Making a love connection – Dating services do the work for single adults
A FOLLOW UP TO THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC NEWSPAPER STORY
By Patricia Bathurst
Special for The Arizona Republic
With about a million single adults in Maricopa County, probably about half of those people are seeking a date on any given weekend. Fortunately, there are plenty of people ready to help East Valley singletons find that special someone, such as family, friends or fate. And there are media outlets such as the newspaper and magazine personals, radio stations and Internet services.
For personal service, though, East Valley singles who really want to find someone can turn to any one of nearly two-dozen dating services.
For instance, Ahwatukee Foothills resident Mike, recently relocated from California and recently divorced, knew he wanted to date but quickly discovered “what I did when I was in college to find a date didn’t let me find the kind of person I want to date now.”
A conversation with an old college bud persuaded him to seek a dating service. After exploring several possibilities, he registered with SPIES.
Run by Roseanne Higgins, SPIES (Single Professional Introductions for the Especially Selective) is billed as the “only romance headhunters” in the country.
“Roseanne wasn’t my perception of a ‘dating service,’” Mike said. “I felt that she would give me really personal attention, and that she understood not just what I’m looking for, but also that I want to be discreet.
“You know, people my age (42) are in a different place. We’re more selective, we have reasons to be selective, and we tend to have more shields up because of our past experiences.”
Mike has been on a number of dates arranged through Higgins.
Higgins is a well-known throughout the Valley’s singles’ circuit.
“I’m on a mission,” she said, “to get you a date. I want you to feel good, and not be disappointed.”
Since this story in The Arizona Republic appeared, Roseann introduced Mike to someone extraordinary. They fell in love and are now married.
Looking for love:
SPIES: Single Professional Introductions for the Especially Selective
Roseann Higgins, (602) 241-1800
Very personal, extremely confidential