Plus, guess which SoDo bakery is home to the best dessert in the world?
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The Collaborative Campaign for the Arts begins on 11/22. Help CFVA continue to enhance Orlando through music. Stay tuned for more info!

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🎉 This long-awaited food hall opens today and what's next for Fashion Square Mall

Plus, guess which SoDo bakery is home to the best dessert in the world?

By Katie Johnston

Welcome to Thursday.

It's officially official: The Hall on The Yard is finally opening today in Ivanhoe Village and it's currently hiring for all positions. 

Per Wednesday's press release: "The 12,250 sq. ft. building is home to nine different culinary experiences, three cocktail bars, and five exquisitely appointed event spaces. 

The Hall on the Yard will feature an all-star line-up of culinary tenants showcasing cuisine from across the world: Chef & I (American Fusion), Poké Rose (Live and Raw Food), Fork & Hen (Southern), Wabi Sabi(Japanese Fusion),  True Island Cuisine (Caribbean), Humbl (Plant-Based), Daily Bread Bakers (American Bakery), Pasion (Mexican Fusion) and Spice Affair (Indian). 

Now that you have dinner plans, scroll through the rest of today’s newsletter for more delicious developments across Orlando.


It's been a long time coming but it's finally here... @thehallontheyard | Wanna see your photo here? Tag either #pulptown or @pulptown on Instagram to be featured as our IG of the Day!

What Orlando is talking about

⛔️ Could local businesses face fines for requiring employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine? If it’s up to the Florida House, yes: state lawmakers approved a bill outlining as much and pushed by Gov. Ron DeSantis during Wednesday’s special legislative session. As of writing, HB 1B, is on its way to the Florida Senate.  The measure passed the House on a 78-39 vote mostly along party lines, with Republicans collectively in favor and all but one Democrat opposed. (Orlando Sentinel

🍯 Sister Honey’s has the best dessert in the world. No really, it’s true: The SoDo-based bakery just took home first place in the dessert category at the World Food Championships for the third year in a row. That’s what Orlando Sentinel food writer Amy Drew Thompson calls a PIE-fecta! This year’s winning recipe? A Blueberry Blast Pie. (Orlando Sentinel, Amy Droo on Instagram

🏬 Fashion Square Mall might look a lot different very soon. Tampa-based architects Baker Barrios released preliminary redevelopment plans to the City of Orlando’s Municipal Planning Board for review, and if approved, the view would be quite different from what Orlandoans have grown accustomed to. You can see the plans for yourself at the link. 👉 (Bungalower

Calling all stargazers: You can see the lunar eclipse of the century from here... if you can stay up until 3 a.m. UCF is hosting a viewing opportunity on its main campus from 3-4:30 a.m. tonight... or is it morning? 😕 (UCF Today

🛣 There’s a new street in Downtown Orlando and Florida A&M University is celebrating. On Wednesday, the school celebrated 20 years at its downtown location by unveiling its new street name: FAMU Law Lane. It replaces Beggs Avenue, the street the college is on, right between Robinson and Washington in Orlando’s Parramore community. (WKMG

🚢 Disney Cruise Lines made waves yesterday with a major announcement: Starting Jan. 13, all passengers ages 5 and older will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before setting sail. You can read all about the fine details by clicking on the link. 👉 (WESH)

😷 Universal Orlando team members vaccinated against COVID-19 will no longer be required to wear masks. The theme park updated its policy on Wednesday and said vaccinated workers will not be required to wear masks "onstage, backstage, indoors, or outdoors,” but can continue wearing a mask if they prefer. (News 13)

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🎷 Rising Jazz Star DeAndre Lettsome

DeAndre Lettsome has just released his first album. The former Jazz Ahead resident artist (Kennedy Center, DC) makes his Timucua debut!

Get tickets


🎲 Get your groove on and win prizes worth over $2,000 at R&Bingo in front of the Dr. Phillips Center (Downtown)

🎷 See Jacksonville saxophonist DeAndre Lettsome perform live at Timucua (SoDo)

🎶 See the band SWIMM perform live at Will's Pub with FayRoy and Gary Lazer Eyes (Mills 50)

❓ Show off your useless wizard knowledge with Harry Potter-themed trivia at Ivanhoe Park Brewing (Ivanhoe)

🎄 Get in the Christmas spirit at Orlando Museum of Art's Festival of Trees through Nov. 21 (Loch Haven Park)

🎷 Buy a ticket to see saxophonist DeAndre Lettsome at Timucua Arts Foundation! (SoDo)


🦌 Get into the holiday spirit at Reindeer Romp at the Orlando Museum of Art during its annual Festival of Trees event (Loch Haven Park)

🍿Watch "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" on the big screen in the parking lot of Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co. (Ivanhoe)

🛶 Go out for a full moon paddle of Lake Ivanhoe and stick around for a bonfire (Ivanhoe)

🛍 Shop local makers at the monthly market in front of Oviedo Brewing Company (Oviedo)

🎶 Enjoy an evening of funk, soul, blues, rock, and jazz for your Friday night (Mills 50)

🍿Watch "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" on the big screen in Ivanhoe Park Brewing's parking lot (Ivanhoe)

🎶 See local bands battle it out at Amway Center in preparation for this weekend's Florida Classic (Parramore)


🎁 Get in the holiday spirit by shopping, eating, and drinking at the annual Jingle Eve (Ivanhoe)

🛍 Get a head start on the holidays by shopping this pop-up market at Orlando Brewing (SoDo)

🖼 Peruse the work of 200 artists and handcraft exhibitors selling unique items, fine jewelry, and seasonal decor (Longwood)

🎅Visit the Festival of Trees on November 20 and wear your ugliest holiday sweater! (Loch Haven Park)

🏈 Pick a side at the annual FAMU versus Bethune-Cookman College meetup in the Florida Classic at Camping World Stadium (West Lakes)

🛍️ Donate to Goodwill's "Thanks for Giving" event and receive a coupon for your contribution (Orlando)


🛍 Shop for plants, vintage, art, and oddities at this pop-up feminist fair (Ivanhoe)

🛍 Support local while shopping vintage at this monthly pop-up market in front of Ace Cafe (Downtown)

🦋 Come enjoy Metamorphosis!: A sensorial experience and celebration of an Orlando poet's first book release (South Eola)


🍲 Take a virtual tour of Second Harvest Food Bank and hear about how to support hunger relief efforts. (Online)

One more thing


Alright, so on Tuesday, I asked you to share with me what you’ve been most grateful for this year and some of you took the hint. 

From marriages to mailmen to radio DJs, your responses are keeping this girl going this week. 

What about you? Is there something that has you feeling exceptionally thankful this year? I’d love to hear about it. Send me an email to, subject line: What I’m thankful for, and then look for your responses in next Wednesday’s newsletter. The plan is to send you off into the holiday all up in your feels. 😉

Alright — that’ll do it for today. Meet me back here tomorrow, would ya?

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

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