Yellow Pages: "A Match Made in Heaven"

Cheryl prides herself on her company’s personal approach. Unlike other matchmakers, she meets everyone herself. Her clients tend to be eminent, fit professionals who want to take the work and the risk out of dating. Cheryl carefully screens all her clients to ensure the information provided is accurate. But not everyone is slung by Cupid’s arrow: those looking for hookups, and those fixated on their exes, are politely dispatched. Read More

Toronto Star: "Valentine's day for Canadian entrepreneurs"

The business of love is a lucrative one, especially in February, when storefronts hawk an endless stream of swag for sweethearts.But as other businesses jockey for customers, matchmaker Cheryl Bursey sits back and waits for business to come to her. “Leading up to Valentine’s Day people want to have dates – they don’t want to spend it alone,” says Bursey, whose firm, Venus and Mars Matchmaking, sees a substantial spike in business during the month. “It doesn’t double, I wouldn’t be able to handle it if it doubled,” says Bursey, who does all the matchmaking personally. Read More

Toronto Star: "Cribb: Toronto singles seek traditional help to find mates"

Among all human endeavours, none has transformed more dramatically than dating over the past decade. Our grandparents, who met at church socials and Sunday picnics, could not have imagined a near future of first dates between two people whose only previous contact involved staring at each other’s photos on a computer screen. Or social events where a room full of men and women sit down for six-minute “dates” before rotating to the next candidate. Read More

Metro: "An Executive approach to finding your sweetheart"

Let’s face it – Valentine’s Day sucks. Those in relationships feel pressured to live up to the exceedingly high expectations set by Hallmark and bad rom-coms. Singles, meanwhile, are shut out of the process entirely. Which is probably why matchmaking services like Venus & Mars Matchmaking see a spike in interest come Feb. 14. “It’s a busy time,” says the company’s owner Cheryl Bursey. “It’s a reminder. People love to spend Valentine’s Day with somebody.” Read More

Town Crier: "Look through your iBook"

Let’s face it – Valentine’s Day sucks. Those in relationships feel pressured to live up to the exceedingly high expectations set by Hallmark and bad rom-coms. Singles, meanwhile, are shut out of the process entirely. Which is probably why matchmaking services like Venus & Mars Matchmaking see a spike in interest come Feb. 14. “It’s a busy time,” says the company’s owner Cheryl Bursey. “It’s a reminder. People love to spend Valentine’s Day with somebody.” Read More