West Venice Avenue: The Heart of the City

West Venice Avenue: The Heart of the City

West Venice Avenue, the gateway to the Gulf, captivates visitors and residents with its tropical beauty. Stunning palm trees tower over the avenue, while hibiscus, jatropha, jasmine, and many other flowering plants and hanging floral baskets provide endless color along the street. And an abundance of shade trees and benches along the sidewalks create an inviting environment for shopping, dinning, and admiring the scenery.

Did you know?
West Venice avenue is home to:

• Wonderful parks and green spaces. Centennial Park, with its gazebo and interactive Children’s Fountain, is the center of community events and activities throughout the year. Heritage Park, located in the median along West Venice Avenue from Avenue des Parques to the beach, provides a lovely, peaceful place to stroll. Its lighted banyan trees, historical displays, and memorial to veterans of all service branches make it extra special. Within the City Hall building, there also are two atriums filled with greenery and orchids.

• Public art. Sculptures are sprinkled along the avenue in unexpected places. Watching over the southern corners of Venice Avenue and Nokomis Avenue are two bronze statues—Maria and Sophia. Further down the avenue on the side of the Green Parrot Building is a mural, Healing in the Enchanted Garden, showcasing in wonderful detail area wildlife. The mural accents the lovely walkway from Venice Avenue to Miami Avenue—Founders’ Way which pays tribute to the founders of Venice Hospital. Just west of downtown, the ‘Four Seasons’ statues can be viewed along Venice Avenue. To explore the work of local artists, be sure to check out Tangi & Jess and Venice Island Gallery & Gifts.

• Thirteen historical buildings, including the Schoolcraft Building, the Boussevain Building, the Sarasota Bronx Building, the Nickell Building, Ennes Arcade, the Sanders Building, the Blackburn Building, the Estes Building, the Mohler Building, and the nearby Lord-Higel House. To learn more, pick up a Venice Walking Tour map at Venice MainStreet, 101 West Venice Avenue, Suite 23 or at the information kiosk in Centennial Park. The map also can be viewed online at visitvenicefl.org/historic-walking-tour/.

• More than a dozen dining options. Your tastebuds will delight in all the choices from Italian and Irish cuisine to pub and American fare. And for dessert or a special treat, try a baked-fresh daily French pastry at Croissant & Co.; a scone with Devonshire cream at Upper Crust Cafe and Bakery; a scoop of ice cream at the Venice Avenue Creamery; a cup of gelato at Ciao Gelato; or a quality confection at Kilwins Chocolates of Venice.

• More than forty different shops and boutiques offering a range of products and services, including men and women fashions and accessories, coastal apparel, jewelry, home décor, bath and body products, children’s toys, handmade candles, hammocks, stationery, book and paper conservation, fine wines, olive oils, and financial and accounting services.

• Numerous realty options if you want to make Venice your home.

Bringing Life to John Nolen’s Vision
From the start, city planner John Nolen pictured a walkable, human-scaled small city, with distinct neighborhoods all within strolling distance of a few-blocks-long shopping district along Venice Avenue. The key feature of the Venice plan designated Venice Avenue as a 200-foot boulevard with a 100-foot parkway in the center terminating in a plaza on the beach.

The western portion of this landscaped boulevard is a promenade with a Gulf vista. The boulevard is 120 feet wide in the business section and 200 feet wide in the residential section. From Harbor Drive to Tamiami Trail is the heart of the central business district. The western portion of Venice Avenue with its oak canopy is primarily residential, and includes three Northern Italian-style mansions (at 605, 613, and 625 Venice Avenue West) built in 1926 to house executives of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. Commercial properties also adhered to the design controls to maintain the Northern Italian architectural style and to preserve the visual character of the city.

The Venice Avenue shopping district is full of historical buildings beginning west of Nokomis Avenue.

