Welcome, Blue Breaks Sports Cards & Hobby Shop!

Welcome, Blue Breaks Sports Cards & Hobby Shop!

Thank you, Blue Breaks Sports Cards & Hobby Shop, for joining Venice MainStreet! Blue Breaks offers over 80,000 singles, supplies, new wax and more. Whether you have a few minutes or hours, you will have fun browsing the collectibles. They are the only Topps MVP and Upper Deck Certified Diamond Dealer store in the area. Enjoy coming out to one of the Trade Nights, sell, trade or exchange and meet fellow sports fans. 

Contact
1213 US 41 Bypass S
Venice, Florida 34285
(941) 837-2429
info@bluebreaks.com
bluebreaks.com

Welcome, Our Mother’s House!

Welcome, Our Mother’s House!

Thank you, Our Mother’s House, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Nonprofit Partner! Our Mother’s House of Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice, Inc. has provided transitional housing to homeless mothers and their children since 1987. The program’s mission is to offer single mothers and their preschool-age children a safe and secure environment to achieve increased self-sufficiency through education, vocational training, and personal growth.

Our Mother’s House provides shelter and guidance for single mothers and their children who would otherwise be homeless. Children attend Early Head Start while mothers are in school or working. Mothers work toward self-sufficiency and work closely with case managers to reach their established goals. They also attend weekly life skills classes, such as parenting, self-esteem, nutrition, and financial literacy. In addition, mothers agree to follow house rules and regulations, follow their care plan, attend house meetings, and accept communal responsibilities.

Child Care
Our Mother’s House and Children First of Sarasota County partner to provide a Early Head Start program for the resident children. The licensed and certified program ensures the children are ready to enter the public school system. Children also receive daily breakfast, lunch, and snacks while in school.

Volunteers
Our Mother’s House welcomes volunteers. Volunteers are needed for assistance with childcare, maintenance, fundraising, and administration. Please consider giving your time to this worthy program.

Contact
P. O. Box 2240
Venice, FL 34284
941-485-6264
Sharladene.senko@catholiccharitiesdov.org
catholiccharitiesdov.org/charities/our-mothers-house/

Shop Venice Online

Shop Venice Online

ShopVeniceFL.com is a one-stop online shop with all your favorite Venice, Florida products. Whether you’re a local, a seasonal resident, or someone who vacationed here and loved a product from one of the Downtown Venice businesses – we have a wide variety of products and experiences just for you! Venice MainStreet’s commemorative brick orders and art festival poster orders are also now available on ShopVeniceFL.com. We are continually adding more businesses’ and nonprofits’ products, so check back on the website often! Shop Local, Shop Venice.

Interested in being an online vendor?
Are you a Venice area business or nonprofit organization and want to reach a broader market with your products, services, or fundraiser items? Let Venice MainStreet help you make the leap into the online marketplace. It’s affordable and easy! You can view our Terms of Use HERE. Please contact Venice MainStreet for more information.

Contact

Kara Morgan, CEO Venice MainStreet
kara.morgan@venicemainstreet.com
941-484-6722

FantaSea Venice Auction is April 1, 2023

FantaSea Venice Auction is April 1, 2023

These are the last few weeks to catch FantaSea Venice in downtown Venice and around town. The mermaids and seahorses will be removed in early March 2023 and taken to the Venice Art Center (390 Nokomis Ave. South, Venice, FL 34285) to be on display there until March 30th.

The FantaSea Venice Auction is April 1st, when one of these 52 fun and beautiful mermaids or seahorses could be yours! For tickets to the in-person auction at the Venice Yacht Club (1330 Tarpon Center Drive, Venice, FL 34285) contact the Venice Art Center at 941-485-7136. Bidding is also available online CLICK HERE.

Matches Strengthen Launch of Nonprofit Earned-Income Plans

Matches Strengthen Launch of Nonprofit Earned-Income Plans

Posted on February 09, 2023 by The Patterson Foundation

The Patterson Foundation has matched $187,500 total in investments into four earned-income plans created by regional nonprofits participating in Margin & Mission Ignition. The matches strengthened fundraising efforts toward the startup costs of the earned-income plans developed by each organization through the 30-month process to help nonprofits build organizational capacity, boost revenue and strengthen mission impact.

