April Davis was an executive at a Fortune 500 company when she realized that her real passion lay in helping friends and colleagues with relationships. In 2010, Davis launched Cupid’s Cronies, a private matchmaking service for professionals. Davis, who likens her services to an executive recruiter, only accepts clients who are emotionally healthy, with realistic expectations about what they’re looking for in a relationship and what they have to offer. After an extensive interview process, Davis carefully matches clients with individuals in her extensive network of singles. Matchmaking services begin at $3,500, but singles can apply to be a part of the Cupid’s Cronies network at no cost.
Cupid’s Cronies, 222 Ninth St., Ste. 1600, Minneapolis, 612-337-9533, cupidscronies.com
Amy Rolando and Denys Crea
Amy Rolando launched Pairings Group with the belief that in matters of the heart, even highly successful people are often challenged by fear and insecurity. A former WCCO meteorologist and founder of Table for Two, Rolando and her colleague Denys Crea provide personalized coaching and private searches for singles who are committed to finding and nurturing a healthy relationship. Clients of Pairings Group—many of them high-profile personalities—appreciate the opportunity to remain anonymous until they decide to meet a match in person. Services begin at $100 per hour.
Pairings Group, 7760 France Ave. S., Ste. 1100, Edina, pairingsgroup.com
“Everyone thinks they know immediately if a new person is of interest to them, but 90 percent of the time, it’s not true. We find that it typically takes until the third date to know whether you should pursue a relationship with that person.”
—Denys Crea, Pairings Group
Love + Life Architects
Since launching her business almost 20 years ago, Kailen Rosenberg has helped bring about more than 1,000 successful relationships and nearly 300 marriages. Rosenberg, a certified master’s-level life, love, and relationship coach, finds that many of her clients who are powerful and financially successful have lost track of their authentic selves. Working closely with clients to identify areas for personal growth and development in their love lives, Rosenberg and her colleagues offer a variety of programs to help clients find and sustain healthy relationships based on joy, respect, and true partnership. Services start at $2,000.
Love + Life Architects, 810 E. Lake St., Wayzata, 952-544-5683, thelovearchitects.com
Dating Tips from Local Executives
Consider Your Strengths
“Many people have a specific list of what they want to find in a partner, yet they spend little or no time thinking about what they have to bring to a relationship. Just as you focus on your strengths in your career, identify your strengths in your life and consider how they might enhance a potential match.”
—Sharon A., age 48, interior designer, Minneapolis
Find a New Venue
“In any season, Bachelor Farmer, Café Maude Loring Park, Manny’s, Capital Grille, Butcher Block, Red Stag, and 331 Club are great places to meet single execs. In warm weather, the Angry Catfish bicycle and coffee shop always has lots of good-looking guys and gals who are into a healthy lifestyle.”
—Marie P., age 50, personal trainer, Wayzata
Support a Good Cause
“If bar scenes aren’t your style, volunteer at a local charity. Even if you don’t meet anyone interesting, you’re still supporting a good cause, which is always good for self-esteem.”
—Anne H., age 52, nonprofit director, Edina
Meet at Starbucks
“If you’ve never met someone in person before, plan to meet them at Starbucks, not at a bar. It’s fast, inexpensive, and easy to make a rapid getaway, in case your date shows up in drag—true story.”
—Andrew F., age 56, financial adviser, Minnetonka