social café 

Love comes to town Novel ideas help singles find that special someone By Chris Woodall The heart, the saying goes, is a lonely hunter. Sure, there's lot of wild life at Whistler's watering holes, but when the same old beasts and bovines lose their attraction and you're tempted to go for something a little more domesticated, … then what? Date lines have been a commonplace in Vancouver newspapers for years to cater to people who want to develop a relationship that offers more than the chance to get a phone number on the back of a beer coaster. Even the dour Globe and Mail newspaper has its "companions" section in the Saturday paper. Until recently, however, Whistler singles didn't have an avenue to pursue their heart's desire. On the newspaper front, The Pique has experimented with a personals section in its classifieds. Across town, the Question has been advertising a Buffalo, New York, dateline. Now there's the Social Café. Started by Beth Frisken and Linda Marshall, the Social Café will try to bring people together who aren't happy with the bar-hopping thing. "I don't want this to be a 'singles' club of desperate women and nerdy men with tape on their glasses," says Frisken. Instead, she's encouraging people to meet new friends in a social atmosphere that's not as adrenalized as the bar scene, yet not so tightly focused as an activities club. The first outing for the Social Café was last Tuesday at the Brasserie des Artistes. "Nobody I know has a house big enough to have more than two guests in at a time," Frisken says. "There are lots of restaurants in Whistler so we have a social dinner in a small enough place where we have to talk to each other." And there won't be an after-dinner speaker. "I don't want the Social Café to be socially uplifting, just social," says Frisken.

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