Since 2015, Margin & Mission Ignition has helped nonprofits in our region adopt and implement earned-income strategies, allowing them to build entrepreneurial capacity and generate revenue that increases their opportunities to serve the community. During the 30-month process, participating nonprofits work with No Margin, No Mission, a social enterprise and national consulting firm engaged by The Patterson Foundation, to create and launch a new or expanded revenue stream aligned with their mission and work while learning and applying entrepreneurial principles.

“The ingenuity interwoven throughout all four of these earned-income plans is a reflection of each organization’s commitment to strengthening their capacity to serve our region for the long-term,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “Their entrepreneurial spirit inspired investors to fund the creation of revenue streams that can help sustain their operations and ability to do more good for more of us.”

The matches covered up to 50 percent of the startup costs outlined in each organization’s earned-income plan, which catalyzed investments from other donors. Through these investments, the four participating organizations were able to launch or expand the following services:

Charlotte County Homeless Coalition: Opened a newly expanded location for their Fabulous Finds Re-Sale Shop & Unique Boutique with a significantly larger selling floor, more space to receive donated goods, and an enhanced selection of resale merchandise and offerings. Most importantly, 100 percent of the net proceeds go back to supporting the mission of its programs and services.

Resilient Retreat: Launched The Retreat Sarasota, a new venue rental business for those who wish to host events, retreats, parties, weddings, special family gatherings, and more in state-of-the-art facilities located on lush property that spans 85 acres. All proceeds benefit Resilient Retreat’s mission to help survivors of abuse, first responders, and helping professionals to heal the impacts of trauma on the mind, body, and spirit.

Selah Freedom: Launched Selah Consulting to provide training, consulting, technical assistance, and actionable solutions to organizations that wish to replicate the Selah Freedom model while developing programs designed to end sex trafficking and bring freedom to the exploited. Proceeds support the mission of Selah Freedom to bring solutions to survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation.

Venice MainStreet: Launched Shop Venice Mainstreet Online, a one-stop virtual marketplace that allows customers (including locals, seasonal residents, vacationers, and others) to shop the virtual streets and unique stores located in Downtown Venice, Florida 24/7/365. Proceeds support the mission of Venice Main Street to preserve and enhance the character, beauty, and economic vitality of historic Downtown Venice.

Margin & Mission Ignition is part of The Patterson Foundation’s Nonprofit Thrivability initiative. This initiative connects nonprofits with expertise and resources to learn concepts such as strategic decision-making while adopting and implementing entrepreneurial principles to generate enough revenue to support and eventually grow their operations.

Learn more about Margin & Mission Ignition, or join the conversation using on social media.

Welcome, GitChewSum Catering!

Welcome, GitChewSum Catering!

Thank  you, GitChewSumBBQ, for joining Venice MainStreet! GitChewSum offers “Southern Style” barbecued chicken, pork, ribs and beef. Smoking premium, high-quality meats is their passion using the finest hardwoods and homemade rubs. One taste and you’ll want to “GitChewSum” more! Their customized catering packages can meet your needs and tastes, from weddings and showers, to corporate events and holiday get-togethers.

AWARD WINNING FLAVOR
GitChewSum BBQ entered the world of Professional Competitive BBQ in 2014, competing primarily in the FBS (Florida Barbecue Association), but also KCBS (Kansa Barbecue Society). In just a few seasons, they received a number of awards: 2 Grand Champions, 3 reserved Grand Champions, multiple top 5 and top 10 finishes, and placed in the top 5 overall once and top 10 overall twice and invited to the American Royal twice.

OUR STORY
It all started in our hometown Venice, Florida doing what we love the best: cooking BBQ on an old school homemade stick burner made from a propane tank. Allen was working at an industrial company and had noticed that when he brought in meals for his team, they quickly grew tired of “pizza Fridays.” So, he starting treating the team with BBQ, and it grew from there.

Feedback was incredibly positive and demand overwhelming, so he and his wife, Lindsay, kicked it up a notch and started GitChewSum Barbecue, LLC in 2013. Since then we’ve catered events with 75 people to some with over 1,400 guests. In 2012 we built a custom mobile smoker that is joined with a self contained trailer that’s always ready to hit the road for the next big event. We take a tremendous amount of pride in what we do. It doesn’t matter how big or small the event – all of our products are treated with same level of attention to detail and are of high quality.

