Thank you, Pop’s Sunset Grill, for joining!

Thank you, Pop’s Sunset Grill, for joining!

Venice MainStreet is happy to welcome Pop’s Sunset Grill as a Business Partner! Pop’s Sunset Grill is one of the Gulf Coast’s favorite “Old Florida” waterfront dining landmarks – well loved by locals and tourists alike for its casual atmosphere and fresh local fare. Enjoy the waterfront bar and dining, indoor bar and dining, tiki bar, fire pit tables, and courtyard. Relax and take in the view of all the action on the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway while enjoying a nice meal or refreshing beverage. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

Pop’s Sunset Grill
112 Circuit Road
Nokomis, Florida 34275
(941) 488-3177

Welcome, Engel & Völkers Suncoast!

Welcome, Engel & Völkers Suncoast!

Venice MainStreet is excited to welcome Engel & Völkers Suncoast to our district! Its real estate office is situated in the historic Burgundy Square building on the Island of Venice at 201 Miami Avenue West. Owned and managed by Victoria Stultz, a longtime, proven real estate veteran with over twenty-one years of experience. The Victoria Stultz team is excited to have partnered with Engel & Völkers, one of the world’s leading service companies specializing in luxury residential real estate with over 12,000 real estate advisors in more than 800 brokerages spanning over 30 countries. 

Engel & Völkers Suncoast
201 Miami Avenue W.
Venice, Florida 34285

Thank you, Kimal Lumber, for joining!

Thank you, Kimal Lumber, for joining!

Venice MainStreet is happy to welcome Kimal Lumber as a Business Partner! Established in 1981, Kimal Lumber is located in Nokomis, Englewood and Sarasota, Florida. It’s your one-stop lumber and hardware shop. Let their experts help you with your next project and/or building material or tool purchase. 

Kimal Lumber has also partnered with many local organizations over the years, establishing a consistent, dedicated history and reputation of donating whatever they can to local schools, scouts, non-profit organizations and preservation projects. Kimal Lumber’s “Building to a Cure” fundraising programs, including car shows and golf tournaments, have supported Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

400 Riverview Drive
Nokomis, FL 34275
(941) 484-9721

608 E. Colonia Lane
Nokomis, FL 34275
(941) 483-3667

7010 Fruitville Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34240
(941) 953-1076

6520 Industrial Lane
Englewood, FL 34224
(941) 474-7793

The Patterson Foundation’s Margin & Mission Ignition Student “StudyAway Week” Helps Venice MainStreet

The Patterson Foundation’s Margin & Mission Ignition Student “StudyAway Week” Helps Venice MainStreet

Thank you to Christopher Lile — an outstanding Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy student who became a Margin & Mission Ignition consultant during The Patterson Foundation’s recent StudyAway Week to help Venice MainStreet, Inc. Inc. boost revenue and mission impact for their planned new Earned Income venture. In just two short days, Christopher developed a highly creative and well thought out presentation complete with key learning, implications, and recommendations to share with staff and board…and let’s just say he NAILED IT!

Thank you also to Michael Oxman, Managing Partner & Principal of No Margin, No Mission for guiding this effort. On behalf of Venice MainStreet and No Margin, No Mission, special thanks to The Patterson Foundation for making this hands-on, interactive, collaborative, and valuable learning experience possible! Information and photo credit: No Margin, No Mission.

The Patterson Foundation Engages Venice MainStreet and Other Local Nonprofits in Entrepreneurial Endeavor

The Patterson Foundation Engages Venice MainStreet and Other Local Nonprofits in Entrepreneurial Endeavor

The Patterson Foundation Engages Local Nonprofits in Entrepreneurial Endeavor
Four regional nonprofit organizations from Charlotte, Manatee, and Sarasota counties have joined Margin & Mission Ignition, an entrepreneurial endeavor of The Patterson Foundation designed to build organizational capacity, boost revenue and strengthen mission impact. Their participation will unfold over a 30-month process that will see them develop and implement earned-income strategies under the guidance of No Margin, No Mission, a social enterprise and national consulting firm.

The Patterson Foundation created Margin & Mission Ignition to give nonprofits the opportunity to explore, develop and execute earned-income strategies that can help sustain and enhance the impact of their missions in the community. Since 2015, Margin & Mission Ignition has generated these 30-month consulting engagements to help organizations throughout our region strengthen their thrivability.

“We have learned that diversifying revenue streams does more than strengthen the financial viability of nonprofits — it can also build organizational capacity,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “Previous participants of Margin & Mission Ignition have developed and implemented earned-income plans that advance both their missions and impact. The Patterson Foundation is pleased to work with these four organizations who have demonstrated the leadership, willingness, readiness, capacity, and culture for success.”

