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Matchmakers Emerge as an Antidote to the Agony of Online Dating

03/08/19

by Michelle Hackman

After four years of misleading photos, cheating boyfriends and messages that didn’t quite sound authentic, Natasha Topinka decided she was through with online dating. So the 41-year-old pharmaceutical saleswoman, who lives in Oklahoma City, decided to try an old-fashioned approach. Not friends of friends. Not a blind date. She signed up for a bona fide matchmaking service.

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Everything You Need to Know About Dating Over 50, According to Therapists

02/26/19

Brielle Gregory

“…If those methods don’t work, you can also try a matchmaking service like It’s Just Lunch, says Laino. Although they can get expensive, these services offer a more personalized experience, so you’re more likely to get a strong match right out of the gate. “You’re not just fishing online; you’re actually having someone narrow down a potential mate or two for you,” says Laino.”

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IT’S JUST LUNCH EXCITED TO PRESENT FIRST-EVER PET ADOPTION DAY AT TARGET FIELD STATION

05/29/18

CONTACT: Courtney Smallbeck, Director of Marketing
PHONE: 612.376.7376
EMAIL: courtney@ijlmidwest.com

Event on June 2nd is hosted by The Minnesota Twins and presented by It’s Just Lunch and Renters Warehouse in Cooperation with Secondhand Hounds

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Twins today announced plans for the first-ever Twins Pet Adoption Day on Saturday, June 2nd at Target Field Station prior to the Twins vs. Indians game at 3:10 p.m.

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Secondhand Hounds will be on-site leading up to game time at Target Field Station with adoptable dogs as well as a litter of puppies. The event, which is presented by It’s Just Lunch and Renter’s Warehouse, will also feature a kissing booth for guests to donate for a dog kiss. Dog attendees will be selected based on the availability of the foster home.

“Both It's Just Lunch and Secondhand Hounds share a passion for finding people their ideal match: whether that be with a single professional or with the perfect rescue animal,” said Sara Darling, CEO of It’s Just Lunch Midwest. "If you're looking for love, with either another person or a four-legged friend, this event is for you!"

A recent survey found that 35 percent of singles have been more attracted to someone if they have a cat or a dog, and that 66 percent of single pet-owners agree that their date “Must Love Dogs” (or cats).

“Secondhand Hounds is thrilled to partner with the Minnesota Twins, Renters Warehouse, and It’s Just Lunch for the First Annual Pet Adoption Day,” said Rachel Mairose, Executive Director of Secondhand Hounds. “It’s so great to see multiple organizations come together for a common goal! We are excited to see how many pooches can find their forever home through this partnership. Hopefully we will knock it out of the park!”

“We often talk about how one of our core values at Renters Warehouse is “serve”; and usually, that means our clients and our community, but today – we’re excited to be helping our community’s furry friends too,” said Kevin Ortner, President and CEO of Renters Warehouse.

More information about the Secondhand Hounds adoption process:

  • SHH does not allow day-of adoptions. The process begins with interested people filling out an application and then following a series of steps.
  • For more information or to see what pets Secondhand Hounds has available ahead of time, visit www.secondhandhounds.org.

Tickets Available
Tickets to the June 2nd game against the Cleveland Indians at Target Field are available at twinsbaseball.com, by calling 612-33-TWINS (612-338-9467), or in-person at the Target Field Ticket Office.

How to find your own Prince Charming

05/16/18

WCCO Interview

All eyes are on England this month as Prince Harry ties the knot with Meghan Markle! While royal wedding watchers will be glued to every detail, singles may be wondering how they can find their own real-life “Prince Charming”.

Professional Matchmaker Stephanie Kluver from It's Just Lunch recently visited the set of WCCO to dish on how to attract a real-life version of your perfect partner without getting lost in the fairytale.

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Does “Prince Charming” really exist?
While it worked for Meghan and Duchess Kate, let’s be real -- many of us have kissed our fair share of ‘frogs’ looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right. While daters are looking for their perfect partner, it’s important not to get caught up in the fairytale. Beware of looking for someone who checks every box on their list. The reality is, people are more complicated than that, and singles should focus on compatibility, not perfection.

How can daters create realistic expectations without compromising too much -- and still find the person who’s right for them?

Forget the Fairytale
Prince Harry probably isn’t perfect in real life, so forget the fairytale! This can be tough, especially if you’re a romantic -- but all relationships take work, and people aren’t characters in a movie. Visualizing an ideal mate may help you figure out what you’re looking for in a relationship, but it can also prevent you from connecting with a real person. Thank goodness, you don’t have to be perfect, and neither does your future partner.
It’s fun to dream big, but real love is action not fantasy.

Look before You Leap
After you ditch the fairytale ideal, be sure you say yes to opportunities for dates, even if someone doesn’t tick every box on your list, they could still end up being a great match for you. Then focus on really getting to know the other person and give yourself enough time to find out if you are truly compatible before either calling it quits or labeling them “The One”.

Be Your Own Hero
One of the traps of looking for “Prince Charming” is thinking that someone else can rescue you from an unhappy life. We are all responsible for our own happiness! Before you can look for Prince Charming, you need to love yourself and be your own hero. That means taking care of yourself physically, emotionally and creating a life you love. Then you’ll begin to attract the right people with your confidence. Ultimately, the goal is for two healthy and happy people to make each other’s lives better.

Where should singles look for their version of “Prince Charming” in the real world?
If you’ve been disappointed with your dates, you may need to switch things up! If you still haven’t met that perfect person at the gym, the grocery store or your favorite coffee shop, it’s time to try a new approach. Break out of your comfort zone and go new places. Push yourself to start up conversations and try new experiences. You never know who you might connect with when you do that.

It’s Just Lunch to Sponsor Target Field Kiss Cam

05/08/18

Minneapolis, MN, May 3, 2018 - It’s Just Lunch is excited to announce its 2018 partnership with the Minnesota Twins! The Twin Cities’ most popular matchmaking service will be sponsoring the Twin’s crowd-pleasing Kiss Cam segment all season long, featuring happy couples in the stands of Target Field.

"There's nothing better than a stadium full of cheering fans on a beautiful summer day. Our professional matchmakers are also known for bringing people together, which makes It's Just Lunch and the Minnesota Twins a perfect match", says Sara Darling, CEO of It’s Just Lunch Midwest.

In addition to regular attendees, the Kiss Cam will be highlighting many of our It's Just Lunch success stories throughout the season. If you haven’t found your very own Kiss Cam-worthy companion yet, the professional matchmakers at It’s Just Lunch are here to help! Using experience and intuition, our dating experts will send you out on dates with someone who shares your interests and values. We make it stress-free so all you have to do is show up, relax, and be yourself! "Working with a professional matchmaker is like having an agent to represent your dating life. We make sure you’re going on dates with like-minded people who are in the same ‘league’", Ms. Darling said with a smile.

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