Perhaps a big point in E&A's favor is that it's not just a dating service but also a way to meet new friends -- something that's often a problem for stressed-out professionals."What interested me most about the club was meeting new people.With Events & Adventures, I have made new friends," said Nick of Minneapolis in a Consumer Affairs review. I went bowling, I went to both singles mixers, both party buses, movies."I submitted a review a number of months ago and I just wanted to say that Marcel and I have now been married for a number of months and are very happy," said Sheree of Kitchener, On., in a Consumer Affairs review, one of several from Lifemates clients who tied the knot with dates they met through the service.
The approach seems to work with the upscale client base it's targeting.
At Consumer Affairs, we don't hear much about Successful Singles but what we do hear is pretty positive."I spent months online with no success.
If the prospect of spending a New England winter by yourself is a chilling prospect, Successful Singles may be the answer. It's Just Lunch uses an approach similar to Successful Singles, offering to pair up compatible couples for lunch or a drink after work.
Describing itself as a "dating service for professionals," It's Just Lunch also uses a personal counselor approach, hoping to find just the right chemistry in each situation.
Joined Successful Singles and met women that were interested in having a long-term committed relationship.
I don't have lots of time to spend on the computer, so having my own personal matchmaker was an ideal situation for me," said John of Norwood, Mass.But my favorite was the Halloween haunted house party bus."Like other higher-end services, E&A doesn't list its prices on its website so be sure you understand the pricing and have read the contract carefully before signing anything. The dating services we've looked at so far have all been, to one degree or another, what the MBA types call niche plays -- designed to appeal to a certain slice of society, and generally a higher socio-economic slice at that.They all have a personal "facetime" element as well -- you have to meet, or at least talk to, a human being to be accepted. It's what we might all a "pure Internet play" -- everything's done online, nearly anyone can register and what happens after that is up to you.One thing's for sure -- there's no shortage of dating sites. Fittingly for a site in a region that cherishes its history and traditions, Successful Singles has been around since 1984, which is not quite the Colonial Era but actually predates the Internet as we know it.No one really knows how many there are but the answer is somewhere in the thousands. Successful Singles even goes so far as to announce that it is not an online dating site, instead proclaiming itself to the "the premier social introduction service in Boston."Rather than using algorithms to match clients, Successful Singles uses a more personal approach, starting with a 10-minute phone consultation followed by a 50-minute face-to-face meeting, after which it promises introductions within 10 days.With offices in major cities, it's not restricted to a single geographic area.