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New Year's Resolutions you can actually keep


2016 was rough for a lot of people, so you’re probably really looking forward to 2017.

According to the really smart folks at Nielsen’s (they look at consumer trends and things way over my head) if you’re going make a New Year’s Resolution, it’s probably going to be about eating healthy, spending less money, or getting fit.

While living inside the box is cool, hanging out outside of the box is a bajillion times cooler... and tastier.

So, if you wanna swim against the current, here are a few ideas to make 2017 kick a**!


Learn something new every day

Like what sandwich you like best from Jimmy John’s. 😉If ya try out a sub a day, it’ll knock out your first 25!


The possibilities are endless from there: how to make noodles, kite surfing, gardening. The world is your oyster.

…or tuna sub? 🤔 Nah.


Spend more time outside

 Picnics are a fun outside activity, mainly because they involve food. Grab a few friends, toss out a blanket, and chow down on a 12 or 24 pack of Mini Jimmys! 🔌

Green Picnic


Travel more!

Visit your childhood best friend, your grandma, the ocean, or check out this sweet list of top weekend getaways:

And good news, there’s a Jimmy John’s near (almost) all of them!


Fuel your adventure!


Keep in touch

Life gets busy, we all know it. Set an alarm on your phone to call someone you love once a week. Or if you’re feeling especially giving, surprise them with a Jimmy John’s delivery.


Let’s be honest, the best way to remind someone you love them is by buying them food.


Give more hugs!

Alright, this one has nothing to do with me, people just need more love, hugs and smiles.



Cheers to 2017!

Mini Jimmy-cation: Champaign, IL


Next stop...home sweet home!


Welcome to Champaign, home of the Fighting Illini and your very own...


1. JJ Headquarters

It's the place where we do everything that has nothing to do with what we do, like writing this blog. Plus, it's full of cool people 😏



2. University of Illinois

You've gotta swing by campus, it's beautiful! And make sure to get a photo with the Alma Mater statue located at the entrance of campus.

University of Illinois But only if you're willing to share your Mini Jimmys...


3. The State Farm Center

While you're on campus swing by the State Farm Center. You might be able to catch a game or a concert!

State Farm Center

And I've got the best idea for your tailgate/pre-concert meal...

*cough* Mini Jimmys *cough* 



4. The Japan House

Last stop on campus, the Japan House. There's a great jogging trail through a Japanese garden! 

Japan House

Don't forget to fuel up! 💪


5. Downtown Champaign

Downtown has lots of restaurants, bars, and shopping. Plus, it's a great place to meet new people and try some yummy food!


I think you know what I mean when I say "try some yummy food"...



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I'm talking about getting some JJ's.


Anyway, don't forget to visit us here:

Champaign JJ's

  1. 1801 W. Springfield Ave. Champaign, IL
  2. 601B East Green Street Champaign, IL
  3. 1511 North Prospect Ave. Champaign, IL
  4. 1811 West Kirby Avenue Champaign, IL
  5. 43 East Green Street Champaign, IL
  6. 807 South Lincoln Avenue Urbana, IL
  7. 102 E. University Urbana, IL



Mini Jimmy-cation: Washington D.C. Holiday Edition


'Tis the season to visit Washington, D.C.  ✈️


They've got it all: lights, holiday markets, trees, trains, and yummy food. Here are a few places you must visit during the most wonderful time of the year! 🎄


1. National Christmas Tree

You'll find this iconic tree in front of the White House. The National Tree has been decorated every year since 1923, that's 93 years ago, and 60 years before I opened my first JJ's. Can you believe that?!

National Christmas Tree

I recommend grabbing some Mini Jimmys in honor of this tradition. 😉


2. Warner Theatre

There's no question, you MUST see The Washington Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker. 

Warner Theatre

There's nothin' like a ballet to get you in the holiday spirit!


