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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.


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 Triangle 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!

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Apex Founders Day is Saturday, February 28

Apex was incorporated on February 28, 1873. To celebrate the Town's birthday, the second annual Apex Founders Day celebration will be on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 9am to 5pm. This event will include historic venues and demonstrations, food, music, and a 5k run (click here for 5k info). There will also be several speakers at the Halle Center who will present on various historical topics. In addition, antique cars and fire trucks will be downtown. CLICK HERE for detailed Founders Day information. Click HERE for a map.

In conjunction with Apex Founders Day, the ADBA is sponsoring the Apex Young Adult Achievement Contest. Any Apex area middle or high school student in grades 6-12, with an Apex address, Zip Code, or residence outside Apex Town limits with Apex address, are eligible to enter. They can enter themselves, or be entered (nominated) by a friend, family member, or teacher. The judges will base their decision regarding a winner on several criteria, including community service, past or present achievements in school or summer programs, and special programs attended or created. To enter the contest, please write a short essay (no more than 500 words) describing the entrant's background, story, references, etc. Winners will be presented the award at Founders Day on February 28, and must be present to receive an award. The location and time of the award ceremony will be announced to the contestants by email or phone on Wednesday, February 25.

Please mail, email, or deliver all contest essays to All Booked Up, 104-B N. Salem Street, Apex NC 27502 by Wednesday, February 25. The email address is allbookedupsalemstreet@gmail.com.


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

            10 Years Ago in January 2005

• Wake County Library system begins Audio Book Service. Ruth Holleman of Apex was the first customer to check out one of the audio books. Holleman is Chairperson of the Wake County Library Commission.

• Charlotte-based Consolidated Theatres announces plans for a 12 to 16 screen multiplex in Beaver Creek Commons. A surprise announcement was also made by Virginia-based Marquee Cinemas plans to build a 14 screen complex across the street in The Promenade at Beaver Creek.

• Apex Town Board approved construction of a new gymnasium next to the existing structure on the town campus. Estimated cost is set at $3.5 million. The new gymnasiun is expected to be complete in 2006.

            25 Years Ago in January 1990

• Apex downtown merchants are happy that the overhanging canopies will finally be removed. The canopies are aluminum corrugated and were placed over the sidewalks in 1960.

• Bill Shearin of Apex has moved his commercial cleaning business into the old Western Auto Store on Salem Street. Plans also call for an arts and crafts consignment shop

• Town Council lowers the residential speed limit from 35 mph to 25mph. The new law went into effect on July 1st.

• To control manganese and iron in the town's drinking water, the town council has ordered a chemical agent "Aqua Mag" to be placed in the water distribution system.

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


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