UPDATE: Music Millennium reached its fundraising goal on Tuesday after owner Terry Currier and a DJ from 94.7 spent a day living on the roof of the music store.
PORTLAND – The owner of an iconic Portland music store is headed to new heights to reach his fundraising goal.
Music Millennium at 3158 E. Burnside St. needs a new roof. The 45-year-old store’s asphalt roof is peeling and riddled with cracks and leaks. Inside, old vinyl records are being used to patch holes.
On rainy days, the store’s owner, Terry Currier, and his staff put up little buckets around the store to catch drips and protect the merchandise.
“One of these days, the leaks are going to ruin the merchandise,” Currier said.
He started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $60,000 to repair the roof and open an in-store coffee shop. But he still needs around $10,000 to reach his goal by Saturday.
So, on Tuesday, Currier is going to live on the store’s roof until his goal is reached.
“Greg Glover, the morning guy at 94.7 FM, and his dog 'Biscuit' and me are going to come up to the roof at 8 a.m.,” he said. “We’re going to live here until we reach that goal.”
Currier said they plan on camping in tents, sleeping on mattresses or pallets.
But Currier can’t seem to catch a break from the weather.
“The forecast calls for heavy rain,” he said.
His one luxury during his stay on the roof? He’s bringing a stereo.