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.
So says a Harris public opinion poll that cited in awarding us sixth place in that category.
We dropped the ball elsewhere, however, and wound up sneaking into the roster at a modest 27th overall.
No awkward hellos here so the conversation can just flow (and love can begin! Did I also mention the numerous, successful relationships and weddings that all began from a single Lock and Key event.
One happy couple even invited the owner of Lock and Key, Darren, to their wedding in Italy.
Upon arrival, women attendees get padlocks and men get keys.
The next Lock and Key party takes place Sunday, May 26 from to 3pm at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club and also launches Darsonvals Meet the Matchmaker series that will be held monthly, when the expert will be on hand to answer questions about dating in Santa Barbara and to connect singles during polo matches.I recently attended a Lock and Key event at Blue Martini in Brickell.And yes, the females wear lock necklaces while the men wear keys.In a conventional lounge atmosphere, approaching someone may be difficult, but not here. That would be a raffle ticket that may lead to a plethora of prizes and the chance to get another lock/key.
With these necklaces, someone now has a legitimate reason to approach someone else. It's a fun game, but trying out someones lock/key is just a simple way to break the ice. Yeah, I was skeptical too until I experienced it myself.
We hope that in the future this can happen in Detroit too. Until they met by chance at a birthday party in an Orlando bar, Aaron Bean and Katie Merrigan counted themselves among the thousands of singles in Orlando. If we hadnt met just then, it wouldnt have worked out, says Aaron. The Internet bristles with an arsenal of dating apps and surefire matchmaking algorithms.