My team and I had the chance to explore Fuquay-Varina this month! About a 25 minute drive South of Raleigh, and you’ll come right into this adorable town. The town actually features two historic downtown areas that are adorned with the coziest shops and restaurants around!
The cities hyphenated name comes from the joining of two towns, Fuquay Springs and Varina in 1963. Fuquay Springs, named after the first settler in the small farm town, William Fuquay. The joining of “Springs” came when Fuquay’s great grandson discovered a spring while plowing the fields of his families land. The spring was initially used just for drinking water but it was believed the mineral water flowing through the spring had healing properties. Word spread of the spring and attracted people from all over to the small town.
Today, Fuquay-Varina has seen enormous growth! With that growth, the town has managed to keep its Southern Charm and small town feel. Their events calendar is jam packed throughout the year with no shortage of events the whole family will enjoy. Fuquay-Varina is a dash more friendly!
Our very own Mark Steward got a chance to talk with Naomi Riley about her recent award as one of the 2016 Women of Wake County! Also, about the changes happening in Fuquay-Varina and why anyone would want to make the choice to move there. Naomi is Executive Director of Fuquay-Varina Downtown, a nonprofit that focuses on the revitalization of the Downtown areas. Be sure to check out the Fuquay-Varina Downtown Website to learn more about what’s happening in Fuquay-Varina!
Once, again we would like to thank Naomi Riley for sitting down with us to talk about this wonderful community! We would also like to thank The Mill for welcoming us to film there. Be sure to stop in and grab a latte or a glass of wine. Also thank you to all of the shops Downtown that allowed us to take pictures and videos of their businesses. It was such a treat to explore this unique and charming city.