3. Washington Monument

It's one of D.C.'s most iconic sites and the first Presidential memorial built, so it's a must see. And if you're lucky, you'll catch some Christmas carolers!

Washington Monument

It doesn't get much better than this!


4. Lincoln Memorial

If you visit the Washington Monument you're right by the Lincoln Memorial, just turn around and take a stroll by the Reflecting Pool! 

Lincoln Memeorial

Is it just me or is Lincoln eyeing up my Mini Jimmys? Now there's a man who knows what he wants...


5. Downtown Holiday Market

The market is located in the Penn Quarter and it will meet all of your holiday needs! Hot cocoa, music, and giant nutcracker statues galore! 

Downtown Holiday Market

So. Many. Lights. 😍


6. Botanical Garden Train Display

This place is a real life North Pole. Beautiful lights, decorations, and Christmas trains everywhere you look! 

Botanical Garden Train Display


7. U.S. Capitol Tree

Another tree, but again, worth the visit. You can get up close and personal, and this year's decorations are made by kids from Idaho!

Just melts your heart.

US Capitol Tree

Don't touch the tree btw, I learned the hard way. 🙄


8. Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building

Whoa, that's a mouth full. This building houses the President and the VP's offices. Pretty cool, eh?

Exec. Building

It's festive and only a 2 minute walk from JJ's. 😏


Now, get out there and get yourself in the holiday mood!



But don't forget to visit us here:

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  1. 1101 14th St. NW Washington
  2. 1208 G St. NW Washington
  3. 1717 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington
  4. 1408 U St. NW Washington
  5. 3239 14th St. NW Washington
  6. 2428 Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington
  7. 1512 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington
  8. 2450 Crystal Dr. Arlington
  9. 1138 N Irving Arlington
  10. 4433 Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington D.C.
  11. 5557 Baltimore Ave. Hyattsville
  12. 550 N. Quincy St. Arlington
  13. 8710 Cameron St. Silver Spring
  14. 330 John Carlyle St. Alexandria
  15. 4710 Bethesda Ave. Bethesda 
  16. 5778 Dow Ave. Alexandria
  17. 7410 A Baltimore Ave. College Park
  18. 7121 Leesburg Pike Falls Church
  19. 7011D Manchester Blvd. Alexandria
  20. 6305 Richmond Hwy. Alexandria
  21. 11416 Rockville Pike Rockville
  22. 2750 Gallows Rd. Vienna
  23. 8359 Leesburg Pike Vienna
  24. 14619 Baltimore Ave. Laurel
  25. 523 Quince Orchard Rd. Gaithersburg
  26. 2481 Crain Hwy. Waldorf
  27. 7075 Minstrel Way Columbia

Lead by Example


"I tell people, right when I hire them, there’s nothing I’m going to ask you to do that I wouldn’t do myself. And that’s number one. It’s important for your team to see you washing dishes, cleaning the toilets, or sweeping and mopping the floor. Leading by example is so important because your team will do as you do, not what you say you’ll do. Jimmy John’s is a company that shows you. If you work for it, you’ll get it. There’s no BS."

- Jesse Plucker, General Manager, Sioux Falls, SD #924

Last Minute Christmas Gifts They'll Actually Want


Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year!

And also the most stressful. Just when you think you’re ready, you realize that you’ve got to grab something for your third cousin’s fiancé and suddenly you’re in a pinch.

Below are some last minute gift ideas that will put a smile on just about anyone’s face:

🎄 Jimmy John’s Gift Card 

 Because who doesn’t want free food?

Gift Card

🎄Garlic Bread Gift Basket

For all your holiday parties, I’ve got the perfect quick and easy hostess gift: Garlic bread gift basket. Grab a couple loaves of Day Old bread, your favorite garlic bread seasonings and voila! 

Garlic Bread 2

🎄Day Old Bread Basket

Or go with a classic: Day Old bread, olive oil and herbs for dipping!

Bread and oil

Add a little Italian luxury to your holiday cheer!


