Chocolate Walk Downtown, Nov 19, 5-8PM

Chocolate Walk Downtown, Nov 19, 5-8PM

Grab a mask and join the fun in historic downtown Venice on Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 5 to 8 p.m. for the first ever Chocolate Walk! Chocolate bliss awaits you at more than 25 locations. Hosted by Venice MainStreet, its business partners, stores and restaurants invite you to participate in a chocolate themed evening. Tour the downtown for mouth-watering chocolate treats, drinks, chocolate themed items, ice cream and more!

Come down and show your support for local businesses by shopping for the holidays, buying gift cards, and dining al fresco. Just some of the fun and tasty adventures to be found on Miami Avenue include Mother’s Cupboard Spice Shoppe for chocolate tea. Help us welcome our new MainStreet partner Tri-Healthy on Tampa Ave. for some CBD chocolate, on Venice Ave. Café Venice will have its famous chocolate Oreo martini for $10, and The Boutique by the Beach will help you indulge with a chocolate fountain. Enjoy a safe and festive evening with friends and family in downtown Venice.

The Chocolate Walk will take place on Tampa, Venice and Miami Avenues downtown. It is free and open to the public. Please respect social distancing and don’t forget to wash your hands.

LIVE MUSIC
Ciao Gelato- George Byrne
TJ Carney’s-
Ken McBride
Venice Olive Oil Company-
The Beat Goes On (percussion ensemble)

Participating Venice MainStreet Partners include:
MIAMI AVENUE WEST:
Art Escape Gallery
206 Miami Ave.

Crate & Marrow
235 W. Miami Ave.

Down Island Way Boutique
225 W. Miami Ave. #2

DP Fitness and Wellness
210 W. Miami Ave.

Gulf Soles
209 W. Miami Ave.

Mother’s Cupboard Spice Shoppe
208 W. Miami Ave.

The Wild Thang Boutique
201 W. Miami Ave.

TAMPA AVENUE:
Tri-Healthy CBD
248 Tampa Ave. W (Historic San Marco/KMI building)

WEST VENICE AVENUE:
Bonnell’s Boutique and Winery
101 W. Venice Ave. #3

Cafe Venice- live music with George DeJong
101 W. Venice Ave. #2

Ciao Gelato- live music with George Byrne
317A W. Venice Ave.

Coldwell Banker Realty
331 W. Venice Ave.

Daiquiri Deck
300 W. Venice Ave.

DanaTyler
233 W. Venice Ave.

Eyes on You
140 W. Venice Ave.

Florida Olive Oil Company
307 W. Venice Ave.

Gulf Shores Realty
351 W. Venice Ave.

Island Gift Nook
227 W. Venice Ave.

Luxurious Interiors
205 W Venice Ave.

Made In Italy
117 W. Venice Ave.

Nana’s A Children’s Shop
223 W. Venice Ave.

Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
215 West Venice Ave.

Rose & Leo
310 W. Venice Ave.

Shirt Stop
247 W. Venice Ave.

SunBug
141 W. Venice Ave.

Tangi & Jess
310 W. Venice Ave.

The Boutique by the Beach
237 W. Venice Ave.

Things I Like
307 W. Venice Ave.

TJ Carney’s- live music with Ken McBride
231 W Venice Ave

Twist Boutique
137 W. Venice Ave.

Venice Avenue Creamery
249 W. Venice Ave.

Venice in Vogue
310 W. Veince Ave. #102

Venice Olive Oil Company- live music with The Beat Goes On
101 W. Venice Ave. #5

Venice Wine & Coffee Company
201 W Venice Ave.

Artists Sunday: Shop Art This Holiday Season

Artists Sunday: Shop Art This Holiday Season

Artists Sunday is the nationwide movement dedicated to supporting artists and recognizing the impact they have in enriching our lives, communities, and the economy. The powerful new effort is designed to make the Sunday after Thanksgiving the most profitable day of the year for artists.

Consumers are encouraged to shop with artists and purchase creative, handcrafted gifts for the holidays. Artists Sunday follows Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, prior to Cyber Monday. Supporters include individual artists, economic development agencies and non-profit organizations across the country. To learn more about Artists Sunday artists, partners, sponsors, or involvement in promoting commerce with artists, please visit http://ArtistsSunday.com/.

