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Radio Bean hopes to expand

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -
A Burlington music venue is looking to grow and it could mean additional opportunities for up and coming bands. 

Radio Bean gives more than 3,000 aspiring musicians a year their shot. It was even the place where some say Vermonter Grace Potter got her start. Now owners hope new plans will help them do even more.  

It's been a Burlington staple for 14 years allowing new bands to take the stage. Now, the owners of Radio Bean and Duino Duende have their eyes on the next chapter-- a lamp shop by day, acoustic lounge by night.

"In general it will be a quiet lounge-type space where it's perfect for a conversation. That's kind of what we're going for," co-owner Kat Wright said.

If they reach their $40,000 fundraising goal, a new patio would be part of the expanded venue and customers could end up with their own drink. 

"You can pick the name and the recipe for a cocktail that goes on our drink menu for a year," owner Lee Anderson said.

Anderson, Wright and friends are doing most of the work themselves with materials rich in history.

"The platform I'm standing on is from a high school in Montpelier that we got off of Craigslist; a basketball court is what it used to be. This bar is from the Equinox in Stratton in a building that no longer exists," Wright said.

The owners say the new effort is not just for them but for the community.

"The reality is, we don't make a lot of money here. This place is a labor of love," Wright said.

Labor they hope will help give loyal patrons a place to call their own. If all goes according to plan the new Light Club Lamp Shop will open July 1.
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