Niche Biz: Local Matchmaker

With the rise of online dating sites in the last fifteen years, you might be tempted to think that there’s no more demand for traditional matchmakers. You’d be wrong:

Krystal Walter decided to start her own matchmaking business after discovering a void in the marketplace — and in the hearts of Albertans.

“I wanted to do better than what is out there,” Walter said. “From my own experiences, there is a huge need for it.”

Walter, 31, spent years using online dating sites and paid an expensive and unsuccessful visit to a local matchmaker, resulting in a date with a doctor who she said she later discovered had a suspended medical license.

Based on her dating experiences and horror stories she heard from other singles, Walter was inspired to start her own Edmonton-based matchmaking company.

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