SHOP ART IN DOWNTOWN VENICE ON NOVEMBER 29

Art Escape Gallery-
Meet artists and watch live demonstrations including jewelry design, live model sketching and pastel painting at 206 Miami Ave W from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information about Art Escape Gallery visit www.artescapegallery.net.

Mary Erickson Art Studio– Artist Mary Erickson will host an Open Patio and Studio Tour, at 216 Palermo Place from Noon to 5 p.m.
New paintings from France, Maine and Florida will be on display outside on the patio, which leads into the studio. Guests can enter through the patio gates from Riviera Street. Assorted Dove chocolates and Champagne will offered. Masks, and social distancing guidelines will be adhered to. For more information about Mary visit www.maryericksonart.com.

Venice Art Center– From from 12-4pm, shop the stunning selection of original paintings, prints, jewelry, pottery, and other unique and artisan items made by our talented members. Purchase fine art in the galleries featuring local artists and the solo exhibit of Jarrett Sekosky. A piece of art can adorn your body or enhance your home and spark an intriguing conversation. You will be pleasantly surprised at how affordable these one-of-a-kind masterpieces are. Patronizing our gallery is a great way to support and encourage local artists and support the arts community. Located at 390 Nokomis Avenue S., Venice, FL 34285  www.veniceartcenter.com

Classic Evenings on the Avenues, October 8 and 22

Classic Evenings on the Avenues, October 8 and 22

Grab a mask and join the fun in historic downtown Venice on Thursday, October 22nd from 5-7pm to enjoy a classic evening on the avenues. Hosted by Venice MainStreet and its business partners, several stores will remain open for abundant shopping and restaurants for dining, while you take a stroll and listen to music and view classic cars.

This shopping promotion is in celebration of small local businesses and their contribution to the community during the global crisis. Come down and show your support for their efforts by shopping for the holidays, buying gift cards, and dining al fresco. Enjoy a little bit of the good old days in Venice with talented musicians’ tunes floating through the air. 

The Antique Automobile Club of America Venice Region chapter is showing their support for the downtown businesses by having their “Classin’ up the Joint” meet-up and parking classic cars throughout the avenues. Grab your cameras and phones and get some great pictures of beautiful cars in the most picturesque setting.

Classic Evenings on the Avenues is free and open to the public. Masks are required downtown (for specific mask ordinance info CLICK HERE). Please respect social distancing and don’t forget to wash your hands. For more information contact Venice MainStreet at 941-484-6722.

OCTOBER 22nd LIVE MUSIC ON THE AVENUES

Miami Avenue West:
Chris Smith at Down Island Way Boutique, 225 Miami Ave W.
Rick Chapman at Merchants of Venice Building, 200 Miami Ave. West (Art Escape Gallery and Mother’s Cupboard Spice Shoppe)

West Venice Avenue:
Bain Beakley
at Daquiri Deck, 300 W Venice Ave.
Dana Lawrence
at Coldwell Banker Realty, 331 W Venice Ave.
Forrest Shafer
at Luxurious Interiors, 205 W Venice Ave.
George Byrne
at Ciao Gelato, 317A W Venice Ave.
George DeJong
at Gulf Shores Realty, 351 W. Venice Ave.
Greg Coolidge
at Venice Island Gallery, 100-A W Venice Ave.
Sam Domicola at Cafe Venice, 101 W Venice Ave.
Skylark
at Made in Italy, 117 W Venice Ave.
Swinging Bridge at Venice Avenue Creamery,  249 W Venice Ave.
Ken McBride Himself at TJ Carney’s, 231 W Venice Ave.

