Adrienne Mullery is professional matchmaker with All About Singles. Mullery, 46, was born in Wilkes-Barre and grew up in Pringle. She is a 1986 graduate of Bishop O’Reilly High School. She has daughter, Angela, 22. They live in Pringle.
How did you first get involved with All About Singles? At first, I was a member, back in 2010. In 2011, I got sick, but I still stayed in touch with everyone there. Once I got better, I didn’t want to go back to dental assisting, which I did previously. I needed something different. The owner of All About Singles reached out to me and said ‘I have a job for you.’ It was a new adventure.
What do you enjoy about it? What we do is sell love. When people come in, it’s like a two and a half hour interview. We get to know you. And the more open you are about your past, and your past relationships, and even your childhood, the better we can match you. When people join, they’re like, ‘Wow,’ because it’s old fashioned matchmaking. I’m your matchmaker and you keep in touch with me. I’m your wing girl. I life coach. I’m there with you for everything. If you needed help on what to wear on a date, or anything like that, or any type of questions … we keep in touch with our members. They do truly become like family. And that’s what I love about it. When they leave, they’re not leaving with anything but the hopes of finding their soul mate.
You had mentioned that you had been ill. Do you want to talk about that? I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. And I had a double-mastectomy, with immediate TRAM Flab reconstruction at Fox Chase in Philly. The way I did it was the hardest, but the best way to do it. It was a 13-hour surgery. But you would never know in a million years that it was done. It’s important for me to talk about it, because I like to help raise awareness of the different options that women have for reconstruction. TRAM Flab has the longest recovery and is the most painful, but the best to do, if possible. And if you research, you’ll find the doctor that can do it.
What do you do in your free time? I like to do lots of things. I love concerts and music. I paint. I draw. I love crafts. I just started painting wine glasses, and I want to sell them someday. I also want to start making glass jewelry. I’ve always been very artistic. I love to dance. That’s my most favorite thing. I’m still a master tap dancer.
Any hobbies? I collect snow globes. My grandmother also collected them.
Favorite music? I love The Beatles. Paul McCartney is my favorite. And I love Barry Manilow. But I also love everybody from Frank Sinatra to KISS to AC/DC to what’s playing now. I love all music.
Favorite color? Pink.
Favorite city? New York. Because I always wanted to be a Broadway star with the tap dancing. Dance is a huge part of me.
Favorite vacation spot? Cape May.
Favorite thing about NEPA? It’s home. Plus it’s beautiful. The mountains are beautiful. Plus it’s close to New York and close to Philly.
Favorite food? Chocolate cake.
Favorite movie? “The Thorn Birds.”
Favorite holiday? The Fourth of July. With the fireworks, I feel like I’m a little kid.
Favorite TV show? With the oldies, “I Love Lucy” and “The Honeymooners.” Now, I love “The King of Queens.”
Favorite word or catch phrase? My favorite word is “Hope.” If I didn’t have hope, I wouldn’t be here. I live on hope. Hope leads to everything. I also like, ‘I am no longer a caterpillar. I have my wings.”
Favorite book? “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein.
Pet peeve? Negativity. I’m super-positive. And negativity brings negativity. It’s a vicious cycle. Just be positive and hopeful. Life is good.
Guilty pleasure? Pajama day. I try, at least once or twice a month, to have a pajama day at home when I don’t have work. Just stay in pajamas all day, relaxing, watching movies and catching up on things.
Is there anything about you that might surprise even your friends? I have an IQ of 147. And I know how to fly a blimp.
You know how to fly a blimp? I was engaged to a blimp pilot, and he taught me how to fly it. I can fly a blimp. Which is so cool. It’s like a slow bus ride in the sky
Most influential person in your life? My grandmother. She’s passed away. She’d be 96 now. She never gave up. She was such a hard worker, and never, ever once complained. She had four girls to take care of. My grandfather was too sick to work, so she worked in the sewing factories, and she was wonderful at it. They didn’t have a lot of money, so she worked her butt off, walked everywhere – they didn’t drive – and she never, ever complained. To the day she was lying in that bed, and she knew she was going to die, she never complained. She was my soul mate.
Alan K. Stout is a regular contributor to Weekender. In addition to the MEET feature, he also write about the NEPA music scene.
MEET is a new feature in Weekender that profiles local people from throughout NEPA.