February 2020

The Single Life

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

This month, we recruited local singles to model looks from our Lowcountry boutiques—and had them share their thoughts on their idea of a perfect first date, what traits are deal-breakers, and how dating has changed since the dawn of the digital age.

Chuck Hall
Palmettoes

What is your idea of a perfect first date?
Dinner at the Sage Room.

What traits or characteristics are deal-breakers for you?
I don’t really have any deal-breakers. Ultimately, I enjoy being around people who know themselves and are comfortable in their own skin.

How far into a relationship do you introduce your family to your new significant other?
Usually after about three or four dates.

How do you think dating has changed since the dawn of the digital age?
I think people want to enjoy friendships first before it goes any further than that. They want to be surrounded by people they feel comfortable with.

Shop Chuck’s look at Palmettoes


Kaitlin Coppock
Graphic Designer

What is your idea of a perfect first date?
Some sort of adventure (like a visit to the Coastal Discovery Museum) or really good food!

What traits or characteristics are deal-breakers for you?
Smoking. And you have to dislike pickles so I can have yours.

How far into a relationship do you introduce your family to your new significant other?
I try and wait as long as possible because I don’t want them to fall in love with my family and then have to
take them away.

How do you think dating has changed since the dawn of the digital age?
I think it has changed drastically. It is very difficult to date with the invention of online dating. Everyone has too many options. I prefer the old-fashioned approach where you meet someone in person and, you know—court!

Dating someone you work with—acceptable or off-limits?
I think it is acceptable as long as the person is worth the risk and you go about it the right way. You need to find
your person somewhere!

Shop Kaitlin’s look at Birdie James.


Dennis Jaworski
President of Palmettoes, Inc.

What is your idea of a perfect first date?
My ideal first date location would be anywhere a small group of people could go and have an enjoyable time
conversing and getting to know each other—like here
at the bar at CQ’s in Harbour Town, for instance.

What traits or characteristics are deal-breakers for you?
Insincerity. Lack of a sense of humor. Being a teetotaler.

How far into a relationship do you introduce your family to your new significant other?
That’s a good question because it’s never happened. My children are scattered all across the country, so I guess it would be at a holiday time—but we’d have to see if the dating went that far.

How do you think dating has changed since the dawn of the digital age?
From looking back historically at the way people are getting together these days and the way people are meeting and getting married, I’d say it’s made a major impact on the art of dating.

Dating someone you work with—acceptable or off-limits?
I have a real fear of the Harvey Weinstein situation, so no!

Shop Dennis’ look at Palmettoes


Hope Konzen
Occupational Therapist

What is your idea of a perfect first date?
A date for ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s in Old Town Bluffton.

What traits or characteristics are deal-breakers for you?
Cheating. Lying. And someone who is unkind. That’s a big deal-breaker for me.

How far into a relationship do you introduce your family to your new significant other?
I’ve only ever dated people who knew my family, so that’s a hard one. I guess I would introduce them to my family after I prepped them on every individual in the family and made sure they had enough background knowledge so they were ready for that!

How do you think dating has changed since the dawn of the digital age?
I don’t date online, so it’s been really challenging for me to date in the real world and meet someone in an organic setting. People tend to not want to talk to each other in person or pick up the phone to call someone; they just hide behind apps and DMs.

Dating someone you work with—acceptable or off-limits?
Not at my work. Off-limits!

Shop Hope’s look at Egan + Ella.


Ashley Kemeny
Teacher’s Assistant at Sea Pines Montessori

What is your idea of a perfect first date?
If I get the time to go on a first date, probably a walk on the beach.

What traits or characteristics are deal-breakers for you?
They have to love kids, have a good sense of humor and just sort of enjoy life. I like someone who is down to earth.

How far into a relationship do you introduce your family to your new significant other?
I wouldn’t wait too long. Probably within the first month.

How do you think dating has changed since the dawn of the digital age?
I think it’s changed a lot. People don’t seem to want to try or put in the effort. There are so many choices out there, they feel they don’t really have to try. They don’t want to ask you out on a date; they would rather just message and text. There are no phone calls anymore—just texting. It’s so bad!
I wonder what it’s going to be like when my son grows up.

Dating someone you work with—acceptable or off-limits?
It depends on if it’s allowed. In some workplaces it’s not allowed.

Shop Ashley’s look at Pink Pineapple.


Gia Jaggers
Ballroom Dance Instructor

What is your idea of a perfect first date?
Dinner in Old Town Bluffton—maybe in the courtyard at Calhoun’s would be fun.

Dating someone at work—acceptable or off-limits?
Complicated!

What traits or characteristics are deal-breakers for you?
Smoking. Narcissistic behavior. Someone who is not genuine.

How far into a relationship do you introduce your family to your new significant other?
When you can trust your gut to know when it feels good.

How do you think dating has changed since the dawn of the digital age?
It is quite impersonal. You lose a lot of interaction and a lot is left to guess with texting—the tone of a text.

Shop Gia’s look at So Sandra.


Medina Khidirova

What is your idea of a perfect first date?
I’ve always been in love with Old Town Bluffton. It’s beautiful, has a lot of nice restaurants, and I’ve lived here for the last 10 years, so somewhere in Old Town would be perfect.

Dating someone at work—acceptable or off-limits?
I think it’s off limits.

What traits or characteristics are deal-breakers for you?
Jerks! Is it okay to say that?

How far into a relationship do you introduce your family to your new significant other?
Probably around six months … but really, it’s when you feel comfortable enough with them. It’s hard to put a time limit on that.

How do you think dating has changed since the dawn of the digital age?
I think it’s easier. You can meet someone anywhere these days.

Shop Medina’s look at Gigi’s Boutique.


Jon Sankas
Hairstylist

What is your idea of a perfect first date?
Walking around Old Town (with my dog Cash in tow, of course!)

Dating someone at work—acceptable or off-limits?
Off limits.

What traits or characteristics are deal-breakers for you?
No personality! That’s a big turn off for me. And they must love dogs.

How far into a relationship do you introduce your family to your new significant other?
Six months.

How do you think dating has changed since the dawn of the digital age?
I really don’t know how to answer that.

Shop Jon’s look at Coastal Bliss MEN.


Rachel Brooks
Bartender at CharBar

What is your idea of a perfect first date?
I guess it depends on the weather. If it’s nice out, something outdoors, but if it’s raining, a movie would work!

Dating someone at work—acceptable or off-limits?
Totally acceptable. In food & beverage, how else do you meet people?

What traits or characteristics are deal-breakers for you?
Nail-biting. I can’t do it. It’s my biggest pet peeve!

How far into a relationship do you introduce your family to your new significant other?
It depends. My family comes in to visit, so if I’m dating someone, they are probably going to meet them. But if it’s really serious … holidays?

How do you think dating has changed since the dawn of the digital age?
It’s gone downhill, that’s for sure! It’s hard to meet somebody in a real-life atmosphere instead of online
or a dating app (which I have never used).

Shop Rachel’s look at Dream Boutique.

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