Thank you, City of Venice Public Works Department, for a fantastic makeover of the information kiosk at Centennial Park! City Carpenter, Chris Bruns, with the assistance of the City Sign Technician, Jess Korte, completed the painting this week and it looks great. The total project included the addition of stucco fiber cement vertical siding around the entire base of the kiosk; installation of a new public access window facing W. Venice Ave.; and priming, painting and caulking of the entire structure.
This City-owned structure is managed in partnership with Venice MainStreet, which staffs the kiosk with volunteers during the peak season to help visitors to downtown. MainStreet also hangs the fliers in the windows to help promote local event venues, businesses and nonprofits share their information.
The Patterson Foundation Kickstarts Venice MainStreet’s Entrepreneurial Plan Fundraising with Up to $37,500 Match
Venice MainStreet is participating in Margin & Mission Ignition, an opportunity from The Patterson Foundation to strengthen mission impact through earned-income strategies.
The Patterson Foundation is strengthening Venice MainStreet’s effort to implement entrepreneurial strategies by matching up to $37,500 in startup and growth capital investments toward its new earned-income plan. Venice MainStreet is one of the regional nonprofit organizations currently participating in Margin & Mission Ignition, an opportunity presented by The Patterson Foundation that helps nonprofits develop and implement an earned-income plan to strengthen their impact in our community.
Nonprofits are selected to participate in Margin & Mission Ignition’s 30-month planning and implementation process after a months-long application period. No Margin, No Mission, a social enterprise and national consulting firm engaged by The Patterson Foundation, consults with the participating nonprofits on strategies and best practices to generate revenue throughout that process.
Venice MainStreet has established the firm understanding of the importance of an online presence and shopping across all types of markets, plus the effects of COVID-19 and other business interruptions. An online platform that addresses these needs has been proven to be essential. Venice MainStreet will work to bring the future to the present for its business and nonprofit partners through a marketplace shopping solution. Main Street America’s recent 2020 report- “The Impact of COVID-19 on Small Businesses” found 85% of consumers do research online for purchases. Businesses need to have an effective online strategy to increase brand awareness and grow. As with any business venture, the marketplace will provide Venice MainStreet with an additional source of income securing its future through difficult times as well.
“We identified a problem and we are offering a solution,” said Rod Nafziger, Chair of the Economic Vitality Committee. “As a former business owner in downtown Venice, I have seen the effects of red tide, hurricanes, and infrastructure changes that halted my ability to do business. I wish we had this solution five years ago, but today we are in a place to make a profound impact in our local community and truly help businesses survive the next interruption. The possibilities are endless for how this marketplace can be utilized, but it will start with a highly curated selection of products that speak to Venice and its charm.”
Venice MainStreet recently shared its earned-income plan with potential investors during a fast-pitch-style event presented by The Patterson Foundation. Donations and investments contributed to Venice MainStreet will be matched dollar for dollar by The Patterson Foundation up to 50 percent of its startup capital requirement – up to $37,500 maximum. Pledges, in-kind contributions and debt funding are not eligible to be matched.
“The earned-income plans developed by the organizations participating in Margin & Mission Ignition are the result of months of dedicated efforts to grow their entrepreneurial capacity,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “This dollar-for-dollar match is a way for The Patterson Foundation to applaud the progress they have made so far in their 30-month journey while catalyzing the investments necessary to bring their plans to life.”
About Venice MainStreet
Since 1987, Venice MainStreet Inc. has been committed to preserving and enhancing the character, beauty, and economic vitality of historic downtown Venice. To learn more about Venice MainStreet’s mission or contribute to its effort, please visit VisitVeniceFL.org.
About Margin & Mission Ignition
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 thepattersonfoundation.org or join the conversation using #TPFMarginMission on social media.
Annual Downtown Venice Art Fest Official Poster Design Contest
Venice MainStreet, Inc. is holding a contest for its Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival official poster design. The artist selected by the Design Committee will be awarded $500 for their design and a booth at the future festival ($500 value, for a prize package worth $1,000). The winning design will be featured as the official poster, which will be showcased on merchandise* and in advertising**. The winner must be available for an unveiling event on the evening of Thursday, October 26, 2022. DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM: CLICK HERE
• Original (unframed) artwork must be delivered to Collectors Gallery & Framery at 114 South Nokomis Avenue, Venice, FL (call ahead 941-488-3029); deliver on or before September 26, 2022.
• The winner must also submit a high-resolution editable, working digital file (for poster and merchandise production).
• Finished poster size will be 22” x 28” (original does not need to be the same size).
• Image must follow a theme of “Iconic Venice Florida” What comes to mind when you think of our beautiful city? (Copy that will be incorporated into the poster/merchandise will include “Annual Downtown Venice Art Festival”).
*the design may be showcased on other merchandise, such as t-shirts.
**the design will be utilized in advertising done by Venice MainStreet, Inc. Any advertising done by Howard Alan Events may not include the design.
About the Downtown Venice Art Fest
The Downtown Venice Art Festival is one of the area’s largest and finest art shows. Thousands of visitors kick-off the season with this Howard Alan event that takes place along Venice Avenue in beautiful, Historic Downtown Venice. For more information, please call Venice MainStreet at (941) 484-6722 or email email@example.com. Find out more about Howard Alan Events at www.artfestival.com.