The Schoolcraft Building (201 West Venice Avenue), built in 1926, had shops on the first floor and apartments on the second. The first floor housed the local telephone switchboard and the Venice Pharmacy. Its exterior is essentially unchanged from its 1926 appearance.

The Boussevain Building (205 West Venice Avenue) was the first commercial building constructed in Venice. Built in 1926 using clay block and brick with steel reinforcements, it housed two retail stores on the first floor and several offices on the second floor. The original retail stores were the Dawson Furniture Company and the Venice Hardware Company. Venice’s first newspaper, the Venice News, had an office on the second floor.

The Sarasota Bronx Building (213, 215, 217 West Venice Avenue) was originally the location of the Shaw Dry Goods Store. Before construction of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in 1939, it housed the Episcopal mission. Later, it was used for a library, dry cleaner, and a hardware store. By 1970, the upper section of the story-and-a-half arched windows were enclosed and a covered walkway was installed.

The Nickell Building (219-221 West Venice Avenue) was first home to Blate’s of Venice Wearing Apparel with two stores on the main floor and four apartments on the second. Later, it housed Rice’s Nestlewood Shop.

Ennes Arcade (225-231 West Venice Avenue), completed in 1927, once housed a hotel, stores, post office, and electric company office. It has two two-story wings, connected by a roofed arcade.

The Sanders Building (247-251 West Venice Avenue), with its original Venetian design, was the second commercial building constructed in Venice. It was originally intended to house a drug store, barber shop, and haberdashery. One of its first tenants was the Rendezvous Tea Shop.

The Blackburn Building (303-305 West Venice Avenue), built in 1926, was designed to house five stores on the ground floor and eight apartments on the second floor. One of the original tenants was a dentist, Dr. George Wheeler.

The Estes Building (307 West Venice Avenue) first housed Venice Stationery, a men’s clothing shop, and a law firm. During the 1940s, it was home to the Venice Gondolier and a radio and television store with a TV in the window for public viewing.

The Mohler Building (311 West Venice Avenue), built in the Northern Italian style, first housed a furniture store and a hardware company. Rental apartments were located on the second floor. Later this building housed the Venice Electric Supply Company and the Venice Tile Company.

The Lord-Higel House, located at 409 Granada Avenue behind Venice City Hall (401 W. Venice Avenue), is the oldest structure in South Sarasota County. Real estate attorney Joseph H. Lord originally built the two-story house in 1896 on 90 acres near Roberts Bay, where he grew citrus. In the early 1900s, citrus grove manager George Higel and his family lived in the house. Acquired by the City of Venice in 2005, the house was moved to its current site and is in the process of being restored. When completed, the first floor of the house will serve as an early settler museum. But even though visitors can’t go inside it yet, the Queen Anne–style home with its wraparound porch still helps paint a picture of what life was like in Venice more than a century ago.

Free Masks for Public Available Downtown

Free Masks for Public Available Downtown

UPDATE: As of 7/9/2020, the majority of masks have been distributed to the public and may no longer be available at the locations listed below.

7/2/2020- Venice MainStreet partnered with the City of Venice Municipal Government to distribute FREE MASKS to the public, while supplies last. One mask per person per visit.

Distribution Locations: 
Café Venice- 101 W. Venice Ave.
Celebration Corner- 303 W. Venice Ave.
Ciao Gelato- 317A W. Venice Ave.
Daiquiri Deck- 300 W. Venice Ave.
DanaTyler- 233 W. Venice Ave.
Dockside Waterfront Grill- 509 N. Tamiami Trail
Down Island Way Boutique- 225 Miami Ave. W. #2
Florida Bike and Beach Rentals- 941-412-1411
Heitel Jewelers- 347 W. Venice Ave.
Island Life Hammock Co.- 329 W. Venice Ave.
Lisa’s Classic Rose- 303B W. Venice Ave.
Luxurious Interiors- 205 W. Venice Ave.
Mother’s Cupboard Spice Shoppe- 208 Miami Ave. W.
Nana’s A Children’s Shop- 223 W. Venice Ave.
Patchington- 136-138 W. Venice Ave.
Sharky’s on the Pier- 1600 Harbor Drive S.
The Artful Gem- 209 Miami W.
The Power of One- 238 W. Tampa Ave. Ave. #258
Things I Like- 307 W. Venice Ave.
Venice in Vogue- 310 W. Venice Ave. #102
Venice Island Gallery- 100A W. Venice Ave.
Venice MainStreet, Inc. Office- 101 W. Venice Ave. #23
Venice Wine & Coffee- 201 W. Venice Ave.

