CBD and Chill in Orlando


You can Google CBD oil and be utterly buried in website after website touting the miracle tincture that’s said to cure pretty much anything. The amount of information out there is staggering and the research is pretty amazing really, assuming you have the time and fortitude to wade through it all. To help weed through a lot of the medical jargon (get it?), we’ve compiled an easy read with the pertinent information and a small list of the places that not only sell the oil itself but also some fun little extras that are hidden around town.

What is CBD?

CBD, or Cannabidoil, is an oil extracted from the flowers (or buds) of the hemp plant. It is a compound that has significant benefits for a varied array of ailments and conditions. What’s the difference between CBD and medical marijuana? Both come from a cannabis plant and both have therapeutic effects. However, CBD oil and medical marijuana are definitely different. CBD is considered solely a dietary supplement and much like a typical vitamin you may already take. Your body metabolizes and safely discards any excess CBD oil without any undesirable effects.

It’s also much easier to gauge dosages to make sure you’re getting the full benefits in a safely controlled manner. Also, the more obvious and “family friendly” benefit is that it contains little to no THC so you get all of the benefits without getting high - in fact, CBD can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. The manner in which you can partake in CBD varies greatly. You can vape it, use it topically in lotions and salves or you can consume it in tinctures, capsules or other edible varieties.

One word of warning though, there is little in the way of regulations concerning CBD oil so products can vary widely as far as quality is concerned. That said, definitely do your brand research to make sure you’re getting the best quality for your money.

Anything from arthritis to substance abuse and just about everything in between, CBD is said to help alleviate tension and side effects possibly help cure things up as well. Look, we’re not doctors so I’m not going to rule anything out, especially if it comes from a plant.

Consult with your doctor (or veterinarian) concerning any ailments that you may be dealing with and your interest in adding CBD oil to your medical regimen.

Where to buy it in Orlando?

So where can you find this miracle tincture here in Orlando? Here are just a few places in town and online.

The District Market at Mills 50 - 1221 North Mills Ave., Orlando, FL 32803

This awesome vegan eatery/bodega/co-op market sells a plethora of tasty cruelty-free delectables and other cute handmade items. Amongst the well-stocked shelves you can also purchase CBD oil from KONO Naturals which is a local company who works closely with a CBD farm in Colorado. You can get the oils in a range of dosages and flavors, too!

Dr. Duffy’s Dispensary - DrDuffysDispensary.com

One person that’s highly regarded in the CBD scene in town is Dr. Duffy, who is based in Winter Park and sells to numerous retailers in Central Florida. She also has her own website with a ton of helpful information, including a list of locations that carry her product, an an online store that you can order from directly. She may even make house calls!

The Crashboat Acai Bowl from  Purple Ocean

The Crashboat Acai Bowl from Purple Ocean

Fun CBD additions can be found in quite a few local products around town. At places like Cafe Linger and Gratitude Coffee, both located on Edgewater Drive in College Park, you can get it added to your morning coffee to help mellow you out before a rough workday.

If coffee isn’t your thing, also at The District Market at Mills 50 you can score CBD kombucha or you can get a CBD-infused acai bowl or smoothie at the Purple Ocean truck parked on Orange Avenue in the Lake Ivanhoe neighborhood. Word on the street is that they also sell vegan CBD gummies too!

Did you know CBD can be good for pets too? CBD oil is also great for cats and dogs. It helps with anxiety, allergies, arthritis and a host of other issues that are common in our furry friends.


Rick’s Dog Deli - 2011 Corrine Drive, Orlando, FL 32803

This local human-grade dog food company, located in Audubon Park, whips up specialty recipes right in house. They offer recipes specific to your dog’s breed or any health-related issues they may be facing, as well as pre-made standard meals and treats that ensure your dogs are meeting all of their necessary dietary requirements while using only quality ingredients. They offer a few different dietary supplements as well, one being CBD oil (again from KONO Naturals), which are available for purchase. Pop in for more information, a consultation or some puppy-approved treats.

Woof! Orlando - 3529 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804

Located in College Park, Woof! is a multiple “Best of Orlando” winning boarding facility and groomer. They offer CBD oil for purchase in their boutique as well as a plethora of name brand foods and a vast array of treats. They also have an adorable instagram that you should follow immediately for your daily dosage of cute puppies. You can thank me later.

Where to buy CBD online?

