Venice MainStreet has partnered with the Florida Department of State on a statewide initiative to celebrate the successes of Florida’s Main Street communities and educate the public about the impacts of local, statewide, and national Main Street programs. Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee announced January 18, 2022 as this year’s Florida Main Street Day. Kara Morgan, CEO of Venice MainStreet, will be attending the event in Tallahassee, Florida.
Since 2020, the Florida Main Street program has organized Florida Main Street Day to raise awareness of Main Street programs. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Florida Main Street, Orlando Main Streets, and local Main Street communities will be located on the 2nd Floor Rotunda of the Florida State Capitol.
“I am thrilled to recognize this year’s Florida Main Street Day,” said Secretary Lee. “Our Main Streets have proven to be vital in protecting and revitalizing our state’s historic downtowns and commercial corridors, and I look forward to their continued success.”
Developed in the late 1970s by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Main Street program works to revitalize historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial corridors by encouraging economic development within the context of historic preservation. Since 1985, Florida Main Street has worked with more than 100 communities to rejuvenate Florida’s downtowns – the community’s heart and soul. Currently, Florida Main Street oversees 54 participating communities, including Venice MainStreet.
Venice MainStreet is delighted to welcome Venice Pride, Inc. as a Nonprofit Partner! Venice Pride, Inc. is an inclusive place that celebrates the diversity, visibility and strength of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies.
In 2018, Venice Pride joined other activists and LGBTQ+ supporters and allies to celebrate the visibility and diversity of the LGBTQ+ community. In what started out as a vision to promote awareness of the LGBTQ+ community, SunCoast Metropolitan Community Church’s (MCC) members and friends took the initiative to provide the support needed to host the first Venice Pride Festival in November 2018. Due to the overwhelming support from the broader community, Venice Pride recognized the need for an ongoing presence and voice of the LGBTQ+ community.
In 2020, Venice Pride incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and in 2021 developed its Strategic Plan for 2022 to 2024 to guide the organization’s work. With community support, it plans to expand programming, build partnerships, educate and advocate — all with the goal of making a difference in the lives of its LGBTQ+ friends and allies in the Suncoast region of Florida.
To learn more about Venice Pride, Inc., its programs and events, visit VeniceFLPride.com, call (941) 271-0818, or email info@veniceFLpride.com.
Located at 3276 E. Venice Avenue, Venice, FL 34292.
Venice MainStreet is delighted to welcome the Venice Area Women’s College Club (VAWCC) as a Nonprofit Partner! “Reaching Out To Make A Difference,” the VAWCC promotes fellowship among college women and encourages their personal growth and participation in community affairs. Membership includes any woman with an Associate’s or higher degree from an accredited college or university.
Meetings are held at the Plantation Golf & Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd, Venice, FL 34293. For more information about the Club and joining, contact 571-216-4759 or 612-597-2299.
Saturday and Sunday, January 29th and 30th, 2022 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Downtown Venice: 100-300 West Venice Avenue, Venice, FL 34285
Join us in Downtown Venice to browse and purchase a wide variety of ceramics, jewelry, stained glass, metal works and much more. Our event will be set up along West Venice Avenue, one of Venice’s historic downtown streets. In addition to the incredible crafts, our Green Market offers live flora, freshly popped kettle corn, gourmet spices, and sauces. Come meet and visit with some of the nation’s best crafters, as you stroll along downtown Venice.
Join the fun in historic downtown Venice for the bimonthly Friday Night Concert Series at the gazebo in Centennial Park! This event, hosted by Venice MainStreet, is held every second and fourth Friday of each month from 7pm-9pm and is free and open to the public.
PLEASE NOTE: Social distancing is required and masks are recommended. Attendees are asked to follow current CDC guidelines. Bring your own chairs or picnic blankets. No alcohol is permitted in Centennial Park.
To follow our events on Facebook CLICK HERE. Musicans and bands interested in being considered for future concert dates, please download and send in the following form: CLICK HERE.
UPCOMING 2022 CONCERTS- All at 7PM
Forrest Shafer & Friends
Kit M. Jones
PLEASE NOTE: There is no concert on this date due to another pre-scheduled event at the gazebo.
George Durham & Company Band
Venice MainStreet is delighted to welcome the Rocketman Shop as a Business Partner! At this family-owned and operated store, you will find a wide variety of gift shop items, souvenirs and apparel from musical bands, bags and purses, incense, recreational items, wall tapestries, glass, acrylic and metal gifts, body cleansers and supplements, body jewelry, hemp wear and much more. Backed by more than 50 years of successul experience, Rocketman has successfully served Sarasota and Manatee counties since 1996.
1211 U.S. 41 Baypass S Venice FL 34285
2635 Mall Dr. Sarasota FL 34231
Venice MainStreet is happy to welcome Heather A. Dempsey, Emotional Coach! Heather specializes in emotional health, inner healing and trauma recovery work. She is a Certified Success Principles and Integrative Wellness Coach, Clear Beliefs Coach, NLP Practitioner, 500 Hour YA Certified Yoga Instructor, Certified Sound Therapist, Reiki Master Teacher, ThetaHealing® Technique Practitioner, and Pro Crystal Healer. At her Heart Space Center studio she offers Sound Healing, Energy Healing, Emotional Health Coaching, and Yoga. “When you work with me, you’ll leave sessions feeling fully validated, supported, and able to experience life without your old anxiety and triggers taking control over you,” says Heather.
Heart Space Center
439 Tamiami Trail South Suite 208, Venice, FL 34285
We are happy to welcome Apex Boxing and Fitness as a new Business Partner! With Apex, you can stay fit with boxing fitness, bootcamp, calisthenics, body sculpting, personal training, and nutritional plans. It is an open and class-based gym in Nokomis with classes designed specifically to create an environment that allows anyone –regardless of experience, fitness level or age– with the opportunity to build skills in a sustainable, safe and healthy way. Nothing is more important to Apex than the health of its members, which is why it provides a clean facility and takes all necessary hygiene precautions.
249 Tamiami Trail South
Nokomis, FL 34275
Photo credits: Apex Boxing and Fitness
We are delighted to welcome Alternative Homemaking with a Heart of SW Florida as a Business Partner! Alternative Homemaking, which has been serving the Venice area community since 1987, is a stay-at-home alternative to a nursing home or assisted living facility. Its services are available 24/7, 365 days a year providing homemakers, personal care, respite, companions, Alzheimer’s/dementia care, and transportation. It services all of Sarasota County and Charlotte County.
Alternative Homemaking can assist with activities of daily living such as light housekeeping, cleaning, and bathing. Whether you just need companionship to keep you company or transportation services, such as shopping assistance or your doctor’s appointments Alternative Homemaking can develop a custom-tailored care plan for your specific needs.
With 55 years of accreditation experience and counting, CHAP is the most experienced home and community-based accreditation program. Alternative Homemaking has been accredited through CHAP since 2009.
Corporate Headquarters in Venice
1901 Tamiami Trail South, Suite A, Venice, FL 34293
Photo credits: Alternative Homemaking with a Heart of SW Florida