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Plus, Some Orlandoans have all the luck.
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🌱 Hey herbivores, we've got good news for you

Plus, Some Orlandoans have all the luck.

Happy Wednesday y’all, and not just any Wednesday. Today is Inauguration Day. And around noon, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will officially assume their new roles in a swearing-in ceremony on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. 

But we’re sticking to what we do best and keeping things local around here. Let’s start with good news for the three Central Floridians who just won nearly $1 million in scratch-offs

Real talk: There’s a scene in the movie "Eat Pray Love" where Elizabeth Gilbert, portrayed by Julia Roberts, says: “There's a wonderful old Italian joke about a poor man who goes to church every day and prays before the statue of a great saint, begging, ‘Dear saint — please, please, please give me the grace to win the lottery.’ This lament goes on for months. Finally, the exasperated statue comes to life, looks down at the begging man, and says in weary disgust, ‘My son-please, please, please buy a ticket.’"

I often wonder why I don’t have the luck of a lottery winner, but then I remember I never actually buy the ticket. (There’s definitely a lesson in here somewhere.) 

With that in mind, the MegaMillions prize was at $865 million last night — the second-highest in its history — and tonight’s Powerball is at $730 million. And apparently, these are Central Florida’s luckiest, most winningest stores.

In case you’re wondering, I have no intention of buying a ticket (my pops always told me never to gamble). So, therefore, you can count on me to be your friendly neighborhood Pulptown editor again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day and the day after that... 😉

Speaking of winning the lottery: I feel like this parent wins for having a kid who enjoys checking out cool new foodie spots and record stores around town. Think she’d want to hang with me? | Want to see your own picture in this space? Tag #pulptown/@pulptown to be featured in our Instagram of the Day. (📸: @thats.pretty.sweet)

What Orlando is talking about  

🌱 Hey, herbivores! Krungthep Tea Time, Winter Park’s delicious Thai sandwich and tea shop, is launching a plant-based and vegan sister kitchen in downtown Orlando. The new concept has plans to open by the end of the month and will offer takeout and delivery only. You can follow along here or read more about it on Orlando Weekly.

✍️ Main Street District Curry Ford West is looking for a new executive director. The starting salary is between $36,000 and $42,000 and your role is to raise money through memberships and donations to promote the area. Bungalower has the scoop.

😲 Ammunition is in such high demand that local gun stores are barely keeping up. On Monday, some Central Floridians lined up at 2 a.m. ahead of a 9 a.m. opening at a Lake Mary gun store. The reason? Ammo and a fear of potential new gun laws from the incoming Biden administration. Fox 35 has the story here

In COVID-19 news… 

😔 Florida reported 162 new deaths from COVID-19 yesterday, resulting in a grim total of 1,603 deaths in the last week. This is the first time since the summer that the state has seen more than 1,000 deaths in a week. There are currently 7,363 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Florida, with the positivity rate hovering around 8.97 percent for new cases only. Orlando Sentinel breaks down the numbers for us

🍵 And speaking of breaking it down, Orlando Sentinel’s own Scott Maxwell doesn’t shy away from going after Gov. DeSantis for keeping public documents concerning  COVID-19 numbers hidden from the public… and then having taxpayers pay for it. More on Maxwell's thoughts here. 🙄

😐 Florida also currently has more documented cases of the new, more contagious COVID-19 variant discovered in the UK last year than any other U.S. state. Granted, there is no evidence to suggest that it’s any more dangerous than the original variant, but it is estimated to be 56 percent more contagious. Read more on ClickOrlando.

💉 Gov. DeSantis made it clear yesterday that only Florida residents, whether part-time or full-time, are allowed to get the COVID-19 vaccines here. Here’s all the proof you’ll need to take with ya to your appointment. 


😉 Wanna take this thing to the next level?

We’re playing a little Orlando trivia with our members. One member who correctly answers this week’s question about an Orlando native on the silver screen by noon on Thursday will win a free ad in an upcoming newsletter.