Supergood - it really is that good. They even post their certificate of analysis.
Standard Dose - period patches, tinctures, hemp honey and more.
Foria Wellness - CBD menstrual suppositories.
Plant People - High performance hemp & herbal.

Have you tried it and really like a particular brand or have found that a combo works well? Feel free to leave a comment and share.

Consult with your doctor (or veterinarian) concerning any ailments that you may be dealing with and your interest in adding CBD oil to your medical regimen.

Jessika DeWeese is a contributor to Townie Tourist and an Orlando-based stylist and vintage clothing dealer. She’s a huge animal lover, dog mom x4 and multi-generational native Central Floridian who loves to help show the world that Orlando is more than the Mouse.

Audubon Park Retro Modern Home Tour 2019


The Audubon Park Garden District, a Great American Main Street Award winning neighborhood in Orlando, Florida, hosted its Retro Modern Home Tour on Saturday, April 6, 2019 and Lauren Haar Waters was there to capture some of the stunning interiors. Here are just a sample of the beautiful examples of mid-century modern architecture, as well as stunning modern designs that were found on the tour.

Top 10 Places for Houseplants in Orlando


I kill houseplants. Ferns, aloe, ficus, cactus, succulent have all sacrificed themselves and gone to their deaths to avoid my plant-motherhood. I actually gave up on an orchid one time and flung it into someone’s side yard, only to have it be gorgeous and blooming just a few months later. My friend LeAnn Siefferman, professional ceramist and successful gardener, told me she’d teach me but I’m stalling. I’ve tried. I really have.

Hi, I’m Jenny, and I kill houseplants.

I’ve noticed that in the past year or so that something has happened to Orlando and the rest of America that has me wanting to try plant fostering again. My friends have all become plant parents; embracing the tiniest of cacti to the largest of fiddle leaf figs or tastiest fiddle fern. (Those are edible, btw.) They have dedicated themselves to keeping these small green beings alive. Beings? The blog, Plants are the Strangest People, seems to think so and gives names like Tyler and Jayvvon to Anthuriums. I know you came her for a list, so let me get on with it.

My picks for the best places to find houseplants and ceramics in Orlando:

  1. Porch Therapy is one of the best resources for not just houseplants or succulents or gardening, but landscaping too. If you’re thinking backyard oasis, get with these people. You can also pick up home goods and containers and gardening accessories here. Located at East End Market and The Heavy.

  2. Land of Alice Studio is available to ship you plants. That’s right, you can order plants by mail if you’re not able to get out to the shops. How convenient is that? Since very few people are doing it, she’s ahead of the trend. Go ahead, you know you want to.

  3. Palmer’s Garden & Goods is a beloved Orlando plant palace. Super duper cool and you can have events here too. Drive by at night to see market lights and dreamy garden parties happening within its fence. I did buy a lime tree here once that I planted in my friend’s yard over top of my dead cat. I have ignored that lime tree for two years now, letting my friend be the one to worry over it and water it and hope that fur or bone don’t resurface. I’m a good friend. Ha ha ha! (Sorry, Laura.)

  4. Palmer’s Feed Store where you can buy flats of peeps (baby chicks), a telephone pole, or vegetable plants and seeds. I’m just going to wait here while you click through to look at the picture menu. Scroll to ‘Pest Control’…impactful, right? I want that kind of pest control. They can tell you what’s safest to use around pets and best for your houseplants and gardens. It’s Florida, y’all, nature is b-r-u-t-a-l here.

  5. The Nook on Robinson is kind of a wild card entry but they have plants and amazing concrete containers provided by Till Plant Co. Go there and grab a kombucha and a new lil green friend if you’re far from the trailer location of Till.

  6. Florida Cactus Inc. is up in Apopka which is a teeny bit of a drive from Orlando. Maybe 40 minutes-ish. But SO worth the drive. Their greenhouses have zero competition around here. The colors and selection will blow your mind. So if it’s a cactus you want, it’s a cactus you’ll get.

  7. Craft & Common is where to stop in for delicious treats, killer coffee drinks and to find plants and sundries. It’s also where you can sit and sip for hours with friends under a neon sign in queen size wicker chairs. #Heavenly

  8. Hello Happy Plants is online and I want to think that she’s here in Orlando, so I just will. Best planters with messages that stick. Put on sunglasses and head to this website, unless you’re colorblind, and then just go ahead and click through.

