IJL Seattle Executive Matchmaker, Sara French, Introduces Our Bachelor of the Month


In honor of celebrating Veteran’s Day this month, I would like to introduce you to our Bachelor of the Month.

This loving, driven and dedicated father was Active Duty in the Navy for over 20 years. Thank you for your service! He is 6’0” tall with brown eyes and salt and pepper hair. He has broad shoulders and a great build. He is widowed with 3 children and manages to balance his career as a Logistics Specialist and time with his children. What stood out to me when I met with our Bachelor is his genuine spirit and love of life. He is looking for a woman that is affectionate, confident and family oriented!

Cheers to finding him a great match this Holiday Season!

-Your It’s Just Lunch Seattle Matchmaker,

sara 2015






Last Minute Valentine’s Day Date Guide!


It’s Tuesday afternoon and Valentine’s Day may have just
snuck up on you (Yes, it is Thursday). You just finished calling every
restaurant in town and their only openings are at 10:45 PM. Have no fear… we
have you last minute Valentine’s Day guide that will leave your sweetheart
thinking you’ve been planning this “perfect” day for months!

1. Create the restaurant experience at home (or weather
permitting, at one of Seattle’s parks with a view) with one stop shopping at
Melrose Market on Capitol Hill. Have the lovely ladies at Calf and Kid help you
pick out some delicious artisanal cheese(s) that will pair nicely with some
charcuterie from Rain Shadow Meats. Then walk a few feet to Bar Ferdinand to
select that perfect bottle of wine and finish your easy shopping trip with a
bouquet of flowers from Marigold and Mint! Thoughtful, classy and you can be
done prepping in about a half hour!

2. Take a tour of Seattle’s own Theo Chocolate Factory
complete with samples along the way! After you’ve finished the hour long tour,
grab some chocolate to go and head out for a walk around the artsy neighbor hood
of Fremont. Vintage shops and trendy boutiques are a dime a dozen!

3. Head down to the International District for an
“outside of the box” Valentine’s Day evening. There’s certainly no shortage of
delicious, exotic restaurants along with plenty of sights to see. The classic
steakhouse dinner is wonderful, but why not embrace this melting pot of a city in
the International District. Two favorite spots are the Tamarind Tree, and Green
Leaf Restaurant for authentic (and relatively inexpensive) Vietnamese food!

4. Grab a blanket and your date and take the 30
minute ferry ride over to Bainbridge Island if for nothing but the view! Try to
time it perfectly to take in a Seattle sunset whilst cuddled up on the deck
admiring our beautiful skyline. And hey, a glass of wine at the romantic Cafe
Nola or at one of the island’s wineries would be icing on the cake.

5. If all of the land locked restaurants are booked
for the big day, why not set sail on one of the Seattle cruise lines for a
romantic evening with great music, priceless views and a five course meal? Even
if the weather isn’t ideal, you can still take in the sights from the comfort
of your table!



If you would like to meet Seattle Singles with It’s Just Lunch Seattle contact us at: itsjustlunchseattle.com
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Event of the Month: Burlesque Nutcracker

the Nutcracker every holiday season is a tradition for many families.
Now thankfully there’s a new take on the old classic! Seattle’s famous
venue, The Triple Door is hosting its seventh annual Burlesque
Nutcracker that is both naughty and nice! This show will surely heat you
up on those cold, blustery Seattle nights! Ooh la la!

When: December 11-27

Cost: $28-45

www.landofthesweets.com for more information

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Seattle Summer Date Ideas from your It’s Just Lunch Matchmakers


Favorite Restaurant with a Patio: Marcy Waldman- Matchmaking Director


Enjoy South of the Border flavor in Pacific Northwest style at Eastlake’s Little Water Cantina! Nestled up against Lake Union, the spacious patio is my favorite spot to bask in the Seattle summer sun while sipping on a fresh lime Margarita. I don’t know about all you muchachas out there, but guacamole is surely one of the best ways to my heart!


