🐶 Which one of you named your dog after the coronavirus?
Plus, Orlando’s scooters are here to stay… through July 2021 anyway
Brrrr. It’s cold out there y’all, which means it’s the perfect weather for grabbing a hot chocolate from Bynx, the new record store/coffeehouse/bookstore that opened up in downtown Orlando late last week. We grabbed one on Sunday and wound up downing the whole thing pretty quickly — for as delicious as it is, it’s not the easiest parcel to bike around Orlando with. Here’s our IG friend Lindsey from Winter Park Hoodlums checking out the hang’s awesome collection of first edition prints and rare books. 👇
Ooooh. Ahhhh. That’s how we felt too when we first walked into Bynx, Lindsey. | Wanna see your photo here? Tag @pulptown to be featured in our IG of the day. (📸: @winterparkhoodlums)
What Orlando is talking about
Downtown Orlando’s scooter share program got the go-ahead to continue operations through July 31, 2021. The City Council voted 6-1 to keep the program going, albeit with a few alterations that will hopefully help with improper parking and increasing ride zones. (The Community Paper)
Looking for a fun, socially-distanced, outdoor activity for tonight? We’ve got you covered. Orlando Story Club is hosting its storytelling spectacle this evening in the CityArts Courtyard, the alley between the Rogers Kiene Building and the Harp and Celt in downtown. Tonight’s theme is “A Gift”, so now’s the time to brainstorm if you want to tell your own story about a memorable gift you’ve received or gifted, both serious or funny. (Orlando Weekly)
Our friends over at Bungalower are putting together a comprehensive mural map for Orlando. If you ever wanted a guide to all things public art murals, they’ve got you. See one that’s missing? Head here to give ‘em the specs. 👉 (Bungalower) PS Lemonhearted has a mural guide worth checking out when you’re finished adding your fave mural to Bungalower’s map.
Speaking of things missing on a map, the old Orlando Sentinel building soon might be as well. According to Bungalower, an application for a permit to demolish the building has been filed with the city, although there’s no currently known timetable as to when that would happen. (Bungalower)
Bear with us: This isn’t really news, but just passing along that “Rona,” “Covi,” and “Corona” are legit the latest trending pet names in Orlando according to a recent survey by Rover.com. (Orlando Weekly)
In COVID-19 news…
Local doctors say they can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel with a COVID-19 vaccine now on the horizon. Although not set in stone, the vaccine should arrive to Central Florida as early as next week. And not a moment too soon: Just yesterday, there were 98 new fatalities reported in the state, 4,547 current hospitalizations (up 50 from the day before), and our positivity rate was just under 8 percent. (ClickOrlando)
And speaking of the coronavirus, the raid on former Florida Department of Health employee and COVID-19 data whistleblower Rebekah Jones has prompted at least one state official to resign from their post. Ron Filipowski — who held a position on the 12th Circuit Judicial Nomination Commission and helped recommend judicial candidates for Sarasota, Manatee and Desoto counties — called the raid unconscionable, writing “I no longer wish to serve the current government of Florida in any capacity” in his resignation. (ClickOrlando)
💝 We do things differently here
It’s not a coincidence that our newsletters focus on making sense of the chaos, separating fact from fiction, and connecting you with resources and opportunities to help.
Frankly, we do things differently because we pay the bills differently.
Unlike many other publishers, our business model isn’t all about selling eyeballs to advertisers and trying to be the biggest billboard in town.
We succeed when we build trust — and when our readers reward that trust by becoming Pulptown+ members. Beyond the gift of supporting community-minded curations, members get access to special content like a sneak peek of our gift guide seen above, games like I Spy, and ideas for how to spend your weekend.
It’s a difficult time to spend money; we get that. But if you can invest $8/month to support our work, we promise to keep doing things differently and being a voice you can trust, especially in moments like this one.
Things to do
🎄 Drive a little north to cut down your own Christmas tree through Dec. 13 (Eustis)
🍹 Take a holiday cocktail tour of Sanford through Dec. 31 (Sanford)
🙌 Join us for a discussion on how to start and sustain a successful corporate social responsibility program. (Virtual)
🎅 Join the Downtown Development Board as we present "The Santa Clause" at Lake Eola Park (Lake Eola Park)
🎄 Join in a joyous celebration of holiday themed musical theatre and contemporary music interlaced with dramatic readings, engaging poetry and heartfelt storytelling (College Park)
🎄 Tackle Your Christmas Gift List at Darling Authority's Holiday Sip + Shop (Longwood)
🔆 Let's make gorgeous accent pieces for your home and office (College Park)
🎻 Rock into the holiday season at the 8th annual free Violectric Holiday Show (Downtown Orlando)
🎄 Join the Central Florida Community Choir for their annual holiday concert, Holiday Fantasia, featuring an array of classics and stunning collection of traditional Christmas hymns (Winter Park)
🎄 Get in the Christmas spirit with jazzy holiday music and other fun at Season of Sparkle (College Park)
One more thing …
Yesterday, we asked you to share with us something good that came out of 2020 for you. And so far, you’ve kept a permasmile on our faces. Like this good news from Lara B.:
“Since we have been so fortunate, we told our friends who would normally buy Christmas gifts for us to put that money toward helping someone who might not have much for Christmas this year, and we would do the same. By not buying for friends we were able to adopt 6 local families with a total of 22 kids for Christmas! Every parent who picked up from us was in tears. Every one of them had been impacted by COVID in some way. One of them shared that in the past she had also adopted kids from Angel Trees, but this year their income was cut so much that instead of being the one who helped, she needed help this year.”
There’s more where that came from. We’ll be sharing your responses in the week ahead so grab your tissues and don’t even think of walking away from reading one of our newsletters sad. It ain’t gonna happen on our watch. Not today!
See you again tomorrow!
– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown