Venice MainStreet, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our community by preserving, protecting, and promoting historic Downtown Venice.

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Happy National
Volunteer Week!
The staff, board and volunteers of Venice MainStreet would like to express our sadness at the passing of our downtown information kiosk volunteer,

John "Jack" Joseph Corcoran

He was a kind and dedicated member of the MainStreet volunteer team and will be missed. Our thoughts go to his wife Joanne Corcoran and his family.
April 22, 2020
from the
City of Venice
Sarasota County-operated beaches, including those in the City of Venice, will be accessible for essential activities -- walking, running, fishing, surfing and swimming -- beginning 6 a.m. Monday, April 27, with the following restrictions: 

  • No congregating and visitors must practice social distancing (6 feet apart, no groups over 10). No yoga or drum circles.
  • No lounging, coolers or alcohol, umbrellas/towels/chairs, etc.
  • No access to parking lots or concession stands. Bathrooms will be open.

In the City of Venice , the South Jetty (Humphris Park), Venice Fishing Pier, Brohard Paw Park, playgrounds and tennis courts will remain closed.
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
Don't miss this at-home crafting EVENT!

Friday, APRIL 24th at 6:30pm
Available on ZOOM

Call and pay for kits prior to Friday

Kit Pick-ups: Available for pick-up the day before and the morning of the event at The Wild Thang Boutique, 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" x 23"), 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!

Text, call or email Farrah Cuellar
We hope the following Facebook photos posted by our Partners bring a
smile to your face.

They are keeping spirits high and making the best
of things!
Talk about VIP customer service!
Dennis Turner, the owner of
is heading out to deliver orders
(Photo posted on Facebook by Venice Olive Oil Company)
Heroes work here!
Thank you, hard working staff of
(Photo posted on Facebook by A Banyan Residence Assisted Living)
Three cheers for Patrick and Susan!
Check out the shiny, refinished floor at
(Photo posted on Facebook by Gold Rush BBQ)

"Hi, my name is Michele. Quarantine hasn't stopped us from enjoying library, exercise, happy hour, meals + dessert" at
(Photo posted on Facebook by Gardens of Venice)
Emilio & Loredana show their Italian spirit at
(Photo posted on Facebook by Angelo's Italian Market and Restaurant)
Those walls are looking pretty spiffy with
a new coat of paint at
(Photo posted on Facebook by Lisa's Classic Rose)
Not all super heroes wear capes!
The Fire Departments from Venice,
Sarasota County, North Port, Manatee County, and the Town of Longboat Key Fire Rescue, along with Manatee County EMS, showed up
to salute the health care team at
(Photo posted on Facebook by Venice Regional Bayfront Health)
Getting a face lift with new paint and floors (shown above) and some TLC for "The Big Pig" barbeque smoker (shown below)
(Photo posted on Facebook by Yummies Donuts & BBQ)
... and many happy returns to Pastor Robin at
(Photo posted on Facebook by Grace on the Island)
owner, Linda Best, discovered this painted rock outside of her store. She's leaving it there for other people to find and enjoy like she did.
(Photo posted on Facebook by Venice Island Gallery)
Distributed 179 masks to residents and have more available. Crafty residents of Jacaranda Trace sewed the masks to add to the supplies on hand. This kind of commitment and care is what being a community is all about.
(Photo posted on Facebook by Jacaranda Trace)
storefront definitely has a sense of humor!
(Photo posted on Facebook by St. Marco Boutique)

With weights, water bottles or soup cans, the residents of Village On the Isle are getting creative as they work out (10’ apart) with Lifestyle Coordinator, Marilyn Tupis Ward
(Photo posted on Facebook by Village On the Isle)

More fun at

To help ease everyone’s tension and to spread joy, meals were delivered via singing and dancing from staff, while maintaining safe
social distancing.
(Photo posted on Facebook by Village On the Isle)
Received fabric donated by Michael Miller Fabrics to be used for masks. It has been distributed to 4 groups who are making masks for hospice, assisted living facilities, American Red Cross, Venice Hospital, and the ICU at St. Joseph’s in Tampa.
(Photo posted on Facebook by Deborah's Quilt Basket)
Thank you
for helping get food out to our community!
(Photo posted on Facebook by All Faiths Food Bank shared from The Salvation Army of Sarasota County)
Uplifting messages from
(we miss her beach yoga!)
(Photos posted on Facebook by Yoga with Elin) 
Yes, this is a horse's ....
Congratulations to Tayler Adams, the winner of the horse tail BEST BRAIDS contest at
(Photos posted on Facebook by Fox Lea Farm)

Join us for our virtual horse show series!

Grassroots through Grand Prix! Earn a virtual ribbon! 