EXTENDED SHOPPING HOURS FROM 5-7PM AT VENICE MAINSTREET PARTNERS:
Art Escape Gallery
206 Miami Ave. W
941-303-6692

Bonnell’s Boutique and Winery
101 W Venice Ave. #3
941-451-8365

Captain’s Landing
243 W Venice Ave.
941-485-2329

Crate & Marrow
235 Miami Ave. W
941-218-6770

Dana Tyler
233 W Venice Ave.
941-321-5845

Deborah’s Quilt Basket
337 W Venice Ave.
941-488-6866

Door Belle Dinners
113 Tampa Ave. West
941-480-1606

Down Island Way Boutique
225 Miami Ave. W #2
941-451-9668

DP Fitness and Wellness
210 Miami Ave. W
813-731-8767

Florida Olive Oil Company
307 W Venice Ave.
941-483-1865

Gulf Shores Realty
**New location!**
351 W. Venice Ave.
Lueanne Wood: 941-483-1663

Island Gift Nook
227 W Venice Ave.
941-488-6161

Island Life Hammock Co.
329 W Venice Ave.
941-488-8727

Krystyna’s Designs
120 W Venice Ave.
941-488-7400

Laurie Jean & Co.
317B W. Venice Ave.
941-800-4828

Lisa’s Classic Rose
303B W Venice Ave.
941-488-7788

Luxurious Interiors
205 W Venice Ave.
941-485-0319

Mother’s Cupboard Spice Shoppe
208 Miami Ave. W
941-525-8041

Nana’s A Children’s Shop
223 W Venice Ave.
941-488-4108

Patchington
136 W Venice Ave # 138
941-488-4128

Rose & Leo
310 W Venice Ave.
941-220-9415

Smoky Mountain Handmade Candles
305A W Venice Ave.
941-475-3037

southeast salt
213B W Venice Ave.
941-882-4096

SunBug
141 W Venice Ave.
941-485-7946

Tangi & Jess
310 W Venice Ave.
941-220-9415

The Boutique By the Beach
237 W Venice Ave.
941-488-3830

The Wild Thang Boutique
201 Miami Ave. West
575- 313-2582

Things I Like
307 W Venice Ave.
941-488-6266

Twist Boutique
137 W Venice Ave.
941-786-1025

Venice In Vogue
310 W Venice Ave. #102
716-410-5363

Venice Island Gallery
100A W. Venice Ave.
941-441-8797

Venice Olive Oil Company
101 W Venice Ave. #5
941-483-4200

VENICE MAINSTREET PARTNER RESTAURANTS & EATERIES IN DOWNTOWN DISTRICT:
Abby’s on Miami
220 W. Miami Ave.
941-484-5187
www.abbysonmiami.com

Bodrum Restaurant
225 Miami Avenue West, Suite 5
(941) 412-0090
bodrumfl.com

Bonnell’s Boutique and Winery
101 W Venice Ave. #3
941-451-8365
https://www.facebook.com/bonnellsboutique/

Burgundy Square Café
227 W. Miami Ave.
941-451-8261
www.burgundysquarecafe.net

Café Longet
239 Miami Avenue W
941-244-2643
www.cafelonget.com

Café Venice
116 W. Venice Ave.
941-484-1855
cafevenicerestauranrandbar.com

Cassariano
313 West Venice Avenue
941-786-1000
cassariano.com

Ciao Gelato
317A W. Venice Ave.
941-445-5840
www.facebook.com/gelatociao

Door Belle Dinners
113 W. Tampa Ave.
941-480-1606

Daiquiri Deck
300 W Venice Ave.
941- 488-0649
daiqirideck.com

Kilwins Chocolates of Venice
207 W. Venice Ave.
941-485-5900
www.kilwins.com

Made in Italy
117 W. Venice Ave.
941-488-8282
www.madeinitaly-venice.com

Ristorante San Marco
305 B W Venice Ave
www.sanmarcovenice.com

The Soda Fountain & Vinnie’s Pizzeria
349 W. Venice Ave.
941-488-7600
www.sodafountainofvenice.com

T.J. Carney’s
231 W Venice Ave.
(941) 480-9244
tjcarneys.com

Trattoria da Mino
335 W. Venice Ave.
866-863-6633
www.trattoriadamino.com

Venice Avenue Creamery
249 W. Venice Ave.
941-488-0332
www.facebook.com/veniceavenuecreamery

Venice Wine & Coffee Company
201 W. Venice Ave.
941-484-3667
www.venicewineandcoffeecompany.com

