It is primarily your way to gather enough information about your date’s personality that you can go home (practically sober and alone!

) at the end of the evening and confidently determine whether or not you’d ever like to see this person again.

Our first date was at Liverpool Street after work on a Friday night.

We talked and laughed for hours - I smiled all the way home and he even told his flatmate that he'd met his future wife!

It sounds like a combination of a personal service and online dating. Badr: There is actually very little online interaction with Modern Blackbook.

The site is our first point of contact with anyone who wants to outsource their search for love with a very personal and human matchmaker.

Q: Is Modern Black Book locally focused, or is it a regional/national site? Modern Blackbook costs $60.00/month, and clients are asked to sign up for 6 month packages.

Badr: We are locally focused on Asheville and a 45 mile radius and cater to singles of all ages. The 6 month time frame helps facilitate our mantra “it’s not magic, it’s matchmaking”- meaning no overnight results–it’s a slow burn kind of process. Badr: I don’t think Modern Blackbook appeals to an age demographic, as much as it does a personality type.

With the help of an online survey and private parties and events, Badr plans to set up safe, successful dates with pre-screened, compatible singles.

The approach, the opposite of “the exposure and insincerity” people find in online dating sites, harkens back to a time when people valued face-to-face meetings over swiping through photos and profiles on a phone.

I think it’s what people mean when they say that they have “found their calling.” It married all of my social interests in emotional intelligence and intuition to my desire to be a bona fide do-gooder and love-advocate.

When I moved to Asheville to open Scout Boutique last October, I figured that my professional matchmaking days were behind me.

We actually got engaged six months later whilst camper-vanning our way around...