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Welcome new
Venice MainStreet Partner!

Woman and girls boutique with
bear stuffing machine (shown above),
as well as birthday, private and special event canvas, wood and craft parties.

(575) 313-2582
201 Miami Ave W, Venice, FL 34285

Looking for something
fun to do at home?

Join The Wild Thang Boutique for
Friday, APRIL 24, 2020
at 6:30pm

Inside The Wild Thang Boutique is another business where WE PAINT-WE SIP-WE LAUGH AND WE HAVE FUN; Create Your Own Palette . During this time we cannot come and sit at the tables and paint together, so to adapt to the times, I want to do a VIRTUAL WOOD AND WINE: 

SO, Grab your wine, tell your friends and enjoy this time at your home!

This class will be offered on zoom. So when you sign up to do the VIRTUAL WOOD AND WINE, I will need your email address and phone number so I can invite you to the online event and let you know when your supplies are ready for pick up.

Kit Pick-ups: I will put together your kit and it will be available for pick-up the day before and the morning of the event at 201 Miami Ave W. They will be placed in a bag with your name on it and placed outside the boutique so you will not have to have any contact with anyone.

Contents: Stenciled wood cut-out (approx size is 15"x23"), paint brushes, paint of the colors pictured ($1.00 more for requested colors). 

**after the class please return clean paint brushes to boutique--kindly wash and place in a baggie and hang on door of boutique so we can use them again for other classes!
I look forward to this event and meeting each and everyone of you.
--Farrah Cuellar, Owner of The Wild Thang Boutique

Sign-ups: text, call or email

Farrah Cuellar @ 575-313-2582
or direct message on Facebook at

Join in a
for healthcare workers,
first responders and
essential workers

#Suncoast Claps #VENclaps
Now, more than ever, it is important to show our appreciation and celebrate the collective good of our neighbors – especially first responders – the police, firefighters, nurses, doctors, and essential workers within the community.

To show our collective support, we invite everyone to join in a community “clap/cheer/toast” from your balcony, window, driveway or dock at 6:30pm each day. Come out, say hello from safe distances, and let’s join together in a community cheer. Raise a glass, clap your hands, give a big cheer – in support of our community and the people that make it an amazing place to live.
Be sure to take some video and photos and then share on social media so our essential workers know we are cheering for them.

Use the hashtags: #SuncoastClaps and #VENclaps
For more information contact:

MSC Marketing | Chief Marketing Officer
MOBILE  941.404.5514 
OFFICE   941.955.8200 x 3242
1801 Main Street | Sarasota, FL 34236
"Heroes Work Here"
Signs Installed
The City of Venice Public Works Department has posted "Heroes Work Here" signs at Venice Regional Bayfront Health , Fire Stations 1, 2 and 3, and the Police Station in honor of all the healthcare providers and first responders who are putting their lives on the line for the rest of us every day during this COVID-19 event.

A big thanks to John Hinshaw at H&H Signs for reaching out to the City with this wonderful idea, and producing the signage so quickly.
426 E. Venice Ave.
Venice, FL 34285
Phone: 941-485-0556
This Friday, April 17 , the Venice Fire Department, Sarasota County Fire Department, North Port Fire Department, Town of Longboat Key Fire Rescue Department, Manatee County Fire Department and Manatee County EMS will honor our healthcare providers and show their appreciation to all of the doctors, nurses and hospital staff who are working around the clock to save lives as they continue to face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Beginning at 2:45 p.m. Friday , apparatus will begin to stage at the emergency departments of all hospitals in Sarasota and Manatee counties. At 3 p.m., Sarasota and Manatee County Dispatch Centers will make a special announcement over the radio. Apparatus lights will be turned on, personnel will have their gear on, and they will sound the air horn four times, followed by all personnel standing at attention saluting the hospital staff for 30 seconds. Dispatch will then dismiss all personnel.

