Vero Beach – #7 on Coastal Living’s Best Small Florida Beach Towns

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A gull soaring over Vero Beach, Florida
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Vero Beach

A hidden gem nestled on the east coast of Florida, Vero Beach is a nature lover’s paradise. Think unspoiled beaches, salt water lagoons and protected wildlife refuges. With miles of biking and hiking trails, there are ample opportunities for eco-friendly adventures. Then enjoy the small-town charm in the “main street” area of Vero Beach, where you’ll find weekly gallery strolls, a vintage market, and plenty of quaint cafes.

Congratulations to our MSVB Board Member on being honored at the 2018 Laurel Awards!


Awarded to an individual or business that demonstrates outstanding commitment to nonprofit cultural organizations in support of their operations, enabling growth and sustainability.

ABC Printing Company, owner Chris Beals
Nominated by Paris Productions

For over forty years, ABC Printing has been a reliable printing source in Indian River County.  In addition to their expertise in the trade, keeping up with modern techniques and equipment to assure quality product delivery, ABC Printing is led by Chris Beals, an owner who believes in his community; its growth, prosperity and beautification.  He passes on that same belief to his staff, all of whom work as a team in helping everyone who walks in their front door.

Be certain that Chris Beals and the ABC Printing team run an efficient business, while always heeding the call from the non-profit community when it comes to helping…and indeed they do, in the most sincere, welcoming and creative manner.  Whenever approached for assistance, you are welcomed with instantaneous positivity and guidance both artistically and monetarily.  There are countless non-profits that have worked with ABC Printing.  Their support for the arts in this community speaks loudly when driving down streetlight-lined streets donning a myriad of brightly colored banners, designed, created and printed with the help and guidance offered by ABC Printing.

ABC’s mission is about taking the extra steps to make sure that their work is done right while offering the most effective printed communications possible for each of their clients.  They proudly support the community through the arts and non-profit organizations.

ABC Printing’s nomination was supported by Gallery 14 and the Indian River County Historical Society.

The Cultural Council is pleased to announce the 22nd Annual Laurel Award Celebration, to be held May 16, 2018 at Riverside Theatre.

Tickets are available at Riverside Theatre’s Box Office, 772-231-6990 or at    VIP tickets are $75 and include the Reception, preferred seating for the stage performance, followed by dessert & champagne toast.  Tickets for the program only are $25.   For questions or more information, contact the Cultural Council, 772-770-4857.

Main Street Vero Beach Receives 2018 National Main Street Accreditation

For Immediate Release                                             Contact:   Jake Kirchner     Main Street Vero Beach, Inc.                                             Media Relations Officer                                                                                                                 772.643.6782                                                                                                   

 Main Street Vero Beach Receives 2018 National Main Street Accreditation

 Vero Beach, Florida 5/1/2018 – Main Street Vero Beach has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach.

“We are thrilled to honor this year’s 829 nationally accredited Main Street America programs for their commitment to preservation-based economic development and the revitalization of their commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “The power of Main Street shines across the country through these vibrant communities, who have all worked to generate impressive economic returns, preserve community character, and celebrate local history.”

In 2017 alone, Main Street America programs generated $4.48 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 6,211 net new businesses, generated 30,294 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,737 historic buildings, and clocked 2.7 million volunteer hours.

The Main Street Vero Beach performance is annually evaluated by Florida Main Street which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.

“Being a Nationally Accredited Main Street is very important for local programs because it shows that we are not only participating at the state and national level, but we are also operating at the standards designed to help local Main Streets be successful”, says Executive Director Katherina Paliwoda. “Being accredited isn’t just about showing a certificate of accomplishment, it shows we are doing our job correctly.”

Main Street Vero Beach is dedicated to enhancing the core of our city, Downtown Vero Beach, by supporting historic preservation efforts, highlighting our local art, and helping our businesses to flourish as an economically revitalized center and tourist destination, while maintaining our small town charm.

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.

Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $74.73 billion in new public and private investment, generated 614,716 net new jobs and 138,303 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 276,790 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The 2016 Jeane Graves Charity Cupcake Challenge

The Heritage Center in downtown Vero Beach this past weekend hosted the 7th Annual Jeane Graves Charity Cupcake Challenge.  Bakers that entered the contest competed in two divisions, professional and individual bakers.  A total of eleven bakers were in the competition this year,  three of which were in the professional division. Cupcakes were judged in four different categories:  Best Decoration, Best Cupcake, Best Frosting, and Best Overall Cupcake.  The bakers were asked to bring a total of 5 dozen cupcakes to the competition.  One dozen cupcakes will be on display to showcase their work, and the others are cut into bite sized pieces for the public that attended to try and vote for their favorites.

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