Apex Downtown Business Association


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ADBA Meeting Schedule

The Apex Downtown Business Association conducts two meetings each month, conducted sequentially on the first Friday of each month. The first meeting, held at 8:30 am, is the Board meeting, where the ADBA Board of Directors debate and vote on actionable matters. The second meeting, held at 9:00 am, is the "membership" meeting, where ADBA members and other interested parties can share information and discuss matters concerning ADBA activities. Other meetings are "special call" meetings by the ADBA President. All are welcome to attend the meetings, which are held at the Halle Cultural Arts Center.


Planning Underway for the 4th Annual Apex
Jazz & Music Festival
September 20, 2014

The Apex Downtown Business Association is planning for the 4th Annual Apex Jazz & Music Festival, to be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014. The ADBA Jazz & Music Festival Committee recently announced the acts appearing at the Beer & Wine Garden – Main Stage. The Committee is also seeking volunteers to help with staffing the event. Please go to www.apexjazzfestival.com for more information. Over 10,000 fans attended last year's Jazz & Music Festival to see some awesome music and had a great time despite the rainy weather. Apex Jazz & Music Festival 2014

Welcome to

Downtown Apex

building on Salem Street welcome to downtown Apex sign on side of old brick building Apex Baptist Church

Apex, North Carolina is a charming blend of rich history and bright future. Founded in the 1860's, the Town got its name from a location at the highest point on the old Chatham Railroad. Downtown Apex, considered one of the most intact turn-of-the-century railroad towns in the area, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an Historic District in 1994, and includes about 60 structures built between 1870 and 1940. The Old Union Depot, built in 1914, is designated as a Wake County Historic Landmark. The Apex Historical Society is located nearby in an old caboose.

Today, Apex is one of the most vibrant, progressive, and fastest-growing communities in the Research Triangle area, and the thriving Downtown Historic District is at the Town's heart. The unique mixture of historic homes, restaurants, and specialty shops gives special meaning to the motto: "Apex, the peak of good living." It's no surprise that Apex and the Triange area have consistently appeared as a top 10-ranked community in major publications such as Business North Carolina, Money, CNN/Money, and Forbes.

Come and experience the "The Peak of Good Living" in Apex, North Carolina!

Top 10 reasons why you should shop local


Sidewalk Sale Downtown Apex August 16, 2014


Apex Farmers Market 2014 Season

NC Agriculture

The Apex Farmers Market is excited to announce the 2014 Season opens on Saturday April 5th. On stage from 10:00am to noon will be the Route 55 Jazz Orchestra Band. Come and see fresh local fruit & produce with new baked goods & craft vendors. Check out the website – www.apexfarmersmarket.com. Hours are 9am-1pm every Saturday. The Farmers Market is located at 220 North Salem Street Apex, NC 27502 (in front of the Chamber of Commerce – next to the firehouse) in Downtown Apex from early April through September. Don't forget to "Like" them on Facebook.


Visit Apex

If you have a group of ten or more, our Apex Ambassador would love to show you our historic downtown. We offer free of charge a 45 minute lecture on the history of Apex at our downtown showcase the Halle Cultural Arts Center. You also have five wonderful dining venues to choose from for lunch or dinner. Following your dining experience, we give you a walking tour of downtown and show you some wonderful places to shop.

If this sounds interesting to you contact J. C. Knowles, Apex Ambassador, at 919-772-5472.


J.C.'s Downtown Historical Moments – Looking Back on Apex

JC Knowles

            Downtown Apex – Ten Years Ago

Like Minds Advertising has opened a full-service advertising company at 104 North Salem Street, in historic downtown Apex. The company offers graphic design services, corporate image, media services including radio, television and print. Suzanne Ungaro is President and Andrew Pilut, Vice-president.

Out of the Kiln, a pottery shop in downtown Apex, is expanding their store by leasing the store next door at 120 N. Salem Street. They are planning a special Christmas shop in that location.

Bonnie Fischer has taken over the local Edward Jones office at 113-A North Salem Street.

The Apex Downtown Merchants Association was awarded the Apex Appearance Award, presented by Mayor Keith Weatherly, for the Association's decorations and promotion of "Christmas on Salem Street."

A survey was made by the Salem Street Gazette, a local newspaper, asking citizens what they would like to see in the historic downtown business district. The top five businesses desired were; (1) Coffee House and Reading Room, (2) Ladies' Boutique, (3) Library, (4) Country Style Restaurant, and (5) Hardware Store.

The Happy Heart Antiques Plus, located at 127 North Salem Street, is expanding their shop, so that they may offer more beautiful antiques and linens.

J.C. Knowles, Apex Town Ambassador     jc.knowles@att.net


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