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Its Just Lunch

The IJL Story

We believe the best way to get to know someone is face-to-face.

The premise of It’s Just Lunch is simple: a lunch date or drink after work is the ideal first date. It’s a no pressure, relaxed setting where you can actually talk face-to-face. Combine that with a hand-selected match by a professional matchmaker and you have improved your chances at dating success.

Meet some of our matchmaking team.

It’s Just Lunch matchmakers have matched hundreds of thousands of single professionals and arranged over 2 million first dates resulting in tens of thousands of marriages, engagements and long term relationships. It all begins with our Kirkland matchmakers getting to know you and shooting for fireworks with every hand-selected match we make.


Sara French

Sara French has been the Executive Matchmaker at IJL Seattle for 12 years and has interviewed and matched thousands of clients in that time. “It’s a privilege to be the Executive Matchmaker at IJL Seattle. I’m so proud of my clients and the fact that they are making their personal lives a priority - it’s such an important part of life! I also love that we set up fun first dates in a safe environment, because these first dates could be the beginning of a lifetime together….I know, because I’ve seen it happen!”

Jillian Arbow

Jillian Arbow

Jillian has been matching her professional clients for nearly 8 years, and prides herself on being her client’s biggest advocate! She loves that she gets to interview and work with a diverse group of singles that all have the same goal of finding that special someone. Jillian’s client’s entrust her with their dating goals and love that she creates opportunities for them to find the relationship they are looking for!

Melissa Brown

Melissa Brown

CEO, Matchmaker

Melissa is passionate about helping singles meet their “special someone”. She started out matching singles in our DC office and now 14 years later leads our organization. Though she is married now, for many years she was a “busy single professional” so she understands firsthand the challenges our clients face trying to blend a career and a relationship.


Kayla Allen

For the past 2 years, Kayla has loved building relationships with clients and contributing to their dating success. She is passionate about It’s Just Lunch and the many relationships she’s seen formed since her start with IJL Seattle. Through the ups and downs of dating, she truly believes “it only takes one” to make it all worth it!

Sharon Mulvaney

Sharon Mulvaney

Sharon believes that life can be hard, but dating doesn’t have to be. She understands the significance of chemistry and attraction, but doesn’t forget the importance of long-term compatibility and genuine connection for her clients. She builds a level of trust and security with her clients, which allows them to relax and enjoy the process. In this fast-paced world, there are so many logistical details and genuine fears regarding dating, but Sharon’s success record has proven that she can help you relieve the pressure, and just have fun.

Taylor Heinrich

Taylor Heinrich

Taylor feels so passionate about IJL Seattle, our clients, and helping people achieve their relationship goals. Whether a client has minimal relationship experience or is dating again after a long marriage, Taylor is here to help as their dating coach by giving advice and insight throughout the entire dating process. She encourages her clients to be patient and stay positive when it comes to dating. The right one will come along when the timing is right!

We Believe:

  • » The best way to get to know someone is face to face.
  • » Chemistry can only be determined in-person.
  • » People need face to face connections.

We love the thrill of the first date. The joy in helping Kirkland singles make real connections.

It’s our professional matchmaking team that makes the difference. We’re not a hook up hub. We are not a parade of endless online dating profiles. We’re not a set of secret, tag-sorting algorithms. We are experts at helping real people who want real relationships meet each other in the most effective way possible: face to face.

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