We got to sit down with Local Flames founder Erin Oldham and ask her some questions about her booming, new business! Check out her answers below to find out more about this dynamic and authentic relationship service.
MYF: What is Local Flames?
EO: Local Flames is a new, unique business that offers relationship services to single people and couples starting in June of 2014. We support people as they develop, nurture and sustain relationships. We offer an alternative to online dating and a way for couples to connect, reconnect and have fun. Our approach makes us truly unique – there is nothing like Local Flames out there! We are having an open house on June 6th from for the public – come see our space and listen to live music, see local art and enjoy local beverages!
MYF: What kind of services do you guys offer?
EO: Local Flames offers singles and couples events, matching services and relationship coaching. People can come into Local Flames wherever they are at – whether they just want to have shared experiences with other single people, want to meet new couples, be matched with an intriguing person or want to take the time to reflect on themselves through coaching.
MYF: Why did you choose to start Local Flames in Portland?
EO: We are starting Local Flames in Portland because, as you know, Portland is a remarkable combination of amazing people and amazing local businesses. However, we will spread fast. We have 400 people that have expressed an interest in Local Flames and 175 members. We have people from all over the state and New Hampshire contacting us. Members range in age from 30 to 70.
MYF: What are some of the events that you are using to match people?
EO: Many of our events are put on in partnership with other local businesses. Our first partnerships are with Greener Postures, Portland Paddle, T.A.P, Vinland, Chebeague Inn, Kennebunkport Resorts, Train Maine, Urban Farm Fermentory, Maine Mead, Rising Tide Brewery, Vena’s Fizz House, M2 Liquid Bar, Easy Day and The Maine Brew Bus. Events focus on learning a new skill or having a new experience or being exposed to a new local business. Our skilled staff creates an environment where conversation flows easily and comfortably. We are developing additional partnerships every day!
MYF: What do people receive with a membership?
EO: There are three membership options: (1) Events membership, (2) Matching membership and (3) Couples membership. The events and matching memberships are month to month and the couples membership is just an annual fee to get access to our couples events. All members have access to our relationship workshops and coaching. We provide fun ways to build and strengthen relationships!
MYF: Why did you choose to connect with and sponsor Maine YogaFest?
EO: Maine YogaFest was the very first event Local Flames chose to sponsor. Maine YogaFest was a natural choice considering our common visions of compassionate and peaceful living within relationships based on making authentic connections made through health and wellness focused events!