Welcome, Handcrafted Marketing Solutions!

Welcome, Handcrafted Marketing Solutions!

Venice MainStreet is delighted to welcome Ashley Gibson and Handcrafted Marketing Solutions as a new Business Partner! Ashley started a business in 2016 using just social media as her main resource for marketing. She recognized that it was growing her business quickly and at an affordable cost. After participating in many training courses, she learned the most effective ways to engage her target audience. Ashley believes that through proper branding and social media marketing, the sky is the limit for any business. She works with a team of dedicated, professional digital marketers with over 25 years of experience in the digital marketing business. Let Ashley help you with services such as local search engine optimization, Google MyBusiness listings and Google Reviews, website design, social media marketing, and story branding.

For an appointment, call 941-999-0105 or email ashley@handcraftedmarketing.org.

FantaSea Venice

FantaSea Venice

By Venice Art Center

FantaSea Venice is a public arts project in which the Venice Art Center partnered with FantaSea Venice Sponsors and FantaSea Artists to create unique designs for 22 fiberglass mermaids and 30 fiberglass seahorses. These one-of-a-kind sculptures will be adorned by the most talented artists in our region. The Venice Art Center matched sponsors to artists and a plaque will be placed at the base of each sculpture to indicate the name of the sponsor, artist, and the sculpture’s individual name. The sculptures will appear in approved locations around Venice, Florida on city streets, parks, lobbies, businesses, etc. until April of 2023. There will also be multiple public activities, fundraisers, and entertaining events associated with this project.

FantaSea Venice will be the third public art display of this nature that the Venice Art Center has produced. These events are modeled after “Cows on Parade,” which occurred in Chicago in 1999. Hundreds of cities followed suit with similar campaigns, and each experienced an increase in tourism, individual business revenue, and community participation.

The 2004-2005 “Pigs in Paradise” and the 2012-14 “Sea Venice” public arts projects were a large success and accomplished all these goals. The Venice Art Center will utilize this successful experience coupled with new and innovative ideas to make FantaSea Venice an even greater success. FantaSea proceeds benefit the Venice Art Center in support of its programs, the arts, and tourism for the community of Venice, Florida, and our local artists.

To learn more about VAC classes, exhibitions and events visit VeniceArtCenter.com. To learn more about FantaSea Venice go to FantaSeaVenice.com.

VidaCann joins Venice MainStreet

VidaCann joins Venice MainStreet

Welcome VidaCann! VidaCann is one of the largest and most advanced providers of medical cannabis in Florida. Its mission is to “help our Florida friends and neighbors live their healthiest lives with the help of our all-natural cannabis products.” Visit their locations in Bradenton and Port Charlotte, which serve Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties. For more information, call 941-883-2107 or visit them online at vidacann.com.

Flamingo Duo joins Venice MainStreet

Flamingo Duo joins Venice MainStreet

We are so happy to welcome Teresa and Katie of Flamingo Duo as a Business Partner! Flamingo Duo offers Ring Bomb Parties, surprise jewelry reveals, live shows on Facebook and more. Their original custom jewelry includes women’s necklaces, earrings and rings, as well as men’s rings. Contact Teresa and Katie today at flamingoduorbp@gmail.com, flamingoduo.bombparty.com, and follow them on Facebook @FlamingoDuorbp.

Photo credit: Flamingoduo.bombparty.com

Nest Venice joins Venice MainStreet

Nest Venice joins Venice MainStreet

We are so happy to welcome Nest Venice as a Venice MainStreet Partner. This colorful, eclectic downtown Venice boutique is a unique mix of clothing, home goods, and curated gifts from around the globe. Nest Venice supports fair trade by purchasing many handmade items. Shop a wide selection of global items such as block printed clothing, hand sewn and hand woven accessories, journals, incense, ceramic pieces, hand woven African baskets and hats, candles, Kantha quilts, and much more. Nest Venice is another great reason to head downtown and stroll beautiful Miami Avenue West.

