"1816 The dance of death the apothecary. Coloured aquatint by T Rowlandson." The caption reads: I have a secret art to cure Each maladay, which men endure. Courtesy Antiques At Vermont History & Health
Vermont Business Magazine Two longtime business partners are on a mission to help diversify the University Mall and educate the public about Vermont history with a first-of-its-kind shop and museum. Tim Camisa and Mike Rooney, both of Chittenden County, are inviting the media and public to see their latest venture, Antiques At Vermont History & Health, located at the University Mall in South Burlington. Camisa and Rooney have opened the new, 2,800-square-foot shop adjacent to Kohl’s.
Antiques At Vermont History & Health is opening for three reasons: to show the need for — and feasibility of — creative ideas for empty space at America’s shopping malls; to attract new shoppers and engage existing foot traffic at the University Mall with an innovative antique shop; and to educate the public about the history of patent medicine in Vermont with a museum dedicated to the topic. Rooney and Camisa also own the LOVERMONT 802 stores at the University Mall and Burlington Town Centre; Ethan Allen Coachworks in South Burlington; and Vermont Organics Reclamation in St. Albans.
“Antiques At Vermont History & Health is about true mall diversification, and it’s happening right here in South Burlington,” Camisa and Rooney said in a joint statement. “This is the first time a store at the U-Mall has sold antique items dating back to the 1600s, from all over the world. There has never been an antique shop in this mall. We thank local mall managers Heather, LuAnn and Jason for believing in this idea and for working with us to show shoppers that, yes, there is a future for malls in America — and that future is in creative use of space.”
The museum inside Antiques At Vermont History & Health showcases the work and history of Dr. B. J. Kendall, an Enosburg Falls native. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, Kendall invented and sold his famous Spavin Cure, an opiate-based patent medicine that was used on horses and humans. The museum features dozens of relics and posters about Kendall’s Spavin Cure, some of them dating back to the 1870s.
Camisa collected many of the Kendall-related relics. He and Rooney own what is known as the “Kendall Building,” in Enosburg Falls, located on Main Street. Camisa and a crew of workers have been renovating the building for a few years, with aims for expanding the museum there in the future. Camisa also has considered a roving form of the museum.
“Mike Rooney and I are developing this museum so that people — from the general public to struggling addicts — can learn from Vermont history to help Vermont’s future,” Camisa said. “We have a serious opiate problem in this state and in this country. Has much has changed since the days of Spavin Cure? That’s what we want to ask visitors to our museum, and to help prevent all of us from making the same mistakes over and over again.”
Source: SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. –– Antiques At Vermont History & Health