Dating or match making services
Clients are by referral only; you're ostensibly introduced to a potential mate by someone you know.
It's kind of old-fashioned, but that's what I liked about it.
I was tired of dipping my toe into the miasma of online dating.
Which is why, when I heard about a friend who tried a matchmaker (yes, an actual, kind-you-see-in-movies matchmaker), I thought, "What the hell?
Master Matchmaker is a full-service matchmaker that guarantees introductions and offers coaching to help you succeed on dates.
Joann and Steve Ward operate the service, which serves clients in all 50 states.
It schedules events and outings that its members can sign up for and meet other people in the process.
The world of dating is almost unrecognisable compared to 10 years ago, when I first took a detour in my career as a business psychologist, opting to help people with their love lives instead of their work lives.
Ten years ago, I had just about heard of and there were but a handful of introduction agencies in the UK who catered for the more discerning clientele (some still using folders with printed profiles of eligible singletons to browse through).
One date showed up wearing a shirt with a popped button that allowed his belly to hang out.
Dates that made me cringe in the moment—and then continue to cringe for days afterward.