When it comes to the latest trends in women's apparel, there's no better place to shop till you drop than Downtown Chucktown. And if you're searching for the finest threads in Apex, look no further than Copper Penny - the Lowcountry's go-to shop for anyone that has a passion for fashion.

We have been dressing women in Apex for over 34 years and offer upscale designer collections curated with a Southern eye. Here, women from around the United States discover sophisticated, effortless beauty for every season. Whether you're looking for a sassy new dress to impress that special someone or the perfect outfit for your next vacation, your options are endless at Copper Penny.

With easy-to-find locations close to Apex's hottest spots, our curated selection of the newest, most popular women's clothing lines reflects the effortless glamour of Apex. Whether you're a tidy professional or a fierce trend-setter, our goal is to help you find the perfect look for your own unique style. With designer brands like CK Bradley and Holst & Lee on hand year-round, finding your new look is easy and fun when you visit Copper Penny.

Our clothing lines give ladies a refreshing mix of one-of-a-kind authenticity with real wearability, allowing them to shine with confidence and style all year long. So, go ahead and spoil yourself - you deserve to look like a million bucks!

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Find the Perfect Dress to Impress

Diamonds are pretty and all, but honestly? Dresses are a girl's best friend. Dresses are fun, comfortable, and versatile. At Copper Penny, they're also fashionable and cute. We have a huge selection of women's dresses in Apex, NC, from stylistic sheath dresses to drop-waist styles that will make your girlfriends jealous.

We offer several styles and shapes from which you can pick. Not sure what style fits best?

It all starts at the waist:

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A-Line Waist

These dresses are made to fit your waist and then gradually flare out towards the hem. A-line dresses are excellent for minimizing thighs, hips, and midsections while pulling the eyes to your bust. This style of dress is a great fit for almost any body type. There's a reason why so many brides settle on A-Line dresses for their big day! With plenty of varieties, this is a kind of dress that you can wear again and again.

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Empire Waist

Like the A-Line style, empire dresses are made to fit through your bust. Rather than creating a distinctly angular shape like the A-Line, the Empire style flows from the bust down. This is another kind of dress that fits many body types. From curvy to apple body shapes, the Empire draws focus to your bust and minimizes everything else. For lovely ladies on the shorter side, this style defines your silhouette, especially if you choose a maxi length dress.

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Drop Waist

A throwback to the roaring 20's style flapper dresses, Drop Waist dresses look best on lean, athletic bodies that don't have too many curves in the hip area. The key to pulling off a Drop Waist style dress is to ensure that it's not hugging you. This dress is best worn when it is able to hang freely on your body.

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Once you know the kind of waist that fits your body type, it's time to find your shape. A few of our most popular dress shapes include:

Fit & Flare Dresses in Apex

Any clothing store for women in Apex, NC, worth its salt, will have plenty of fit & flare dresses for you to try. This common-shaped dress is one of the most popular on the market, mainly because they look great on every woman, regardless of age or shape. A timeless choice, fit & flare dresses fit through the bodice and flare out just below your hip. This helps develop a balanced, slimming silhouette for most women. If you want to accentuate your best assets and hide everything else, ask our experienced fashionistas to show you some the most popular fit & flare dresses at Copper Penny.
Time to start doing your happy dance! Fit & flare dresses have very balanced proportions, making them a true winner for every body type. Women with athletic builds love this dress for the extra curves. Women with apple-shaped bodies love how fit & flare dresses define their waistlines. Because this dress already looks like an hourglass on the hanger, it will be a natural fit for ladies with such a figure.
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Shift Dresses in Apex

Shift dresses are typically rectangular in shape and tend to be comfy and forgiving since they aren't fitted. Also called a column dress, the shift dress is a great choice for polished professionals needing a conservative, fashionable outfit for work.
These dresses look fabulous on women with athletic, lean shapes and women with an apple-like figure. This kind of dress doesn't work well with a belt, so ladies with an hourglass figure may not be able to show off their curves in a shift. Try pairing this dress with a nice pair of heels for a beautiful new look!
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Wrap Dresses in Apex

Wrap dresses are one of the most popular styles on the market, because they give ladies of most shapes and sizes a flattering, fashionable dress option.
If you have an hourglass, apple, or generally curvy body shape, you're going to love wrap dresses. This style of dress offers a natural waist while placing emphasis on your bust. Wrap dresses give you a balanced silhouette and, with a knee-length fit, are great for any type of color or style, both day and nightwear.
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Timeless Tops for Every Style

Unless you're feeling extra sassy, chances are you're wearing a top at this very moment. Tops are garments that cover the top half of your body. At Copper Penny, we have an endless selection of tops in a wide range of styles - from basic tees to blouses and everything in between. If you're looking for the highest quality women's tops in Apex, NC, you just hit the jackpot!

