Where Westport Meets the World

Love + Artist Event; Serious Matchmaking & Relationship Coaching

About Janis & Carly

Janis Spindel Serious Matchmaking Service was founded in 1993 by Janis Spindel. Now, Janis Spindel and Carly Spindel are a relentless mother-daughter matchmakers that take a fresh approach to the dating industry. The dynamic duo have clients nationwide and are very selective with who they chose to work with.

Constantly recognized by the press for their success rate, Janis Spindel and Carly Spindel cater to well-educated, upscale, successful professional single men and women who believe in outsourcing a team that’s above and beyond good at what they do to achieve the results they’re looking for.

Janis Spindel is an icon in the Matchmaking Industry. With over 3,700 successful marriages, Janis is continuously acknowledged for doing the job she was born to do. Janis has been featured on over 100 specials worldwide on love, dating, and relationships including Dr. Phil, The Today Show, 60 Minutes, CNN, The O’Reilly Factor and many others.

Carly Spindel is passionate about spreading love across the country. With over 110 successful marriages, Carly is a pioneer in the industry. Carly has been featured on Eye Witness News, Sunrise Australia, and Good Day NY. Carly has been seen in The New York Observer, Elle Magazine, Thrillist, Crains, and Fortune Magazine.


Over 3,700 Marriages

Icons in the Luxury Matchmaking industry, Janis and Carly Spindel are responsible for over 3,700 marriages to date.

Over 25 Years Experience Of Matchmaking Experience

Founded in 1993, Janis Spindel Serious Matchmaking has been changing lives for over a quarter century.

Featured on Over 100 Specials

Matchmakers Janis & Carly have been featured on over 100 specials worldwide on love, dating, and relationships including Dr. Phil, The Today Show, 60 Minutes, CNN, The O’Reilly Factor and many others.


Relationship Coach Karenna Alexander

A Columbia University graduate, Karenna’s career as a dating coach began 15 years ago when she determined she had a dating problem of her own and sought out the right advice. Her dating and relationship life did a complete 360 after that transformational experience and dedicated herself to helping other women. Trained and certified matchmaker through the Matchmaking Institute of NYC as a dating and relationship coach, her passion grew into writing an advice column about relationships and is now working on a book with a working title, “A Girl’s Guide to Guys”. 


Janis & Carly Spindel, Matchmakers & Karenna Alexander will be hosted for an event by Artistex Salon & Spa, a Westport business for over 20years that recently expanded to a 4000sq ft facility on 260 Post Road East within the Colonial Green. The open bar catered event will take place at Artistex, Tuesday February 11th at 5:00pm. The matchmakers will discuss, Dating in Today’s World, highlighting how online dating and social media effect meeting our soul mate! A must for singles and all divorcees learning the new platforms for getting back out there dating. Relationship Coach giving tips on How to Keep the Spark Alive, ensuring your relationship is as exciting as the day you both met! Join these amazing women Tuesday February 11th at 5:00pm, by contacting Artistex Salon & Spa to reserve a seat or purchase tickets online www,artistexsalon.com. We are combining the event with our feature Artist Julia Rose, mingle afterwards to view Julia Rose's Abstract Artist Opening within Artistex. Open cocktail bar and light bites until 8:30pm.

Artistex Salon & Spa 260 Post Road East Westport, CT 203-222-0344  https://artistexsalon.com/

Why Today’s College Grads Should Aim High for That First Job

The last couple of weeks have seen just about all of Westport’s college students head back to school for spring semester. For some of those students, though, this is also their last semester before facing “the real world” of work and (finally) independence.

So… About that first job. Ever since some guy holding a martini cornered Dustin Hoffman in “The Graduate” and told him that his future should be in “plastics,” adults everywhere have been more than ready to talk to college seniors about what they should do with their lives. And as it turns out, there is some serious advice that this year’s grads-to-be should hear now.

