Introducing Maddie Graham as A-List Introduction’s Director of Marketing & Membership Services!

We are pleased to introduce Maddie Graham as the Director of Marketing & Membership Maddie Graham head shotServices for A-List Introductions. A lifelong resident of Upper Arlington and graduate of The Ohio State University, Maddie brings her love of Columbus and vigor for matchmaking to the Columbus headquarters.  Her passion for connecting people and her highly personable nature make her a perfect match for A-List.

Maddie will be working directly with Nicci Sprouse, President and Founder of A-List Introductions, to create and execute social media, advertising and marketing campaigns. She will also be responsible for managing membership engagement with A-List Clients and Affiliate, Perfect Match Members, in addition to contributing on new projects and further expansion efforts for the company.

A-List’s Top Ten Downtown Happy Hour Spots

It’s everyone’s favorite time of day. It’s that time of day where you can forget about all the stress at work; where you can let your hair down, be casual, have a drink or two and a bitealist circle to eat.

It’s happy hour of course!  

Your favorite gals over at A-List Introductions have got you covered with the best happy hour spots in Columbus. We love sharing our favorite places, and what better way to connect with friends or someone special than over an after-work beverage?

 

  1. Factory on Fourth – 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Formerly known as Cray Eatery,  Restaurant Impossible re-branded Factory on Fourth into an unstoppable force. Located on 4th Street in Italian Village, Factory on Fourth  has a killer combination for happy hour. Their specials include $3.50 craft beer, $3 well drinks, $2 Miller Lite pitchers and domestic bottles, plus their daily food specials.

 

  1. Condado Tacos – 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

A unique Mexican spot known for their delicious tacos and margaritas, it’s obvious that their happy hour specializes in that. During happy hour, their margaritas are half price, and tacos are a dollar off too! Major score!

 

  1. Bodega – 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

It’s only fitting that this hip gastropub right down the street from Condado makes our list. Bodega is always a busy spot on High Street, so be sure to get in those doors to score a pint of any draught beer for half off.

 

  1.  Lemongrass Fusion Bistro – 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm to close

TWO HAPPY HOURS?! Is this real life? The answer is yes. Yes it is. From 3 pm to 7 pm AND 9 pm to close, grab an appetizer or a sushi roll for half off, along with all wine glasses for $6, and $1 off  all beer. The seas, heavens, and clouds have parted.

 

  1. Black Point Restaurant  – 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

With a stellar combination of drinks and shareables, Black Point is a must in the Short North. $6 cocktails and martinis, and select bar plates and sushi rolls starting at $4.

 

  1. Hubbard Grille – 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

This cozy spot sits in the heart of the Short North. With half price shareables, beer, cocktails and bottles of wine, it’s a perfect spot to relax after a day’s work.

 

  1. Marcella’s – 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

It’s no secret that us gals at A-list Introductions love Cameron Mitchell restaurants, but that’s because they are soooooo good. This happy hour only applies to the patrons at the bar, so be sure to snag a bar seat for half price select food and drinks. It’s a unique selection every day, so who knows what they’ll be serving!

 

  1. Milestone 229 – 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm (bar and patio only)

This place is a real gem. The open air atmosphere paired with great hand-crafted cocktails and cuisine makes a perfect relaxation spot after work. Head over and enjoy $4 drafts and $5 cocktails and wine.

 

  1. El Camino Inn – 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

This little Tex-Mex gem lives in the heart of South 4th Street, right next to 16-Bit Bar + Arcade, Dirty Frank’s, Little Palace, and so much more. El Camino beats out its next door competitors for their happy hour: $2 Modelo, Tecate, Corona and Lonestar cans, plus their $4 Paloma margaritas, $2 shots of El Toro, and $2 well drinks. Simply awesome.

 

  1. Flatiron Bar & Diner –  4:00 pm to 7:00 pm (bar and patio only)

This bar and diner hits close to home (or work)! Centered in the heart of the Arena District, you can never go wrong with this little pie wedge place. With a comfy and cozy atmosphere, friendly service, and awesome cocktails, go stop in for $2 domestic bottles,  $3.50 drafts, $2 well liquors, and $5 specialty martinis. Perfection!

