Three Fray's still open; one closed
Fans and friends of Fray's doughnuts can still find the treats at three of the local stores: at 4900 Park Blvd. in Pinellas Park and 5236 16th St. N. and 3832 Tyrone Blvd. in St. Petersburg. The Tyrone Fray's Donut House was dark for a while, but recently reopened with a new owner. The Fray's at 4419 66th St. is closed. It was owned by the chain's founder, Bill Fray, until he sold it more than year ago to someone with no retail experience. Signs on the doors of the store say it will reopen soon, but the phone is out of order and there are also signs from suppliers laying claim on equipment inside the locked store. Fray opened the first Fray's Donut House on 16th Street N 20 years ago. He is not involved in any of the three stores still open.
Historic house built with kit sells for $337,800
A historic 1925 house built with a kit from a Sears catalog has sold after about 16 months on the market. It went for $337,800, almost $40,000 shy of the asking price. But that's a lot more than when it was first advertised for $8,000 to $20,000 as part of a new development built by Alvah Roebuck, of Sears, Roebuck & Co. It was one of about 20 homes lauded as modern houses with windows that allowed for passage of fresh air on a paved street two blocks from a bathing beach and the streetcar line. All the materials to build the 3,000-square-foot house at 2920 53rd St. S were shipped in by train, then assembled based on a 75-page book of directions.
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