Calling Ghosts and Goblins for Venice Halloween Parade

Calling Ghosts and Goblins for Venice Halloween Parade

Show off your favorite costume at Venice’s annual Children Halloween Parade, sponsored by the Venice Lions Club and Venice MainStreet. Scheduled for Thursday, October 31, children—accompanied by an adult—should gather at the gazebo in Centennial Park at 4:30 p.m. At 5:00 p.m., children will follow the Lions Club float out of Centennial Park onto West Venice Avenue—which will be temporarily closed for this event in the 200 and 300 blocks. The parade will travel westbound in the westbound lanes of West Venice Avenue to Nassau Street. At Nassau Street, the children will use the designated crosswalk to the sidewalk on eastbound West Venice Avenue.

Following the brief parade, children are encouraged to trick-or-treat along the downtown avenues. Shop owners—many of them in costume—will be greeting visitors with special treats. This community event is a great chance for kids to show off their Halloween costumes to the delight of spectators, parents, and grandparents.

The Venice Lions Club has proudly sponsored this event for 61 years. The Club conducts a wide variety of vision and hearing projects as well as a number of community-related activities.

Be a part of this fun, family-friendly fall event. No registration required. Free admission and parking. For more information about this event, contact Venice MainStreet at 941-484-6722.

Local Shop Owners Nurture Creative Crafters

Local Shop Owners Nurture Creative Crafters

Two local shops—Needlefish Yarns of Venice and Deborah’s Quilt Basket—are cultivating a love of crafting across generations. Fueled by a passion for their craft and a desire to create friendly, supportive learning environments, these shop owners are inspiring patrons to begin their own special knitting, crocheting, or quilting project.

Needlefish Yarns of Venice, established in 2016, offers a wide selection of natural fibers—linen, cotton, hemp, and wools—in a variety of weights and styles plus accessories and tools to meet all your knitting and crocheting needs. In addition, classes are provided to all skill levels on a range of projects and designs. And every Thursday evening crafters gather for Open Craft Night, where they learn from each other and foster a sense of community. Nancy Broughton, owner of Needlefish Yarns of Venice, says “our goal is to make everyone feel welcome and inspired. We feel fortunate to be part of such a great community.”

Deborah’s Quilt Basket, the oldest quilting shop in Sarasota County with 35 years in the business, carries more than 2,000 bolts of cotton fabric to create quilts, clothing, tote bags, and home decorations plus an assortment of books, patterns, and gifts for quilters. A variety of classes for all skill levels are offered during winter months. The shop also is a drop-off site for Ryan’s Case for Smiles, an organization founded to create and distribute whimsical pillowcases to give children in hospitals an emotional boost. Deborah Iversen, owner of Deborah’s Quilt Basket, says “we collect pillowcases that are hand-made and then give them to hospitalized children in the Tampa Bay area. Many thanks to my customers for the past 35 years.”

For more information on these crafter destinations, contact Needlefish Yarns of Venice, 258 West Miami Avenue, at 941-486-1584 or visit needlefishyarns.com; and Deborah’s Quilt Basket, 337 West Venice Avenue, at 941-488-6866 or visit debsquiltbasket.com.

 

Cafe Longet: Fine Cuisine with a French Touch

Cafe Longet: Fine Cuisine with a French Touch

As Cafe Longet is approaching its three year anniversary in downtown Venice, chef and owner Steve Longet and wife Jessica continue to fall more in love with Venice. Moving from their native country of France three years ago, they never imagined the community and opportunity they would find in Venice. Selling everything they owned and moving their two daughters to a new country with a dream of opening a French fusion restaurant has proven to be a success.

At Cafe Longet you will experience a modern French menu with an American fusion, inspired by fresh seasonal organic produce. As Chef Steve hand-selects his produce, meats and imported French wines, he is able to ensure the best quality available. A delicious range of options is available, from the traditional American classic beef burger with his French touch and naughty french fries, signature burgers, one-of-a-kind Florida shrimp burger, the best asparagus scallop risotto, or European sea bass to imported, unique cheese accompanied by his house-made jam and French baguette. “There is something fresh and amazing for everyone. You are sure to have a unique food experience unavailable anywhere else,” says Chef Steve.

Location: 239 Miami Avenue W., downtown Venice
Summer hours: Mondays-Fridays lunch from 12:00pm to 2:30pm and dinner 5:00pm to 8:30pm; Saturdays dinner from 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Reservations: cafelonget.com

4th Annual Venice Beach Party

4th Annual Venice Beach Party

Grab your flip flops and head to Venice Beach on Saturday, September 28 for Venice MainStreet Inc.’s 4th Annual Venice Beach Party. Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank and open to the public for free, this entertaining outdoor event features live music, food vendors and cocktail bars on the beach starting at 3 p.m. and lasting until sunset.

“We are excited to be in our 4th year of this great event, and we have expanded this year!” said the Events Coordinator for Venice MainStreet Inc., Nick Sperry. “We look forward to being back on the beach!”

