Ashley EvansAge: 24.
Lives in: Edina.
Education: College graduate.
Occupation: Retail store manager and model.
Favorite hangouts: Any restaurant or bar in Uptown.
Turn-ons: A tall passionate person with a witty sense of humor, who likes to read and wears tight jeans and Chuck Taylors!
Turn-offs: guys who drink too much, smoke cigarettes or start fights.
Nominated by: Jon Stock (friend).
About her: "I'm nominating her because she is one tall drink of water, 5-foot-11 to be exact, and she is the most lovable person I have ever met," writes a friend. "Ashley is smokin' hott but the best part about her is her outgoing and fun-loving personality," says another.
Audra FrizzellAge: 24.
Lives in: Northeast Minneapolis.
Occupation: Associate at Via's Vintage and Saks Fifth Avenue. Hangouts: Times Bar & Cafe, Taste of Thailand, the Black Sea.
Turn-ons: Intelligence and an easygoing nature. A sense of humor and adventure doesn't hurt either!
Nominated by: My friends at Via's. They thought I deserved a fun date and some pampering.
About her: "Audra should be the most eligible bachelorette because she is the hottest gal in the city, and is tired of dating idiots!" writes a friend.
Billie Jean MyersAge: 34.
Lives in: West Bloomington.
Education: Bachelor's degree.
Occupation: Field operations manager for marketing company.
Favorite hangouts: Fogo De Chao, Redstone, Sneaky Pete's, r. Normans (Seven Sushi), the Lounge and Moose Country.
Turn-ons: Italian or Latin men, 6 feet or taller, educated, muscular, nice teeth, well groomed, witty, confident, charming, free-spirited, athletic, chivalrous, outgoing, and must like kids.
Turn offs: smokers, younger men (which seem to be the only ones hitting on me these days), facial hair, poor hygiene, over/underweight, players, and lousy tippers.
Nominated by: Rachel Myers (sister). About me: I'm outgoing and like to have fun. I am fiercely loyal and generous and oftentimes way too honest.
Geena LoPiparoAge: 22.
Lives in: Uptown, Minneapolis.
Education: College student.
Occupation: Student by day, Supernanny by nights and weekends.
Favorite hangouts: Bootleggers, Burrito Loco, Sportsman's Bar, Origami, happy hour anywhere.
Turn-ons: Good looks; a man who is a stallion in bed and knows his way around the kitchen, and by kitchen I mean a woman. For real though, if you can make me laugh, you've won half the battle, and I'll happily return the favor.
Nominated by: Katie, my best friend. Or, as the Urban Dictionary defines it, my "lesbi-friend." (Look it up.)
About me: I got it from my mama.
Jamie KouriAge: 29.
Lives in: Downtown Minneapolis.
Education: College graduate.
Occupation: Massage therapist/esthetician.
Hangouts: Lurcat, Tum Rup Thai, Seven, Envy, Imperial Room, Oceanaire and Bellanotte.
Turn-ons: A guy who is motivated and adventurous (likes to travel and try new things). A guy who can make me laugh and is living the dream.
Turn-offs: I don't like a procrastinator or someone who is insecure. I definitely don't like a man who lies (just be honest).
Nominated by: My sister Najeba. About me: I am spontaneous and outgoing. I have a passion for traveling and I look forward to learning new languages.
Joy ElliottAge: 34.
Lives in: South Minneapolis.
Education: Business college.
Occupation: Account manager (web development).
Favorite hangouts: The Lounge, Soundbar, r.Normans, Seven Sushi, Chambers.
Turn-ons: Personality, hair, eyes and eye contact. Metrosexuals are a plus. An average Joe can be really hot to me if he is humorous and witty. Mamas' boys are great too.
Nominated by: My friend Yasmin.
About me: I am a wonderful, sociable, people person, trustworthy, honest and genuine to all of my friends! My number one priority is my 10-year-old son. I'm dating here and there, but I'm keeping my options open.
Kelly O'BrienAge: 26.
Lives in: Minnetonka.
Education: College graduate.
Occupation: Technology and web design consultant.
Hangouts: The View, the Lounge, Chambers, Soundbar, Chino Latino, the Bulldog N.E., Figlio, Sweeney’s.
Turn-ons: Confidence, intelligence, a witty/sarcastic sense of humor, innovative ideas, strong communication skills, assertiveness, educated opinions... oh, and dark hair with blue eyes and dimples!
Turn-offs: Passive-aggressiveness, people who can’t create change in their lives. About me: “Being a perfect blend of beauty and brains, Kelly is one of the Cities’ hottest singles!”
Nominated by: My friend Mary.
Larissa MolinaAge: 25.
Lives in: St. Louis Park.
Education: Bachelor of science.
Occupation: Trading operations specialist.
Hangouts: News Room, Bellanotte, Envy, Chino Latino, William’s, Park Tavern, Bunny’s.
Turn-ons: A confident guy with a sense of humor, a great smile, nice teeth, a positive vibe and a taste for variety.
About her: “I’m nominating my best friend Larissa because she’s gorgeous, smart, funny and out-going and can also cook up a mean enchilada.” writes Melissa Vu.
Nominated by: Melissa Vu.
Lindsey BruhnAge: 22.