Nokomis Avenue, Nassau Street, and Harbor Drive: Cross Streets Connecting the City Together

Nokomis Avenue, Nassau Street, and Harbor Drive: Cross Streets Connecting the City Together

Nokomis Avenue, Nassau Street, and Harbor Drive provide much more than connection to downtown Venice. They also bring their own special charm to the city with numerous parks and green spaces, beautiful murals and artwork, historical buildings, and a variety of shops.

Did you know? The area is home to:

• Nearly a half dozen parks and green spaces.
Fountain Park along Nokomis Avenue provides a peaceful and serene setting for pedestrians. The park encircles a beautiful fountain adorned with an original art piece, along with color changing lights in the fountain bowl.
Ponce De Leon Park, a triangular parcel along Nassau Street, provides a peaceful landscaped setting with a statue.
Monty Andrews Arboretum at West Blalock Park is an environmental and educational gem. The arboretum holds over 80 species of trees and palms identified with information signs. There also is a Florida-friendly shrub area, butterfly garden, picnic areas, and four life-size animal sculptures of a Florida panther, sea turtle, manatee, and tarpon.
Venezia Park, just south of the arboretum on Nassau Street, is the center of a historical subdivision. It is landscaped with tall, native long-leaf pines, providing shady walkways and a gathering place for the community. It also has three Venetian Lion statues.
Hecksher Park, along Harbor Drive, caters to the sports enthusiasts with its tennis, pickleball, basketball, shuffleboard, and racquetball courts.
– Harbor Drive also is the gateway to Venice’s southern parks and beaches.

• Two beautiful murals and three art galleries. The murals are located along Nassau Street—a coral reef-themed one near the Children’s Fountain in Centennial Park and an interactive one showcasing the spirit of Venice along the wall of Celebration Corner. Collectors Gallery and Framery, Piece By Piece Art Studio, and the Venice Art Center are just three of the galleries in the city’s growing art district, exposing visitors to the vast trove of creatives in South Florida.

• Numerous historical buildings, including Hotel Venice, Triangle Inn, Blalock House, Levillain-Letton House, Sawyer Building, Banyan House, and Venezia Park Historic District.

• Venice’s Community Center, William H. Jervey Jr. Venice Public Library, and Venice Museum & Archives located in the city’s Cultural Campus, offer a wide variety of educational, recreational, and social resources and activities for the community.

• Nearly 20 different businesses offering a range of products and services, including women’s fashions, jewelry, home décor, beauty salon, spas, florist, and financial, accounting, and insurance services.

A Closer Look at Its Historical Buildings

The historical buildings along Nokomis Avenue, Nassau Street, and Harbor Drive illustrate well the style of architecture that city planner John Nolen envisioned for Venice in the 1920s. A number of them also are listed in the US National Register of Historic Places.

• The opening of Hotel Venice (200 N. Nassau Street) in 1926 was an important milestone in turning city planner John Nolen’s vision for Venice into a reality. The main entrance with its welcoming courtyard was built facing west and Nassau Street, which was the first street built in Venice. The courtyard was lined with orange trees which were illuminated with small orange globes woven throughout the branches. From 1933 to 1970 it became part of the campus of the Kentucky Military Institute, which spent its winter sessions in Venice. Today, the building serves as a retirement community, and the spacious lobby and dining room are still furnished with the original inlaid cypress beamed ceilings and terrazzo floors.

