For Michelle Herlihy and Tracey Ellis, it’s all about Connextions.
Their multi-faceted business enterprise aims to guide people through the minefield of the dating world, with shows on YouTube and also with special events.
Not long ago, both of the White Rock-area residents found themselves single and over 40, with children still in their care.
“That’s so common nowadays,” Ellis said, “and it really got us thinking about how we could help people who find themselves in the same situation.”
The business partners went about planning “speed dating” events at venues such as The Roadhouse restaurant on King George Boulevard in South Surrey.
The popularity of those events led the pair to expand into recording shows for a YouTube channel, offering frank conversation about dating issues. Topics have included blended families, “what men want women to know” and how to prepare to get back into the dating world.
“One of our most popular shows was the one where we recommended three great dating sites locally,” Herlihy said. “One was paddleboarding at the beach, the second was taking a picnic lunch to 1,001 Steps, which people tend to forget about, and the third was going with someone to Mud Bay Park, along the bike path there.”
New “Connextions Girls” shows are uploaded every Friday.
The ultimate goal is to take it to TV.
“We’re getting a very positive response to this all the time, because it’s needed advice,” Ellis said.
“Dating people at this point in our lives really gives us material for our shows, that perspective,” Herlihy added. “There are pitfalls when looking for someone but also when starting a relationship – complications that can arise with children, finding the right amount of time, all of those things.”
This Saturday, Aug. 24, another “Connextions” speed dating event will take place at Herlihy’s home in South Surrey. For complete details, call 778-292-0293, email email@example.com or visit facebook.com/WhiteRockConnextions.
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