With that said, finding the right top for the right occasion is easier said than done. However, at Copper Penny, we make finding the right top fun. Whether you're looking for a top that makes a statement or you need a classic button-down for a subdued style, we've got your back. We only carry the most popular tops from the best brands and designers around the world.

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Here are just of our most popular tops:

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Women's Poplin Tops in Apex

Sometimes called broadcloth tops, poplins have classic characteristics and are often woven with an over/under weave. This kind of weave gives more substance to your top while also giving you room to breathe. Poplin shirts are typically soft and smooth, and are great for everyday business attire, some formal occasions, and for certain ceremonies. Sweet and feminine, our Bruna poplin eyelet bib top features ruffles at the sleeves and an eyelet lace yoke at the front. Pair your poplin with your favorite pair of shorts or jeans for a contemporary, relaxed look.

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Women's Wrap Tops in Apex

Great for wearing solo or layered over a camisole or tank top, wrap tops are lightweight, versatile, and great for many different occasions. Wrap tops go well with jeans, maxi dresses, and high-waisted jeans or trousers. Our V-Neck Wrap SLV Top by Jayden is uber-popular at Copper Penny and the perfect choice for dressing down or dressing up. The choice is yours!

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Women's Off the Shoulder Tops in Apex

For a dose of feminine fashion, be sure you add an off-the-shoulder top to your everyday wardrobe. A casual, sexy choice, off-the-shoulder tops have unique necklines that cut across your upper arms and chest, leaving your shoulders bare. The result is a flirty flash of skin, which elongates your neck and gives a relaxed, "daytime casual" look. Our Nola off-the-shoulder top pairs perfectly with shorts or even a flowy skirt and is hand-woven in Spain using Jacquard fabric.

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Women's Tank Tops in Apex

Who doesn't love a good tank top?! Tank tops are lightweight, versatile, and equally great for lounging in the yard or running errands on weekends. Tank tops lend an air of simplicity to your outfit and can be styled in endless ways. Take our Velvet Heart Victory Tank, for instance. This tank is a refreshing update on our classic sleeveless tank top, complete with fray details and a scoop neck. Throw in the fact that it's machine washable, and you have a wardrobe winner.

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Having trouble finding the best top for your size and style? As the most trusted women's clothing boutique in Apex, NC, Copper Penny has helped women discover new looks in the Lowcountry for more than two decades. We take pride in providing a personalized, boutique experience for our customers. If you have questions, give us a call or swing by one of our locations. We would be happy to give you our professional opinion.

Until then, here's a quick guide you can follow to help you find the right fit for your women's top in Apex:

How to Find the Right Fit for Your Women's Top

When choosing a women's top for your outfit, you have to consider how comfortable, confident, and beautiful you will feel. The best way to feel your best in an outfit is to make sure it fits correctly. To get started, you'll want to take your measurements. For most women's tops, the best areas to focus on are your hips, waist, and chest.

  • Hip Measurements: Measuring your hips is fairly easy. Take your measuring tape and use it to wrap around the widest area of your hips.
  • Waist Measurements: Take your measuring tape and place it at the very top of your hip bone. Wrap it all the way around your body. Try to keep your measuring tape in line with your belly button. For the most accurate measurements, stand up straight and breathe normally.
  • Chest Measurements: For an accurate chest measurement, take the end of your measuring tape and place it on the fullest area of your bust. From there, wrap the tape around your body, under your armpits, and around the blades of your shoulders. Then, wrap the tape tightly from the back of your body to the front, where you started.
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Need help measuring? Swing by Copper Penny and ask one of our friendly sales associates to help you out! While you're there, don't forget to check out our huge selection of women's tops in Apex, NC.

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Looking to take your style to the next level? You can also get in touch with a personal stylist directly from our website. With a personal stylist by your side, you can find stunning looks for specific occasions, using comfortable clothing in your favorite colors and cuts. Copper Penny is your one-stop-shop for fashionable, fun, fabulous designer clothing in Apex. But don't take our word for it – come see for yourself!

Latest News in Apex, NC

$3B ‘superstar region’ project is breaking ground in Apex. A look at what’s coming.

