September 14, 2012
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MONTPELIER — On Sept. 28, Goddard College is expected to open an art gallery in the old Capitol Stationers retail location on Main Street.
The exhibit, Goddard College President Barbara Vacarr said, is going to celebrate the college's 150 years in Vermont.
The school started in Barre at the Goddard Seminary in 1863 and moved to Plainfield in 1938.
So why Montpelier and not Plainfield or Barre?
Vacarr said that Montpelier, in some sense, reflects the alumni of Goddard. There's such a strong connection between the college and Montpelier, she said.
Jeff Jacobs, who owns the building, graduated from Goddard College twice. Once for his undergraduate degree and then for his graduate studies.
And the Capital City is teeming with other Goddard alumni, from Scott Kerner, a co-owner of Three Penny Taproom and Mad Taco, to real estate developer Alan Goldman.
"I want montpelier to be a vibrant magnate for Goddard alumni," Vacarr said, and Jesse Jacobs, Jeff's son, is helping make that happen.
Vacarr said that after working with Jesse, she was very impressed with his vision. He's a born developer, she said.
He's really looking to get the economic engine of Montpelier going, Vacarr said.
She might be right, because Jesse is filling the Jacobs properties with tenants.
There's a gelato place going into the space the Compass Rose vacated on State Street.
The owners of the Asiana House in Burlington are said to be building out a restaurant in the old Chittenden Bank building.
The Men's Store is going to be a chocolate shop.
Amy Leventhal is opening up her own fitness studio in space below The Black Door.
Vacarr said that there's a change happening in Montpelier.
And now, she said, "It's a perfect moment to make something really wonderful happen."
After the Goddard exhibit ends at th 54 Main St. location, Vacarr said the plan is to have popup art exhibits in that space.