Throughout the month of July, Ashley Butler and her team offered FREE Oil Changes for donating school supplies. All customer had to do was go to a local store, purchase new school supplies, and donate them to our School Supplies Drive and we gave them a FREE Oil Change. We had a wonderful response from our generous customers and exceeded our goal of stuffing 100 Back Packs with customers donations. These stuffed Back Packs were given to local community children and children from The Spring* on August 4th at our Back to School Bash. Everyone enjoyed a day of food, face painting, shaved ice, and sunshine. Thank you for making this event a huge success and allowing us to give back to the community. Check out the photos below!
*The Spring is Hillsborough County’s only certified Domestic Violence Prevention and Emergency Shelter
“Unrestricted Rap Sessions” are video testimonials from REAL Ice Cold Air customers right on location. These customers were asked about their experience with Ice Cold Air, the good, the bad, and of course the ugly.
Check Out the Latest “Unrestricted Rap Session” on our YouTube Channel – Shop Location 410 S. Dale Mabry, Tampa
Take a look at these three from the Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair located at 410 S. Dale Mabry, Tampa. This location is independently owned and operated by Cars & Families, Inc. (Ashley Butler).
Thank you to Mariella Queredo, Tommy Pate and Allyson Winkles for taking the time to go on camera with S.E. Day.
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Check Out the Latest “Unrestricted Rap Session” on our YouTube Channel – Shop Location 1406 4th St. N St. Petersburg
Take a look at these three from the Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair located at 1406 4th Street N, Saint Petersburg. This location is independently owned and operated by Smith Automotive, Inc. (Paul Smith).
Thank you to TC Long, Walter Harry, and Delaran Withers for taking the time to go on camera with S.E. Day.
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Throughout the month of August, Ashley Butler and her team offered Free Brakes for donating school supplies. All customer had to do was go to a local store, purchase new school supplies, and donate them to our School Supplies Drive and we gave them FREE BRAKES. Boxes were overflowing with donated school supplies. 50 Back Packs stuffed with customers donations were given to local children on August 19th at our Back to School Gala. Thank you for making this event a huge success and allowing us to give back to the community. Check out the photos below!
Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair at 410 South Dale Mabry in Tampa was featured on September 26, 2011 on the recent flooding and the impact on auto repairs.
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Ashley Butler, owner of franchise located at 410 South Dale Mabry, was featured on the radio show “Something’s Brewing on The Radio” AM 820 May 22, 2010. The hosts talks to Ashley about how she became a successful Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair shop owner and the challenges she faces as a woman in a typically male dominated industry.
PINELLAS COUNTY (Bay News 9) – While many companies are looking to cut costs, a local auto repair shop is adding more workers. Robin Hughes, president of Ice Cold Air discount auto repair, says with tough economic times more people are fixing their cars instead of trading them in.
“Between the gas prices being so high and not being able to get credit to buy a new car, people are taking care of their cars longer and keeping them and getting them repaired — taking good care of them,” Hughes said.
Motorist Tracy Roberts is following Hughes theory and plans to keep driving his car.
“I’m not going to buy a new car right now,” Roberts said. “It’s like too unstable, and I’d rather repair mine and, you know, drive it as long as I can.”
However with fewer people buying new vehicles, many automotive dealerships are feeling the pinch.
Bill Heard Chevrolet recently announced it was going out of business, and the shutdown of 14 dealerships affects almost 3,000 employees.
But with 17 shops across the Bay area, Ice Cold Air may be able to help. More repairs mean more jobs, and the company says it’s willing to hire people from businesses that are failing.
“I do believe that there are industries more recession proof like us where we can help take care of people in a time when they need us the most, and we’re here for them,” Hughes said.
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Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair shop in South Tampa featured on NBC Daytime Show. Click below for the story:
By MARK HOLAN The Tampa Tribune
SOUTH TAMPA – Ashley Butler met Allyn Ayers standing in line at Panera Bread. She was 22 and nearly done with her business degree at the University of South Florida.
He was 62 and beginning to divest himself from the daily operations of the discount auto repair chain he founded 40 years earlier. “I told her business is not for the weak or the lame, but whatever you want to do you can do,” Ayers said. Butler, a Port Tampa native and Robinson High School graduate, promised to call Ayers after finishing her degree.
When she followed up about six months later, he hired her as an assistant. He also attended her 2006 graduation and met her family. “I liked her potential; the way she carried herself,” Ayers said. “She asked tough questions.” Butler soon became the auto chain’s first female franchise owner, taking over Ice Cold Air at 803 W. Hillsborough Ave. Today she owns the busier and larger store at 410 S. Dale Mabry Highway.
“Allyn taught me in layman’s terms the simplicity of business and how hard work and time invested can reward a young person,” said Butler, 24. As a young black woman, the 5-foot-3 Butler doesn’t fit the profile of the typical auto shop owner. “I thought that was going to be a big deal,” Butler said. “At first, the workers were tougher than the customers,” she said of the Hillsborough store. “But I got them to respect me and grow with me.”
A few customers still mistake her for the receptionist. Butler said one of her regular customers gave her a name tag identifying her as the owner to help avoid confusion. “You have the random customer who thinks my tech Keith is the owner,” she said. Technician Keith Cox said Butler brings a positive attitude. “We can be having the hardest day in the world, and she makes it fun,” said Cox, who has worked at the Dale Mabry store for about 10 months.
Butler oversees two employees, handling the books and other administrative work. “Sometimes I’m out in one of the bays holding something in place,” she said. “I don’t act like I know everything.”
Ayers said he is glad he gave Butler an opportunity. “I’ve heard nothing but incredible reports,” he said.
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