Gulf Shores Realty will be giving away 1,500 custom designed t-shirts for FREE promptly at 3 p.m. The collectible shirts feature original artwork from Gemini Apparel created specifically for this year’s event. Gulf Shores Broker Wayne Welsh said, “We simply wanted to say thank you to the community for making us the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce 2019 Business of the Year.” This is the 2nd year Gulf Shores Realty has done the T-Shirt Give-a-Way. They cannot be purchased or reserved and no shirts will be given out early.

Nothing tastes better than food on the beach and there is plenty to choose from including local bites from BrewBurgers, The Maine Menu, Sharky’s On the Pier, Bonefish Grill, and Kona Ice. Enjoy a variety of mixed drinks featuring Siesta Key Silver Rum or pop the top on a Landshark Lager.

The music lineup on the Truly Nolen Stage will keep you grooving until the sun goes down! The Sarasota Steel Pan Band kicks things off from 3pm to 5:30pm, then Offshore Riot takes the stage from 6pm to 8pm. Admission is free and a free shuttle will travel from the Centennial Park parking lot downtown to the Venice Beach Pavilion, located at 101 The Esplanade, and back.

Proceeds from the concession sales go to support Venice MainStreet’s mission to enhance the quality of life in our community by preserving, protecting, and promoting Historic Downtown Venice.

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Put on your best German lederhosen and get ready to sample beers and shop during Oktoberfest on September 13th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Ticket holders will be able to enjoy a fall-themed beer tasting at each of the participating locations in Downtown Venice as live, traditional German music fills the air. Attendees will receive a small sampling stein on a lanyard and get to sample a variety of brews in 3-ounce tastings, as they follow a map of beer-tasting locations.

“We are excited, for the second year, to bring in a great selection of new and innovative craft and seasonal beers to Downtown Venice. Pair that with the sounds of traditional, live German music being heard on the street corners, and I believe guests will be treated to a one-of-a-kind experience,” said Nick Sperry, Events and Partnership Coordinator for Venice MainStreet, Inc., the organizer of this annual event. “With our great partnership with Gold Coast Eagle Distributing and Venice MainStreet partners, we look forward to a great evening of festivities.”

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance online at www.visitvenicefl.org; at the Venice MainStreet office at 101 W. Venice Ave., Suite 23; or purchased the day of the event at 5:00pm at the kiosk in Centennial Park. Attendees will be able to pick up their stein, lanyard and map at the kiosk at 5:00 p.m. when the event begins. Proceeds from ticket sales go to support Venice MainStreet’s mission to enhance the quality of life in our community by preserving, protecting, and promoting Historic Downtown Venice.

Welcome Butterfly Family Chiropractic

Welcome Butterfly Family Chiropractic

Venice MainStreet is excited to introduce one of our new partners, Butterfly Family Chiropractic. As a teenager, after being involved in a car accident, Joe Indelicato visited a chiropractor. He left the office pain-free and with a new career ambition. He wanted to be a Chiropractor! “It worked wonders for me and I developed a passion for natural healing,” Dr. Indelicato said. “So, I wanted to continue with that passion and use it to help others.” Dr. Indelicato and his wife, Elyse, recently brought their 30-plus year practice to Venice with the opening of Butterfly Family Chiropractic Center in April.

After graduating from New York Chiropractic in 1984 and opening his practice that same year, Dr. Indelicato moved to Florida in 2014 and opened the practice in Nokomis. The new location in Venice, which is on East Venice Ave and includes a parking lot behind the office, was attractive to the Indelicatos because of the neighborhood’s town feel. “Venice has such a great vibe and sense of community. We just love it!” says Elyse, who has run the business operations of the practice since it first opened.

Dr. Indelicato utilizes Activator technique, which he describes as an extremely gentle and specific approach to treating pain. Additional services include applied kinesiology, therapy, nutrition and exercise. During his career, Dr. Indelicato has treated children, families, athletes in high school, college and the pros. He now hopes to help the residents of Venice just as his chiropractor once helped him. Dr Joe says “It’s important to treat every patient as an individual. Each patient presents with different needs and health history, hence each requires their own customized treatment, wellness plan and protocol.”

Butterfly Family Chiropractic is located at 645 East Venice Ave., 941 484-0008.

Venice Wine Walk: Uncork the Fun on August 15th

Venice Wine Walk: Uncork the Fun on August 15th


Spend the evening strolling the avenues of Historic Downtown Venice while sampling more than 25 varieties of wine.  Take the opportunity to check out the many boutiques and independently owned shops offering everything from resort wear to beach-themed gifts, specialty foods and home décor.  There also are many restaurant options that will not disappoint, from American to Italian to Middle Eastern cuisine.  And if that is not enough, soak in Venice’s visual artistry from its year-long downtown beautification project, nature-inspired murals, and unique art galleries.  

Presented by Venice MainStreet, the event runs from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 15, 2019.  The $10 tickets entitle you to partake in wine tastings—1 ounce pours—at each participating location.  All proceeds from this event benefit Venice MainStreet. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Venice Wine and Coffee Company, 201 West Venice Avenue, and at the Venice MainStreet Office, 101 W. Venice Avenue, Suite 23.  Tickets can be purchased online at visitvenicefl.org or the day of the event at three locations:  the kiosk in Centennial Park and the Venice Wine and Coffee Company.  Participants—must be 21 to sample wines—will receive a wristband along with a map listing participating businesses.   

