A Dream Come True.

"Have you ever had a dream come true?
That shop was my dream. The Lord gave me my dream."

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Those were some of the words from one of the last conversations with papaw. He was a husband, father of seven and a retired truck driver who dreamed of owning his own business. He started Quick Fix Tire when he was 57 years old. The business started out in an old barn (see above) just a minute down the road from it's current location at 18775 Cortez Blvd. Shortly after opening it's doors in 1988, my dad and uncle came to Florida to work for him and eventually help manage the business.
Today, they are the owners. Today, this is Quick Fix.

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What started out as a large truck tire shop has turned into a place that people can come for almost any tire size, tire repair, front end alignments, brakes, rotors, shocks and struts. It's known for quick service, hence the name ;)

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Dad on the phone in the office. That desk has been around since the beginning.

Dad on the phone in the office. That desk has been around since the beginning.

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The walls behind the counter and in the office, shout patriotism, faith and family. For years my dad has had a table set up that offers free KJV Bibles and faith-based reading. Also allowing a space for the community to promote local businesses and events.

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To many, Quick Fix Tire may be just a tire and automotive repair shop. But to me, it is the only place I have left that I can go to (without seeming creepy) that has so much of my life attached to it. This small hallway that leads to the bathrooms and a door to out back, was the "raceway" for me and my sister and our cousins and friends. And now it's our children's. 

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My niece Jaiden, my son Bradley and my niece Riley

My niece Jaiden, my son Bradley and my niece Riley

Bradley and Jaiden

Bradley and Jaiden

Almost any day of the week you will find at least one of the great-grand kids running around somewhere. But some day, that won't be the case. They'll get older and life will be different. But until that happens, we still have these moments:

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Now my children and my sisters children have their Papaw to have memories with here. My uncle still returns to that same place of light-hearted, playfulness and silliness with our kids, as he did when we were little.

Jaiden and Riley hugging their Papaw goodbye.

Jaiden and Riley hugging their Papaw goodbye.

Logan and my dad.

Logan and my dad.

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When my sister and I were this age, my uncle Eugene would climb through the rows of tires with us and play hide and seek. In the above image, Logan and Riley are looking for the big kids who are hiding.

Logan hanging out on the large truck end of the shop playing in the tools.

Logan hanging out on the large truck end of the shop playing in the tools.

The infamous water fountain that has resulted in many, many spills.

The infamous water fountain that has resulted in many, many spills.

Most of the tools and supplies needed for a flat repair. My youngest son spends a lot of time in the tools and valve stem boxes.

Most of the tools and supplies needed for a flat repair. My youngest son spends a lot of time in the tools and valve stem boxes.

I can remember being little and trying my best to clean up all the tire bars at the end of a work day.

I can remember being little and trying my best to clean up all the tire bars at the end of a work day.

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My husband using a heavy duty impact gun to tighten the wheels of a large truck.

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Ol' red.

Ol' red.

Paps notebook full of directions & tire sizes.

Paps notebook full of directions & tire sizes.

Papaw would grab his work apron, hook up to the trailer, load up in ol' red and drive all around Florida to retrieve used tires for the shop.

Trailer that was bought in 1978 and used to haul tires. Still does to this day.

Trailer that was bought in 1978 and used to haul tires. Still does to this day.

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Papaw passed away in April of 2018. He is gone but somehow will always remain here.

Pap's work apron.

Pap's work apron.

Pap's dirty coffee cup and spoon that's in the closet behind the counter.

Pap's dirty coffee cup and spoon that's in the closet behind the counter.