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 |

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!

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

Paradise Grill Fishing Tournament

Paradise Grill hosted "Battle of the Charters" in August. “It helped us build camaraderie and promoted these great charter captains,” says Paradise Grill’s Steve Armstrong. Captains included Off The Grid’s Korye Belangia, G-Force’s RC and Gary Gilliland, Liquid Lifestyle’s John Nolan and Chasin’ Tail’s Tyler Chartrand. Off The Grid won, with 32 pounds. 1097 N. Tamiami Trail, … Continued

Paradise Grill’s Mary Beth Hansen Hosts Fundraiser for Local Causes

Paradise Grill's Mary Beth Hansen hosted a midsummer car and bike show for The 180 House and the South County Food Pantry. The funds and food were donated. "The number of cars, motorcycles and people that participated was phenomenal," Mary Beth says. "Nokomis, Venice and South Sarasota County are unbelievably generous. We'll do this again in the fall." 

Venice Lifestyle’s Inaugural VIP Meet and Greet

Twist Boutique in Historic Downtown Venice hosted Venice Lifestyle's Inaugural VIP Meet and Greet on Thursday, July 18, to help us thank our cherished advertisers and supporters for their valued partnerships. The catered event was a lively time where friends had a chance to celebrate and collaborate with other business owners. Thank you to our gracious hosts!

Extraordinary Nurses Recognized at Venice Regional Bayfront Health

Nurses at Venice Regional Bayfront Health were recently honored with DAISY Awards for Extraordinary Nurses, part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide. DAISY stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. Honorees also receive a sculpture called "A Healer’s Touch," hand-carved by Shona tribe artists in Zimbabwe. More information is available at        

The 24th Annual Loveland Players Production of Planting Seeds

Loveland Center, in collaboration with Venice Theatre, presented the Players production of Planting Seeds in May and June. Sponsored by Pinkerton Harkins & Mehserle Private Wealth, the opening night reception was sponsored by PGT Industries. More than $9,500 was raised. Since 1962, Loveland Center is a nonprofit providing life-skills development programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 941.493.0016,   

Paradise Grill’s Battle of the Charters Fishing Tournament

Mary Beth Hansen's Paradise Grill in Nokomis hosted its inaugural Battle of the Charters fishing tournament at the end of April, with a plaque awarded after the event. Everyone celebrated a wonderful day of fishing and friendship. Paradise Grill is a neighborhood establishment dedicated to Florida's laid-back lifestyle. Paradise Grill, 1097 N. Tamiami Trail, Nokomis, 941.786.1524.

Village on the Isle Foundation’s Golf Classic Raises $125,000

The Village on the Isle Foundation hosted 80 golfers at its inaugural Golf Classic on Saturday, May 11, at Lakewood Ranch's Ritz-Carlton Golf Club. The VOTI Foundation is committed to assisting the community, supporting retired clergy and missionaries, and enhancing programs and education that improve the quality of life of VOTI residents. 920 Tamiami Trail S, 941.486.5485,