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Downtown Apex: Things to Do

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One of my favorite parts about Apex is the quaint downtown Apex district. And while it is small, it packed full of things to do on any day of the week!

Downtown Apex: Food and Drink

The Beer Dispensary

Try a local brew from The Beer Dispensary. This family owned business is a cross between a beer grocer and a very small bar. You might call it a micro bar serving micro brews. The Beer Dispensary carries 900 different labels, 200 from North Carolina.

There are just a very few seats so you should probably plan to take your beverages to go. And note their limited business hours: Open Tuesday – Saturday and they close fairly early on weekdays. But patrons love the unique options available in the store and they are pet friendly, so don’t hesitate to stop in if you’ve got your furry friend with you!

Common Grounds Coffee

Cozy up with a cappuccino in “the living room” of Apex…Common Grounds Coffee .Common Grounds serves coffee, dessert and ice cream year round. Because is it ever too cold for ice cream? And they are known for their fantastic and friendly baristas, who always make you feel at home.

Buttercream Bake Shop

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Feast upon fancy confections at The Buttercream Bake Shop. If you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, whether it’s for a special occasion or just a snack for the road, Buttercream Bake Shop is your place! They have a full selection of cakes, cupcakes, cookies and pastries. They also have a few seats if you’d like to sit for a coffee or hot cocoa with your snack.

Anna’s Pizza

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Grab a slice at the infamous Anna’s. Anna’s sells pizzas by the slice or the whole pie. Their New York Style crust is ah-ma-zing! So crispy and chewy and folds over just the right way. Anna’s is not just pizza. They serve a full Italian menu.

Downtown Apex: Shopping

Downtown Knits

Take a class or find some funky fabric at Downtown Knits. They have a room for fabrics, a room for yarns and there are usually other knitters hanging out in the store. Come on by and visit, meet new friends, get help with knitting troubles, register for a class or shop!

Apex Outfitter and Board Co.

Plan your next adventure at Apex Outfitter and Board Co. Apex Outfitter is an action sports retailer. Apex’s close proximity to great trails like the American Tobacco Trail, Jordan Lake and Harris Lake, make it a great location for all your favorite outdoor sports like kayaking, Stand up Paddleboarding, hiking and biking. Apex Outfitter offers high quality apparel from popular brands like Patagonia, North Face and more.  

Sophie & Mollie’s

Find a new look at Sophie & Mollie’s Boutique. Sophie and Mollie’s a women’s boutique in downtown Apex. You will find unique and exclusive styles, and a friendly personal shopping experience. 

Downtown Apex: Activities

Halle Cultural Arts Center

Take a class or see a show at the Halle Cultural Arts Center. The Halle Cultural Arts Center offers a full range of cultural activities for preschool to seniors. A few of the offerings are Tai Chi, Zumba, and theatre, Robotics and parents night out. They also have live concerts, family dance nights, pizza and a movie night and much more!

Syeni Salon and Spa

Get a massage or full spa package at Syeni Salon and Spa. Syeni is located in the historic Tobacco & Mule Exchange building in downtown Apex. They are a holistic wellness and beauty rejuvenation spa. Syeni offers a full range of services including hair, makeup, skin care, body care, massage, waxing and pain management. 

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About the Author Ellen Pitts

Ellen is the founder of Harmony Realty, a socially conscious realty company. Ellen believes in empowering her clients through education and open communication. Ellen is a number-cruncher at heart and takes great pleasure in following and analyzing the trends of the housing industry. She loves communicating the big picture to her clients and helping them to understand how the market affects their sale or purchase. Her honest and down-to-earth approach allows her clients to make informed and intelligent decisions to get the most out of their offers and negotiations.

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