I made it official when I opened my company, DC Matchmaking, three years ago in early 2009. MJ: My matchmaking clients hire me to do all of the legwork and interviewing on their behalf so that they can simply show up and enjoy their dates. MJ: My life mission is bringing people together to love one another, and I’m very passionate about this work.I interview each potential match personally, run background investigations, coordinate schedules and arrange dates, am “on call” the evening of the date, get feedback from both parties and provide necessary coaching. I dance around my family room when a client has a great first date — I’m serious.In a city like New York, it seemed inconceivable at the time that there were not any matchmaking services catering to single affluent professionals. Fast forward to present time; I have three physical offices in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D. This interview process is also designed to explore any preconceived notions or general patterns that have the potential to influence a client’s ability to be compatible.
So, I started to look into what types of services were in my hometown of New York City.I discovered that there were plenty of Internet dating sites and a few large franchised-type dating services, but there were not any services following the same business model like this firm in California: working with high-end singles. CN: We begin each membership by arranging an in-person confidential consultation with a potential candidate.resize=595,967" alt="DC Matchmaking Owner Michelle Jacoby (Photo courtesy of Michelle Jacoby)." width="595" height="967" data-recalc-dims="1" / Washington Life: Who are most of your clients?Michelle Jacoby: My matchmaking clients are men and women — mostly men, between the ages of 25 and 65.We work with single people who are seeking long-term relationships and marriage. My interest in matchmaking stemmed from the encouragement of a very successful matchmaker who ran a firm in California.
She felt I had the “knack and the skills” for this business.Once both parties of a match have OK’d one another, phone numbers are exchanged between them and they arrange their own dates.After the dates occur, we follow up with our clients to receive and document all feedback, discussing what worked and what didn’t work. CN: It is an incredible market to service upscale single professionals.I design a personal dating plan for each client which empowers her to become her own matchmaker, teaching her how to find, attract, meet, date and get to commitment with the right man. MJ: I’m a native Washingtonian, and I love it here. I am impeccably honest and have a very strong work ethic. " data-medium-file="https://i2com/washingtonlife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Meghann Kim Award.jpg? fit=595,632" data-large-file="https://i2com/washingtonlife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Meghann Kim Award.jpg? fit=595,632" class="size-full wp-image-70731" title="Mixology U. Mixology members are proactive people, typically relationship-oriented and are able to articulate to us what they are looking for in a partner. I studied psychology in college, with many classes focused on relationships, sex and what makes successful relationships tick. I also think a cooking or a sushi-making class is a great idea for a first date.I will not take on a client unless I feel I can meet his or her expectations. I am divorced and have four children, who will all participate in my wedding this coming June. Ready To Twitter: @Mixology DC Meghann Novinskie is a matchmaker and the executive director of Mixology U. They just hire us to “do the work” for them — screening their matches, hand-selecting dates and coaching them throughout the process. After moving to San Francisco to pursue a graduate degree in counseling psychology, I landed a job at a prestigious matchmaking agency in 2005. MN: Challenging WL: What sets you apart from other area services? Having experience in matching both hetero and homosexual singles, and personally having had long-term relationships with both men and women, I am uniquely poised to understand relationships from all angles. @Premier Match Christie Nightingale is a matchmaker and the founder of Premier Match.This is key for the sake of keeping the database alive and fresh with new applicants. Our 11th anniversary was March 31, and I love him more than the day I married him. CN: I would have to say the first date I went on with my husband.