Our kids are even in on the action now with our 10-year-old son, A.J. creating his own specialty rubs and taking parts in children’s barbeque competitions. We feel that we have the best down home southern style BBQ that you’re going to find and have supporting reviews… So what are you waiting, give us a call today and “Git-Chew-Sum”! – Allen & Lindsay

CONTACT
941-915-2662
gitchewsumbbq.com

Welcome, Get It Gone Moving!

Welcome, Get It Gone Moving!

Thank you, Get It Gone Moving, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Business Partner! Get It Gone is a professional moving service that can handle all of your moving needs. Whether you are moving across town or to a different county, their team of household moving professionals will take the stress out of moving and “Get It Gone!”

Services include:
Residential Moves
Commercial Moves
Senior Moves
Packing & Unpacking Services
Furniture Delivery
Real Estate Staging & De-staging
Long Distance Shipping
Junk Removal
Storage Clean-outs
Consignments
Charity & Donations

Get It Gone
113 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229
(941) 525-6444
estimates@getitgone.com
getitgone.com

Business and Nonprofit Partners in the news

Business and Nonprofit Partners in the news

This month, three Venice MainStreet Partners were showcased in various media and we are excited to share the news! 

Susan MacDougall, owner of Aqua Silks Studio, worked her magic while water painting on silk with the ladies of ABC7’s Suncoast View, January 24, 2023. Aqua Silks Studio, 101 W Venice Ave, Suite 8, Venice, Florida 34285, 941-412-4616, aquasilksstudio.com
CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO

From Pensacola to Key West, Southern Living picked the “20 Bookstores Everyone Should Visit In Florida.” Downtown Venice’s The Island Bookshop made the list and was featured in an article on January 24, 2023. Congratulations to owners Aimee Odette and Michael Rank! The next time you are on Miami Avenue, stop in and check out their wide array of books for all ages, as well as local art. The Island Bookshop, 206 Miami Avenue West, Venice, FL 34285, (941) 416-5511, theislandbookshop.com
CLICK TO READ ARTICLE

Did you know Venice is home to the southernmost carillon in America? On January 20, 2023, NBC2 News featured the Andrew W. Crawford Memorial Carillon and Carillonneur Wylie Crawford. Catch a recital on Saturday mornings at 10am at the terrace of the Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Avenue, Building 5, Venice, FL 34285, veniceperformingartscenter.com/andrew-w-crawford-memorial-carillon. It is free and open to the public!
CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO

 

Welcome, Cottage Art Gallery!

Welcome, Cottage Art Gallery!

Thank you, Cottage Art Gallery, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Business Partner! The Cottage Art and Gift Gallery, established in 2014, showcases and supports local artists in a historically registered cottage. Shop and discover its unique, eclectic variety of work or tap into your own hidden talent by taking a class in watercolor painting or cartooning. Head to the Cottage Art Gallery on the third Saturday of each month for its outdoor Nokomis Art & Craft Market.

Gallery Hours
October – April: Tues-Sat: 10am – 4pm
May – September: Thurs-Sat: 10am – 4pm

The Nokomis Art and Craft Market
3RD SATURDAY OF THE MONTH, NOVEMBER – MARCH, 9:30AM – 4:00PM
Featuring local artists, live music and even clowns! Shop for jewelry, home and yard decor, and all kinds of quality, handmade items. The Cottage Gallery, Hot Chicks Hot Glass and RumRunners Antiques are open for business during the Market and there is plenty of free parking, plus free coffee.

The Cottage Art Gallery
106 Pocono Trail E, Nokomis FL 34275
(941) 275-8121
thecottageinnokomis.com

Thank you, Holy Spirit Orthodox Church, for joining!

Thank you, Holy Spirit Orthodox Church, for joining!

Thank you, Holy Spirit Orthodox Church, for joining Venice MainStreet as a Nonprofit Partner! Holy Spirit is a parish of the Orthodox Church in America and welcomes all to join them or to just learn more. Enjoy delicious bread, rolls, spanakopita, holupki, and pierogies at its monthly Food Sales and Jewelry Boutique, the third Friday of every month from 11am – 2pm located at the parish.  Pre-orders can be placed with Chris: ckourapis@aol.com or 941-416-6883.

Services
Thursdays 9 am and 5 pm
Fridays 9 am 
Saturdays 5 pm
Sundays 9 am and 10 am

Contact
700 Shamrock Boulevard
Venice FL 34293
941-497-7041
frstephenlourie@gmail.com
hsoc-venice.com