That first job out of college can be an important indicator of how a career will unfold in the years to come. According to a recent report, college grads who start off underemployed have a higher likelihood of remaining underemployed five and 10 years out (except for those in some STEM disciplines). That means the old advice to just get a job and work your way up could turn out to be seriously bad advice in today’s job market — especially since more than 40 percent of college graduates take positions out of school that don’t require a degree, according to the research.

Conversely, the study found that, “Those who start out well employed rarely slide into underemployment. An overwhelming number of workers (87%) who were appropriately employed in their first job continued to hold positions that matched their levels of education five years later.”

Of course finding “appropriate” employment can be harder than it sounds. That’s why, if you’re a college student,  it’s so important for you to begin thinking strategically about your career well before you show up for that final semester. While it’s perfectly okay to not know exactly what you want to do after you graduate, it’s not a good idea to assume you’ve got plenty of time to figure it out. Beginning with that first day of freshman orientation, most schools offer a ton of great opportunities to discover what excites you – both in and out of the classroom. You just need to open yourself to the possibilities and follow your curiosity.

Internships or co-ops – either during the school year or over the summer – are key to figuring what kind of work is worth pursuing, and what’s not. In fact, some schools and academic programs make them a requirement for graduation. But whether you’re looking for an internship or that first job after graduation, the hard part for many students can be figuring how to find those opportunities and determining which ones have the most to offer. That’s one of the ways I can help, by showing you how to discover and evaluate what’s out there and then coaching you through the process of applying and interviewing.

And it’s never too early to start networking. I know that for many people, the idea of networking can be daunting. Talking to strangers – or even emailing them – can turn otherwise confident individuals into absolute scaredy-cats And that’s what makes it such a valuable skill to master; because it gives you an edge over everyone else.

Jaki Suter is a certified career coach based in Westport. You can reach her at jaki@sutergroup.com or visit her online at www.sutergroup.com

Bike for Brain Health at JoyRide in Westport

Advanced Concussion Solutions  is partnering with JoyRide in Westport to raise money for the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut.  By donating $35.00 you can help the Brain Injury Alliance of CT to provide support and counseling to traumatic brain victims and their families throughout Connecticut.  8 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury every year, and 3.8 million Americans are diagnosed with concussions.  Traumatic brain injury disables SIX times more people each year than spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, and breast cancer combined. An estimated 5.3 million Americans currently have a long-term or lifelong need for help to perform activities of daily living as a result of TBI. Join us on February 8th to raise money for this important cause by registering online with Joyride in Westport.

The Connecticut Guitar Festival's "Weekend Kickoff Concert" at The Westport Library

Suzuki Music Schools presents the 2020 Connecticut Guitar Festival. The festival officially begins on February 7th at 7pm, with a "Weekend Kickoff Concert" featuring internationally acclaimed classical guitarist Mak Grgic, jazz legend Joe Carter, and world music duo 'Instruments of the People' at Westport Library. Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are $10.00 and on sale now at www.connecticutguitarfestival.com

Super Bowl Ad Preview Party! Marketers Give a Sneak Peek

Want a sneak peek at this year's amazing Super Bowl ads? Don't miss the annual American Marketing Association party -- hosted at the Half Full Brewery in Stamford -- where we share beer, hors d'oeuvres, and expert panelists who will dissect the ad strategy behind this year's TV spot hits.

You'll see the TV ads before anyone, share some laughs, and learn the deeper strategy that makes Super Bowl spots tick!

Panelists include:

Bob Knorpp, director of strategic marketing and consulting, The Cool Beans Group. Bob leads one of the ad industry's top podcasts, The Beancast, and in his career has consulted with brands such as Visa, Mars, Capital One, and Novartis. He's an expert at assessing the strategy under the hood of advertising.

Kristien Del Ferraro, director, brand strategy & ideation at iHeartMedia / Premier Networks. Kristien is a marketing guru who connects strategy with entertainment, and has hobnobbed with celebrities such as Ryan Seacrest, Steve Harvey, Mario Lopez and Delilah. An expert in digital, social and broadcast, she'll connect the dots of how Super Bowl creative spots will ripple through culture.

