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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.


Planning Underway for the 4th Annual Apex
Jazz & Music Festival
September 20, 2014

The Apex Downtown Business Association is planning for the 4th Annual Apex Jazz & Music Festival, to be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014. The ADBA Jazz & Music Festival Committee recently announced the acts appearing at the Beer & Wine Garden – Main Stage. The Committee is also seeking volunteers to help with staffing the event. Please go to www.apexjazzfestival.com for more information. Over 10,000 fans attended last year's Jazz & Music Festival to see some awesome music and had a great time despite the rainy weather. Apex Jazz & Music Festival 2014

Welcome to

Downtown Apex

building on Salem Street welcome to downtown Apex sign on side of old brick building Apex Baptist Church

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 Jazz & Music Festival is Saturday, September 20

The Fourth Annual Apex Jazz & Music Festival will continue an Apex tradition of hosting great Jazz and Blues performances in the Triangle. The Beer & Wine Garden / Main Stage will operate again on the Apex Chamber of Commerce property, and feature MikeMickXer, Heart Brigade, The Soul Psychedelique Orchestra, and will close again with local favorite Peak City Sound. Performances will again be featured in a wide variety of outdoor and indoor venues along Salem Street. Jamrock Reggae Band and Saints Apollo are returning from last year, while Secret Chords, Alex Gorodezky, Victor Haskins and ImproviStory, Peak City Blues Project, Will McBride Group, Lowderstill, and Straight 8's are all newcomers to the Apex Jazz & Music Festival in 2014.

The major sponsors for this year's Apex Jazz & Music Festival include Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry, Hendrick Fiat of Cary, and Standard Pacific Homes.

The main street (North Salem Street) through Historic Downtown Apex will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at 2:00 PM until 1 AM from Center Street to Chatham Street for the safety of the high volume of pedestrian traffic during this event. Center Street & Chatham Street will remain open to traffic.

For more information on the Apex Jazz & Music Festival, and to purchase tickets, visit www.apexjazfestival.com


2014 Peak City Book Festival is on November 8

Peak City Book Festival

The 2nd Annual Peak City Book Festival will take place in historic downtown Apex on November 8, 2014 at the Halle Cultural Arts Center from 11am to 5pm.

The Peak City Book Festival is a one day event featuring engaging, entertaining and educational programs for the whole family. The festival will feature: speakers, best selling authors and kid-friendly events, including Story Time, Face Painting and a street art workshop & competition. Local businesses are invited to participate. A portion of all vendor/sponsor packages will go towards the purchase of books to give away to festival participants.

Visit the website for more information.


Apex Farmers Market 2014 Season

NC Agriculture

The Apex Farmers Market is open every Saturday from April through September this year. 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. Don't forget to "Like" them on Facebook and "Share" this post.


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

            10 Years Ago in September

The Apex Downtown Business Association held their first Classic Car Show. Elvis look-alike was on hand to greet the public.

The Apex police uncovered a counterfeit clothing ring. The seized items had a value of $880,000.

            25 Years Ago in September

Apex population growth rate between 1987- 1989 exceeded official expectations. The town population as of July 1, 1988 was estimated at 4,525.

Dr Eddie Stiles, beloved Apex physician who retired after 25 years of service to the citizens of Apex, died on September 20th.

            35 Years Ago in September

Raleigh Federal Savings and Loan relocated their office to the corner of Saunders and Salem Streets. Today the site is the home of the Empire Cigars / The Vault.

Data General Corporation announced they would build a 300,000 square foot plant which would employ 1,000 people.

            45 Years Ago in September

James Herndon, Jr. was named "Apex Citizen of the Year" by the Apex Chamber of Commerce.

The Apex Rotary Club received their charter at a special meeting. The club was sponsored by the Cary Rotary Club.

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


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