2007 Recognized as a NC Main Street Program

State Awards

2008 Best Outdoor Space Improvement

Main Street Streetscape Project, Phase 1

2009 Best New Development

Varina Station

2010 Best Downtown Special Event

Hunt 100 ~ The Centennial Challenge

2012 Best Image Building Campaign

Branding Campaign

2012 Best Downtown Special Event

Honorable Mention: En Plein Air Paint-off

2013 Best Public Private Partnership

Growers Market of Fuquay-Varina

2014 Best Fundraising Effort

Dinner on Depot

 Contributions to the Community

Programs, Projects & Initiatives

Annual Downtown Gift Certificates

In 2010 Christmas time and Facebook joined forces to launch the Downtown Gift Certificate Project. While conversing on Facebook about how to support local businesses the idea of having Downtown Gift Certificates came across the discussion thread. It made sense. Fuquay-Varina Downtown took the idea and now produce Gift Certificates that can be and used at Downtown businesses.

The project has proven successful because people can purchase them for teachers, co-workers, family, friends, etc. and know that this one certificate can be used in over 55 businesses! No longer do people in the community have to “know” where people like to shop/eat …. They give them the certificate and let them use them in any of our Downtown shops/restaurants/service businesses/etc.

Annual Downtown Planters

As a program of our Design Committee the Planter Program encourages community assistance in growing a beautiful vibrant downtown scene. The Design Committee works with The Garden Hut as they sort through potential flower schemes and provide all the flowers and mulch for planting day twice a year. The Fuquay-Varina Garden Club partners with the organization to do the installations. After planting day downtown merchants are asked to water and maintain the plants in front of their business. As a result our downtown is full of beautiful color year round.

Annual Event Card

In 2010 Fuquay-Varina Downtown launched the Event Card initiative. Up to 2010 when the community wanted to know about events in Downtown they would have to go to various websites in hopes to “find” the events. Fuquay-Varina Downtown saw the need to bring all the GREAT offerings of our events and our partner events into one marketing piece so that everyone could put the cards on their refrigerator, office workspace, etc.

As a result people now look forward to getting their event card each year. The Town of Fuquay-Varina supports the initiative by including the cards annually in the citizen water bills. The event cards are also located at Town Hall, The Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce, Fuquay-Varina Downtown and all Downtown businesses.

Annual Façade Grant Program

The Façade Grant Program is funded by the Town of Fuquay-Varina. Fuquay-Varina Downtown advocated for the program. The organization now promotes the program to downtown property owners and serves on the review process committee.

The façade grant program is intended to stabilize existing façade structures in the Downtown Commercial-1 (DC-1) & Downtown Commercial-2 (DC-2) Zoning Districts by providing financial assistance to property owners and business operators.

The goal of the façade grant program is to bring the front exterior of buildings up to requirements of the DC-1 and DC-2 districts through enhancing the look of the historic core through façade improvements.

Annual Festivals and Special Events

Fuquay-Varina Downtown organizes several events annually. Downtown Candy Hop, En Plein Air Paint-Off, Dinner on Depot Street, Celebration of the Arts, Trick or Treat in Downtown, Chili Cook-off, BBQ, Blues and Brews, Cash for Christmas, Small Business Saturday and Downtown Sleigh Rides are all made possible as a result of the Fuquay-Varina Downtown Sponsors, Fuquay-Varina Downtown Staff and Volunteers. Fuquay-Varina Downtown means it when their mission says “we grow our sense of community”!

Annual Historic Commercial Property Markers

Each year FVDA sets aside proceeds from our fundraising efforts to offer a matching grant to property/business owners who would like to obtain a historic marker for their building. This program is a partnership with The Friends of the Museums and The Fuquay-Varina Questers. These two groups are supplying the historically accurate information for the project. Once markers are put into place they will become part of a future walking tour. This project is a great way to capture our history FOREVER and to bring visitors to your location!

Annual Public Art

Fuquay-Varina Downtown launched Fuquay-Varina’s first public art initiative in 2012. The top three winners of the En Plein Air Paint-off are enlarged and placed on blank walls, owned by downtown property owners. The program is funded by Bob and Pat Barker of Bob Barker, Inc. As a result of the partnership with the property owners and the Barker family our Downtown now has the appeal of a walking outdoor museum exhibit.

Banner Program

A project to help identify our downtown districts, the Banner Program is an ongoing effort of Fuquay-Varina Downtown. Funded through our fundraising efforts the organization is committed to add additional banners where needed and to replace banners where a lifespan of 4-5 years is expected.

Cultural Exploratory Committee

Fuquay-Varina Downtown is tasked with gaining a pulse on the needs of the community that could be met in Downtown. A need became apparent that there were very little opportunities for large groups of people to gather for events, conferences and cultural art opportunities.

In order to see if this need was a sustainable one for the community Fuquay-Varina Downtown formed and supported the committee.

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