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New Business opening in the Village

The Panini Place is preparing for their opening on November 6.  In a way, the owners have been preparing for this all of their lives.  John and Kathy Mongiello moved to the Gulf Coast from New York and New Jersey.  John’s grandfather and father invented a unique and patented ways to produce the best cheese.  As evidence, John’s brother A.K.A. “The Big Cheese” runs Fomaggio Cheese and is a perennial Gold Medal Winner in the Wisconsin Cheese Maker’s Association’s World Cheese Competition;  John and Kathy have owned cheese stores and panini shops in the northeast and have taken full advantage of the Mongiello family’s innovative products. 

Patrick Burke and Heide Crino came to Sarasota from Denver, Colorado where Burke founded Prost Brewery;  Prost was so dedicated to making the best traditional German Lagers that they purchased a 50 year old, 60 barrel, copper brew house in Breitengüßbach, Germany and shipped it back to Denver.  Like Formaggio, Prost Brewing has been the gold medal winner on many occasions with their Hefewisen, Pilsner and Alt beers. 

The Panini Place will bring the best the owners have to offer at 5204 Ocean Blvd., in the form of a simple but delicious menu consisting of eight fresh pressed Paninis and great lager beers.

Used Book Heaven announcement

Used Book Heaven, located at 5216 Ocean Blvd Ste. D, a fixture in Siesta Village for over 20 years will close permanently after their lease expires. The store is still for sale, but the entire contents of the store will be sold for one low price if there are no buyers by the time the lease expires. The contents include all inventories over 40,000 books and audios along with all the shelving units. Interested parties can call 941-467-4360 or 941-349-0067.

Annual Light Up Siesta Village

For the 31st year, the Siesta Key Village Association will present Light Up the Village on Saturday, November 28, from 6 to 9 p.m.  Siesta Village will be decorated in full holiday splendor with the Christmas tree lighting taking place at the Gazebo, located at Ocean Blvd. and Canal Road, at approximately 6:15 p.m.

Santa Claus will be arriving on a float in the holiday parade which will begin at Avenida del Mare and Beach Road at 5:40 p.m. traveling north on Beach Road onto Ocean Blvd. into the Village. Many businesses and local groups will be participating in the parade and welcoming Santa to Siesta Village. If you would like to participate, please email the parade coordinator at

Santa will reign at the Siesta Center to greet all children.  The first 250 to see him will receive gift bags donated by Beach Bazaar. At Santa’s Village there will also be a clown, face painting and games with prizes.  Photos may be taken with Santa.

Ocean Boulevard will be lined with luminaries. Shops and restaurants will offer refreshments and special holiday bargains from 6 to 9 p.m.  There will also be live music at various venues plus carolers and gymnastics demonstrations, martial arts and ballet. Free transportation will be provided courtesy of the Siesta Island Trolley from Siesta Public Beach to the Village from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. making it easier for all to participate in the festivities.

This special event is sponsored by the merchants and businesses of Siesta Village plus friends of Siesta Village and is open to all free of charge.

Monthly Meetings

SKVA meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at the Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar. Meetings begin at 8:30 a.m. Anyone interested in learning more about Siesta Key Village is encouraged to attend. For more information visit their website:


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