Fourth of July, Apex

The Fourth of July in Downtown Apex is going to be in an Olde Fashion theme. Below we have a full schedule of events for the day. Also be sure to have your kids decorate their bikes, wagons and tricycles  so they can partake in the Uncle Sam’s Parade of Wheels!

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Schedule for the Day:

  • 9am: Flag Raising
  • 9:15am: Activities (inflatables, street performers, karaoke, carnival games, climbing wall, cake walk, sno cones, food, ice cream and more!)
  • 11:45am: Parade of Wheels line-up
  • 11:50am: Activities end
  • 12pm: Uncle Sam’s Parade of Wheels
  • 12:30pm: Fire Department Splash Down

Location: Salem & Chatham Streets


Common Grounds Coffee – Apex, NC

CommonGroundsApexLocated in the renovated historic building The Proenade, Common Grounds Coffee is a wonderful spot in Downtown Apex to get your morning dose of caffeine. You can also grab some ice cream, tea or a sandwich while you are there! Local coffee shops are wonderful hangouts to read the morning paper or catch up on local news. Friday and Saturday nights also feature music from artists in the area, a great way to spend the weekend supporting the local scene.

Location: 219 N Salem Street, Suite 101, Apex NC

Phone: (919) 387-0873

Halle Cultural Arts Center – Apex, NC

The Halle Cultural Arts Center The Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex holds so many events, that I think for this post I will only be able to scratch the surface of them all! They have a goal to promote cultural arts, artistic awareness and appreciation through concerts, community involvement, and special visual presentations. Inside this beautiful building you will find three galleries, a studio classroom, a theater that seats 150, Full Dressing rooms and a catering kitchen.

It opened its doors in 1912 when Apex only had about 700 people. The first floor actually used to be a Farmers Market and in the back was a jail containing two cells AND the firehouse! Isn’t that insane? All that could be found in this one building. Upstairs held the Mayor’s Office and  theater in an Opera Style Seating. This building has a lot of history and if you are ever in the Downtown Apex area, I highly recommend checking out this extraordinary piece of history.

Location: 237 N. Salem Street

Phone: (919)249-1120

B&B Country Garden Inn – Apex, NC

BNB8Continuing with this week’s theme of Bed and Breakfast locations, we move to Apex where the B&B Country Garden Inn can offer you everything from a room for the night to a place to hold your wedding! The Inn was opened in 1997 and the “B&B” part of the name stand for Bed and Breakfast, as well as Bud and Beth who own the Inn. Each room is named after a Family member and decorated in a cute vintage style. You can choose from the Violet Room, Rose Room, or the Blue Bonnet room during your stay. Their website has more information regarding the history behind each room name. In the Violet Room, you have the option to rent it out as a suite including the Mickey Room. The Mickey Room is in a Disney theme and perfect if you are traveling with children.

The pond in the back, the Gazebo, the Wedding deck and their own Swan make this location perfect for your next event as well! I have helped with their Breakfast with Santa event by having clients bring their children over for pancakes and pictures with Santa himself. Make sure you check out their website for more information and let Bud and Beth know that Mary Kim says hello!!!

Location: 1041 Kelly Road, Apex NC

Phone: (919) 303-8003

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Brüeprint Brewing Company – Apex, NC

BrueprintJust opened in Apex, NC  the Grand Opening of the Brüeprint Brewing Company was at the start of June. The company started our of a family kitchen in Holly Springs, NC. Eric Wagner decided to combine his talent for gourmet cooking with over 20 years of expertise in engineerings. What he came up with was “Better than a recipe, a brewing ‘blueprint’ combines science and great culinary skill to create a Brüeprint“. This will be the first handcrafted brewery in the Apex area. They have a great mission to pull you away from your computer and cell phone, and have an actual social experience with friends and family over the game, a band performance or just going out to dinner.

Their four main products are Brüenette (premier craft brown ale with warm overtones of chocolate), Brüe Scarlet  (sultry amber ale with a refreshing balanced flavor), Pale Brüe Eyes (crisp, delicious pale ale that finishes with a desire for more), and Edinbrüe (unique, frisky scotch ale that packs a “wee-heavy-punch” with a smooth malty taste). Make sure to check out their Facebook page for information on events, as well as locations of Food Trucks that have their beers!

Location: 1229 Perry Road, Apex 27502

Phone: (919) 387-8075

Urban or Suburban?


The terms vary depending on the area you are talking about, and also who is it that is defining them. The Census Bureau defines Cary/Raleigh as urban. But the Census Bureau only distinguishes between urban and rural, so it is not useful for making finer distinctions.  The distinction between “urban” and “suburban” is often one of those “I know it when I see it” sort of thing; it is hard to make an objective definition that doesn’t have glaring exceptions. And there’s edge cases, like the many small towns such as Apex and Fuquay Varina that you’ll find with single-family homes on postage-stamp lots. As for the “inner city”; generally it refers to parts of cities with high minority or immigrant population, poverty and crime. If you want to refer to the central area of a city without that implication, then use “downtown” or “central business district”. Cities with multiple area like this will be referred to by a local name.

Now you might not think of Cary as an urban area. You might now even see Raleigh that way, perhaps you see it as a Major City. That is when we go back to the “I know it when I see it” reference. Those who live in the area might define it differently than those who live on the outskirts. Or may have never been there before. What do You think defines the cities in the triangle area as Urban or Suburban?

Location, Location, Location

Blog 123When you are looking for a house to buy, what is on your checklist? Hardwood floors? Granite counter tops? Do you consider your commute time or are you looking for that extra bedroom at a good price? When you move into a new home you have a lot more to consider than the features written on a piece of paper. You have to really think about what it is going to be like living in that home, that neighborhood. As a young couple starting out or a family settling down, would you be best suited for a bustling city like Raleigh or a quiet neighborhood like Cary? Too many buyers think about the house versus what their lives will be like in a certain place. The three aspects you must put into your search are: Cost, Function and Delight. Only when all three of these work together can you find the right home for your situation.  Figure out what lifestyle works for you, whether it be rural, urban, suburban, etc. Then from there narrow your search to find your dream home.