Favorite 70+ Degree Outdoor Date: Christie Craig – Managing Director


My favorite outdoor date idea is to head out to Aqua Verde Cafe & Paddle Club overlooking Portage Bay! Rent a kayak or a SUP (Stand-up paddle board). You can head out and check out Lake Union or Lake Washington. This is an activity for beginners through experts and again and you can choose to single, double kayak or SUP!

After you paddle, enjoy lunch or dinner at Aqua Verde for delicious margaritas and hand-made fresh daily Mexican food! All while enjoying a beautiful view in the cute cafe overlooking Portage Bay.

Prices on the kayak/SUP rentals are under $30 for two hours.


Favorite Summer Seattle Concert: Jillian Arbow- Client Manager

Jillian web pic

I’m really excited for the Chris Isaak with Shawn Colvin concert this summer. His tour is part of the Chateau Ste Michelle summer concert tour on Sunday, July 22nd. The beautifully manicured winery serves as the perfect back drop for Chris Isaak’s rich voice. I’ll be purchasing a ticket for the lawn, and bringing a blanket & my picnic basket. Of course, while enjoying songs like “Only the Lonely” and “Wicked Game”, I’ll be sipping a glass of Chateau Ste Michelle’s Indian Wells Chardonnay. A perfect pairing with Chris Isaak’s crowd pleasing live performance!


Favorite Day Trip – Courtney Rosellini – Matchmaking Director


Victoria, BC is my favorite day trip destination! Check out a lush wonderland of plant life at the 55-acre Butchart Gardens before heading into the boutiques filled with local designers’ wares on Johnson Street and Trounce Alley. The architecturally magnificent parliament building is worth a photo op, as is a stroll through the James Bay neighborhood, to see the cities stunning historic homes. However, no trip to Victoria would be complete without high tea at the Empress Hotel.

My favorite part of the entire experience is taking the Victoria Clipper through the picturesque sound. It picks you up from Pier 69 and drops you off right in Victoria’s Inner Harbour. You won’t have to break the bank at the pump for this no car needed day trip!


Favorite Weekend Getaway: Sara French – Managing Director, IJL Elite


My favorite weekend getaway is to Salish Lodge. It’s only a 30 minute drive from Seattle, and the Salish Lodge & Spa provides the ultimate Northwest experience! You can indulge in The Spa and the hotel’s two restaurants – The Dining Room and The Attic.

Plus, Snoqualmie Falls Park is adjacent to Salish Lodge & Spa and features an observation deck with a panoramic view of the Snoqualmie Falls, the river gorge and beautiful Northwest forests. It’s a great opportunity to picnic, hike or just take it all in!

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway that provides both relaxation and adventure, the Salish Lodge is for you!

– IJL Seattle Matchmakers



If you would like to meet Seattle Singles with It’s Just Lunch Seattle contact us at: itsjustlunchseattle.com
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Meet the Women of IJL! Seattle


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Betty Sinclair – Betty is the owner & Executive Director of IJL Seattle. She has been a respected leader in the matchmaking industry for 10+ years, and has been featured by both local & national media.

Since opening the doors to IJL Seattle in 2002, Betty has enjoyed a front-row seat to the exciting & relevant part she plays in her clients’ private lives.

Betty’s clients include some of the most successful & influential people in Seattle. They respect her confidentiality & the discretion in which she conducts herself and her business. Betty has fostered relationships that have continued to make IJL the premier matchmaking business in Seattle. She demands as much from herself as she does her team & clients. With an unparalleled commitment to personalized, expert & cutting-edge advice, our clients are confident entrusting Betty with their personal lives.

Betty was born in Busan, Korea & raised in the Midwest. She attended the University of South Dakota & earned her B.S.L. in Liberal Studies.


Sara French –

Managing Director, Sara French, has been a Matchmaker with IJL Seattle for nearly seven years. In that time, she has interviewed thousands of clients, and really understands that her clients’ goal is to find that special person to share their life with. To date, Sara has hundreds of marriages to her credit (and lots of IJL Seattle babies too)!

Sara’s clients feel comfortable with her, because they know that she’s invested in their personal success. Her goal is to provide clients with a personal, confidential, fun and proactive approach to their dating lives!

Originally from Indiana, Sara earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Indiana University. Prior to Seattle, she lived in New York City & London.



