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Published June 14, 2012, 11:30 PM

Late Fargo barber’s granddaughters open own shop downtown

FARGO – When Everett Cannon started out barbering in 1948, a shave and a haircut probably was “two bits.”

By: Angie Wieck, INFORUM

FARGO – When Everett Cannon started out barbering in 1948, a shave and a haircut probably was “two bits.”

Prices have gone up, but the Cannon family is still providing those services to the men of Fargo.

The latest to enter the family profession are Everett’s granddaughters, Maureen Cannon and Chelsey Ehlen, who recently opened Everett’s Barbershop in his name on Broadway in downtown Fargo.

Everett Cannon, who started barbering in Mandan, began working for Moler Barber College in Fargo in 1967 and eventually purchased the business around 1976.

His son and daughter-in-law, Joel and Mary Cannon, both attended the college and purchased the business from him when he retired in 1990.

The couple operated the barber college together for 17 years before Joel quit to purchase North Plaza Barbers in Fargo.

Mary continues to teach at the college. She never expected her daughters to become barbers, but she thoroughly enjoyed teaching them both.

“Both the girls were such naturals,” said Mary. “They caught on really fast, faster than some of my other students, but that’s because they’ve been around it their whole lives.”

Everett’s is located in the Sign and Symbol building on Broadway. Its nostalgic décor and cozy yet open quarters will likely appeal to men familiar with the traditional barbershop ambiance. One can envision men sitting around sharing stories and jokes with each other while waiting for a shave or a trim.

The sisters also hope to attract the attention of clients who may be unfamiliar with the appeal of a barbershop.

The tradition of fathers taking their sons to the local barbershop has somewhat faded over the years.

“A lot of guys our age grew up with their mom taking them to the salon,” said Chelsey Ehlen. “We want them to experience a real barbershop.”

Joel and Mary Cannon could not be prouder of their daughters.

“I’m so very proud,” she said. “I’m so proud of them for naming the shop after their grandpa. He would just be so tickled if he was still alive.”

Business profile

Services: Men’s haircuts, face and neck shaves, hot towel shaves and beard and mustache trims.

Address: 230 Broadway, Fargo.

Phone: (701) 235-2443.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments are available, but walk-ins are welcome.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Angie Wieck at (701) 241-5501

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