Welcome New Venice MainStreet Partner, Scott Swonger Realtor

Welcome New Venice MainStreet Partner, Scott Swonger Realtor

Scott Swonger is a licensed Realtor ® serving the Venice, Englewood, North Port, Port Charlotte and Sarasota, Florida area. He prides himself on educating home buyers when it comes to their single largest purchase. According to Scott, “I love to research properties, especially condominiums. It troubles me when I hear stories of families buying into a condominium complex that has not been managed properly or does not have proper reserves. I feel an essential part of my job as a full-service realtor is to guide buyers to the best possible home we can work to find together.”

Contact Scott at 351 W. Venice Ave, Venice, Florida 34285; sellingveniceflorida@gmail.com; 941-600-3534; https://scottswongerrealtor.com/

2020 Holiday Window Decorating Contest Winners

2020 Holiday Window Decorating Contest Winners

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2020 Venice MainStreet Downtown Venice Holiday Window Decorating Contest! 

Most Creative
1st Place- St. Marco Boutique
2nd Place- The Soda Fountain

Most Elegant
1st Place- Croissant & Co.
2nd Place- Tangi & Jess

Most Traditional
1st Place- Island Gift Nook
2nd Place- Venice in Vogue

Most Creative Use of Merchandise
1st Place- The Boutique by the Beach (pictured above)
2nd Place- Twist Boutique

Most Whimsical
1st Place- Sun Bug
2nd Place- The Wild Thang Boutique

Best Use of Lights
1st Place- Luxurious Interiors
2nd Place- Rose & Leo

Welcome New Venice MainStreet Partner, Waves of Light

Welcome New Venice MainStreet Partner, Waves of Light

Waves of Light Mystical Boutique can assist you in all your Metaphysical and spiritual needs. Services and products include a psychic medium, home clearings, galleries, crystals, incense, candles, essential oils, exotic and unique gifts.

According to owners Jerry and Mary Ann Holton, Waves of Light is “A place where all are accepted, where you can be your true authentic self. We are a family here at Waves of Light. We are not only about spreading love and light, but we are here to assist you in reaching your ultimate highest potential as a soul.” Contact Waves of Light at 101 W. Venice Ave., Unit #17, Venice, Florida 34285; wavesoflight1@gmail.com; 941-480-1978; https://waves-of-light.square.site/; and on Facebook.

Welcome New Venice MainStreet Partner, Anchor Realty of the Gulf Coast

Welcome New Venice MainStreet Partner, Anchor Realty of the Gulf Coast

Anchor Realty of the Gulf Coast provides quality real estate services in Venice and in the surrounding area. Its agents’ creativity and dedication are why their customers refer their friends, co-workers and family members when they need a professional real estate agent. They focus on providing customers with the best experience possible when purchasing or leasing homes. 

About Karen Montgomery
Realtor Karen Montgomery enjoyed her childhood and teenage years living on Boca Grande. Now, Venice is what she calls “home.” After a rewarding career in Nursing including Administration, she wanted to spend more quality time with her three children and found her way into Real Estate. Karen states, “I still feel like I still can take care of people as a Professional Realtor.” In addition to a degree in Nursing, Karen has earned an MBA. Since the beginning her Real Estate career in 2005, her clients testify she is informative and friendly and that’s why they return to her with their real estate needs. Her creativity and dedication are why her customers refer their friends, co-workers and family members to Karen when they need a Professional Realtor.

Karen works hard for her clients and prides herself on being detail-oriented, keeping current with market conditions, finance programs, and future Sarasota County growth and development. Karen feels strongly that, “It’s not just about a customer buying or selling real estate, it’s about assisting customers to make well-informed decisions.” Karen focuses on providing customers with the best experience possible in residential sales and rentals. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors and Florida Association of Realtors.

Contact Anchor Realty of the Gulf Coast at 217 Nassau St. S., Venice, Florida 34285; karen.anchorrealty@gmail.com; 941-786-9912; http://anchorrealtyofthegulfcoast.com/

Small Business Saturday, November 28

Small Business Saturday, November 28

Small Business Saturday® continues to be an annual holiday shopping tradition — just one part of the larger Shop Small Movement that supports small businesses every day and everywhere. Please support local, small businesses in downtown Venice on Saturday, November 28th this year. For a directory of shops, click HERE.

History of American Express Small Business Saturday
American Express cares deeply about thriving communities and believes small businesses are at the core of every successful neighborhood. That’s why — in the midst of the recession in 2010 — they created Small Business Saturday® on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to encourage people to Shop Small and bring more holiday shopping to small businesses.

The first Small Business Saturday was a success. One year later, as the Shop Small Movement gained momentum, local officials across the nation took notice and moved to promote the day. In 2011, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution in support of the day, and officials in all 50 states participated. It even gets a shout-out from the President of the United States.

Heather McCullough is winner of 2020 poster contest

Heather McCullough is winner of 2020 poster contest

Congratulations to artist Heather McCullough, winner of the 2020 Venice MainStreet poster contest! This year’s theme was Pathways, Passages and Avenues and the entries were judged by the Venice MainStreet Design Committee and board members. Heather’s painting of Service Club Park in Venice will be featured on the poster for the 33rd Annual Downtown Venice Art Fest (date to be determined). We will keep you posted when the posters become available for sale.

To learn more about the artist, visit heathermcculloughartworks.com. To view previous Venice Art Fest poster winners, click HERE.

