Tough love dating service
“There’s lots of awesome people in Portland, beautiful women and people who are engaged and excited about life.” FOR ONE SINGLE, MOVING NO HELP Emily Straubel, 30, had to learn that the hard way.
Sick of seeing exes and their new love interests around town, she escaped across the country when she was in her early 20s.
He tried online dating with some success, but exhausted that option without finding the perfect match. “I think people get disheartened really easily,” Apse said.
And that’s important in Portland, where striking up a conversation with a stranger is harder than it is in other parts of the country, said Durbin, who’s originally from Maryland and now lives single on Munjoy Hill. That’s the idea behind Local Flames, a new Portland-based dating service that organizes events for singles, from paddling trips to mixology classes.
At a tasting and tour of the Urban Farm Fermentory this month, singles stood around sampling hard cider while chatting with friends, making small talk with strangers and surveying the crowd.
But the dating scene in Los Angeles, while active, wasn’t the answer.
“The number of people that I actually clicked with was so low.