Ida Cannon

The little girl was walking down North Court street, looking for her brother. She walked around, trying to see what is past the cars chugging by, and spotted the Cannon Grocery store instead. She wandered over, looking through the glass to see what is there. The little girl walked in, and saw the candy counter. She asked, very politely, "What can I get for 10 cents?" and Miss Cannon gestured to the larger section, with more colors and candies. The little girl wondered how Miss Cannon can run a whole store by herself. As she handed Miss Cannon her dime, she was still thinking. Miss Cannon got the candy, and tied it up in a brown bag with a bit of pink ribbon. The little girl smiled again as she headed out the door, walking back towards her home. She found her brother, but still thought that she could try to find a better way to ask if she goes back to the store. Miss Cannon does run a whole grocery store by herself.


Miss Ida Cannon had run the Cannon Grocery store for a while. Her father, John Cannon, owned it before her, and she knew how to run it at an early age. She was dedicated to the store, running it all the way up until closing day in the 1970's. She sold her store to friends, who eventually turned the Cannon Grocery Store into the Gramercy Gallery, an upscale gift store, which is still open on 221 North court Street today. Miss Cannon was a great clerk who cared about each customer. She tied all the bags and parcels with ribbon, to add a personal touch. She stood behind the counter to get everything the customer needed. She had delivered groceries too. The boys she hired called her old station wagon the "Cannon-ball". She was a wonderful woman who ran a store all by herself.


Miss Cannon sold everything. She had cheese, sorghum, jello, anything. It was amazing that she could keep up in the world of business, be a woman, and do it all by herself. She never married, but she was a strong woman who could get the job done. She worked hard and when the store closed, many people in Medina came to the auction to buy pieces to remember Miss Cannon. Everybody wanted something to remember the store, and the wonderful woman who ran it so well.

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Miss Cannon and her goods

Miss Cannon and her goods

Miss Cannon sold nearly everything you could want. Seen here with Jello, sorghum, and her register. She even tied all the bags and parcels with ribbon, to add a personal touch. "Image Courtesy of Ron Linek of the Medina Gazette" View File Details Page

Miss Ida Cannon's store

Miss Ida Cannon's store

Miss Ida Cannon was pictured here with her store. She was at the counter with all her goods and her register. Some of her more famous items were her molasses and cheese. She owned the store and ran it by herself up until it closed in the 1970's. "Image Courtesy of Gloria Brown" View File Details Page

The Gramercy Gallery

The Gramercy Gallery

Once the Cannon grocery store closed, it was quite a few interesting stores. Some of the stores were a bicycle repair store and a vacuum repair shop. Many of the owners made drastic changes, such as repainting the whole store front. Today, it is an upscale gift store owned by Miss Pamela Miller. "Image Courtesy of Alizabeth Ratliff" View File Details Page

Miss Ida Cannon's Store

Miss Ida Cannon's Store

Miss Ida Cannon was a different kind of store owner. She got everything the customer asked for instead of just ringing it up for them. She even had a cheese wheel that many customers got cheese from each week. She had a wonderful store, which was a highlight of the Medina City Square. "Image Courtesy of Peter Geiger of the Beacon Journal" View File Details Page

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Alizabeth Ratliff, “Ida Cannon,” Discover Medina, accessed June 22, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/70.
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