The latest face-to-face dating service fad to turn up in Orlando: Lock and Key Events (lockandkeyevents.com).
Singles pay a cover charge to meet up in a club where each male gets a key and each woman gets a lock to wear around her neck. The ostensible object of the game is to match them up, but its all just a clever icebreaker.
The latest Orlando club to try it out, appropriately enough, is the Icebar.
Santa Barbara Matchmakings Lisa Darsonval can help.
The go-to local matchmaker hosts regular Lock and Key parties that offer a space for matching that is as straightforward as it is creative.
Orlando usually winds up in the middle tier of such lists, as it did in a recent story measuring life in general and love in particular for solo souls in 40 American cities.
The rankings were based on job availability, cost of living, nightlife, coolness, culture, online dating activity and the number of singles in the area. Cooler than Miami, cooler than Chicago, cooler than Los Angeles.
As the night unfolded, I began to realize this concept is quite genius!
After watching the crowd (who were all so friendly), they were so much more receptive to one another than the usual club gathering.The Valentine event scheduled last year had to be postponed because of snow.This year, Crook's husband is being deployed on Sunday, the day before Valentine's Day, leaving her with little time to organize the event.Women will receive padlocks when they arrive at Red Ox and men will get keys.Attendees will attempt to match the locks and keys.Lock and Key events, described as a fun, interactive way to meet potential love interests, have been held at venues in nearly 100 cities around the country.