Matt Ryan, CEO, Roth Ryan Hayes. Talk about expertise! Matt has consulted on digital innovation and business strategy for The National Football League and led creative strategy for brands such as BMW USA. Former chairman NY / global chief marketing officer for Havas Worldwide, he brings decades of knowledge to diagnose the question: What are this year's Super Bowl advertisers thinking?

Alicia Weaver, executive director, offline activation at Mediassociates. Alicia is an expert in television media planning, with 15 years' experience targeting TV spots for national brands. She'll assess the media placement and audience targeting strategy behind the Super Bowl communications. Because at the end of this game, it's all about reaching the right audience.

Are you coming? Don't miss this -- whether you're a marketer, an agency guru or just an advertising fan, this is the biggest and best event of our regional American Marketing Association season. Event is sponsored by the American Marketing Association Southern CT Chapter. AMA membership not required. Sponsored by Mediassociates, AlphaGraphics, Wunderland, Austin Lawrence and Think Altamira.


Vance Gilbert’s Unbridled Joy Returns to Voices Cafe

On Saturday, January 25 at 8:00pm Vance Gilbert, a house favorite, makes his third appearance at Westport’s Voices Café.  Voices Café is located at The Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport.

This show follows the release of his latest CD the day before so some new Vance will surely be in the offering!

Seating at Voices Cafe is cabaret style (at tables) and table reservations (minimum 4 people) are accepted by contacting David Vita, david@uuwestport.org or calling 203.227.7205 x14.  Purchase $25 tickets at  https://voicescafe.org/show/vance-gilbert/ or $30 at the door.  Doors open at 7:30.

Vance is an eclectic folk singer who performs heartbreaking songs mixed in with a razor wit guaranteeing the audience an emotional roller coaster ride of emotions and musical styles.  The Fort Worth Star-Telegram wrote that he possessed, “…the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god…”

Gilbert is well-known for his storytelling prowess and audience rapport.  He credits his ability to read and connect with the audience to his days touring with comics like Paul Reiser and George Carlin.

“I’ve learned more from the great comics than music people when it comes to live performance,” said Gilbert, “if you’re not paying attention from backstage to what these guys are doing, you are not doing your homework.”

While firmly established in the folk community Gilbert references a broad musical repertoire that may intersperse rock, jazz, soul or the blues with folk on any given night. Hence the eclectic nature of his performances.

He credits his range going back to his days at Connecticut College.  Gilbert said, “I mean, that's where I got to hear everything from Parliament Funkadelic to Bonnie Raitt, and everything in between. You know, Keith Jarrett and Leo Kotke. I was really lucky.”

Connecticut College is also where he learned to play guitar and where he wrote his first songs. Early attempts were, he said, “horrific” but he kept at it. His early zeal for songwriting even caused him to fail, of all things, a poetry class taught by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet William Meredith.

“I kept bringing in songs,” Gilbert explained, “and he pulled me aside at the end of the semester and said ‘you know Vance, professionally I’m failing you for the class because you did not write poetry for me. You were busy trying to put music to things that were not complete.’”

From there Vance moved to Boston and worked as a cook and a multicultural arts teacher until he started knocking 'em dead at open mikes in the vibrant Boston folk scene; then on to New York City where a fortunate meeting with Shawn Colvin led to an invitation to be a special guest on her Fat City national tour where Vance took audiences by storm across the country.

Over a dozen accomplished albums later, with his latest being released the day before his Voices Café appearance, Vance continues to refine his unlikely union of humor, virtuosity, and the unexpected. Whether with classic, original songwriting or ageless interpretations of covers, his is a presentation steeped in deep humanism and bravery, stunning artistry and soul, and contagious, unbridled joy - inarguably the blue ribbons that tie and seal the seemingly impossible package that is ... VANCE GILBERT.

Curio Cottage Thrift Shop Hosts "Sweetheart of a Sale" ~ February 10-15, 2020

The Curio Cottage Thrift Shop, operated by The Westport Woman’s Club, will be offering a 50% off storewide sale from February 10-15, 2020.  Do you need a fresh idea for your favorite Valentine?  Why not buy a pitcher with character and fill it with fresh roses?  Or a unique bowl to fill with chocolates?  Or wine glasses, then add champagne?  Heartfelt possibilities for the thrifty abound at the Curio Cottage Thrift Shop’s half-price, storewide "Sweetheart of a Sale."  