Virtual Scoreboard courtesy of Air Show Jumping, Bill Worthington

Robin Swinderman Mitchell, Andy Lomker, Wendy Peralta, Ezequiel Peralta

For additional information, please call
Secretary - Jennifer Gamboa (803) 295-2759

The shows will be conducted virtually, and every dollar raised will go to a fund to help support the contracted staff that works the Fox Lea horse shows . Funds will benefit our Jump Crew, In Gate people, and other staff that work for Fox Lea only during our horse shows – not to include our full-time staff.

Let’s have some fun and have an opportunity to get some great coaching perspectives as well! In addition to the class entry fees, you may add a $30 donation for a “virtual armband”, which entitles you to have your videos evaluated by one of our judges, who will then send you a personal email with their coaching and recommendations – a virtual clinic! Special thanks to our Prize sponsors, Equine Healthcare International!
Gift cards available for

200 N Tamiami Trail
Venice, Florida 34285
(941) 244-0841
South County Food Pantry is open from
9am-12pm, M-F.
If you or anyone you know in Venice, Nokomis, or Osprey is in need of food during this crisis, please visit us in Venice at
121 Warfield Avenue
We will be happy to give you groceries.

Meals are ordered from local restaurants including Venice MainStreet Partners
Abby's on Miami, British Open Pub,
Brew Burger, Gold Rush BBQ ,
Made in Italy and more!

Follow on Facebook HERE

Mother's Cupboard Spice Shoppe
208 Miami Ave W
Venice, Florida 34285
(941) 525-8041
Like so many Americans with careers built on serving others, many of the salon industry’s stylists are now unable to work. Please help if you can by buying a shirt—50% of the proceeds will be donated to the livelihood of our team members.

🌟 Orders were extended until April 30!  🌟

Be sure to select “James Griffith Salon” at check out:
Our link will be in the description!
We are open!

Attention ALL: Construction Crews, Healthcare Professionals, First Responders, National Guard, Law Enforcement, State or Federal Employees, Journalists, Displaced Residents and our In-Market Tourists, call us today at 941-308-7700 .

425 US Highway 41
Bypass N
Venice, Florida 34285

(941) 308-7700

Venice MainStreet Partners offering

For a list of
Venice MainStreet Partners with
online shopping
136 W Venice Ave # 138, Venice, FL 34285
(941) 488-4128

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

Beautiful selection of handmade Venetian glasses

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

Let Venice Center provide a safe, warm
and friendly community for your patients.

We have immediate openings for select
admissions and provide COVID 19 trained
staff to assist our residents.

Call us.
200 Nassau Street N
Venice FL. 34275
Find local restaurants
offering take out or delivery

Distance Socially, Eat Locally!

Opening up for take out!
Starting Friday, 24th

We’ll have scones, muffins, cinnamon rolls, crumb cake, danish, turnovers, coffee and espresso for take out!

Come by and see us!

If you have scone orders for Friday, please
FB message us so we can have them ready for you!

213 W Venice Ave Unit A
Venice, Florida 34285-2002
(941) 244-0430

Fun for kids, grand-kids (or yourself)

Make your own pizza at home

We have Pizza Kits!

Cheese Pizza Kit $10. Pepperoni Pizza Kit $11. Additional toppings $1 each. Our kits include our Parmesan Cheese. These make 12" personal size pizzas.

Click HERE to watch our VIDEO on
how to make them

The Soda Fountain & Vinnie's Pizzeria
349 W Venice Ave
Venice, Florida 34285
(941) 488-7600

421 Tamiami Trl S
Venice, Florida 34285
(941) 488-5989

Sharky’s Snack Shack
Tues-Sun from 12 to 7 PM
for your to-go order needs!
Drop by our bright & blue Food Truck to pick up delicious Sharky’s takeout on-the-go. We have plenty of yummy options - check out the Snack Shack's spectacular menu above!
You’ll find us in the Wellfield Park parking lot , which is located just north of E. Venice Avenue (intersection of Pinebrook and E. Venice Ave).
Buy a gift card
and use when
restaurants reopen!

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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I'm a senior cat looking for a senior companion. My name is Whiskers ! I like to relax, I'm mellow and loving. We can take naps together and watch TV! How wonderful our lives could be if we can find each other. All you have to do is come in and ask for me!
Hi! I'm Roxy . Sweet and loving are just a couple of ways you can describe me. I weigh 49lbs, which just means there's more of me to love. My story is a sad one and I will tell you if you come in and meet me. We might just hit it off and go home together!

The Suncoast Humane Society Thrift Store on the Island of Venice is ready for your viewing of books, kitchenware, furniture, clothes, jewelry and numerous other items – vintage specials and pet supplies.
Please come and see it all at 656 S. Tamiami Trail in the Rialto Shopping Plaza. We are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Saturday. Looking is entertaining and purchases provide funds to care for animals at our Animal Care Center!

Suncoast Humane Society
6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood, FL 34224
Phone: (941) 474-7884
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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.