Venice island foot traffic helps stores survive COVID-19 pandemic

Brahm Buck

VENICE – Paul Kaldy took a daring step last Oct. 15 when he opened a third Tri-Healthy store – to go along with two in Ohio – in the San Marco Building on Tampa Avenue in Venice. “We had no plans of coming to Florida, we visited and never left,” Kaldy said. […]

VENICE – Paul Kaldy took a daring step last Oct. 15 when he opened a third Tri-Healthy store – to go along with two in Ohio – in the San Marco Building on Tampa Avenue in Venice.

“We had no plans of coming to Florida, we visited and never left,” Kaldy said. “We mention that story and I’d say at least 50% to 60% of the people they have a similar story. The come down and they visit Venice and they don’t ever leave.” 

The Kaldys are among several business owners who decided to open new ventures on the island of Venice in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Venice MainStreet CEO Kara Morgan said more than six new places opened on Miami Avenue in 2020, while turnover wasn’t as high on Venice Avenue because of lack of space availability. 

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