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The site makes sure attendees at each event are compatible matches.
“We noticed a lot of women just don't go places by themselves very often,” she says.
Since launching The Stir, there have been 1,500 events held in 80 markets.
In Pittsburgh, happy hours are held at popular restaurants such as Savoy and Bar Louie. Eighty percent say they'd go to another one, Gebhardt says.
“They can meet people with the same background,” she says.
“It adds another element of user engagement and interaction,” she says.