Nest Venice
223A Miami Ave. West
Venice, FL 34285
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Photo credit: Nest Venice

TOPS joins Venice MainStreet

TOPS joins Venice MainStreet

Venice MainStreet is delighted to welcome TOPS Chapter FL60 as a partner! TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) provides information and support to those who want to lose weight. TOPS Club, Inc. is a nonprofit, noncommercial network of weight-loss support groups and wellness education organization. TOPS offers tools and programs for healthy living and weight management, with exceptional group fellowship and recognition. Established in 1948 to champion weight-loss support and success, the organization has helped millions of people live healthier lives.

Weekly meetings include private weigh-ins and professionally prepared, informational chapter programs, featuring up-to-date information on nutrition, exercise and healthy lifestyles. Programs provide positive reinforcement and motivation to adhere to food and exercise programs.

TOPS Chapter FL60 meets at the First Christian Church, 1100 Center Road, Venice, Florida 34292. To find out more how TOPS works, CLICK HERE.

The Patterson Foundation Offers Local Nonprofits Strategic Decision-Making Consulting Sessions

The Patterson Foundation Offers Local Nonprofits Strategic Decision-Making Consulting Sessions

The Patterson Foundation has selected five regional nonprofit organizations to receive five weeks of 1:1 consulting through their participation in Advancing Mission Thrivability. Through this opportunity, these nonprofits will learn about strategic approaches to making mission-focused, economically informed decisions for their programs, products, and services.

Nonprofits make difficult decisions daily regarding operations, staffing, service delivery, financial management and more that ultimately impact the communities they serve. The Patterson Foundation created the Advancing Mission Thrivability opportunity to strengthen nonprofits by sharing mission-centric, economically informed approaches to decision-making that will guide them in increasing their effectiveness while becoming an even greater asset to the communities they serve.

“Through Advancing Mission Thrivability, The Patterson Foundation is providing regional nonprofits with keen insight and proven methods on making sound decisions in today’s rapidly evolving environment,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “The organizations selected have already demonstrated their desire to be excellent. We look forward to learning how they benefit from the consulting sessions with No Margin, No Mission.”

Dozens of regional nonprofit organizations have participated in online learning sessions through Advancing Mission Thrivability. These courses were presented by No Margin, No Mission — a national consulting practice and social enterprise. During each session, nonprofits learned how to strengthen their organizations by making decisions aligned with their mission focus and economic considerations.

Following the completion of four of these online sessions, several participating organizations committed to embracing this decision-making approach are given the opportunity to apply for an additional learning opportunity. The Patterson Foundation has engaged No Margin, No Mission to provide 1:1 consulting to five more nonprofits over the next five weeks, in which the organizations will examine decisions for their own specific programs.

The organizations participating in this extended consulting opportunity include:
Lemur Conservation Foundation
Military Heritage Museum
Multicultural Health Institute
Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast
Venice MainStreet

Organizations with an active profile on The Giving Partner are eligible to participate in Advancing Mission Thrivability. The Giving Partner, formed by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, is a database that connects prospective donors with more than 700 nonprofits in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. Grantmakers and other donors use the directory as a trusted resource to inform their giving.

Advancing Mission Thrivability 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.

To learn more about Advancing Mission Thrivability, visit thepattersonfoundation.org/advancing-mission-thrivability.

About The Patterson Foundation
The Patterson Foundation strengthens the efforts of people, organizations, and communities. The Foundation focuses on issues that address common aspirations and foster wide participation, along with ways organizations learn and share as they evolve. For more information, please visit thepattersonfoundation.org and connect with @ThePattersonFdn on Twitter.

Call to Artists: Positivity Tags Public Art Project

Call to Artists: Positivity Tags Public Art Project

Positivity Tags Public Art Project
The Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, Venice Art Center and Venice MainStreet in collaboration with Sarasota County, The City of Venice and Gulf Coast Community Foundation invite you to apply. Click here for a printable version

Public arts project

Proposal Due Date: June 30, 2021
Proposed Completion Date for Installation: August 2021-September 2021

1. Summary and Background
2. Proposal Guidelines
3. Project Description and Scope
4. Budget
5. Proposal Format

1. Summary and Background: The Venice Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Venice MainStreet and the Venice Art Center invite artist to propose ideas inspired by on the messages and ideas from the Venice Positivity Walls and its tags. The Walls were spread out in Venice over the last year. The Positivity walls were collaboration between the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, Venice MainStreet, Venice Art Center, Sarasota County, the City of Venice and Gulf Coast Community Foundation. All ideas on the second phase of this project and media are welcome. It can incorporate the use of the collected tags or the messages on the tags. There are thousands of tags which are available to see by appointment at the Venice art Center. Call 941-485-7136 for an appointment to come and view.

