BANGOR DAILY NEWS -- May 19 -- "You need plumbing work done, you go to a plumber. You're looking for the right person, you go to a matchmaker." The Rochesters opened their doors five years ago www.thematchmakerofmaine.com. The matchmaking process starts with a free, in-depth interview that can last up to two hours. Once the Rochesters find a potential match, they contact both parties and proceed if there's a mutual interest. They'll even go to the initial meeting to help break the ice. The cost ranges from $275 for an introductory membership to $575 for a year of unlimited introductions. Some matchmakers charge $1,000 for their services, while celebrity matchmaker Samantha Daniels, who was the basis for the TV show "Miss Match," charges $10,000. Tom Rochester said their main client base is singles in their 40s, with 30 being the young end of the age group and 60 being the high end. 50% are divorced, most have advanced education degrees and the majority are successful in their careers but aren't interested in the bar scene.
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Mark Brooks: Online dating companies can learn a lot from real world matchmakers. The two worlds need to ally. Bottle the real world services online and you have the makings of a very profitable service.