The Sawyer Building (south Nassau Street) was constructed in 1926 by Harold W. Sawyer to house his grocery and meat market on the ground floor along with eight offices on the second floor. In 1934, the building was purchased by the First Baptist Church and is still used by the church today.

The Banyan House (519 S. Harbor Drive), built in 1927 in the Northern Italian architectural style for Robert Marvin, the Brotherhood of Locomotive’s real estate manager. The house was built of hollow red clay tile with stucco finish. It has terra cotta, patterned ceramic tile and oak flooring as well as original plastered walls, cypress ceilings, and exposed beams.

• The Blalock House (241 S. Harbor Drive), added to the US National Register of Historic Places in 1989, is a two-story Mediterranean Revival style residence constructed of rough cast stucco over a woodframe.

• The Levillain-Letton House (229 S. Harbor Drive), also listed in the National Register, is a two-story Mediterranean Revival style house constructed of textured stucco over clay tile.

The Triangle Inn (351 S. Nassau Street), featuring a castle-like turret, was constructed in 1927 as a two-story rooming house. After changing hands over the years, the building was acquired by the City of Venice in 1991. The City built a new foundation, moved the building from its original location in the 200 block, and restored the exterior to its 1920s appearance. In 1996, it was entered into the National Register of Historic Places. Today, it is home to the Venice Museum and Archives, which holds a collection of more than 30,000 pieces of historical material relating to Venice, Nokomis, Laurel, and Osprey.

• The Venezia Park Historic District, designed around a large trapezoidal-shaped park, contains 47 historical buildings dating from the 1920s.

To learn more, pick up a Venice Walking Tour map at Venice MainStreet, 101 West Venice Avenue, Suite 23 or at the information kiosk in Centennial Park. The map also can viewed online at visitvenicefl.org.

Christmas in July Downtown Sale July 17-18th

Christmas in July Downtown Sale July 17-18th

July 17th & 18th
10am-4pm

Shop the avenues and beyond! Head to downtown Venice for great summer deals during Venice MainStreet’s annual Christmas in July event. Participants include (but may not be limited to) the following Venice MainStreet Partners:

East Venice Avenue
Big Bam Bikes- 412 E. Venice Ave.

West Venice Avenue (listed in order by location)
Old Venice Pub- 100 W. Venice Ave.
Venice Island Gallery- 100 W. Venice Ave.
Venice Olive Oil Co.- 101 W. Venice Ave.
Bonnell’s Boutique and Winery- 101 W. Venice Ave.
Made In Italy- 117 W. Venice Ave.
Patchington- 136 W. Venice Ave.
Twist- 137 W. Venice Ave.
Eyes on You- 140 W. Venice Ave.
SunBug- 141 W. Venice Ave.
Venice Wine and Coffee Company- 201 W. Venice Ave.
Luxurious Interiors- 205 W. Venice Ave.
southeast salt- 213 W. Venice Ave.
Nana’s A Children’s Shop- 223 W. Venice Ave.
Island Gift Nook- 227 W. Venice Ave.
Dana Tyler- 233 W. Venice Ave.
St. Marco Boutique- 239 W. Venice Ave.
Shirt Stop- 247 W. Venice Ave.
Venice Avenue Creamery- 249 W. Venice Ave.
Dick’s Shoes- 251 W. Venice Ave.
Daiquiri Deck- 300 W. Venice Ave.
Celebration Corner- 303 W. Venice Ave.
Lisa’s Classic Rose- 303B W. Venice Ave.
RE/MAX Platinum Realty Dick and Deborah Miller- 307 W. Venice Ave.
Things I Like- 307 W. Venice Ave.
Tangi & Jess- 310 W. Venice Ave.
Rose & Leo- 310 W. Venice Ave.
Venice In Vogue- 310 W. Venice Ave.
B & B Bootery- 311 W. Venice Ave.
Ciao Gelato- 317 W. Venice Ave.
Croissant & Co.- 323 W. Venice Ave.
Island Life Hammocks- 329 W. Venice Ave.
Heitel Jewlers- 347 W. Venice Ave.

