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).
Magazines and websites produce periodic Best Cities for Singles stories that judge communities mainly on how easily their unattached residents can become attached.
Each time their hardware matches, its turned in for a new set of hardware and each person gets another raffle ticket for great prizes donated by local businessesor maybe even a date?
Judging from the popularity of the events (attendance has doubled at each new gathreing) this formula for love seems to be working.
After watching the crowd (who were all so friendly), they were so much more receptive to one another than the usual club gathering.
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.
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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.
Some attendees have married someone they met at a Lock and Key event in other regions, but not Detroit yet.