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Mini Jimmy-cation: Chicago, IL St. Patrick's Day Edition

03/16/2017

Time for a little fun in The Windy City! 🍀

Sure, summer in the city is...warm, but if you’re looking for a good time jam packed with all things green, you’ll wanna swing through Chicago the weekend before Saint Patrick’s Day. (and bring a parka!)

Every year, thousands of people visit to listen to bag pipes, drink lots of green beer and take in the sights of the city.

It’s such a big deal, that these dudes traveled from Philly to hang out in the beautiful 18 degree weather 😱

Jimmy Chips

And you know I wasn’t about to miss it either! 

So without further ado, here's the proper way to see Chicago while celebrating everyone's favorite Irish holiday!

 

1. Chicago Riverwalk

One of Chicago’s most famous traditions is the dying of the Chicago River to, you guessed it, green!

  Mini JImmys in front of the Chicago River

It takes about 45 minutes for the river to change colors, but it’s well worth the wait! Especially if you have a few subs to snack on before the action starts 😏 

Now, we’ve got some time to kill before the Chicago Saint Patrick's Day Parade, which means it's for some sightseeing!

2. Millennium Park

Mini Jimmy in Millenium Park

Just up the road from the Chicago River walk is Millennium Park, which has it all- a stage for music, ice skating, a restaurant, fountains and one of Chicago’s most iconic art pieces, The Bean. (Insider's Tip: It's actually called Cloud Gate, but if you’re eating subs while gazing into it, who really cares?)

3. The Art Institute of Chicago

  Jimmy John's at the Art Institute of Chicago

If you need to warm up, and trust me, you will, pop in to check out the sweet art exhibits. It’s been voted one of the greatest museums in the world, so you won’t want to miss it! You can't take food inside, but we can go on a lunch date afterwards 😘

 4. Saint Patrick's Day Parade

Mini Jimmys Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade

Chicago loves Saint Patrick's Day so much, that they have three parades to celebrate- The Southside Irish Parade, the Chicago Saint Patrick's Day Parade and the Northwest Side Irish Parade. And lucky for you, you can eat subs at any of 'em.

 

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and once you're ready to chill, you'll probably want to hit up one of Chicago's many Irish pubs and I'll be here for ya when you need to sober up. (and I deliver!)

Chicago Jimmy John's Locations

Build your bench

03/09/2017

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"When we opened our first JJ’s it was a totally new experience with a huge learning curve. My wife, Michelle, was the General Manager, I was the night manager, and we both got our butts kicked! Three months after we opened, Michelle was diagnosed with breast cancer, which made the experience even more overwhelming. It’s been quite a journey, but in a way, it was the best thing that ever happened to us because we focused on what’s important. We realized we couldn’t keep running the store alone, so it forced us to train managers and build a team. Now, when people ask my advice, I tell them to start building your bench right away. You can’t do everything yourself. Your store will run more efficiently and effectively even when life hits! Eight years later, Michelle, Mark, and I have four stores and we’re lovin’ the JJ’s life!”

-Matt Spidell, Franchisee, Grand Junction, Clifton & Glenwood Springs, CO

Mardi Gras MVPs

02/28/2017

Happy Mardi Gras! Today is a big day full of celebration! 🎉🎉

 

Lots of music, dancing, and parades...nothin' but good times on Mardi Gras! While you're out and about celebrating and eating cake I'm sure you'll see a few faces similar to these.

 

Allow me to introduce the MVPs of Mardi Gras (well, just a few of them.)

 

The Smiley Kids

Whether you're in NOLA, St. Louis or any other city celebrating, I can guarantee you'll see lots of smiley kids! Nothing makes kids happier than parades and free candy...

Jimmy John's - CutieAlthough this smile is brought to you by free Mini Jimmys 😁

 

The Street Performers

These performers got talent...singing, dancing, magic tricks, what a sight to see! They'll get you in the Mardi Gras spirit before ya know it.

Jimmy John's - NOLA street performers

 

The Bartenders

Do I really need to explain why they're on the MVP list?

Jimmy John's - The BartendersTip 'em with sammies, they won't forget ya!

 

The Ladies

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that there will always be a group of girls with matching wigs for Mardi Gras. I don't know, I could be wrong...

Jimmy John's - The Girls...but probably not. 😏

 

The Dudes

I'm not going out on a limb here, there are always dudes ready to party for Mardi Gras! And they will bring some of the best costumes to the table.

Jimmy John's - The GuysAnd boy do they love sandwiches. 

 

The Police

These men and women are the real MVPs!

Jimmy John's - Police

 

The Jimmy John's Rockstars

All of this fun is gonna get you hungry, and you might not want to leave the party. If that's the case these rockstars will save the day!

Jimmy John's - Delivery DriverAnd let's be honest, the REAL real MVP might be bread.

 

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So have fun, be safe, and enjoy the festivities!

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Mini Jimmy-cation: New Orleans, LA

02/27/2017

We're headed south to The Big Easy, the home of Jazz music and spicy food done right! ✈️

 

Here are a few places you have to visit, and what better time than right before Fat Tuesday?! 

 

1. Bourbon Street

If this is your first time in New Orleans you have to take a stroll down Bourbon Street. Grab a drink, eat a sammie, take a deep breath and relax. Well maybe not too deep of a breath...

Jimmy John's - Bourbon

...you'll know what I mean when you get there.

 

2. Jackson Square

After you stroll down Bourbon, start walking toward the French Quarter and into Jackson Square. The square is surrounded by performers, fortune tellers, magicians...you name it, they've got it!

Jimmy John's - Jackson SquareBut hide your JJ's, I learned that the hard way.

 

3. Cafe Du Monde

Directly across from Jackson Square is Cafe Du Monde. Go there! If you haven't heard of it, you have now, and you won't forget it. The beignets are out of this world, and I've got a little pro tip for ya...

Jimmy John's - Cafe du Monde...order the coffee and dip my Triple Chocolate Chunk cookie in it. You won't regret it!

 

4. New Orleans City Park

Get away from the city for a bit and visit the City Park. It's the perfect spot for lunch, and it's super easy to find a secluded place to eat a whole 12 pack alone. 

Jimmy John's - City Park

I'm just guessing.

 

5. Tulane University

If you have time, take a drive down Audubon Blvd toward Tulane's campus. Beautiful architecture lines the street and it runs right into the heart of campus!

Jimmy John's - Tulane University

I spy a Mini Jimmy 👀 I wonder who put that there?

 

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Anyway, have fun exploring NOLA! Come visit us here:

Jimmy John's - NOLA

  1. 404 N. Carrollton Ave. New Orleans, LA
  2. 900 Poydras St. New Orleans, LA
  3. 600 Canal St. New Orleans, LA
  4. 7621 Maple St. New Orleans, LA
  5. 4301 Veterans Blvd. Metairie, LA
  6. 1000 South Clearview Pkwy Harahan, LA
  7. 1625 Barataria Blvd. Marrero, LA

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Unknown

"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!