The following regional organizations are participating in the new cohort:
Charlotte County Homeless Coalition
Resilient Retreat
Selah Freedom
Venice MainStreet

Each of the four nonprofits participated in a series of learning labs with No Margin, No Mission prior to opting into the 30-month process to evaluate their readiness to engage in earned-income planning. Throughout the process, No Margin, No Mission will convene the cohort and create opportunities for the organizations to learn and share their experiences in creating and implementing their earned-income plans.

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

For more information about Margin & Mission Ignition, please visit or join the conversation using #TPFMarginMission on social media.

About The Patterson Foundation
The Patterson Foundation strengthens the efforts of people, organizations, and communities. The foundation focuses on issues that address common aspirations and foster wide participation, along with ways organizations learn and share as they evolve. For more information, please visit and connect with @ThePattersonFdn on Twitter.

Shark Spotting Walking Loop is Launched

Shark Spotting Walking Loop is Launched

Venice MainStreet partnered with Gulf Coast Community Foundation (GCCF) to create a walking loop to help visitors and locals find all ten shark sculptures in downtown Venice. The sculptures, gifted to the City of Venice in 2020 by GCCF, now have labels identifying each shark specimen in the Venice Shark Spotting project. Thank you to the City of Venice Public Works Department for installing the new signs. 

A new website page for Venice Shark Spotting was created with a map and clues to find the sharks, as well as a Facebook page. So, go for a nice walk downtown, find some sharks, and we hope you enjoy doing the shark loop! 

CLICK HERE for Venice Shark Spotting map and clues

New Signs Installed Downtown

New Signs Installed Downtown

The Venice MainStreet Design Committee works to provide a sense of place for our residents and visitors throughout our beautiful downtown district. One mode of accomplishing this goal is through signage, which brings recognition to the unique attributes of lovely Venice. Our alleyway improvement project continues with signage naming the Calle del Mercado alley.

We are an accredited member of the Florida Main Street program, as identified through the signs at entrance points to our district. The Florida Main Street program is part of the Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources. Thank you to the City of Venice Public Works Department for assistance in the installation of these new signs.

Venice MainStreet’s History and Downtown Projects

The Downtown Venice Association was formed by the former Merchants Association in Venice, originally established in 1965.

The Downtown Venice Association, with support from the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Venice, decides to form a non-profit corporation enabling them to apply for the Florida Main Street Project. By a unanimous decision of those at this meeting, Paul Intagliata, George Hunter, Jr, Bill Reilly, Jerrel Towery and Don Patterson were elected as the first five board members of Venice Main Street, Inc.

Venice is chosen as a Florida MainStreet City and selects its first MainStreet manager. Venice MainStreet, Inc. received its 501(c)3 tax exempt status. First year activities concentrated on the organization’s foundation work. A full-time manager, Doug Mann, is hired to oversee the activities, educate participants and the public and promote the program. Heavy emphasis is placed on promotional activities and producing newsletters, brochures and special events held in conjunction with other community groups. Rehab projects, locating new businesses in the downtown area and annual special events give an overall sense that the core of the downtown area is not only thriving but progressing and that the program is working.

Second year activities encompass more visible aspects of the program, such as the Gateway Arch sign at the entrance of the downtown area, in the median of the first block of West Venice Avenue. Supported by pairs of columns, this sign shows Venice’s commitment to preserving its Northern Italian-style architecture. The area is enhanced by the Venice Area Garden Club’s landscaping project. 

Venice MainStreet (VMS) donates $1,500 to the historic Triangle Inn project.

VMS partners with the City of Venice to design the Centennial Park restrooms. The City receives national awards for the designs.

VMS installs cement podiums and way-finding maps throughout downtown Venice.

Together with Venice Heritage Foundation, VMS funds a feasibility study of renovating the Historic Train Depot.

Designs and purchases city light pole banners and Christmas lights. The City of Venice helps to install them.

Approved and participated in the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce 20/20 Vision of Venice Task Force.

Installs newspaper boxes downtown.

Rollins Coakley sat on the Venice MainStreet Task Force for renovation planning of the Historic Venice Train Depot.

Designs and constructs the downtown Information Kiosk in Centennial Park.

Through grants from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Ehrhart Family Foundation, VMS installs the Intergenerational Fountain in Centennial Park.

In partnership with Venice Area Beautification Inc, VMS installs 12 bike racks.

