Keeping it Local with Kristine Grace Resort Wear

Keeping it Local with Kristine Grace Resort Wear

Kristine Grace Resort Wear (formerly Southeast Salt) offers carefree coastal apparel that is stylish, functional, and affordable. They are particularly proud of their own line of ladies’ apparel, Kristine Grace, made in Sarasota and includes shorts, skorts, dresses, 1/4-zip tops, and capri leggings. These garments are made of breathable, machine washable material offering 50+ sun protection and 4-way stretch. They also carry a custom print featuring the Centennial Park gazebo and the Venice fishing pier.

Most recently, Kristine Grace Resort Wear added two new ladies’ lines—Ana Clare and Barbara Erickson—complementing their extensive line of Coolibar high-quality UPF clothing. Looking for a unique gift, the boutique carries three brands of tee shirts—Southeast Salt, Ivory Ella, and Sun-Activated. The sun-activated shirts either change color or have hidden designs that become visible when exposed to the sun. “Stop in today,” invites owner and manager Betsy Wietor. “ We enjoy meeting the locals, snowbirds, and tourists.” Kristine Grace Resort Wear is located at 213B West Venice Avenue in downtown Venice. For more information contact 941-882-4096,

Friday Night Concert Series 2021

Friday Night Concert Series 2021

Grab a mask and join the fun in historic downtown Venice for the return of the Friday Night Concert Series at the gazebo in Centennial Park! This event is hosted by Venice MainStreet.

Friday Night Concerts in Centennial Park are free and open to the public; however, pre-registration is required and parties are limited to a maximum of 6 people per designated space. No exceptions. The ticket link is announced on the Venice MainStreet Facebook Event page a few weeks prior to the event and is also available as a link on our website homepage PLEASE NOTE: Seats are limited and registration fills up quickly. Attendees are asked to bring their own chairs and blankets. No alcohol is permitted in City of Venice parks.

Venice MainStreet has worked diligently with the City of Venice for the return of the concert series to downtown and will follow CDC guidelines for safety during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees are REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK during the entire concert. Venice Police Department officers will be monitoring the event for compliance with the requirements for masks and distancing. Boundaries will be in place for the ticketed concert area. Everyone is asked to remain in the socially distant, designated safety zones assigned to each group.

Check back again for more bands or follow our events on Facebook CLICK HERE. The EventBrite link is posted on Facebook and this web page the week of the concert date. Please note that tickets typically sell out within a day or two.

February 26 at 7pm
Swinging Bridge

February 12 at 7pm
Josh Reilly Trio

January 22 at 7pm
Patchouli and Terra Guitarra

January 8th at 7pm
The North Jetty Allstars

Welcome 2021 Board of Directors

Welcome 2021 Board of Directors

Venice MainStreet held its annual meeting via Zoom on January 28th. We are so grateful for the work of outgoing 2020 president, Ronnie Fernandez, and the 2020 board and look forward to working with Sandra Di Pentima, our 2021 president, and the new board this year. For a copy of Venice MainStreet’s 2020 Annual Report CLICK HERE.

Thank you 2020 Board:
President Ronnie Fernandez, CenterState Bank
Vice President Sandra Di Pentima, Fifth Third Bank
Treasurer Brad Patton, FourThought Private Wealth
Secretary Patrick Carney, Navamaze Senior Living Solutions
Andrew Britton, Britton Law Group
Kathy Crisman, Dick’s Shoes of Venice
Nick Flerlage, Flerlage Team
Jeannie Gomes, Hotel Venezia
Tracy Ivey, Volunteer
Rod Nafziger, Ciao Gelato
Bill Willson, Roberts Insurance Group

Welcome 2021 Board:
President Sandra Di Pentima, Fifth Third Bank
Vice President Brad Patton, FourThought Private Wealth
Treasurer Tracy Silver, Venice Wine & Coffee Company
Secretary Patrick Carney, Navamaze Senior Living Solutions
Andrew Britton, Britton Law Group
Robert Daniels, Volunteer
Ronnie Fernandez, CenterState Bank
Nick Flerlage, Flerlage Team
Jeannie Gomes, Hotel Venezia
James Haas, Sunbug and Twist Boutique
Cindy Lodge, Volunteer
Rod Nafziger, Volunteer
Bill Willson, Volunteer

Welcome New Venice MainStreet Partner, Aqua Silks Studio

Welcome New Venice MainStreet Partner, Aqua Silks Studio

Looking for a fun, creative experience for yourself or with a group of friends? You can design your own silks at Aqua Silks Studio to create scarves, home decor and accessories. During this interactive art experience, where you paint on water, you will learn everything you need to know and leave with your art captured on silk. Book your studio session today and unleash the artist within (no experience necessary)!

