Third Place Winner of the 2020 En Plein Air Paint-Off: Tonia Gebhart

Third Place Winner of the 2020 En Plein Air Paint-Off: Tonia Gebhart

Presenting the Third Place Winner of the 2020 En Plein Air Paint-Off: Tonia Gebhart – The Barefoot Artist.

In the midst of the stay at home order, Tonia began a host of landscaping projects. Garden Hut was her first choice of the locations proposed to artists, noting “it’s my favorite place!” Visiting with artists as they paint in downtown is one of our favorite parts of the event. Watching the blooms come to life as she joined us live on Instagram was a delight.

The painting is currently displayed at the Town of Fuquay-Varina for public viewing as part of the En Plein Air Art Walk & Auction – FVDowntown. Bidding begins Thursday, July 16th. A public art canvas will be installed on a downtown building and prints will be available for purchase.

Tonia is a past Paint-Off winner. You see her painting of Mack, the FVFD vintage fire truck installed as public art on the side of Chocolate Fix. A few years ago, she painted a beautiful scene at Flowers on Broad Street. That public art canvas has been retired, but prints of Tonia’s work can be found on our Love Local store at www.fuquay-varinadowntown.com.  Nelsa, we can’t wait to have a view of the Garden Hut in downtown!

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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

Sleigh Rides in Downtown 2019

Sleigh Rides in Downtown 2019

Fuquay-Varina Downtown will host a ticketed Sleigh Ride on Thursday, December 5th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm during the Town Christmas Tree Lighting. Tickets are distributed to Sponsors & Friends of Downtown. Remaining tickets are available to the public at a ticket sale the night before the Sleigh Ride, Wednesday December 4th at 6:30pm. For info about becoming a Friend

The sleigh ride will be located at TR Ashworth’s Station (120 S. Main Street) in the historic Fuquay District.

Photos by Jebb Graff | jebbgraff.com