Hanging Out in Downtown Apex
One of the best parts of Downtown Apex is that it is an easy area to stroll, there’s lots of sidewalks with benches, and there’s tons of free parking! We have many folks who contact us at The Villages of Apex, simply because they love hanging out downtown, and we have new homes that are just steps away from all of the activity!
Of course there are events every month at the Halle Cultural Arts Center. We are pleased that the Raleigh Little Theatre is starting to do Improve Workshops there!
Studio 123, The Red Canvas (Catherine C. Martin) and Apex Gallery are all just waiting for you to come find beautiful art for your new home. The Apex Gallery also does a great job with custom frames! It’s really nice that they highlight and support local artist who live nearby in Apex and Cary. One of my favorites is Susan Hect, one of the owners of Studio 123. She offers painting lessons, and I’ve heard from friends that she’s a FABULOUS teacher, not just an EXTREMELY talented artist!
Above Common Grounds, you should also stop by Make It Your Own Boutique, where Owner Julie Majkowski makes One Of A Kind Handbags, Purses, scarves, etc. in her studio. They also offer Individual Sewing Lessons (wouldn’t that be a fun Mother Son AND Daughter adventure?), and use recycled and Vintage items to embellish hats, scarves and more. These are especially great bags for hard to please teenagers, looking for one of a kind pieces!
You will also find classes at DownTown Knits a UBER Cool Yarn and Knitting Store next to Flaunt. On Friday nights you can find dozens of people sitting in the back of the store learning to knit, drinking coffee – it’s a fun place to hang out, and they have beautiful materials you can’t find at one of those big box craft stores.
There’s a used book store in Downtown Apex that gives back to the Community a couple of times a year with special Teacher Appreciation Events! All Booked Up sells used books and more. It’s easy to consign to them, they have a great selection of Children’s books, and they hold readings on Weds. morning for little ones.
Looking for that perfect Baby Shower gift – OR, do you and your new dad need some Diaper Changing Classes? The Green Pea Baby is the place to be! This store is designed by parents, for parents, and offers all of the support a new family needs! It’s very cool on a Friday night to see parents in the Store laughing and doing Diaper and Pod Classes – then going out with their new friends for dinner at one of the great restaurants on Salem Street!
Other fun places to hang out, stroll, and shop include Antiques on Salem Street and the Rusty Bucket. Both of these places have great deals and unusual finds all year long – but I especially like to stop by near Christmas to find that perfect gift for someone on the list at a really great price.
Tirza’s Hand Made Gifts and and Wine Bar is new to the downtown scene – but it’s the perfect place to stop by after work, or when you’ve been shopping at some of the cute boutique with Girlfriends! Tirza’s has wine tastings, and music on many weekends. They carry Artisan Glass ware, and update it for the season. Right now they are highlighting Peacock, Conifer and Fall Leaf Patterns. It is another great place to get a Holiday gift, or a Housewarming gift! You can sip wine, check out a beautiful Pheasant and Peacock Wreaths or browse through hand cast monogram jewelry! Like many of the businesses in downtown Apex, you can keep up with what’s going on at the shop by connecting with them on Facebook!
Downtown Apex has plenty of Free Parking! If you love hanging out Downtown, check out Villages of Apex, we’re just a few steps away, with new homes in Apex, custom built – lots of Ranches and one level living available!