 

About A-List Introductions:

A-List Introductions, Columbus’s only high-end personalized introduction service, connects and introduces some of the city’s most eligible singles. We specialize in the formal first date introduction, tailoring each introduction to each A-List client’s distinct personality/style.

 

Visit A-List Introductions at http://www.alistintroductions.com

 

Top 10 BEST First Date Destinations in Columbus

Date night at Tucci'sFirst dates can be stressful. Worrying about what to wear, what to say, and probably more important, what not to say, are all part of the anxiety we put upon ourselves. However, the most important component to a successful date is where you go! There are many variables to consider (too noisy, difficult to get a table, parking issues, etc.), which ultimately can make an already uncomfortable first meeting, potentially, even more awkward.  

A-List Introductions – Columbus’s only personalized introduction service – connects and introduces some of the city’s most eligible singles. We specialize in the formal first date introduction, tailoring each introduction to each A-List client’s distinct personality/style. 

We’ve compiled a Top 10 List of our most popular first date destinations in Columbus! Whether you prefer somewhere casual or with reservations; somewhere creative or tried and true; and inexpensive versus costly – we’ve got you covered.

1. Nada – $$

Located in the Arena District, Nada has a great patio if you want to sit outside and enjoy a margarita with their delicious Mexican cuisine.

2. The Pearl  – $$$

The Pearl is a local Columbus favorite located in the Short North. The ambiance is laid back, fun, and modern. This Cameron Mitchell classic prides itself on quality food and excellent service. Insider tip: they also offer a great Happy Hour if you desire an early evening  ‘drinks and appetizers’  date.

3. Tucci’s  – $$$$

Located in the heart of  Dublin, the  patio season here during the summer is beautiful. The  live music is also a big plus! If the date is going well, after-dinner drinks on the patio at Brazenhead or ice cream at Jeni’s are perfect accompaniments. 

4. Cooper’s Hawk – $$$

Dining at Cooper’s Hawk at their Easton location is a popular choice, in addition to visiting their Tasting Room. A tasting includes seven to eight different wines and no reservation is necessary.

5. Barcelona – $$$$                                                                                                                

Located in German Village,  Barcelona is consistently voted one of Columbus’s most popular restaurants and patios each year. Plus, there are wine specials and live music on Sunday nights. It is the perfect blend of fancy and fun.

6. The North Market – $

This is a foodie’s dream, and a perfect first date spot. The North Market has a little bit of everything from different cultures. Try it. You will not regret it.

7. Akai Hana – $$$

This Upper Arlington sushi classic features traditional Japanese cuisine that offers the perfect portion of appetizers with an unexpected Korean twist. Three words: spicy scallop roll. Your life will be forever changed.

8. Spagio – $$$

A modern take on classic Italian, this Grandview gem has a fun and warm environment. A cozy spot for you and your date. Follow your date up with a stroll along Grandview Avenue to shop local businesses.

9. Marcella’s – $$$

Cameron Mitchell makes our list once again. This unconventional twist of old meets new is a perfect first date spot. From its open air dining room, to crafted cocktails and Italian food, you can never go wrong with Marcella’s, offering two convenient locations (Short North or Lewis Center).

10. Short North Gallery Hop – varies

The first Saturday of the month has the Short North Arts District hustling and bustling. Strolling and getting to know someone while popping into stores, and stopping for drinks and dinner along the way is always a fun and exciting choice.

$ = $25 and under
$$ = $25 – $40
$$$ = $40 – $55
$$$$ = $55 and over

A-List Introductions is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. For more information visit http://www.alistintroductions.com.

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A-List Introductions Gets A-List Coverage

A-List Introductions Gets A-List Coverage

Biz First headshotNicci Sprouse was given quite the spotlight recently.

Her company, A-List Introductions, was highlighted in Columbus Business First Magazine.

For those not familiar, A-List Introductions is an exclusive, personalized introduction service connecting single male C-suite executives, business owners, attorneys and physicians with quality, thoroughly-vetted single women. The company also utilizes a specialized emotional intelligence component unique to A-List Introductions and the Midwest.

