Clubhouse and Amenities Open at Renaissance

As the 12,000-acre West Villages planned community between Venice and North Port continues to boom, Mattamy Homes has announced the opening of the clubhouse and amenities within their gated community of new homes, Renaissance at West Villages.

Flower Power

Venice has a funny way of bringing out the best in people. Take our own beloved Bob Vedder, who quickly into his retirement finally became a real "flower child." On a recent stroll along downtown’s Miami Avenue, Bob, 74, was happy to point out all the lovely and colorful blooms dotting the sidewalk in pots and planters.

Welcome to Venice Lifestyle

It’s with great honor that I present you with the launch issue of Venice Lifestyle. The past months have been an exciting whirlwind of connecting with our community to bring this issue to fruition. I am so proud of this first edition that was put together with hard work and love for our wonderful and … Continued

January 2019 Around Town

Long-Time Venice Resident Earns Fellowship in International Organization Michael T. Hartley, CEO of DKE Inc., Comprehensive Wealth Counsel, was awarded the Advanced Certificate in Family Wealth Advising and honored as a Fellow of the Family Firm Institute at the 2018 FFI Global Conference in London. The certificates are presented to individuals who have achieved comprehensive professional … Continued

Cards of Hope

Angela Snyder, Lori Turkovics and Michelle Moore sponsored "Cards of Hope," a fundraiser requesting donations of $10 Target and Walmart gift cards to support The TWIG, a local nonprofit focused on foster care. 

From Edgy to Elegant

At the newly opened Ciao Bella Salon, owner and master stylist Karen Sheppard has assembled a diverse team as professional and talented as she is.

Focused on Foster Care Kids

The statistics surrounding foster care children are as startling as they are sad. According to Dianne Weed, executive director of Venice’s the TWIG (The Way to Inspire and Give), a nonprofit focused on improving the lives of foster children, 50 percent of kids in foster care will not complete high school, and 25 percent will be homeless just four years after leaving…

Cheeseburgers in Paradise

Three years ago, Mary Beth Hansen bought the site of the old Ophelia’s Pasta House in Nokomis and took a sledgehammer to the place. Out went the acres and acres of garish pink tile. Out went the nine tiny dining rooms in favor of a much more open and spacious three-room floor plan. And, finally, up went her new restaurant’s…