Museum Mondays: The Second Bank of Varina

Museum Mondays: The Second Bank of Varina

Join us in honoring Downtown’s history and explore the past with our new series Museum Mondays!

Thank you to our friends at the Fuquay-Varina Museums for the historical image and information.
Head on over to their website or Facebook page to follow or arrange a tour to learn more!


Second Bank of Varina
Circa 1925

In 1925 the second Bank of Varina was constructed by A. Y. Hairr. It is a two-story yellow brick building located at the corner of Broad Street. Ransdell Road. J. Herbert Akins was President and Chairman of the Board from 1947 until his death in 1965. Herbert’s son-in-law D. Watson Adcock joined the firm in 1962 and his son Sherrill served briefly as Chairman of the Board.

The Bank of Varina merged with Southern National on May 27, 1969 but remained in the same location until moving to Main Street in 1972. Upstairs in this building were offices and a room where the Varina Woman’s Club first met.


Tsuru Sweets & Coffee
Circa August 2019

What’s there Today Tsuru is a gourmet confectionery that takes pride in crafting unique, indulgent treats using only the highest-quality cacao and ingredients from around the world. They take the power of beautiful confection seriously, using sweets as a means of empowering, inspiring and respecting the world around them. Tsuru honors the building’s history with photographs and showcasing the bank’s vault!

Behind the Name Tsuru means “cacao” in Bribri, a Costa Rican indigenous group known for its cultivation of the unique plant. In their mythology, there were once three sisters that caught the attention of the gods. Among them was Sibu, the creator of all things and most powerful. He claimed them as his own. Two of the sisters were blessed with unearthly beauty, while the third possessed a beautiful, bright and humble spirit. Her name was Tsuru and she loved all things great and small. Sibu tested the sisters taking an ugly human form. He approached the women, only to be rejected by the two beautiful sisters because of his appearance. Tsuru saw his inner beauty and accepted him. Sibu took Tsuru as his wife, turning her into the most beautiful of the three sisters and filling her life with riches and beauty.


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Museum Mondays: Mitchell Chevrolet

Museum Mondays: Mitchell Chevrolet

Join us in honoring Downtown’s history and explore the past with our new series Museum Mondays!


Mitchell Chevrolet
Circa 1948

Mitchell Chevrolet, founded in 1934 by J.M. Mitchell, moved to this new location in 1946, featuring a modern showroom and garage. Sons Buford and Wallace Mitchell continued to operate the family business until it was sold in 1993. Mitchell Chevrolet employees sit for a group photo in the picture above. Joseph ‘Mac’ Mitchell’s sons Buford and Wallace worked here for their father as boys and later after returning from the Korean Conflict. They recall some of the subjects of this photo to be (L to R), (unknown), Joseph ‘Mac’ Mitchell, Ethelene Stewart, Ray Hare, Paul Smith, Robert Tingen, Robert and Ray Steed and ‘Red’ Everette Smith. No doubt, mainstays Romy Burt Sr. and Clay Wilson are two of the subjects in this photo.

(Photo provided courtesy of the Mitchell Family: Buford Mitchell, Wallace Mitchell and Portia Newman)

Revelry Barber & Shave Shop
August 2019

Revelry Barber & Shave Shop’s customers line up outside for a haircut in the same fashion Mitchell Chevrolet employees did in the photograph above! Revelry, Original Strength Institute, Greater Than, and Jebb Graff occupy the building today. Some of the Mitchell Building’s history is showcased in the side entrance. We invite you to explore this building’s history and visit these businesses Downtown! Head to the Fuquay-Varina Museums to learn more about the history of Downtown!

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Back to School Shopping starts Downtown!

Back to School Shopping starts Downtown!

Make preparing for this school year even easier by saving this list and heading Downtown! Our back to school shopping list doesn’t just end at backpacks, ballpoint pens, and blouses. Set your child up for success!


#1 Dance Lessons

Dance can help restore joy and stability in troubled lives and ease the tensions in schools that are disrupted by violence and bullying.

Who Arts Inspired Dance Academy

AIDA is an award winning program that offers instruction in dance, music, and more to students ages 18 months and up. Our mission is to inspire a passion for education, development and community enhancement in the cultural arts. Quality, affordable education with a community focus provides students an opportunity to build character, enhance self-esteem and enrich communities. Performance opportunities allow students to set goals, build confidence and obtain a sense of achievement. A fun, loving atmosphere provides a safe environment for students to grow as dancers, performers, mentors and citizens. By focusing on the individual accomplishments of a class or child, Arts Inspired Dance Academy is able to encourage every student to feel as if they are a star!

What Developing strong dancers, strong citizens and strong communities.

Where 118 E. Jones St. Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

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#2 New Look

A fresh new haircut can give your child that boost of confidence they need!

Who Big Chat

What Big Chat Salon is a salon offering a wide variety of hair services. We look forward to meeting you!

Where 508 Broad St.  Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

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Who Revelry Barber & Shave Shop

What Traditional Barber Shop atmosphere with modern amenities, including a craft beer bottle shop, professional 9′ billiards table, vintage cocktail table Ms. Pac-Man arcade machine (always on Free Play, guys!), ample comfortable seating, as well as bar seating, and two televisions. We also have a hospitality station set up with free beverages (coffee, tea, water), and keep in mind how close we are to Stick Boy Bread Co. as we hope to feature a few breakfast pasties from our local artisan neighbors here and there. 