The magazine feature was a follow-up story from an interview centered on the company in early 2014.

“Since then, there have been big changes and significant growth.  Specifically, in January 2015, I re-branded under the name A-List Introductions, triggering a nearly 85% increase in clients [among Columbus business leaders] and profitability last year – word is clearly spreading,” Sprouse said.

“Focusing on our core niche has proven a successful strategic decision,” she continued.  “This segment is an untapped, growing market in both the dating industry as well as Central Ohio. Many of A-List’s clients are Columbus’s top CEOs and business leaders.”

And the company now branches out to Pittsburgh’s executive tier.

Sprouse said the nature of her company draws in a lot of curiosity.

“Regardless of your relationship status (married, dating, single), people are always intrigued by what I do and often ask how I got into this business. In essence, this article shares a bit about my background, how I got into matchmaking, while also touching on what makes my service unique from other services, dating apps, and online services,” she said.

“Ultimately, with widespread use of social dating apps that often over-promise then underwhelm when people finally meet, my personalized service remains a trusted source for successful C-suite singles to find authentic, quality connections in Columbus,” she added.

Sprouse stands proudly behind her brand.

“At the end of the day, A-List’s reputation, dedication to personalized service, and increased C-suite awareness is perfectly timed as Ohio’s successful singles continue to improve their socio-economic status yet are specifically looking to find an equally successful mate,” she said.

Read the full article here:

 

Visit http://www.alistintroductions.com for more information and to schedule a consultation.

Top 2 Questions Single CEOs Are Asking Me

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1. What is a ‘Personalized Introduction’?

Relevant to the dating world, a ‘personalized introduction’ is a modernized form of matchmaking. Until now, similar offline high-end matchmaking services were only prevalent in larger cities nationwide (Chicago, NYC, LA, Seattle, DC, etc).

2. What makes A-List Introductions’ ‘Personalized Introductions’ different from Apps and other online/offline dating services?

Our Clients – A-List Clients are discerning C-level execs, physicians, attorneys and business owners who value their time and the strategic partnership A-List provides. Our objective is to provide a successful dating-platform allowing our Clients to focus on their professional career while A-List concentrates on their personal lives.

“People hire financial advisors to manage their investments, real estate agents to sell their homes, personal trainers to become healthier, and so on. Enlisting an expert who connects and introduces the city’s most eligible singles each day is smart.” Nicci Sprouse – President, A-List Introductions quoted in 614 Magazine Feb 2015.

The A-List Methodology – Similar to the Executive Recruiting industry, A-List’s connections and outreach efforts are unparalleled. Utilizing A-List’s exclusive Affiliate program, ‘The Perfect Match’, as well as sophisticated search algorithms, our Clients are not limited to only meeting other Clients. We take great pride in the selection process, personally screening and hand-selecting each customized introduction tailored to fit our Clients.

EQ – While the IQ remains stable over a person’s lifetime, the EQ can be developed. It is true that there is science behind creating chemistry and fulfilling our emotional needs, and A-List Introduction’s unique approach aligns science with emotional intelligence producing the opportunity for a truly profound and authentic connection.

If you’re interested in learning more about A-List Introductions, please visit http://www.alistintroductions.com or contact us at info@alistintroductions.com.

4 Dating Deal-breakers Shared by Top C-Suite Execs

A-List photoAs Columbus, Ohio’s only high-end personalized introduction service, A-List Introductions specializes in working directly with the area’s top C-Suite executives and business owners. We thoroughly vet, interview and then introduce the city’s most eligible singles; creating chemistry and making hundreds of connections. Part of our success is attributed to having our finger on the pulse of what our clients need. We recently asked 25 top C-Suite executives (male and female), who are currently single, to share with us their dating deal-breakers:

 

Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance is a relentless struggle for busy business professionals; especially compounded when juggling a professional life with dating. Maintaining an equilibrium and keeping their professional and personal life separate is critical. Our 25 single C-Suiter’s expressed a common train of thought: the desire to meet someone who is supportive and understanding of the time and focus allocated to their careers. Demanding and chaotic schedules, delayed responses to texts/phone calls – they happen; intolerance and a lack of empathy are a huge red flag and subsequent deal-breaker.