Wanna play? Join us! For $8 a month or $80 a year, our members help make everything you know and love about Pulptown possible. Members get special perks like member-only trivia, exclusive content, and we have a little extra fun with them too. 😉


Things to do

Submit your events to our calendar.

Today

🛍 Shop local vendors at the thrift pop-up going down at the Veranda (Thornton Park)

🎯 Join our friends from Bungalower for some bingos and beers at Persimmon Hollow (Lake Eola)

Tomorrow

☮️ Calm your mind with morning meditation on the dockside weekly (Lake Nona)

🍻 Reserve your spot for a night of socially-distanced bingo in the taproom at Rockpit Brewing (SoDo)

🧠 Learn how to lessen your anxiety and stress this year and become a "joy soldier" at this free workshop (Online)

Thursday

🍿 Throw it back to 2003 while watching "The Room" at Castle Church Brewing's new movie night (South Orlando)

🖼 The short-lived and locally-loved art collective Neon Forest is making a comeback with a reunion show at City Arts. Reserve your spot today (Downtown)

🎶 Groove to the blues with Big Ron Trio at the Front Porch Series at The Plaza Live (Milk District)

💐 Make your own dried floral bouquet via this virtual design class by In Bloom Florist (Virtual/SoDo)

Friday

🍻 Celebrate Motorworks Brewing's birthday with seven new beer releases (Downtown)

⚽️ Cheer on the U.S. Women's National Team to a win over Colombia in this international friendly (Parramore)

🖼 Head to the Mennello Museum for the opening night of its newest exhibit from the Melanson Holt collection (Loch Haven Park)

☮️ Stretch out and enjoy an evening of yoga under the stars at Orlando Brewing (SoDo)

☮️ Keep in mind that laughter is the best medicine during this unique yoga practice (Online)

🚀 Network with and learn from one of Miami's most successful startup founders: Chris Stegner (Online)

Saturday

🦞 Want some fresh Maine lobster? The popular Miami-based Cousins Maine Lobster is setting up shop at City Furniture through Sunday (Millenia)

🍿 Make it a night at Nora's Sugar Shack for a night of blankets, booze, and the big screen (Ivanhoe)

🎉 Head to the Bronze Kingdom for a celebration of Afrofuturism put on by the Original Zora Festival (East Colonial)

🌱 Shop for local herbs and plants at Fleet Farming's Greenhouse Plant Sale happening at Kaley Square Community Center (Holden)

📷 Grab your cameras and join other local photographers for a walkabout photo meetup (Downtown)

👻 Go on a virtual ghost tour of some of Orlando's most haunted haunts (Online)

🍷 Take a crash course in wine 101: Kcuvée is a new kind of wine school that will unlock your palate and change the way you experience vino (College Park)

♻️ Do your part and clean up the Loch Haven Chain of Lakes: Lake Rowena, Formosa, and Estelle (Loch Haven)

🍊 Celebrate our county's 176th birthday with a free visit to the history center (Downtown)

Sunday

❓ Test your Robin Williams' movie knowledge with some virtual trivia (Online)

☮️ Settle in to a relaxing warrior one amidst the sculpture garden at Mennello Museum (Loch Haven Park)

🎉 Head to Ivanhoe Park Brewing for a day of outdoor fun for the whole family (Ivanhoe)

One more thing

That’s it, and that’s all, y’all.

Thanks for reading here to the end with me. As a parting gift, here’s a fun fact for ya  — 44 years ago yesterday, it snowed in Orlando for the first and so far, last, time. (Granted we’ve seen some flurries since then, this just happened to be the last time the snow actually stuck.) 

Florida facts are cool — true or false? 

‘Til tomorrow, cool cats and kittens. (Are people still saying this now that it’s 2021?) 

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown 

P.S. Who are you following on Instagram right now that we should follow too? Every Monday, we share out our top 5 accounts to follow for the week over on our 15 Minutes in Pulptown podcast and I’d love your recommendations. Events included too! 

P.P.S.  I know I ask this a lot, but I mean it: If you're liking Pulptown, it's likely that your friends might like it too. Mind being a doll and forwarding this email to 'em? Appreciate you 😊