So.... its 2021 - almost one year into the pandemic. We are all in this together is what we hear. It just doesn't seem everyone got the memo. Jim Hitt and Alma Eason rose up to the challenge. We challenge you to join us!
How Venice Locale started>>>>>
The meeting between Jim and Eric
Picture this : It was a sunny sunday afternoon. Jim and Eric decided to catch up. They sat around and talked about Venice Florida.
If you have been here even half as long as Jim and Eric, you know it was an afternoon filled with colorful memories.
Jim has chased half our youth around as a Baseball Coach or a local police officer.
The end result is Eric has held onto 121 Miami Ave W. Eric wants to see his location stay operational as a local business.
Jim was looking for a business opportunity. That meeting has led us to being able to offer the opportunity
to market locals services and work crafted by locals.
THE MEETING between Jim and Alma
Both of us having been displaced by our former employers have been seeking a business opportunity.
Jim's law enforcement & insurance agent background pair with Alma's financial and business management background like a fine IPA and steak. Together we offer decades of business experience to manage Venice Locale. We have served different areas of community service programs recruiting friends and family to join volunteer efforts with us for Marine Toys for Tots, Venice Chorus Boosters, Transitions Venice. Venice Baseball Leagues and Wreaths across America. We have always and will always continue to lend a helping hand.
THE BUSINESS PLAN
There are many days you will find us on the water. The rest of my free time I spend making things. Painting, melting, glueing, sanding, epoxying or a list to long for here. . I have a need to constantly express my creativity. I love making thoughtful gifts for my friends. I also like making things I need. I currently work at Publix and sell seeds online on etsy. The Post office has been a challenge lately. I have experienced a few orders not received and higher shipping costs. Sunday markets take up so much time and money for us crafters. The plan is to have a local outlet to sell our things. We have always been a networking source for many of our friends. Having one place on the island will be a unique opportunity to offer our Venice locals.
The HISTORY OF 121 Miami AVe Downtown Venice
Built in 1908 first belonged to Bill Lilly. It was a gun shop and PI business. You can still see a gun etched into the main showroom floor of Venice Locale. The second occupant was the Kern family. They offered engraving services and made trophies for our community for almost two decades. The Kerns served on numerous community outreach programs as well. All in all the building has been in hands of partners to the community and we plan to carry on that tradition.