Thursday, March 26, 2015

Lily's of Apex

APEX ~ At the end of North Salem Street in the heart of downtown, there's a rustic home furnishings boutique called Lilly's.
Lilly's sells artwork, lighting, florals, garden accents, gifts and has an endless supply of eclectic decor. There's even a section devoted to jewelry. Be sure to look up when you're there... there's just as much to see in terms of merchandise, and the exposed pipes and duct work just add to the overall experience. It's a nice complement to the wood floors below.
If you'd like to see more of what Lilly's offers its clients and customers, check out their Facebook page here. 
Not sure if this is Calla or Lilly, but their home resides behind the cash register in the center of the store where they can keep an eye on things.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Beer Lovers, This One’s for You!

CHAPEL HILL ~ St. Patty’s Day is just around the corner, so it’s no stretch to think there might be a lot of drinking happening this week on Franklin Street. (But please, designate a driver before heading out for the night! My public service announcement for the day.)
In the spirit of getting together and enjoying a “cold one”, this post is for you! While shooting in town a few months ago, something caught my eye between two buildings. I was sucked in by the bright colors and bold graphics of a series of murals promoting various brands of beer.
I made my way down the alleyway and found an outdoor beer garden (apparently Chapel Hill’s only one) lined with trees and equipped with an outdoor bar and some picnic tables. It’s not hard to imagine this place packed with students after a weekend football game or a grueling weekday of academics. 
If what I read online is actually true, this bar is welcoming to students from both UNC (University of North Carolina) and Duke, despite their legendary rivalry in College Basketball.
After a bit of online investigation, I’ve since learned that these murals were painted by local artist, Scott Nurkin.
And by the way, the bar’s name, He’s Not Here! Love it!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Apex In Full Color

APEX ~ In 2013, Money Magazine voted this small turn-of-the-century railroad town #9 in the nation, and #1 in the state, as one of its "Best Places to Live". Its historic district is home to restaurants and pubs, antique shops, gift stores, a bakery, a bookstore, a cultural center, a local fire house and other small businesses. 
You won't find any major box stores in the four-block stretch of downtown.
For a directory of what you WILL find here on North Salem Street, click here. 
Color. There's a lot of it going on here. Each building touts it's own shade of cool. It's not overdone, and clearly adds charm to what could be pretty ho-hum architecture.

Be sure to stop in at Buttercream's Bakery for a sweet, scratch-made treat before you wrap up your visit downtown.