Designing Woman Kim Gibson’s portfolio includes homes from Sanibel to Sarasota. Now Venice is home to a studio/boutique where windows decked out with chic Robin Bruce seating (chairs from $700, sofas from $1,100) invite a peek at dazzling designer samples inside. Starfish Lane Interiors, 319 W. Venice Ave., Venice, (941) 445-5611.
HOME BOYZ Daniel Charney and Brian Corson (the “boys” behind apparel and gift store Sunshine Boyz Island Shoppe) just opened a home store with unique interior concepts for today’s Florida lifestyles. Look for coveted coastal brands from Gabby Home to Palecek (Lincoln side table, $1,818). Sunshine Boyz Island Home, 133 W. Venice Ave., Venice, (941) 525-6111.
EVOOlution? Supplier of extra virgin olive oil to local restaurants (including Saltwater Café and Made in Italy), this growing Gulf coast chain stocks oils that are among a handful in the U.S. verified authentic by the watchdog/author of Extra Virginity. Best-seller is organic Tuscan Herb EVOO ($16.95/12.7 ounces).Venice Olive Oil Co., 101 W. Venice Ave., Venice, (941) 483-4200.
Yard Sale The newest foodie treat in Italy (pizza by the yard; your choice of toppings in up to four sections) is only available in the U.S. in Venice! So claim co-owners Giuseppe Del Sole (née Ischia) and Abruzzo native Alessandro Di Ferdinando. Familiar faces at Epicure in Sarasota (where Del Sole was pizza chef), the duo just opened their dream restaurant. Made in Italy, 117 W. Venice Ave., Venice, (941) 488-8282.
DOUBLE TAKE Janice Riordan has acquiesced to fans of her stunning interior design and gift shop, Seaside Chic, by expanding the chic quotient to fashion. Now a second store on Venice Avenue boasts a roster of trendy apparel brands like best-selling XCVI (Twiggy twilll pants, $119). Seaside Chic Boutique, 305A W. Venice Ave. Venice, (941) 484-1313.
Calling all Connoisseurs French oak wine casks vie for attention with whitewashed and painted Trade Winds furniture (Chedi tray table, $273) and revolving fine art exhibits at CHC Home Décor & Gifts, 329 Venice Ave., Venice, (941) 488-3030.
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Bedazzling Color in everything from primary red, yellow and blue Jag Jeans ($79) to Trina Turk’s trendsetting swimsuits and body-slimming miracle suits. Sunbug, 141 W. Venice Ave., Venice, (941) 485-7946.
“Quit Your Job” shirts with clever things to do instead silk-screened on the backs (from $40) are made from lightweight Peruvian pima cotton and can’t be kept in stock at Captain’s Landing, 243 W. Venice Ave., Venice, (941) 485-2329.
Fresh as a Venice breeze table accessories from Mariposa come in beautiful beach-inspired serving pieces adorned with starfish, seahorses or coral ($59 to $108). The Tabletop, 205 W. Venice Ave., Venice, (941) 485-0319.