Once Upon a Crime is set to change hands on March 31.
Gary Shulze and Pat Frovarp, co-owners of the mystery bookstore at 26th & Lyndale, announced last summer they were planning to sell. Later this month they’ll hand the keys to Dennis Abraham, Meg King-Abraham and their daughter Devin Abraham, who will handle most of the day-to-day operations of the store.
King-Abraham said she and her husband started shopping at the store sometime after they moved to the Fulton neighborhood in October 2014. The couple previously lived in Inver Grove Heights for 25 years, and King-Abraham said they were “just trying to become more involved in the community.”
“I have never owned a business,” she said. “My husband comes from a family that did own a business when he was growing up, and he always kind of had it in his mind that he would like to be a business owner.”
“All three of us are definitely bibliophiles,” she added.
Both King-Abraham, a St. Paul Public Schools teacher, and her husband, an operations manager at Medtronic, plan to keep their day jobs and help out at the store on a part-time basis. Customers will see Devin Abraham, a University of Wisconsin–Madison graduate, behind the counter when they visit.
Shulze and Frovarp owned the store for 13 years, but decided they didn’t want to sign another lease while Shulze was undergoing cancer treatments. They are the store’s third owners since 1987.
King-Abraham said customers won’t notice any physical changes to the store, but she’s already at work boosting its online presence with new Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. They’re also developing plans to host book clubs and maybe some after-hours events, she said.