Today I share with you an event that is a little farther afield from my usual coverage (just pretend it’s Change of Venue Friday): It involves a gathering of professional singles. And yes, that includes lawyers.
A few weeks ago, I was at a communications event where I met Stephanie Lieb. She is a principal in a venture called “Phoenix Mingles” (her co-owner is Morgan Klemp, the founder of Arroyo Vodka). And the venture is exactly what it sounds like.
As the company describes itself:
“The mission of Phoenix Mingles is to invite young professionals to casually mingle in a comfortable environment, in hopes that they find a meaningful connection. In a generation where technology limits the personal interaction that is key to discovering compatibility and attraction, Phoenix Mingles aims to return to a time when singles truly got to know each another, face to face.”
Fair enough. On Thursday, Phoenix Mingles holds its inaugural event. Their target group is age 35 and under (which means it was kind of Stephanie to even have chatted with me in the first place!). The launch will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, at O.H.S.O. Eatery + nanoBrewery, 4900 E. Indian School Road, a locally owned brewery that opened in November 2011.
The “locally owned” part is no accident. Lieb says it’s part of their ethos to support local businesses (they are a part of Local First Arizona). So that’s why you’re likely to sip a wide variety of delicious suds rather than off-the-rack suds at their events.
You can register for the event here. It costs $25 online; $35 at the door. “Registration fee includes one locally made cocktail/beer/wine, an assortment of dips and flatbread pizzas, and the ability to win one of many prizes donated by Phoenix area businesses.”
If you’re generally on the fence about mixin’-and-minglin’ events, the next part may cause you some trepidation. Or (to think positive), it could lead you to decide to give it a shot. Listen up.
The evening will have an “emcee” in the person of Meghan Krein. Organizers say that Krein’s “an author and relationship expert who holds a master’s in clinical psychology” (and she tweets here and blogs here). At the beginning of the night she will offer tips on mingling and conduct a few icebreaker activities.
Remember, if advice and icebreakers are not your cup of tea, it’s possible that: (1) you need no advice (yeah, I’m sure that’s it), or (2) you still may enjoy a beverage and some conversation, so get over it. And in my own uneducated experience, nothing impresses those whose heart you seek to win more than being a good sport about challenges—like icebreakers.
Organizers plan to hold at least one event per month. At each, they will collect donations for a different local charity. Thursday’s event will benefit Poverty’s Pets, a nonprofit organization “that rescues abandoned, neglected and abused companion animals in low-income and underserved communities. Through education and veterinary care, including spay and neuter services, it is their goal to end animal cruelty, suffering, overpopulation and homelessness.”
Being over 35 and married—and out of town this week—I won’t be at O.H.S.O on Thursday. But I’d enjoy hearing afterward from someone who attended.Follow @azatty