Head Downtown this weekend and take an Art Walk! See the winning En Plein Air canvases 🎨find artists painting in this year’s event 🐅spot Bengal Tigers on Parade and other works that have become part of the growing arts scene in downtown. 🚶From start to finish, it’s just over a mile and there are over 100 local businesses to discover along the way!
Printable Art Walk Map
We had the opportunity to host our first Friends of Downtown Thank You party! Our thanks to Felecia Hipp for use of the space and to all of you that helped us celebrate the 25th year of the organization! FVDA’s Roaring 20’s Speakeasy is now on the books!
Joseph Fasy, of Hook and Cleaver Market on Broad, has been a big part of revitalization efforts in downtown and helped us by donating a variety of era appropriate foods for our guests. You should have seen the sparkle in his eyes when we told him the plan. It’s no wonder he was just mentioned in Southern Living and continues to do amazing things in the food industry.
The ladies were dazzling, the gentlemen dapper and Mr. Goodboothprovided the perfect spot to capture the shenanigans. Always a privilege to work with someone who strives to help your event and guests look their best- such a fun addition to any occasion! Thanks Jebb Graff!
Many others to thank for helping us make this evening possible including our Board of Directors for their time and contributions to the event.
Our local breweries: Aviator Brewing Company, Fainting Goat Brewing Company, The Mason Jar Lager Company
And local businesses that helped us with treats, decor and prizes!
4 Tour Farm
Raleigh Rum Company
We all enjoyed the jazzy sounds of Floyd’s Boys Band, a group of local students that put on a great show! There was even a little dancing…
We can’t wait for the next Friends of Downtown event! In the meantime, be on the look out for the downtown event posts and the yearly event card in your water bill and in local businesses. Our thanks to individuals, non-profits, businesses, the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce and Town of Fuquay-Varina for all they do to make this a great community!
Photo by Jebb Graff | jebbgraff.com
Production stills and some food photography from the filming of a Flavor, NC episode featuring Chef Joseph Fasy of Hook and Cleaver Market on Broad. Location: Fuquay Mineral Spring Inn and Garden
Build community. Support local. That’s our mission as a non-profit in downtown. We have the pleasure of working with hundreds of talented professionals. Thankfully, they share their talents with us and other groups they are called to help. We couldn’t do what we do without their help and support.
Most importantly, they share those talents with each other to help one another grow and support each other’s goals. After all, that’s a big part of what support local means. When you support them as well, it means even more. Build community. Support local. You never know how far your simple act or contribution will reach.
Miss Eleanor…she’s spending her last Saturday in the shop today after 29 years at David Anthony’s.
Over the last few weeks, we had a few opportunities to spend time visiting with her and listen to stories she and her customers had to tell. We heard about the generations of families that had been registered there as they started their lives as newlyweds. The care that Eleanor took to set up a registry table and work with the bride and groom. The detail that went in to wrapping a gift and having it ready for someone attending a shower or going to the wedding. Some say she was the one who married the people in Fuquay. Then she helped with baby gifts!
We asked how many couples she had worked with…she laughed that she had no idea, but there were binders full of them. During another visit, she found one and shared it with us. She’d attended some of the weddings, remembered the china patterns of others.
For any occasion, she would help you find just what you needed. Some shoppers joked there might have been a few purchases that husbands didn’t know about. They all wished her the best in retirement. Eleanor has worked hard for all of us and deserves a little time to relax, that’s for sure. And though the store is just about empty, the air is thick with memories.
For all you’ve done for all of us and this place we call Downtown…Thank you