After years of legal wrangling and shelved plans, developers have offered the first glimpse of a massive mixed-use development coming to Apex.New York-based real estate developer RXR this week released renderings for Veridea, a “live-work-play” community planned for roughly 1,100 acres between U.S. Highway 1 and N.C. 54...

After years of legal wrangling and shelved plans, developers have offered the first glimpse of a massive mixed-use development coming to Apex.

New York-based real estate developer RXR this week released renderings for Veridea, a “live-work-play” community planned for roughly 1,100 acres between U.S. Highway 1 and N.C. 540, along N.C. 55.

The designs, seven in all, show a sprawling, amenity-rich “mini-city,” two miles south of downtown Apex, and about 20 minutes from RTP and neighbors Cary and Morrisville.

“We look to build in ‘superstar regions’ like Apex,” said RXR’s executive vice president Joseph Graziose, in a press release. “We’re excited to take this step.”

Veridea is RXR’s first project in North Carolina.

Phase one involves building 1,100 single-family houses and townhomes, and 550 out of 1,500 multifamily units with first-floor retail in the community’s East Village.

Veridea will offer “a range of pricing” with unit layouts at market rate, the company said.

An entertainment district — with 200,000 square feet for retail, restaurants and office — and a new elementary school are also in the works.

Amenities include green trails, dog parks and bicycle paths. Eventually, four softball fields, six tennis courts and a 22,500-square-foot community center will be added.

Separately, RXR has partnered with Wake Technical Community College to construct a new 340,000-square-foot campus.

RXR plans to break ground later this year with “new roadways, infrastructure and utilities.” Work is expected to begin on multifamily units in early 2025, the company said.

The site’s zoning allows for up to 8,000 residential units, 12 million square feet of commercial space, including life sciences, industrial and warehouse, and 3.5 million square feet of retail, hospitality and civic uses.

Veridea has been in the works since 2011.

The property’s previous owner, Hudson Realty Capital, began assembling the land 17 years ago. But it hit legal roadblocks and never got off the ground.

In March 2023, RXR bought the parcels for $91 million, according to Wake County deed records.

Apex Mayor Jacques K. Gilbert has called the project a “golden opportunity” for Apex.

As Apex’s population swells to over 62,000, demand for more housing remains at an all-time high. The town estimates that by 2030, there could be more than 120,000 people living in Apex.

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Massive $3 billion Apex development moves closer to breaking ground (renderings)

A massive master-planned community in Apex is getting ready to break ground.RXR, the New York developers behind Veridea, a $3 billion mixed-use development, will start site and infrastructure work this fall with plans to go vertical with the first buildings in early 2025. But ...

A massive master-planned community in Apex is getting ready to break ground.

RXR, the New York developers behind Veridea, a $3 billion mixed-use development, will start site and infrastructure work this fall with plans to go vertical with the first buildings in early 2025. But plans for phase one have changed slightly as the developer adjusts to the shifting commercial real estate market.

Rebecca D’Eloia, executive vice president and development project executive for RXR, said the first buildings to go up will be the multifamily with ground-floor retail. Following that will be the industrial space of which there will be 213,000 square feet in the first phase.

The Veridea development will be a multi-year, multi-phase project that will cover 1,200 acres along N.C. Highway 55. When complete, it will have 8,000 residential units; 3.5 million square feet of retail, hospitality and civic space; 12 million square feet of commercial space that includes life sciences and industrial; and public open space and walking trails.

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Veridea will have 8,000 residential units.

The first phase will have 550 multifamily units in three 5-story buildings along with about 200,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and commercial space. Previously, the developer planned only about 130,000 square feet in phase one.

William Noyes, project executive, development services for RXR, said the company anticipates residents being able to move in by 2027.

The apartment vacancy rate for the south Cary/Apex area is 10.6 percent — a 4.1 percent change year-over-year, according to data from Costar.

When it comes to the retail, D’Eloia said the company is looking to bring in a mix of national and regional brands with an even split between food and beverage and dry goods. Noyes also said a national grocer will be part of the development.

Lee and Associates is handling the leasing for the retail component.

For the industrial space, which is currently going through the site review process with the town, the company is focusing on signing smaller biotech companies who need flex space between 30,000 and 40,000 square feet.

Cushman and Wakefield is handling the leasing for the industrial space.

In addition, the first phase will include 1,100 single-family homes and townhomes built by Lennar, a 340,000-square-foot campus for Wake Tech Community College and a new Wake County public school.

RXR opened its welcome center in downtown Apex on North Salem Street and will run operations from there as it moves through the development process.

