Welcome, Calvary Chapel Venice!

Welcome, Calvary Chapel Venice!

Thank you, Calvary Chapel Venice, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Nonprofit Partner! Calvary Chapel Venice is a “Christ centered Bible based church. The mission of Calvary Chapel Venice is the same mission Jesus gave his followers: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matt 28:19-20).” Sunday Services are at 10:00am (available in person or on live streaming).

Calvary Chapel Venice
602 Albee Farm Road North
Nokomis, FL 34275
(941) 488-7773

Welcome, Venice East Golf Course!

Welcome, Venice East Golf Course!

The Venice East Golf Course, established in 1961, offers great rates, public leagues, lessons, as well as a clubhouse and driving range. Memberships are available: a Proprietary Certificate (PC), which is an equity membership; and an Associate Membership. Both memberships offer unlimited golf and reduced cart fees along with tee time priority, and enjoyment of league and scramble events. 

Venice East Golf Course
107 Venice East Blvd.
Venice, Florida 34293

CLICK HERE for rates and hours.

Welcome, Florez Martial Arts Academy!

Welcome, Florez Martial Arts Academy!

Florez Martial Arts Academy offers a complete curriculum in Hapkido Martial Arts for adults and children. Hapkido translates as “The Way of Harmonizing the Energy”, redirecting any attack and using the entire body for join control. Hapkido originated in Korea and is one of worlds most powerful, useful and unique Martial Arts ever in modern history. It was developed during Silla dynasty (B.C. 57 – A.D. 935) before the dynasty united the three kingdoms in the Korean peninsula.

Instructor Miguel Florez currently holds in Hapkido a Sabom-nim rank having over 16 years of comprehensive experience in Sinmoo Hapkido Ryong Moo Kwan and weapons as a direct student from Sabomnim In W. Kim. Sabom Florez has been practicing Hapkido since 2005. In addition to Hapkido, Sabom Florez is also versed in Okinawan Karate Goju Ryu in which he has been practicing since 1986.

Florez Martial Arts Academy
712 Shamrock Blvd.
Venice, Florida 34293

Welcome, Tamiami Amateur Radio Club!

Welcome, Tamiami Amateur Radio Club!

Thank you, Tamiami Amateur Radio Club, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Nonprofit Partner! First organized in 1960, the Tamiami Amateur Radio Club now has more than 100 members engaged in the active pursuit of the amateur radio hobby. The club makes use of new DMR technology, which allows seasonal members to keep in touch with the local, full-time club members here in Venice.

The club has been a proud affiliate of the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) since 1963. Some members are certified Volunteer Examiners (VEs). The club sponsors a monthly FCC license testing session on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 10 am. Club membership is open to all ham radio operators and to those who want to become ham radio operators. Monthly club meetings are held at Venice Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 825 The Rialto, Venice 34285 on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7 PM.

P.O. Box 976
Nokomis, FL 34274

Welcome, Blue Breaks Sports Cards & Hobby Shop!

Welcome, Blue Breaks Sports Cards & Hobby Shop!

Thank you, Blue Breaks Sports Cards & Hobby Shop, for joining Venice MainStreet! Blue Breaks offers over 80,000 singles, supplies, new wax and more. Whether you have a few minutes or hours, you will have fun browsing the collectibles. They are the only Topps MVP and Upper Deck Certified Diamond Dealer store in the area. Enjoy coming out to one of the Trade Nights, sell, trade or exchange and meet fellow sports fans. 

1213 US 41 Bypass S
Venice, Florida 34285
(941) 837-2429

Welcome, Our Mother’s House!

Welcome, Our Mother’s House!

Thank you, Our Mother’s House, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Nonprofit Partner! Our Mother’s House of Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice, Inc. has provided transitional housing to homeless mothers and their children since 1987. The program’s mission is to offer single mothers and their preschool-age children a safe and secure environment to achieve increased self-sufficiency through education, vocational training, and personal growth.

Our Mother’s House provides shelter and guidance for single mothers and their children who would otherwise be homeless. Children attend Early Head Start while mothers are in school or working. Mothers work toward self-sufficiency and work closely with case managers to reach their established goals. They also attend weekly life skills classes, such as parenting, self-esteem, nutrition, and financial literacy. In addition, mothers agree to follow house rules and regulations, follow their care plan, attend house meetings, and accept communal responsibilities.

