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Meet Shirl Hooper of Matches by Design in North Houston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shirl Hooper.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
It all began when my husband of 34 years passed away. Starting your life over after such a loss would not come easy, I soon discovered. I began to do a lot of reading on self-improvement and self-reflection, trying to decide what I wanted most in life. With a history of many years in the healthcare field, it was time to make changes across the board of my life. I wanted a new beginning. I knew I had always had a passion for writing, romance and helping other find love. I began writing years ago as a hobby, and had three published books in the contemporary romance genre. I wanted to keep it just a hobby, so I wrote under the pen name Melisant Scott. And now the books are for sale in digital and paper back copy through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, I-Tunes, Sony and a number of other online bookstores. I kept asking myself, what is it that means most to me? The answer rang loud and clear, Love and relationships!

I missed having a man in my life after about a year, this is when I started looking for the services of a dating coach. I realized the dating world had changed by leaps and bounds and I knew nothing about it; or where to begin. Much the reading I had done over the year just after my late husband passed, indicated that many who had been out of the dating scene for quite some time, often engaged the services of a dating coach to prepare them to reenter today’s complex dating world. After interviewing seven dating coaches, I found one I clicked with, and hired her.

Was it a good decision? Most definitely! Not only did I learn about how to reenter the dating scene, but I had found my niche. I inquired about how she became a dating coach and matchmaker, and enrolled in the programs. We officially released a press release to announce our opening for business on May 18, 2016.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Anything of value is never an easy journey. There’s a lot of competition, it’s costly to maintain a start-up business, managing your time appropriately, networking, and finding just the right advertising that works for your business. Starting a new business is not for the faint of heart. Just finding the time to relax and let your hair down is a task in and of itself.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Matches By Design story. Tell us more about the business.
Matches By Design, a registered trademark name, is a nationally and internationally focused, high-end, elite matchmaking firm that operates from their head office in The Woodlands, Texas location. We specialize in introducing successful single men to highly, exceptional single women. We model our process to meet the insights of some of our top entrepreneurs and offer a highly specialized service to our clients, and Matches By Design understands its clients’ lifestyle and needs better than anyone else.

As the National and International, “go to” personal matchmaking firm, we are able to attract the most sought after singles in the areas we serve. So, if you are a corporate executive, business owner, physician, attorney, athlete, entertainment industry professional, tech tycoon, engineer, politician, independently wealthy, or someone of substance who is looking for that special person to share your life with, you belong with us.

To ensure your success, we will be there to support you every step of the way in your journey to find the perfect match. During the intake phase we ascertain your preferences, must haves, deal breakers, evaluate dating and relationship patterns and consider areas of improvement, and what the right relationship looks like. Next, generate a new approach to dating and meeting other people.

You’ve probably noticed there are many who claim to have all the answers, and it’s true there are many well-versed in relationships, love, and other matters of the heart. However as individuals, each unique in our own special way, we tend to naturally gravitate to those who are most like us, because this is what we feel most comfortable with.

Most businesses or brands create their own audience in which to share their insights, passions, creativity, and inspiration. And we hope our passion for love, relationships, and matters of the heart are to your liking and that you become part of our community and share our passion and resources to help others find love and the perfect match. We encourage you to share our articles with others, as this gets the word out from a trusted friend. After all life is all about love and relationships. What better way to bring happiness than helping to provide a life partner to someone you care about? This is our mission in life and our greatest passion.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Luck has nothing to do with it. It’s all about preparation and hard work.


  • Matchmaking within USA – Range for Services $10,000 – $25,000
  • International Matchmaking – Begins at $125,000 +
  • Dating, Singles & Relationship, Life Coaching – Services begin at $200 hourly. Packages are available on asking.

Contact Info:

  • Address: Matches By Design LLC
    7 Switchbud Place, Ste 192-122
    The Woodlands, Texas 77380
  • Website:
  • Phone: +1, 844-220-2164
  • Email:

Image Credit:
Shirl Hooper

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