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Shop Small Near Wellen Park: Downtown Venice Florida

Here in Wellen Park, we’re all about supporting local businesses. From the shops and restaurants within our community to businesses throughout the surrounding area, we know how important it is to shop local.

Located just 20 minutes from our community, you’ll find Historic Downtown Venice, Florida. Right off Venice Beach, this shopping and dining district boasts many small, local shops and businesses throughout the downtown area. 

Whether you’re visiting Wellen Park for the first time or just moved into our neighborhood, take a trip over to the downtown Venice area to find some of our favorite hidden gems and support local businesses, too!

 

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The Soda Fountain of Venice 

Located just one mile off Venice Beach, The Soda Fountain of Venice is a local sandwich, pizza, and ice cream shop rolled into one adorable local spot. 

Their two dining areas set the scene for the food they’re serving — the Soda Fountain dining area features old-style decor, while their ‘Pizza Room’ showcases a more Italian-style interior.

 

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Venice Avenue Creamery

Known for its delicious flavors and fun toppings, Venice Avenue Creamery is a family-owned and operated homemade ice cream and yogurt shop in Downtown Venice. 

Perfect for a hot Southwest Florida day, try any of their Signature Sundaes, soft-serve ice cream, infused yogurt, milkshakes, flurries, and floats.

 

Upper Crust Cafe & Bakery

Complete with a full breakfast and lunch menu, Upper Crust Cafe & Bakery is where savory meets sweet. They offer endless breakfast and lunch options daily, including benedicts, omelets, breakfast sandwiches, salads, quiches, wraps, tacos, and much more. 

Upper Crust also has a full selection of baked goods — make sure you save room for their world-famous scones!

 

Dockside Waterfront Grill

Although Dockside Waterfront Grill is located off of the main street of Historic Downtown Venice, this waterside restaurant is a must-visit.  

Known for its fresh seafood, authentic charm, live entertainment, and Southwest Florida sunsets, it’s the perfect place for a casual meal and some fun along the water. 

The perfect stop after a day at the beach, enjoy their hand-dipped ice cream, New York-style pizzas, and more!

 

Seaside Chic Boutique

Shop local with Seaside Chic Boutique, a fashion-forward women’s fine apparel and accessories shop. 

This trendy shop opened its doors in March 2012 and carries everything from loungewear to your new favorite pair of jeans. Perfect for any age, stop in for the latest, hand-picked selections for the season.

 

Luxurious Interiors

Meet your new favorite home decor store, Luxurious Interiors. With everything from glassware to fine homeware, it’s the perfect place to find adorable decor items for your house or elegant gifts for others. 

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