Sensational Singles 2011
Our darling dateables have hit downtown, looking for love and living it up in the meantime.
Photography by Glenn Fajota
MAKE ME A MATCH
A HAMPTON ROADS DATING SERVICE THATS DOCTOR APPROVED
Finding the perfect match can be a difficult and seemingly endless process, especially when youre ready and anxious to discover that special someone. Maybe youve tried hitting the local bars with your friends, or perhaps youve given online dating a shot but havent had any success in meeting the right person. If youre sick of searching, going on bad dates and discovering that online candidates arent always what they seem to be in person, theres someone who may have the cure.
Miss Mimi, head matchmaker for My Match Doctor, has been in the business of helping people find love for 15 years. She started her career in California working with Patti Stanger, who now hosts and produces Bravos Millionaire Matchmaker, but then decided to take her matchmaking in a different direction. While Patti is coupling wealthy singles at Millionaires Club, Mimi is going more mainstream, providing services for everyday people. Most of the clients that seek out her services are established in life, may have hectic work schedules or have possibly gone through a divorce, and theyre having a difficult time meeting new people. As we get older, we have so much responsibility, and we get so caught up in our own life that its difficult to make new friends, Mimi says.
My Match Doctor is a boutique agency that specializes in matching Hampton Roads singles and consists of Mimi and only three other employees. Its a process; its not just something that you can do overnight, and its a lot of responsibilities, Mimi says. To become a matchmaker, you have to have a heart and soul, you have to care about people, and you have to be willing to be patient.
To match clients, the matchmakers begin with age, appearance, commonalities and compatibilities. Next they issue a chemistry test for the likelihood of an instant spark. Unlike a typical online dating site, My Match Doctor employees get to know their clients and thoroughly study their interests before attempting to match them up with another single in Hampton Roads. Theres not a lot of matchmaking services out there that do what I do, Mimi says. Im very hands-on, one-on-one and very personal with each client.
Also unlike other dating sites, Mimi screens all of her clients for background checks, job verification, personal references and drug testing. We do the very best that we can to get to know that the person that Im working with is truly that person so that my other clients will feel comfortable going out and that theyll be in a safe environment, Mimi says. Once a matchmaker believes they have found a match for someone, My Match Doctor sets up a date package for the couple that varies depending on the couples interests. Mimi explained that an outdoorsy pair may enjoy rock-climbing or hiking on a first date while foodies would connect over a local wine tasting or an intimate restaurant.
Mimi feels confident that going through a matchmaker to find love is the best option for singles in Hampton Roads, and she is proof that a match can lead to marriage. I found my husband through matching, she says. I definitely know it works.
If youre interested in meeting someone compatible or a potential perfect match, visit www.mymatchdoctor.com or call 866-568-3110 to schedule a consultation with a matchmaker.