Venice MainStreet on the Suncoast View

Venice MainStreet on the Suncoast View

Venice MainStreet’s CEO, Kara Morgan, highlighted our upcoming Christmas in July event this week on ABC7’s Suncoast View (aired on 7/10/24). Downtown Venice businesses including Krystyna’s Designs, Venice Olive Oil Company and Lisa’s Classic Rose were featured in the segment to entice viewers to shop great deals during this fun event on Friday, July 12th and Saturday, July 13th from 10am to 4pm.

Venice MainStreet is so grateful to ABC7 for its continued support and for inviting Kara for her 20th appearance on the show to promote local, small businesses! 

CLICK HERE to watch video courtesy of WWSB ABC7 Suncoast View.

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Welcome, Sarasota County Croquet Club!

Welcome, Sarasota County Croquet Club!

Thank you, Sarasota County Croquet Club, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Nonprofit Partner! It is the largest public croquet club in the country and was founded in 2000 by Jackie Jones, a leading female croquet player for many years in the U.S. The Club continues to grow and thrive with the vital ongoing support of Sarasota County and the City of Venice. The Club always welcomes new members and offers affordable membership dues.

Every Tuesday morning, the Sarasota County Croquet Club offers free instruction from 9:30AM until 11AM (8:30AM to 10AM in the summer; please check the website calendar), plus the opportunity to play social golf croquet with members from 1-3PM that afternoon. Mallet provided. Non-members may come twice for free to see if croquet is for you!

Sarasota County Croquet Club
Club’s lawn location: 1400 Lucaya Ave, Venice, Florida 34285
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Welcome, The Joe Factor Furniture & More!

Welcome, The Joe Factor Furniture & More!

Thank you, The Joe Factor Furniture and More, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Business Partner! It is one of the largest new and pre-owned furniture stores in the area, featuring fine furniture, unique décor and accessories. “We carry everything you need to furnish your entire home – all at affordable prices!”

The Joe Factor Furniture and More
595 S Tamiami Trail, Venice, Florida 34285 (located on the island)
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Welcome, Sunny Jams & Infusions!

Welcome, Sunny Jams & Infusions!

Thank you, Sunny Jams & Infusions, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Business Partner! Explore Sunny’s homemade assortment of fruit jams, low carb jams and olive oil infusions. Gift baskets are also available!

About Sunny
Hello friends,
I am Sunny Carrandi, of Sunny Jams & Infusions, residing in the enchanting city of Venice since 2017. I have embarked on a delightful journey of crafting homemade fruit jams and olive oil infusions through my small cottage business operating from home.

I offer a variety of flavors for my fruit jams, perfect for those with a sweet tooth who are mindful of their health and weight. All my jams are made with raw honey instead of sugar. For those with sugar concerns, I provide low-carb options made with coconut sugar or chia seeds—you choose!

My homemade fruit jams are fresh and prepared on demand. When customers place an order, I purchase the fruits according to the flavors they select. The preparation process takes one day, with packaging and shipping occurring the next day if the order is outside Venice, expecting delivery within 2 business days. For local customers, delivery happens the very next day after preparation, with a delivery fee of $5. Payments are accepted through Zelle, PayPal, or Venmo.

If you’re interested in placing an order you can do it through my website, alternatively, you can reach out through my social media channels, and expect a response within 24 hours. I’ll gladly take your order or answer any questions you might have. As a local business in Venice, I deliver throughout Florida via USPS.

### Jams
Delight in flavors like Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry, and Blackberry, or enjoy the tropical taste of Mango, Nectarine, and Grapes. Savor the zest of Orange, the creaminess of Mamey, and the familiarity of Apple. Perfect for spreading on toast, mixing into yogurt, or filling pastries, our jams elevate every culinary experience. Try our handcrafted low-carb jams for a guilt-free, flavorful treat.

**Ingredients I use:**
1. Organic Fruits
2. Raw honey
3. Coconut sugar or Chia Seeds for low-carb options
4. Lemon
5. Fruit Pectin

### Olive Oil Infusions
Indulge in the artisanal allure of our homemade Olive Oil Infusions, meticulously crafted to elevate your culinary creations. Our selection boasts a tantalizing array of flavors, each meticulously infused to perfection. Dive into the savory symphony of our Herbaceous blend, a harmonious fusion of fresh herbs that awaken the senses with every drizzle. Explore the robust essence of our Garlic Medley infusion, where the pungent allure of garlic intertwines with the smooth richness of olive oil, promising a culinary experience like no other. Elevate your dishes with our premium Olive Oil Infusions, where every bottle embodies the essence of homemade excellence.

