"Have you ever had a dream come true?
That shop was my dream. The Lord gave me my dream."
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.
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 ;)
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
My husband using a heavy duty impact gun to tighten the wheels of a large truck.
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.
Papaw passed away in April of 2018. He is gone but somehow will always remain here.