The Zebra Lounge
217 Miami Ave. W.
941-445-5236
thezebraloungefl.com

OCTOBER 8th
LIVE MUSIC ON THE AVENUES
Bain Beakley at Daquiri Deck, 300 W Venice Ave.
Dana from Kettle of Fish at the Burgundy Square Building breezeway, 225-227 Miami Ave. West
David Dewitt Duo
at Merchants of Venice Building, 200 Miami Ave. West (Art Escape Gallery and Mother’s Cupboard Spice Shoppe)
George Byrne at Ciao Gelato, 317A W Venice Ave.
Forrest Shafer at Made in Italy, 117 W Venice Ave.
Joe Mullen and Joey Longhorn at Cafe Venice, 101 W Venice Ave.
Phoenix Rising at TJ Carney’s, 231 W Venice Ave.
Swinging Bridge Bluegrass Band at Venice Avenue Creamery, 249 West Venice Ave.

Shoptember Sidewalk Sale, Sept 4th-5th from 10am-4pm

Shoptember Sidewalk Sale, Sept 4th-5th from 10am-4pm

Ready, set, SHOPTEMBER! Don’t miss this 2 day sidewalk sale in Historic Downtown Venice and beyond on Friday, September 4th and Saturday, September 5th from 10am to 4pm. Shop local at over 100 locations and enjoy outdoor sidewalk browsing. Come by and see what you can find! Don’t forget to grab a delicious bite at one of our local downtown restaurants too. Participating locations include but are not limited to the following:

DOWNTOWN
B & B Bootery- 311 W. Venice Ave.
Bonnell’s Boutique and Winery- 101 W. Venice Ave.
Boutique by the Beach- 
Celebration Corner- 303A W. Venice Ave.
Ciao Gelato- 317A West Venice Ave.
Coldwell Banker Realty- Venice/Englewood- 331 W Venice Ave.
Crate & Marrow- 235 W. Miami Ave.
Dana Tyler Fashion Jewelry- 233 W. Venice Ave. 
Dick’s Shoes of Venice- 251 West Venice Ave.
Down Island Way Boutique- 225 W. Miami Ave.
Eyes On You- 140 W. Venice Ave.
Fifi’s of Venice- 112 Nokomis Ave
Heitel Jewelers- 347 W. Venice Ave.
Island Gift Nook- 227 W. Venice Ave. 
Island Life Hammock Co.- 329 W. Venice Ave. 
Lisa’s Classic Rose- 303B W. Venice Ave.
Luxurious Interiors- 205 W. Venice Ave.
Mother’s Cupboard Spice Shoppe- 208 W. Miami Ave.
Nana’s A Children’s Shop- 223 W Venice Ave.
Needlefish Yarns of Venice- 258 W. Miami Ave.
Patchington- 136 W. Venice Ave.
RE/MAX Platinum Realty- 307 W. Venice Ave.
Rose and Leo- 310 W. Venice Ave. 
Simply Venice by Laurie Jean and Co.- 317B W. Venice Ave.
southeast salt- 213 W. Venice Ave.
St. Marco Boutique- 239 W. Venice Ave. 
SunBug- 141 W. Venice Ave.
Tangi and Jess- 310 W. Venice Ave. 
Things I Like- 307 W. Venice Ave.
Twist Boutique- 137 W. Venice Ave. 
Venice In Vogue- 310 W. Venice Ave.

AND BEYOND
ReStore (Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County)- 1400 Ogden Road

Events Update for Downtown Venice

Events Update for Downtown Venice

The City of Venice’s special event permit moratorium was reinstated on July 24, 2020. According to the City of Venice, “Consistent with current CDC guidelines on large gatherings and social distancing, as a protective measure against the spread of coronavirus, the City of Venice is reinstating its moratorium on the issuance of special event permits on public property within the City. This restriction will remain in effect until further notice.” Therefore, all of Venice MainStreet’s signature downtown events requiring permits are canceled until the moratorium ends.

 

Christmas in July Downtown Sale July 17-18th

Christmas in July Downtown Sale July 17-18th

July 17th & 18th
10am-4pm

Shop the avenues and beyond! Head to downtown Venice for great summer deals during Venice MainStreet’s annual Christmas in July event. Participants include (but may not be limited to) the following Venice MainStreet Partners listed below.