Best Regards,
Sunny Carrandi
Food Entrepreneur

Promise Yourself:
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

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Welcome, Laurel Civic Association!

Welcome, Laurel Civic Association!

Thank you, Laurel Civic Association, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Nonprofit Partner! Laurel Civic builds strong foundations through programs that empower children and families to lead successful lives. Each year, its provide services to more than 1,000 adults and 500 children, generating measurable results that help empower families, youth, and communities.

In 1969, local volunteers, led by community activist Sandra Sims Terry, formed Laurel Civic Association to bring much needed development to the Laurel area. Their actions brought water to homes, lights to streets, affordable housing to empty lots and changes that helped develop the area.

More than fifty years later, Laurel Civic still works to provide development to the community, but instead of roads and lights, the focus is on innovative programming for children and adults to help them meet challenges now and offer opportunities for the future. Laurel Civic has grown to serve all of Sarasota County, with an emphasis on South County.

Youth Programs
Focus on the need for equal educational and societal opportunities for all. 
– Food for children so they are not hungry, and can concentrate on other priorities like school work.
– Support with homework so they can learn in a welcoming and safe environment.
– Positive social experiences so they respect themselves and others, and learn confidence through achievement.
– Youth Empowerment, Teen Empowerment, Growing Strong STEMs, Afterschool Academic Program, and summer reading programs

Adult Programs
Disenfranchised adults may need help to meet life’s challenges. Laurel Civic provides access to services to prevent hunger and homelessness and empower families to learn skills that lead to self-sufficiency. In addition to financial assistance, today’s families need social, academic, and nutritional help. A 2-Generation approach ensures children and adults receive the prevention and/or intervention services they require.
– Support for low-income families with resources to prevent homelessness.
– Bi-monthly client choice food distributions. USDA food available.
– Assistance with utility and rental bills, and budget management instruction.
– Job training
– Computer access and guidance to apply for government programs like food stamps, Medicaid, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
– Financial literacy programs

Laurel Civic Association
(941) 483-3338

509 Collins Road
Laurel, FL 34275

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 511
Laurel, FL 34272

Community Links

City of Venice website
News Posts
SeeClickFix- Venice Connect (report issues)

Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources
Sarasota County Government
Sarasota County Libraries     

Alert Sarasota County
City of Venice 2024 Hurricane Guide
Sarasota County Emergency Management
Know Your Evacuation Level (interactive flood map, Sarasota County) 

East Venice Avenue
Miami Avenue
Miami Ave- Merchants’ Facebook page
Nokomis Ave., Nassau St. & Harbor Dr.
Tampa Avenue
West Venice Avenue        

Art and culture
Beaches, parks and attractions
City of Venice calendar
Community events calendar
Explore the downtown district
Historic walking tour
Interactive map of Venice
Kids activities downtown
Parking, biking trails, local parks maps
Venice Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Guide
Venice MainStreet- Facebook
Venice MainStreet’s Signature Events
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3 Bridges Brewing to host downtown Venice Brew Fest

3 Bridges Brewing to host downtown Venice Brew Fest

Thank you, 3 Bridges Brewing, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Business Partner! This local brewery is kicking off its 1st Annual Venice Brew Fest on May 18, 2024 in Centennial Park from 12pm to 4pm. From seasoned aficionados to casual enthusiasts, the Venice Brew Fest offers something for everyone, with a wide array of styles and flavors to explore. Each brewery represented at the festival has been invited because of its commitment to quality and creativity. Enjoy local food truck and eatery tents, 15+ taps, special tastings from select brewers, and live music. VIP tickets and General Admission tickets are available. For more information, visit

About 3 Bridges Brewing
Nestled in the picturesque coastal town of Venice, Florida, 3 Bridges Brewing stands as a beacon for craft beer enthusiasts and casual sippers alike. After a long-standing home in “Off The Wagon” Restaurant, owners Scott & Corey Harper and their incredible Team opened their flagship location in late 2023.

With its name inspired by the iconic bridges that connect the community, this brewery embodies the spirit of connection, creativity, and local pride. 3 Bridges Brewing is more than just a brewery; it’s a gathering place where the art of craft beer is celebrated and shared among friends, family, and visitors.

