Artists Sunday: Shop Art This Holiday Season

Artists Sunday: Shop Art This Holiday Season

Artists Sunday is the nationwide movement dedicated to supporting artists and recognizing the impact they have in enriching our lives, communities, and the economy. The powerful new effort is designed to make the Sunday after Thanksgiving the most profitable day of the year for artists.

Consumers are encouraged to shop with artists and purchase creative, handcrafted gifts for the holidays. Artists Sunday follows Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, prior to Cyber Monday. Supporters include individual artists, economic development agencies and non-profit organizations across the country. To learn more about Artists Sunday artists, partners, sponsors, or involvement in promoting commerce with artists, please visit


Art Escape Gallery-
Meet artists and watch live demonstrations including jewelry design, live model sketching and pastel painting at 206 Miami Ave W from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information about Art Escape Gallery visit

Mary Erickson Art Studio– Artist Mary Erickson will host an Open Patio and Studio Tour, at 216 Palermo Place from Noon to 5 p.m.
New paintings from France, Maine and Florida will be on display outside on the patio, which leads into the studio. Guests can enter through the patio gates from Riviera Street. Assorted Dove chocolates and Champagne will offered. Masks, and social distancing guidelines will be adhered to. For more information about Mary visit

Venice Art Center– From from 12-4pm, shop the stunning selection of original paintings, prints, jewelry, pottery, and other unique and artisan items made by our talented members. Purchase fine art in the galleries featuring local artists and the solo exhibit of Jarrett Sekosky. A piece of art can adorn your body or enhance your home and spark an intriguing conversation. You will be pleasantly surprised at how affordable these one-of-a-kind masterpieces are. Patronizing our gallery is a great way to support and encourage local artists and support the arts community. Located at 390 Nokomis Avenue S., Venice, FL 34285

Phase 3 Reopening in Florida

Phase 3 Reopening in Florida

On September 25, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-244, moving all of Florida’s 67 counties into Phase 3. According to Fredrick Piccolo Jr., Director of Communications for Governor Ron DeSantis, Executive Order 20-244 does the following:

1. Removes state-level restrictions on businesses, such as restaurants.
2. Provides that no COVID-19 emergency ordinance may prevent an individual from working or operating a business, giving Floridians and business owners needed certainty and the ability to provide for themselves and their families.
3. Provides that restaurants may not be limited by a COVID-19 emergency order by any local government to less than 50% of their indoor capacity. If a restaurant is limited to less than 100% of its indoor capacity, such COVID-19 emergency order must satisfy the following:
   i. Quantify the economic impact of each limitation or requirements on those restaurants; and
   ii. Explain why each limitation or requirement is necessary for public health.
4. Suspends all outstanding fines and penalties, and the collection of such moving forward, applied against individuals related to COVID-19.

Learn more HERE. Read executive order HERE.

Thank you, Ehrhart Family Foundation

Thank you, Ehrhart Family Foundation

Recent generous funding from our Platinum Sponsor, the Ehrhart Family Foundation, will enable Venice MainStreet, Inc., a nonprofit organization, to continue our mission to preserve and enhance the historic character and economic vitality of downtown Venice. To learn more about Venice MainStreet’s 30+ year history of projects in downtown Venice, thanks to the support of sponsors such as the Ehrhart Family Foundation, click HERE

Thank you to all of our 2020 Sponsors


Ehrhart Family Foundation
Freedom Boat Club
The Venice Company

Fifth Third Bank
Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Janis Fawn

SunBug and Twist Boutique
Women’s Sertoma Club of Venice

Classic Evenings on the Avenues, October 8 and 22

Classic Evenings on the Avenues, October 8 and 22

Grab a mask and join the fun in historic downtown Venice on Thursday, October 22nd from 5-7pm to enjoy a classic evening on the avenues. Hosted by Venice MainStreet and its business partners, several stores will remain open for abundant shopping and restaurants for dining, while you take a stroll and listen to music and view classic cars.

This shopping promotion is in celebration of small local businesses and their contribution to the community during the global crisis. Come down and show your support for their efforts by shopping for the holidays, buying gift cards, and dining al fresco. Enjoy a little bit of the good old days in Venice with talented musicians’ tunes floating through the air. 

The Antique Automobile Club of America Venice Region chapter is showing their support for the downtown businesses by having their “Classin’ up the Joint” meet-up and parking classic cars throughout the avenues. Grab your cameras and phones and get some great pictures of beautiful cars in the most picturesque setting.

Classic Evenings on the Avenues is free and open to the public. Masks are required downtown (for specific mask ordinance info CLICK HERE). Please respect social distancing and don’t forget to wash your hands. For more information contact Venice MainStreet at 941-484-6722.


