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Dating Tips from the President of “It’s Just Lunch” Dating

Have you ever wondered about the dating dos and don’ts? Listen while Cindy, It’s Just Lunch Dallas President goes over some pointers. Take control of your dating life today by calling It’s Just Lunch!


GMT Valentine’s Makeover For Two Lucky Viewers

Manny and Elizabeth who met and married through It’s Just
Lunch and David and Janet who met and are in a committed relationship through
It’s Just Lunch were both featured on Good Morning Texas on Valentine’s
Day. The two success stories were
invited on the show and one person from each couple was treated to a


It’s the Dating Game GMT Style

 

One lucky Bachelorette Kelli and three handsome Bachelors: Jim, Steve, and Greg all participated in a fun Good Morning Texas Style Dating game.  The lucky winner recieved a date with the lovely Kelli!


True Romance: Couple finds love in their 50s

As reported in The Dallas Morning News:

Amy Darrow had a job she loved and a cadre of loyal friends. One of those friends thought she was missing something: a great guy.

So Amy received a gift membership to the dating service It’s Just Lunch. In August 2011, she planned to blow off one of the dates until another friend “read me the riot act and pushed me out the front door,” says Amy, 54.

Al Ely, too, wasn’t looking for anything serious when he met Amy that night at a wine bar in Plano. But there was something about Amy.

“The time went by very, very fast,” says Al, 55. “At our age, when you’re out on these dates, you want to have a conversation to see if you want to invest any more time.”

They hit it off immediately.

“I remember the first time I saw him, he reminded me of Anderson Cooper,” says Amy. “That great white hair and similar kind of build, and I’ve always had a crush on Anderson Cooper.”

Al was also a great listener who asked follow-up questions instead of talking about himself, which Amy says she found refreshing. Over the next two-plus hours, Amy gave Al several outs, but even a Rangers playoff game couldn’t pull him away. Amy was impressed.

“I knew that I wanted to see him again,” says Amy, a Merck pharmaceutical rep.

Another date was quickly lined up. By the third or fourth date, they both say they knew, even though neither of them had been really looking.

“I had made the decision I did not need to get married,” Amy said. “If I found someone who would enhance my life, I certainly would be open to it.”

Over the next few months, they discovered that their intellectual debates were great fun. Despite their different political views, they learned to respect each other’s thoughts and opinions, always welcoming a challenge and a never-thought-of viewpoint.

That summer, a 17-day trip to Maine and Massachusetts only underscored just how right they were for each other, but both agreed that they would wait to get married.

“My grandmother used to say, ‘You’ve gotta know someone for four seasons.’ That was kind of a standing joke with us and our friends,” says Amy. “‘Are the four seasons up yet?’”

So when Al told Amy’s friends that he wasn’t planning on popping the question over the holidays in 2012, he got some pushback.

“They knew the four seasons were up,” says Al, vice president of commercial business at Harley-Davidson. “I just told them, ‘Hey, it’s not going to happen over the holidays.’ Then I started getting text messages. Then it got to the point, ‘OK, OK. I need to hurry up and do this or I’m just going to get so much grief.’”

On Dec. 26, Al handed Amy a card. She had grown to love Al’s handwritten notes, many of which came in the mail.

“I’d rather have a written note than anything else because it just comes from the heart. He wrote me some beautiful letters,” says Amy, who read the card and then closed it.

Al told her she forgot to read a panel. She opened the card again to find, “Will you marry me?”

Amy and Al plan to tie the knot later this month. Amy is glad she waited for Mr. Right.

“What I’ve always looked for in a man is someone who does the right thing,” she says. “And you would think that would be so easy to find, but I can tell you I never found it until I met Al.”

Congratulations to the happy couple!  We are glad that It’s Just Lunch was able to be part of the journey.


Matchmakers Say Singles Should Celebrate Unattached Status

If you don’t have a husband or wife at home, you should be celebrating this week. The third full week of September has been dedicated to Americans who are unmarried and single. Whether you’ve never been married, are divorced, or widowed this week is all about you.

The goal of ‘Unmarried Singles Americans Week’ is to celebrate and recognize solo Americans. New census figures shows unmarried Americans are a big part of the population, and those who work with singles locally say more and more are unattached by choice.

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The 33 News

When specialty dating service It’s Just Lunch asked 5000 singles, “When you are on a first date, what thought is going through your head?” they received an unexpected result: Not only did men and women have different top answers, but the first choice given by 47% of men, “Could we have a relationship together?”

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Market Watch

The good news for doctors who expect to work weekends and get paged at 3 a.m. at some point in the near future is that life does get easier, says Parrott. Translation: You’ll have more opportunities to meet someone and go on dates, even if you’re no longer treated to med-school mixers. Melissa Brown, president of national dating service It’s Just Lunch, which counts a growing number of doctors in its client base, suggests committing to at least a few hours a week for dating whether you’re just starting your residency or are an established doctor.


Physicians Practice

Liam pairs up with Diablo Magazine to find the best date spots in the bay area and then we’ll sit down with Bay Area locals to hear their dating stories plus get a bit of professional advice from San Francisco’s “Its Just Lunch” dating experts on how to find a date and keep them happy!


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Eye on the Bay

It’s Just Lunch, a dating service for busy professionals, surveyed 3,968 singles nationwide about how much they spend on dates. It found that 51% of men in the U.S. spend more than $100 a month on dates, and 29% spend more than $150. In bigger cities, those figures are higher. For example, 82% of men in Los Angeles spend more than $150 a month on dates.
Women, on the other hand, spend significantly less. About two-thirds of women spend less than $50 a month. Perhaps it’s a sign that the Southern gentleman is still around, but 75% of women in the South spend less than $50 a month on dates.

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MSN Money

PJ Osgood of It’s Just Lunch was in the no-chat camp until recently when she met a guy from a flight between Houston and Chicago and they decided to share a cab into the city.
“We had this great conversation and we exchanged business cards and the next day we went out to dinner,” Osgood says.
A love connection was not to be (no chemistry, she says), but he was worth meeting, and this got Osgood, a frequent traveler, thinking she’s been missing opportunities aloft.

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  • 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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