  9. Orlando Pottery Studio is last but not least. The fact that you can actually learn to make and fire your own ceramics here in Orlando and that the place has been around for ages. After advancing to doing your own home ceramic work, check out Orlando artist Richard Munster’s kiln.

  10. The Sill is not in Orlando per se. It’s plants by mail. Gorgeously done with lots of resources. It’s the anti-Amazon of plant shopping online. They trademarked Plant Parenthood, I mean, can I even type that without paying them? Follow them on Insta with #PlantsMakePeopleHappy, also registered.

Instagram can’t be the only reason why people are suddenly becoming plant people. Plants are actually really cool. It’s what you can learn to take care of successfully before navigating a new relationship or getting a pet, or have a baby. Maybe it’s that they provide oxygen, and wellness is big business right now. So are plants though.

Since 2016, plant sales have actually increased 50% to 1.7 billion dollars according to the National Gardening Association. Fun fact, most of the growers are here in Florida but few of them sell online. Plant and garden stores themselves don’t have online shops available since they’re afraid of plants not arriving the way they were expected to. (If you’re looking to start a new business, this one is ripe for picking. Get it? So bad.) The article cited only underlines the fact that we can grow year round here. Our greenhouses are packed and lovely while the rest of the country suffers through something called seasons. The idea of gardening and growing your own food is just one leap further. Not such a big a leap from contributing your front yard to Fleet Farming to buying a little piece of land.

Lake County is just next door and has a few farms available. You could be like the Pasture Brothers and start raising your own chickens. Did you hear that Ikea is teaming up with designer Tom Dixon to come out with a new gardening tool line? The hope is that it will inspire urbanites to grow more food at home and in their communities. My dream has always been to be a goat farmer, but before jumping onto that path maybe I should start with something smaller. I could start with a succulent for my windowsill. I could…if I didn’t kill houseplants.


Get To Know: Brittany Hennessy


They call her the Influencer Whisperer and she wrote my favorite book of 2018. She’s been in the biz for a minute and knows the ins and outs of getting your personal brand to grow in today’s new media landscape. (Hint: it’s more than what you think of as marketing.) Brittany Hennessy is co-founder and Chief Relationship Officer at CARBON and is the former Senior Director, Influencer Strategy & Talent Partnerships at Hearst Magazines Digital Media and the first person to hold that title. 👏 

When I reached out to see if she’d do a Q&A with me and she said YES, I screamed. See, she’s coming to Orlando in May to share what she knows with us at Library After Hours downtown. If you’re into making a name for yourself and want to get a jump ahead, get tickets now. Early bird rates end on April 19th.

Get to know Brittany Hennessy (Wife, Mother, Author, Business Owner)

Childhood memento? - I had a Skip-It that I absolutely loved. I still know all the words to the theme song.

Recent acquisition for your home? - A marble coffee table. It really brings my living room together and serves as a great place to take an Instagram photo.

Current obsession? - Billions. And waiting for Game Of Thrones to return like everyone else.

Favorite hobby? - Sleeping and getting my nails done. Also I love a good massage, but I haven't had one in years.

Always on you - watch, memento, etc? -  I wear the same things every day. Rose Gold earrings, watch and bracelet and my white gold engagement ring and wedding band.

Favorite spot in your home? - The shower. It's usually the only place I can be alone. But even there, my toddler finds me.

Favorite neighborhood restaurant? - Red Hat in Irvington. They have the best brunch and it's right on the river.

Favorite neighborhood shop? - I'm a big mall kind of girl but I spend most of my day at the local grocery store two doors down.

Favorite way to focus on health or wellness? - I try to go to the gym every day. If I don't it ruins my whole mood. I also used to spin a lot and I'd really like to get back into it.

Favorite place visited in the last year? - After years of not loving it, I finally found my groove with Philadelphia! We do all of the kid attractions now so I think that made a big difference.

Best gift recently given? - It's not recent, but I gave my husband a son. He can never repay me!

Best gift recently received? - My previously mentioned rose gold bracelet from Skultuna. It was a Valentine's day gift from the hubby and he has a matching one in gold.

Most inspiring book you’ve read? - The Confidence Code by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman and Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu. Absolute must-reads for women and mothers.

The thing you most love about your city? - The people. The food. The history. I mean, I'm from NYC!

