Readers’ Favorite Non-Internet Dating Company It’s Just Lunch

Leave it to the dating experts

Love stories don’t begin with a swipe to the right; they begin with the way he adjusts his glasses or the way her nose wrinkles when she laughs. “Chemistry happens face-to-face,” and no dating service is more familiar with this premise than It’s Just Lunch (IJL).

It’s Just Lunch has been serving clients for more than 26 years and, as the winner of the 2017 Readers’ Choice Award for Favorite Non-Internet Dating Company, they’re a local success. The personal touch, one-on-one attention, and sheer enthusiasm of IJL matchmakers sets their process apart from the rest, and it’s an approach that allows singles to relax, eliminate first date stress, and focus on having fun.

President of It’s Just Lunch, Melissa Brown

“We’re full service,” states a proud Melissa Brown, CEO of It’s Just Lunch International, LLC. “We do everything from handpicking the client’s match to coordinating the actual date.” Even the term “date” can be used loosely, since IJL primarily arranges lunch or drinks after work to create a comfortable space for matches to become acquainted. “We believe dinner is a second date,” adds Brown.

But before IJL matchmakers send you riding off into the sunset, you may discover several potential suitors are best left as friends. It’s part of the process, and for IJL, it’s information that can only be used to your advantage. Matchmakers are eager to receive feedback, and – good or bad – they’re turning it into something positive for your next meet up with Mr. or Mrs. Right.

It’s really that easy? Yes, even for those North Dallas business professionals, in fact, it’s largely why Brown felt so drawn to the company and its philosophy in the first place. “I understand the challenges that come with dating while balancing a career; I know, first hand, how frustrating it can be.” With IJL, you’re guaranteed a certain number of dates, all you need to do is to listen to your matchmaker…after all, this is their passion.

“My favorite success stories involve clients who took a leap of faith, and trusted their matchmaker completely,” adds Brown. “The stories where clients may not have seen it on paper, but knew it was right when they met face to face.”

While it may be Melissa Brown’s favorite happily ever after, it isn’t the only one by a long shot, as evidenced by our own reader’s enthusiasm. The professionals at IJL are dedicated and eager to fulfill every client’s needs. The fact that they’ve been making sparks fly since 1991, doesn’t mean the flame is burning out anytime soon.

For more information, or to start your process today, visit

I am a Hockaday alum and graduate of Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN, where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. I am an aspiring writer and journalist, and, as an avid reader, I constantly exercise my imagination and whet my appetite for creativity. I am outgoing and personable, and I look forward to incorporating my innate enthusiasm for creativity into my work!

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