Greytown cafe plays cupid

By Hayley Gastmeier hayley.gastmeier@age.co.nz -
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2 Short Whites front-of-house manager Jenni Hall (left) and cafe owner Sue Wright. PHOTO/HAYLEY GASTMEIER
2 Short Whites front-of-house manager Jenni Hall (left) and cafe owner Sue Wright. PHOTO/HAYLEY GASTMEIER

Wairarapa men and women looking for love may just find it at 2 Short Whites, which is hosting a special evening for singles to mingle.

The Singles' Night Out, on May 14, is the first of what organisers hope will become a monthly event.

The Greytown cafe's front-of-house manager, Jenni Hall, felt inspired to start a network of single people living in Wairarapa after "getting really over the online dating thing".

Ms Hall, a mother of two small children, has been single for almost two years.

"There's only so much staring at a screen and texting you can do," she said.

"I grew up with brothers, then I had boyfriends and then a husband for some time, so you just miss that male company."

Ms Hall said those who had signed up for the evening were not "desperately looking for love".

"They're keen to meet people of the opposite sex to hang out with."

She said these days it was hard to tell at a glance what a person's marital status was.

"A wedding ring or no wedding ring doesn't mean what it used to. So if you come along you'll know they're absolutely 100 per cent single."

So far 15 women had tickets to the Saturday night event, with many more eager ladies on a waiting list, but just 10 men had signed up.

"We want a one-to-one ratio so if we get 16 men we'll bump on a woman. If we get 20 men we'll bump on more ladies."

A $50 ticket entitles those attending the event to a two-course meal, a drink on arrival and a chance to win a goodie bag.

Sue Wright, who owns 2 Short Whites with her sister Nicky Brindle, said with winter closing in, the cafe would be looking at holding more events.

"We need to think outside the box. There's not much happening for young people or older people [in the region]," Mrs Wright said.

She said there had been requests for an over-60s single night and another for the gay and lesbian community.

"If there's interest, we're very happy to do it."

A whiskey tasting night is scheduled for Father's Day, and after a recent successful cooking school event, the cafe aims to hold the classes monthly.

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