Halloween is just 8 days away and if you didn’t know, the LALtoday team loves a good fright every now and then. From spooky shows to whisperings of ghosts at that house down the street, we are big fans of things that go bump in the night – especially creepy dolls. So, in an effort to scope out those dolls of Halloween’s past + also support our local antique shops, we set out on a mission to find the creepiest dolls in Polk County and where you can visit to see them.
Lloyds of Lakeland | 301 N. Kentucky Ave., Lakeland | A local jewel, Lloyds is downtown and boasts booth after booth of antique items perfect to drum up feelings of nostalgia – no matter your age. And, if dolls are what you’re after, Lloyds is the place to go, with 35 dealers selling everything you can imagine.
Biggar’s Antiques | 140 W. Haines Blvd. W., Lake Alfred | Dolls or not, Biggar’s is such a great place to stop if you’re ever in the Lake Alfred area. We love this blurb from their site: “We’re home to the most unique and unusual to be found, possibly anywhere. Forever changing (as we receive and display lots of the “new, old” weekly), you’ll not want to fail to visit with us here, as you begin to assemble your own collection and make additions also.” #FunFact: If you ever find yourself in Atlanta, be sure to check out their Prop Shop.
Lakeland Antique Mall | 3530 US 98 N., Lakeland | The Lakeland Antique Mall is a behemoth when it comes to antiques. It features items of all eras spread across the store, including, you guessed it, creepy dolls. #FunFact: Disney fans will get a kick out of this antique shop as it showcases old Disney World relics and memorabilia that you quite literally can’t find anywhere else.
Treasure House Antiques & Collectibles | 232 6th St. NW., Winter Haven | Ready for 10,000+ sq. ft. of antiques? Head to Treasure House Antiques & Collectibles for, well, anything. Oh, yeah – this is definitely a local antique store you’ll want to visit for those one-of-a-kind dolls that you find nestled behind other oddities and collectibles from those before you. #ProTip: Take your time here – there’s so much to look at, we wouldn’t want you to miss your next great find.
Sherman’s Antiques | 1103 6th St. NW., Winter Haven | If you’re closer to Winter Haven, Sherman’s is a great option to find that next creepy doll to anoint your mantle. In fact, a quick Google search will uncover wall to wall pictures of dolls from history’s past.
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Civic ○Heads up, Lakeland. Downtown parking is about to change come Monday, with new regulations regarding on-street parking. Residents must now accomplish their errands or lunch dates within the 2-hour mark as 16 parking spaces will be available for free, but with a time-limit. The changes come to the Lake Mirror area, specifically on S. Massachusetts + S. Missouri Ave. The goal of the parking change is to allow more availability for those businesses opening along the lake and is said to generate around 40-50 different lakeside parkers per day. 🚗 (The Ledger)
Development ○A brand new Welcome Center is coming to Se7en Wetlands (500 W. Carter Rd.), with renderings recently approved by the City Commission. Upon completion, the 5,000 sq. ft. Welcome and Education Center will provide a place for residents and visitors to learn more about the Wetlands and their history. According to LkldNow, this development will feature an “outdoor classroom, amphitheater seatings, and a rainwater harvesting system.” (Lkld Now)
ComingSoon ○Park it Auburndalians – Five Star RV Resort is coming your way in 2021. This new spot will be luxurious and is set to open in January with 163 RV sites, 93 pull-through lots, and 40 cottages in Phase 1. Phases 2 + 3 will be completed next October and will boast over triple the number of RV sites as Phase 1. (Visit Central Florida)
Asked ○ From light displays to inflatable ghouls, larger-than-life spiderwebs + porches with poltergeists – you no longer need to travel to a haunted house to see the best spooky scenes in Lakeland. What homes, neighborhoods, or businesses have the best Halloween decorations? It can be your own or one you’ve spotted around town. Let us know. It’d be a real treat if you include details about the decor – or better yet, a picture. 🕷
TodayIs ○As we shared in yesterday’s newsletter, this week was #NationalSchoolLunchWeek. And, today marks the final day celebration for Polk County Public Schools. Lunchroom staff is so important to the everyday function of your kiddos’ school week – especially these days. So, to round out the week, be sure to show your lunchroom staff some extra love today. FunFact:PCPS has roughly 1,000 employees working behind the scenes as “School Nutrition employees.”
