It gives the MIRROR much pleasure to here show portraits of the members of the new firm of John J. Kissane & Co. of Rutland. In using the term “new firm” it has application only to the recently formed partnership of two gentlemen who have for several years been associated together in the relationship of employer and employee—and in that capacity were probably as prominently identified with the business in the past as they will in the future as partners therein.
Mr. Kissane has successfully conducted the business in Rutland for upwards of ten years, six years of which Mr. Henderson has been with him as a trusted and valued employee, and much of the time as manager of the business and buyer of much of the stock handled at this popular shopping mart for the ladies. Previous to going to Rutland Mr. Kissane was engaged in business in Malone, N. Y., where he was born, and his career in the business world has been a most successful one. He has recently opened a store to handle similar lines at Whitehall, N. Y.
Mr. Henderson was born in Scotland, and has only been in this country about fifteen years. For two years after coming to the United States he was employed in Boston, then three years in Laconia, N. H., four years in Burlington, and then came to Rutland. He is possessed of a keen perception of what will best supply the desires and needs of the ladies in the lines handled, and takes particular delight in searching out the best things in ladies’ ready-to-wear garments to be found in the New York and Boston wholesale markets.
Preparatory to the formation of the new firm, dress goods and other household necessities that are usually sold by the yard were closed out and they, are no longer carried in stock. Ladies, ready-to-wear furnishings and the various smaller article of household need now principally comprise the stock carried by Kissane & Co. Among the lines heretofore not carried at the store will be found the daintiest of millinery, which department is in charge of an expert in that line.
The two large floors occupied for the business have been refitted in a thoroughly up-to-date manner, and the artistic effect produced in the arrangement of the goods is most pleasing to the eye—an exemplification of Mr. Henderson’s exceptional talents in this direction as well as in the selection of the goods themselves.
Having gained an enviable reputation for reliability and excellency under the sole proprietorship of Mr. Kissane, the store will ever probably be known familiarly as the “Kissane Store,” but with Mr. Henderson holding an active interest in the business its future will be more than ever of a highly progressive nature.
Because of the advertising announcement of the Kissane store that has been seen on the first page of the MIRROR for a long time, and the large number who have profited by their purchases there, the establishment is well known to our readers—and will be probably better known in the future.