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.

September 2016 Highlights in Downtown Apex

September is a great month to visit #DowntownApexNC. The weather gets cooler and is simply perfect for having lunch or dinner with your favorite people. Afterward, be sure to stroll Salem Street for unique shops like Downtown Knits, Studio 123 Art Gallery, or The Rusty Bucket. Downtown Apex also has a variety of professional and service businesses, so you don’t have to run all over town to get everything done.

Apex Music Festival The Apex Music Festival, formerly the Apex Jazz Festival, is back in Downtown Apex for the 6th time on Saturday, September 17 from 3:00pm to midnight. Populate Productions and the Apex Downtown Business Association have put together a lineup of great bands from around the region and the USA. Check out the website for up-to-date info and the lineup of bands so far. There are also a variety of sponsorship opportunities and tickets are also available online right now for just $10!.

Finally, when the end of September comes around, Finally Friday, is back in #DowntownApexNC on Friday, September 30. As usual, there will be special promotions at shops and eateries, live music on Salem Street, and most stores will be open until 9:00pm.

Welcome New Members!

Thanks to the following businesses for recently becoming new members of the Apex Downtown Business Association and supporting all the great things happening in Apex: Elizabeth’s Home & Garden Shop, Costco, Pizza Hut, Peak of the Vine, The Provincial, Comfort Inn Apex, Holiday Inn Express Apex, TC2 Labs, STR Strategies, Apex Police Department, and Apex Fire Department.

Finally Friday! Is Back In #DowntownApexNC for The Summer

Finally Friday! Get in on the good times in Downtown Apex NC this spring and summer with Finally Friday. On the last Friday, or “final” Friday of each month from April to September 2016, the Apex Downtown Business Association will be bringing entertainment and food to Salem Street for some after-work relaxation and fun. Participating #downtownapexnc merchants and restaurants will be offering special promotions as well, and will be open until 9:00 pm. So hurry home from work, gather up the family, and head to Downtown Apex this coming May 27, June 24, July 29, August 26, and September 30.

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.

Apex Farmers Market 2016 Season

NC Agriculture The Apex Farmers Market is open every Saturday from April 23 to October 15 this year. The Market will be closed for PeakFest on May 7, Peak City Pig Fest on June 18, and Apex Music Festival on September 17. 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.

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.

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

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 a meeting every month, usually on the first Friday of each month. This meeting includes both the Board of Directors meeting, where the ADBA Board will debate and vote on actionable matters. The meeting also includes 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. CLICK HERE for the 2016 meeting schedule.