Cool Video


This is a great video done in Michigan to promote supporting local business.  During this time between holidays I thought this fun video would be great to share to promote the idea of supporting locally owned businesses here as well.

With more and more people shopping online now I believe that big box retailers will be downsizing. 

While local stores need to need online as well, I also believe that people still like hands on shopping as well and this will give locally owned, distinct, and unique businesses an opportunity to thrive again. 

That is something I encourage local residents and visitors to support.

Enjoy the video.
However you celebrate at this delightful time, I wish you peace, joy, happiness, and a prosperous new year.

Kitchens by Kerrie


Kerrie Lehnert loves what she does and that can be seen in the quality of her work. Since 1998 she has been designing quality kitchens, baths, and more. Creating a design that fits her clients, their property, and their budget is a passion for her.

That passion is reflected in the extremely enthusiastic recommendations I've witnessed her receiving publicly from very happy clients. The happiness of her clients comes from exceeding their expectations.

She isn't landlocked in her designs either, as her skills extend to designing for yachts and planes as well. Her new office with a view of yachts right beyond her desk may give her a bit of inspiration too as it would certainly be a pleasure to work in such a setting.

Kerrie and her husband Robert will work with you from start to finish. Call them today for a complimentary design and walk-through.

Kitchens by Kerrie
996 La Guna Dr. Suite B
Venice, FL 34285

Office hours M-F 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Georgene is a passionate professional with over 20 years experience in the mortgage business.   She loved helping 1st time buyers achieve homeownership. And refinanced their homes to reduce mortgage rates.

But as time went on, she began getting more and more inquiries from mature adults requesting a refinance of their homes.  After interviewing them, it was often a sad task of having to explain that their income wasn’t sufficient to borrower the money they very much needed. 

Some still had mortgages that were taken out during peak earning years, but with their current income of social security and sometimes a pension, they just didn’t qualify for more. Some could barely pay what they owed. Some were forced to sell and move from their homes. Others had to move in with children.   

Georgene had heard about Reverse Mortgages. But, like many others, she was skeptical.  "I was raised to think if something was too good to be true, it probably was.”  She says, “But I and other loan officers were increasingly receiving more requests for information.  I thought perhaps I had  better take a closer look . And Boy was I amazed and embarrassed. Everything I thought I knew, was incorrect.  I had the same misconceptions and believed the same myths as some of the misinformed people I spoke with. And that included other professionals!"

She now says with confidence that “this is one of the safest financial vehicles of all.”  It literally took an Act of Congress, in 1987 to pass the FHA insurance bill. It is  regulated and overseen by HUD. It is the only mortgage that allows you to borrow money, in whatever way you choose, use it for whatever need you have, and to pay it back when you move, or through your estate. The end date is when you reach age 150.  It truly is money for life.  And YES, the house stays in your name. You bought it, you pay for it. you own it!

What she learned about reverse mortgages and how she saw it change the lives of so many, made such an impact on her that she now is a strong proponent of it.  Georgene was Hired by Wells Fargo to educate as well as facilitate the Reverse Mortgage. "It's a powerful tool that can help people reduce the financial stress in their lives, and thus enjoy life more " Rivers said.  Do you have doubts and questions about Florida Reverse Mortgage?  Georgene can help  put your mind at ease.  "Knowledge is Power".

If you are age 62 and up in the Venice, Englewood, or Sarasota Florida area contact Georgene to educate yourself more on the benefits of a Florida Reverse Mortgage.  Learn from a professional who cares if it could be a safe and effective solution to help you enjoy your golden years more.  Get the help you need from a caring and gracious lady who will personally guide you through the process.

Georgene Rivers
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
2891 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239 

941-979-7757 Direct
866-538-2936 Fax
One of only two beach front motels on the entire island of Venice this delightful place will transport you back to another era. It's the type of place that I think the Rat Pack (Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Sammy Davis Jr.) would have enjoyed hanging out at if it was in Las Vegas or Palm Springs. It has a very cool mid-century modern vibe. There is no bar or food service here but some Rat Pack style music playing in the lounge area would certainly fit the ambiance.
This balcony view of the Gulf also shows the Venice Fishing Pier in the distance and a beach shower right at the trail to the beach.

At just 17 rooms the Beachcomber in Venice has a loyal clientele that enjoys coming back year after year. If you can get a room here you'll likely be added to their fans. Winter season stays are a two week minimum. Summer and Value season have three day minimums.

Beachcomber in Venice
720 Golden Beach Blvd.
Venice, FL 34285

Office hours M-F 10:30am - 3pm

Toll Free 866-488-4237
Local 941-488-4237

Managers: Marueen Eberhart and Wendy Dremann
I thought that I would start my blog about Small Locally Owned Businesses with a post about a group that does a great job promoting locally owned businesses.

Venice Open Network is an opportunity for local businesspeople to establish working relationships, promote their businesses and support each other in a casual environment. It's also a good place for a bit of fun and laughter.

It is open to anyone in the area with a business to promote, it is not a membership group with a lot of free advantages for participants. As they say, If we did any less for you, we'd have to charge you more. Paul W. DeClark the gentleman standing in this photo is the founder of the group and you can find out more at Venice Open Network.

Weekly Lunch Meeting is on Wednesdays 11:45 - 1:00 at the Marco Polo Buffet. 549 US 41 ByPass N. (Bird Bay Plaza) Venice. The Meeting Cost is $12. (cash or check only) Lunch is free. Come join us and meet some other great local business people.