🧐 Talk about a split decision, Orlando

🧐 Talk about a split decision, Orlando

Get to know Todd Ulmer, owner of Aku Aku Tiki Bar, Stardust Lounge, Frosty's Christmastime Lounge and Fuel.


As we dive into downtown in our latest neighborhood spotlight series, we asked what you were really itching to know about the area. As of this morning, it was a three-way tie between where to go on a first date, recommendations on the best late night eats, and where’s the cheapest parking. Well, everybody’s a winner here at Pulptown, so we’ve decided we’ll (eventually) answer all three.

But first, we’re shining our spotlight on someone who gives downtown (and other parts of Orlando) a little more sparkle. Todd Ulmer is the owner of Stardust Lounge, Aku Aku, Fuel, and Frosty’s Christmastime Lounge and a visionary in Orlando’s bar scene.

We asked him about all of his themed endeavors, where he comes up with this stuff and how he brings it to life for all of us to enjoy. If you haven’t counted down to Christmas, been snowed on, nor had a snowcone at Frosty’s yet, have you really fulfilled your downtown bucket list?

Check out our video here and learn more about Ulmer here.

Like what you see so far? Want to know what other downtown business we’ve spotlighted? Head here for our video on the 30-year-old Vegan Hot Dog Cart and stay tuned for a few more downtown videos heading your way soon.


We’ve been using your feedback to launch a new membership program AND redesign our newsletter. This week, we’ve mashed up the two projects. Since our members go the extra dollar to support us, they get to test our newsletter redesign FIRST. Want to support your local newsletter? Want to test drive our new look? Join our membership program at our launch price of just $8 a month. Plus, you’ll get our endless appreciation.


If you’re one of the many fans who found themselves bored AF at that super sad Super Bowl, boy do we have some good news for you. The Orlando Apollos, our brand new home team, will make its debut this Saturday night at Spectrum Stadium, against our frequent nemesis in what the rest of the world calls football, Atlanta.

The Apollos and the Atlanta Legends are two of the eight founding teams making up a new league, the American Alliance of Football (AAF) that’s kicking off a 10-week season this weekend. But of course, our team’s the best. Legendary Florida Gators Coach Steve Spurrier will be making the calls (and, we hope, rocking his visor), and the roster is stacked with talent from the Sunshine State including alums from Florida, FSU, and our beloved UCF Knights.

Kickoff’s at 8 p.m. Saturday at Spectrum Stadium and tickets start at $20 on the team’s website.

In other news …

  • State Rep. Anthony Sabatini, R-Howey-in-the-Hills, is rejecting calls for his resignation from Democratic Party leaders over a high school photo showing him in blackface, which Sabatini says was an “immature” prank and not a racist act. (Orlando Sentinel)
  • Remember that Sunpass scandal? State lawmakers want the Department of Transportation to crack down further on the contractor who screwed up the system’s upgrade, resulting in long waits, confusing bills, and a lot of hassle for commuters. (Orlando Weekly)
  • Rents are on the rise (again) in Orlando, up 3.1 percent to an average of $1,060 a month for a one-bedroom, and outpacing increases elsewhere in the state and the nation. (Orlando Sentinel)

Hey readers, we’re testing a new format for this section based on your feedback. Love it? Hate it? Hit reply and let us know.


🏃‍♀️This Saturday, Feb. 9: Meet us at Cupid’s Undie Run, a “brief” mile fun run that takes place in the middle of a BIG party! Use code PULPTOWN for 20 percent off. We’ll be there ready to run and will have our photo booth with us to take funny pics before, during and after! (Downtown)

Want to partner with us? Here’s how that works.


🍷 Wine, cheese and chocolate — the perfect pairing (Mills 50)
🍿 Watch Audrey Hepburn on the big screen (Maitland)
🍻 Try a new brew at Tasting Thursday (Downtown)
👉 Swipe right on love at this LGBTQ+ party (Parramore)
🎶 Relish in the sounds of Kaleigh Baker at Lil Indies (Mills 50)
🛍 Grab the fam and head to this local market and live music sesh (Lake Nona) 🆕
❤️ Celebrate Galentine’s with your fave gf and Orlando Lady Boss (Milk District) 🆕

🍷 Through Sunday Celebrate Winefest at Lakeridge Winery (Clermont)
🌈 Support Come out with Pride at A Night for Pride (Thornton Park)
🍿 Grab the kids — or your girlfriends — and watch “Enchanted” (Lake Eola)
🎉 Check out this new event: “Thank God It’s Black” (Silver Star)
🏒 Celebrate ‘80s night at the Amway (Parramore)
🚚 This is food truck heaven (College Park)
🎶 This tribute to Van Halen will make you “Jump” (Winter Garden)
🎶 Big Freedia returns to the Abbey with an all-star lineup (Thornton Park) 🆕
🎨 See what Orlando’s Ambassador of Love is up to now (Downtown) 🆕

🎶 Celebrate Black History Month with this jam session (Parramore)
🎶 Don’t miss this Blues & BBQ Festival (Winter Garden)
🇧🇶 Hey vegans, check out Caribbean night at The District (Mills 50)
🎨 Watch 11 local artists repaint Sam Flax in real time (Colonialtown)
🎉 Throw it back to the ‘50s at this sock-hop (Milk District)
💦 Clean up Lake Jennie Jewel and get a workout in (SoDo/Edgewood)
🍻 There will be over 400 beers at this fest (Deland) 🆕
🏈 Cheer on our NEW football team, the Apollos, in their first game (UCF) 🆕
🐶 Pet all the pups at this outdoor dog fest (Lake Eola) 🆕
🧘🏻‍♀️ Yoga and a boozy brunch with your Galentines (Hourglass District) 🆕
💘 Check out Wills A Faire new Valentine’s Market (Mills 50) 🆕

🛍 So much vintage, so little time. Don’t miss this outdoor market (Audubon Park) 🆕
🧘🏻‍♀️ Practice yoga on the lawn then share an acai bowl with your bestie (Winter Park) 🆕
🐶 Sip a beer, save a pup. Adopt, don’t shop (Winter Garden) 🆕
😸 If you’re more of a cat person, adopt one of these purrfect kitties (Milk District) 🆕
🖼 Learn more about our African-American history (Maitland) 🆕
🌮 Forget Taco Tuesday, make it a Taco Fest (Lake Nona) 🆕

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to hello@pulp.town or tag #pulptown on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and COMING SOON add your own events with a Pulptown membership.


Who doesn’t want to run around Orlando in their underwear, first of all? Second, it’s bound to be a big party. We’re going to be there with our photo booth, xL 106.7 will be there broadcasting, we’ll have drinks galore at Elixir, plus the weather is supposed to be … well, who knows? Third, and most important, the Cupid’s Undie Run is for a good cause — finding a cure for Neurofibromatosis. Use code PULPTOWN for 20 percent off your registration cost.

Do something nice for someone today, Orlando.

— Pulptown

Archived Newsletters