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News, information and other things you might want to know about downtown Wake Forest.

Use Our Hashtag!

Wake Forest Downtown Inc. has a new hashtag and we’re encouraging everyone who is posting on social media to please use it!  Our hashtag is #WakeForestVibe. What is Wake Forest vibe? Read about it from those who visit, work, live and play in historic downtown Wake Forest. We hope you’ll come experience the vibe of […]

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We Love Our Christmas Parade Sponsors!

Everyone loves a parade and we love our 2017 Wake Forest Christmas Parade sponsors! They help make our parade happen. It’s scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 9, 1 pm in historic downtown Wake Forest. We are grateful for the support of our parade sponsors. Please show them your support by visiting their businesses, liking their social […]

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Arrow Tree Boutique brings Fashion to Downtown

Arrow Tree Boutique, located at 415 Brooks St Suite A, (next to the Renaissance Centre) is one of  downtown’s newest shops for women’s fashion and accessories. Owner Stephanie Ellison is part of an entrepreneurial family that owns Over the Falls Restaurant and Brooks Street Bowl.  She answers our questions about her new business and what it […]

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Spotlight: Down Town Nutrition

One of the newest businesses to open during the spring of 2017 was Down Town Nutrition at 111a South White Street in historic downtown Wake Forest. Owners Marissa Demarco and Kayla Watson offer healthy meal replacement shakes, energizing green teas, refreshing aloe shots, weight loss challenges and free wellness profiles. Be sure to like their […]

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2017 Christmas Event Sponsorships

The holiday season is celebrated in historic downtown Wake Forest with two signature events–The Lighting of Wake Forest held in Centennial Plaza of Town Hall where the Town’s Christmas Tree is lit along with Santa Claus visits and other festivities on Friday, Dec. 1, 6 p.m. The other holiday event is the annual Wake Forest […]

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#WakeForestVibe

There’s a special feeling merchants, business owners, visitors, shoppers and residents get from downtown Wake Forest. We’re calling it a “Wake Forest Vibe” and have created the hashtag #WakeForestVibe. We’ll be sharing the stories of people who live, work and visit downtown on our website. Read them here. We ask you to please start using […]

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Car Show Rolls into Wake Forest June 17

The Wake Forest Charity Car Show, now in its 5th year, will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017, along South White Street (a portion will be closed for the show) in historic downtown Wake Forest. This is the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend. The event is free and open to the public. Cars that […]

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Spotlight on Motorcycle Innovations

Louis and Colleen Morrow are the owners of Motorcycle Innovations located in historic downtown Wake Forest. Louis trained at the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Orlando, Florida, and worked for various motorcycle shops before the couple realized their dream of opening their own business in 2015. Read more

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Dirt Day Means Spring is Here

Dirt Day comes to historic downtown Wake Forest on Saturday, April 1, 2017. From 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., an array of activities, booths, demonstrations, arts & crafts, music, food trucks and more–of interest to kids and adults–will be setup on South White Street (a portion of the street is closed to traffic). Now in […]

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Tour Historic Districts Virtually

Take a virtual tour of our downtown historic district on your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Structured around interactive maps of each historic district, both tours feature photos of significant houses, buildings and other landmarks. Each point of interest also includes a brief description and professionally voiced audio clip that users can play at their own […]

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Spotlight on Hatch Co-working

Liz Johnson, along with her family, has started Hatch Co-working Office in historic downtown. Read more about it in our Spotlight on downtown businesses in Wake Forest.

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Grand & Junior Marshals in this Year’s Parade

Shorty’s Famous Hot Dogs Owners and Jackson Donahoe serve as dignitaries in this Year’s Christmas Parade                                                  For the first time in its 65-year history, the Wake Forest Christmas Parade will have a junior […]

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It’s Almost Christmas!

Mark your calendars as we kick off the holiday season with our annual Lighting of Wake Forest!  This event is sure to get you in the holiday spirit as you celebrate our “small town” Christmas with your friends and neighbors. And who would want to miss the lighting of the tree or Santa’s arrival on […]

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Art After Hours Resumes on October 14th!

Art After Hours returns for the second Friday of each month from October thru December.  Lots of fun is in store for you in October – from a scarecrow contest, to visiting artists, to delicious food menus!  Stroll through Downtown and visit our galleries, stores and restaurants for that wonderful fall feeling with all the charm […]

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Spotlight: The Cotton Co.

In 2001, the Cotton Company Exchange Warehouse was remodeled into The Cotton Company marketplace and gallery. Today, it’s a destination shopping gallery for those visiting the area and now includes NC Beach Bingo, the first family-friendly, non-smoking bingo hall. The business is owned by the Johnson family — Bob and Elizabeth Johnson and their two daughters, Liz […]

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2016 Wake Forest Christmas Parade Applications Available

Applications to participate in one of our area’s most popular holiday spectacles, the Wake Forest Christmas Parade, are being accepted now through October 15th. Wake Forest’s annual Christmas parade features over 100 colorful floats and entries from local businesses, churches, schools and civic groups, as well as high school marching bands and – of course […]

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Beach Night & New Beer Garden

Beach Night on White featuring free beach music by Jim Quick & Coastline and a new Wakefield Rotary Beer Garden will take place in historic downtown Wake Forest, on Saturday, Aug. 20. The Beer Garden opens at 3 p.m. in the Chamber parking lot, adjacent to the band stage.  The band begins and food trucks […]

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Allied Rehab in the Spotlight

Teresa Hale, president/owner of Allied Rehab in downtown Wake Forest knew as a teenager she would pursue a career in physical therapy after experiencing  a tragic car accident that affected her vision and body in a profound way that gave her an edge in a field that demands personal involvement and understanding.  Teresa says, “I […]

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2016 Wake Forest Charity Car Show roaring into town on June 11th!

The fourth annual Wake Forest Charity Car Show will take place on Saturday, June 11th in historic downtown Wake Forest. We are proud to announce that our Grand Sponsor for the 2016 event is Chris Leith Dodge-Ram. This is the fourth year Chris Leith has sponsored our car show and we are proud to partner […]

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Spotlight: Next Consignment Boutique’s new owner

Merchants and customers in hisoric downtown Wake Forest were happy to see that Next Consignment Boutique will remain in its current location at 210 S. White Street, thanks to Johanna Trotter who purchased the store from owner Pam Jay on March 1, 2016. Stop by and welcome Johanna to downtown. Read more here  

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