Stylin: Kannon’s expands, adding a Raleigh store

CorrespondentOctober 24, 2012 

The venerable Wendell boutique, Kannon’s, offers an expanded selection of clothing and accessories in Cameron Village.


For nearly a century, fashionable women in Wendell have turned to one place for designer looks and classic Southern style – Kannon’s. Now the venerable boutique has expanded west into Raleigh with a new store in Cameron Village.

“We have been considering changes to the business for some time,” says George Knuckley, one of four siblings who own Kannon’s. “We felt that the part of the business with the most growth potential was with menswear.”

Knuckley will oversee the Raleigh operation, the first expansion of the business his grandfather opened in 1916. The new store will offer an expanded selection of clothing and accessories for men and women, including a Peter Millar store-in-store.

The one thing that hasn’t changed is the family’s attitude toward its customers.

“This business is our family, and we welcome customers into our stores as we would into our homes,” says Knuckley. “Our parents trained all of us, and they learned from our grandfather that the attention to the needs of each and every one that walks in our door is what makes the difference.”

Kannon’s is at 435 Daniels St., Raleigh, 919-366-6902,

Showing their stuff

The runways will be busy in the Triangle this week with several fashion shows:

• In conjunction with Raleigh Fashion Week, two fashion shows highlight local looks. The Local Boutique Fashion Show, 8-10 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Renaissance North Raleigh hotel, features clothing from local shops and benefits Myself Together Again. On Oct. 27 from 8 to 10 p.m., the week’s finale show at Babylon restaurant in Raleigh features styles from local designers, music and more, all benefitting the Boys and Girls Club and Interact. Tickets for both shows are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more info, visit

• In downtown Raleigh, ReDress the Dead gives the traditional show a zombie spin on Oct. 27, with models made up as zombies dressed in eco-friendly fashions. The show, sponsored by ReDress Raleigh, is part of downtown’s Halloween celebration, the Raleigh Living Dead Festival, which also features children’s activities, a zombie circus and more. Tickets are $10-$15 and available at

Time to shop

Forget Black Friday. Around these parts, the holiday season starts a bit earlier with the Junior League of Raleigh’s annual “A Shopping Spree,” Oct. 25-28 at the Raleigh Convention Center. This year’s event features hundreds of exhibitors selling everything from clothing and jewelry to home goods and holiday décor.

Hours for the spree are 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Oct. 25; 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Oct. 26; 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Oct. 27; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 28. There will also be special early-morning shopping events 8:30-11 a.m. Oct. 25 and 8:30-10:30 a.m. Oct. 27. Tickets are $10, $25 for the Thursday early shopping hours and $15 for Saturday early shopping hours. Proceeds benefit the Junior League’s programs that support local youth. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit

In the trunk...

Another week, another full lineup of trunk shows:

• Elaine Miller Collection customers can shop for a good cause at the store’s Alexis Bittar Show Oct. 25. During the event, 25 percent of proceeds from purchases of Bittar’s high-end costume jewelry and 20 percent of proceeds from all other estate and designer jewelry sales will benefit Hospice of Wake County. For details, call 919-571-8888 or visit

• Lavender and Lace welcomes Matouk fine linens and Voluspa candles for a trunk show 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 25. Both will debut new and holiday collections, and there will be refreshments and giveaways during the event. Lavender and Lace is at 1902 Bernard St., Raleigh, 919-828-6007,

• Main & Taylor hosts a Stuart Weitzman trunk show Oct. 25-27 in its North Hills store. Customers can get a sneak peek at spring 2013 styles, as well as additional fall shoes. For more information, call 919-821-1556 or visit

• Joint Venture Jewelry in Cary will give shoppers a chance to personalize their purchases this weekend during their hand engraving trunk show, Oct. 25-27. Engraver Alex Thompson will be on hand using techniques that date to the Renaissance to hand engrave jewelry and other trinkets. Customers are welcome to bring their own items to be engraved. Joint Venture is at 250 Grande Heights Drive, Cary, 919-678-0092,

Celebrate & incubate

Working to mentor and support emerging designers and independent businesses, Kindred boutique is a new design incubator offering retail space to local artists in downtown Raleigh. A collaboration between Rock and Shop Market founder Michelle Smith, IndieNC and business mentoring organization EntreDot, the boutique opens this weekend with a grand opening party Oct. 27. During the opening, there will be a DJ, raffle and a discount of 10 percent on all items in the shop. The shop also kicked off a Kickstarter campaign to help fund designers. For more information, visit

Buck stops here

Bailey’s Fine Jewelry in Cameron Village welcomes representatives from Ippolita to the store for a trunk show Oct. 25. Shoppers can browse new necklaces, bracelets and more in silver, gold, rose and more with colorful jewels.

Also this week, Bailey’s kicks off its new rewards program, Bailey Bucks. Shoppers who sign up for the program will have a percentage of every registered purchase credited as “Bailey Bucks,” which can be used toward future purchases. Those who register for the program in the first few weeks will also receive bonus “bucks.” For more info, visit

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