Jillian Arbow –

As Senior Client Coordinator at IJL Seattle, Jillian prides herself on providing excellent customer service to her professional clients. Jillian has been managing her client’s busy schedules for almost three years. She is her client’s biggest fan and coaches them through the entire dating process.

Jillian is also IJL Seattle’s resident dating expert. Whether you are just getting back into the dating scene or want to know how to make a great first-date impression, Jillian advises her clients on how to put their best foot forward.

Jillian was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Communications.



Molly Kane –

As a native Seattleite, Molly established a steady career in one of the leading staffing agencies, where she received national recognition for her accomplishments in the field of Recruiting. However, it’s as an IJL Matchmaker that she has truly found her passion! She loves acting as a headhunter for her clients’ personal lives; the reward of finding someone a life partner is truly priceless in her book! Balance is key in the dating world and she takes her own advice to heart by keeping a busy social calendar, spending time with family, traveling, training for her first half marathon & giving back by becoming a Big Sister for BBBS. Molly graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Communications.




Presley Sharon Mulvaney –
Client Coordinator and Image Consultant, Presley’s favorite part of her job is when two clients find love. She values being in the position to encourage clients along the way until they find that special somebody. With her background in fashion and cosmetics, Presley also loves using those tools to help boost client’s self-image. After moving to Spokane from San Jose, California, Presley graduated from Western Washington University where she studied both Communications and Journalism.
Chelsea Gardiner – As a Junior Director for IJL Seattle, it’s Chelsea’s responsibility to dive in head first and headhunt for her clients as well as assist the directors with matchmaking. Chelsea truly enjoys acting as her clients’ coach when it comes to their dating life. Straight-forward and to the point, Chelsea isn’t one to sugar-coat anything. However, her clients know she has an unrivaled tenacity for helping them through the process of finding their match!

Chelsea, a Washington native, graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Business.


Marcy Waldman –

As Client Coordinator, Marcy has an unwavering commitment to working hard to make the It’s Just Lunch! experience fun and successful for each and every client. Having worked in client relations and marketing in professional sports for several years, Marcy thrives under pressure and loves the fast-paced, high-energy work at IJL. She is a self-described “people pleaser” and is passionate about maximizing clients’ ability to find “the one.”

Born and raised in the great Emerald City of Seattle, Marcy attended the University of Washington where she graduated with honors in American Studies. She loves the vibrancy of city life in Seattle and enjoys being close to her family and friends. There isn’t a rock she’s left unturned!



If you would like to meet Seattle Singles with It’s Just Lunch Seattle contact us at: itsjustlunchseattle.com
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Our Latest Engagement: Location Doesn’t Matter in the “Game of Love!”

This morning we received a call from Jim who has been dating one of our other clients, Mandy for about 5 months now. Their memberships have been on hold since right after their first date on June 16th at the Taphouse in Seattle. Jim called with some great news that he had proposed to Mandy about three weeks ago and have set their wedding date for next year!!!

So often we hear from our clients that they want to meet singles from their same area. However, Jim and Mandy are a great example of location not being an issue in the “game of love.” Jim lives up North on the Kitsap Peninsula and Mandy is located in the South near Tacoma. All remember singles have the most success in dating when they keep an open mind because you never know when there will be a connection.

IJL! Seattle wishes Jim and Mandy all the best in their lives together!!!!

– Your IJL Seattle Matchmakers



If you would like to meet Seattle Singles with It’s Just Lunch Seattle contact us at: itsjustlunchseattle.com
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It’s Just Lunch to Be Featured on The Today Show!

In today’s high tech world, single professionals are constantly pressing keys of their PDA’s to keep in touch, but are they becoming disconnected from real human interactions? Tune in to the Today Show this Monday, August 23rd at 10:30 AM as PJ Osgood, an It’s Just Lunch Dating Specialist, discusses with Kathy Lee Gifford how technology is affecting our dating lives.

– Your IJL Seattle Matchmakers



If you would like to meet Seattle Singles with It’s Just Lunch Seattle contact us at: itsjustlunchseattle.com
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