1. Once Upon a Crime, the Minneapolis, MN mystery bookstore, has been sold. The new owners, Dennis Abraham and Meg King-Abraham, will be the fourth owners of the store and take possession on April 1.
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. 2. Seattle Mystery Bookshop's campaign to raise $50,000 to "get to a stable financial footing" has succeeded, raising $51,852 by its deadline yesterday (and it's higher today!).
On the store's GoFundMe page, "the crew" wrote: "We're humbled and touched and completely in awe of your kindness, generosity and support. There really are no words to convey how grateful we truly are."
The money will go toward building inventory, paying outstanding bills and "making sure the rent is completely paid off."