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 know of several people who have asked another attendee out on a date who they met at one of my events, Reich says.
Some attendees have married someone they met at a Lock and Key event in other regions, but not Detroit yet.
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.
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.
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.
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.