Child Care
Our Mother’s House and Children First of Sarasota County partner to provide a Early Head Start program for the resident children. The licensed and certified program ensures the children are ready to enter the public school system. Children also receive daily breakfast, lunch, and snacks while in school.

Our Mother’s House welcomes volunteers. Volunteers are needed for assistance with childcare, maintenance, fundraising, and administration. Please consider giving your time to this worthy program.

P. O. Box 2240
Venice, FL 34284

Explore Local History

There are so many fun ways to discover local Venice history! Here are some great options to explore.


Historic Downtown Venice Self-Guided Tour
Online map available HERE
Pick up a printed map at the Centennial Park Information Kiosk at 200 West Venice Avenue
or at the Venice MainStreet Office at 101 West Venice Ave. Suite 23, Venice, FL 34285.


Historic Venice Train Depot

Explore on your own or take a docent-led tour of the historic 1927 Venice Train Depot. Tours are offered by the Venice Area Historical Society (please check website for tour details). Explore the adjacent Rollins W. Coakley Railroad Park with its statue of the famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus animal trainer, Gunther Gebel Williams; a restored caboose, donated by CSX Corporation; and restored Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Train Car (new exhibit in 2023). Located at 303 East Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285.

Kentucky Military Institute display at San Marco Building
Visitors to the historic San Marco on Tampa Avenue can enjoy a display honoring the legacy of the Kentucky Military Institute (KMI) in Venice. Funded by the KMI Alumni Association, in partnership with the Venice Centre Association and its collection, it includes memorabilia, photographs and a documentary on the fascinating history of the military school in Venice from 1933 to 1970. 
238 Tampa Avenue West, Venice, FL 34285
Learn more about the San Marco

Lord-Higel House
Constructed in 1896 by Joseph Lord, the Lord-Higel House is the second oldest house in Sarasota County.
409 Granada Ave., Venice, FL 34285


Sarasota County Auto Tours

The Sarasota County Centennial Committee is pleased to announce the release of its auto tours available on a free app. Explore Sarasota County’s notable landmarks and places of interest.
As you travel from place to place we’ll take you back in time. Hear the stories and see the sights that are part of the colorful history of Sarasota County, Florida. Audio narration and travel directions will trigger automatically as you drive (with GPS location services enabled on your phone). Auto Tours include the following: BAYFRONT, BEE RIDGE, COURTHOUSE AREA, DOWNTOWN/5 POINTS, ENGLEWOOD, 
Narrated history tour download available HERE

Venice Museum & Archives

Located in the historic Triangle Inn listed on National Register of Historic Places. Docent-led tours available. 
Current Exhibits:
Florida Modern: The Sarasota School of Architecture in Venice, February 5, 2024- January 15, 2025
Rediscover Floridaland, October 9, 2023 through July 31, 2024
351 Nassau Street South, Venice, FL 34285
(941) 486-2487


Venice Quest Scavenger Hunt

Presented by Venice Area Chamber of Commerce. Download free Scavify App at Google Play or AppStore. Hunt themes include:
– History
– Arts & Culture
– Downtown/Venice Beach Walk
– Young at Heart
– Shark Spotting
– Search for Fairy Doors
– Venice Public Library Centennial Quest


Sarasota Suncoast Tours/ Key Culinary Tours
Offers Sarasota County area ghost tours, family adventure tours, private group sightseeing trolley or mini bus tours, and food tours. Venice tours include International Wine Walk Tour, Historic Venice Culinary Tour and Shark’s Teeth & More Family Adventure.




Architectural Walking Tours

Offered by Venice Museum & Archives
Seasonal walking tours (typically January through April) 

Explore historic neighborhoods and architecture on Venice island led by Architectural Historian, Sebastian Liseo.


Venice Florida Tours
Offers Venice history walking, bicycling, ghost tours, as well as tours by golf cart. Private tours are also available upon request.


Shop Venice Online

Shop Venice Online

ShopVeniceFL.com is a one-stop online shop with all your favorite Venice, Florida products. Whether you’re a local, a seasonal resident, or someone who vacationed here and loved a product from one of the Downtown Venice businesses – we have a wide variety of products and experiences just for you! Venice MainStreet’s commemorative brick orders and art festival poster orders are also now available on ShopVeniceFL.com. We are continually adding more businesses’ and nonprofits’ products, so check back on the website often! Shop Local, Shop Venice.