The Curio Cottage Thrift Shop offers an ever-changing array of donated glassware, tableware, vases, platters, frames, jewelry, kitchen items, collectibles and so much more.  Weekly hours of operation are Monday from 1-4pm, Wednesday/Thursday/Friday from 10am-3pm, and Saturday from 11am-2pm (closed Tuesday and Sunday).   This thrift shop is located adjacent to the Westport Woman’s Club, 44 Imperial Avenue, Westport, CT.

The Curio Cottage, opened in 1999, operates year-round and has contributed over $500,000 in support of the philanthropic mission of the Westport Woman’s Club, which includes direct grants and services to non-profit organizations and charities throughout Fairfield County.  All of the shop merchandise is donated, and tax receipts are available for your welcomed donations. 

The Westport Woman’s Club, organized in 1907, is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to volunteerism and the raising of funds in support of the educational, charitable, cultural and public health services in Westport and surrounding towns.  You do not have to be a Westport resident to join the Westport Woman’s Club.  To become a member, please call the office at 203-227-4240.

February Break VACATION FUN!

Greens Farms Elementary School

Bricks 4 Kidz®: LEGO® Jurassic Brick Land [grades K–3] Show us your building skills using our specialized project kits and come to learn, build and play!

Game Time Camp [grades K–5]  The perfect chance to get out those cabin-fever blues with activities in a safe, structured environment.

Staples HS

American Red Cross Babysitters Certification [ages 11–15] Earn your Certification in one day!

Happy Trees! Bob Ross Painting [ages 14+] Learn the Bob Ross wet-on-wet technique with a certified Instructor!

Kempo Academy Revolution [grades K-5] Join Kempo for a great time with fun, Martial Arts-based activities - OFFERED AT AN OFFSITE LOCATION*


February Break VACATION FUN!

Greens Farms Elementary School

Bricks 4 Kidz®: LEGO® Jurassic Brick Land [grades K–3] Show us your building skills using our specialized project kits and come to learn, build and play!

Game Time Camp [grades K–5]  The perfect chance to get out those cabin-fever blues with activities in a safe, structured environment.

Staples HS

American Red Cross Babysitters Certification [ages 11–15] Earn your Certification in one day!

Happy Trees! Bob Ross Painting [ages 14+] Learn the Bob Ross wet-on-wet technique with a certified Instructor!

Kempo Academy Revolution [grades K-5] Join Kempo for a great time with fun, Martial Arts-based activities. 


Sisterhood and its Discontents: Suffragists and Antisuffragists in the Age of Total War, 1914-1924

In the years leading up to the Nineteenth Amendment, Addie Hunton (1866-1943), Eleanor Egan Franklin (1879-1925) and Helen S. Harmon-Brown represented the diversity of positions women brought to the issue of women’s suffrage during a tumultuous decade.

Join us at the Westport Museum for History and Culture on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 7 to 8 pm for a fascinating look at this topic. Through the parallel lives of these three women, this discussion with Westport author Dr. Sharmistha Roy Chowdhury highlights the contestations of ideals and the forgotten politics of race and class in the campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Addie Hunton was one of the first African American women recruited by the YWCA and volunteered in 1918 to serve segregated African American soldiers in France. Hunton’s support for women’s rights to vote merged with her war experiences and took her towards the politics of Pan-Americanism. Eleanor Egan Franklin was a war reporter whose war travels eventually tempered her anti-suffragist outlook. Helen S. Harman-Brown was the editor of The Reply, the New Canaan-based anti-suffragist magazine and remained ardently anti-suffragist.

There is no charge for this event, however reservations are recommended.  Register at www.westporthistory.org or call (203) 222-1424 x5. Light refreshments will be served. Donations are appreciated and can be made on the reservation form.