Best thing about what you do? - I help women be the best version of themselves and make money. That's the dream.

At the top of your to-do list? Launch my first monthly live coaching session. 

Other work projects? - Get Carbon off the ground. It's a full-service influencer marketing agency my husband founded and I joined once I left Hearst.

On your bedside table? - Becoming by Michelle Obama.

A film that holds a special place in your heart? - Clueless. That's my coming of age movie. I can quote the entire film from start to finish.

Hope to see the Orlandoans reading this at the event. (I promise not to scream.) As a fun aside, it’s #NationalLibraryWeek, so the absolute PERFECT time to grab a ticket to this library event.


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Finding Zero Proof Cocktails in Orlando

Pineapple Matcha  Iced Matcha+Pineapple+Lemon Simple+Mint By  @brettwhere

Pineapple Matcha
Iced Matcha+Pineapple+Lemon Simple+Mint
By @brettwhere

Deeply Coffee’S Spring Crushers Pineapple matcha, sprite remix, and rosella palmer by  @cheesemn  and  @brettwhere

Deeply Coffee’S Spring Crushers
Pineapple matcha, sprite remix, and rosella palmer
by @cheesemn and @brettwhere

sette pistachio soda with fancy cherry garnish

sette pistachio soda with fancy cherry garnish

Wellness is the name of the game these days. Maybe you have an early flight or board meeting, are still breastfeeding, on a new medication, or need to get to that early hot yoga class that you just can’t go to hungover even though your friend’s birthday is the night before. Enter the zero proof cocktail.

As of this post, it’s been fifteen months since I chose sobriety and it hasn’t been easy. Not because of the baggage of the thing. I mean, let’s be honest, it’s more like a Louis Vuitton trunk. It’s also because my hometown is really slow to embrace the fact that alcohol is just not a part of some of our lives. Perhaps with this post I can save someone from being told to “find the water fountain in the hallway” at social events, and from standing around with a less-than-celebratory soda water with lime. Lame.

Here are a few hits I’ve found around Orlando:

Deeply Coffee - I’m a BIG fan of barista Brett Ware. Newly released Spring Crushers (pictured above) are perfection. See how simple it is to make something beautiful and zero proof?

Sette - Newly opened and packed nightly, this Ivanhoe Village sister to Se7en Bites has a long list of house-made sodas that are lovely, refreshing, and celebratory. Try the pistachio flavor or blood orange for a pick-me-up that won’t let you down. (Fancy Luxardo cherry included!)

Umi Winter Park - Surprising and delightful are the bartenders at Umi. Muddled berries and mint mixed with flavored soda waters and fresh juices that are on point. Celebration turned up to 10!

The Nook - All local Florida drinks available, including local kombucha and Framework coffee. Both excellent for the cozy vibe of this place.

Florida and Co. - This East End Market foodie stop has Smiling Goat Shrubs and kombucha on tap. Mixed with soda water and a garnish, shrubs are a great substitute for a cocktail.

The Courtesy - Definitely inventive and tasty. Be sure to use descriptive words like “bright” and “floral” or “spicy” for what you want.

Stardust Video & Coffee - This local watering hole is the scene of Nerd Nite, book launches, birthday parties, and studying galore. Grab an Italian soda with Rose Monin syrup or a French soda with the same and cream. It’s pink and festive and you’ll start a new new trend.

Have suggestions of your favorite places for zero-proof? Add ‘em in the comments below!

Seedlip booze-free distilled spirit cocktails

Seedlip booze-free distilled spirit cocktails

Stock your event with alt-bevs for those that are sober-curious:

DRAM Herbal Waters

DRAM Herbal Waters

“I used to think I lost my social anxiety after I had the first drink. Now I realize, the first 15 minutes of anything is just awkward. Once I adjust to the environment and start chatting with someone, I relax. And it’s amazing to see that happen across a whole room of people who aren’t drinking. We’ve been giving alcohol a power it doesn’t really have.” -Joy Manning

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Behind the Scenes at ORLANDO FLEA

I got a sneak peek behind the scenes of the Orlando Flea and had a chance to meet all the makers and vendors. Founder Mark Baratelli of The Daily City gave us a quick intro and we headed off into Celine for this unique maker event. To get to know more about the Orlando Flea, you can follow along on Instagram.

Watch and take notes as these are some of the best creators in our community right now.