Miami Avenue West:
Chris Smith at Down Island Way Boutique, 225 Miami Ave W.
Rick Chapman at Merchants of Venice Building, 200 Miami Ave. West (Art Escape Gallery and Mother’s Cupboard Spice Shoppe)

West Venice Avenue:
Bain Beakley
at Daquiri Deck, 300 W Venice Ave.
Dana Lawrence
at Coldwell Banker Realty, 331 W Venice Ave.
Forrest Shafer
at Luxurious Interiors, 205 W Venice Ave.
George Byrne
at Ciao Gelato, 317A W Venice Ave.
George DeJong
at Gulf Shores Realty, 351 W. Venice Ave.
Greg Coolidge
at Venice Island Gallery, 100-A W Venice Ave.
Sam Domicola at Cafe Venice, 101 W Venice Ave.
at Made in Italy, 117 W Venice Ave.
Swinging Bridge at Venice Avenue Creamery,  249 W Venice Ave.
Ken McBride Himself at TJ Carney’s, 231 W Venice Ave.

Art Escape Gallery
206 Miami Ave. W

Bonnell’s Boutique and Winery
101 W Venice Ave. #3

Captain’s Landing
243 W Venice Ave.

Crate & Marrow
235 Miami Ave. W

Dana Tyler
233 W Venice Ave.

Deborah’s Quilt Basket
337 W Venice Ave.

Door Belle Dinners
113 Tampa Ave. West

Down Island Way Boutique
225 Miami Ave. W #2

DP Fitness and Wellness
210 Miami Ave. W

Florida Olive Oil Company
307 W Venice Ave.

Gulf Shores Realty
**New location!**
351 W. Venice Ave.
Lueanne Wood: 941-483-1663

Island Gift Nook
227 W Venice Ave.

Island Life Hammock Co.
329 W Venice Ave.

Krystyna’s Designs
120 W Venice Ave.

Laurie Jean & Co.
317B W. Venice Ave.

Lisa’s Classic Rose
303B W Venice Ave.

Luxurious Interiors
205 W Venice Ave.

Mother’s Cupboard Spice Shoppe
208 Miami Ave. W

Nana’s A Children’s Shop
223 W Venice Ave.

136 W Venice Ave # 138

Rose & Leo
310 W Venice Ave.

Smoky Mountain Handmade Candles
305A W Venice Ave.

southeast salt
213B W Venice Ave.

141 W Venice Ave.

Tangi & Jess
310 W Venice Ave.

The Boutique By the Beach
237 W Venice Ave.

The Wild Thang Boutique
201 Miami Ave. West
575- 313-2582

Things I Like
307 W Venice Ave.

Twist Boutique
137 W Venice Ave.

Venice In Vogue
310 W Venice Ave. #102

Venice Island Gallery
100A W. Venice Ave.

Venice Olive Oil Company
101 W Venice Ave. #5

Abby’s on Miami
220 W. Miami Ave.

Bodrum Restaurant
225 Miami Avenue West, Suite 5
(941) 412-0090

Bonnell’s Boutique and Winery
101 W Venice Ave. #3

Burgundy Square Café
227 W. Miami Ave.

Café Longet
239 Miami Avenue W

Café Venice
116 W. Venice Ave.

313 West Venice Avenue

Ciao Gelato
317A W. Venice Ave.

Door Belle Dinners
113 W. Tampa Ave.

Daiquiri Deck
300 W Venice Ave.
941- 488-0649

Kilwins Chocolates of Venice
207 W. Venice Ave.

Made in Italy
117 W. Venice Ave.

Ristorante San Marco
305 B W Venice Ave

The Soda Fountain & Vinnie’s Pizzeria
349 W. Venice Ave.

T.J. Carney’s
231 W Venice Ave.
(941) 480-9244

Trattoria da Mino
335 W. Venice Ave.

Venice Avenue Creamery
249 W. Venice Ave.

Venice Wine & Coffee Company
201 W. Venice Ave.

The Zebra Lounge
217 Miami Ave. W.

Bain Beakley at Daquiri Deck, 300 W Venice Ave.
Dana from Kettle of Fish at the Burgundy Square Building breezeway, 225-227 Miami Ave. West
David Dewitt Duo
at Merchants of Venice Building, 200 Miami Ave. West (Art Escape Gallery and Mother’s Cupboard Spice Shoppe)
George Byrne at Ciao Gelato, 317A W Venice Ave.
Forrest Shafer at Made in Italy, 117 W Venice Ave.
Joe Mullen and Joey Longhorn at Cafe Venice, 101 W Venice Ave.
Phoenix Rising at TJ Carney’s, 231 W Venice Ave.
Swinging Bridge Bluegrass Band at Venice Avenue Creamery, 249 West Venice Ave.

Positivity Walls Installed Downtown and Around Town

Positivity Walls Installed Downtown and Around Town

Venice Area Chamber of Commerce announces the launch of five positivity walls throughout the Venice area. The Chamber in partnership with the City of Venice, Sarasota County, J2 Solutions, Home Depot of Venice, Office Depot of Venice, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Venice Print Center, Venice Art Center and Venice MainStreet are constructing these walls to spread positivity throughout our community. Residents and visitors alike will have an opportunity to write and share their own message of positivity on the walls.

