Finding Romance in Fairfield County

Finding Romance in Fairfield County 1/05/2006

Fairfield County Online

Finding Romance in Fairfield County
by Cornelia Fortier, Contributing Editor

In Fairfield County, finding the right romantic partner should be a piece of cake. After all, census data reveals that of 903,291 county residents (as of 2004) there are approximately 334,360 single men (including those who never married, are divorced and widowed, 15 and over) and, (using the same criteria) about 371,078 single women. Naturally, numbers don’t tell the whole story; certainly, not every single person is marriage material or even in search of romance. Nevertheless, it seems as if Fairfield County’s potential partner pools are large — as long as you can figure out the best way to jump in.

And though Internet dating has opened a new window on matchmaking, realistically, to find real compatibility, a more targeted selection process is likely to offer success more quickly. That’s why, according to Gary Ferone, owner of Great Date Now! in Darien and Milford (as well as Westchester County), many singles are finding that a more personalized, professionally-guided process is the way to get on the dating fast track. "I want people to realize that this is what people are doing today," he says. Why? Because searching for the right person, whether on the internet or elsewhere, can be frustrating and time-consuming. Many people would rather have someone with finely-honed, laser-like people skills do the leg work. That’s where Great Date Now! comes in. "There is relentless prospecting that’s required," Gary says, adding that for many people, the kind of exposure internet dating requires also makes them uncomfortable.

Those finely-honed people skills are a foundation of Great Date Now!’s approach to finding the right person for their client, as is confidentiality. With its updated and expanded concept of a "dating service," that includes background checks, coaching, activities and even restaurant reservations, the former executive recruiter and Wall Street broker (Gary) married to a former finance industry realtor (his wife and business partner Lisa), bring their due diligence skills to the screening and selection and matching processes. And with a database of almost 700, from mid-20’s to 84, Great Date Now! provides upscale people with a wide variety of potential partners, who span many professions and areas of interest.

Partnering with Avenue B Club

Great Date Now!’s alliance with a unique social club, Avenue B Club, also adds substantial value for its clients. Avenue B, an innovative social community, offers 8 to 10 social happenings a month, connecting people to one another throughout Fairfield County via this range of events and the club’s dynamic website. With Avenue B’s help, people make new connections and expand their social lives through the medium of sporting, community, social, and cultural activities. "We offer Avenue B Club memberships as part of a Great Date Now! membership," Gary says, adding, "We consider it a complete lifestyle change for our clients, getting them out and meeting other people." With this many events and activities through Avenue B Club, Great Date Now! clients can’t help but ramp up their dating skills as they also find compatible people who share their hobbies and interests.

Coaching with a Pro

Another asset Great Date Now! offers its clients is the support and guidance of their consultant, dating coach Ronnie Ann Ryan. "If we have clients not ready to date yet, she’s extremely helpful in teaching some do’s and don’ts," Gary says. And for people who are divorced, for instance, and last had a date a couple of decades ago, the fine-tuning Ms. Ryan provides will bring them up to speed and give them the confidence they may feel short on. "Some people say, How do I even get started?," she says, adding that some people want very much to meet someone, but don’t know whom they are looking for. As a certified coach who gives workshops, Ms. Ryan has techniques that help clients hone in on their goals and regain clarity. As for how she helps Great Date Now!’s clients know when someone is "the one"? Ms. Ryan says she reminds them, "It’s not about settling; it’s about really getting clear about what’s important to you."

For more information about Great Date Now!, visit http://greatdatenow.com or call 203/877-2500; for Avenue B Club, visit http://aveb.net/ and for dating coach Ronnie Ann Ryan, visit http://nevertoolate.biz/