How it all Came to be
We are so excited that you've come across downtown - let loose & connect. First things first, we wanted to give a little introduction about who we are and how 'downtown' came to be.
We are two sisters who have a zest for life and a passion for spontaneity, connection, and following our intuition. A few months back, the lovely COVID-19 swept its way through the world (surprise - there's no way that's the only thing people have been talking about for most of the year so far). Not only do we live in different parts of the country and only get to see each other a couple times a year, but now we had COVID-19 canceling our travel plans to see each other. So, naturally, we had to find a way to overcome the distance and isolation and re-create the kind of adventures we would have in person.
Wanting to replicate a night on the town from home, we found a music streaming service that allowed us to listen to our Spotify playlists simultaneously, and hopped on FaceTime together. We decorated backgrounds, poured ourselves a drink, and danced the night away from the comfort of our living rooms. After having so much fun ourselves, we decided to invite some friends along to join in the experience with us. We hosted challenges throughout the night including who could make the best drink, the best dressed, the best dance move, and the most creative background.
Having these experiences throughout the pandemic helped us stay more connected than ever before. As much as we enjoyed our regular video chats with family and friends, we were craving guided experiences where we could let loose, rather than searching for things to talk about on hours-long FaceTime calls and group Zoom sessions.
Our next step was to start talking to more people, seeing if others were craving the same kinds of experiences we were. Turns out, more people than we thought were feeling isolated and disconnected, even before COVID-19 hit. Those living in rural communities; singles who are tired of the endless swiping on dating apps only to be left disappointed; those living with disabilities; friends and family living apart; people with social anxiety; the list goes on of those who were searching for different ways to meet people, connect, and simply have fun.
This was the catalyst for developing 'downtown'. Filled with excitement and passion, we set out on our way to create what will eventually be a social app that replicates a night out where strangers, friends and loved ones, near and far, let loose and connect. In the meantime, however, we know that people are still looking for these experiences, which is why we developed our social calendar where you can sign up for upcoming events hosted by yours truly. These will include cocktail nights, live music, parties, trivia nights, and more, with a focus on providing you with a fun, low-pressure experience and the opportunity to mix and mingle with people from all over the world.
We've been listening, learning, and adapting since we started working on downtown. We're so excited to finally get things underway and provide people with what they have been missing this whole time! It's crazy to see our idea coming to life and we couldn't be more thrilled to be making this happen. We've already had the opportunity to connect with so many new people and are eager to get to know more of you.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read our story and we look forward to seeing you at a downtown event soon!
Beth & Maggie