Get your quarters and bags ready, Lakeland. | Photo by LALtoday
Opening dates are always subject to change, but there are some exciting dates you should mark on your calendar. Here are two grand openings you don’t want to miss. 👀
ALDI, 4532 S. Florida Ave. A quick Google search tells us that Lakeland’s second ALDI location is opening next month. Get your quarters and bags ready — we’re already anxious to shop for those famousALDI finds.
Fresh Kitchen, 4520 S. Florida Ave. According to our friends at Fresh Kitchen, Lakeland’s first location is opening its doors this April. Whether you’re on the hunt for gluten-free eats or another spot for delicious grab-and-go chef-inspired meals, it’s time to get excited.
If there’s one thing we love even more than looking ahead, it’s enjoying one of Lakeland’s newest spots. Check out these recently opened establishments:
Hana Tea House, 4525 S. Florida Ave. Ste. 7 | Bubble tea, fresh smoothies, spring rolls, crab Rangoon, and more
COhatch, 211 E. Main St. | A three-story co-working space offering varying amenities and member benefits in downtown Lakeland
J. Burns’, 5615 S. Florida Ave., Ste. 101 | The business’ third location offering classic and gluten-free pizzas
The Back Nine, 124 S. Tennessee Ave. | The business’ second location offering simulated sports, American fare, and cold beers
Tea Rx, 3114 S. Florida Ave. | Fruit smoothies, vegetable juices, bubble teas, salads, Bahn mi, and more
My Ramen, 3121 US Hwy. 98 S. | Hibachi lunch, ramen, milk tea, and more
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra | Monday, Jan. 23 | 7-9 p.m. | Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College, 1100 Johnson Ave., Lakeland | $35-$49 | Hear classics like “Moonlight Serenade,” “Little Brown Jug,” “In The Mood,” and more performed live.
Tuesday, Jan. 24
Beginning Genealogy | Tuesday, Jan. 24 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Lakeland Public Library History Room, 100 Lake Morton Dr., Lakeland | Free | Learn how to organize your research, use local resources, and connect with genealogy groups to research your family tree.
Wednesday, Jan. 25
General Knowledge Trivia w/ Billy’s Roadside Grill | Wednesday, Jan. 25 | 6:30 p.m. | Swan Brewing, 115 W. Pine St., Lakeland | Free | Put your knowledge to the test with a team of your smartest friends — enjoy brain food from Billy’s Roadside Grill.
Thursday, Jan. 26
Chris D’Elia LIVE! | Thursday, Jan. 26 | 7-10 p.m. | RP Funding Center, 701 W. Lime St., Lakeland | $49-$175 | Laugh it up with comedian and podcaster Chris D’Elia, known for Netflix specials like “No Pain” (2020), “Man on Fire” (2017), and “Incorrigible” (2015).
Friday, Jan. 27
“Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” | Friday, Jan. 27 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Lakeland Community Theatre, 121 S. Lake Ave., Lakeland | $20-$26 | Laugh along at this comedic play featuring five bridesmaids hiding out from a wedding reception.
We have a calendar filled with events and activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
Lime Streetwill close to vehicles and pedestriansbetween Tennessee Avenue and Kentucky Avenue today at 9 a.m. Crews will be working to repair the sewer beneath Lime Street for several days. Pro tip: Pad your commute time with a few extra minutes and watch for detours downtown. 🚧
Central Florida breweries like Lakeland’s Swan Brewing are part of a Visit Central Florida initiative — Adventure on Tap. The mobile brewery passportencourages tourists to support Polk’s economy by visiting local breweries. Participants can win prizes, redeem special offers, and enter giveaways. 🍻 (WFTS)
$60 million. That’s how much was invested into Bartow High School’s modernization project. Improvements, which have been in the works since 2019, included new space for a science and technology building, culinary arts academies, a new field house, a state-of-the-art recording studio, and more.
The Lakeland Planning and Zoning Board will review an updated proposal for Cogent Capital Management’s new self-storage facility at 2575 Harden Blvd. during its February meeting. The facility was previously denied and has since updated its designs to comply with concerns. The scaled-down development would be 94,000-sqft. (The Ledger)
Sometimes love is downright scary. Tickets are on sale now for the Valentine’s Day spooktacular — “Love’s Revenge” — at Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail (2837 S. Frontage Rd., Plant City). If you and your date can make it through this, we bet you’re the perfect match. 💘
The 2023 Florida Strawberry Festival is just around the corner, starting on Thursday, March2. To get yourself in the strawberry spirit, check out this Spotify playlist featuring hit songs from the festival’s headliners, including Train, For King & Country, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Head to Waco Kitchen at Lakeland Linder International Airport on Saturday, Feb. 4 for an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8-11 a.m. Limited tickets are available online. Menu items include grilled steak, shrimp and grits, mimosas, and more. 🍾
After battling cancer, Lakeland police officer Sergeant Travis Millerhas died. The Lakeland Police Department shared the news of Sergeant Miller’s passing on Thurs., Jan. 19. The post celebrated Sergeant Miller’s 22 years of service to his country, Polk County, and Lakeland. (WFLA)
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