Order Reprint of this Story May 05, In a previously empty storefront there, Robert Richardson has opened the Within Reach speed-dating cafe. The first gathering was Thursday evening. Why invest in the overhead of running a brick-and-mortar business rather than stay mobile, like many speed-dating services? To provide a better experience to a broader group of people, Richardson said.
At Within Reach, with its dozen cafe tables, a fountain, an electric fireplace and a beverage bar, his aim is to create an attractive, comfortable and safe place for people to meet, Richardson said. Our journalism takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work to produce. If you read and enjoy our journalism, please consider subscribing today.
You get to see them face to face. You listen to your inner voice and your eyes and heart in a safe and beautiful environment. It cuts out a lot of the craziness. As another measure, no contact information or even names are exchanged among the speed daters. On a typical night, Richardson said, 10 to 12 women will sit at numbered tables while an equal number of men with numbered badges make the rounds.
Depending on attendance, a dater can expect five to eight minutes with each of his or her possible matches. At the close of the evening, Man No. Within 24 hours, daters who find matches will be emailed the names and contact information for those others. One upcoming event theme: Within Reach is for people age 21 and older.
Different nights are aimed toward various age groups — ones on the calendar now are for ages and Other themed events also are lined up. For the rough and rugged male and the single woman who loves her cowboy boots.
There are gatherings catered toward everything from jazz lovers and sports fans to old-movie buffs, the fitness-minded and intellectuals. Richardson said another idea is a night for those into tattoos and piercings. Robert Richardson, on speed dating being the way to go Not to say that only blacks are welcome at African American Singles night, he assured.
We encourage people to come with open minds. Other special singles events and seminars and workshops he plans — bringing in experts on financial planning, child-rearing, relationships, etc. Richardson is a pastor, but said starting a business that gives folks a safe way to get together has little to do with that.