The development is an ambitious one with new uses and increased density continuing to be added. The first phase, including site work, will cost an estimated $250 million. The company has all of the equity required for its infrastructure work and mixed-use plan, but it will be acquiring a construction loan from lenders later in the process for the first phase.

Master-planned communities can be hit and miss when it comes to actually fulfilling what the developer sets out to do. Wendell Falls is like a small town within a town that continues to grow, while 751 South in Durham has stalled out on the commercial side. Lowes Food was supposed to anchor a retail complex within 751 but that has yet to come to fruition.

100-year-old tree at the center of Apex growth debate

The 100-year-old tree is in the spotlight as Apex officials assess potential areas for a sidewalk, including Hunter Street where the icon stands.APEX, N.C. (WTVD) -- A large willow oak tree stands in front of Nancy Gutske's house with a Christmas bow wrapped around it for the holidays."That tree has been there for a long time," Gutske said.The 100-year-old tree is in the spotlight as officials assess potential areas for a sidewalk, including Hunter Street where the icon stands.Although no final decision ...

The 100-year-old tree is in the spotlight as Apex officials assess potential areas for a sidewalk, including Hunter Street where the icon stands.

APEX, N.C. (WTVD) -- A large willow oak tree stands in front of Nancy Gutske's house with a Christmas bow wrapped around it for the holidays.

"That tree has been there for a long time," Gutske said.

The 100-year-old tree is in the spotlight as officials assess potential areas for a sidewalk, including Hunter Street where the icon stands.

Although no final decision has been made regarding this piece of sidewalk, the Town of Apex said construction of new sidewalks ranks consistently high among Apex residents' priorities for transportation funding.

There's just not a need for a sidewalk here- Mike Newell, Apex resident

As part of an infrastructure improvement project BL-0047, Hunter Street is just one of several areas being evaluated for safer routes to schools.

"There's just not a need for a sidewalk here," said Mike Newell, another resident.

Though the issue has not yet come before the Town Council, nor is it clear whether that sidewalk will be part of the decision-making process, residents such as Newell and Gutske oppose the idea of the Hunter Street icon being chopped down.

"I had a certified arborist come out here," Newell said. "He's declared that tree to be healthy. No need to cut it down of any disease concern. It has normal wear and tear, so to speak, for its age. It is a safe tree. It poses no danger."

Newell plans to bring this up in the Town Council meeting on Jan. 9 and noted that Mayor Jacques Gilbert was in favor of keeping the tree as is.

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Gilbert said historic preservation is a priority for him, and he anticipates and welcomes additional discussion with the community.

"We're always looking for an opportunity for more walkability," Gilbert said. "In this instance, I'm happy to see the engagement of the community."

While the 100-200 block of Hunter Street was included in the initial project (BL-0047) design, the placement of sidewalks in this block is still being evaluated, according to the town.

Boomtowns: Apex expects 'phenomenal' growth by end of decade

Apex's secret identity: Lost pond hides true origins of NC town

Today, Apex is known as the 'peak' of good living – but many people have no idea the historic downtown is built overtop a lost pond that holds secrets to the town's little-known origins.Each time you sit down to eat in the alleyway between the Apex Fire Department and The Peak on Salem, you're sitting right on top of one of the most important sites in the town's history: The Log Pond.Very little remains of that pond today; however, without that pond, Apex may not have ever existed at all."If you look at maps o...

Today, Apex is known as the 'peak' of good living – but many people have no idea the historic downtown is built overtop a lost pond that holds secrets to the town's little-known origins.

Each time you sit down to eat in the alleyway between the Apex Fire Department and The Peak on Salem, you're sitting right on top of one of the most important sites in the town's history: The Log Pond.

Very little remains of that pond today; however, without that pond, Apex may not have ever existed at all.

"If you look at maps of Wake County prior to the Civil War, you will see places like Holly Springs and a number of communities all around modern day Apex, but you don't see Apex on the map at all," said Toby Holleman, a historian who specializes in the town's history.

That's because 'Apex' didn't exist. The little community had a different name: Log Pond.

Why was 'Log Pond' changed to 'Apex?'

It may seem hard to believe a little pond could have such an impact on a town's growth, but the small body of water served as a refueling station for the steam engines that came through on the Chatham Railroad. Without that pond, the railroad may never have come through the tiny community – and that railroad was a primary reason Apex exists today.

"The railroad was completed 1869," said Holleman. "Until then, there was no Apex."

