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

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  • Shop and Dine Historic Downtown Apex for The Holidays

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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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Visit Christmas on Salem Street in Apex – The #1 Best Place to Live in America

JC Knowles Christmas on Salem Street in Historic Downtown Apex, N. C. will be special this year as we celebrate Christmas in the #1 Best Place to Live in America, as judged by Money Magazine. The celebration will begin on Friday, December 4th with the downtown stores, all decorated for Christmas, opening their doors to the wonders of the season. At 5:00pm the carolers will begin at the century old Union Depot, followed by the official lighting of the Town Christmas tree by the new Mayor of Apex, Lance Olive.

Then at 6:00pm the young and young at heart will have the opportunity to ride one of the beautiful decorated sleighs or carriages, plus the Santa train. Ticket sales for the rides will start at 4:00 pm in the white tent across from the Fire House. Of course, Christmas needs a visit from Santa, so he and Mrs. Claus will be with us throughout the evening. Salem Street will be closed and the singing and merrymaking will continue until late evening.

The morning of Saturday, December 5th, will open with the award winning Apex Rotary Christmas Pancake Breakfast at the downtown Fire House. Yes, we will have pancakes with all the trimmings. There will also be a full day of shopping in the stores and dining at our many fine restaurants with family and friends as they gather to renew their annual Christmas reunions.

Following the delicious pancake breakfast, the Apex Downtown Business Association, sponsors of the Annual Christmas on Salem Street event, will have Pictures with Santa at the Apex Depot (Chamber of Commerce) from 9:00am to 2:00pm. At the stroke of 5:00pm on Saturday, the Apex Rotary Club’s annual Christmas parade will magically weave its way down Salem Street to the delight of thousands.

Lastly, on Sunday, December 6th, the Apex Historical Society will showcase their annual Holiday Home Tour from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Tickets for this event can be purchased at The Rusty Bucket store or at the Chamber of Commerce.

J.C. Knowles, Apex Town Ambassador

“Christmas on Salem Street”
in Historic Downtown Apex

Don’t Miss Christmas on Salem Street! – December 4, 5, and 6. It’s that time of year again in Downtown Apex for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree, visits by Santa, and holiday parades.

The Apex Downtown Business Association is making final plans for a really great event this year. We’re asking that all of our downtown businesses make a big splash in decorating storefronts and the inside their businesses. The annual Christmas on Salem Street events are all part of the reason Apex is the #1 small town in the USA.

On Friday night, December 4th, we will have the official annual Apex Christmas tree lighting, caroling, and sleigh rides. Of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to greet the children. There will be merry making all up and down Salem Street, the stores will be packed with goodies and gifts that will make for a wonderful magical Christmas in Apex.

There are also events downtown on Saturday and Sunday, December 5th and 6th.

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Shop and Dine Downtown Apex
for the Holidays!

The Apex Downtown Business Association (ADBA) invites everyone to shop and dine in Historic Downtown Apex this Christmas season. Here are some great ADBA Member places to shop and dine.


  • All Booked Up
  • Antiques On Salem Street
  • Apex Outfitter & Board Co.
  • Downtown Knits
  • Empire Cigars – The Vault
  • Gone Stitching Gifts & Monograms
  • Lilly’s Home Furnishings Boutique
  • Make it Your Own Boutique
  • Moment of Peace Massage
  • Moon & Lola
  • My Girlfriend’s Closet
  • Sixpence Accents
  • Sophie & Mollie’s Boutique
  • Southern Home Crafts
  • Stylish Living
  • The Apex Gallery of Custom Framing
  • The Rusty Bucket
  • Two Old Birds
  • Virtuoso Jewels


  • Anna’s Pizzeria
  • Buttercream’s Bakeshop
  • Common Grounds Coffeehouse
  • La Rancherita Mexican Restaurant
  • Salem Street Pub
  • The Beer Dispensary
  • The Ice Cream Shop
  • The Loft at Anna’s


Small Business Saturday is November 28

Small Business Saturday was first observed around the USA in 2010 as a counterpart to "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday," which are usually associated with the larger big-box and e-commerce retail stores.

The busy holiday shopping season is also very important to small retailers, restaurants, and other businesses such as those in Downtown Apex.

Have some fun and shop / dine in Downtown Apex on Saturday, November 28 and support the local businesses that make Apex the number one small town in America to be during the holidays!.

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Apex Arts Council Brings Vaudeville Back!

The Apex Arts Council is proud to bring Vaudeville back to Apex on Saturday November 28. Join us after your SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY shopping in the delightful shops along Salem Street, and enjoy lunch or dinner in our local restaurants. APEX HAS IT ALL.

There is one performance only, on November 28 at 3:00pm, at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem Street, in Downtown Apex.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, check out the Apex Arts Council website HERE

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

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.

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.

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.