Watch Fox13 News video HERE.

Kathy Lehner, President and CEO of the chamber states “It’s something I saw another chamber doing, and with everything going on in 2020, we thought it would be a great idea for people to share positive quotes, thoughts and messages.”

The chamber is asking the community at large to contribute to the community positivity walls. Residents and visitors alike are invited to leave a positive message, a wish, or words of encouragement to share with the community. To participate, complimentary supplies can be found attached to each wall. Each wall will have a box of tags, markers and zip ties. People will write their message on a tag, use a zip tie from the box to attach the message to the wall, and return the marker to the box.

There will be five walls located throughout the community:

Centennial Park
200 E Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285

Venice Beach Pavilion
101 The Esplanade, Venice FL 34285

Sky Family YMCA
701 Center Rd, Venice, FL 34285

Laurel Civic Center
509 Collins Rd, Nokomis, FL 34275

Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Public Library
4141 Woodmere Park Blvd, Venice FL 34293

The first phase of the project will be a little less than three months. All five of the walls are going up on Monday September 21 and will stay up till mid-December. The second phase of the project will begin when all the tags are sent to the Venice Art Center. It will culminate with a public art project representing artistic interpretation of the messaging. 

For more information contact the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce at (941) 488-2236 or

New Venice MainStreet Business Partner Heartis Venice: A Full-Service Senior Living Community

New Venice MainStreet Business Partner Heartis Venice: A Full-Service Senior Living Community

Welcome new Venice MainStreet Partner, Heartis Venice! Located along beautiful Roberts Bay, Heartis Venice offers independent living, assisted living, and memory care options. Their rental apartments come in a range of floor plans with many featuring waterfront views, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and in-suite laundry. Heartis offers countless amenities catering to your interests, your well-being, and your personal goals, including a swimming pool, fitness center, salon/spa, barbershop, and walking paths along with an art studio, theater, game room and business center. Through their innovative program Elevate, they transform dining into a culinary celebration. Exhibition cooking, immersive dining, and resident-inspired menus bring community members together to enjoy each other’s company and a healthy, made-from-scratch meal in their restaurant-style dining areas.

To arrange a tour of the community, call 941-499-1800. The business office is located at 871 Venetia Bay Blvd., Suite 111. Heartis Venice is located at 1020 North Tamiami Trail. Visit them on the web at Opening in 2020!

New Venice MainStreet Business Partner Car Chemistry Auto Body and Painting: Delivering Quality Collision Repair

New Venice MainStreet Business Partner Car Chemistry Auto Body and Painting: Delivering Quality Collision Repair

Welcome new Venice MainStreet Business Partner! Car Chemistry—a locally owned and operated, family-run business in Venice since 1997—is well equipped to handle all your auto body repair needs. Whether you need towing, dent repair, frame straightening, or paint matching, their trained and certified staff will get the job done right—the first time. Car Chemistry prides itself in delivering high quality workmanship and materials, ensuring customers understand the repair process, listening to customers’ needs, and providing exceptional solutions with honest, accurate estimates. Car Chemistry repairs all makes and models and works with all insurance companies. Car Chemistry Auto Body and Painting is located at 405 East Venice Avenue; 941-485-2174; Hours—Monday-Friday 8-5. Visit them on the web at

New Venice MainStreet Business Partner: Your Paradise Team at Paradise Realty of Venice

New Venice MainStreet Business Partner: Your Paradise Team at Paradise Realty of Venice

Realtor Erica Downs has a background as a CPA and Professional Photographer, which makes her uniquely qualified to be of service to Buyers and Sellers. Paradise Realty of Venice has been helping people find their piece of paradise for more than 40 years. It offers many services including real estate property sales, seasonal and annual rentals, and property management. Whether buying or selling, Your Paradise Team is ready to meet your needs.

Contact Erica today at Your Paradise Team! Paradise Realty of Venice is located at 101 San Marco Drive; 941-544-4754; Hours—Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-1pm. Visit them on the web at

New Venice MainStreet Business Partner: Troll Music, Your Hometown Music Store

New Venice MainStreet Business Partner: Troll Music, Your Hometown Music Store

Troll Music has been a landmark in Venice and throughout the Southwest Florida music community for more than 30 years. Creating an environment that encourages and inspires, Troll Music offers knowledgeable advice from experienced industry professionals, hands on instruction with the best teachers in the area, and the ability to try different instruments and choose the one that is right for you. It also is your local band and orchestra instrument rental headquarters. Shop their wide assortment of instruments and accessories online or in person. Troll Music is located at 520 East Venice Avenue; 941-484-8765; Hours—Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Visit them on the web at

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