When the news hit late last year that Kannon’s Clothing was moving its venerable women’s boutique to Cameron Village from downtown Wendell, where it had been for nearly a century, it came as a surprise to some. But as the store has expanded through the years – including a men’s boutique that opened in Cameron Village in 2012 – the move to Raleigh was a natural progression in that growth. The new location opened last week.
“We’re thrilled to be in Cameron Village and know it is an ideal fit for what Kannon’s represents to our loyal customers,” says Joe Ann Wright, who, with her brother George Knuckley and sisters Boo Jefferson and Mary Kathryn Phillips, manages the business. “As we celebrate our 100th anniversary this year, our new store serves as a great marker of our successful past and of our bright future to come.”
Over the past century, the store has become a destination for women both in the Triangle and points eastward looking for high-end dresses, sportswear and more. The new location builds on that reputation and offers more variety with 5,600 square feet of space, a significant increase from the Wendell location.
“Kannon’s is so fortunate to have loyal customers who come to shop with us from throughout North Carolina and from out of state,” said Knuckley, president of Kannon’s and part of the third-generation family that runs the business today. “We look forward to continuing to serve these customers and friends from the new Raleigh location with the same friendly, warm and individualized service they’ve come to expect for decades.”
▪ Main and Taylor in Raleigh hosts a trunk show of spring and summer styles from VanEli, many in hard-to-find narrow sizes, on Thursday and Friday. For more info, call 919-821-1556.
▪ Nature-inspired jewelry from Ann Lightfoot comes to Pittsboro’s Dovecote Boutique as part of its spring pop-up shop series, Saturday and Sunday. Lightfoot’s pieces incorporate raw, organic materials to create a distinctive earthy look. For details, call 919-542-1145.
High Cotton celebrates First Friday with the debut of 10 new styles of their made in North Carolina sports shirts during a launch party, 5-8 p.m., in their downtown Raleigh store. Along with unveiling the new shirts, High Cotton will serve craft beer as part of the celebration. Call 919-817-8319 for details.
Bargain shoppers can score 70 to 90 percent off new and gently used designer brand clothing, shoes and accessories during Dress for Success Triangle NC’s Designer Sale, Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at 1812 Tiller Place, Suite 105, Raleigh. Admission to the sale is free, but with a $20 donation, shoppers can get early bird access at 9 a.m. All proceeds benefit Dress for Success’ work to assist local women in need. Visit dressforsuccess.org/trianglenc for more info.
A benefit for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer, will be held at The Learning Experience in Raleigh on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. During the event, participants can volunteer to have their heads shaved to raise funds for the charity. There will be food, music, children’s activities and goodies from neighboring businesses such as Lather Salon, Lotus Nails and Luxury Box during the event. For details, visit stbaldricks.org and search for “Team TLE Raleigh.”
StyleFinder Boutique wants to give four Triangle moms a new look this Mother’s Day with their Mama Gets Her Groove Back makeover contest. Through April 15, the public can nominate local moms to win a makeover that includes a StyleFinder ID personal style assessment and shopping experience, makeup, hair styling and a photo shoot. To nominate, email firstname.lastname@example.org with nominator’s name, nominee’s name, birthdate, email address, phone number, mailing address and a paragraph explaining why the nominee deserves a new look.
As the Tar Heels head to the Final Four this weekend, stylish fans can wear their spirit with a new line of UNC accessories from Little Earth Productions. Offering an alternative to the usual T-shirts and hats, the line features infinity scarves, handbags, elastic headbands and more emblazoned with the Carolina logo. The complete line (as well as N.C. State accessories) is available at littlearth.com.
Last week’s Style Watch column included a story about an exhibit on fashion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We had the wrong date for Alexander Julian’s lecture on “The Threads of Carolina Style.” That will take place April 19 at 5:30 p.m. in Wilson Library’s Pleasants Family Assembly Room. Learn more at library.unc.edu/wilson.
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