The event attracted some of my favorite superstar bloggers and fellow Single Edition members – including Simone Grant, Jess Downey, Sex, Lies & Bacon’s Melysa Schmidt, The Big Girl Blog’s CeCa Olisa, Bad Online Dates’ Jennifer Kelton, SingleMamaNYC’s Issa Mas and Funky Brown Chick’s Twanna Hines and eFlirtExpert’s Laurie Davis.
While enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres – along with great views of Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral – we got the scoop on Match.com’s new Stir Events. The site’s relationship expert Whitney Casey introduced events director Nuveen, who talked about how Stir is bridging the gap between online and offline connecting.
I wasn’t surprised to hear Nuveen say that several Stir guests have connected with individuals they never would have glanced at twice online. I experienced that when I attended a Stir happy hour at Butter Restaurant in NoHo a few months ago – and ended up chatting (and then going out with) a guy who didn’t fit my usual ‘type.’
Readers of this blog know I’m a big believer in stepping away from the computer and meeting people through common interests and fun activities. Match’s Stir events help singles do just that, with everything from cooking classes and rock climbing to dance lessons and tequila tastings. And no need to worry about lopsided age or male/female ratios — each event is customized through the site’s matching algorithms so you’re attending events with like-minded singles.
Happy Hour events are free and open to both registered and subscribed Match.com members — members can also bring friends to happy hours — while the interest-based events are only offered to Match.com subscribers at a fee. Match.com members can learn about and sign up for these events via Match.com under the Events header on the site.
The Stir initiative is rapidly expanding – this month alone, Match is hosting nearly 200 events in more than 62 markets across the country. I’ll be attending another Stir event soon, watch this space for an inside report.
I’m also excited to announce that Match.com is giving away free subscriptions to three lucky Single Gal In The City readers! To enter the giveaway, post a comment below no later August 29th answering the following question: what’s your favorite way to stir up your love life?