Welcome to downtown, Seed & Bean Market

Welcome to downtown, Seed & Bean Market

Seed and Bean Market is Florida’s first Cannabis Café and CBD marketplace. It was founded in 2018 in Fort Myers, Florida after four founding members, with cannabis industry roots, cultivated their passion for CBD, great coffee, unique beer and delicious food into a comfortable lifestyle destination. The Market’s second location opened in downtown Venice in October 2021 offering a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, along with a wide selection of beverages including coffee, protein shakes, wine, CBD drinks and mocktails.

As the first CBD marketplace of its kind, they are dedicated to offering only the highest quality foods and beverages, as well as thoroughly tested CBD products, in a relaxing atmosphere. As industry innovators with a unique niche, their philosophy is simple: “Our community is our home, and our customers are our family.” 

Seed and Bean Market is located at 116 West Venice Avenue, Venice, FL 34285. Contact the Market at 941-220-3234; learn more and shop online at SeedandBeanMarket.com.

Venice Area Pregnancy Care Center joins Venice MainStreet

Venice Area Pregnancy Care Center joins Venice MainStreet

We are delighted to have another nonprofit join Venice MainStreet as a partner. The Venice Area Pregnancy Care Center (VAPCC) is a non-profit charity run entirely by volunteers that assists families with children in Venice and South Sarasota County. Its mission is to help parents with children that are in need, to provide safer, healthier, and happier lives for their children. This is done by providing the following items: clothing from newborn to size 5T, baby furniture, cribs, swings, high chairs, strollers, baby food, cereal, and formula. VAPCC provides two packages of diapers, per child, once every four weeks to parents. Through grants from local organizations, VAPCC is also able to provide new car seats. Expectant mothers must be within one month or less away from their due date to receive services.

VAPCC welcomes donated items such as diapers, onesies, blankets, cribs and receiving, sleepers, hats, bibs and booties. They also accept baby formula, baby food and baby cereal. Other valued donations would be bassinets and pack & plays. NOTE: VAPCC does not accept used cribs, car seats, or stuffed animals.

For more information, call 941-485-1776, email vapcc4u@gmail.com or visit VAPCC.org. Located at 301 Bayshore Drive, Venice, FL 34285.

Welcome Modern Mobile Denture Repair

Welcome Modern Mobile Denture Repair

Another new business opened in Venice! We are so happy to welcome Modern Mobile Denture Repair (MMDR) as a Venice MainStreet Partner. MMDR is a local, veteran-owned family business with a passion for helping the community one smile at a time. With their mobile services, they come to you! If you prefer no contact, they can accommodate that as well.

MMDR can clean and repair your dentures onsite so you will be eating and smiling again in no time. Remeber that repairing is a fraction of the cost of replacing dentures. Denture cleanings are recommended twice a year, just as the American Dental Association recommends for dental cleanings. With a cleaning your dentures will receive 3 stages of deep cleaning to remove plaque, stains and bacteria to return them to a brand new appearance. As a veteran-owned buisness, MMDR offers all veterans and spouses a 10% discount. Call 941-716-6578 to schedule your denture services today!

The Island Bookshop Opens in Downtown Venice

The Island Bookshop Opens in Downtown Venice

We are excited to welcome a new business to downtown Venice! The Island Bookshop opened this September and is nestled on charming Miami Avenue West, next to Mother’s Cupboard Spice Shoppe, in the Merchants of Venice building.

The Island Bookshop’s owners, Aimee Odette and Michael Rank, who are both university professors, recognized the need for a bookstore on the island of Venice. To them, “A bookstore is an extension of home, the anchor of a community.” Their love for books and building community led to their bookshop idea and long-standing dream. 

The bookshop carries new books as well as art, photography, and pottery from local residents. “As a small community-oriented book shop, we provide literary and art experiences for our customers of all ages, children to adults. As residents of Venice Island, we are especially proud to showcase the work of various local writers and artists in the community, our home,” says Odette.

In the near future, The Island Bookshop will offer writing and reading classes, writer’s groups, children’s groups, local author’s events, and community outreach. For more information visit TheIslandBookshop.com, call 941-416-5511. Located at 206 West Miami Avenue, Venice, FL 34285.

Thank you, Epiphany Cathedral, for joining!

Thank you, Epiphany Cathedral, for joining!

We are so happy to have Epiphany Cathedral Catholic Church join Venice MainStreet this year. Its beautiful cathedral is located in the heart of downtown Venice within the historic district. Epiphany has over 2,500 registered families and countless seasonal visitors. It has a ministry for almost every spiritual need and groups that celebrate many different styles of prayer. The campus includes a religious gift shop and parish library. Visit EpiphanyCathedral.org for information about its ministries, faith formation, upcoming events and more.

