There Are Lots of Shops in Downtown Apex.
Unlike other shopping spots you might find in Apex, like Beaver Creek (for instance) Downtown Apex is packed full of LOCAL, small businesses. Because of that, you’ll find lots of places with one of a kind offerings, and friendly owners who will be on the look out for that special item you want! It’s a fun place to hang out, get a bite to eat, or take a class and learn to paint or knit!
In addition to that, Downtown Apex also has a wonderful Cultural Arts Center, and seasonal Events going on all the time! One of the best parts of Downtown Apex is that the banners and flags get updated for the season, the shop owners add to the charming landscape, and there’s lots of places to sit on a bench or at a sidewalk cafe – it’s a place to relax while you shop!
Shops With Items For Your Home
Several stores have opened just in the last year on Salem Street. One of these was Lilly’s, carrying home decor and garden accents. This is the perfect spot to come pick up a house warming gifts, many unique items are less than $10. The interior bursts with flowers and accessories and smells wonderful. “I’m very proud for Lilly’s to be among the charming, eclectic merchants of Apex,” says owner Cathy East. “Great restaurants, boutiques, and salons were already a part of the downtown Apex scene. Lilly’s is just what was needed to complete the package.”
Another new shop is Aria Gifts. The owner, Gia Miele, relocated it from Pittsboro. The store carries some jewelry, fun seasonal items (their Halloween cards are precious) and it’s great to see that she seeks out local artists, designers too. They have a fun community online via Facebook. Not only can you find out what’s going on – you can get 25% off for being a friend on Facebook! Lots of organic, one of a kind items here that would also make great house warming gifts (something we are always on the look out for!)
In the last several years the shopping offerings have exploded downtown. The most recent addition is Flaunt that opened in April. There’s normally upbeat music playing, and friends in the store with owner Jessica Lamarre. In addition to the artsy clothes that work for her friends and teenage daughter, she also sells body lotions and yummy smelling candles! Jessica says she wanted to offer women something a little different – and she does that, because Flaunt is Waaay more than just a clothing store!
Looking in the window of Flaunt, a women’s clothing boutique that opened in April, you’ll see lots of Bling! Jessica has a great flair, and she updates the items in the store weekly (sometimes more!) - it’s a genuinely fun place to hangout and try on clothes! You can also connect with them on Twitter. During Triangle Fashion Week in September, they held a Housewives of The Triangle Party! In addition to International Designers, she’s also connected with some local fashion designers to present one of a kind looks!
Fedora is across the street, You may remember it as a store that use to be in the Preston Area of Cary. They stock cute dresses, skirts and clothing that can be appropriate for a teen or a mom . Most clothing is washable and priced under $100. You’ll find great earrings here, and matching necklaces, it’s a fun place to get a birthday present for a Girlfriend.
There’s a very stylish new Men’s store - Charles Ryan & Co (next to Flaunt). These dapper guys have great bow ties – but they also do there custom clothes using a 3D Scanner! “We take your measurements using the scanner as it scans the whole body in 30 seconds and rapidly produces a true-to-scale 3D body model,” says their owner. “We create clothes that can last Generations!”
OP Lauren is another women’s clothing store, slightly higher in price and it prides itself on being trendy. They offer pretty regular Sip N Shop Thursday’s from 6-9 p.m. with Flaunt and Nativa. They offer special discounts, and Libations during these Thursday night events, and it’s a fun way to spend time with Girlfriends! As with most of the stores in Down Town Apex, I love that the floors creek, just a little, and you really get the charm and feel of years gone by!
Nativa has been on Salem Street for about five years. The owners live in Apex and have a second store in the North Hills shopping center. There are normally some great sale items in the very back of the store. Prices here are also reasonable and we’ve found several cute dresses for our teenage daughter here.
Across from the Baptist Church, just behind Savory’s is My Girlfriend’s Closet. The only Apex consignment shop (that I know of) in an cute house with a huge front porch on Chatham Street. I love the way it’s arranged, with each room having a different style of clothes. Owner Lois Cozart opened her shop six years ago and she told me that she has many loyal customer who both consign and shop. They have everything from Shoes to Earrings to Gloves in the Winter. I suggest making an appointment if you have some things to drop off.
Downtown Apex is not just for designer jeans! In the Tobacco Road Outdoors Store you’ll find all kinds of active outdoor gear from the best known names like Patagonia, Columbia and Northface. You can get running gear, basketball, hiking – just about any sporting gear you might need!
There’s lots of Free Parking downtown too! If you like Downtown Apex, you’ll LOVE Villages of Apex, new homes in Apex, custom built, just steps away from some of your favorite hangouts!
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