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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.

The Perfect Match: Finding true love through It’s Just Lunch, a professional matchmaking service.

The Perfect Match: Finding true love through It’s Just Lunch, a professional matchmaking service.

Instead of waiting on fate to work its magic, Beau Garrett took matters into his own hands. He employed the art of matchmaking and hired It’s Just Lunch (IJL). It worked! Happily married for two years, Beau credits IJL for helping him find his best friend, soul mate, and fellow skier, Jesalyn.
Why did you join IJL?
I’d gone through a divorce in 2009, and I lived in a really happenin’ area of Minneapolis called Uptown. Even though I was having a lot of fun, I knew I wasn’t going to meet somebody who I’d want to spend the rest of my life with in that kind of lifestyle. Going out to a bar scene was a crapshoot. Same thing goes for online dating. I dabbled in it, but all my experiences were negative. So I called It’s Just Lunch.

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Date for Life 2014

Stephanie Kluver, professional matchmaker with It’s Just Lunch sat down with WCCO to discuss her top tips for better dating. She also discussed our annual Date for Life event, a bachelor and bachelorette auction benefiting Children’s Cancer Research Fund, taking place at the Graves Hotel in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday, February 13th. For more information about Date for Life visit

Holiday Dating Survival Guide

Erin Springer, professional matchmaker with It’s Just Lunch Minneapolis sat down with FOX weekend to discuss her top holiday dating tips. Here are a few general tips to make the most out of the holidays this year:

Use holiday festivities as an opportunity. Holiday parties, whether for your office, your friends, or for New Years, are filled with single people. There’s food, drink, and general merriment – what better time to meet someone?
Don’t sweat family pressure. I know some of you have family members who want to see you paired up. Don’t sweat it – their concerns are about them and the fact that they’ve forgotten what it’s like to be single (the good and the bad).
Don’t introduce family too soon. If you’re seeing someone you aren’t serious about yet, reign in the temptation to expose them to family holiday events. There’s nothing more uncomfortable than meeting the family of someone you don’t even know you like yet. Family events are for people you’re serious about. So, if you’re just dating, stick with non-filial holiday events.
Make introductions. If you do bring a date to a holiday party or event, mind your manners. Make sure you introduce your date to others and include him/her in the conversation.
Hang with your friends. If you haven’t met anyone date-worthy, spend more holiday time with friends and family. No, it’s not the same was spending it with a partner, but it’s just as valuable.

Don’t Let Football Fever Kill the Romance

Break out the crock pot and get your assorted dips ready…It’s football season! Here at It’s Just Lunch we believe that the romance doesn’t have to die just because our lives are now dedicated to the higher power that consists of fantasy teams and football games. Stephanie Kluver sat down with Kare 11 to weigh in on how to keep your relationship fresh and better than ever during football season!

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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IJL Dating Facts
  • 17%: The chance of liking a date set up by a friend.

  • 11: The number of single friends the average 27 year old has.

  • Top cuisine choices for a first date: 46% Italian, 19% Steakhouse, 16% Japanese, 11% Mexican, 8% French

  • 110 Million: The number of single adults in the United States.

  • Baseball games: A great place to meet men says 74% of single women.

  • 76% of Men: Prefer brunettes over blondes.

  • 43% of Singles: Have Googled someone on the internet before their date.

  • 76% of Men: Prefer brunettes over blondes.

  • Top Conversation Killers: Past relationships—49%, dieting or body image—21%, politics—15% and marriage—15%

  • Wednesday: The best day for a first date according to 41% of singles.


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