Miami Avenue West (listed in order by location)
The Wild Thang Boutique- 201 W. Miami Ave.
Island Ice- 203 W. Miami Ave.
Art Escape Gallery- 206 W. Miami Ave.
Mother’s Cupboard Spice Shoppe- 208 W. Miami Ave.
The Artful Gem- 209 W. Miami Ave.
DP Fitness & Wellness- 210 W. Miami Ave.
Down Island Way Boutique- 225 W. Miami Ave.
Bodrum- 225 W. Miami Ave.
Needlefish Yarns of Venice- 258 W. Miami Ave.

Nokomis Avenue
Collectors Gallery and Framery- 114 Nokomis Ave.

Just beyond downtown
Clyde Butcher Venice Gallery & Studio- 237 Warfield Ave.
Crow’s Nest- 1968 Tarpon Center Dr.
Elephant’s Trunk- 595 Tamiami Trail S.
Hotel Venezia- 425 US 41 Bypass N.
Sharky’s- 1600 Harbor Dr. S.

East Venice Avenue: Exploring the Area Less Traveled

East Venice Avenue: Exploring the Area Less Traveled

Most people, when spending time in Venice, flock to the downtown area. But for those interested in exploring some of the less traveled areas of the city, check out the east side of Venice Avenue in the historic district.

East Venice Avenue and its surrounding area are home to:
– One of the most important historical sites in Venice, the Train Depot. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Venice train depot was constructed in 1927 by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. It was the last stop on the line of the Seaboard Air Line Railway that extended south from Tampa through Sarasota. It now serves as the southern trailhead of the Legacy Trail, which runs along the railroad’s former right of way. Free docent-led tours are provided by the Venice Area Historical Society. Check the Society’s website veniceareahistoricalsociety.org for dates and times.

– Three green spaces—Legacy Park, Ruscelletto Park, and the Venice Urban Forest. Legacy Park is located across from the Historic Train Depot and has a walking trail that connects to the Venetian Waterway Park and Legacy Trails. It has a shaded train-themed playground with a climbing apparatus and swings. Ruscelletto Park, tucked away off North Grove Street, has a sidewalk for walking and biking around a stormwater pond that is home to numerous water birds and other wildlife. The Urban Forest, a green space between the Seaboard Industrial District and the Intracoastal Waterway, will stretch from the Venice Historic Train Depot to Center Road when completed. The first phase is now finished with the planting of hundreds of trees and the creation of several butterfly gardens.

– Several food and beverage establishments, including bike and sports pubs, offering a variety of cuisine—Thai, European, and American.

– More than a half dozen shops catering to your outdoor pursuits, including charter boats; golf carts; electric bikes; fishing, camping and hiking equipment; and beach supplies.

– Pet-related businesses offering grooming to boarding to fish and aquarium supplies.

– Cultural art enthusiasts providing music instrument rentals and lessons, as well as Clyde Butcher fine art photography, books, and gifts (located just off E. Venice Ave. at 237 Warfield Avenue).

And if that is not enough, the area abuts Seaboard—the beginning of the Industrial District. This area, running parallel to the old railroad tracks, was designated for industrial uses by the town’s first planner John Nolen and has been used for such purposes since the 1920s. Today, it serves as an economic engine, supporting city residents and other businesses. More than 100 businesses operate in this zone, providing an endless array of services—automotive; plumbing; painting; swimming pools; storage; remodeling; water conditioning; window installation; embroidering; personal chef, just to name a few.

Venice MainStreet Partners on West Venice Avenue include:
American Import Auto
Bogey’s Sports Pub
Butterfly Family Chiropractic
H&H Signs
Toale Brothers Funreal Home & Crematory

History, Culture and Businesses Abound on Tampa Avenue

History, Culture and Businesses Abound on Tampa Avenue

Travel back in time with a stroll down Tampa Avenue. It is home to several important historical sites that helped shape the development of Venice: Hotel Venice, San Marco Hotel, and the Orange Blossom Garage. Don’t forget to shop and dine too!