Friday, 17th: Pick up your mask and shopping flyer at the Centennial Park information kiosk and join Venice MainStreet. Look for Santa at the FourThought Private Wealth building at 310 West Venice Avenue around 10am, then catch him socially distancing on the avenues, then playing the trumpet at 1:30pm on the balcony above Venice Island Gallery at 100A West Venice Ave. Don’t miss Mrs. Santa Claus at The Deborah & Dick Miller Team RE/MAX Platinum Realty office at 307-B W. Venice Ave. from 10am to 1pm today. Shop local!

Saturday, 18th: Pick up your mask and shopping flyer at the Centennial Park information kiosk and join Venice MainStreet. Look for Santa at the Venice Farmers Market around 10am, then waving from above Burgundy Square Cafe (227 Miami Ave.) at 1pm, and socially distancing on the avenues. Don’t miss Mrs. Santa Claus at The Deborah & Dick Miller Team RE/MAX Platinum Realty office at 307-B W. Venice Ave. from 10am to 1pm today. Shop local!

East Venice Avenue
Big Bam Bikes- 412 E. Venice Ave.

West Venice Avenue (listed in order by location)
Venice Island Gallery- 100 W. Venice Ave.
Venice Olive Oil Co.- 101 W. Venice Ave.
Bonnell’s Boutique and Winery- 101 W. Venice Ave.
Made In Italy- 117 W. Venice Ave.
Patchington- 136 W. Venice Ave.
Twist- 137 W. Venice Ave.
Eyes on You- 140 W. Venice Ave.
SunBug- 141 W. Venice Ave.
Venice Wine and Coffee Company- 201 W. Venice Ave.
Luxurious Interiors- 205 W. Venice Ave.
southeast salt- 213 W. Venice Ave.
Nana’s A Children’s Shop- 223 W. Venice Ave.
Island Gift Nook- 227 W. Venice Ave.
Dana Tyler- 233 W. Venice Ave.
The Boutique By the Beach- 237 W. Venice Ave.
St. Marco Boutique- 239 W. Venice Ave.
Shirt Stop- 247 W. Venice Ave.
Venice Avenue Creamery- 249 W. Venice Ave.
Dick’s Shoes- 251 W. Venice Ave.
Daiquiri Deck- 300 W. Venice Ave.
Celebration Corner- 303 W. Venice Ave.
Lisa’s Classic Rose- 303B W. Venice Ave.
The Deborah and Dick Miller Team RE/MAX Platinum Realty – 307B W. Venice Ave. (meet Mrs. Santa Claus from 10am-1pm Friday and Saturday)
Things I Like- 307 W. Venice Ave.
Tangi & Jess- 310 W. Venice Ave.
Rose & Leo- 310 W. Venice Ave.
Venice In Vogue- 310 W. Venice Ave.
B & B Bootery- 311 W. Venice Ave.
Ciao Gelato- 317 W. Venice Ave.
Croissant & Co.- 323 W. Venice Ave.
Island Life Hammocks- 329 W. Venice Ave.
Heitel Jewlers- 347 W. Venice Ave.

Miami Avenue West (listed in order by location)
The Wild Thang Boutique- 201 W. Miami Ave.
Island Ice- 203 W. Miami Ave.
Art Escape Gallery- 206 W. Miami Ave.
Mother’s Cupboard Spice Shoppe- 208 W. Miami Ave.
The Artful Gem- 209 W. Miami Ave.
DP Fitness & Wellness- 210 W. Miami Ave.
Down Island Way Boutique- 225 W. Miami Ave.
Bodrum- 225 W. Miami Ave.
Needlefish Yarns of Venice- 258 W. Miami Ave.

Nokomis Avenue
Collectors Gallery and Framery- 114 Nokomis Ave.

Just beyond downtown
Crow’s Nest- 1968 Tarpon Center Dr.
Elephant’s Trunk- 595 Tamiami Trail S.
Hotel Venezia- 425 US 41 Bypass N.
Sharky’s on the Pier and Fins- 1600 Harbor Dr. S.

ONGOING- Gazebo Starlight Cinema (Movies in the Park!)

ONGOING- Gazebo Starlight Cinema (Movies in the Park!)

FREE! Sponsored by Venice Institute for Performing Arts (VIPA). Bring your favorite lawn chair and enjoy FREE movies on the first Friday of each month! Movies start at sunset in Centennial Park. Shop local and support Venice businesses and restaurants by buying your movie snacks, dinner, ice cream or gelato downtown.

