Published on February 27, 2014
Diversions explore Worthy Pursuits The Perfect Match Finding true love through It’s Just Lunch, a professional matchmaking service. By Waynette Goodson Instead of waiting on fate to work its magic, Beau Garrett took matters into his own hands. He employed the art of matchmaking and hired It’s Just Lunch (IJL). It worked! Happily married for two years, Beau credits IJL for helping him find his best friend, soul mate, and fellow skier, Jesalyn. ★ Why did you join IJL? I’d gone through a divorce in 2009, and I lived in a really happenin’ area of Minneapolis called Uptown. Even though I was having a lot of fun, I knew I wasn’t going to meet somebody who I’d want to spend the rest of my life with in that kind of lifestyle. Going out to a bar scene was a crapshoot. Same thing goes for online dating. I dabbled in it, but all my experiences were negative. So I called It’s Just Lunch. Tell us about the first appointment with your IJL matchmaker. Name: Beau Garrett Age: 38 Profession: Regional Sales Director, Pharmaceuticals College: Colorado College (BA in economics) Advanced Degree: MBA, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, and Gore School of Business, Westminster College Hobbies/Interests: Snow skiing, fly-fishing, ice hockey 32 march 2014 usairwaysmag.com For more information, call 800.858.6526 or The science and art go to itsjustlunch.com. of matchmaking and their commitment to seeing it through. Perseverance and advocating for me. My matchmaker listened, she asked excellent questions, and she also paid attention to details. What was your first date with Jesalyn like? Did you know she was the one? We went to Urban Eatery, and we had ceviche, chips, homemade guac, and some beers . . . When you meet someone and you’re attracted to them, you start playing that game of ‘Can I see myself with them?’ When I sat across the table from Jesalyn, it was like, ‘Absolutely.’ How did IJL make dating easier? I was travelling, on planes, at hotels, and dating was a challenge. IJL is like having a close friend who you trust to set you up, but even better, because they’re professionals. They know what they’re doing, and they do everything for you. Date, time, where to go. They even worked with restaurants in advance so there wouldn’t be any awkward moments. To have someone doing the work on the back end was such a blessing. Would you recommend IJL to other busy professionals? Absolutely. Sometimes you have to take an educated chance, and a lot of business executives would agree with that. It’s the best money I ever invested. It’s nothing compared to a lifetime of happiness and being with my life’s adventure partner. photos (from top) by beau garrett and delaney berger/courtesy of ijl When I first talked with her, I said, ‘If you can find me somebody who wants to go on skiing adventures, you will have a friend for life.’ She asked what my interests were, who I was attracted to, what my goals were, and what I wanted from my partner. How did IJL help you find Jesalyn?
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