As part of her gig, she spends the bulk of her time mixing and mingling at Philly social and networking events, on the prowl for bachelors and bachelorettes to add to her repository of Philly singles.On a random occasion, you'll find her at a special event like a recent Roche Bobois luxury living party; on a more regular basis, you'll catch her elbowing singles at the bar on Wednesday during Center City Sips.
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"Being a member of It's Just Lunch is like having trusted friends set you up, but even better, because they're professionals.
"You can’t go to pilates class in the morning and not keep your eyes peeled for a great girl your client might like, or go out to dinner with your husband and not say 'Hi' to a cute guy at the bar because he doesn’t have a wedding ring on. C., San Francisco, Boston, Chicago and now Philadelphia, equips matchmakers with best practices at an intensive one-week training session in L. Those matchmakers then disperse to their assigned cities where they conduct intake meetings with interested clients — essentially, 40-minute get-to-know-you coffee meetings that, themselves, feel like dates.
Kaplan, a Penn State alum, kicked off her matchmaking career in 2014 after working in public relations at Rolling Stone — a predictably "glitzy and glamorous" job, she said, that was satisfying but left her wanting for a more impactful day-to-day experience. Regardless of whether those result in sign-ups (in Philadelphia, Three Day Rule is pricey at $4,500 for three months or $6,000 for six months), those singles are then entered into a database of singles, available to be matched with clients based on intake notes.
"I find happy hours are pretty high-yield — it’s really low-pressure, and people are usually more available there, rather than a networking event where they're strictly there for business," Kaplan said.
"I'm happy to approach someone who may or may not be single, but if they're not, they're more than welcome to tell me about their single friend; they're always happy to throw a friend under the bus."Stein: There's the partner on paper and the partner in real life.
When a colleague, who she'd previously set up on a date, told her about a job opportunity at Los Angeles matchmaking company Three Day Rule, she was hesitant but curious."I said to my husband, 'That's crazy! Those who do sign up have, more or less, 24/7 access to their matchmaker, consistent check-ins and are — and this is the kicker — paired with people the matchmakers have vetted in person.
In short: They go on your bad dates so you don't have to.
Two years in and fresh out of shepherding the New York singles market, where she began, Kaplan is taking a deep dive into what she calls the "fragmented market" of singles in Philadelphia.“There are so many great single people and so many affluent professionals who are impressive in their own accord, and top of their field and educated and social and well-rounded and have all these great attributes but don’t know where to meet their equal because we all stay in our neighborhood," she explained.
"You walk around and go to these other neighborhoods, and you see all these people, but you don’t know where they're coming from — you don’t know where to find them on a regular basis."So, she's going looking.
The Face-to-Face experience: As an It’s Just Lunch Philadelphia client, we guarantee you will go out on dates. What happens: Once staff members find a good match, they'll tell you about your date, coordinate your schedules, and select a nice spot for lunch or drinks. A dating service is trying to revolutionize the blind date.