CBC -- Feb 15 -- Andrew Lekas is a busy man looking for love and tired of the bar scene. So he's hired a matchmaker to do all the leg work. Ruth Fox, an It's Just Lunch Matchmaker: "What we basically do is set up fun first dates, easy first dates." It's Just Lunch hand picks a blind date and no need to worry about choosing a restaurant, its all taken care of. Now let's say you want to meet people in a bar but not leave home. Omnnidate is a virtual date where singles can interact in a simulated dating environment online from the comfort of their own home. SEE THE VIDEO HERE
ENTREPRENEUR -- Sep 26 -- Many entrepreneurs run successful businesses, but can't manage successful dating lives. Packed schedules lead to little personal time. More so than others, entrepreneurs need to identify goals, tradeoffs, and budgets. And should utilize the dating sites created just for them, including TableForSix, ItsJustLunch, EntrepreneurDating, and BusinessSingles. FULL ARTICLE @ ENTREPRENEUR
ARIZONA DAILY STAR -- Aug 02 -- In a sprawling, college town like Tucson, it can be hard for more mature singles to find true love. Luckily, services like online dating, speed dating, and It's Just Lunch exist. One of the more unique options, Tucson Fun & Adventures, isn't even a dating service. Founded in 1997, the group is definitely more of an activities club, but singles looking for a little rock climbing or wine tasting adventure might find something more. FULL ARTICLE @ AZ NIGHT BUZZ
THE GUARDIAN -- June 1 -- Orly the Matchmaker is a "high-end matchmaking service catering to celebrities, royalties, famous people and all wonderful single men and women out there." Anne Majerik, a 60-year-old widowed social worker saw an ad in an in-flight magazine but the search for romance ended in disillusion and finally court. This week a jury in Los Angeles awarded Ms Majerik $2.1m (£1.1m) in damages. Majerik's lawyer said, "She's developed a niche out there to prey on women who are lonely or divorced." The size of the jury's award is unprecedented. "I hear of high-end matchmaking firms charging tens of thousands of dollars a year," said Mark Brooks, the editor of onlinepersonalswatch.com. "But to pay $100,000-plus, that's just not wise." Ms Hadida plans to appeal. FULL ARTICLE @ THE GUARDIAN
Mark Brooks: Orly is giving reputable matchmakers a bad name. I can understand $10's of thousands for high-end service, but $100k+. Obscene. Buyer beware. Great Expectations, It's Just Lunch, The Right One/Together Dating, and Table for Six are examples of exemplary, well established, real world services. $2500, ok. $25k, hmm? $125k, crazy!
BBC NEWS -- Feb 2 -- There are 12 million unattached people in Britain. Since the 1960s, the number of people with no-one to go home to has quadrupled. Two thirds of single people looking for love have signed up to dating agencies. Nate Elliot, an analyst with JupiterResearch explains "the sites give people an opportunity to see a lot of other singles in an environment that's very comfortable for them. "There's not a lot of risk and there's not a lot of stress involved in browsing profiles from home." Upmarket conventional agencies are riding high too. Far from being wiped out by the web the internet's actually brought dating into people's homes and it's taken away a lot of the taboo. Offline agencies cater to a much more select clientele. FULL ARTICLE @ BBC NEWS
VNUNET -- Aug 31 -- Former web acceleration company EpicRealm has filed lawsuits against 13 companies, including eHarmony, It's Just Lunch and FriendFinder, for allegedly infringing on two patents that cover the way in which many dynamic web pages are constructed and served. The Texas-based company filed the first lawsuit If the patents are upheld in court, they could apply to "most modern e-commerce sites involved in dynamic web page generation and caching", according to Ira Rothken, representing FriendFinder. Rothken claimed the patents are invalid because somebody else invented the technologies covered in the patents before EpicRealm.
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TORONTO STAR -- Feb 19 -- It's Just Lunch is a growing operation with annual revenue of more than $30 million, 70-odd franchises, and plans to expand all over the world. Websites like match.com and lavalife are reportedly runaway successes and business darlings. Tory Howat started Equal Chemistry in 2004 after deciding to turn her knack of knowing who would love whom into a business. The focus of her business is fitness: those people who are serious about sport and training (therefore have something in common right away). FULL ARTICLE @ THE STAR
Mark Brooks: Many predicted the demis of traditional dating services with the rise of online personals. Both seem to be faring well.
MIAMI HERALD -- Feb 14 -- It's Just Lunch has stuck in there, and today claims a presence in 75 cities. $1,500 annual membership for 14 lunch dates. An hourlong face-to-face interview follows. Discretion is built into the system. Pannucci works with about 50 restaurants, where she has an understanding with the maitre d': No one is to utter, 'It's Just Lunch.' After the date, Pannucci's staff calls clients to get feedback about whether it was a good setup. ''That's what separates us from all the other services out there: the personal touch,'' she said. She advertises in the Miami New Times and seven airline magazines, and is listed in the Yellow Pages. Members who enroll a friend get an extra first date. She currently has a total of 1,000 members, she said.
Mark Brooks: $1500 a year to meet singles who are screened and really serious about not being single...and can afford $1500.
LVBP--It's Just Lunch (founded '91) has 65 outlets around the world that match clients with dates through lunch or cocktails after work. Taylor opened the Las Vegas It's Just Lunch in March and has built a client base of more than 200 singles in 6 months. With it's one-year membership cost of $1,500 (16 dates), the company targets individuals between 30 and 45 years old...$75,000 average start-up cost...50%+ operating expenses is advertising; print and radio.
The full article was originally published at Las Vegas Business Press, but is no longer available.