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Photo Credit: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Music Millennium's Terry Currier hopes to begin selling beer and wine at his Southeast Burnside Street store sometime in March if the OLCC approves a liquor license for the business.Terry Currier hopes to celebrate Music Millennium's 46th anniversary with a beer . . . one sold in his East Burnside Street store.


Currier is awaiting a decision from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission on a liquor license he sought in November for his music store. If approved, Currier says he plans to add wine, beer and coffee to the CDs, DVDs and vinyl records sold at the store.

“The beer and wine will be local,” Currier says. “Except Portland is the No. 1 Pabst Blue Ribbon market in the country, so we may have to tackle that issue.”

The Burnside store won’t have a sit-down bar, but a small kiosk, “much like a street magazine stand,” in the back of the store’s vinyl room, which was the office of Classical Millennium, Currier says.

For nearly a decade, Currier has thought about adding a small beer and wine bar in his store. “I’ve had a beer and wine application on my desk for almost 10 years,” he says.

‘Comfortable as possible’

Don MacLeod, his wife Loreen and brother-in-law Dan Lissy opened the 800-square-foot Music Millennium store at Southeast 32nd Avenue and East Burnside in mid-March 1969. It specialized in “underground” music that couldn’t be found at other stores.

Today, the store at 3158 E. Burnside St. has more than 6,000 square feet and is packed full of CDs, DVDs and vinyl records. The store also hosts performances by local and national bands.

Currier’s original plan was to put a beer/wine kiosk in Music Millennium’s Northwest Portland store. That was sidetracked more than seven years ago when the Northwest 23rd Avenue store closed.

He also toyed with the idea of selling “the largest selection of retro soft drinks in the Northwest, maybe the entire country.”

“My thoughts were to make the store as comfortable as possible,” Currier says.

Currier has been a big supporter of Portland’s microbrew movement for the past 30 years, inspired by friends who owned the Horse Brass Pub. He’s also a going to sell coffee roasted by Oblique Coffee in Southeast Portland.

Young customers

Photo Credit: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Music Millennium hopes to celebrate its 46th anniversary this year with a beer sold at a kiosk in the store.In the past year, OLCC licenses have been issued for large Portland-area movie theater chains, where minors and adults mix every day. Currier says the mix of old and young customers in his cramped store shouldn’t be a problem for beer and wine sales.

“There are different precedents around the city,” he says. “Some theaters can sell with minors there up to certain times. Certain clubs can serve till 9 p.m. with minors.

“We don’t want to limit anyone from shopping. Minors are a growing piece of business. They were not during the first eight to 10 years of downloading, but many are fans of vinyl (records). We just hired a 17-year-old, the first under-20 employee in 10 years or so.”

Currier would like to launch the sales on March 15, the Burnside store’s anniversary.

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