In the midst of the holiday season, we can’t help but wonder what it’s like to be single in Southern California and participate in the dating scene. It’s probably stressful and overwhelming, but we wanted to hear some expert advice on ways to navigate finding a good date during this festive time of year. We asked matchmaking expert, Erica Arrechea, co-founder of Cinqe Matchmaking, to give us her top 5 tips on how to find a date during the holidays.
The holidays are always recognized as a time when we get together with family and friends, reminisce about the year, and wonder about what is to come. If you’re single, this jolly season could also be a time for you to meet that special someone. After all, we all want what we see on the Hallmark Christmas movies, right? Check out my 5 tips on where and how to meet your mistletoe buddy this season.
1. Work-Out Activities
Don’t let the weather outside fool you; participating in exercise activities such as community volleyball, soccer, soul cycle, or even CrossFit classes could lead you into accidentally bumping into that cute stranger. A few of my close friends have met their significant other at a CrossFit class, so the odds are in your favor.
2. Farmer’s Market
Especially in SoCal, Farmer’s Markets are a non-stop social spot that is full of people all day, every day. Instant romance may not be what you think of when you go to pick up strawberries, though the opportunity of running into an old college friend or locking eyes with that hot guy picking up some avocados does sound promising. *Tip: Don’t wear sunglasses when you’re out and about. It makes it easier to make eye contact with people and to show off your beautiful smile. Works EVERY time.*
3. Reach Out To Your Old Facebook Friends
Singles do not do this enough; reaching out to old Facebook friends that you haven’t spoken to in years is a great way to build up relationships again. Life gets in the way, we get busy, however, there’s always the chance of reconnecting. And who knows? That quick FB message to your high school acquaintance could lead to a few drinks or a nice dinner.
4. Go To The Driving Range
Ladies, this one’s for you. There are ALWAYS guys at the driving range. No matter what time of day, year, anything, it is inevitable that there will be a bunch of men hanging out and enjoying themselves at a driving range. So, why not add yourself to the equation and get to know a few of them?
5. Be Your Own Event Coordinator
What do you do when you first move to a new area and haven’t met anyone? You seek out what the best hot-spots are and you go out and try to mingle with new people. Finding a date is very, very similar. Organize a small event (let’s say inviting a group of your friends to that delicious brunch spot), and ask everyone to bring at least one friend who the group hasn’t met. Something as simple as that could lead to new connections, and an overall good time.
Finding a sweet, fun holiday date can be a lot easier than we expect. Implement some of these tips into your dating life and be open to new people and experiences. If you’re really serious about finding love in the upcoming year, but don’t have the extra funds to commit to a Matchmaker, know that Cinqe is always looking to add more singles to our free online network. Join our growing database of successful, attractive singles at Cinqe.com.
ABOUT ERICA: I grew up in a suburb outside of San Francisco, went to college in San Diego to study marketing, settled in the heart of Los Angeles in 2008. Early in my career, I began reading and following the teachings of Pat Allen, Brené Brown and John Gottman. I was inspired to start building a company with an innate desire for connecting people, whether for business partnerships, great friendships, or something more.
Connecting others enlightens me. Witnessing lasting and meaningful connections is an experience that’s unmatched. It’s been a humbling journey, with the special pleasure of being able to work alongside Patti Stanger, the Queen of my industry.
10 Local Businesses Will Win
If you’re a small business in Southern California, it’s crunch time, and not just because the holidays are right around the corner— but because Small Business Saturday is also soon! Platform LA has launched its Small Business Saturday Competition in a search for the most notable designers and businesses around SoCal. The winning small businesses will be selected by Platform’s community of stores and restaurants and will be announced on November 15. The 10 winning small businesses will be able to showcase their goods and services in Platform’s first Small Business Saturday, on November 25. Platform will also provide each winner with a vendor station consisting of a table and chair, a complimentary parking space, and wifi to showcase their goods and services.
How to Participate
If you have a creative product or brand, or know someone who does, and think that either should be at Platform, here’s your chance! To nominate yourself or your favorite small business for the market, go to Instagram and comment on any photo from the account you’d like to see win with the hashtag #SBSPlatform and tag @platform_la.
About Platform LA
Platform LA – the remarkable retail project by David Fishbein and Joseph Miller of Runyon Group is Culver City’s prized shopping destination. Part of the Hayden Tract, the most dynamic neighborhood in Los Angeles, the versatile center offers a collection of 120K square feet of curated merchants, chefs, and creative companies from around the world. Platform was created to showcase independent small businesses and is excited to welcome the community to join in celebration of these types of businesses on Saturday, November 25th.
Miller states, “Our entire business is finding, nurturing and encouraging new independent businesses. We already have a great community of merchants and chefs and working with them to source the next great talent is something that is very exciting for us.” As the world of retail continues to rapidly transform, Platform knows that the future is in small entrepreneurial businesses, and has made this a huge focus for their merchandising efforts. Since opening Platform a year and a half ago, they have embraced any opportunity to celebrate the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of those merchants and chefs. Now is the time to enter the competition, and it couldn’t be simpler— and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
An appearance at the Small Business Saturday Market should be the icing on the cake for any business, considering the additional exposure just before the holidays and impending sales. Make sure to use the hashtag #SBSPlatform and tag @platform_la in any post on the account of the business you want to see win a spot at Platform’s Small Business Saturday Market.
JADEN SMITH, JADA PINKETT SMITH, ERIC DANE, JORDYN WOODS, AND MORE CELEBRATE JADEN’S UMAMI BURGER X IMPOSSIBLE LAUNCH
Los Angeles, CA, October 11th – After swarming outside of Umami Burger at The Grove for hours, fans were relieved to finally see Jaden Smith arrive, where he was extremely friendly and chatted with everyone as he passed by — thanking them for their attendance to his special event. Jaden hosted his Umami Burger Artist Series launch party at The Grove to celebrate his Impossible Trio collaboration with Impossible Foods. Jaden’s Impossible Trio – a brand new, environmentally conscious dining experience – will be available in participating Umami Burgers nationwide starting October 12th, with $1 from every sale benefitting American Red Cross hurricane relief efforts. SBE, Umami Burger’s majority shareholder, hosted the launch party in partnership with Impossible Foods, JUST water, and New Balance to celebrate the collaboration with Jaden.
Guests were served the Trio, along with other Umami favorites including Sam’s Crispy Chicken, Cheesy Tots, and mini chocolate milkshakes. Guests at the party sipped on a variety of signature cocktails including: Rande’s Spicy Margarita, Maple Bacon Old Fashioned, Velvet Mule, and Casamigos Frozen Margarita while mingling and enjoying tunes from the DJ’s set.
Not only did Jada Pinkett Smith arrive to support her son and celebrate his success, but so did a number of Jaden’s closest friends, fans who follow him on Twitter, and notable influencers from YouTube and the social media world — totaling nearly 300 guests. Jaden was spotted laughing, chatting, and snapping photos with guests in between bites of the delicious burgers. Jaden and Jada were spotted celebrating with Daniel Del Olmo, CEO of Umami Burger, Gregg Frazer, COO of Umami Burger, and David Lee, COO of Impossible Foods — all super excited about the launch. Jaden was truly the spotlight of the night, continuously surrounded by friends, fans, and family!
Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Umami Burger x Jaden Smith Artist Series
Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Umami Burger x Jaden Smith Artist Series