Hotel Venice (present day Venice Center for Independent & Assisted Living located at the corner of Tampa Ave. and Nassau St.) was the first hotel constructed in the city in 1926. Designed in the Italian Renaissance style, the 3-story wood frame building had one hundred luxurious rooms, where potential home buyers could stay when they visited.

The San Marco Hotel (present day San Marco building with businesses and residential units), another 3-story structure built soon after Hotel Venice, offered 13 shops on the ground floor and 92 rooms above. It later became the home of the Kentucky Military Institute from 1933-1970.

The Orange Blossom Garage was built in 1927 to house a gas station, car storage garage, and storefront shops. The strategically located corner building is now home to the Venice Theatre.

Beyond Tampa Avenue’s rich history, visitors can also take in the beautiful murals. On the East facing side of the Venice Theatre is the aptly named Sharing Paradise in Venice by artist BJ Carson. It is accented by a lovely fountain and the tranquil surroundings of Michael Biehl Park. Along the wall of Tampa Ave. East’s Barclay Pharmacy is a Venetian inspired scene. Stunning stained glass windows can be admired at the Epiphany Cathedral on Tampa Ave. West.

Explore and Support Local Businesses
Did you know Tampa Avenue has 30+ businesses?

– More than 10 shops catering to your personal needs and well-being include numerous hair salons, such as Virasana Salon; a barber shop; massage therapy; facials; permanent makeup; teeth whitening services; chiropractic services by Dr. Roderick O’Reilly; and metaphysical services at The Power of One.

– Côté France is a charming French bistro and The Olive Grove of Venice serves fine wines and craft beers. Both are located in the San Marco building. Luna Ristorante, nearby on St. Augustine Ave., offers Italian cuisine.

– Computers and Websites Done Right specializes in IT consulting; computer repair, maintenance, and upgrades; website design; and social media marketing services.

– For your entertaining needs, Chef Lisa at Hosted Gourmet offers catering services, cooking classes, and private dining experiences.

– Tampa Ave. also offers an art gallery, an antique shop, and an interior design service.

Compass Property Management, The Rental Company of Venice, and West Coast Realty of Venice can help you navigate local real estate and rental markets.

Tampa Avenue: Early Catalyst for City Growth

The construction of the San Marco Hotel not only enhanced the city’s hotel capacity, but also its retail space. Built with steel-reinforced, concrete block, it was one of the strongest structures in the city. In 1932, the empty hotel was leased to the Kentucky Military Institute (KMI) for use as its winter headquarters. The first floor was used for classrooms and the upper floors for cadet living quarters. The building is now filled with specialty shops on the ground floor and condominiums on the other floors. An exhibit honoring the nearly 40-year history of the KMI, with various memorabilia—photographs, personal letters, and uniforms, will be completed in 2020.

The Orange Blossom Garage, originally servicing the city’s automobile needs, was used in the 1930s by KMI as an armory, chapel, and arena to hold exhibition basketball games, a focal point of the community. In 1972, the building was purchased by the community-based Venice Little Theatre organization and remodeled as a performance venue. In 2008, the Venice Little Theatre became the Venice Theatre, which is now the largest per capita  community theatre in the United States.

To learn more, pick up a Venice Walking Tour map at Venice MainStreet, 101 West Venice Avenue, Suite 23 or at the information kiosk in Centennial Park. The map also can viewed online at visitvenicefl.org.

Support Local Venice Restaurants: Order Take Out or Dine In

Support Local Venice Restaurants: Order Take Out or Dine In

Please note that this list may change as restaurants adapt to changing guidelines for reopening in the state of Florida. Dining capacity may be limited, so call to inquire if reservations are needed.

