2019 Award of Merit – Best Retail Promotion – Play the ‘Quay Mini Golf Tournament

2019 Award of Merit – Best Retail Promotion – Play the ‘Quay Mini Golf Tournament

2019 Award of Merit – Best Innovation – Revelry Barber & Shave Shop

2019 Award of Merit – Best Innovation – Revelry Barber & Shave Shop

Revelry Barber & Shave Shop is a popular destination in Fuquay-Varina and more than 100 people visit the shop each day.
This is no ordinary barber shop. Aside from a cut or shave, customers can enjoy a draft beverage and the opportunity to hang-out with other members of the community and play pool, checkers or Ms. Pacman.
Waiting has become an expected and fortunate part of the experience at Revelry. Waiting customers will spend their time shopping, dining and discovering shops in downtown, and nearby businesses have benefited from this development.
Revelry’s business model has translated into increased visibility for the entire Town of Fuquay-Varina and its entrepreneurs. Revelry has truly capitalized on community collaboration and comradery with their innovative approach and the success and energy are felt throughout the town.
Congratulations to this Main Street community for its 2019 award.
In the category of Organization, Best Innovation recognizes worthy examples of innovation in a Main Street community.
An Award of Merit is presented to Mat and Kelly Quiring for Revelry Barber & Shave Shop

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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!
https://business.fuquay-varinadowntown.com/applicationtojoin

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

Dawn, Rachel & Delaney

Museum Mondays: Varina Union Station

Museum Mondays: Varina Union Station

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

Thank you to our friends at the Fuquay-Varina Museums for the historical images and information.

http://fuquay-varina-museums.org/

Head on over to their website or Facebook page to follow or arrange a tour to learn more!

This building is a combined freight/passenger station of frame construction used by the Norfolk and Southern and Durham and Southern Railroads. It has overhanging metal roof with large triangular brackets, clapboarded sides with sliding freight doors, three-sided bay on north elevation and novelty-sided addition to west end with matching freight bays.

The Varina Union Station depot was built in 1910 after the original depot was destroyed by a fire. The depot was known as a Union Station because it served both the Durham & Southern and Caraleigh to Charlotte trains.

The depot located at the crossing of the two rail lines was identified as Varina Station for the nearest post office in 1899. With the adoption of this railroad station as Union Station for both rail lines came the growth of Broad Street, residential areas, and a post office all know forever as Varina. Courtesy Betty Bruce Howard Hoover

Varina Union Station
Circa 1910

Rail section foreman, Stephen Brantley Adcock and crew installed tracks sometime after new 1910 was built. Courtesy Cheryl Adcock Clark

In 1911, John Eual Brown and his family came to town to manage the depot. John was the Durham & Southern agent and telegraph operator while his wife Beatrice was the office manager. John remained the agent until 1959 when he was replaced by his daughter Katherine. Katherine remained the railroad agent until the depot closed in 1977.

After 1977 the depot was abandoned. Several local organizations attempted to save depot. Evenually Akins Properties successed in moving the depot away from the tracks and closer to Broad Street. The depot was restored and is now home to Aviator Taphouse.

Source: National Register of Historic Places Registration Form for Varina Commercial Historic District, United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 1989; A History of Fuquay-Varina, Shirley Mudge Hayes and Shirley Danner Simmons, 2009.

 

Museum Mondays: Thompson-Howard Building

Museum Mondays: Thompson-Howard Building

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

Thank you to our friends at the Fuquay-Varina Museums for the historical images and information.

http://fuquay-varina-museums.org/

Head on over to their website or Facebook page to follow or arrange a tour to learn more!

Thompson-Howard Building
Circa 1914

Pictured above (L to R) A.G Elliot, Sr., unknown, and Walter Howard. Courtesy Kitty Lane Holleman

The Thompson-Howard building was home to one of the longest continuously operated businesses on Main Street.

Augustus Green Elliott, Sr. moved from Granville County to Fuquay Springs sometime prior to 1914. Elliott purchased the Fuquay Drug and Seed Company and the Judd-Ballentine Drug Company and moved the combined businesses into the Thompson-Howard building in 1914.

In 1918 the Fuquay Drug Company was renamed Elliott’s Drug Store. The upstairs has provided space for town offices, a recorder’s court, a book store, lawyers, doctors, and dentists. Elliott’s Drug Store remained in the Elliott family until 1989 when it was purchased by Curtis and Kitty Holleman and rename Elliott’s Pharmacy. The Elliott family still owns the building.

While Elliott’s Pharmacy closed in 2013 many locals still share fond memories of times spent there at the lunch counter.

Elliot’s early counter as it appeared after rebuilding from the 1916 fire. Behind the counter was Roy Powell while Otis Coley worked the cash register. Seated were Cap Fuquay, Len H Aiken, Andrew Wester, unknown, and Henry Talley. Courtesy N.C Archives from Aiken photos

Walter Howard worked in the store at Elliott’s for over fifty years although he was not a trained pharmacist. Courtesy Killy Lane Holleman

Sally Beck Fitzhugh prepared food behind the counter at Elliot’s for the lunch crowd. Sally was one of the Beck girls of Cardenas who had earlier been partners in the Pine Cone Tea Room. Courtesy Beck Family

Check out the interior of Elliot’s in 1961! Here’s Walter Howard with A. G. Elliott, Jr. behind the counter preparing drugs. Courtesy Heulon Dean

Thompson-Howard Building in September 2019.