The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to solicit proposals from various candidate artists, conduct a fair and extensive evaluation based on criteria listed, and select the candidate who best addresses the goals of the project. We request competitive proposals.

2. Proposal Guidelines: This Request for Proposal represents the requirements for an open and competitive process. Proposals will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. ET June 30, 2021. All proposals must be signed by an official agent or representative of the company submitting the proposal. Contract terms and conditions will be negotiated upon selection of the winning bidder for this RFP. All contractual terms and conditions will be subject to review and will include scope, budget, schedule, and any other related items to project completion.

3. Project Description and Scope: The Venice Area Chamber of Commerce will assume and retain ownership over the finished project piece. The copyright of the artwork remains with the artist and the artist remains the owner of all the sketches, drawings, designs created in the course of creating the sculpture; however the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce retains the right to reproduce the any associated materials as needed throughout the life of the sculpture. The Venice Area Chamber of Commerce maintains the right to remove the sculpture and dispose of it in the future if necessary due to wear, garden expansion, or another reason.

4. Budget: The proposed project budget for design, materials, production, and installation is not yet set. We are open for artist to submit based on the project they wish to do. Proposals should include a detailed budget with all associated project expenses. All costs must be itemized and include an explanation of fees.

5. Proposal Format: Respondents are asked to include the following information in their response:
A. Overview of the proposed project
B. A brief executive summary of the artist’s qualifications in the area of similar types of work in scale and scope.
C. The name, telephone number, and email address of the primary contact for the submitter.
D. Biography and resume
E. History and philosophy of the artist process and examples of outdoor art installations.
F. List experience with outdoor public art installations and include photos and descriptions of past projects.
G. Show 3-5 examples of your work
H. Provide three references for similar projects including contact name, phone number and email.

By responding to this RFP, prospective artist acknowledges an understanding of the following:
This RFP is not a commitment to enter a contract. No prospective artist has a contract with the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce until such time that the parties sign a written contract for services. The Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Venice MainStreet and the Venice Art Center has the sole discretion for evaluating prospective artists’ proposals, and it is not obligated to respond in any way. The Venice Area Chamber of Commerce reserves the right to terminate the contract at any time.

Proposals and questions should be submitted to:
Mary Moscatelli
Executive Director of the Venice Art Center
390 Nokomis Ave S., Venice, FL 34285
941-485-7136 (office)
Proposals are due no later than 5:00 p.m. ET on June 30, 2021.

Christmas in July 2021

Christmas in July 2021

Friday, July 16th and Saturday, July 17th from 10am-4pm
Get ready for the biggest sale of the season at participating locations presented by Venice MainStreet! The businesses in Historic Downtown Venice and beyond will have Christmas themed windows, great discounts and a whole lot more. Register to win one of several gift baskets totaling up to $1,000. Ride the trolley, sponsored by Lueanne Wood and Wayne Welsh of Gulf Shores Realty, both days from 10:00am – 2:00pm and meet Santa. There’s no place like Venice to celebrate Christmas in July! A special thank you to the Venice-Nokomis Woman’s Club, Venice MainStreet volunteers, Venice Wine & Coffee Company and Jim Hitt of Venice Locale.

Don’t miss a street! Be sure to shop and dine on Miami, Nokomis, Venice, and Tampa avenues!

Trolley stops are located at or near Eyes on You (140 W Venice Ave.), Rose & Leo (310 W Venice Ave.), Down Island Way Boutique (225 Miami Ave. W), and Elephant’s Trunk Thrift Shop (595 S Tamiami Trail).

