Vestavia Hills Living

2018

Official magazine published by the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce for the City of Vestavia Hills which details the quality of life, education, shopping and lifestyle of Vestavia Hills.

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received close to $5,000. And because the restaurant participates on Planet Fundraiser, it gives back 5 percent of sales to any nonprofit organization on the app. In addition to giving food and money, Stewart also gives his time to the local community. "Since I don't have a lot of excess cash, I also volunteer my time," he says. He currently serves as president of the Phoenix Club of Birmingham, which raises money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Alabama. Last year, the organization raised $65,000 for the kids and helped buy them a bus. Stewart also serves on the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Alabama and the Junior Board of the Birmingham Zoo, and previously served two years on the Junior Board of First Light Shelter. "I think it's very important for people my age to help build their community, and I have contributed a lot of time since I moved here in 2010," he says. The Jimmy John's company tells franchise owners to "be good to your community and they will be good to you," and Stewart believes it's true in business as well as personal life. He is proud to serve Vestavia Hills and to be building a business in the community. "Vestavia Hills is a great place for my business and an even better place for my family," he says. "I love the families around town and it just feels great getting out and enjoying the community. I hope to continue to help support the community going forward." Erin Holtz Brandon Stewart "A few days after the fire, Karen Odle from the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce called to say she was thinking of me, but if I wanted to cancel my Chamber membership she would be glad to refund my money," Holtz says. "I sat there and thought, well, I could use that money, but I explained to her that I would be re-opening soon in Vestavia Hills and there was no need to cancel it. I would be back up and running in no time. I have had so much support in Vestavia Hills, and would not ever want to leave this amazing city." R E T A I L B U S I N E S S O F T H E Y E A R J i m m y J o h n 's – V e s t a v i a H i l l s Brandon Stewart opened the Vestavia Hills location of Jimmy John's in March 2015. While the business is relatively new, it is growing quickly. While Stewart says it will take some time to reach revenue goals, he still "needs to give back and build up my community as much as possible." One of the ways Jimmy John's gives back to the community is by providing food for sports teams, fundraisers and nonprofit events. "Giving food is a win-win for us," Stewart says. "It allows new customers to try our food, and we support the local community." Stewart also worked with Jimmy John's Corporate to take some of his local advertising funds and donate it to local schools. As a result, a number of high schools in the area, including VHHS, 2 0 1 8 v e s tav i a h i l l s l i v i n g 39

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