Back in February, I was walking to the post office (like I do) and came across a storefront for rent. I was casually looking for a new workspace so I called the number, left a message and went on my merry way. I received a call back from the building owner a few days later. It took me a moment to remember that I had called inquiring about a commercial space but it came back to me! I happened to be in the neighborhood so I stopped in to check it out. The space was affordable and in a great location so I pretty much took it on the spot. I had zero plans of opening a store but it seemed like such a good idea at that moment! The next step involved going home and telling my husband what I had done along with serious discussions about Jonathan leaving a very secure, well paying job to come work with me at OLO. I plan was formed, notice given and we set about planning Milk Milk Lemonade.
So, why did we name the OLO Fragrance studio Milk Milk Lemonade? What does it mean? I was under the impression that everyone knew the dirty playground song "milk, milk, lemonade...around the corner fudge is made". This little ditty was chanted while pointing to newly budding parts of the human body. It was one of the ultimate acts of rebellion when I was 8 years old. I have discovered a lot of people weren't as foul mouthed as I was as a child! Most people just think Milk Milk Lemonade is some random twee name, they've never heard the song. The folks that do remember the song give a sly grin and at least one person has busted out with the last line of the song, the one that only the sixth graders knew back in the day. I will not write it here but I will tell you if you ever visit the shop. Anyway, this little song has been stuck in my head for years. Along with classics like the Smurf theme song and Private Dancer by Tina Turner. One day I was singing it again and joked that we should just name the store Milk Milk Lemonade. We did.
Milk Milk Lemonade is located at 1407 SE Belmont St, Portland 97214. The focus of MML will be OLO Fragrance. It is primarily our work space. We will be introducing new OLO products to be sold in house only. The store is almost ready to open, we are just waiting on a few pieces to be delivered. We will keep irregular hours that meet our needs for now. Our strange hours will be posted daily on Twitter. However, if you are walking by and see us in there please feel free to come in! We will have set hours during the holidays. The website will be up soon but our Instagram and Twitter accounts are up and running.
The items offered in the MML store along with OLO Fragrances will be an assortment of some of our favorite items, lines like Dream Collective, Better Late Than Never, Hazel Cox, Erica Weiner, No. Studio, Morihata and others.