Weekend Mass Times
Saturday Vigil 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm (Spanish)
Sunday 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm (Polish) & 5:30 pm

Weekday Mass Times
8:00 am

Location
310 Sarasota Street
Venice, FL 34285
(941) 484-3505

Photo credit: Epiphany Cathedral

Venice Farmers Market is approved to continue on 9/4/21

Venice Farmers Market is approved to continue on 9/4/21

Restart of Venice Farmers Market 9/4
Post Date:09/01/2021 9:46 AM
From Venice City Manager Ed Lavallee:

City staff met with Venice MainStreet this week, and conferenced with Sarasota County Health Officer Chuck Henry to develop a COVID-19 safety protocol for the Howard Alan Craft Festival, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 4-5. The plan includes regulation of traffic patterns for patrons, masks for all vendors, masks strongly recommended for attendees, sanitation stations, signage, and access control to facilitate social distancing. The event will be monitored for adherence to the codified plan and patron compliance, and will culminate with a post-event review.

Similarly, the Venice Farmers Market has developed a very good COVID safety plan for the Saturday morning market near City Hall. The plan has been reviewed by our staff and meets or exceeds all standard safety features. The market will resume this weekend, on Sept. 4, from 8 a.m. to noon. City staff has worked closely with the Farmers Market management to ensure a safe re-entry into the public forum.

Venice MainStreet Completes Strategic Consulting Opportunity with The Patterson Foundation

Venice MainStreet Completes Strategic Consulting Opportunity with The Patterson Foundation

The following information was provided by The Patterson Foundation on 8/26/2021:

A five-week consulting opportunity for nonprofits provided by The Patterson Foundation recently culminated in a virtual knowledge sharing session, where five regional organizations discussed best practices they have adopted for strategic decision-making for their programs, products, and services. The organizations took part in the session by participating in Advancing Mission Thrivability, an opportunity created by The Patterson Foundation to help nonprofits make mission-focused, economically informed decisions.

During the two-hour virtual session held Aug. 19, organizations discussed approaches they learned and demonstrated during Advancing Mission Thrivability. When asked about ways to navigate future challenges, organizations expressed the importance of maximizing revenue from multiple sources during times of lower attendance or donations. The nonprofits also emphasized the value of having the confidence to implement specific strategies for generating revenue. Additionally, they stressed the need to develop plans for what may happen, not what is expected to happen — a point highlighted by the impact of COVID-19 and other unforeseen challenges. Each nonprofit came away from the individualized consulting sessions with a better understanding of their unique strengths and opportunities for optimization, along with ways to plot an effective course of action.

“As these five organizations participated in Advancing Mission Thrivability, we were eager to learn how each would benefit,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “The feedback from the knowledge sharing session affirms that each organization strengthened their capacity to make sound decisions in this ever-changing world.”

Advancing Mission Thrivability strengthens nonprofits by sharing mission-centric, economically informed approaches to decision-making that will guide them in increasing their effectiveness while becoming an even greater asset to the communities they serve. As part of this opportunity, The Patterson Foundation engaged No Margin, No Mission — a national consulting firm and social enterprise. The consulting sessions were tailored to the individual considerations of each organization to help them focus on applying these approaches to their work.

The organizations that participated in these consulting sessions are:
● Lemur Conservation Foundation
● Military Heritage Museum
● Multicultural Health Institute
● Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast
● Venice MainStreet

Advancing Mission Thrivability 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.

To learn more about Advancing Mission Thrivability, visit thepattersonfoundation.org.

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 thepattersonfoundation.org and connect with @ThePattersonFdn on Twitter.

Photo credit: The Patterson Foundation

FantaSea Venice

FantaSea Venice

By Venice Art Center

FantaSea Venice is a public arts project in which the Venice Art Center partnered with FantaSea Venice Sponsors and FantaSea Artists to create unique designs for 22 fiberglass mermaids and 30 fiberglass seahorses. These one-of-a-kind sculptures will be adorned by the most talented artists in our region. The Venice Art Center matched sponsors to artists and a plaque will be placed at the base of each sculpture to indicate the name of the sponsor, artist, and the sculpture’s individual name. The sculptures will appear in approved locations around Venice, Florida on city streets, parks, lobbies, businesses, etc. until early March of 2023. There will also be multiple public activities, fundraisers, and entertaining events associated with this project.