In partnership and coordination of all hospitals and Fire/EMS Departments, we thank these amazing people for the work they do every day.
For more information contact:
Lorraine Anderson
City of Venice Public Information Officer
401 West Venice Avenue
Venice, FL 34285
Via City Hall Switchboard: (941) 486-2626 ext. 7401
Direct: (941) 882-7401
Kelly and Terrance the Technical Theatre Toucan bring you greetings from VT and a new story via zoom!
Mark your calendars for Venice Theatre Story Time
every Wednesday at 8 p.m. 
Thank you and have a wonderful evening!
If you missed episodes 1 and 2, you can check them out
on our YouTube channel

Venice MainStreet Partners offering
and see flyers below
Hey there — it is times like this where we all need to be creative and innovative. Most of us have a closet full of exercise equipment that we bought with good intention of getting started. Let’s pull that stuff out of the closet and get you using it.

I am offering virtual training sessions to teach you how to use that stuff you have at home to put together a great workout for yourself. It's also a great time, since the restaurant choices are limited to take out to learn which foods best serve you and how simple it really is to shop and cook for the purpose of adding health into your life. 

Reach out if you have been wanting to get started, and haven’t done so - now is the time. Let’s find some joy in this journey we are on and get ourselves in the best shape possible.   
Be AWESOME today 

Deb Peters
DP Fitness and Wellness
(813) 731-8767
PE with DP
Offering parents and kids a small break in the day to get some exercise in. Join in on this at home gym class from the comfort of your home with Coach Deb Peters. Link here:
BodybyBarre Fitness offers FREE barre, yoga and HIIT classes on-demand, our gift to help you reduce stress, strengthen your immune system and keep your fitness routine going during this unprecedented time.

Sign up for classes of your choice. About 30 minutes before your scheduled class, you’ll receive a link via email to access the class. You can click on the link or copy/paste in your browser, or access through the Vimeo ap on your smart TV.


You can still have your Beach Yoga with Elin in your own backyard or living room. Over the years Elin produced 5 Beach Yoga DVD’s. Please call directly to order one. She will ship you a DVD to wherever you are hunkered down.

Venice Holistic Community Center and Blue Lotus Meditation Center
Distance Socially,
Shop Locally!

For a list of
Venice MainStreet Partners with
online shopping

227 W Venice Ave, Venice, FL 34285

(941) 488-6161

Shop Dune to support Island Gift Nook and
receive FREE shipping !

Shop Dune at:

Discount Code:
SupportIslandGiftNookFL (case sensitive)

Thank you all for the support!
Curbside pickup available for educational materials/gift cards by calling and
placing a phone order


Celebration Corner
303A W. Venice Ave. Venice, FL

Online shopping and
shipping available

205 W. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285

Check us out on Facebook:
and Instagram:

Venice Beach Villas

We are still open and helping with affordable lodging for individuals who are still here in construction or healthcare or who might not feel safe heading back north. We continue to follow CDC and State guidelines and offer a no contact check in procedure. We are also spreading out our guests on the property. Please contact us by phone or email for the flexible rates. 

941-488-1580 or 1-800-542-3404

MainStreet Partners SunBug and Twist have online fashion shows on Instagram! Check it out!


Find local restaurants
offering take out or delivery
Distance Socially, Eat Locally!

Buy a gift card
and use when
restaurants reopen!

Want some French food today?

Order at

20% off if you order at least $25!!

Delivery to go and curbside pick up

Have a great day
and Bon Appétit !
Côté France French Bistro
Open from 11am to 7pm for take out and delivery
218 Tampa Ave. W.
Venice, FL 34285

Community Update Links

City of Venice (City Hall)

Sarasota County

Venice Art Center

Venice Area Historical Society

Venice Heritage, Inc.

Venice Museum and Julia Cousins Laning and Dale Laning Archives & Research Center

Venice Performing Arts Center

Venice Theatre

William H. Jervey, Jr. Venice Public Library and Jacaranda Public Library

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Venice MainStreet, Inc. is a non-profit dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our community by preserving, protecting, and promoting
Historic, Downtown Venice.