By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News
DANVILLE — Local matchmaking service Farr Better Matches is gearing up for the next stage of its relationship.
“We have been evolving for about a year and a half,” said owner Darla Farr.
The business just moved earlier this month from Railroad Street to a new office on Mill Street, right above Fulton Financial Advisors.
Farr said her vision and mission has changed a bit from when she started and now seeks to blend her private counseling practice, which she has run for 13 years, with the services offered by Farr Better Matches. “Slowly we’ve finally worked out all our glitches,” she said.
Farr’s private practice focuses on relationships and the components involved. Farr Better Matches was a natural evolution of this, she said. “It just made sense for me to start on the front-end instead of the back-end,” she said. “I believe unless we know how we operate in relationships, we’re likely to repeat some of the same patterns of behavior.”
The services offered by Farr Better Matches include a variety of singles events and mixers. A scavenger hunt was held in the Danville area Saturday, June 22, and other events have included miniature golf, hiking, bowling, get-togethers at local restaurants and camp fires.
A “Summer Fest on the Mountain” will be held in July at a site overlooking the marina next to Shikellamy State Park.
Farr also recently hired an events planner who is investigating additional events such as a make your own wine class.
“(Farr Better Matches) was designed to give an alternative to internet dating, and add that ‘in-person’ piece again,” said Farr.
Participants must be 21 or older to participate in the singles events with members paying per event to attend. An online survey must be completed at www.FarrBetterMatches.com to participate in programs.
Monthly workshops on topics such as how to build better relationships, realistic expectations and effective communication are also held by Farr. They usually run about an hour and a half.
“I really think that the skills and information part can help navigate any relationship,” whether it’s with a couple, friends or co-workers, said Farr.
Clients have encouraged Farr to also explore one-on-one matches in addition to group mixers. Farr plans to have that element in place this August, available at a monthly charge.
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