Great expectations and dating
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The year was 1976, America was celebrating the bicentennial, gas was only 59 cents, the first Apple computer was created, Matsushita introduced VHS video to compliment Sony’s Beta Max, and the modern day matchmaker was born.
On February 14, 1976, Great Expectations opened their doors for the first time.
The couple has two daughters together and recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
“I decided to start opening up locations because I wanted to give singles the opportunity to fall in love the same way I did,” said Meriggi.
“Member safety is our top priority, especially with the way online dating is now days, people lie on their profiles constantly,” said Meriggi, “that’s why we also take the time to do the video and all photo’s that are on our member profiles.
What you see is what you get.” Meriggi got his start with Great Expectations in the late 1980’s, and when asked about his favorite memory with Great Expectations, Meriggi made no hesitation in answering, “My Wife.” Before opening up his own locations, he was member of Great Expectations where he met and married his wife, Cheryl.To learn more about Great Expectations or to find a location visit When James and I found out that I was pregnant, we were absolutely thrilled!For something delicious and easy on the tummy, we made mini bagel pizzas!The possibilities are endless: I loaded up my bagel with lots of veggies and fresh basil while James packed his with sausage and cheese.I scooped up these green note-cards at a local craft store but you can also find them online in an assortment pack by Doodlebug Designs: Paisley Create-A-Card. Inside, the message reads: Our “baby-themed” date started with munching on the following “baby sized” appetizers: baby carrots, baby zucchini, mini crackers, and mini pretzels.I added some sparkly sticker letters and a heart to the front and… Then, we sat down to write our sweet baby a letter from both of us.Constantly trying to stay ahead of the curve, Great Expectations was the first dating service to take old school matchmaking methods and mix them with modern technology to help singles meet the love of their life.“When we first got started, members would come into the centers for their interview with the matchmakers, and they would then continue to come into the center each week to make their selections, or find out who selected them, but with the changes in technology the business had to move with it,” said John Meriggi, owner of 14 locations.Great Expectations started out as a small family business, Ullman’s parents gave him the start-up loan, and has now grown into a multimarket dating service.With more than 35 years of experience, Great Expectations has continued to not only set the standard in the dating world, but also the business model for all dating services.