Aqua Silks Studio is located in downtown Venice, next to Cafe Venice and behind Bonnell’s Boutique & Winery, at 101 West Venice Ave., Suite 8, Venice, FL 34285. Call 941-661-0057 or email for more information. Click for website:

Downtown Sweetheart Stroll, 2/11/21

Downtown Sweetheart Stroll, 2/11/21

February 11, 2021 from 5pm to 7pm
The ultimate downtown date night! Venice MainStreet presents the Sweetheart Stroll in historic downtown Venice. Enjoy Valentine-themed merchandise, food and drink specials, live music, classic cars from the Antique Automobile Club of America Venice Region and more!


Harpist Natalie Wagner of Harp Soup-
Fountain Park at corner of Miami Ave W and Nokomis Ave. S, sponsored by Venice MainStreet
Matthew Mayes and Forrest Shafer-
Burgundy Square Breezeway (next to Burgundy Square Cafe and Bodrum), 225-227 Miami Ave. W

Bain Baikley- Daiquiri Deck, 300 W Venice Ave.
Bob Delfausse & Chris Norton-
Venice Wine & Coffee Company, 201 W Venice Ave.
George Byrne-
Ciao Gelato, 317A W Venice Ave.
George DeJong- Cafe Venice, 101 W Venice Ave.
Joey O Entertainment– Gulf Shores Realty, 351 W. Venice Ave.
Swinging Bridge– Venice Avenue Creamery, 249 W Venice Ave.
The Beat Goes On– Venice Olive Oil Company, 101 W. Venice Ave., Suite 5 

PARTICIPATING Venice MainStreet Partners include (but may not limited to) the following:

Miami Avenue Shops
Art Escape Gallery- 10% off anything with a heart
Crate & Marrow
Down Island Way Boutique
Mother’s Cupboard Spice Shoppe
The Wild Thang Boutique

Miami Avenue Restaurants
Abby’s on Miami
Bodrum- free dessert with purchase of bottle of wine- MUSIC: Matthew Mayes & Forrest Shafer
Burgundy Square Cafe- MUSIC: Matthew Mayes & Forrest Shafer
Cafe Longet

Tampa Avenue Shops
Door Belle Dinners
Tri-Healthy CBD- Survive Valentine’s Day Gift Boxes available

West Venice Avenue Shops & Services
Aqua Silks Studio- 50 free dyed wood hearts give-away to first 50 customers
Celebration Corner
Coldwell Banker Realty
Dana Tyler
Florida Olive Oil Co.
Gulf Shores Realty- Offering champagne and York Peppermint Patties; MUSIC: Joey O Entertainment 
Island Gift Nook
Island Life Hammocks
Laurie Jean & Co.
Lisa’s Classic Rose
Luxurious Interiors
Nana’s A Childrens Shop
Patchington- Additional 10% off during the Stroll
Shirt Stop
southeast salt- 20% off regular priced apparel with pink or red in the garment
Things I Like
Twist Boutique
Venice Olive Oil Company- MUSIC: The Beat Goes On (traditional African Rhythms)
Venice Wine and Coffee Company- MUSIC: Chris Smith

West Venice Avenue Dining & Beverages
Cafe Venice- Special Valentine’s Day Cocktail, MUSIC: George DeJong
Ciao Gelato- Specialty flavors Strawberry Stracciatella, Chocolate Covered Strawberry, and Red Velvet Oreo Cookies- MUSIC: George Byrne
Daquiri Deck- MUSIC: Bain Baikley
Devine’s Wine Bar- Sparkling wines at half price special ($4.50): Sweet sparkling moscato, semi dry Prosecco, and dry sparkling rose.
Made In Italy
Ristorante San Marco
TJ Carney’s
Trattoria Da Mino
Venice Avenue Creamery- MUSIC: Swinging Bridge
Venice Wine and Coffee Company- MUSIC: Bob Delfausse & Chris Norton

