Atlanta's largest privately owned matchmaking firm moves its office. The new boutique office in the Perimeter area of Atlanta is stylish, plush, but not at all fussy. It looks more like a living room on Paces Ferry than a business. And yet the business here is very serious. After all, the clients of Single Atlanta are looking for the ultimate commodity in an uncertain marketplace: love.
"The opening of our new office is testament that this is a concept that is more relevant than ever," says Managing Partner Lisa Lyngos. The concept she's referring to is matchmaking. And in trendy Atlanta, this age-old practice is finding a large audience. "I know a few people who have had good experiences with online dating," Lyngos continues. "But the overwhelming feedback that I get about the internet is that people misrepresent who they are." Lyngos continues, "At Single Atlanta our clients are looking for a better pool of prescreened candidates.
And of course there's the personal touch that you get by working with a matchmaker who makes the introductions." Founded more than a decade ago, Single Atlanta is owned by twin sisters and run by a staff of 12, who serve thousands of satisfied clientele.
"Single Atlanta gave me self-confidence and courage." says client Beverly Clark. "I was quickly matched with lots of nice, attractive and exciting men - some of whom I am still friends with. But a special one took my heart." Beverly and Cees Van Barneveld were married earlier this year, and are now living in Grand Cayman where he works for the Ritz-Carlton.
"We emphasize the face-to-face relationship with our clients," says Leisha Murphy, Founding Partner and twin sister to Lisa. "Our new office is a big part of that. We don't want our clients clicking around on the computer. When we say 'we want to meet you,' that's not just a polite thing to say. It's our entire business strategy."