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But for Robinson, meeting her boyfriend through mutual friends posed its own problems.
Apse, who has lived in several smaller towns, said he moved to Portland because he thought he’d have a better chance of finding a partner in the city.
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.
“There’s tons of great people in Portland and tons of great events going on,” said Erin Oldham, the founder of Local Flames.
As the Old Port’s outdoor patios opened up and singles flooded from their apartments looking for summer love, we aimed to figure out how Portland got its bad rap and whether a good mate is really that hard to find here.
Caitlin Cleary and Kelly Robinson, both 23 and in relationships, said they wouldn’t expect to meet someone they want to date at a bar, like Amigo’s, where they shared nachos at happy hour on a recent Thursday.
Our diverse events cater to different interests and promote a no-pressure atmosphere.