Abby’s on Miami
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out
220 W. Miami Ave.
941-484-5187
www.abbysonmiami.com

Angelo’s Italian Market & Restaurant
Open for dining but call for reservations; curbside pick up available
850 Pinebrook Road
941-484-6864
www.angelositalianmarket.com

Bodrum Mediterranean Restaurant
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, order online take out; gift cards available
225 Miami Avenue West, Suite 5
(941) 412-0090
bodrumfl.com

Bogey’s of Venice
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out
652 East Venice Ave.
941-488-9156
www.bogeys.tv

BrewBurgers (on the Island)
Open: dine in, order online take out; also offering FREE delivery from this location; gift cards available
525 S. Tamiami Trail
941-786-3341
www.brewburgers.com

British Pub Open
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, online order take out available
367 Jacaranda Blvd.
941-492-9227
www.britishopenpub.com

Burgundy Square Cafe
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out
227 W. Miami Ave.
941-451-8261
www.burgundysquarecafe.net

Cafe Longet
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, reservations recommended; online order take out available
239 Miami Avenue W
941-244-2643
www.cafelonget.com

Cafe Venice
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out; gift cards available
116 W. Venice Ave.
941-484-1855
cafevenicerestauranrandbar.com

Cassariano
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out; gift cards available
313 West Venice Avenue
941-786-1000
cassariano.com

Ciao Gelato
Open: outdoor seating, take out
317A W. Venice Ave.
941-445-5840
www.facebook.com/gelatociao

Côté France French Bistro
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out and delivery
218 Tampa Ave. W.
Venice, FL 34285
941-681-6049
cotefrancevenice.com

Croissant & Co.
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out and delivery available; gift cards available
323 W. Venice Ave.
941-480-1700
www.croissantandcovenice.com

Crows Nest Restaurant and Marina
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out; gift cards available
1968 Tarpon Center Dr.
941-484-9551
crowsnest-venice.com

Daiquiri Deck (Island of Venice)
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out; gift cards available
300 W Venice Ave.
(941) 488-0649
daiqirideck.com

Darrell’s Restaurant
Open: dine in, take out
215 S. Tamiami Trail
941-485-9900
www.darrellsrestaurant.net

Dockside Waterfront Grill
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out
509 N. Tamiami Trail
941-218-6418
docksidewaterfrontgrill.com

Fins
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out; reservations recommended; gift cards available
1600 S. Harbor Drive
941-999-3467
www.finsatsharkys.com

Flapjack’s Cafe
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out
810 E. Venice Ave.
941-480-1020
www.flapjackscafe.com

Gold Rush BBQ
Open: dine in or carry out; gift cards available
661 S. Tamiami Trail
941-483-3137
www.goldrushbbq.com

Island Coffee (Venice Island Coffee)
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out
200 W. Miami Ave.
941-485-6789
www.veniceislandcoffee.com

Island Organics
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out; e-Gift cards available
231 W. Miami Ave.
941-484-3565
www.islandorganicssmoothie.com

Jetty Jack’s
Open: outdoor seating, takeout available
2000 Tarpon Center Drive
941-915-5172
jetty-jacks.com

Kilwins  Chocolates of Venice
207 W. Venice Ave.
941-485-5900
www.kilwins.com

Kona Ice
Truck is making stops in the Venice area
941-221-1857
Kurbside Kona prepay:  https://kurbsidekona.com?id=2323
kona-ice.com

Made in Italy
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, takeout; gift cards available
117 W. Venice Ave.
941-488-8282
www.madeinitaly-venice.com

Ristorante San Marco
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out; gift cards available
305 B W Venice Ave
www.sanmarcovenice.com

Shark Bites Deli
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out; gift cards available
1740 E. Venice Ave. #19
941-244-2863
www.sharkbitesdeli.com

Sharky’s on the Pier
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out; gift cards available
1600 S. Harbor Drive
941-488-1456
www.sharkysonthepier.com