DYK ○Vinyl record sales have surpassed the sale of CDs this year? According to fellow Lakelander and owner of Jesse Carl Vinyl (304 N. Kentucky Ave. #1150), “People aren’t just coming in to browse, they are coming to buy.” And, the amount of records being purchased over the sale of CDs is so rampant that numbers like these haven’t been seen since the 80s with record sales up 4% and CD sales down 48%. Looking to add to your collection? Check out all of the local record stores in Polk County here. (Spectrum News 13)
State ○Let’s get digital. Apparently, our Sunshine State has been toying with the idea of digital driver’s licenses, accessible via cell phone or tablet. In fact, the FDOT says that it plans to have this offering as early as 2021. Digital I.D.s will make it harder for underage kids to create fakes and will also potentially cause a shift in driving laws. 📱 (Orlando Sentinel)
Home ○Regular maintenance on AC units will extend the life of your unit and catch small problems before they turn into costly repairs. Some benefits of Payne Air Conditioning’s Maintenance Agreement include sanitizer application to kill mildew and viruses, cleaning of the condenser coil + checking of refrigerant to ensure the system is leak-free. See more details.Ⓟ
Digs ○DYK?It’s a seller’s market – which means those looking to say farewell to their humble abode are getting top dollar. The local pros at S&D Real Estate created a Home Value Reportto show you how much your home is worth. Simply enter your address to receive a free estimate in minutes. 🏡Ⓟ
Remember that high school that needed naming out in Davenport? Well, ICYMI, it was recently named “Davenport High” and we got another look at the construction of the school and its progress via Twitter.
If you need a refresher, the school is set to open next August 2021 and will be home to ~2,500 students, or broncos, as their mascot would have it.
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Film ○Hocus Pocus Under the Stars | Fri., Oct. 16 | 5-9 p.m. | Haines City Florida FFA Leadership Training Center, 5000 Firetower Rd. | Get into the Halloween spirit and bring your friends and family to the screening of Hocus Pocus outdoors at this fall festival. 🔮
Show ○Walrus: A Beatles Sing-Along Experience| Fri,. Oct. 16 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Lkld Live, 202 N. Massachusetts Ave. | $18 | Watch as Detective Lazarus Holmes tries to uncover Paul McCartney’s true identity. 🎙️
Saturday ○ Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market | Sat., Oct. 17 | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Downtown Lakeland | Prices Vary | Enjoy local finds at this market, including produce, flowers, herbs, tea, art, and so much more. 🛍️ ○ Jack-o-Lantern Jamboree | Sat., Oct. 17 | 12-4 p.m. | Simmers-Young Park, 339 American Spirit Rd. | $3 | Make sure to buy your tickets soon because there are only 600 available. 🎃 ○ Hidden Gem’s Fall Fest | Sat., Oct. 17 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Hidden Gem Consignment, 3139 N. Galloway Rd. | Free | Support local vendors and small businesses at this fall festival, featuring games for the kids, free snacks, and unique items. 🍁
Sunday ○ Frightfully Delightful Princess Masquerade Party| Sun., Oct. 18 | 1-3 p.m. | Enchanted Fairytale Hollow, 214 Trader’s Alley | $10-$50 | Tiana and Cinderella will lead kids in a trick or treat table, storytime, costume parade, masquerade mask decorating, and a meet and greet opportunity. 👸🏽 ○Trunk or Treat | Sun., Oct. 17 | 4-6 p.m. | Epic Church Lakeland, 1115 E. Memorial Blvd. | Free | If you’re looking for a way to get into the Halloween spirit, this event features games and food for all to enjoy. 🍬 ○Duck Wallow Lane Bluegrass Band | Sun., Oct. 18 | 1-4 p.m. | Fox Squirrel Corn Maze, 3002 Charlie Taylor Rd. | Prices Vary | Visit this family-owned and operated farm + enjoy live bluegrass music in this rustic setting. 🪕
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Answered: If you participated in today’s quiz and guessed C, Robert – You’re correct. Robert resides in Key West and has lived there for 100+ years. Visitors beware: Robert is said to curse those who take his photo without permission.
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