Grab some friends or your special someone and enjoy an evening of fun in charming downtown Venice.  For more information, visit visitvenicefl.org; call 941-484-6722; or email info@venicemainstreet.com

COLAB Fostering a Collaborative Community

COLAB Fostering a Collaborative Community

Opening its doors just a few weeks ago in Venice, the COLAB coworking space is ushering in a new era of opportunities for individuals trying to start a new business, freelancers, remote workers, and other independent professionals. Conveniently located on Miami Avenue, COLAB is a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs, providing a spectrum of communication services—web development, social marketing, photography, business cards, logos, signs, and other business literature—as well as a sleek, professional coworking space with state of the art technology.

Andre Carrero of the Venice Sign Shop, creator of the COLAB space along with Ken Wagner of Shine Media, says “we want to be the Mercedes-Benz of the communication world for entrepreneurs. Many new entrepreneurs can’t afford infrastructure start-up costs, but with COLAB they can look like a Fortune 500 company without the headaches and high costs.” It is hard for Carrero—a challenge-seeker by nature—to contain his enthusiasm and energy when describing his vision for COLAB. Looking to tap into the growing creative, artistic community in the Venice area and the changing demographics in Southwest Florida, he is passionate about “bringing collaboration to communities and seeks to nurture a new generation of entrepreneurs, hoping to be a part of their success stories.”

COLAB offers a variety of membership options to meet your business needs as well as a host of networking opportunities to grow your network. Among the many perks, members can receive 24 hour key access to the coworking space, private parking, a downtown Venice mailing address, placement in COLAB’s website directory, and access to freshly brewed coffee and cold drinks all day long. For more information or to view their spaces, contact COLAB, 250 Miami Avenue West, at 941-786-1596 or visit colabvenice.com. The office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

‘Tis the Season for… Christmas in July!

‘Tis the Season for… Christmas in July!

Venice MainStreet, Venice’s proud advocate of preservation and economic vitality for all things Downtown Venice, brings you Christmas in July 2019. Don’t miss the biggest two-day shopping spree of the year for bargains, discounts and ideas for Christmas and all your holiday gift needs.
This event started with a small group of business owners over 10 years ago and this year the stores on “the Avenues” will celebrate from 10am to 5pm on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20. Participating stores will offer entry forms for a chance to win one of several gift baskets totaling as much as $1,000 containing gifts and certificates donated by various downtown merchants. Many stores will continue the holiday cheer until 7pm on Friday.
Shoppers can ride the free Christmas Trolley, sponsored by Gulf Shores Realty, the Venice Gondolier Sun and 92.1 WCTQ, winding past the shops on the avenues downtown. Santa and Mrs. Claus will ride the trolley along with women from the Venice-Nokomis Women’s Club. They will be handing out sale flyers and cold water to the riders. You may be lucky enough to sit next to Santa himself and tell him want you want for Christmas. He’ll be seen riding along with Mrs. Claus between 11am and 4pm on both days.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will stop for lunch at Abby’s on Miami, 220 W. Miami Ave, on Friday at 12:30pm. Saturday they will have lunch at Bodrum Mediterranean Restaurant, 225 W. Miami Ave, at 12:30pm. On Saturday, July 20, Santa will take a ride on Venice’s own 100’ Ladder Truck courtesy of the fine first responders of the Venice Fire Department, down to the Venice Farmer’s Market on Avenues Des Parques in front of City Hall. Santa will enjoy the Venice Farmer’s Market before hopping on the trolley at 11am. You will find the Participating Merchant’s List on the Trolley and in stores during the two-day event.
We are proud to announce the stores and restaurants that are participating in this iconic event: B&B Bootery, Bodrum Mediterranean Restaurant, Bonnell’s Boutique and Winery, Cafe Venice, Captain’s Landing, Celebration Corner, Ciao Gelato, Cote France, Crate & Marrow, Croissant & Co, Crow’s Nest, Daiquiri Deck, Dana Tyler, Dick’s Shoes, Down Island Way Boutique, DP Fitness and Wellness, Elephants Trunk, Freedom Boat Club, Heitel Jewelers, Island Gift Nook, Laurie Jean & Co., Lisa’s Classic Rose, Luxurious Interiors, Mother’s Cupboard, Nana’s: A Children’s Shop, Needlefish Yarns of Venice, Patchington, Scarlet Macaw, Shirt Stop, Sirene Coastal Interiors, Southeast Salt, St. Marco Boutique, SunBug, Tangi & Jess, TJ Carney’s, Twist Boutique, Venice Avenue Creamery, Venice In Vogue, Venice Olive Oil, Venice Stationers, Venice Trading Co, Venice Wine & Coffee. A special thank you to Venice Wine and Coffee for volunteering to put the beautiful gift baskets together.
For more information, keep checking our website www.visitvenicefl.org or contact the Venice MainStreet office at 941-484-6722 or info@venicemainstreet.com.

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