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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.


Become a Certified Barbecue Judge

The Apex Sunrise Rotary Foundation will hold a Certified Barbecue Judge (CBJ) class on Saturday May 17, 2014 at White Plains United Methodist Church located at 313 SE Maynard Road in Cary, NC. The cost of the class is $100 for non-Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) members and includes a one-year membership in the KCBS. The cost for current KCBS members is $65. The class will begin at 10:00 am. The deadline for registration is Saturday May 10, 2014. The class is being held in conjunction with the upcoming Third Annual Peak City Pig Fest in June.

For more information, go to peakcitypigfest.com


Welcome to

Downtown Apex

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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 Triange 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!

Top 10 reasons why you should shop local


Apex Peakfest is Saturday, May 3

Salem Street in historic downtown Apex will come alive during Peakfest! For more than thirty years, Peakfest has brought families together for a day of fun, food and fellowship. The event, which is referred to as an arts and crafts festival, has deep roots within the Apex community. What started as a small community day in a school parking lot has grown into an event that draws hundreds of vendors and over 15,000 people to the streets of downtown Apex.

Peakfest is the largest public event in Apex, and includes live music all day, artists of every kind (jewelry, pottery, watercolor and acrylic), a bmx show, skateboard demonstrations, entertainment for the kids, food that you would find at the fair, and so much more! Vendors are charged a fee to participate and businesses become sponsors, helping to offset the expenses of the day.

The Apex Festival Commission is responsible for hosting Peakfest. For more information on Peakfest, visit www.apexpeakfest.com


Apex Farmers Market 2014 Season

NC Agriculture

The Apex Farmers Market is excited to announce the 2014 Season opens on Saturday April 5th. On stage from 10:00am to noon will be the Route 55 Jazz Orchestra Band. Come and see fresh local fruit & produce with new baked goods & craft vendors. Check out the website – www.apexfarmersmarket.com. Hours are 9am-1pm 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 from early April through September. Don't forget to "Like" them on Facebook.


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

      News Items From Apex Journal – July 15, 1921

Raleigh, N.C. – Reports of cases of Typhoid Fever received by the State Board Health total 374 for the present year as against 200 cases reported for the same period of last year.

The July 4, 1921 celebration in Apex netted a profit of $23.23, as reported by R. Benton, Committee Chairman. Receipts were $ 256.47 and disbursements amounted to $233.22.

Some of the disbursements went to Prizes for street races, $27.; Delicatessen Hotel for meals, $8.50; sweeping school, $1.40; prizes, fiddlers, $26.00.

The Peoples Bank of Apex showed at the close of business on June 30, 1921 the following; Resources, $170,682.88 and liabilities, $170,682.88. Mr. J. L. Crowder, cashier and E. M. Clark, R. C. Sears and W. F. Utlet, directors.

The Merchants & Farmers Bank of Apex showed at the close of business on June 30, 1921 the following; Resources, $368,885.17 and Liabitities, $368,885.17. Mr. B. P. Pearson, cashier, and S. T. Bennett, A. T. Seymour and A. V. Baucom, directors.

A listing of some of the professional men of Apex that was listed in the July 15, 1921 issue of The Apex Journal were; Dr. E. E. Clark, Dentist; Dr. R. W. Stephens, Dentist; Percy J. Olive, Lawyer; O. T. Glenn, Lawyer; Dr. L. F. Koonce, Veterinarian; Dr. Charles H. Bryan, Dentist; Dr. P. L. Pearson, Dental Surgeon; Dr. J. C. Mann, Eyesight Specialist and Optician; Carey C. Jones, M. D.; and Dr. J. Henri Brown, Chiropractor.

Seaboard Airline Railroad announces a special Niagara Falls, New York excursion trip for the round trip price of $26.70 and sleep in all steel sleeping cars. Round trip fare to Norfolk on Sundays from Raleigh, $4.00.

Ramsey, The Cleaner, owner of Ideal Pressing Club seeks business from Apex folks. He has 15 years experience with hands and 8 years by machine. His motto is: Service!

Apex Motor & Machine Company advertise 30 x 31-2 Goodyear Tires for $13.95 and tubes for $2.15.

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


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