Plus, tell us who makes the ultimate Orlando brew and get up to snuff on the new must-sniff in Ivanhoe.

🐶 Orange County pet stores can no longer sell cats, dogs, or rabbits come 2022

Plus, tell us who makes the ultimate Orlando brew and get up to snuff on the new must-sniff in Ivanhoe.

By Katie Johnston

Hey there and welcome to what some folks like to call Friday, Jr. 

A lot has happened in a week already, hasn’t it? I’m still pretty excited about the launch of Pulptown’s Ultimate Orlando Brew Bracket. 🍻 It’s the first time we’ve done a bracket since we came on the scene three-and-a-half years ago and well, I forgot how fun a good old-fashioned competition was.  

Thank you to everyone who has submitted their favorite spots so far. Keep ‘em coming, tell your pals to get in on the fun, and we’ll present the final bracket of 32 to you next week. Remember: nominations close at noon on Monday, June 28.

Who advances in each round is strictly based on the number of votes for that round. Therefore, every vote in every round counts so keep coming back week to week, OK?

So far, I can tell you that several of you are big fans of the Midnight Bike Ride at Three Odd Guys Brewing in Apopka and the Joyland IPA at Ivanhoe Park Brewing. Though I’ve got to agree with Brandy G., what beer has more history in Orlando than the original OBP — Orange Blossom Pilsner? 

Alright, enough beer talk. Let's take a moment to throw it back to 1886 with this beautiful building.

The Rogers Kiene Building is the oldest building in downtown Orlando at 135 years old. It was originally an English Gentlemen's Club built in the Queen Anne style, was once known as the Cosmopolitan Club and later the Mad Cow Theatre, and is now the home of the Downtown Art's District. 📸: @viajarycelebrar| 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

🐶 Orange County officials just passed a ban on the retail sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits. County commissioners voted 4-3 on Tuesday in favor of an ordinance that would keep large-scale pet stores from selling these animals effective June 22, 2022. To be clear, you’ll still be allowed to foster and adopt animals from local shelters and rescues. (WKMG

🏨 Some Rosemont community members are none too happy about plans to redevelop the former Lake Orlando Golf Course into a new “Lake Nona”. The proposal for the 65-acre project named Rosearts District includes building green space, a shopping district, walking trails, and apartments, but some residents are worried about the lack of infrastructure for the traffic, people, and change that comes with it. (WKMG

✍️ Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a flurry of bills into law on Tuesday, including several controversial rules regarding civic education in Florida. The official gist is that these bills will accomplish these three things: 1) develop a civics-focused curriculum for K-12 students such as teaching the rights and responsibilities of being a citizen, 2) require state university students to pass a civic literacy assessment exam and take a course on civic literacy in order to graduate, and 3) protect free speech at state universities by requiring schools to create an “objective, nonpartisan, and statistically valid survey” to gauge “intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity” at colleges and universities. DeSantis talked a lot about not wanting to "indoctrinate students with ideology". (WBNS, Orlando Weekly)

  • Related: Per an AP report, “DeSantis said students need to be taught that communist and totalitarian governments are evil.” The new rules and their patriotism-heavy perspective conform with the governor’s recent successful campaign to ban critical race theory from Florida schools. On the non-culture war front, DeSantis also signed a bill requiring high school students to learn CPR.

🍩 Pssssst. Pattie Lou's Donuts is celebrating its grand opening today with a ribbon cutting by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. The mini doughnut shop opened on Pine Street in Downtown Orlando last month and is ready to serve you some doughy deliciousness with more sweets sprinkled on top. (Pattie Lou's Donuts on Instagram)

👃 The next time you’re walking down Ivanhoe Row, you might notice a fancy new smell. La Jetee Perfumery and Apothecary opened in the space next to Paper Goat Post. Joseph Todd, the owner of Bauhaus and Hanson’s Shoe Repair in downtown Orlando, opened La Jetee as a passion project inspired by his love of rare perfumes. (Bungalower

💉 The Center Orlando is hosting its first-ever 24 Testathon leading into National HIV Testing Day, from 10 a.m. on Saturday to 10 a.m. on Sunday at The Center’s Health and Human Services location at 1200 Hillcrest St. Orlando, FL. In addition to the health screening, the event will have live music, drag performances, food, and activities, including an NYC Youth Pride watch party. (The Center)

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🎶 Sway the night away to Virginia Man and Cat Ridgeway & the Tourists (Mills 50)


💻 Considering a career change? Goodwill has a free webinar for that (Online)


🚲 Go for a bike ride for a good cause and help raise awareness for Alzheimer's (Downtown)

🎃 Dress up for this halfway to Halloween midday shindig (Ivanhoe)

📚 Meet the authors of the popular YA book, "Every Body Shines" (online)

⛸️ Grab your boards or wheels and come skate at the pop-up roller rink and skate park at the Plaza Live for a good cause (The Milk District)


💪Step to it for an extreme hip-hop step class at this local brewery (Metrowest)

🛍 Shop the Florida Vintage Market at Ace Cafe (Downtown)

🎶 Join the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra at The Plaza Live for Summer Serenades (The Milk District)


🍻 Ready your livers for the 2nd annual adults-only summer camp through July 4 (Ivanhoe)


🍿Watch the cult classic, "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead" at the Enzian (Maitland)

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One more thing

Somebody needs to help Reddit User u/nomadofwaves with where to find Orlando’s best-frozen treats. The person put out an SOS on the platform yesterday and so far, has heard Greenery Creamery, Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream, and Quickly Boba as options for a much-needed cooldown. 

Stay sweet out there! ‘Til we meet again tomorrow! 

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

P.S. Here’s your friendly reminder that First Lady Jill Biden will be in Kissimmee this afternoon, encouraging folks to get their COVID-19 vaccine. She’ll be at the drive-through vaccine site at 2 p.m. so you can expect some potential traffic between the airport and there. 

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