Welcome New Venice MainStreet Partner, ServisFirst Bank

Welcome New Venice MainStreet Partner, ServisFirst Bank

ServisFirst Bank, a subsidiary of ServisFirst Bancshares (NASDAQ:SFBS), announces its growth in Southwest Florida with the opening of a new full service banking location (drive-thru, ATM) and the hiring of three new, local bankers, continuing their footprint of business operations in Florida. Brent Dykstra will serve as the Community Executive and Joe Cataldo will be Vice President, Branch Manager for this new Venice branch. Also joining the team is Suzanne Johnson as Assistant Branch Manager and Robert Rowe as Commercial Support Manager. The Venice office is 2,300-square-feet and located at 247 Tamiami Trail South.

“The Venice market makes perfect sense for our first full-service banking location in Sarasota County. We have a 20-year veteran in Brent Dykstra who was recently promoted to Venice Community Executive and his team looks forward to serving the community and surrounding areas,” stated Mario Bringas, President, Southwest Florida for ServisFirst Bank.

The team will continue the growth of ServisFirst Bank’s commercial banking group in Southwest Florida through its extensive business and banking experience, building service-oriented relationships with owner-managed companies and professionals, and providing responsive and superior service.

Brent Dykstra, Community Executive
Brent Dykstra will be moving into the role of Community Executive from his previous position as Senior Vice President and Senior Commercial Banker of ServisFirst Bank Southwest Florida. Dykstra previously served as the Senior Vice President and Commercial Banker for Synovus Bank in Sarasota, Florida, where he was responsible for business development, originating and processing commercial loans, and managing loan portfolios. Prior to Synovus Bank, Dykstra served as the Assistant Vice President and Community Banking Relationship Manager for Florida Community Bank after beginning his career as a Consumer Loan Officer at the Community National Bank of Sarasota County in Venice, FL.

Dykstra is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University where he obtained a Bachelor of Art degree in Business Management and is a graduate of the Louisiana State University Graduate School of Banking. Further Dykstra is a Board member of the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota, and serves on the Board as Treasury for a local non-profit, Royal Venice, Inc.

Joe Cataldo, Vice President, Branch Manager
Joe Cataldo has been with ServisFirst Bank Venice as Vice President, Branch Manager since October 2020. Prior to joining ServisFirst Bank, Cataldo served as the Vice President, Manager for First Horizon Bank for four years in Venice, FL. Cataldo also spent 14 years in retail banking throughout the Venice/Englewood area. His exceptional banking relationship experience adds unmatched value to his clients as he serves as a true partner to help grow their business.

Cataldo is currently enrolled in Purdue University where he is working to obtain his Bachelors of Art degree in Business Management Additionally, Cataldo has expertise in customer experience management, leadership and coaching, and maintains business partnerships within the community. He is a member of the Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary Club in Englewood, FL and serves on the board of the Englewood Area Youth Baseball Program.

For more information on ServisFirst Bank, please visit or contact Krista Conlin at Branch phone: 941-236-9130.

Welcome New Venice MainStreet Partner, Venice Onward

Welcome New Venice MainStreet Partner, Venice Onward

Venice Onward offers a wide range of website design and development; social media solutions; and digital online marketing to help businesses reach the largest audience possible. They build fully customized websites while following the most up-to-date search engine algorithm guidelines to increase visibility and boost visitor engagement. Their team of social media marketing specialists can help with everything from initial business page setup and content placement, to daily posts, communication and ongoing page maintenance for social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others.

Get in touch with Venice Onward to learn more about how they can help your organization improve visibility, sales and brand recognition. or contact 941-315-4004, 

New Venice MainStreet President, Sandra Di Pentima

New Venice MainStreet President, Sandra Di Pentima

By Sandra Di Pentima

Happy New Year! I am proud to serve as President of Venice MainStreet, Incorporated for the 2021 year.

