D.C. store, 40th anniversary generate buzz for high-end retail brand

DALLAS — For founder and CEO Michael Wilkov, there’s always been something about Washington D.C. that felt like the right fit for a Cantoni showroom.

That happened on April 4 for the Dallas-based luxury furniture brand, which does retail and trade business, when it opened in the former Theodore’s at 2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW. When Theodore’s owner Janice Kanter was ready to retire, her relationship with Wilkov led to what is now Theodore’s by Cantoni.

“My daughter went to American University in D.C., and I used to visit Theodores at the time. I always loved the Georgetown area and the potential for our business in the metroplex,” Wilkov told Furniture Today. “I stayed in contact with Janice Kanter over the years, and when Janice decided to retire, she reached out to me. The actual transaction was ultimately good for all parties, and it is wonderful when that happens.”

The D.C. store joins retail locations in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Orange County and Los Angeles, as well as a virtual studio in Austin.

The grand opening of Theodore’s by Cantoni coincided with the brand’s 40th anniversary, so both milestones were celebrated. Some customers knew Cantoni already, while others were longtime Theodore’s enthusiasts who were getting to know it for the first time.

“The turnout for our grand opening celebration was special. It was well-attended by many design enthusiasts and loyal clients,” Wilkov said. “Theodores has a strong legacy in the market, and it was wonderful to see clients that have been customers for many years attending our event and discovering Cantoni and our showroom for the first time.”

Wilkov said in the early days, he had no idea Cantoni would grow like it did, and he attributed its success to a strong commitment and dedication.

“For Cantoni, celebrating our 40-year anniversary is very special. When we started back in 1984 with a dream of being the best in our niche of the industry, we had no idea the commitment and dedication that it would take to accomplish what we have today,” he said. “Our story is not uncommon, and the message is very clear: Hard work, perseverance and the support of a great team and customer base make the dream attainable.”

And with 40 years of history behind it, Wilkov thinks Cantoni’s best is yet to come.

“We feel very strongly that our best years are still ahead at Cantoni,” he said. “Having just returned from Salone del Mobile, I have to say that I’m still as excited and invigorated by the world of design and Cantoni’s place in it as I was 40 years ago. As I like to say, onward and upward.”

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