Locals to Know: Lisa Mercer

Meet the community driven, Pulptown go-getter showcasing the best of what optimism can bring to our city.

Hi Lisa! Tell our readers: Who are you? What do you do?

I’m a Destin, Florida native; however, after twenty years of living in O-town, I could call myself a local now officially. I’ve been in advertising and media most of my years here, but my “other” full-time job is volunteer/philanthropist/advocate for numerous local nonprofits. I am also the proud mom of a 17-year-old with special needs and together we are the Orlando Magic’s biggest fans!

Wax poetic for a second and tell us: what brings you most alive about this city?

How we have the potential here in Orlando to be more than just the City Beautiful, but to be a catalyst for important conversations surrounding socio-economic issues at a national level. We can really drive change and make immediate impacts here, so I hope to one day develop my own project that makes that type of impact. Creative and innovative ideas and solutions can really take root and grow here.

What’s your favorite Orlando memory?

Will you take a Top 3? First is the birth of my son, of course. Second is attending the mass wedding of 40 same-sex couples at City Hall when the state ban was lifted. Third is any season in which the Magic has made the playoffs!

No challenge too high for this local! This is our very own Lisa rappelling off the Hyatt Regency 430 ft above the trees last April for the third time raising money for Give Kids the World. “If it’s for a nonprofit, I’ll do anything crazy” l Tag either #pulptown or @pulptown to be featured. (📸:@Lisaleelifteveryheart)

If you could eat only one meal from a local restaurant for the rest of your life, what would it be?

That’s easy: nasi goreng indonesia from Mamak Asian Street Food.

Outside of the obvious stop above, share your other top three destinations for where you’d go on your perfect Orlando day.

I’d probably start my perfect day with a visit to the spa at the Ritz-Carlton, then off to shop and nosh on Park Avenue. I could end the day with a visit to CityArts Factory since they always have great exhibits and I meet new and fascinating people there every time I go.

What’s your favorite local social media account to follow and why?

Orlando Cat Cafe, because I’m never going to not love looking at cats. Especially when they find new owners!

If you could give any one piece of advice to locals, what would it be?

Commit to the improvement of your own community. If you don’t know how to get started, I’ll buy you a coffee and tell them how.

How does Orlando help you do what you do or influence your work?

Orlando lets me be my most genuine self. No matter who I meet in this town, I feel accepted, trusted, and listened to.

What’s an unpopular opinion you have about the city?

You don’t NEED your car.

What are you most looking forward to this year?

I’m totally thrilled about being a part of Pulptown and get back to doing what I love most: partnering with and promoting local events, businesses, nonprofits and everyone else in between that make us a prosperous, vibrant, and creative community. I’m excited to see what amazing new partnerships we can create! Reach out to me to connect on all things O-town!

“Doing some stand up comedy for charity at Quantum Leap Winery. My crush Blue Star did it too!” l Tag either #pulptown or @pulptown to be featured. (📸:@Lisaleelifteveryheart)

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