New matchmaker about to launch 'Tri-City Singles' dating service

TRI-CITIES, Wash. - 'From me to we' is the slogan of a new professional dating service piloted by Christie Oar of Richland.

Oar has worked on the project for about six months and is nearly ready to launch it.

"I'm so excited about my new adventure," Oar said. "I'm a personal matchmaker now."

Oar recently left her job of many years in retail and business to start her own: Tri-City Singles.

It's aimed to match up professionals who are on the market.

"You're talking about the professionals that work out at Hanford that are working 60 to 70 hours a week. The single-parents that just don't have time," she explained.

Oar also hopes to appeal to those frustrated with online dating.

"To scroll through all those online profiles-- and then to see if they're even real or not," Oar said.

Dating is not the only focus.

Oar has recruited half a dozen consultants, including fashion gurus, life coaches and beauty experts.

One of those is Fran Brown, a director with Mary Kay based in the Tri-Cities who specializes in skincare and makeup.

"That they smile, and that their confidence is lifted," Brown said about their team's mission. "That confidence carries over not just in the dating world, but in everyday life."

Oar is in the process of taking on new clients, with the hope of having about 50 over the next three weeks.

Once established, she will assess personality types and interests to set up vetted blind dates within the pool.

Down the line, she hopes to have about 200 clients.

“Become the person you want to be, because it is going to affect all different aspects of your life,” Oar said. "Find that lasting relationship they're looking for."

The service is a month-to-month $100 membership, guaranteeing at least two dates with a match per month. Clients also have access to monthly social events to meet others in the pool, as well as access to the consultants at an additional cost.

If a couple makes a good match, their membership is put on hold for up to 18 months as they navigate the new relationship.

Oar is now taking free over-the-phone consultations for prospective clients. Before her website launches in a few weeks, she said she can be contacted through the Tri-City Singles Facebook page.

Oar also plans to attend a casual happy hour event put on by Fuse SPC next week. She and other Tri-Cities area entrepreneurs will be there to answer questions and meet people interested in their projects. All are invited to join them at Paper Street Brewing Company in Richland from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

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