Main Street Champion Mollie Stephenson

Main Street Champion Mollie Stephenson

Downtown Fuquay-Varina, with its two unique districts, has been a passion for Mollie Ashworth Stephenson since she stood on a stool as a little girl to run the cash register in her family’s Main Street business. As an adult, while serving as a Fuquay-Varina Town Commissioner, she attended a statewide North Carolina Downtown Development Conference in 1992 and returned home to share the Main Street message for downtown revitalization. Since that time, she has supported the town’s downtown development efforts as they evolved into the nationally accredited Main Street Program that Fuquay-Varina has today. Mollie has served on various town-appointed and Fuquay-Varina Main Street committees, as well as the Board of Directors of four different downtown organizations. In gratitude for twenty-seven years of her fun-loving spirit, enthusiasm, and unflagging support for the Town’s Main Street efforts, Fuquay-Varina is proud to honor Mollie Stephenson as a North Carolina Main Street Champion.

Become a Friend of Downtown

Become a Friend of Downtown

We 💗 you, Friends! On this Valentine’s #FriendshipFriday, we wanted to share what it means to be a Friend of Downtown and how you can Become a Friend! As a small nonprofit, your Friendship is HUGE to us! The Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association (FVDA) relies on support from all of you to help sustain our mission to Build Community & Support Local. Below are a few of the things we are proud to do:

*Host events & activities throughout the year, including:
*Play the Quay
*Candy Hop
*Dinner on Depot
*En Plein Air Paint-Off & Auction
*Chili Cook-Off
*Ghost Tours
*Trick or Treat
*BBQ, Blues & Brews
*Small Business Saturday
*Sleigh Rides

*Coordinate with other community organizations and nonprofits

*Offer continuing education opportunities

*Support small business in a variety of ways

*Partner with the Town of Fuquay-Varina to administer the NC Main Street Program and maintain accreditation with the National Main Street Program

Our story began over two decades ago with a group of a few individuals that saw a need for downtown, the heart of the community, to be revitalized. Hundreds have since joined in the efforts to make Fuquay-Varina Downtown a thriving destination for entrepreneurs building a business, residents enjoying time with family and friends, and visitors enjoying the history and charm of our unique districts.

In 2018, we celebrated their achievements with a 25th Anniversary Friends Thank You Party that became an annual themed event. We’d love to invite you to this year’s celebration!

When you become a Friend, you also receive:
*Annual I’m a Friend window cling
*Dinner on Depot priority ticket purchase option
*Sleigh Ride Fast Pass Tickets

Become a Friend by Wednesday, February 19th and you’ll receive your Evite to the 80’s celebration on Friday, February 28th from 7-9pm. (We keep the location a “surprise” until the week of.)

How to Become a Friend:
*Donate as a Family ~ $100
*Donate as a Business ~ $150
*Or Become a Sponsor and become more involved in all we do!

Thank you for your consideration. We hope to see you downtown soon,

Dawn, Rachel & Delaney

Build Community.  Support Local.

Build Community. Support Local.

Photo by Jebb Graff |
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.