Downtown Apex is a Great Triangle NC Destination for
Unique Dining, Shops, Boutiques, Services, and Festivals

Downtown Apex is a unique assortment of award winning restaurants, specialty shops and boutiques, bakery and ice cream shops, salons, spas, and professional services. Historic Downtown Apex is a great way to spend a relaxing day or evening shopping, strolling, and dining. In addition, festivals and events are held throughout the year right in Downtown Apex, offering a unique opportunity to come and experience everything we have to offer.

The slideshow provides a preview of several Apex Downtown businesses.

Top 10 reasons to shop local


Downtown Apex is Just a Short Drive from the Triangle Communities
of Cary, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Raleigh, Garner, Fuquay-Varina

Salem Street Promenade Apex NC The Triangle region of North Carolina is full of interesting places to visit, with many of these offering unique shopping, dining, and special character. Downtown Apex is near the top of the list when it comes to having one-of-a-kind locally-owned businesses that provide a truly unique experience for dining, shopping, and hanging out in the Triangle. Apex is also home to some famous events such as Peakfest, Apex Latino Arts Festival, Peak City Pig Fest, Olde Fashioned 4th of July, Apex Jazz & Music Festival, Trick or Treat on Salem Street, and Christmas on Salem Street. All of these offer an opportunity to check out Downtown Apex while having some fun enjoying art, food, drink, and live music. Come and see what it’s all about! If you need help getting here, enter 220 N. Salem St., Apex NC (the address for the Apex Chamber of Commerce) in your GPS or smartphone. See the Maps page for a list of businesses and parking information.

FINALLY FRIDAY! is back in Downtown Apex on August 28

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Apex Jazz Music Festival is September 19!

Apex Jazz Music Festival NC The Apex Downtown Business Association and Populate Productions are in the final stages of planning for the 5th Annual Apex Jazz Music Festival. The 2015 Apex Jazz Music Festival will continue our tradition of playing host to great musicians from around the Triangle and beyond – including a band from New Orleans. The Beer & Wine Garden / Main Stage will operate again on the Apex Chamber of Commerce property, and feature phenomenal musical acts. Performances will also be featured again in a variety of outdoor and indoor venues along Salem Street. There will also be a great selection of food vendors to choose from!

As the only adult-focused fall music festival in the North Carolina Triangle area, this increasingly popular event is expected to draw over 20,000 music fans to Downtown Apex this September 19th. Tickets for the 5th Annual Apex Jazz Music Festival are available NOW! Festival wristbands will include entry to all the venues for the entire event. Please note that all persons entering the Beer & Wine Garden / Main Stage or purchasing beer/wine on Salem Street will be required to provide a valid ID confirming they are age 21 or over.

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New Hope Valley Railway Operated Through November

New Hope Valley Railway Bonsal NC The New Hope Valley Railway provides train rides with both steam and diesel locomotives on weekends from April to December each year. The facility also includes a primarily outdoor museum of historic and heritage railroad equipment, a gift shop, food trucks, and other amenities.

Along with regular train rides, the NHV operates special events, including beer and wine tastings, a Civil War battle reenactment, special historic exhibits, Halloween Trains in October, and Santa Trains in December.

The New Hope Valley Railway is located in the community of Bonsal, just a short nine miles south of historic downtown Apex, off the Old US1 Highway. For further information, schedules, and to purchase tickets, please go to

Apex Farmers Market 2015 Season

NC Agriculture The Apex Farmers Market is open every Saturday from April 18 to October 17 this year. The Market will be closed for PeakFest on May 2, Peak City Pig Fest on June 20, the 4th of July, and Apex Jazz & Music Festival on September 19. Come and see fresh fresh, local homegrown organic and conventional fruits and vegetables, pastured and sustainably farmed chicken, beef and pork, fresh farm eggs, baked goods, honey, cheeses, jams and preserves, sauces, salsas, and other artisanal food products, along with a variety of crafts.

Check out the website – Hours are 8:30am-12:30pm 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. Don't forget to "Like" them on Facebook and "Share" this post.

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

JC Knowles 10 Years Ago in June 2005

• Chick-fil-A held their grand opening on June 2nd. At the event, $26,000 in free food and drinks were given away in 15 minutes.

• Dianne Khin, Apex Planning Director, appeared on the Television show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" She did not win a million, but, she did win $25,000.

• Former Apex Town Manager Bill Sutton throws his hat in the ring for a seat on the Apex Town Council.

• The Apex Chamber of Commerce held their first "Membership Appreciation Day" on June 16th. Over 20 businesses provided food and drink for the event.

• The Apex Town Board was presented a budget for the 2005-2006 year of $22,056,080. NOTE: The 2015-2016 draft budget for all funds will amount to $96,000,000.

            25 Years Ago in June 1990

• The Apex Town Board approved rezoning the old Post Office on South Salem Street. The action called for A & E Electronics to open a business on the site.

• Garland C. Morris has returned to Apex after a 70 year absence. The firn was founded in Apex in 1904, and moved to Raleigh in 1920. Welcome home!

J.C. Knowles, Apex Town Ambassador Presidents Garden Downtown Apex NC

Visit Apex, North Carolina

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.

History of Downtown Apex – An Old North Carolina Railroad Town

Welcome to Historic Downtown Apex Buildings in Historic Downtown Apex Tobacco and Mule Exchange Building Downtown Apex NC Apex NC Historic District Corner of Salem and Chatham Streets Apex NC Apex Chamber of Commerce 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!

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 Apex Chamber of Commerce board room.