 910 W. Irvington Rd. Tucson, AZ
  5. 4356 N. Oracle Rd. Tucson, AZ
  6. 5411 E. Broadway Blvd. Tucson, AZ
  7. 2485 N. Swan Tucson, AZ
  8. 6310 E. Tanque Verde Rd. Tucson, AZ
  9. 7350 N. La Cholla Blvd. Tucson, AZ