We are excited to welcome a new business to downtown Venice! The Island Bookshop opened this September and is nestled on charming Miami Avenue West, next to Mother’s Cupboard Spice Shoppe, in the Merchants of Venice building.

The Island Bookshop’s owners, Aimee Odette and Michael Rank, who are both university professors, recognized the need for a bookstore on the island of Venice. To them, “A bookstore is an extension of home, the anchor of a community.” Their love for books and building community led to their bookshop idea and long-standing dream. 

The bookshop carries new books as well as art, photography, and pottery from local residents. “As a small community-oriented book shop, we provide literary and art experiences for our customers of all ages, children to adults. As residents of Venice Island, we are especially proud to showcase the work of various local writers and artists in the community, our home,” says Odette.

In the near future, The Island Bookshop will offer writing and reading classes, writer’s groups, children’s groups, local author’s events, and community outreach. For more information visit TheIslandBookshop.com, call 941-416-5511. Located at 206 West Miami Avenue, Venice, FL 34285.