VMS, Venice Blue’s Festival, and Suncoast Blues Society donate $1,000 for Venice High School Band Sousaphone repairs.

Installs lighted Venice advertisement at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ).

Partners with Venice Heritage, Inc. (VHI) to produce and install 186 historic sign toppers that identify the historic John Nolen District. VMS and VHI receive the 2016 Heritage Award in Public Education for the project by the History & Preservation Coalition of Sarasota County.

VMS, Venice Blue’s Festival, and Suncoast Blues Society donate $3,000 to the Venice High School Band.

Launches, the go-to website for Venice residents and visitors. Within a year, the site gets 10,000 visitors per month.

Updates iconic West Venice Avenue archway sign with state-of-the-art, electronic LED sign.

Launches Lovin’ Our Locals summertime campaign directed at creating a renewed sense of ownership in downtown by year-round Venice residents.

In a joint project with Venice Area Beautification Inc, VMS installs 13 planted pots along Miami Ave. This project was supported by a grant from the Venice Area Garden Club. 

Installs large advertisement mural titled “Venice Is” at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) showcasing all the benefits Venice has to offer visitors and the community, with the help of supporting grants from Visit Sarasota, the Ehrhart Family Foundation and our advertising partners.

Begins year-long “Summer of Love” marketing campaign, with support from Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Venice Gondolier Sun, to keep locals and tourists visiting the historic district during construction resulting from the Downtown Venice Beautification Project by the City of Venice (Venice, Florida Municipal Government).

Completes interactive, three-dimensional mural project at the corner of West Venice Avenue and Nassau Street (east wall of Celebration Corner) painted by David Lee with funding from Visit Florida, Ehrhart Family Foundation, and private donors.

In the summer, begins monthly appearances on ABC7’s Suncoast View to showcase downtown Venice district, shops and restaurants.

Launches improved website with interactive map of local businesses and organizations funded by Visit Florida.

On November 12th, the City of Venice makes a proclamation to welcome new fairy residents to Venice. This launches the fairy door project in downtown Venice where ceramic doors made by local artists and high school students are installed by The Venice Company. This is a joint project between Venice MainStreet and the Venice Art Center, with funding from The Ehrhart Family Foundation.

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Florida Violins, Tri Healthy and The Island Bookshop Featured on Suncoast View

Florida Violins, Tri Healthy and The Island Bookshop Featured on Suncoast View

Venice MainStreet is delighted to have helped three of our downtown partner businesses get showcased on the Suncoast View this month. Tri Healthy was featured on March 21, 2022, Florida Violins was featured on March 23rd and The Island Bookshop was featured on March 28th. Thank you, ABC7, for supporting Venice! Click on the images below to watch.


Welcome, JIMCO

Welcome, JIMCO

Thank you, JIMCO Maintenance Inc., for joining Venice MainStreet as a Business Partner!  With more than 50 years of experience with the biggest brands in retail, JIMCO maintains shopping carts, work equipment, (including rolling stock, scissor lifts, and waste compactors) for clients across the supermarket, home improvement, restaurant and retail industries. 

With the advent of the shopping cart in 1937, grocery and retail industry began to explosively penetrate American communities. Over the next few decades, the industry’s dramatic growth continuously increased the expense for new shopping carts. This cost weighed heavily on the finances of retailers, and keeping those carts clean and in good shape started to become ones key to success.

A man named Jim Warbington recognized this fact 50 years ago when he started Jim’s Cart Service. To build his business, Jim traveled tirelessly throughout Florida, forging relationships with store owners and managers in virtually every corner of the state. During a time without cell phones on hand, he was so dedicated and disciplined to making his stops, along what came to be known as Jim’s Route, that his clients already knew when he’d be arriving and would have the carts waiting for him.

During the company’s early years, Jim teamed with–and learned from–some of the grocery and retail industry’s leading icons about their rolling carts and equipment. Together, they delivered what the end customers really wanted from their store: an exceptional in-store experience.

Today, through the leadership of Lynn Moseley, Jim’s daughter, and her husband Paul, this tradition continues. In what is now called JIMCO Jim’s legacy lives on and the company’s unique solution remains successful even 50 years later.

As the nation’s premier cart company utilizing the most advanced technology and service protocols, we specialize in customized preventative maintenance plans that save major corporations with large facilities and/or retail operations thousands of dollars annually.

We partner with like-minded businesses who want vendors to share their corporate beliefs in maintaining quality, safety and customer satisfaction. We team with such businesses in different areas throughout the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States.

710 Commerce Drive, Suite 107
Venice, Florida 34292