Birmingham local Brandon Stewart hopes to reopen 3 Jimmy John’s downtown locations

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Photo via Jimmy John’s Facebook page

It’s simple physics: it’s impossible to get subs so fast you’ll freak if you don’t have a Jimmy John’s near you. If you’re in Birmingham proper, that statement applies to you … for now. While Jimmy John’s downtown, Five Points South and Lakeview locations recently closed, another local franchisee, Brandon Stewart, hopes to reopen them soon.

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31 local municipalities join Junior League of Birmingham’s fight against human trafficking

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Mayor Randall Woodfin proclaimed January Human Trafficking Awareness Month at a Birmingham City Council Meeting on January 15. Photo via JLB

It’s a world problem, a national problem and a local problem that flows through our interstates every day. I-20 has earned the moniker “the super highway for human trafficking in the United States,” and I-85, I-10 and I-65 are major corridors, too. Learn how the Junior League of Birmingham and local municipalities are fighting back—and what you can do.

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Bham Now Eats: Taj Wraps, the Lumbar and keto-friendly cauliflower crust at Slice

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Majaraha Chicken Wrap ($5, drink included) from Taj Wraps. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

A writer’s gotta eat. This column documents my foodie adventures in Birmingham. Up this week: Taj Wraps at Eastwood Shell Food Mart (inside a Chester’s Fried Chicken no less), the Lumbar in Pepper Place and Slice Pizza & Brew in Vestavia Hills.

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10 reasons to cheer for Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken opening at The Battery this February

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A tried-and-true Memphis tradition is headed Birmingham’s way. Photo via Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken

Have you heard? Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken is coming to The Battery, aka Birmingham’s historic BEBCO building at 2201 2nd Avenue South. If you’re among the uninitiated, here’s why we can’t wait to sink our teeth into that golden, juicy chicken when the restaurant opens in late February.

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Top 5 reasons not to miss Beaker Bash at McWane Science Center on Saturday, February 2

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Family fun at Beaker Bash 2016. Photo submitted

On Saturday, February 2, 5-8PM, you will find McWane Science Center transformed into a magical world filled with acrobatics, intrigue and the forces of nature. It’s all part of Beaker Bash Carnivale 2019, McWane’s big annual fundraiser.

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Where in the world is Wasabi Juan’s? 3 spots to get your fix, including The Battery and Hwy 280

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It’s the same Wasabi Juan’s you know and love … now at The Battery on 2nd Ave South. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Good news. Whether you’re downtown or over the mountain, you’re still close to a sushi burrito fix at Wasabi Juan’s. However, this Birmingham original has done some moving around in recent months. So where can you find Wasabi Juan’s? Bham Now used our benevolent sleuthing powers to make it easy for you.

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6 things I learned at Momentum’s confidence workshop at Samford University

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Dr. Sharon Melnik spoke at Samford University on January 4. Photo via Momentum

Earlier this month, I headed to Samford University for a professional development workshop called “Confidence When It Counts,” led by expert Dr. Sharon Melnick of Boston. It was part of a new leadership series from Momentum, a Birmingham-based nonprofit that promotes women in leadership across Alabama. So what did I learn? Here are my takeaways.

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Birmingham high school students raise $5K in supplies for elementary schools

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James Goodman and Caden Grider of BYAC give supplies to Barrett Elementary teachers Michelle Turner and LaQuanya Wynn. Photo by Bham Now

What’s out: teachers dipping into their own pockets for basic classroom supplies. (Seriously, boo.) What’s in: local high school students on the Birmingham Youth Action Committee raising $5,000 to give back to teachers. The youth-led nonprofit delivered 53 boxes of supplies to Hemphill and Barrett Elementary Schools on January 23.

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Top Birmingham exec Chuck Faush launches national HBCU initiative prior to U.S. Conference of Mayors in D.C.

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Erskine “Chuck” Faush (right) in D.C. on Tuesday. Photo submitted

Birmingham had a major presence at a roundtable held by President of U.S. Conference of Mayors Steven Benjamin on January 22, prior to the opening of the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Washington D.C. The topic: HBCU’s (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), which, for some companies, are an untapped source of tech, talent and culture.

“Today was all about changing the dynamic from surviving to thriving,” said Erskine “Chuck” Faush, a Birmingham business leader who launched a key initiative at the event.

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Shutdown relief for federal employees in Birmingham: bread, diapers and salons

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Say hello to the “shutdown shelf.” Photo via Great Harvest Bread Company in Trussville

Local companies and organizations are providing some much-needed shutdown relief for federal employees in Birmingham. Check out Great Harvest Bread Company’s shutdown shelf, the Junior League of Birmingham Diaper Bank and discounts at three Tonya Jones SalonSpa locations.

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The newcomers’ guide to Birmingham: 28 tips for becoming a local

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Rotaract Club of Birmingham knows Railroad Park is a fun place to hang. Photo via Railroad Park (@railroadpark)

It’s nice to have you in Birmingham, and we mean it. We even put it on murals. To ease your transition from newcomer to local, reference this guide as often as necessary.

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How cystic fibrosis taught Chaplain Brett Vebber to comfort others as he has been comforted at Children’s of Alabama

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Brett Vebber ministers to a young woman. Photo by Bham Now

Brett Vebber looks forward to big birthdays, like turning 50, more than most. As a cystic fibrosis patient, he wasn’t expected to live past 17, much less 48, his current age. With early advanced care at Children’s of Alabama and now at UAB, he has defied the odds. Now as a chaplain at Children’s, he comforts others as he has been comforted.

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Sign up for unlimited boxing-inspired workouts at Battle Republic in Homewood. Get 20% off Aviate gear all year!

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Brandon Snipes, a founding trainer at Battle Republic, in an Aviate Wool City Hat ($42). Photo by Lauren Bedford for Bham Now

Hey, how are those New Year’s resolutions coming? Maybe it’s time to kick (and punch) it up a notch at Battle Republic, a boxing-inspired gym in downtown Homewood. If you need workout gear, even better. Sign up for unlimited classes at Battle Republic and enjoy a 20 percent discount on gear from Aviate, the nationally loved Birmingham brand that inspires us to “Play Hard,” for a whole year.

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