🎄White Elephant Gift

For a quick White Elephant gift or stocking stuffer, grab a jar, some M&M’s and a JJ’s gift card to hide inside! 

M&Ms 2

🎄 Jimmy John’s Cookie Box

Cookie boxes make great gifts for teachers, coworkers or…just about anyone.  Those with a strong sweet tooth UNITE!


🎄Homemade Potato Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you can’t decide whether to get chips or grab a box of cookies, I’ve got the perfect solution: Cookies MADE OUT OF JIMMY CHIPS 

Potato Chip Cookies

They’re delicious and anyone would be stoked to get a tin of these babies.

Check out the recipe here:


🎄Jimmy John's Merch

Now, if you’ve got a fashionista in the family (or someone who needs to spruce up their wardrobe) my new line of JJ merch is what you’re lookin for 


Check it out right here:


🎄 Mini Jimmys

Mini Jimmys are perfect for office pot lucks, Christmas parties or if ya just don’t feel like cookin 

White MJ


🎄 And don’t forget, if you eat enough sandwiches, all those sub wrappers come in handy for wrapping gifts!  

JJ wrap paper


Merry Christmas, Santa's Watching


Being a parent can be stressful. There’s lots to keep up with especially around Christmas time. Between gifts from Santa, stockings, and extended family coming into town, you’re swamped.

And now the season’s new tradition: Elf on the Shelf.

For those Christmas tradition newbies, these are magical elves that watch over your kids and report back to Santa.

Let the panic mode start.

Cuz it’s kinda weird...

Never fear. As always, I’m here to help make one of the biggest season trends a little easier.

Meet Billy and Lulu, the Jimmy John’s Elves.

Meet the Elves


Here are 8 ideas if you’ve got a JJ crazed kiddo or you’re just lookin for a reason to visit me.

1. Got a cookie box with a catering order? Have left overs? Elves love to eat cookies! Billy and Lulu are no exception, they love to chow down on some Ghirardelli goodness, just like Mama made ‘em!

Eating Cookies


2. Don’t throw out the wrap paper from your sammies! These elves can be crafty! They’ll make anything into a Christmas decoration.

Paper Snowflakes

Don’t these snowflakes just warm your heart?

3. Everyone loves a little competition! Save those Mini Jimmy bags from your party and let ‘em throw down with a paper sack race.

Paper sack racing

4. Sammies always make me thirsty. Instead of throwing out your cups, let the elves cool down from all their playing with a little date night action

Date Night

5. Grab an extra bag of chips at lunch and use ‘em to make a toasty Elf hot tub! (‘cuz who doesn’t enjoy a nice hot tub when the weather turns chilly?)

Hot Tub

6. But ya never know what these rascals will get in to if ya leave ‘em alone with the Jimmy chips too long….


7. And you can’t forget to set out the cookies for Santa! These elves love to chip in when it comes to the big guy. Share your leftover JJ’s cookies (Who am I kidding, you’ll have to just buy an extra or two, cuz no one has left overs) from your cookie box for the man in red.

Cookies for Santa

8. And hey, if you’re feeling particularly jolly you can always share the love with your Elf by getting ‘em their own sammie and makin’ a bed for them to snuggle into.


Sharing is caring after all!

And remember, no matter what they’re doing, they’re watching you! …and it’s creepy.





We are a family!



“My favorite part about working at Jimmy John’s is the culture and what it creates. I’ve been with Jimmy John’s since 2004 and it’s why I’m still here. I’ve watched customers go through high school and college, get married, have kids, and they are still coming in! Our customers feed off of our culture and our employees feed off of it too. Jimmy John's is a lifestyle, it's a choice. We are a family!”

-Jason Oren, Area Manager, Sioux Falls, SD

Mini Jimmy-cation: Colorado Springs, CO


Next stop...Colorado Springs!


