Santa Barbara Matchmakings Lisa Darsonval can help.The go-to local matchmaker hosts regular Lock and Key parties that offer a space for matching that is as straightforward as it is creative.The latest face-to-face dating service fad to turn up in Orlando: Lock and Key Events (lockandkeyevents.com).

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Judging from the popularity of the events (attendance has doubled at each new gathreing) this formula for love seems to be working.

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.

Women will receive padlocks when they arrive at Red Ox and men will get keys.

Attendees will attempt to match the locks and keys.

Lock and Key events, described as a fun, interactive way to meet potential love interests, have been held at venues in nearly 100 cities around the country.

Fridays gathering at the Red Ox Tavern in Utica will be the second Lock and Key event thats been held in the metro Detroit area.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.For every match you make, you will be entered to win a raffle prize which include cash, manicures, candles, comedy passes and complimentary admission to future Lock and Key events.There is no limit on the amount of time you can talk with someone, and you can choose to get a new lock or key after youve made a match.As the night unfolded, I began to realize this concept is quite genius!