During Season, downtown loves its visitors, but on Thursday, August 17 we will take the time to thank our locals for supporting us all year long.

In recent months, it is refreshing and exciting to see many new boutiques and restaurants opening up on Tampa, Venice and Miami Avenues.  Plus, Venice Area Beautification, Inc. has dressed up downtown Venice with a mix of flowering potted plants, new shrubbery, and many well placed and cared for baskets hanging off the prominent light posts.

Of course the best thing about the Wine Walk is meeting the many welcoming and easy going personalities of the Avenue Shopkeepers, and learning about their specialties. Anyone who enters Mother’s Cupboard Spice Shoppe located on West Miami Avenue, will become an instant friend of Owner, Suzanne Andrews.  Suzanne is excited for this year’s Wine Walk, and says, “For this year’s Wine Walk, visitors will receive a complimentary recipe book with the tea version of summer coolers. Plus, our visitors will receive tips on combining iced hibiscus and rosehips tea with a hint of orange for the perfect mixer to accompany their preferred spirit.  Sample the alcohol-free version during the Wine Walk.”

Joyce McCaffrey, Proprietor of Eyes on You located on West Venice Avenue, offers a personalized and professional approach to eyewear selection and custom lingerie fitting. She eagerly boasts, “Historic Downtown Venice is a very special place.  People don’t realize how fortunate we are to have quality dining locales, unique boutiques, and a variety of cultural activities to enjoy.”

Lynda Krause, Owner of LaBella Interiors located on West Venice Avenue, says, “The Wine Walk is something the participating business establishments want to do for the locals.  People can come and enjoy a fun night out and do a little shopping.  For us, we will be showcasing the latest in window coverings, blinds and so much more.”

On Thursday, August 17 at 5:00pm, Wine Walkers can pick up their free wristband at the kiosk in Centennial Park or the breezeway in the Burgundy Square Building on Miami Avenue as well as a list of participating downtown businesses. The first 250 people will receive a special blue Lovin’ Our Locals wristband.  Restaurants will offer specials like buy-one-get-one-free or half price glasses of wine and shops will be offering wine or punch or some other surprising delight.

Each participating shop or restaurant will be, in its own way, Lovin’ Our Locals. During the event visit these participating businesses Café Venice, Cleopatra’s Bath & Body, DanaTyler, Dick’s Shoes (2 locations), Down Island Way Boutique, Eyes on You, Flynn’s, La Bella Interiors, Made in Italy, Moizelle, Mother’s Cupboard, Nautical Sand Sculptures, Navamaze, Needlefish Yarns, Ristorante San Marco, Shirt Stop, Sirena Island Day Spa, Tarpon Bay Trading Co., TJ Carney’s, Trattoria Da Mino, Venice Avenue Creamery, Venice in Vogue, Venice Olive Oil Company, and Venice Wine & Coffee.

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