If you're into snowboarding 🏂, skiing ⛷, or anything snow ⛄️...this is the time of year to visit! 


Just 60 miles south of Denver, you'll find this beautiful city sitting at the base of one of America's most famous mountains, Pikes Peak. But let's not forget to mention...


1. The Garden of the Gods

Could the name be more fitting for you and your 12 pack of Mini Jimmys? 

Garden of the Gods

Pop a squat, fuel up, and take on that snowcapped mountain...because, YUP, you guessed it... it's Pikes Peak!


2. Downtown Colorado Springs

I know, I know, I always say you need to visit downtown (insert city here). But you really do! You need the full experience.


Downtown is perfect for holiday window shopping, or just finding a nice bench to sit on while you eat.


3. Memorial Park

This spot has a perfect view of the Front Range. 

Memorial Park

WARNING: This time of year, the lake is filled with geese. Guard your Mini Jimmys because anything goes out here. 😳


4. U.S. Olympic Training Center

This is where some of the best athletes in the world train! Hey, one day you could be training here...

IMG_4301 to eat, that is.



Go on, go see the world! 🌎


But while you're out there, don't forget to visit us here:

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  1. 2710 S. Academy Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO
  2. 10 S. Tejon St. Colorado Springs, CO
  3. 817 Cheyenne Meadows Rd. Colorado Springs, CO
  4. 1035 Garden of the Gods Rd. Colorado Springs, CO
  5. 389 E. Fillmore St. Colorado Springs, CO
  6. 5885 Stetson Hills Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO
  7. 4290 N. Academy Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO
  8. 9275 N. Union Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO
  9. 1590 Briargate Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO
  10. 3604 Hartsel Dr. Colorado Springs, CO
  11. 122 Tracker Drive Colorado Springs, CO
  12. 1515 Chiles Ave. Fort Carson, CO
  13. 3600 Magrath Ave. Fort Carson, CO
  14. 11605 Meridian Market View Peyton, CO
  15. 1773 Lake Woodmoor Dr. Monument, CO




Never Quit



"I never quit. When I put my mind to something, I not only finish, but I want to be successful. When I first started at Jimmy John’s, a customer would order a #11 and I would freeze! I remember thinking, ‘How am I ever going to remember every sandwich?’. It took me a little while to learn all of the sandwiches, but I stuck with it, and it got easier. Never quit, just keep moving forward, work harder than everyone else, and you will be successful. The only thing stopping you, is you.”

-Brenly Williams, Inshop, Medesto, CA #3465

Mini Jimmy-cation: Olympia, WA


Next stop...the capital of Washington state! Olympia!

...Yea I thought it was Seattle too.


1. Solo Point

If you look out in the distance you can see the mountains between the break in trees. On a clear day you'll get the best view! 

Solo PointBuuuuut if you look up close you will find your one, true love. 😘


2. Percival Landing Boardwalk

The boardwalk runs along Budd Bay and is located in the heart of downtown! If this doesn't make you wanna blast 'Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay' by Otis Redding then I don't know if we can be friends...

Percival Landing

Boats and sandwiches, go together like peanut butter and jelly. Right?


3. Capitol Lake

You're in Olympia! You've gotta stop by Capitol Lake, where you'll also get a glimpse of the capitol building.

Capitol LakeA building where they make very important decisions, like what's for lunch?


I'll give you a hint...



Once again...get your wanderlust on!


And don't forget to visit the local JJ's here:

JJ's near Olympia

  1. 4530 Martin Way E Olympia, WA
  2. 1200 Cooper Point Rd SW Olympia, WA
  3. 6029 41st Division Dr Fort Lewis, WA
  4. 5114 Point Fosdick Dr NW Gig Harbor, WA
  5. 8520 Steilacoom Blvd Lakewood, WA
  6. 4027 Tacoma Mall Blvd Tacoma, WA
  7. 7925 S Hosmer St Tacoma, WA
  8. 3411 S 23rd St Tacoma, WA