FantaSea Venice will be the third public art display of this nature that the Venice Art Center has produced. These events are modeled after “Cows on Parade,” which occurred in Chicago in 1999. Hundreds of cities followed suit with similar campaigns, and each experienced an increase in tourism, individual business revenue, and community participation.

The 2004-2005 “Pigs in Paradise” and the 2012-14 “Sea Venice” public arts projects were a large success and accomplished all these goals. The Venice Art Center will utilize this successful experience coupled with new and innovative ideas to make FantaSea Venice an even greater success. FantaSea proceeds benefit the Venice Art Center in support of its programs, the arts, and tourism for the community of Venice, Florida, and our local artists.

To learn more about VAC classes, exhibitions and events visit VeniceArtCenter.com. To learn more about FantaSea Venice go to FantaSeaVenice.com.

Hints

SHARK SPOTTING LOCATION HINTS

West Venice Avenue (5 sharks)
Dedication plaque- 200 West Venice Avenue by children’s splash pad fountain
#1 Megalodon Shark, 200 West Venice Avenue- Centennial Park gazebo
#5 Bull Shark, 310 West Venice Avenue- FourThought Private Wealth building, next to Rose & Leo boutique
#6 Sandbar Shark, 303 West Venice Avenue- near Celebration Corner and Lisa’s Classic Rose stores
#7 Hammerhead Shark, Near 237 West Venice Avenue- Founders Walkway with mural connecting Venice Ave. with Miami Ave.
#10 Blacktip Shark, 141 West Venice Avenue- SunBug boutique

Nokomis Avenue N (1 shark)
#2 Tiger Shark, 110 Nokomis Avenue N- near Michael Saunders & Company real estate office

Tampa Avenue W (2 sharks)
#3 Snaggletooth Shark, 100 Tampa Avenue West- Michael Biehl Park next to Venice Theatre
#4 Lemon Shark, 238 Tampa Avenue West- San Marco building

Miami Avenue W (2 sharks)
#8 Nurse Shark, 312 Miami Avenue West- First Baptist Church
#9 Bonnethead Shark, Intersection of Miami Avenue West, Ponce De Leon and Nokomis Avenue- Fountain Park

The Patterson Foundation Offers Local Nonprofits Strategic Decision-Making Consulting Sessions

The Patterson Foundation Offers Local Nonprofits Strategic Decision-Making Consulting Sessions

The Patterson Foundation has selected five regional nonprofit organizations to receive five weeks of 1:1 consulting through their participation in Advancing Mission Thrivability. Through this opportunity, these nonprofits will learn about strategic approaches to making mission-focused, economically informed decisions for their programs, products, and services.

Nonprofits make difficult decisions daily regarding operations, staffing, service delivery, financial management and more that ultimately impact the communities they serve. The Patterson Foundation created the Advancing Mission Thrivability opportunity to strengthen nonprofits by sharing mission-centric, economically informed approaches to decision-making that will guide them in increasing their effectiveness while becoming an even greater asset to the communities they serve.

“Through Advancing Mission Thrivability, The Patterson Foundation is providing regional nonprofits with keen insight and proven methods on making sound decisions in today’s rapidly evolving environment,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “The organizations selected have already demonstrated their desire to be excellent. We look forward to learning how they benefit from the consulting sessions with No Margin, No Mission.”

Dozens of regional nonprofit organizations have participated in online learning sessions through Advancing Mission Thrivability. These courses were presented by No Margin, No Mission — a national consulting practice and social enterprise. During each session, nonprofits learned how to strengthen their organizations by making decisions aligned with their mission focus and economic considerations.

Following the completion of four of these online sessions, several participating organizations committed to embracing this decision-making approach are given the opportunity to apply for an additional learning opportunity. The Patterson Foundation has engaged No Margin, No Mission to provide 1:1 consulting to five more nonprofits over the next five weeks, in which the organizations will examine decisions for their own specific programs.

The organizations participating in this extended consulting opportunity include:
Lemur Conservation Foundation
Military Heritage Museum
Multicultural Health Institute
Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast
Venice MainStreet

Organizations with an active profile on The Giving Partner are eligible to participate in Advancing Mission Thrivability. The Giving Partner, formed by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, is a database that connects prospective donors with more than 700 nonprofits in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. Grantmakers and other donors use the directory as a trusted resource to inform their giving.

Advancing Mission Thrivability 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.

To learn more about Advancing Mission Thrivability, visit thepattersonfoundation.org/advancing-mission-thrivability.

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 thepattersonfoundation.org and connect with @ThePattersonFdn on Twitter.