Prior to 1869, Holleman says travelers who stopped to water their horses may have seen a little lumber business or a mill, as well as a country store and maybe a farm house or two.

"Very little there, not even enough to call a community," he said.

The 'log pond' was maybe 100 feet long or so, and was so named because railroad workers would toss the wooden railroad ties into the pond, giving it the appearance of being filled with logs.

Steam engine trains needed plenty of water, so the pond served as a replenishing reservoir. As the community became a prominent stop for trains, railroad workers began referring to Log Pond as the 'Apex of the Grade.'

The name 'Apex of the Grade' was critically important to railroad workers because it let everyone on the tracks know that this stop was the highest point, the apex or the peak, of the Chatham County Railroad.

"Trains would come up the hill from Haywood. That climb is 15 miles, and for a little steam engine pulling a long train of cars, it needed water by the time it reached the top of the hill. That's where the log pond was," he said. "It would refill at the 'apex' of the grade then proceed on to Cary, and downhill to Raleigh."

Holleman says it was common for communities at the 'peak' of a railroad line to be named in recognition of that:

Engineers named the community Apex, and within a year the first post office was established.

"The United States Postal Service called it the Apex post office," he said.

What happened to the critically important log pond?

Train tracks still carry trains right past the historic Depot in downtown Apex.

But no one knows exactly what happened to the original log pond, according to Holleman.

" We surmise that it vanished as the town began to grow," he said. "Probably by 1900 it could no longer be seen."

Main Street and Old US-1 Hwy ran through right where the pond sat, so a flooding pond could have created a mess. The town inserted culverts to drain it – possibly represented today in the name Culvert Street just behind the train depot.

"Those drains still work today. I can remember as a kid seeing the drain on the east side. So much water tends to accumulate in that spot. It’s a tiny little valley on the ridge, and you can see how the water could come down and settle in that little spot where the Log Pond was," he said.

A map of Log Pond drawn by Staley Smith shows the outline of the pond's old site, as well as the flow of the culvert and direction the water drained. From the drawing, you can see the pond sat directly next to the train tracks along Seaboard St., just a stone's throw away from the historic depot building still sitting by the tracks today.

Smith created that map in 2009.

Precious few photos actually show the Log Pond – and there may only be one in existence.

Holleman's brother Warren, also an Apex historian, shared one of these photos in the book Pluck, Perseverance, and Paint: Apex, North Carolina: Beginnings to 1941. Below is a close-up of that image, restored by Marty Allen and provided by the Apex Volunteer Fire Department collection.

Today, visitors can sit on top of the former site of the log pond and eat lunch – in a little alleyway running alongside the fire station.

Where is the 'apex' of Apex?

Atop a slight hill, just behind the old railroad tracks, sits a historic home known as the Tunstall house – right on the peak of the very highest point in Apex, according to Kerrin Cox, communications coordinator for the Town of Apex.

The historic home sits on the Apex Town Campus, which also includes the town hall, senior center and community center.

As the town prepares to celebrate 150 years of history at their Party in the Peak event on Sept. 23, they're highlighting some of these incredible lost stories as part of an exhibit right there on the town campus – allowing visitors to learn about the town's hidden history while walking around on the very peak of Apex itself.

On September 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the campus will become an interactive museum showcasing Apex’s past, present, and future.

“We have interviewed nearly 100 community members so far, and their stories will be part of the celebration in our Present exhibit,” said Cox. “We’ve covered topics like Black history, women’s history, indigenous history, and more - all of which have been curated by community champions.”

The event has more than just history. There will be 10 food trucks with special Apex 150th menu items. They're also hosting live music, Apex youth performances, kids activities, and storytellers on stage sharing tales from Apex's past.

For those who love Apex history, many historic photos and stories are collected in the Holleman brothers' history book, which is available at ELK Local Foods and Sixpence Accents in downtown. Toby Holleman is also providing a virtual tour of Apex history on October 15 at Eva Perry Library.

For those who love exploring hidden history themselves, the town has worked with historians from several Apex communities – Green Level, Friendship, New Hill, Olive Chapel and more – to create interactive maps to 'lost places' that once played a critical role in making the town what it is today.

Podcast: Explore hidden history from towns all across the Triangle

Hidden History reporter Heather Leah is a seventh-generation North Carolinian who loves sharing all the history hiding just beneath your feet. Scroll to listen to her podcast series about everything from enchanted castles to secret underwater ghost towns to abandoned tunnels leading to forgotten history.

Missing Apex 13-year-old found in Durham

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