Sharky’s Snack Shack
Food truck open Tuesdays through Sundays from 12pm to 7pm
Wellfield Park parking lot
www.sharkysonthepier.com

Snook Haven
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, order online, take out; gift cards available
5000 E Venice Ave.
941-485-7221
www.snookhaven.com

The Soda Fountain & Vinnie’s Pizzeria
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out
349 W. Venice Ave.
941-488-7600
www.sodafountainofvenice.com

T.J. Carney’s
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out
231 W Venice Ave.
(941) 480-9244
tjcarneys.com

Trattoria da Mino
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out
335 W. Venice Ave.
866-863-6633
www.trattoriadamino.com

Upper Crust Cafe & Bakery
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out
213 W Venice Ave Unit A
941-244-0430
uppercrustvenice.com

Venice Avenue Creamery
Open: dine in, outdoor benches, take out
249 W. Venice Ave.
941-488-0332
www.facebook.com/veniceavenuecreamery

Venice Wine & Coffee
Open: dine in, outdoor seating, take out
201 W. Venice Ave.
941-484-3667
www.venicewineandcoffeecompany.com

Yummies Donuts & BBQ
BBQ only for take out; opening soon after renovations; gift cards available
2001 S Tamiami Trail
941-493-7170
https://yummiesdonuts.com/bbq

The Zebra Lounge (Wine & Piano Bar)
Open: dine in, take out, curbside
217 Miami Ave. W.
941-445-5236
thezebraloungefl.com


TAKE OUT/DELIVERY SERVICES:

Venice MainStreet Partner Restaurants Available on BiteSquad.com:
Angleos Italian Market & Restaurant
BrewBurgers
Flapjack’s Cafe
Gold Rush BBQ
Shark Bites Deli
Trattoria Da Mino
Venice Island Coffee

Venice MainStreet Partner Restaurants Available on DoorDash.com:
BrewBurgers
Gold Rush BBQ
Island Organics
Made In Italy
Trattoria Da Mino
Yummies Donuts and BBQ

Venice MainStreet Partner Restaurants Available on GrubHub.com:
BrewBurgers
Trattoria da Mino
Yummie’s Donuts & BBQ

Venice MainStreet Partner Restaurants Available on UberEats.com
BrewBurgers
Cassariano Italian Eatery
Crow’s Nest
Made in Italy
Trattoria da Mino

Welcome New MainStreet Business Partner Puttin’ on the Ritz Island Style Salon and Spa

Welcome New MainStreet Business Partner Puttin’ on the Ritz Island Style Salon and Spa

Puttin’ on the Ritz Island Style Salon and Spa: Catering to Your Beauty Needs

Puttin’ on the Ritz Salon offers a wide variety of services to meet your beauty needs, including full license cosmetology, massage therapy, facials, body wraps, waxing, manicures and pedicures. The salon also features CND Shellac gel polish, Botanical Keratin treatments, and brands such as Amika, BKT, Marrakesh and organic line Onesta. Puttin’ on the Ritz Island Style Salon and Spa is located at 205 Nokomis Avenue South; 941-488-6650; Hours of operation—Monday 10-3; Tuesday 9-7; Wednesday-Friday 9-5; Saturday 9-3.

Welcome New MainStreet Business Partner, The Boutique by the Beach

Welcome New MainStreet Business Partner, The Boutique by the Beach

The Boutique by the Beach: Carrying Something for Everyone

The Boutique by the Beach offers an array of beautiful coastal interior items from wall art to glasswork to pottery to mermaid-themed products, many created by local artists. The shop carries beautiful clothing designs for Florida life as well as unique jewelry and accessories. The owners also make handmade tables, clocks, bath products, and nautical charts, framed in over 100 year-old barnwood. Most recently, the shop added face masks to its stylish fashions. The Boutique by the Beach is located at 237 West Venice Avenue; 941-488-3830; Hours of operation—Monday-Thursday 10-6; Friday-Saturday 10-8.