PLUS, a petition for more affordable housing, the potential of a Texas-sized bill, and a Willy Wonka-style "plant" factory (and more exciting plant news).

🐶 Orlando's newest bar concept is barking up the right tree

PLUS, a petition for more affordable housing, the potential of a Texas-sized bill, and a Willy Wonka-style "plant" factory (and more exciting plant news).

By Katie Johnston

Hi there and a big ol’ happy Wednesday after a long weekend to ya. 

We're jumping right into things today with news about a possible "dog bar" coming to downtown Orlando. 

Pups Pub is a Tampa-based off-leash dog park concept with a full bar for said pups' humans. And according to our buds over at Bungalower, they’re looking to expand to the Orlando area, specifically to 317 N. Orange Ave. Plans include an indoor play area, a full liquor bar, a projector screen, murals, and wall-mounted televisions, all up for discussion at the Municipal Planning Board meeting scheduled for Oct. 19.

Speaking of dogs I’d like to meet in a bar, Huckleberry Funn and Sawyer rank at the top of my shortlist. 📸: @huckleberryfunn | 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 

🏠 Florida’s one step closer to getting an amendment on the November 2022 ballot that would reserve some much-needed money for building affordable housing. The proposed amendment would create new trust funds that would rely on already-existing real estate taxes to develop more affordable housing. Right now, there are 62,522 signatures on the petition but it still needs 222,898 signatures for a Florida Supreme Court review and 891,589 by Feb. 1 for ballot consideration. (Orlando Weekly

➡️ Florida legislators may soon be drafting a restrictive abortion bill similar to the controversial law enacted in Texas. Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson told Evan Donovan with WFLA that a so-called “heartbeat bill” is something the Florida Legislature is “already working on.” When reached for comment about such a proposal, Simpson responded to a Tampa Bay Times reporter with the smiley face in sunglasses emoji. (Orlando Sentinel / Evan Donovan via Twitter)

💨 There’s a marijuana superstore coming to Orlando. The folks behind Las Vegas’ Planet 13 store are looking to expand into Florida and word on the street is that its chocolate and candy production line is reminiscent of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” The plan is to open neighborhood dispensaries for now and launch the megastore within the next two years. (Fox 35

🌱 Bros with Hoes Plant Co. made its debut in College Park last week when it opened its new Jungle Room retail shop. There’s house plants, stuff for growing said plant babies, and even a propagation wall where you can take or leave rooted cuttings. Meanwhile, the BWH move prompted Freehand Goods to expand its operations in the Hourglass District, taking over the full space it had previously shared with the plant purveyors. (Bungalower

🏈 The University of Central Florida could be one of four football programs to join the Big 12 this week according to Sports Illustrated. Though we won’t know for sure until Friday’s meeting of the Big 12 presidents, it’s likely that UCF, Cincinnati, Houston, and BYU could all make the jump. (Orlando Sentinel

  • Speaking of, former UCF QB McKenzie Milton made his FSU debut over the weekend and some UCF fans wept after seeing this gratitude video of the star player. Sure, UCF didn’t break into the top 25 on the coaches' poll after Thursday’s win over Boise State, but coach Gus Malzhan says there’s still plenty of time. The Knights will take on Bethune-Cookman College at home on Saturday.

In COVID-19 news… 

📈 August was Florida’s deadliest month of the pandemic so far. On average, 213 Floridians died of COVID-19 per day in the state. (Orlando Weekly

💰 The state of Florida will soon start issuing $5,000 fines to businesses, schools, and government agencies that require customers or visitors to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. The law, signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis earlier in the year, goes into effect on Wednesday, Sept. 16, and does not apply to employers that require their staff to be vaccinated. (Orlando Sentinel

🚰 This is your friendly reminder to continue holding off on watering the lawn, pressure washing the driveway, or washing the car. The city of Orlando is still encouraging residents to watch their water usage in an effort to reserve the liquid oxygen normally used in water treatment needed for the treatment of COVID-19 patients instead. (WFTV)

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🍻 Play trivia and celebrate happy hour at Dr. Phillips Centers' Frontyard Festival (Downtown)

☮️ Take a much-needed yoga practice in the garden (rain permitting) weekly (Winter Park)

💪 Get your workout in and your drinking on at this HIIT and Hops event (Ivanhoe)

🌱 Calling all vegans and plant-curious folks, check out this weekly pop-up vegan market at The Veranda (Thornton Park)

🛍 Donate essentials to Rep. Anna Eskamani's supply drive for our community members experiencing houselessness (Colonialtown South)


🍿Take a road trip back into time at the Silver Moon Drive-In movie theatre every day (Lakeland)

🍷 Explore old vines and new ways of thinking at this wine tasting at Swirlery (SoDo)

🍿Sob your eyes out while watching Disney's saddest movie, "The Fox and the Hound" and while also realizing the film is now 40 years old (Winter Park)

🎴 Have your fortune told and consume tasty wine at the weekly ladies' night going down at The Falcon (Thornton Park)

💦 Watch pro wakeboarders doing their thing after Surf Expo (Lake Buena Vista)


🗣Sign the kiddos up for free interactive improv and creative writing workshops Friday (Parramore)

🍿Watch a double header of "Malignant" and "Reminiscence" on the big screen at the Silver Moon Drive-in (Lakeland)

🎶 Dance like no one is watching at this Taylor Swift x Olivia Rodrigo pop-up party happening at Neon Beach (Downtown)

🎟 Learn to make something delicious from Queer Eye's Antoni Porowski at Plaza Live (Milk District)

🖼 Check out local photographer Jim Hobart's latest solo exhibit "HYDRA" featuring his new underwater artCollege Park)

🍿Watch the cult classic, "Beetlejuice", on the big screen in the parking lot of Ivanhoe Park Brewing (Ivanhoe)

🔮 Awesomos Maximo! Make your way to Downtown Kissimmee for a wizarding world experience (Kissimmee)

🎶 Jam out to three days of country music at this outdoor fest through Sunday (Kissimmee)


🛍 Support local biz while getting your eating/drinking/shopping on at Virginia Live (Ivanhoe/Mills 50)

🎃 Get your fill of local Halloween-themed items at this pop-up shop happening at Ivanhoe Park Brewing (Ivanhoe)

🏈 Cheer on UCF to a win over Bethune-Cookman College (UCF)

🎶 RSVP for the Bach Festival Society's free concert commemorating 9/11 (Downtown)

🍿Watch the movie trash that is "Grease 2" at The Nook on Robinson weekly (Milk District)

⚽️ Root for the Orlando Pride to secure a W against Racing Louisville FC (Parramore)

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One more thing

I want to take a moment to shout out the Pulptown community. Look, I know there are dozens of other news sources you could (and probably do) consume every day and each of them has its own "following", but if I'm being honest (and probably biased), there's no reader base as attentive and supportive as ours.

In Friday's newsletter, I shared a request from local Timber Creek High School student Christopher Lê for gardening goods for his school's club, “Helping the Homeless” (a group of TCHS students that makes lunches for community members experiencing homelessness, providing much-needed essentials to them while also doing things like measuring their blood pressure). Anyway, today I'm sending a virtual hug to Justin, Ashley, and Kathryn who've all volunteered to donate their yards, pallets, time, what-have-you to help this crew out. Your kindness is not lost on me.

Have a great rest of your Wednesday. I'll meet you back here tomorrow, same time and place, bet.

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

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