Venice MainStreet Reflects on 2020 with Thankfulness

Venice MainStreet Reflects on 2020 with Thankfulness

By Ronnie Fernandez, Venice MainStreet President

2020 has been a challenging year, to say the least. Our Venice MainStreet community, however, continues to amaze me in how we all pull together for one mission: preserving and enhancing the character, beauty, and economic vitality of historic downtown Venice. After months of mandatory restrictions, we were finally able to start back up with some smaller events, including the Chocolate Walk, the ever-popular Christmas Walk, and concerts in Centennial Park.

I am proud to call Venice, Florida my home. I am especially proud to be President of the Venice Mainstreet Board of Directors, who continually impress me with their selflessness. Venice MainStreet leads the way in making our community special, vibrant, and inviting for all to enjoy. Thank you to all who contribute to this community. We look forward to 2021 and welcome our new Venice MainStreet President, Sandra DiPentima of Fifth Third Bank!

Welcome New Venice MainStreet Partner, Devine’s Wine Bar

Welcome New Venice MainStreet Partner, Devine’s Wine Bar

Explore Devine’s wine menu and experience wines from around the globe by the glass and bottle. Many of its wines come from small wineries that you won’t find in big wine box stores. Sip on a variety of cold domestic, import and craft beers, including many local favorites in a cold glass or right out of the bottle. Wine tastings are a fun way to try wines from various winemakers in different regions. Tastings include four wines with light appetizers. Seating is limited so reservations are required.

Located on the Island of Venice at the corner of Miami Avenue West and U.S. 41/Tamiami Trail at 101 W Venice Ave #16, Venice, Florida 34285. Contact Devine’s at tdevineswine@yahoo.com, (941) 480-0663.

2020 Holiday Window Decorating Contest Winners

2020 Holiday Window Decorating Contest Winners

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2020 Venice MainStreet Downtown Venice Holiday Window Decorating Contest! 

Most Creative
1st Place- St. Marco Boutique
2nd Place- The Soda Fountain

Most Elegant
1st Place- Croissant & Co.
2nd Place- Tangi & Jess

Most Traditional
1st Place- Island Gift Nook
2nd Place- Venice in Vogue

Most Creative Use of Merchandise
1st Place- The Boutique by the Beach (pictured above)
2nd Place- Twist Boutique

Most Whimsical
1st Place- Sun Bug
2nd Place- The Wild Thang Boutique

Best Use of Lights
1st Place- Luxurious Interiors
2nd Place- Rose & Leo

Heather McCullough is winner of 2020 poster contest

Heather McCullough is winner of 2020 poster contest

Congratulations to artist Heather McCullough, winner of the 2020 Venice MainStreet poster contest! This year’s theme was Pathways, Passages and Avenues and the entries were judged by the Venice MainStreet Design Committee and board members. Heather’s painting of Service Club Park in Venice will be featured on the poster for the 33rd Annual Downtown Venice Art Fest (date to be determined). We will keep you posted when the posters become available for sale.

To learn more about the artist, visit heathermcculloughartworks.com. To view previous Venice Art Fest poster winners, click HERE.

Welcome new Venice MainStreet partner, Tri-Healthy CBD

Welcome new Venice MainStreet partner, Tri-Healthy CBD

Welcome new Venice MainStreet partner Tri-Healthy CBD, located in the beautiful historic San Marco/KMI building on Tampa Avenue in downtown Venice. Tri-Heathy provides CBD products and other high quality hemp and organic products. It is a recognized leading provider of top national and regional brands to ensure quality. Its goals are to provide the highest quality CBD and hemp products, as well as educating consumers on the benefits of CBD.

Tri-Healthy is veteran-owned and operated by Paul and Stacie Kaldy who are established CBD business owners in Tennessee and Ohio. “We went to visit and fell in love with Venice! Medical marijuana is legal in Florida, but we saw a need and a want for a dedicated CBD retailer,” says Stacie Kaldy. “Our goal is to help educate and guide the community on natural health solutions.” CBD products can provide many benefits that medical marijuana can but are geared for individuals who do not want to experience “the high.”

Tri-Healthy’s CBD team of professionals is dedicated to providing the best customer experience in the CBD industry. Stop in and say hello to Paul and Stacie, and see if CBD is right for you. Located at 248 Tampa Ave. W., Venice, FL 34285; 844-994-3676; www.tri-healthy.com.

Thank you, Ehrhart Family Foundation

Thank you, Ehrhart Family Foundation

Recent generous funding from our Platinum Sponsor, the Ehrhart Family Foundation, will enable Venice MainStreet, Inc., a nonprofit organization, to continue our mission to preserve and enhance the historic character and economic vitality of downtown Venice. To learn more about Venice MainStreet’s 30+ year history of projects in downtown Venice, thanks to the support of sponsors such as the Ehrhart Family Foundation, click HERE

Thank you to all of our 2020 Sponsors

PLATINUM

Ehrhart Family Foundation
Freedom Boat Club
The Venice Company

GOLD
Fifth Third Bank
Gulf Coast Community Foundation

SILVER
Janis Fawn

BRONZE
SunBug and Twist Boutique
Women’s Sertoma Club of Venice

New Venice MainStreet Business Partner Car Chemistry Auto Body and Painting: Delivering Quality Collision Repair

New Venice MainStreet Business Partner Car Chemistry Auto Body and Painting: Delivering Quality Collision Repair

Welcome new Venice MainStreet Business Partner! Car Chemistry—a locally owned and operated, family-run business in Venice since 1997—is well equipped to handle all your auto body repair needs. Whether you need towing, dent repair, frame straightening, or paint matching, their trained and certified staff will get the job done right—the first time. Car Chemistry prides itself in delivering high quality workmanship and materials, ensuring customers understand the repair process, listening to customers’ needs, and providing exceptional solutions with honest, accurate estimates. Car Chemistry repairs all makes and models and works with all insurance companies. Car Chemistry Auto Body and Painting is located at 405 East Venice Avenue; 941-485-2174; Hours—Monday-Friday 8-5. Visit them on the web at carchemistry.net.

Fifth Third Bank is New Gold Sponsor for Venice MainStreet

Fifth Third Bank is New Gold Sponsor for Venice MainStreet

Special thanks to Sandra DiPentima, Financial Center Manager of Fifth Third Bank in Venice, for facilitating a $5,000 Gold Sponsorship from Fifth Third Bank to support the efforts of Venice MainStreet. Sandra is Vice President of Venice MainStreet and is Chair of the Partnership Committee. For more information about Fifth Third Bank, visit 53.com.

Visit local branches at these locations:
273 S. Tamiami Trail Venice, FL 34285; (941) 488-8441
1340 East Venice Avenue Venice, FL 34292; (941) 485-9000
1641 Jacaranda Blvd. Venice, FL 34293; (941) 493-1600

About Fifth Third
Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the indirect parent company of Fifth Third Bank, National Association, a federally chartered institution. As of March 31, 2020, Fifth Third had $185 billion in assets and operated 1,123 full-service banking centers and 2,464 ATMs with Fifth Third branding in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina. In total, Fifth Third provides its customers with access to approximately 53,000 fee-free ATMs across the United States. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending and Wealth & Asset Management. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of March 31, 2020, had $374 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $42 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations through its Trust and Registered Investment Advisory businesses. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com. Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the Nasdaq® Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.” Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858. Deposit and Credit products are offered by Fifth Third Bank, National Association. Member FDIC.

Fifth Third Bank social media handles:
Twitter: @FifthThird
LinkedIn: Fifth Third Bank, URL: linkedin.com/company/fifth-third-bank
Facebook: @FifthThirdBank
Instagram: @fifththirdbank

Venice MainStreet Appreciates Its Volunteers!

Venice MainStreet Appreciates Its Volunteers!

For many nonprofits in our area, the summer months are slow and lonely. For our organizations, including Venice MainStreet, the COVID-19 virus certainly pushed us into slower summer months earlier than expected. Venice MainStreet did not have the opportunity to say goodbye to many of its volunteers and did not host the annual volunteer appreciation celebration in late April to recognize the immense contributions and efforts our volunteers provide to the community through their service to Venice MainStreet.

We wanted to take the time to recognize these outstanding individuals and thank them for all they do throughout the year to lend assistance to Venice MainStreet and to help our wonderful town. Our volunteers donate their time providing information at the Centennial Park Kiosk in historic Downtown Venice, walking throughout the district as a downtown ambassador (Downtowner), special event support, committee work, administrative support, research and writing, plus our board of directors’ leadership.

Please take a moment, read these names, and know that these people truly care about the town that we live in and work to make it a better place. If you happen to see a name of a friend, take a moment to call or write and let them know you appreciate their service too! For more information about joining VMS or our volunteer program visit our website at VisitVeniceFL.org.

