Like countless others, Isaac George Kannon had a dream: to immigrate to America, to work hard, and to provide his family with a healthy and prosperous life. He stepped ashore on Ellis Island in 1905. Isaac quickly settled in Raleigh, North Carolina and began to peddle quality goods from a pack on his back. He peddled on foot throughout Wake County for six years until he could afford the luxury of a horse and buggy. Finally, in 1916, Isaac opened a retail store in Wendell, North Carolina, where the family served loyal customers for 100 years.
After 100 years of being together in one location, Kannon’s relocated to Raleigh’s Cameron Village with two separate locations for Men and Women. Kannon’s Clothing remains one of the oldest family-owned clothing stores in the country.
To quote Joe Ann Wright, granddaughter of Isaac Kannon, “Isaac’s success is now our heritage.”
Along with knowledge of the product and commitment to the customer, Isaac lived by a simple maxim:
“I’d rather you leave empty-handed than with a garment that is not right for you.”Isaac George Kannon
100 years later, this remains Kannon’s guiding principle.
Kannon’s is the epitome of a family business, now extending into its fourth generation of management.
Today Kannon’s is owned and operated by Isaac’s grandchildren Joe Ann, George, Boo and Mary Kathryn, with Isaac’s great-grandchild Mary-Kannon now involved full-time in the business.
“The store was more than a business – it was our second home. We literally learned the business from the ground up and learned how to interact with customers at a young age. Today we serve customers we’ve known all of our lives, while also cultivating relationships with new customers.”Joe Ann Wright
In fact, it’s the generations of families and repeat customers that are the true testimate to Kannon’s success.
We invite you to stop by and enjoy the “Kannon’s Experience” at either of our locations in Cameron Village.
Kannon’s is proud to be the winner of the Best in the Triangle for our award-winning customer service. It’s something we focus on every single day in both our Men’s and Women’s store locations.