Edible Arrangements Celebrates Its Grand Reopening With Ribbon Cutting

Owner Sam Patel cut the ribbon at the grand reopening of Edible Arrangements. Perfect for any occasion, Edible Arrangements' fruit arrangements and gifts are always freshly-crafted using fruit that's grown and picked to its Fruit Expert® standards. They offer the best variety of gourmet chocolate Dipped Fruit™! Visit for a FREE sample!  1435 E. Venice Ave, Unit 103. 941.488.8880. … Continued

Paradise Grill’s Holiday Bake Off Competition And Fundraiser

"What an amazing night!" says Mary Beth Hansen, Paradise Grill's owner. "We raised just about $500 for the Laurel Civic Association's Christmas children's event. We have so many amazing bakers in our community and they showed up in force last night!" The winners were Noella Santerre, Lynn Brink, Michelle Weeks, and Christina Jewell. 1097 N. Tamiami … Continued

Eleventh Annual Passport to Your Future Wine Tasting and Auction

The Business and Professional Women of Englewood/Venice hosted its 11th Annual Passport to Your Future Wine Tasting and Auction at the Venice Art Center in October. The event was a time to network and celebrate and was hosted by Joyce McCaffrey, owner of downtown's Eyes On You. For membership information and more events visit the organization's website at BPWEV.org.

Laurel Civic Association’s Sandra Terry Transitions To Emeritus

For 50 years, the Laurel Civic Association has brought extraordinary changes to the Laurel community. LCA transformed from a neighborhood organization into a non-profit that developed much-needed programs to serve the entire Laurel/Nokomis area.  For the past 30 years,  LCA was led by Sandra Terry who was celebrated on November 2 for her service. 509 Collins Rd., Laurel. 941.483.3338. Laurelcivic.org. 

Ribbon Cutting at Venice Location of Any Lab Test Now

Karen Williams and Robert Gray, RN, opened the Venice location of Any Lab Test Now on Oct. 9 with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting. Their first location is at 2300 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. Their pre-negotiated costs make for substantially lower prices. An annual panel costs just $129. Walk-ins are welcome!  1846 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 11, Venice 941.922.4500 AnyLabTestNow.com

Ribbon-Cutting at Venice’s Contour Day Spa

Lori and Dave Bailey opened the Contour Day Spa in October. "We specialize in CoolSculpting," Dave says. "It's a noninvasive, safe, proven process designed to reduce stubborn body fat that diet and exercise don't address. This is an elegant day spa. People can relax here, sculpt their bodies and anticipate great results." 405 Commercial Court, Suite A, Venice 941.777.4448 TheContourDaySpa.com

Nonprofit, The Twig, Receives $25,000 Grant from State Farm

The Twig, a nonprofit for children in foster care, received a $25,000 grant from State Farm for being one of the top 40 finalists in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant program. Children visit The Twig Boutique and "shop" for free clothing. The check was presented through Rob Reisdorf State Farm. 826 Pinebrook Road, Venice | 941.220.7958 | TheTwigCares.com

The Contour Day Spa’s Pre-launch Party—Fun and Educational!

The Contour Day Spa opened for business Oct. 1 as the only boutique in Southwest Florida dedicated to CoolSculpting, a proven, safe body fat reduction procedure. The owners hosted a pre-launch party at the Venetian River Club for family, friends and members of the community. 405 Commercial Court, Suite A, Venice | 941.777.4448 | TheContourDaySpa.com

Sassy Sisters Englewood Monthly Social Held At Stefano’s Family Restaurant

"Behind every successful woman should be a tribe of women who have her back."  An informal group of sassy, bold, lively, spirited, jaunty and savvy successful women who are committed to building relationships, growing their business and helping others do the same, Sassy Sisters, Inc. offers socials in various cities each week. Be prepared to smile and have fun! SassySistersInc19.WildApricot.org

St. Francis Animal Rescue Fundraiser Dinner at Cassariano

St. Francis Animal Rescue, a nonprofit shelter for homeless cats, held a successful and entertaining fundraiser dinner at Venice's Cassariano in August. All enjoyed great food, great wine and a great time for the benefit of the cats. St. Francis Animal Rescue thanks everyone who participated!  St. Francis Animal Rescue 1915 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice 941.492.6200 StFrancisARFL.org