Where 101 S. Main Street, Suite 201  Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

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#3 Personalized Book Bag + Lunch Box

Send your loved one back to school in style with an embroidered school book bag they can cherish for years to come!

Who Carolina Monogram & Co

What Monogramming, Gifts, Apparel and the Home of 1909 Design Screen Printing

Where 715 North Main St.  Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

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#3 Teacher’s Pet

Start the year off right with a small gift for your child’s new teacher! This is a great way for your kids to get excited about the first day of school and recognize that their teacher is someone to be respected and appreciated.

Who Chocolate Fix

What Our aim at Chocolate Fix is to make life sweeter by offering our customers comfort, delight, and new family traditions one delicious piece of chocolate at a time! We have 60+ different delicious milk, dark, and white heritage chocolates in our showcases. Real chocolate like your grandma used to give you! Pick from the case or choose from many preboxed gift options. Chocolate makes the perfect gift! Make sure to also fill a bag with our general store candies as well. We have lots of baskets of those to choose from. We want you to leave our store happy!

Where 135 S. Main St.  Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

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Who Flowers on Broad

What Our fresh flowers are locally grown, shipped from Holland, California and South America daily.

Where 517 Broad St.  Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

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#4 Glasses and Cases at Family Optical

Our focus is your prescription! Bring us your prescription and our Optician will help you find the perfect eye wear! Since going back to school means going back to essay writing, computer screens, and quadratic equations, there’s really no better time to head over to Family Optical!

Who Sunglasses & Eye-wear Store · Optician

What Eyeglass frames, Prescription Lenses, Prescription Contact Lenses, Prescription and Non-Prescription Sunglasses, Optical Accessories, Reading Glasses and Gifts.

Where 121 Raleigh St.  Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

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#5 Picture Perfect

Your senior year will be full of momentous occasions, including your senior pictures. From touring university campuses to enjoying your final football games and dances as a high school student, your weekends and afternoons after school are sure to be packed. As you start planning your schedule, remember to leave plenty of time for everything related to your portraits.

Who Jebb Graff, Photographer

What I’m currently seeking commercial work, as well as high school senior portraits, headshots, and consulting for other creatives.

Where 101 S Main St. #220  Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

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Who Shira W Rose Photography

What Shira W Rose Photography specializing in portrait & lifestyle photography.

Where 106 Raleigh St. Suite #6  Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

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#6 Music Lessons

Structured music lessons significantly enhance children’s cognitive abilities — including language-based reasoning, short-term memory, planning and inhibition — leading to improved academic performance. Visual arts lessons were also found to significantly improve children’s visual and spatial memory.

Who Joyful Sounds Academy of Music & Art

What Our commitment to every student is to encourage their enjoyment of learning. “Music and Art are soul-satisfying and the more you learn, the better you get. The better you get, the more you want to learn”.
– Diana D. Thomas, Owner

Where 117 E Vance St.  Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

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#7 Makeover

While your daughter’s calendar is packed with classes, club meetings, football games, volunteering and dances might seem overwhelming, don’t forget that these events for the new school year also offer optimum opportunities to debut all the latest beauty looks!

Who Merle Norman Cosmetics Fuquay-Varina

What We offer complete skin care, makeup, special event make up, full facials, waxing, ear piercing and hair services.

Where 208 S Main St.  Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

#8 Starting School in Style

Whether you’re a parent or a student, there is a plethora of clothing and accessories to get you excited about starting another school chapter.

Who Pass it On

What Pass It On is an upscale resale shop that offers new and gently used women’s clothing, shoes and accessories at fabulously low prices. Pass It On has two locations – Raleigh and Fuquay-Varina – and features a large variety of designer clothing in excellent condition at affordable prices. Pass It On is open to anyone who loves fashion and great prices. 100% of Pass It On’s merchandise is donated and supports InterAct’s programs and services.

Where 1012 Oberlin Rd  Raleigh, North Carolina

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Who Samantha’s Jewelry Design & Repair

What For years it’s been our passion to design custom jewelry pieces as unique and memorable as the people and special occasions that they’re for.

Where 516 Broad St.  Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

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Who The Shoppes on Main Fuquay Varina

What At The Shoppes on Main you will find a unique and eclectic shopping experience as well as wide variety of events and special activities for you and your family. Inside you will find over thirty distinctive shops that offer a wide variety of upscale boutique items, hand crafted artisan pieces, gourmet foods as well as one of a kind gift and novelty items. Stop in The Shoppes on Main today and experience a unique taste of downtown.

Where 212 S Main St.  Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

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Who Something You Boutique

What Come visit us at our boutique in historic Fuquay Varina, NC! Brands include Sympli, TRIBAL Sportswear, Zee Alexis Shoes, Clara Sunwoo, Charleston Shoe Co, Fitflop, Chinese Laundry, Southern Gates Jewelry, Sheila Fajl Jewelry and Mollybeads Jewelry.

Where 511 Broad St.  Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

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#9 Happy + Healthy

Everyone knows a good night’s sleep, a protein-packed breakfast and fresh fruit for a vitamin-C boost are good ways to set kids up for the day, but our tips take school year health to the next level.

Who The Vine Natural Health Shoppe

What We are passionate about being a connection in the community to the highest quality natural and organic products to help us all grow healthier and stronger. We carry the industry’s best in quality, innovation, variety, and value. You can not find a better selection of quality vitamins, supplements, or health and beauty products closer to home than what The Vine offers.

Where 506 Broad St.  Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

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