Our downtown gateway sign is new and improved!

Our downtown gateway sign is new and improved!

Venice MainStreet installed a new and improved digital sign at the Gateway Arch entrance to historic downtown. Gulf Coast Community Foundation, The City of Venice, and Venice MainStreet funded the new sign. Thank you to our sponsors and to Rothco Signs & Designs Inc. of North Port for the installation.

Photo caption: (left to right) Ed Lavallee (City Manager City of Venice), Mark Pritchett (CEO Gulf Coast Community Foundation), Nick Pachota (Vice Mayor City of Venice), Tracy Silver (Board Chair Venice MainStreet), Kara Morgan (CEO Venice MainStreet), Jon Thaxton (Senior Vice President for Community Investment Gulf Coast Community Foundation), Rachel Denton (Marketing and Public Relations Associate Gulf Coast Community Foundation), Ricky Simpson (Director of Public Works City of Venice)

2022 Children’s Halloween Parade

2022 Children’s Halloween Parade

Halloween is quickly approaching and Venice Area children are picking out their costumes to show off in the Annual Children’s Halloween Parade, Monday, October 31, at 4:30pm in Centennial Park. The parade down West Venice Avenue will begin promptly at 5pm led by the Lions Club of Venice float and members.
 
The Venice Lions Club has proudly sponsored this event for 60+ years. More than 500 children are expected to receive candy treats from its members. Following the brief parade, children will be free to trick or treat for more goodies at participating locations along the avenues.
 
It is an event for all ages and fun for the whole family. Venice MainStreet and its partners are delighted to support this annual event- a showcase for our downtown.
Thank you, Brand Realty & Associates, for joining!

Thank you, Brand Realty & Associates, for joining!

Venice MainStreet is excited to welcome Brand Realty & Associates as a Business Partner! Brand Realty has served the Venice area for over 30 years. Its mission is to build long-lasting relationships with its clients. With professional and detail oriented service approach, their goal is a problem-free transaction from start to finish be it buying, selling, renting, or managing a property. Their real estate agents and brokers work in collaboration with one another to offer clients an unmatched level of service. 

SPECIALIZING IN:
– Finding buyers the best location and home for the money
– Competent seller representation
– Rental search and negotiation
– Complete property management

CONTACT BRAND REALTY & ASSOCIATES:
256 Nokomis Avenue South #3
Venice, Florida 34285
brandrealty@outlook.com
(941) 480-0601
brandrealtyfl.com

Downtown information kiosk gets makeover

Downtown information kiosk gets makeover

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

The Patterson Foundation Kickstarts Venice MainStreet’s Entrepreneurial Plan Fundraising with Up to $37,500 Match

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.

Call to Artists 2022 Poster Contest

Call to Artists 2022 Poster Contest

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

Guidelines:
• 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 info@venicemainstreet.com. Find out more about Howard Alan Events at www.artfestival.com.

View previous years’ winners: CLICK HERE

Centennial Park ADA parking/sidewalk work 8/3/22

Centennial Park ADA parking/sidewalk work 8/3/22

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
Direct: 941-882-7401
Email: landerson@venicefl.gov
www.venicegov.com

Thank you, Grand Resort Wear, for joining!

Thank you, Grand Resort Wear, for joining!

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

Welcome, Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club

Welcome, Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club

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
venicenokomisrotary.org