Discover Odessa is celebrating National Travel & Tourism week from May 2 through May 8. They will be highlighting some attractions around Odessa on its social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.Tourism has been greatly impacted by COVID-19. A news release said Odessa lost a total of over $25 million in direct spending over the last year. Discover Odessa is encouraging people to make a list of local places they would like to visit as local attractions need awareness, the release said.In 2019, visitors saved each Odessa household approximately $1,090 in taxes and supported more than 3,300 local jobs.“We hope this gives visitors, as well as Odessans, a chance to get to know our community and all it has to offer. With the reopening of our city taking place, now is a great time to explore and experience our attractions,” said Director of Discover Odessa, Monica Tschauner. Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Facebook Facebook Local News National Travel & Tourism Week 2021 By Odessa American – April 30, 2021 WhatsApp Previous articleTxDOT set to begin 2 intersection improvementsNext articleBookworm Vending Machine donated by Atmos Odessa American
Source: Stacey’s BakeryFamily business Stacey’s Bakery has revived classic comfort food soul cakes ahead of Halloween.The limited-edition round cakes feature allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger with raisins and currants and are marked with a cross before baking which traditionally signified that they were given as a mark of charity.They’re an old English cake, sometimes known simply as souls, which were given out on Halloween to children who went door to door saying prayers for the dead – a tradition that dates back to the middle ages and continued into the 1930s, according to Stacey’s.Stacey’s Bakery has previously resurrected forgotten bakes, adding Thor cakes to its menu in 2016. They’re made with oatmeal, ginger and black treacle and were traditionally baked in Derbyshire communities on 5 November.Director David Stacey said the Thor cakes were an incredible success, with 2,500 sold in a week. He added that he hoped local cake lovers would also get on board with the new soul cakes.“The soul cakes are something a little bit different,” said Stacey, who added that the warmth from the spices, such as nutmeg and cinnamon, make them ideal for the colder months.“What people normally do at Halloween is go and buy a multipack of sweets, but I wouldn’t imagine that trick or treating will be something that many people will be doing this year, given the pandemic. Soul cakes are going to be a little something for people to enjoy throughout the week of Halloween and throughout autumn,” he said.Bakeries across Britain are gearing up for Halloween with new products being launched and preparations underway for a socially-distanced spooky season.