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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 17 — ISSUE 2 54 Apex BY LYNNE BRANDON Pen in hand and walking shoes on, visitors show up in the railroad city, ready to explore and check sites off their bucket list. A short ride from downtown Raleigh (20 minutes) brings you to Apex where history, a bustling downtown and friendly folks welcome visitors year round. History buffs have plenty to view in the town that is intent on preserving its railroad heritage. More than 60 commercial buildings and homes dating from 1870 to 1940 and a district on the National Register of Historic Places mixes with a vibrant downtown that features antique and specialty gift shops, as well as restaurants that include the award-winning Anna's Pizzeria. The first postmaster of Apex is credited with naming the town according to town historian, J.C. Knowles. The area was often referred to as "The Apex" from the railroad survey map of 1862 and the name stuck. For those who like the history of trains, a visit to the circa-1914 Apex Union Depot is a must along with the North Carolina Railroad Museum where you can ride on a historic steam engine train. Visitors walk through the downtown where local businesses show off their wares. Book lovers gravitate to All Booked Up - A Unique Book Boutique and antique fans head to The Rusty Bucket where American Country, early American, primitives, folk art, antiques and reproductions items are on display. The owners take monthly "picking trips" looking for "the unique, the incredible and the inspiring," all one of a kind treasures. small town vibe, big time progress APEX Fridays are becoming a favorite day in Apex on the first, and the last day of each month. "First Fridays" are popular with shops open late for shoppers and entertainment. "Finally Friday" is a new series hosted by the Apex Downtown Business Association that keeps shops open late and features special deals on the last Friday of each month at downtown restaurants. Live music entertains all ages. Station Apex, a collaborative co-working space, will open in downtown Apex in mid-2018. The public-private partnership with the Town of Apex and Coworking Station LLC is expected to promote innovation and creativity. Many residents commute the short distance to the Research Triangle Park, the engine powering the local job market 18 miles away. More than 200 companies, including IBM, Cisco, and "pharma" giant GlaxoSmithKline, have offices there and employ upwards of 50,000 workers. Foodies enjoy American fare fused with Carolina character at The Peak City Grill & Bar. Live music ranging from jazz to country on the weekend paired with excellent food make it a favorite gathering spot. For those who prefer Italian, Daniel's is the answer where freshly made pasta dishes and hand-stretched pizzas are local favorites. An extensive wine list with more than 500 labels seals the deal. The Apex Farmers' Market is a popular spot on Saturdays to pick up local foods, baked goods, bath and body products, crafts and more. Parks and greenways are thriving in Apex with more than 400 acres of active parkland. A joint effort between the Towns of Apex and Cary extends White Oak Creek Greenway from Cary through Apex to a connection with the American Tobacco Trail. It is part of the North Carolina portion of the East Coast Greenway, a 2,900 plus mile greenway which runs from Maine to Key West, Florida. The Triangle Section is the longest continuous section (72 miles which are 93 percent complete) and runs through the downtowns of Raleigh, Durham and Cary. The project should take 12 to 18 months to complete once construction begins. Unique to Apex is the brand new Elevate Fitness Course, a 'ninja-warrior' style obstacle course located in Apex Community Park. The Rodgers Family Skate Plaza at Trackside is also a popular spot in town, with a 13,000 square foot, four tiered, skate plaza which mimics street skating conditions and also includes competition skateboarding elements. For a new way to enjoy golf, fans of the sport drive golf balls to the moon at Knights Play Golf Center, featuring a fully-illuminated par-three course and driving range that's open until midnight. >>

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