A local day trip suggestion from Sarah C.. It is a nice reminder that so many of our Triangle towns have vibrant, historic centers.
We have a multitude of wonderful small downtowns in the area and Apex is home to one of those. Strolling along North Salem Street takes me back to my small town roots. It’s very easy to spend a relaxing Saturday with family here.
My recommendation is to start at the northern section near the Depot by visiting the Apex Farmers Market. You’ll find a selection of fresh local grown fruits and vegetables as well as a variety of other unique finds from honey to crafts. During our visit we even picked up some BBQ for my husband (sorry, folks, it may be a sin in the South, but a BBQ fan I am not). If you are planning to get a bit of the latter (which my husband says was quite delicious) be sure to bring along your cooler to keep it chilled while you enjoy the rest of your visit.
Take a stroll southbound on North Salem Street, past the Fire Department and you’ll find quite a nice selection of shops and restaurants. For those with little ones or looking for baby gifts, Green Pea Baby has a great variety of baby and toddler items. Those with a love for the books will enjoy All Booked Up which sells used books.
Inside visitors will find an inviting atmosphere with spots to sit down and thumb through their selections. The children’s room has shelves and boxes overflowing with everything from board books to chapter books. The store currently does not offer a storytime.
Moms be sure to walk around the corner onto West Chatham Street for a visit into My Girlsfriends Closet. You’ll find a large selection of new and consigned clothing, jewelry and accessories.
Finally, if your visit times well for a lunch or dinner break, stop in to one of the many restaurants. You will find a bit of everything from baked goods to pizza to enchiladas to ice cream.
Ample parking available along the streets (be certain to check time limits, of course) and in a parking lot just to the west adjacent to the Apex Police Department.
Apex Farmers Market
Saturdays, April – November, 9am – 2pm
220 North Salem Street (at the Depot)
All Booked Up
104-B North Salem Street
My Girlfriends Closet
104 West Chatham Street