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Frawley's Audio, 2714 Devine Street: summer 2009   8 comments

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I have to admit I wasn't really aware of Frawley's Audio until it was gone. In fact, I only noticed that when I saw the going-out-of-buisness signs at Fontenay Fine Rugs & Antiques next door, walked over to take a look and saw the empty storefront.

The sign on the door says they were there for over 35 years, which is a good run for an independent store in these big-box times.

Written by ted on November 6th, 2009

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  1. Before Joe Azar moved UpStairs Audio to Harden Street, Frawley's was the only audiophile shop in 5-Points. You know, hand-made tube amplifiers connected to $5,000 turntables connected to $10,000 speakers all connected with pure gold wire. His favorite speakers appeared to be the ones made by Klipsch. Originally the place was on Harden Street about where the Invitation Station storefront chunk is now so the 35 year time frame also includes the stint on Harden Street.

    Michael Taylor

    6 Nov 09 at 7:36 pm

  2. I think Frawley's has always been on Devine, and I also think that the stereo shop on Harden Street near where the Invitation Station is now was called Hi-Fi Sound Distributors.


    11 May 10 at 3:43 pm

  3. Branham security systems inc. is carrying on the sale and install of Klipsch speakers in honor of Mr. Frawley. We are an Authorized Klipsch dealer that worked with Mr. Frawley for ten years before his passing. He, like Klipsch, was and is a true Legend in sound. He will be forever missed. Thanks, Eric Branham

    Eric Branham

    7 Mar 11 at 4:16 pm

  4. Got any bread with that spam?


    7 Mar 11 at 6:55 pm

  5. I recall Mr. Frawley from mid 70's ... when I worked with a regional electronic wholesaler and visited Frawley's weekly. Never forget the day I pulled into a diagonal parking spot out front, on Devine when my van's side door extruding lower hinge accidentally snagged the large chrome rear bumper of Cadillac parked adjacent ... belonging to none other than the queen mother Mrs. Maxine Dickey ... what a disturbed piece of work she was ... reacted as though I'd intentionally commited a capital crime. Mr. Frawley and CPD were really nice to me but she insisted I be ticketed and I was. Lesson learned ... no more smoking & driving. Did sweet Maxine drive husband James Dickey to excessive drink; hastening his demise??? I understand she's passed on also and forever naps with her beloved owls. Frawley's was A1 for audio & sound reinf; Heckuva nice guy too. God bless him.

    jax dunit

    7 Aug 12 at 1:18 pm

  6. Jim, you are correct. Frawley's was always on Devine, founded in 1957, so in truth Mr Frawley kept the place open for over 45 years. I ran the service department from 1976 until 1989, working there for over 15 years. I have hundreds of fond memories of hundreds of great customers and of Mr. Bill Frawley. It was a great run, and yes Mr. Frawley was a very nice guy. Sorry to see him and Frawley's Audio go.


    7 Oct 12 at 3:29 pm

  7. I remember stopping in here a few times, and the guy knew his stuff, and yeah, he was the Klipsch dealer.


    18 May 13 at 11:12 am

  8. Worked for awhile with Randy above (if its the same guy) in about 1973 as a TV tech before he became svc mgr. Ben Helms, a part-time Baptist minister was the svc mgr at the time who led me to Christ. Mr. Frawley was always supportive. And I agree, Frawleys was always on Devine Street where I also later worked at Rice Music House. Hard, but good times.

    Bruce Fergusson

    15 Jan 21 at 12:25 pm

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