Forget swiping right: Erika Kaplan is helping Philly singles meet their match the old-fashioned way.
A few of matchmaker Erika Kaplan’s first-date finds in Philly include flowers, farmers markets like Headhouse Square, and beer gardens for games.
Erika Kaplan just got married last October and she’s already back in the dating scene. Only this time the newlywed is helping others find love courtesy of the Three-Day Rule, a new-to-Philly matchmaking service that’s been wildly successful in New York City (her former home) and San Francisco. “Think of me as a master networker,” says Kaplan, who fearlessly approaches people in parks, coffee shops, and bars to find out their relationship status. “I view my job the same way that single people think about dating: Sitting on my couch at night isn’t helping.” Here Kaplan shares some of her first date picks in Philly.
Explore farmers markets. “My favorite is in Headhouse Square, the oldest open air market in town. There are some beautiful seasonal blooms there, so bonus points if you buy your date some.” Take a walk. “This year the best foliage is predicted to be the week of October 17 so take a walk on the Ben Franklin Parkway where there’s plenty of trees—and don’t be afraid to tour a museum along the way.” Play games. “Independence Beer Garden and Frankford Hall have plenty of interactive games like Jenga and ping pong. Games are great icebreakers—just don’t play dating games!”