Check back here often for movie titles posted throughout the year or follow our events on Facebook or our online calendar. Learn more about the Gazebo Starlight Cinema program HEREPlease note this monthly event may be subject to change or cancellation due to the impact of COVID 19 and precautions for public health and safety.

SCHEDULE:
January 3-   Percy Jackson and the Olympians
February 7-   X-Men
March 6-   The Sand Lot
April 3- CANCELED
May 1- CANCELED
June 5- CANCELED
July 3- CANCELED
August 7- CANCELED
September 4- CANCELED
October 2- TBD
November 6- TBD
December 4- TBD

FEBRUARY- Braves on Miami Avenue

FEBRUARY- Braves on Miami Avenue

Dust off your baseball caps and join the block party on Miami Avenue in downtown Venice on Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 5 to 10 p.m. to kick off the beginning of spring training in Mardi Gras style. Hosted by Venice MainStreet in partnership with the Atlanta Braves Spring Training Organization, the evening will be filled with fun activities for the whole family.

Enjoy kids activities, a 50/50 raffle, food trucks from The Maine Menu, Shaky Dogs, Dirty Dogs Mini Donuts, Kona Ice and Budweiser beer. Mardi Gras merchandise will be available for purchase, so get those beads! The Grammy award winning Rebirth Brass Band, a New Orleans institution, will transport attendees to the streets of the French Quarter, with its combination of traditional instrumentation with funk, hip-hop, soul, and other modern elements. The band takes the stage at 6pm and its high energy will be sure to have everyone dancing in the streets. Mike Burnett and the Suns of Circumstance perform at 8pm.

Braves legends Rafael Furcal and Andruw Jones will be in attendance for a meet and greet from 5pm-8pm. Rafael is a three-time N.L. All-Star, including in 2003 while with the Braves, and has appeared in 59 career postseason games, and won the 2011 World Series with St. Louis. A career .281 (1817-for-6477) batter in 14 majors league seasons with Atlanta, Los Angeles (NL), St. Louis and Miami, he hit 113 home runs and stole 314 bases in 1,614 games. Rafael was a career .227 batter in the playoffs and was named the 2000 N.L. Rookie of the Year, after he batted .295/.394/.382 with 40 stolen bases and 87 runs in 131 games for Atlanta. Furcal owns the Atlanta franchise record (since 1966) with 189 stolen bases, and ranks second in triples (38) and seventh in runs (554).

Andruw Jones was signed by the Braves as an amateur free agent in 1993, Jones spent 14 years in the Atlanta organization, including 12 at the major league level. Jones spent time with five different Major League organizations and played two years with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japan Pacific League during his 21-year playing career (1994-2014.) A career .254 hitter in the majors, he totaled 434 home runs and 1,289 RBI in 2,196 games. He hit a franchise-record 51 home runs in 2005. Now Andruw is a special assistant to baseball operations, instructing and assisting minor-league outfielders during regular and spring seasons, and assists with major league workouts during the spring.

Michael Dunn, Vice President of Florida Operations for the Atlanta Braves, shared, “We are thrilled to be invited by Venice MainStreet to help celebrate the start of Atlanta Braves Spring Training. Atlanta Brave legend Andruw Jones and others will be on hand to help kick off the season!”

Proceeds from this event go to two local nonprofit organizations: Venice Challenger Baseball and Venice MainStreet. Admission is $5 and kids under 12 are free. Parking is within comfortable walking distance. Don’t miss out on this wonderful community event. For more information, go to visitvenicefl.org or contact Venice MainStreet at 941-484-6722.
Purchase tickets: HERE 

FEBRUARY- Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Crawl

FEBRUARY- Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Crawl

FREE!
Tuesday, February 25, 2020

4pm-7pm
Come parade with our second line band in Historic Downtown Venice! The after-party to follow will be at Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar and Made in Italy.
Music stops include the following locations:
Café Venice
Ciao Gelato
Crate and Marrow
Dick’s Shoes
Mother’s Cupboard Spice Shoppe
Sunbug/Twist
TJ Carney’s
Venice Avenue Creamery
Venice In Vogue
Venice Wine and Coffee