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Don’t Let Football Fever Kill the Romance

Break out the crock pot and get your assorted dips ready…It’s football season! Here at It’s Just Lunch we believe that the romance doesn’t have to die just because our lives are now dedicated to the higher power that consists of fantasy teams and football games. Hope Rike, professional matchmaker with It’s Just Lunch Denver sat down with Fox Denver to weigh in on how to keep your relationship fresh and better than ever during football season!


Date Smarter in 2014

Hope Rike, professional matchmaker with It’s Just Lunch Denver sat down with FOX Everyday to discuss dating habits that you should leave behind in 2013 and how to approach dating in the new year.


How to Avoid Being a Scary Date

Professional matchmaker Hope Rike offers her advice on how to avoid being a scary date this Halloween season.


Dating Advice for Single Dads

Hope Rike, professional matchmaker with It’s Just Lunch sat down with the FOX Everyday show in Denver to discuss dating tips for single Dads reentering the dating scene.


Living Together Before Marriage

Is living together before marriage the new normal? Experts say couples view living together first as a test. But, is it right for everyone? Matchmaker and dating expert Hope Rike stopped by from Denver’s It’s Just Lunch to discuss on the Everyday Show on Fox 31 News.


Is Sexting Considered Cheating? IJL Expert Discusses

Hope, a dating and relationship expert in our Denver office discussed if sexting should be considered cheating on the Everyday Show on Fox31 Denver.


Lunch Dates for Midlife Singles

Family Goes Strong

There’s a lot of pressure with first dates when you’re a midlife single, especially if it’s your first date in a long time. Lunch dates are great because (much like a coffee date) the end time is pretty much determined in advance. This makes it easy to exit without awkwardness or excuses.

Another benefit is cost. If you’re unsure whether or not you’ll hit it off with someone, lunch is lighter on the budget than dinner followed by drinks and dessert. What’s more, the tone of the date is lighter and less serious so you’re less apt to be nervous for lunch dates.

You can always arrange your own lunch dates, of course, or you can opt to go with a service. Arguably the most popular service is It’s Just Lunch, which has been in business over twenty years.

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Tips For Jumping Into The World Of Online Dating

Beverly Hills Courier

There are a couple of dating business models I really like. One is called “It’s Just Lunch.” The site sets up a dozen lunch-date meetings. You chat over a delicious lunch and then say goodbye. If you like each other, you proceed. If not, it’s just lunch. Another model I like is the one where people are seated at a round-table dinner. Every 10 minutes people switch chairs so they are seated next to a different person. In one evening you have the opportunity to meet 10 or 12 different possible candidates for dating. It’s time effective.

When it comes to dating, online or in person, luck is involved. I know wealthy single people who paid exorbitant matchmaking fees and got no results. On the other hand, I know folks who used free dating sites and found their match. I think the key is to follow your own intuition about the most comfortable model to use and stay in action mode. When it’s no longer comfortable–stop. Explore other avenues. Don’t remain stagnant–keep trying!

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Matchmaker Hope Rike: How To Find Your Summer Love

It’s Just Lunch matchmaker Hope Rike discusses how to find your summer love on the Everyday Show.
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How to Date a Crazy-Busy Woman

Men's HealthHaving dinner at home alone again? Blame her boss. Women are more likely than men to cancel dates because of work-related issues, according to a new survey by It’s Just Lunch, a personalized dating service for busy professionals.

In the survey, ladies admitted that they “always make time for dates” only 36 percent the time, compared to 50 percent of men. But that doesn’t mean that the foxy CPA is more psyched about tax brackets than cocktails with you. “Single women are more focused on their careers than their personal life,” says Irene LaCota, spokeswoman for It’s Just Lunch. “They have worked hard to obtain high-level positions and don’t want to lose this status.”

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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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