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So we consulted with some dating experts and single people who are here in Orlando for a few firsthand observations and options from the front.
The latest face-to-face dating service fad to turn up in Orlando: Lock and Key Events (lockandkeyevents.com).
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.
So says a Harris public opinion poll that cited in awarding us sixth place in that category.
Whether you’re looking for love or just a good time with some great people, try a Lock and Key Event.
It’s better than sitting behind the computer to find your match. You may just meet the true love of your life.“With Lock and Key events, you can talk in person, read body language and can immediately tell if there is chemistry or not without having to email or chat back and forth a bunch of times,” Reich says.
The next Lock and Key party takes place Sunday, May 26 from to 3pm at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club and also launches Darsonval’s 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.
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.Magazines and websites produce periodic “Best Cities for Singles” stories that judge communities mainly on how easily their unattached residents can become attached.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.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 it’s all just a clever icebreaker.The latest Orlando club to try it out, appropriately enough, is the Icebar.