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 and events.

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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.

Come To The 3rd Annual Founders Day Event on March 19, 2016!

The third annual Apex Founders Day celebration is Saturday March 19th, 2016, from 9am to 5pm in Historic Downtown Apex. This is a great event for anyone interested in the history of Apex, arts and crafts, or all things vintage/antique. There will also be a 5k race in the morning. There is NO parade but there will be a large area – at the Apex Chamber of Commerce parking lot – where exhibits and demonstrations will be set up. CLICK HERE to go to the ADBA News Page for more details.

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.