At 3 Bridges Brewing, each batch of beer is crafted with meticulous attention to detail, showcasing a blend of traditional techniques and innovative flavors that cater to a wide range of palates. The brewery prides itself on using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, reflecting its commitment to supporting the local economy and reducing its environmental footprint. From hoppy IPAs and smooth stouts to seasonal specials and experimental brews, the selection at 3 Bridges Brewing is designed to surprise and delight even the most discerning beer aficionados.

The brewery’s taproom is a warm, welcoming space that invites guests to unwind and enjoy their beer selections in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. With a focus on community and a passion for craft beer, 3 Bridges Brewing hosts a variety of events each week, including live music, corn hole matches, local arts & crafts and more, making it a vibrant hub for locals and visitors alike.

Whether you’re a longtime resident of Venice or just passing through, 3 Bridges Brewing offers a taste of the local craft beer scene that’s not to be missed.

3 Bridges Brewing
1765 S Tamiami Trail , Venice, FL 34293
Website coming soon!
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Venice Brew Fest, 5/18/24
Centennial Park, 200 West Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285

Chef Jeff of San Marco of Venice featured on Suncoast View

Chef Jeff of San Marco of Venice featured on Suncoast View

Chef Jeff from San Marco of Venice was featured on ABC7 WWSB’s Suncoast View on April 25th, 2024. He showed viewers how to make his delicious Chicken Scaloppini and shared the news of his restaurant’s new expansion, which added a full bar space. You can enjoy the San Marco’s tasty dishes and cocktails in Historic Downtown Venice at 305 W Venice Avenue Unit B, Venice, FL 34285. Reservations can be made at 941-800-7280.

To watch the video, CLICK HERE.

Welcome, Venice Island Vibes!

Welcome, Venice Island Vibes!

Thank you, Venice Island Vibes, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Business Partner! “Feel the vibes” at this fun and colorful downtown Venice souvenir and apparel shop.

Venice Island Vibes
337 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285
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“Tasting Away Again” Margaritas and more in May cocktail challenge

“Tasting Away Again” Margaritas and more in May cocktail challenge

And the winner is…..

Congratulations to San Marco of Venice for winning First Place in the Tasting Away Again in Venice tequila cocktail contest for its Blackberry Pineapple Margarita! A Second Place tie was between BrewBurgers Back Porch and T.J. Carney’s. Third place went to Shuck-N-Ale.

Thank you to everyone who supported these and the other participating restaurants by taking on the challenge and visiting six or more locations. We look forward to bringing you another fun cocktail challenge later this year!

Watch how each of the cocktails were made: CLICK HERE FOR VIDEOS



Join us for our next cocktail contest, “Tasting Away Again in Venice!” Venice MainStreet is excited to share this promotion with our community and support our local restaurants!

Participating Venice MainStreet partner restaurants (listed below) are competing for the BEST TEQUILA DRINK! From May 1, 2024 to May 31, 2024*, try six (6) or more different restaurants’ signature Tequila cocktail and collect a coupon from each to redeem for one (1) free t-shirt, vote for your favorite Tequila cocktail and get entered to win restaurant gift cards. Enjoy this fun promotion and please drink responsibly!

Abby’s on Miami– 220 Miami Ave W, Venice, FL 34285
BrewBurgers Back Porch– 545 Tamiami Trail South, Venice, FL 34285
Cafe Venice– 101 West Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285
Daiquiri Deck Venice– 300 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285
Fins at Sharky’s– 1600 Harbor Dr S, Venice, FL 34285
Made in Italy– 117 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285
Pop’s Sunset Grill– 112 Circuit Rd, Nokomis, FL 34275
San Marco of Venice– 305 W Venice Ave Unit B, Venice, FL 34285
Shuck-N-Ale– 648 S Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34285
TJ Carney’s– 231 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285

Cocktails from participating locations must be purchased on or before Friday, May 31, 2024. Enter your 6 or more coupon tickets no later than 5pm on Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at the Venice MainStreet office. Hours of weekday operation are posted below. If a t-shirt is not available in your size, one will be ordered and made available to you for pick up at our office at a later date. The gift card drawings will also take place after May 31, 2024 and winners will be notified via phone call and/or email.

Downtown Venice: 101 West Venice Ave. Suite 23 (on second floor), Venice, FL 34285
Open: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm, unless otherwise posted on the office door.
Closed: Saturdays, Sundays and holidays