View previous years’ winners: CLICK HERE
A contractor for the City of Venice will be constructing ADA parking and sidewalk improvements within Centennial Park. The work is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Aug. 3, with the replacement of approximately 250 feet of sidewalk along the eastern end of the parking lot near Nokomis Ave. N.
The sidewalk replacement is expected to take about a week to complete, during which time the parking spaces that abut the sidewalk will be inaccessible. Upon completion of the sidewalk, a portion of the parking lot will be resurfaced. The parking spaces along the sidewalk will be reconfigured to add an additional ADA parking space and ramp.
Your patience is appreciated as this project is completed.
***Please see project map
Information provided by
Lorraine Anderson, City of Venice Public Information Officer
401 West Venice Avenue, Venice, FL 34285
Via City Hall Information Center: 941-486-2626 ext. 7401
Venice MainStreet is excited to have Grand Resort Wear join our organization as a Business Partner! Located in charming downtown Venice, Grand Resort Wear carries apparel, accessories and gifts all for the bargain price of $10!
Grand Resort Wear
217 W Venice Avenue
Venice, Florida 34285
Thank you, Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Nonprofit Partner! The Club concentrates its efforts in helping the youth of our community. Each year, through its fund raising efforts with events and programs such as Ride for Rotary, Toast to Venice, and Flags Across Venice, it provides grants to a number of local charities. In 2001, the Board of Directors voted to support a new counseling program to be housed at Venice High School. The Club accepted the challenge to be the lead continuous sponsor of the Rotary Futures Program. This program is intended for use by all members of the community interested in continuing their education. Its Annual Duck Pluck Fund Raiser supports the Rotary Futures Program. Its Foundation, which gives college scholarships to deserving students, joined the Club in supporting the Futures program during its formative years.
With a rich history of community involvement, the Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club continues on the move with more members and more projects to provide an even higher level of service to its neighbors in this area. Through the humanitarian projects of Rotary International, members are proud to play a part in the Rotary goal of peace and friendship throughout the world.
Venice Nokomis Rotary Club
P.O. Box 8, Venice, FL 34284
Thank you, Pinnacle Health, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Business Partner! The concierge clinic, located on the island of Venice, provides services that fill the gap left by traditional, insurance accepting primary care providers. Pinnacle Health focuses on a holistic approach and treats the root cause of many health issues. Services include testosterone replacement therapy for men, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for women, weight loss and addressing sexual health concerns. Additional support for healthy aging through the use of peptides, gut health restoration, nutraceutical supplements and vitamin injections is also offered.
About Christine Ramsing, FNP-BC
Christine Ramsing, FNP-BC is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who holds a national board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Master’s Degree in Upstate New York where she grew up and worked most of her life. With over 30 years of nursing experience in a variety of settings from acute inpatient care to several years in primary care and women’s health at the Veterans administration, she has a unique perspective of healthcare.
With this knowledge came the understanding that traditional healthcare often fails patients and does not provide the best options for care. She began researching a functional medicine approach and received additional education from the Institute of Functional Medicine and The Academy of Preventative and Innovative Medicine. Prior to moving to the Venice area, she worked for 18 months at a prominent clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina where she was trained in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy including pellet placement.
Christine is known for her individualized, scientifically based and personalized care of her patients. She makes a genuine connection with her clients taking into consideration not just the body but also the connection to the mind and spirit. Patients have been known to say treatment with this model of care is life changing. She plans to continue to use her experience and expertise in Venice to assist her patients to achieve optimal wellness.
333 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 387, Venice, Florida, 34285
Thank you, Pier 22 Home Decor & Furnishings, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Business Partner! Located in charming historic downtown Venice, Pier 22 offers unique coastal inspired home decor, furniture, art, and area rugs. Need design help? Pier 22 has an Interior Designer on hand to help with any of your design needs. Stop in and see what the new owners have in store for you!
Pier 22 Home Decor & Furnishings
201 Nokomis Avenue South, Venice, Florida 34285
New website coming soon!
Thank you, Chef Rolf’s New Florida Kitchen, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Business Partner! The Kitchen serves up fresh, locally sourced prime seafood in a sophisticated coastal setting. Having trained primarily in Switzerland, Chef Rolf adds a European twist to many of the menu items using the finest ingredients. Numerous magazines and culinary experts have recognized Chef Rolf with awards for cuisine and wine expertise. A member of the State of Agricultural promotional campaign, “Fresh from Florida,” fresh is exactly what you’ll find in Chef Rolf’s New Florida Kitchen. Catch Chef Rolf cooking up something new every weekday morning at 11 A.M. on Suncoast News Network SNN.
Chef Rolf’s New Florida Kitchen
Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, wine and cocktails, and Sunday brunch. Private dining and celebration options also available.
Inside the Casey Key Resort – Mainland
1660 South Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229
13th Annual Downtown Venice Labor Day Weekend Craft Festival
Saturday, September 3, 2022 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday, September 4, 2022 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Miami Avenue West in Venice, Florida 34285
The tremendous support of the Venice community is one reason why this craft festival is so successful! The festival showcases the work of talented crafters while situated on beautiful, charming Miami Avenue West in Downtown Venice, where you can also explore independently owned shops and restaurants in the historic district. Brought to you by Howard Alan Events in partnership with Venice MainStreet.