Furlong’s Liquors continues to keep its family business’ spirit alive


Brothers Dan and Terry Furlong have provided the area with selection and service for the past 31 years.

Trying to cater to everyone’s taste, the store’s shelves are stocked with well-known favorites, local brews and microbrews.

In addition to many big-name brands, Furlong’s Liquors prides itself on its wide variety of Minnesota craft beers, wines and liquors.

The Oakdale liquor store has served the area for 31 years

 

The selection, knowledge and familiar faces at Furlong’s Liquors have kept customers coming back for more than three decades.

“We can’t appreciate enough the loyalty of our customers,” co-owner Terry Furlong says. “That’s who has kept us here this long.”

Conveniently located near the intersection of Highway 36 and Century Avenue, Terry and his brother Dan Furlong are committed to helping all who visit the store. Whether a regular customer or a first-timer, they offer friendly, personalized service and expertise.

“You’re never going to be lost coming here,” says Dan.

 

Shopping local

In addition to big-name brands and international favorites, Furlong’s Liquors works to recognize what’s produced in-state by offering many locally made beers, wines and liquors in its 1,500-square-foot “Minnesota Room.”

“We try to highlight our Minnesota heritage as much as we can,” Dan says. “So, we try to have all of the newer releases from the Minnesota breweries.”

Now in its third year, the “up-north”-styled room has its shelves stocked with variety. In addition to the household local names, the brothers have even expanded the selection to include microbrews in their inventory. 

“Minnesota is becoming a real craft brewing area with new microbreweries popping up and so many great beers available,” Terry says. “We like the idea of shopping local.”

At the store’s tasting area, a comfy wooden bar, customers can really get a feel for what they want to buy and enjoy.

“Customers take great pride in knowing what they’re drinking,” Dan says. “Nowadays young people buy beer the way their parents bought fine wine. They’ll want to know the particulars, not just the taste but how it’s made.”

 

Part of the community

Serving generations over the last 31 years, the store has a family history of its own. 

The land where the store is located off Highway 120 was once the brothers’ grandparents’ family farm, and Terry and Dan have embraced their grandfather’s affinity for giving back to the community.

Their store supports local fundraisers, the Oakdale Business Association, the Knights of Columbus, the Lions Club, the Church of St. Peter, scout troops and area youth athletics. They also donate funds from the sale of their featured bourbon to the North St. Paul Veteran’s Memorial, and Terry serves as a North St. Paul City Council member.

“Our roots have been here a long time,” Terry says. “We’re proud to be a part of this community, and being involved with it is something we’ve always seen as important.”

Whether they’re giving back to their community or providing you with your favorite six-pack to enjoy, the Furlong brothers — and their family business — are here to stay, for years to come.  

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