It's been two years since private retailers started selling liquor in Washington state and the change has caused higher prices on liquor and higher fees for those selling it.
Former state-run small volume liquor stores have been closing their doors statewide since the privatization and the ones that are still open took a huge hit in revenue.
Mark Bahr says he feels lucky his store is still in business, but it has come with a price.
"I could have just given up, but I love this business," said Bahr.
Bahr has been the owner of Medical Lake Liquor & Wine for 7 years. Before the privatization his store was contracted to the state.
"We were tasked with managing the states inventory so we were a commissioned sales staff. We got paid based on our sales," said Bahr.
Since the change Bahr's sales took a40-45% hit, and running his store comes with some new costs.
Now Bahr buys all of the liquor himself and then sells it, but, in order to do that, he has to pay a 17 percent retail sales fee.
"I have to make up for that the only place I can and that's in the product that I sell," said Bahr.