Upon arrival, women attendees get padlocks and men get keys.
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?
But these stories are generally cobbled together out of statistics and polls compiled and analyzed by journalists who never set foot in the towns theyre writing about.
The latest Orlando club to try it out, appropriately enough, is the Icebar.
Last year, the holiday was overshadowed by heavy amounts of snowfall, dampening its spirit, said Lori Crook, event coordinator of Baltimore's Lock and Key events.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Magazines and websites produce periodic Best Cities for Singles stories that judge communities mainly on how easily their unattached residents can become attached.
Judging from the popularity of the events (attendance has doubled at each new gathreing) this formula for love seems to be working.