And before the advent of the internet, companies like It’s Just Lunch and Master Matchmakers began popping up as a way for singles to meet potential partners after being scrutinized by a team of professionals. In 1995, became the first online dating site, attracting millions of members in the span of a few years.
Radafshar became one such member in 2006—mostly out of curiosity—when the concept of online dating was still novel.
Various Portland-based photographers, travel writers, food critics, and brand strategists have drawn thousands of followers by simply posting perfectly curated pictures of their eggs, babies, and Eames chairs.
These elements of relative local culture have attracted young people to visit and move here in droves, and Fern Date is precisely the nexus where the impact of technology meets the individual.
Clients approach Radafshar with the age-old dilemma of trouble with relationships and chronic datelessness (the vast majority of her clients are cisgender and straight, and tend to be somewhere in their late 20s to 40s).