Geraldine Abraham
Raymond Abraham
Alan Adams
Lee Anderson
Barbara Bartz
Maria Baskin
Von Bear
John Birkinbine
Sarah Birkinbine
Terry Brennan
Lois Brickley
Rose Bridges
Andy Britton
Colleen Brown
Marie Buchanan
Deanna Burke
Betty Burkett
Terri Candida
Elise Carey
Patrick Carney
Viviane Chastain
Paula Chew
Mary Clark
Kevin Collins
Joe Colonnese
Pat Colonnese
Tobe Cookingham
Tom Cookingham
Linda Costanzo
Jane Coyne
Kathy Crisman
Deborah Currie
Raymond Czapiga
Alyssa Dalton
Marty Damon
Jerri DeKriek
Heidi DeMali
Sandra DiPentima
Tom Doherty
Dean Draper
Donna Draper
Lillian Duvall
Mary Eichenauer
Margo Emmons
Syd Emmons
Jennifer Endsley
Joan Evans
Barbara Feltquate
Ronnie Fernandez
Arlene Ferrick
Mitzi Fiedler
Roberta Fine
Lorraine Finizio
Nick Flerlage
Joe & Marilyn Fogerty
Joan Gardner
Hank Gesek
Jane Gilligan
Dee Glatz
Jane Goodman
Jeannie Gomes
Tom Gordon
Mike & Addy Griffith
Cleora Grossi
Jo Gruenwald
Sheila Haase
Dick Hale
Heather Hansen
Claire Harrison
Susan Hartrick
Barbara Hassell
John Hassell
Donna Hastings
Lara Hauswirth
Jan Hitt
Bonnie Hobgood
Kipper House
Jim Ingham
Larry Ivey
Tracy Ivey
Sonja Jordan-Mowery
Samuel King
Eileen Kocher
Virginia LaPlante
Carol Lehrman
Maria Leonardo
Cindy Lodge
Jim Lorenz
Renee MacDonald
Jane Madden
Debbie Mahle
Katie Malloy
Kathleen Malvaso
Marte Markwell
Cindy Marovich
Elaine Martone
Tony Martone
Pat Mazzola
Colleen McCrudden
Patricia McDermott
Poppy McDonald
Art & Doris McManus
Debbie Meola
Kay Montambo
Rod Nafziger
Linda Nelson
Ambrose Nolan
Janet Oberholtzer
Conway Otis
Carlene Painter
Nancy Parzych
Brad Patton
Scott Phillips
Kathleen Pickering
Shirley Pollack
Blair Post
Gaylen Pugh
Joyce Puglio
Mark Rawlinson
Sheila Reardon
Jerry Rehert
Lynn Remo
Audrey Riggs
Bob Roger
Jessica Rumschlag
Michael Santaspirt
Carol Sbabo
Melinda Schell
Patsy Scuzzo
Leah Sherman
Verna Silk
Sharon Silvers
Bette Simmons
Meryl Sonsini
Debbie Sugden
Clair Sullivan
Betty Symonds
Joan Thomas
Gail Thompson
Harry Thompson
Marilu Thornburgh
Jean Trammell
Dave & Ann Trexler
Linda Vaughn
Bob Vedder
Pam Vernon
Barbara Vitali
Mary Vlismas
Tom Voigt
Tony Weaver
Bill Willson
Chris Wilson
Christine Wilson
Dee Wright
John Worrall
Shirley Yawn
Jan Young
Susie Zavodnyik

New MainStreet Business Partner Big Bam eBikes: Changing the Way We Bike

New MainStreet Business Partner Big Bam eBikes: Changing the Way We Bike

Rentals, sales, repairs, and tours. Big Bam eBikes has it all. They offer quality electric bikes—bikes with an integrated electric motor that adds power to your ride—at affordable prices. From folding to comfort to trikes, they will find the right eBike for you. They can repair all types of bikes (electric and traditional) and can convert your regular bicycle into an electric bike.

Want to try out an eBike? Big Bam eBikes has rentals by the hour or by the day. They also have bi-monthly group rides the first and third Tuesday of each month. In addition, they offer a Venice Island eBike Tour, a relaxing, fun, and informational experience. Stop by their shop at 412 East Venice Avenue, across from the Historic Train Depot; 941-240-1717; Summer hours—Monday-Friday 11-4; Saturday/Sunday by appointment. Also visit them at the Venice Farmers Market on Saturday mornings next to the Venice City Hall. BigBamBikes.com