10am-11am on trolley both Friday and Saturday
12pm at Trattoria da Mino on Friday (335 W Venice Ave.)
3pm at Venice Locale on Friday (121 Miami Ave W)
11am at Venice Farmers Market on Saturday (City Hall)
12pm Daiquiri Deck on Saturday (300 W Venice Ave.)
3pm at Venice Locale on Saturday (121 Miami Ave W)

PLEASE NOTE: Exclusions and changes to listed discounts may apply; are at the discretion of each business; and are while supplies last on July 16-17, 2021. Participants include but are not limited to the Venice MainStreet Partners listed below.

Miami Ave West (listed in order by address)
Trolley stop: Down Island Way Boutique
*Raffle gift basket locations
Venice Locale (121)- 10% off storewide; photos with Santa Fri & Sat beginning at 3pm
Mothers Cupboard Spice Shoppe (208)- 10% off storewide; nail art demo
*Nest Venice (223A)- Buy 1 get 1 50% off Kantha quilts; raffle gift basket location
Down Island Way Boutique (225, #2)- 20% off storewide
Crate & Marrow (235)- 20% off toys & accessories; all dogs that visit will receive a chicken foot with ribbon
*Needlefish Yarns of Venice (258)- Up to 75% off select items; raffle gift basket location

Nokomis Ave South
Collectors Gallery & Framery (114)- Select items on sale
Puttin’ on the Ritz Salon & Spa (205)- Spa manicure and spa pedicure for $50 (offer valid with Erica & Theresa)

South Tamiami Trail
Trolley stop: Elephant’s Trunk
Elephant’s Trunk Thrift Store (595 S. Tamiami Trail)
50% off storewide; enjoy raffle, bake sale, car show, hot dogs

West Venice Avenue (listed in order by address)
Trolley stops: Eyes on You, Rose & Leo
*Raffle gift basket locations
Bonnell’s Boutique & Winery (101, #3)- Daily sampling
Venice Olive Oil Co. (101, #5)- 50% off Christmas and select items
Aqua Silks Studio (101, #8)- Demo & Christmas ornaments
Twist Boutique (137)- Spin to win discount
Eyes on You (140)- 15% off storewide
SunBug (141)- Spin to win discount
*Venice Wine & Coffee Company (201)- 10% off 6 or more bottles of wine (to-go only); $3 ice coffee special; raffle gift basket location
Luxurious Interiors (205)- 10% off (exclusions may apply)
Kristine Grace Resort Wear (213)- 25% off Kristine Grace brand, 20% off Coolibar, 25% off Barbara Erickson
Nana’s A Children’s Shop (223)- 10% off entire purchase
Scarlet Macaw Resort Wear (225)- 20% off storewide
Island Gift Nook (227)- 10% off storewide
DanaTyler (233)- $10 off $49 or more
The Boutique by the Beach (237)- 50% off select items
St. Marco Boutique (239)- 50% off storewide
Dick’s Shoes of Venice (251)- Spin to win
Daiquiri Deck (300)- Happy Hour 3-7pm; Santa’s lunch stop on Saturday
Celebration Corner (303A)- 10% off storewide
Lisa’s Classic Rose (303B)- 10% off entire purchase including sale items
Smoky Mountain Handmade Candles (305A)- 15% off storewide and online Fri., Sat., & Sun.
Florida Olive Oil Co. (307A)- 20% off
Things I Like (307)- 10% off entire purchase
Rose & Leo, Tangi & Jess (310)- 20% off purchase (exclusions may apply); 25% off Consuela Bags (on item value over $160)
B & B Bootery (311)- $10 off $80 or more; in store specials
Cassariano Italian Eatery (313)
Ciao Gelato (317A)- $1 off
*Coldwell Banker Realty (331)- Cookies; raffle gift basket location
Trattoria da Mino (335)- 25% off pizza; Santa’s lunch stop on Friday
Heitel Jewelers (347)- 50% off all jewelry
Gulf Shores Realty (351)- Sal “Santa” Emma will be there from 11am to 2pm Friday and Saturday

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