Confidence

Confidence is a definite prerequisite for dating a successful C-Suiter. There is nothing more beautiful than a confident person! While a commanding and cocky attitude may be attractive to some, our single C-Suiter’s prefer someone comfortable in their own skin; versatile with a positive attitude, capable of holding their own in social-settings.

Independence

Meeting someone self-reliant with their own life (interests, hobbies, friends, etc.) and an established career is essential for dating a successful C-Suiter. They desire to meet someone independent who complements their world; someone ambitious who possesses the wherewithal to challenge them in a positive and productive way. Needy, co-dependent, complacent personalities are a definite deal-breaker.

Healthy Lifestyle

Our 25 single C-Suiter’s were all in agreement that a healthy lifestyle is a significant requirement. Healthy habits – being active, eating right and maintaining a positive attitude are must-have qualities. The #1 dating deal-breaker was NO smokers.

For more information on becoming an A-List Client or learning more about A-List Introductions, visit http://www.alistintroductions.com.

Single Columbus C-Level Execs connecting via high-end introduction service

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Columbus is a city known for innovation and being the launching pad for many successful businesses. A-List Introduction’s unique and innovative approach to introducing the city’s most eligible singles is yet another success story. Nicci Sprouse, President at A-List Introductions, has brought to Columbus, Ohio the high-end dating services and philosophies, until now, only reminiscent to that of larger cities nationwide (Chicago, NYC, LA, Seattle, DC, etc). In fact, WSYX ABC6/FOX28 and 614 Magazine are calling Sprouse, “Columbus’s Millionaire Matchmaker”. Our clients (execs, CEO’s, attorneys, physicians) are successful and cultured; anonymity and time is of the utmost importance, which makes their strategic partnership, personalization and methodology essential in allowing them to focus on their professional career while A-List concentrates on their personal lives.

 

February Feature Interviews

Sprouse was interviewed as the Q&A feature for February’s issue of 614 Magazine. This 4-page feature interview caught the attention of many successful singles! Sprouse was also interviewed for the Valentine’s issue of Cbus Chic, the only lifestyle publication for women in the Columbus area. We consider it an incredible honor to be interviewed in two reputable Columbus publications.

Interview links:

http://614columbus.com/2015/02/love-at-the-top/

http://cbuschic.com/matchmaker-matchmaker/

 

The Perfect Match Mixer

A-List Introductions partnered with Worthington Jewelers to host The Perfect Match Mixer. Reminiscent of Patti Stanger’s Millionaire Matchmaker Mixers on Bravo, The Perfect Match Mixer was designed to attract and identify 3 perfect matches for 3 of A-List Introduction’s clients. The event was a huge success with 70+ women of all ages in attendance! Eligible ladies were vetted in a cocktail party atmosphere by Sprouse along with 3 local celebrity co-hosts: Bob Capace – Owner, Worthington Jewelers; Shonda Lewis – former client of Patti Stanger’s from last season’s Millionaire Matchmaker on Bravo and successful entrepreneur/Founder of Rock Star Bikini; Chris Vanocur – Senior Reporter for WSYX ABC 6.

The 3 women chosen were formally introduced to the bachelors the following week.  WSYX ABC 6 and FOX 28 filmed an exclusive during this event that aired on February 18th with huge viewer ratings.

WSXY ABC 6/FOX 28 exclusive link:

http://www.abc6onyourside.com/news/features/featured/stories/Millionaire-Matchmaking-Comes-to-Columbus-86429.shtml#.VR060o7F-YI

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Columbus Blue Jackets VIP Event

A-List Introductions teamed up with the Columbus Blue Jackets for our first annual VIP Singles Event. This year, #CBJ rolled out the red carpet for our A-List attendees by hosting the event in the exclusive Founders Club on the suite level. With close to 100 singles in attendance, the event was a huge success!

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Stay Tuned!

Our unprecedented approach to introducing the city’s most eligible singles is a true labor of love and we look forward to continuing our growth. If you’re interested in learning more about A-List Introductions, please visit http://www.alistintroductions.com or contact us at info@alistintroductions.com.