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Their business is love: Matchmaking service takes aim at singles

Pam and Scott Stowell run Lunch Appeal, seen here in Scott's downtown Syracuse office.

Pam and Scott Stowell run Lunch Appeal, seen here in Scott's downtown Syracuse office. Photo by Amanda Seef.

“The nice thing about love — love really is we. It’s not about me or I. It’s we. That’s what I love about love.”

— Scott Stowell

— This couple’s business is love, and they want to make your love their business.

Lunch Appeal, Liverpool’s professional matchmaking service, works to bring together like-minded people who are looking for love. With about 50 percent of all New Yorkers single, the love company may have met its match.

“We’re more interested in second dates than a first date,” said Scott Stowell. He and his wife, Pam, have run Lunch Appeal since 2005. “Our philosophy is that we would rather take our time and make it a more perfect match, than just get you out on a date.”

“This is a process,” Pam added.

The process started about eight years ago — the sociable couple found themselves stuck inside on a cold, winter evening. An interview on 20/20 was about how to become official matchmakers.

“I just said, ‘Oh, that’s me!’” said Pam. “I was already matchmaking, without knowing I was doing it.”

Both attended the Matchmaking Institute in New York City and came back armed with certification to start putting their love for love to work. While out downtown, they realized Syracuse had a high culture for singles, something that they hoped their business could address.

“People’s lives have gotten so busy that they don’t have the time to meet anybody anymore,” Scott said. “The problem is trying to be in the right place at the right time.”

Their service, they said, is the answer to the right-place, right-time quandary.

The goal of Lunch Appeal isn’t to provide a dozen decent options for dating, it’s to provide one well-matched option.

“It’s not like a grocery store, where you can go in and try five different models on the shelf and you pick the brand you like,” Scott said. “You don’t buy dates.”

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saphfire 2 years, 9 months ago

I am a 50 yr old African American female living in Syracuse New York and I'm just hearing about this matchmaking service. And to top it off its been in progression since 2005. Scott and Pam where have you been hiding the last 7 years of my life? My next dilleima is if your service caters to African Americans cause we need love too! I am seriously interested in this service and looking forward to getting more information.
Thank You Saphfire

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