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Blind Date: Nick and Rachel both love pickleball. But will they rally for a second date?

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Rachel (L) and Nick (R) on their blind dinner date at Rosemont. Photo: Courtesy of Rachel.

We're back with another installment of our Blind Date series.

  • This time, we paired Nick and Rachel.
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Editor's note: Responses have been edited lightly for length and clarity.

First, let's get to know Nick:

  • He's 23 and a data analyst.
  • His hobbies include going to the gym, cooking and playing pickleball.
  • His ideal day in Charlotte includes the farmers market, brunch, thrifting, a happy hour dinner and live music.
  • He describes himself as a "go-getter" who's "very active, funny, spontaneous and loyal."
nick

Now, let's meet Rachel.

  • She's 25 and works in supply chain management.
  • Her hobbies include wine, travel, hikes and pickleball.
  • Her ideal day in Charlotte includes getting coffee, walking around South End, trying a new brunch spot and playing afternoon pickleball.
  • She describes herself as "super outgoing" and loves to try new things.
Rachel from Axios Charlotte's Blind Date series

With a shared appreciation for good brunch and a game of pickleball, Nick and Rachel seemed like a potential match. So we tested their connection over dinner and drinks at Rosemont in Elizabeth.

  • I chatted with the two separately a few days after their date to hear how it went.

How do you typically meet your dates?

Nick: In person through social settings, sports or mutual friends.

Rachel: A mix of dating apps and in the wild.

How would you describe your conversation?

Nick: I enjoyed it. We're both outgoing people, which made for fun conversation and getting to know each other.

Rachel: It was good! He's a very nice and charismatic guy.

How would you describe your chemistry?

Nick: We have a lot of similar interests and vibed well in general.

Rachel: Like many first dates, there's not always an immediate spark.

  • But, we connected over some common interests, like pickleball, golf and neighborhood spots in South End.

What are your thoughts on the date overall?

Nick: I've never been on a blind date before, so I didn't know what to expect.

  • That said, it was really fun and I enjoyed the date.

Rachel: It was a great dinner. He's not my typical type, but that's the beauty of blind dates.

What's next? How did you leave it?

Nick: Pickleball, haha.

Rachel: We exchanged numbers and might play some pickleball together.

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