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Plus, downtown Orlando is getting another coffee shop.
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🍽 Two local Black-owned eateries just made Yelp's national list

Plus, downtown Orlando is getting another coffee shop.

Happy hump day, friend. 

It was a little chilly yesterday, yes? Well, bundle up, because it’s gonna be a bit chilly again today. There doesn’t seem to be any rain in sight — or at least until the weekend — so I suggest getting outside and exploring. 

You could take after this Redditor and wander off the beaten path at Mead Botanical Gardens or go on a mural crawl as reader Ashley did below. 👇

Either way, consider this your weekly reminder to take care of yourself — getting outside while the weather is good and unplugging from the news is a good start. That is, after you’ve read today’s Pulptown newsletter, of course. 😉

What Ashley said: Make your mark, Orlando. 📸: @ashleyslittleadventures | 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 

🍔 Two local eateries — Chicken Fire and Streetwise Urban Food — just made Yelp’s national list for Black-owned restaurants to watch. The pictures alone made me put my thawed-out chicken back in the freezer last night and order takeout instead  — true story, y’all! (YelpOrlando on Instagram

💔 A local lawyer’s office is giving away its services for free this Valentine’s Day for one lucky (if you want to call it that) couple filing for a divorce. The Law Office of Erin Morse shared a news release saying that 2020 had been hard for everyone, and they’re just looking to offer some help… in their own, very particular way. You have until Feb. 12 to enter. (ClickOrlando

🎟Have you heard? Local songbird and prolific performer Tymisha Harris is bringing “Josephine” back to Orlando stages. The show, which is based on the life of legendary 20th-century performer and civil rights activist Josephine Baker, has been performed locally at The Venue Orlando, Sanford’s West End Theatre, and as part of the Orlando Fringe Fest. And now it’s making a comeback, albeit with a few tweaks, to the new outdoor stage at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. The show will run from Feb. 17 through March 21. (Watermark

☕️Wall Street Plaza is expanding its stronghold on downtown and currently renovating the old Subway on the corner. Word on the street says the space will be used as a new coffee shop concept. (Bungalower

In COVID-19 news...

🔢 Florida recorded 137 new resident deaths yesterday and more than 10,000 new daily cases. By the numbers, about 1 in 12 people in the state have now been infected which is on par with the national level. Meanwhile, worldwide, that number is 1 in 75. (Orlando Sentinel

💉 If you received your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from the Florida Department of Health in Osceola County, it’s possible that you’ll need to reschedule your appointment for the second dose. Since making the switch to the state’s new scheduling system, the FDOH-Osceola has encouraged anyone who received their first dose on Jan. 20 or after to disregard their initial appointments as they’ll need to be rebooked. (ClickOrlando

😷 The more contagious UK variant of COVID-19 has now surpassed five percent of the documented cases in Florida, something health care professionals had already predicted. So far, there is no evidence that the strain is more dangerous. (Miami Herald

💉 AdventHealth has started administering the COVID-19 vaccine to high-risk patients under the age of 65. On Monday, the hospital announced it had received 500 doses for the group. (ClickOrlando)

Promotion from Orange County Regional History Center

📚 Collecting the Black Lives Matter movement

In 2020, our Instagram feeds, news cycles, and hearts were filled with images and stories from Black Lives Matter protests in Central Florida and beyond.

How are institutions collecting and telling the BLM story as it unfolds to educate future generations?

This Friday at noon, join Orange County Regional History Center’s collections manager, Whitney Broadaway, for an interactive discussion with the curators working to preserve this significant movement for the future.

The chat is free for History Center members and $5 for non-members. (Not a member? Annual membership starts at $35, with discounts for teachers, students, and seniors.)

Register to join Friday’s discussion

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Things to do

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Today

☮️ Take a yoga class under the trees in Gaston Edwards Park Wednesdays (Lake Ivanhoe)

☮️ Namaste first, then stick around for a cold craft brew at Ivanhoe Park Brewing (Ivanhoe)

🎟 Go back to prehistoric times for this Jurassic Park drive-through experience through Sunday (I-Drive)

🗣 Join Orlando Magic leaders in a conversation about social inequality and what the organization is doing to combat it (Online)

🏃‍♀️ Join Kay Rawlins and Rep. Anna Eskamani for a virtual conversation celebrating women in sports (Online)

Tomorrow

🥦 Venture out on a plant-based tour of one of Orlando's favorite local neighborhoods ("Almond" Milk District)

🎶 Kaleigh Baker is back at Lil Indies but you'll need to get there early — seats are limited (Mills 50)

🖼 Head to Orlando Museum of Art for 1st Thursdays, exploring the African diaspora (Loch Haven Park)

🎶 Tap your feet to the Bloody Jug Band at the outdoor Front Porch Series and eat some Rockstar Lobster while there (Milk District)

Friday

🗣 Tune into the Orange County History Center's virtual discussion on preserving the Black Lives Matter Movement (Online)

🍿 Pack a picnic and make it a movie night at Leu Gardens (Mills 50/Audubon Park)

Saturday

🎵 Groove to the beats of drummer and frontman Gerald Law II, and his band The Clutch at Timucua Arts Foundation (SoDo/Online)

🎭 Go "Down the Rabbit Hole" at Mead Botanical Gardens now through March 14 (Winter Park)

🎟 Head to Virginia Drive for a night of music, food, boozing, and supporting local businesses (Ivanhoe)

🌻 Drive to Southern Hill Farms for sunflower and strawberry pickin' (Clermont)

☮️ Spend your morning in savasana in Mead Botanical Gardens (Winter Park)

♻️ Recycle your old electronics and textiles at Festival Park (Colonialtown)

Sunday

🍿 Watch the beloved play, "Kinky Boots" on the big screen at the Enzian (Maitland)

😍 Shop this Galentines Girl Power Pop-Up happening over at Se7en Bites (Milk District)

🎵 Listen to Zoe McCray perform “Blackbird”, a full recital named after the famous song penned by Sir Paul McCartney in-person and virtual options available(SoDo/Online)

🏈 Watch the Super Bowl on the big screen outdoors at Ivanhoe Park Brewing (Ivanhoe)

🏈 Root on your favorite team to a win with barbecue and beer at Orlando Brewing (SoDo)

One more thing

Redditor u/vicdubmechanic has a very salient point: Orlando's downtown skyline certainly is a symmetry goldmine.

Hope you can take time today to spot something neat you never noticed before.

See you back here tomorrow, 

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown