Once Upon a Crime, the Minneapolis, Minn., mystery bookstore, is for sale, the Pioneer Press reported. Gary Shulze and Pat Frovarp, who have owned the store for almost 13 years, made the decision because Shulze is undergoing cancer treatments.
"I hate thinking of not being at the store, but we have to make Gary well," Frovarp said. 'It's getting more difficult all the time. We spend most of our time at home ordering, doing bookwork and other things connected to the store."
"The store continues to thrive and we hope there is someone out there who will eagerly take the reins," Shulze said. The store is debt-free and "doing well," the owners said.
Once Upon a Crime was founded 28 years ago and has 800 square feet of space. Frovarp interned for almost four years with previous owner Steve Stilwell. Shulze and Frovarp were married at the store in 2007.
In 2011, Once Upon a Crime won the Raven Award, for outstanding contributions to the genre, from the Mystery Writers of America.