Meet Your Barista: Ashley @ HB-Shelbyville Road in St. Matthews
If you have ever met Ashley Ray you know just how cute her pigtails are, how bright her smile can be, and the amazing energy she brings to HB-Shelbyville Road. Ashley manages the store and has created such a warm and welcoming environment for both the employees and customers. It was so much fun to sit down and talk about what makes her so great! When I first arrived at her home I was introduced to her adorable pup Mickey and her kind boyfriend, Mickey. She was quick to tell me that, yes the dog came before the boyfriend! Ashley and Mickey were kind enough to play me some of their beautiful songs, which served as a lovely start to a fun interview.
Where are you from?
I am from Louisville, but I have lived in Indiana for a pretty long time.
What is your favorite drink?
Black coffee, I really like the Peru Coyona
What is your favorite store to hang out in?
I really liked old Longest Ave.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Playing music, I am in a band with my boyfriend and we are working on recording my first EP. I hope to have it out in October!
How long have you been playing guitar?
I started when I was a sophomore in High School, I used the internet to teach myself.
What has been your favorite show you played, where and why?
A show at a venue called Castle Ellerbe. It was the place for house shows. It was so fun to play there because everyone was there to listen and was really into the music. Always really good vibes there.
What are you listening to right now?
Adrianne Lenker is one of my favorites at the moment!
When did you become manager of Shelbyville?
What’s your favorite part of being a manager?
As a manager I really do try to make the store an environment that people enjoy working in. It’s so rewarding when people say that they love working at my store.
What is your favorite show?
If you were a fictional character, who would you be?
Make sure to stop by HB-Shelbyville Road location to see Ashley, and check out her debut EP coming this October!