Interested in being an online vendor?
Are you a Venice area business or nonprofit organization and want to reach a broader market with your products, services, or fundraiser items? Let Venice MainStreet help you make the leap into the online marketplace. It’s affordable and easy! You can view our Terms of Use HERE. Please contact Venice MainStreet for more information.


Kara Morgan, CEO Venice MainStreet

FantaSea Venice Auction is April 1, 2023

FantaSea Venice Auction is April 1, 2023

These are the last few weeks to catch FantaSea Venice in downtown Venice and around town. The mermaids and seahorses will be removed in early March 2023 and taken to the Venice Art Center (390 Nokomis Ave. South, Venice, FL 34285) to be on display there until March 30th.

The FantaSea Venice Auction is April 1st, when one of these 52 fun and beautiful mermaids or seahorses could be yours! For tickets to the in-person auction at the Venice Yacht Club (1330 Tarpon Center Drive, Venice, FL 34285) contact the Venice Art Center at 941-485-7136. Bidding is also available online CLICK HERE.

Matches Strengthen Launch of Nonprofit Earned-Income Plans

Matches Strengthen Launch of Nonprofit Earned-Income Plans

Posted on February 09, 2023 by The Patterson Foundation

The Patterson Foundation has matched $187,500 total in investments into four earned-income plans created by regional nonprofits participating in Margin & Mission Ignition. The matches strengthened fundraising efforts toward the startup costs of the earned-income plans developed by each organization through the 30-month process to help nonprofits build organizational capacity, boost revenue and strengthen mission impact.

Since 2015, Margin & Mission Ignition has helped nonprofits in our region adopt and implement earned-income strategies, allowing them to build entrepreneurial capacity and generate revenue that increases their opportunities to serve the community. During the 30-month process, participating nonprofits work with No Margin, No Mission, a social enterprise and national consulting firm engaged by The Patterson Foundation, to create and launch a new or expanded revenue stream aligned with their mission and work while learning and applying entrepreneurial principles.

“The ingenuity interwoven throughout all four of these earned-income plans is a reflection of each organization’s commitment to strengthening their capacity to serve our region for the long-term,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “Their entrepreneurial spirit inspired investors to fund the creation of revenue streams that can help sustain their operations and ability to do more good for more of us.”

The matches covered up to 50 percent of the startup costs outlined in each organization’s earned-income plan, which catalyzed investments from other donors. Through these investments, the four participating organizations were able to launch or expand the following services:

Charlotte County Homeless Coalition: Opened a newly expanded location for their Fabulous Finds Re-Sale Shop & Unique Boutique with a significantly larger selling floor, more space to receive donated goods, and an enhanced selection of resale merchandise and offerings. Most importantly, 100 percent of the net proceeds go back to supporting the mission of its programs and services.

Resilient Retreat: Launched The Retreat Sarasota, a new venue rental business for those who wish to host events, retreats, parties, weddings, special family gatherings, and more in state-of-the-art facilities located on lush property that spans 85 acres. All proceeds benefit Resilient Retreat’s mission to help survivors of abuse, first responders, and helping professionals to heal the impacts of trauma on the mind, body, and spirit.

Selah Freedom: Launched Selah Consulting to provide training, consulting, technical assistance, and actionable solutions to organizations that wish to replicate the Selah Freedom model while developing programs designed to end sex trafficking and bring freedom to the exploited. Proceeds support the mission of Selah Freedom to bring solutions to survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation.

Venice MainStreet: Launched Shop Venice Mainstreet Online, a one-stop virtual marketplace that allows customers (including locals, seasonal residents, vacationers, and others) to shop the virtual streets and unique stores located in Downtown Venice, Florida 24/7/365. Proceeds support the mission of Venice Main Street to preserve and enhance the character, beauty, and economic vitality of historic Downtown Venice.

Margin & Mission Ignition is part of The Patterson Foundation’s Nonprofit Thrivability initiative. This initiative connects nonprofits with expertise and resources to learn concepts such as strategic decision-making while adopting and implementing entrepreneurial principles to generate enough revenue to support and eventually grow their operations.

Learn more about Margin & Mission Ignition, or join the conversation using on social media.