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Orlando’s Castle Church Brewing: A holy union of beer and gospel

MEET THIS LOCAL TO KNOW: Jared Witt is a Lutheran pastor at Orlando’s only brewery that also holds church service. Castle Church Brewing Community is located near the Orlando International Airport and opened its doors back in December. It’s a brewery that holds church service on Sunday and Wednesday. Witt’s business partner Aaron Schmalzle started […]

/ April 16, 2019


When your co-worker is a 1,000 pound alligator

Just another day at the office for Andrew. (📸: @wildfloridairboats) MEET THIS LOCAL: Andrew Biddle is one of the trainers who works with the alligators at Wild Florida. His co-workers include dozens of alligators, including the largest gator in Osceola County, Crusher.     WHAT HE IS DOING: Every day at work, Biddle steps into animal […]

/ April 15, 2019


How one immigrant is helping other immigrants

Camila Pachon Silva provides legal advice regularly at the consulate of Mexico. (📸: @capellaimmigration) Orlando lawyer Camila Pachon Silva is all about paying it forward. Silva immigrated to Orlando from Bogota, Colombia with her parents and brother when she was in high school. While she says that they were lucky to have family and friends […]

/ April 8, 2019


This developer is upping Orlando’s street cred, one street at a time

This Orlando developer is making big changes — againIt's time to grow up 🌇Posted by Pulptown on Thursday, March 28, 2019MEET THIS CHANGEMAKER: Craig Ustler, president of the Ustler Development Group, is best known for transforming Thornton Park into a desirable and walkable neighborhood throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s. He’s been heavily involved in […]

/ April 2, 2019


Toolbox4Life is teaching the tools for life using actual tools

MEET THIS CHANGEMAKER: John Hursh is the co-founder of Toolbox4Life, an eight-week program that teaches adults the skills they need to work in a commercial kitchen or construction site. The project grew out of a nonprofit called 306 Foundation that Hursh and his wife, Jane, started in 2012 to connect communities through partnerships and networking. […]

/ April 1, 2019


Sanford dessert spot makes wonder out of marshmallows

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Sanford THE PLACE: Wondermade is a sweet Sanford dessert spot specializing in artisanal marshmallows, eccentrically flavored ice creams and scrumptious s’mores. Nathan and Jenn Clark are co-owners and run the business together while raising their six kids. They say they’ve made millions of marshmallows since starting production in 2012 and ship throughout the […]

/ March 28, 2019


German restaurant’s beer and pretzels help Sanford get Gemütlichkeit

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Sanford THE PLACE: Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe began as a dream for Linda and Theo Hollerbach back in the 80s. In 2001, the couple opened their German restaurant in the historic district of Sanford and have been growing ever since. They’ve even added a German deli and clothing store in recent years. Their […]

/ March 26, 2019


Providing hope and school supplies for future generations in Central Florida

A look at some for the volunteers and backpacks organized for the 2018 Back 2 School Bash. 📸: HopeNow International In a few months when summer winds down, you’ll find a mountain of school backpacks and hair. For the past 13 years, Karla Radka, and her husband Michael Radka, have been leading hundreds of volunteers […]

/ March 19, 2019


This treasured memory wall is Sanford’s time capsule

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Sanford THE PLACE: Back in 2007, a folk artist named Mr. Imagination cemented mementos from Sanford residents into the wall of the Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery on 1st Street. Hundreds of items were plastered onto the wall during the three-week creation process. It’s since become an open air time capsule and one […]

/ March 15, 2019


Living a sex-positive life in Orlando

Angelique Luna, local blogger turned sex advocate and educator, is one-half of the local podcast, ‘Living a Sex Positive Life’, where she and her husband, John, talk about how to embrace sexuality and why it’s important. Angelique is also a certified kink therapy professional meaning she talks to folks about their alternative sexual lifestyles, sometimes […]

/ February 28, 2019