Welcome New Venice MainStreet Partner, Venice Buggies

Welcome New Venice MainStreet Partner, Venice Buggies

Venice Buggies is a locally owned and family operated low-speed vehicle (LSV) golf cart rental service, providing street legal golf carts to Englewood, Nokomis, North Port, Osprey, Sarasota, Siesta Key, Venice, and Wellen Park (Venice/North Port). They offer convenient and flexible delivery and pick up at any of these areas so you can focus on the important part– enjoying your vacation and making memories with your loved ones. Venice Buggies provides customers with a fun, safe way to explore the beautiful Gulf shoreline and enjoy all of the adventures the area’s unique coastal towns have to offer. 

Why rental a street legal golf cart?
– Easy parking: Local beaches get busy but with a golf cart, parking is usually always quick to find so your family can get to the sand and fun faster. Some beaches even have designated cart spots.

– Take it to the streets: All of Venice Buggies’ golf carts are street legal so you can cruise around town on any street 35mph and under.

– Never fill up: All carts are battery-operated, so you won’t have to waste any of your vacation time at a gas station.

– Need more fun? Venice Buggies offers additional beach gear for rent– chairs, ice chests, swim toys, and all the bungee cords you need to pack up and go.

– Experienced team: Venice Buggies has years of experience owning their own golf carts and is available by phone or text message if you have any questions while renting.

Contact Venice Buggies at info@venicebuggies.com, 941-822-2147, https://venicebuggies.com/

Welcome new Venice MainStreet partner, Tri-Healthy CBD

Welcome new Venice MainStreet partner, Tri-Healthy CBD

Welcome new Venice MainStreet partner Tri-Healthy CBD, located in the beautiful historic San Marco/KMI building on Tampa Avenue in downtown Venice. Tri-Heathy provides CBD products and other high quality hemp and organic products. It is a recognized leading provider of top national and regional brands to ensure quality. Its goals are to provide the highest quality CBD and hemp products, as well as educating consumers on the benefits of CBD.

Tri-Healthy is veteran-owned and operated by Paul and Stacie Kaldy who are established CBD business owners in Tennessee and Ohio. “We went to visit and fell in love with Venice! Medical marijuana is legal in Florida, but we saw a need and a want for a dedicated CBD retailer,” says Stacie Kaldy. “Our goal is to help educate and guide the community on natural health solutions.” CBD products can provide many benefits that medical marijuana can but are geared for individuals who do not want to experience “the high.”

Tri-Healthy’s CBD team of professionals is dedicated to providing the best customer experience in the CBD industry. Stop in and say hello to Paul and Stacie, and see if CBD is right for you. Located at 248 Tampa Ave. W., Venice, FL 34285; 844-994-3676; www.tri-healthy.com.

Christmas Walk, December 3, 2020, 5-8pm

Christmas Walk, December 3, 2020, 5-8pm

This year’s Downtown Venice Christmas Walk, a shopping promotion to support small local businesses, is December 3rd from 5pm to 8pm. Enjoy extended hours at local shops, treats, live music and the twinkle of lights on decorated trees along Miami, Tampa and West Venice avenues. Take a stroll and delight in the warm glow of decorated holiday storefront windows. Check out the award-wining storefronts that won Venice MainStreet’s decorating contest for Most Creative, Most Elegant, Most Traditional, Most Creative Use of Merchandise, Most Whimsical, and Best Use of Lights. 

LIVE MUSIC
Art Escape Gallery– Rick Chapman
Burgundy Square Café and Bodrum Restaurant (breezeway)- Kenny Moolenaar playing Christmas Steel Drums
Café Venice– Sam Domicolo
Ciao Gelato– George Byrne
Gulf Shores Realty– Joey O
Venice Avenue Creamery– Swinging Bridge
Venice Wine & Coffee Company– Mysterious Mallets (marimba and vibraphone duo)

PARTICIPATING VENICE MAINSTREET PARTNERS:

MIAMI AVE.
Art Escape Gallery- live music Rick Chapman
Bodrum Restaurant- live music Kenny Moolenaar, steel drums
Burgundy Square Cafe- live music Kenny Moolenaar, steel drums
Crate & Marrow
Down Island Way Boutique
DP Fitness & Wellness
Fifi’s of Venice
Gulf Soles
Mother’s Cupboard Spice Shoppe
The Wild Thang Boutique

TAMPA AVE.
Door Belle Dinners
Tri-Healthy CBD

WEST VENICE AVE.
Bonnell’s Boutique & Winery
Cafe Venice- live music Sam Domicolo
Captain’s Landing
Celebration Corner
Ciao Gelato- live music George Byrne
Coldwell Banker Realty
DanaTyler
Deborah and Dick Miller Team, RE/MAX Platinum Realty
Deborah’s Quilt Basket (also drop off location for Toys for Tots until Dec. 14th)
Dick’s Shoes of Venice
Eyes On You
Florida Olive Oil Company
Gulf Shores Realty- live music Joey O
Island Gift Nook
Kilwins
Krystyna’s Designs
Laurie Jean and Co.
Lisa’s Classic Rose
Luxurious Interiors
Nana’s A Children’s Shop
Patchington
Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
Rose & Leo
Shirt Stop
Smoky Mountain Handmade Candles
southeast salt
St. Marco Boutique
SunBug
Tangi & Jess
The Boutique By The Beach
Things I Like
Twist Boutique
Venice Avenue Creamery- live music Swinging Bridge
Venice In Vogue
Venice Olive Oil Company
Venice Wine and Coffee Company- live music Mysterious Mallets
Waves of Light Mystical Boutique

Our Platinum Partners