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Izze relaxes in the ballroom, part of the space that’s also used by the family. square feet each, the suites provide ample room for them to relax or enter-tain as they wish. Rather, the ballroom is part of the space that the Garboses and Izze claim as their own. Having participated in many of these functions, Keppel has an appreciation for what the Garboses have created with found materials. A fine example is the elegant yellow birch staircase in the ball-room, which Dave carted and reassem-bled, piece by nicked and faded piece, from the 1863 Vermont Hotel in Rutland. “Dave will go find marble, antiquated bird’s-eye maple,” says Keppel, “and sort of put things back together. When you’re around good-quality stuff it has an essence, its own vibrations that feel good. They’ve taken this old dilapidated inn and over many years brought it up to this beautiful building that it is today.” David tends to deflect the credit to the carpenters, masons, and other arti-sans who have helped transform the building. “I hire experts,” he says, “and then follow them around and pick up after them.” “And I pick up after him,” Jane adds. Dave Garbose and Jane Dosdall, both originally from Massachusetts, met at The Daily Planet restaurant in Burlington when they were in their 20s. Dosdall, born in 1960, was drawn to Vermont when her older sisters attended college in Burlington. She later made the same choice, earning a bachelor’s refining and redefining their business is also an expression of their commit-ment to working with local things, and local people, to find the best Vermont has to offer. Amazingly, there’s not a trace of hodgepodge in the inn’s décor. An unlikely union such as a polished, renewed stainless steel refrigerator shar-ing space with a refurbished, antique wooden typewriter table works well in their hands. And they credit each other for the talents they contribute. “Jane is a fantastic designer, without a bit of pretense in her taste, so there’s a comfortableness to the place that’s really noticeable,” says Dave. “We stop and consider each purchase. Nothing is haphazard.” His partner, in turn (for that’s what they are: “former marriage partners, current business partners,” as Jane describes it), extols his single-minded devotion to the continual development and improvement of the building they’ve owned since 1990. He is a full-time stew-ard of the inn, while she is a psychologist who practices in both Middlebury and Burlington, yet she finds a connection in that work to her calling at the Mount Philo Inn. “There’s something intuitive about working with internal spaces — in peo-ple and in this building we have,” she says. Woody Keppel, another Charlotte resident, is a professional “fool” (in the Shakespearean sense) and a member of the Hokum Brothers, the house band the Garboses hire when they open up the grounds and the “ballroom” (con-structed as a dining room in the 1920s) for community events. These gatherings might be fundraisers for local causes, or occasions to honor the work of local art-ists, photographers, writers, and musi-cians. The ballroom isn’t a community space for guests at the inn; at some 1,800 BR AD PET TENGILL BUSINESS PEOPLE–VERMONT • FEBRUARY 2017 17

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