Once Upon a Crime mystery bookstore has new owners

Co-owners Pat Frovarp (left) and Gary Shulze are handing the reins to another husband-and-wife team.

Co-owners Pat Frovarp (left) and Gary Shulze are handing the reins to another husband-and-wife team.

Seven months ago, we reported that Once Upon a Crime was for sale. After 13 years, Pat Frovarp and Gary Shulze are ready to hand the reins over to new owners. Now they've found those buyers, as husband-and-wife team Dennis Abraham and Megan King–Abraham are set to take over the Lyn-Lake shop.

The official announcement was made this morning via email:

Hard to believe, but here we are. After 7 months of backs and forths with potential buyers, Once Upon a Crime is about to have new owners. We’re both excited and saddened by this news. We’ll miss the store, authors, and especially customers as we hand over the care and feeding of Once Upon a Crime on April 1 (we’re not fooling) to a new and enthusiastic generation. 
The hand-off date isn't just a holiday, it's also the bookstore's 29th anniversary. While 30 is a nice round number, the current owners are ready to move on:

Why not hold out until the 30th anniversary next year, you may ask. Good question. Short answer is “because it’s time”. Running an independent book store is hard, ceaseless work. We don’t sit at the desk and read books until the next customer shows up. But Dennis Abraham, Megan King–Abraham, along with their daughter Devin are perfectly suited to take over. You’re going to love them.

In the meantime, Frovarp and Shulze will be training the new owners, who moved to Minneapolis in 2014 and are avid readers and big fans of mystery writing. This won't be their full-time gig either, as Abraham works as an operations manager at Medtronic, and King-Abraham teaches elementary technology. Their daughter, Devin Abraham, will mostly manage the business' day-to-day operations.

Once Upon a Crime is located just around the corner from 26th and Lyndale Avenue. Over the years, the store has built a reputation as a friendly independent bookstore with a healthy mystery and crime collection, plus solid local author offerings. It also has hosted Write of Spring, an annual book celebration where dozens of authors stop by to sign books and talk about their writing.