Minneapolis's Once Upon a Crime Finds Buyers
Once Upon a Crime, the Minneapolis, Minn., mystery bookstore, has been sold, the Pioneer Press reported. The new owners, Dennis Abraham and Meg King-Abraham, will be the fourth owners of the store and take possession on April 1, Once Upon a Crime's 29th anniversary.
Pat Frovarp and Gary Shulze, who bought the store in 2002, put it up for sale last July. In an e-mail, Shulze commented: "We naturally have mixed emotions. We'll miss the store, but plan to be there on a regular basis for several months for training purposes. Just thinking about all the details and bookselling wisdom we need to provide and impart makes our heads spin. How did we do this for nearly 13 years?"
Abraham is an operations manager at Medtronic, and King-Abraham teaches elementary technology in St. Paul. Devin Abraham, their daughter, will be the primary staff. A University of Wisconsin graduate, she is also a voracious reader.
Frovarp and Shulze were married in the store in 2007. They decided to put the store up for sale because they needed to concentrate on Schulze's cancer treatments and because "they were ready to step back from the all-consuming roles of independent bookstore owners."
In 2011, Once Upon a Crime won the Raven Award, for outstanding contributions to the genre, from the Mystery Writers of America.