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Valentine’s Day Myths Debunked

Stephanie Kluver, professional matchmaker with It’s Just Lunch stopped by Kare11 to discuss Valentine’s Day dating tips and myths associated with the holiday. She also talked about the annual Date for Life event, a bachelor and bachelorette auction hosted by It’s Just Lunch benefiting Children’s Cancer Research Fund. This year’s event will take place on February 13, 2014.


Summer Romance: Tips For Meeting Your Match

Stephanie was featured on Kare11 Sunrise offering tips for getting out there and meeting your match this summer.
Kare 11 Sunrise


Lunch Dates for Midlife Singles

Family Goes Strong

There’s a lot of pressure with first dates when you’re a midlife single, especially if it’s your first date in a long time. Lunch dates are great because (much like a coffee date) the end time is pretty much determined in advance. This makes it easy to exit without awkwardness or excuses.

Another benefit is cost. If you’re unsure whether or not you’ll hit it off with someone, lunch is lighter on the budget than dinner followed by drinks and dessert. What’s more, the tone of the date is lighter and less serious so you’re less apt to be nervous for lunch dates.

You can always arrange your own lunch dates, of course, or you can opt to go with a service. Arguably the most popular service is It’s Just Lunch, which has been in business over twenty years.

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Tips For Jumping Into The World Of Online Dating

Beverly Hills Courier

There are a couple of dating business models I really like. One is called “It’s Just Lunch.” The site sets up a dozen lunch-date meetings. You chat over a delicious lunch and then say goodbye. If you like each other, you proceed. If not, it’s just lunch. Another model I like is the one where people are seated at a round-table dinner. Every 10 minutes people switch chairs so they are seated next to a different person. In one evening you have the opportunity to meet 10 or 12 different possible candidates for dating. It’s time effective.

When it comes to dating, online or in person, luck is involved. I know wealthy single people who paid exorbitant matchmaking fees and got no results. On the other hand, I know folks who used free dating sites and found their match. I think the key is to follow your own intuition about the most comfortable model to use and stay in action mode. When it’s no longer comfortable–stop. Explore other avenues. Don’t remain stagnant–keep trying!

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Catfishing Segment on Fox 9 News

Just months before the NFL Draft, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o is at the center of a juicy scandal — a hoax that involves a dead girlfriend and fake romance.
The water cooler story is introducing millions of Americans something called “catfishing,” where someone is drawn into a fake relationship.
Te’o's case comes direct from the file of “you can’t make this stuff up.” In fact, it sounds more like a Hollywood pitch than real life: A college football star winds up a contender for the Heisman trophy, despite his girlfriend dying of leukemia at the start of season.
It’s a storyline sportswriters bought hook line and sinker, only to find out the entire plot was little more than a dream sequence.
After the death of his grandmother and girlfriend on the same day, Manti Te’o went on to help Notre Dame to its best season in more than a decade.
The only problem: His girlfriend of three years wasn’t real.
It turns out in early December Te’o learned the entire relationship was a hoax — that the love of his life — Lennay Kekua — was nothing more than a “catfish.”
The term comes from a documentary-turned-MTV show that help couples involved in online relationships meet in person to see if they really are who they say they are.
Edward Krakhmalnikov says he met a girl in an online forum for people to get over a relationship. They were never romantically linked, but have stayed in touch for three years.
“I know a person that I’m pretty sure is real that I’ve never met,” he said.
Stephanie Kluver, a professional matchmaker, says that’s why all their clients meet for the first time in person.
“Real relationships need to be in person,” she said. “You need to meet in person instead of hiding behind a computer or text messages or Twitter or Facebook.
View KMSP-TV segment here


How to Date a Crazy-Busy Woman

Men's HealthHaving dinner at home alone again? Blame her boss. Women are more likely than men to cancel dates because of work-related issues, according to a new survey by It’s Just Lunch, a personalized dating service for busy professionals.

In the survey, ladies admitted that they “always make time for dates” only 36 percent the time, compared to 50 percent of men. But that doesn’t mean that the foxy CPA is more psyched about tax brackets than cocktails with you. “Single women are more focused on their careers than their personal life,” says Irene LaCota, spokeswoman for It’s Just Lunch. “They have worked hard to obtain high-level positions and don’t want to lose this status.”

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Jockstrip: The world as we know it.

UPI.comIt’s Just Lunch asked more than 4,300 U.S. single men and women a series of questions regarding how they view dating issues related to work.

Forty-five percent of women said they like to talk about work to start a conversation on a date, compared with 30 percent of men.

Fifty-five percent of men said business discussion was interesting from time to time, but they preferred to discuss other things, while 11 percent of men and 7 percent of women said when work day was over, they preferred to forget about it and talk about anything else.

The survey also found: women preferred to date a business executive; men preferred a medical professional; more women preferred to not date someone who works in their office; women were less likely to date a client and the ideal first date was a drink after work.

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More singles turn to matchmakers for personal touch

USA TodayPersonal matchmakers certainly aren’t the only way to find a mate. Dating websites remain popular, and there are national matchmaking services such as It’s Just Lunch.

But several factors could be contributing to personal matchmakers’ popularity, said Lisa Clampitt, who co-founded The Matchmaking Institute.

Higher divorce rates mean more people are single. Newly divorced people might feel like they need coaching after being out of the dating scene for several years. And some people tire of the bar scene and online dating and want more personal help, she said.

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More Men Prioritize Dating Over Work

The Daily MealFifty percent of U.S. men versus 36 percent of women say they would choose a date over work, a survey for the specialty dating service It’s Just Lunch said.

It’s Just Lunch asked more than 4,300 U.S. single men and women a series of questions regarding how they view dating issues related to work.

Forty-one percent of the women said work and dating held near equal importance in their lives and they made time for both.

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No Job? No Date for You!

TimeWhen asked in the It’s Just Lunch survey, “Would you go out on a date with someone whom you knew was unemployed?” one-third of women responded with a flat “No.” A larger percentage (42%) gave “Maybe” as an answer with the stipulation, “I wouldn’t want to throw a lot of time into it unless they had a game plan for getting back on track.” Men were asked the same question, and roughly two-thirds said they’d be up for dating someone who was unemployed: 19% said they had no reservations whatsoever about going out with a woman without a job, and another 46% said they’d date an unemployed women but were interested in finding out how they spent their time not working.

An It’s Just Lunch spokesperson reads these numbers as an indication that “women’s old-fashioned beliefs about sex roles seem to apply,” and that men are more desirable if they have jobs and are good providers.

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