As we move into this new year, I’d like to extend a huge thank you to the outgoing Board President, Ronnie Fernandez, and the 2020 Board of Directors for their dedication, service and leadership over the past year, as well as to all of our extraordinary volunteers for giving of their time and talents to make the best of 2020, despite the challenges.

As I look ahead to the upcoming year, I am encouraged by the perseverance and resilience of the people of this community, that we can face and overcome whatever challenges that may be presented. Through the collective efforts of our Board and volunteers, I am confident we will continue to fulfill MainStreet’s mission of ensuring historic preservation and economic vitality for this great City of Venice.

Thank you for allowing me to serve alongside you this year. I truly appreciate your support and encourage you to share any feedback and ideas you may have as we work together to make the best of 2021.

Give Restaurant Gift Cards this Holiday Season

Give Restaurant Gift Cards this Holiday Season

Here’s a list of Venice MainStreet Business Partners who offer restaurant gift cards. Please note this list may change as we continue to update it and as more restaurants add the option to their websites.

Abby’s on Miami
Call to inquire
220 Miami Ave. W.
Venice, FL 34285

Bodrum Restaurant
Once your purchase is made, your gift certificate will be emailed to the recipient email within 48 hours. If you have any questions email or call number below
225 Miami Ave W Ste 5
Venice, FL 34285

BrewBurgers (on the Island)
Virtual and physical cards available
525 S. Tamiami Trail

British Pub Open
Call to inquire
367 Jacaranda Blvd.
Venice, FL 34292

Burgundy Square Café
Call to inquire
227 Miami Ave. W.
Venice, FL 34285

Café Longet
Call to inquire
239 Miami Ave. W.
Venice, FL 34285

Cafe Venice
$10 to $100 available
101 W Venice Ave
Venice FL 34285

Cassariano Italian Eatery
$10- $150 available. Buy $100 gift card and get an extra $25 available online
313 W. Venice Ave.
Venice, FL 34285

Ciao Gelato
Call to inquire
317A W. Venice Ave.
Venice, FL 34285

Croissant & Co.
$20- $100 available
323 W. Venice Ave.

Crow’s Nest Restaurant & Marina
$25 and more available
1968 Tarpon Center Drive
Venice, FL 34285

Daiquiri Deck- Island of Venice
$25-$200 available
300 West Venice Ave.
Venice, FL 34285

Darrell’s Restaurant
Call to inquire
215 S. Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL 34285

Dockside Waterfront Grill
Call to inquire
509 N. Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL 34285

Door Belle Dinners
$35-$150 available
13 W. Tampa Ave.
Venice, FL 34285

$25, $50, $75 available
1600 S. Harbor Drive

Gold Rush BBQ
$25-$100 available
661 S. Tamiami Trail

Island Organics
From $10 to custom amount
231 Miami Ave W
Venice, Florida 34285

Made in Italy
Call to inquire
117 W. Venice Ave.

Old Venice Pub
Call to inquire
100 W. Venice Ave.
Venice, FL 34285

Ristorante San Marco
$25 to $200 available
305-B West Venice Avenue
Venice, FL

Sharky’s on the Pier
$25, $50, $75 available
1600 S. Harbor Drive

Snook Haven
$25, $50, $75 available
5000 E Venice Ave.

The Soda Fountain of Venice
Call to inquire
349 West Venice Ave.
Venice, FL 34285

T. J. Carney’s
Call to inquire
231 W. Venice Ave.
Venice, FL 34285

Trattoria da Mino
Call to inquire
335 W. Venice Ave.
Venice, FL 34285

Upper Crust Cafe & Bakery
Call to inquire
213 W. Venice Ave.
Venice, FL 34285

Venice Avenue Creamery
Call to inquire
249 W. Venice Ave.
Venice, FL 34285

Venice Island Coffee Cafe
Call to inquire
200 Miami Ave. W.
Venice, FL 34285

Venice Wine & Coffee Co.
Call to inquire
201 W. Venice Ave.
Venice, FL 34285

Yummies Donuts & BBQ
$10 available
2001 S. Tamiami Trail
Venice, FL 34293


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