Lives in: Stuck in the burbs until I buy later this year in downtown Minneapolis.
Education: Bachelors degree, U of M.
Occupation: Executive sales manager at Macy’s Minneapolis.
Hangouts: Fuji-Ya, the Town House, Varsity Theater, the Gay ’90’s.’
Turn-ons: Intelligence, a sense of humor; someone who gets along with my friends, someone who can sit down and have a serious conversation with me and the next day play a game of laser tag, has a “big girl” job, and has goals.
Turn offs: People who don’t know the difference between “you’re” and “your” or “to” and “too.” Cockiness, bad hygiene — specifically halitosis; eww. People who have a hard time being faithful.
About her: “Intelligent and compassionate, Lindsey would love to give all she’s got to a girl who can hand it back just as sweetly,” writes Amber Schadewald.
Nominated by: Schadewald.
Mary GrahlAge: 24.
Lives in: Uptown.
Education: Bachleor of science.
Occupation: Assistant in the buying offices at Macy’s.
Hangouts: The Lounge, the Front, Babalu, Kitty Cat Klub, Caffetto, Lake of the Isles, St. Anthony Main and anywhere that’s danceable.
Turn-ons: Compassion, consideration for others, social awareness, a good sense of humor, intelligence and a laid-back/easygoing demeanor.
About her: “The girl next door who loves cheesecake ... and will knock your socks off,” writes a friend.
Nominated by: My crazy, sexy, cool roommate, Chaquita Banana.
Megan BrannanAge: 29.
Lives in: Uptown/Lyn-Lake, Minneapolis.
Education: Cosmetology school; pursuing certificate at MCTC as a legal assistant.
Favorite hangouts: Machu Picchu, Galactic Pizza, It's Greek to Me, Pizza Luce, Bryant Lake Bowl.
Turn-ons: Someone who is genuine, honest, kind and motivated, has a unique personal sense of style, and is open to kids - I have a 5-year-old son.
Nominated by: My friends Bridget and Leslie.
About me: Mainly concentrating on raising my son, and very recently returned to school. I am ready to start meeting some fellas who might be interested in getting to know me a little, or - if things really click - a lot!
Megan SmithAge: 35.
Lives in: Eden Prairie.
Orientation: I like boys.
Education: Degree in esthiology from the Aveda Institute.
Occupation: Project administrator for a financial services company. Evil corporate overlords turn me on.
Hangouts: Fuji-Ya, First Ave, the Firm.
Turn-ons: Someone who is attractive and who I have an instant chemistry with; guys who have a strong sense of themselves and a lot of friends; someone who is passionate in whatever it is they are interested in. They for sure have to be passionate about me.
About me: “The fact that Megs is hovering around this burg yet-untethered hints to a grave misrepresentation of the awareness and intelligence of all single men in our Twin Cities,” writes Jenny Updike. “She’s one of the most genuinely nice people I know, and despite her patrician good looks, class and considerable charm, secretly deserves the credit for single-handedly increasing my (already considerable) swear-word vocabulary, exponentially.”
Nominated by: Friend and co-worker Updike.
Michelle SchwantesAge: 24.
Lives in: Richfield — the party suburb of Minneapolis!
Orientation: Straight, but haven’t met a lesbian I didn’t like.
Education: In graduate school.
Occupation: Actor, director and producer.
Hangouts: Barbette, Wilde Roast Cafe, the Independent, the Gay 90’s, the Saloon, Ground Zero — can you see a pattern here? I am probably barking up the wrong tree, but, hey, harder drinks and great music are worth it.
Turn-ons: I like an artistic gentleman who is as comfortable in the theatre as he is getting frisky. And, sometimes gets frisky in the theatre, and in the hallway, and in the car. ...
About her: “Attractive, intelligent and talented, Michelle is a singer, dancer, actor, director, writer and producer with a graduate degree in non-profit theatre management — the total package!” writes Carney Gray.
Nominated by: Gray, a friend and colleague.
Molly RobertsAge: 27.
Lives in: Dinkytown.
Education: Cosmetology school.
Occupation: Hairstylist. Hangouts: Grumpy’s, the Bulldog, Bryant-Lake Bowl, Turf Club.
Turn-ons: A man with a sense of humor, taller than me, not living in his mother’s basement...
About her: “Look no further — hot face, hot body, hot tattoos, smokin’ personality!” writes her sister Josie.
Nominated by: My sister Josie.
Mya HoneywellAge: 34.
Sign: Virgo. Lives: Summit Avenue, St. Paul.
Education: B.S. degree.
Occupation: I sell CRM Software for Oracle and I sell homes with my sister.
Hangouts: Rossi's, the Local, Seven, Envy, Bellanotte, Camp, Manny's, Bonfire, Wild Onion, Eagle Street Grill, Moscow on the Hill.
Turn-ons: Uncompromising loyalty, a fierce sense of humor, intelligence and honesty. People who live with passion; I tend to chase life at an incredibly fast pace. I need someone who can keep up!
Nominated by: Either my friends Kristen Wasyliszyn or Michele Henry; possibly my sister Cedar.
About her: "Mya is crazy fun and energetic, she works hard and plays harder," writes a friend. "She's beautiful, has the best personality, is generous and extremely successful."
Nicki SchaperAge: 25.
Lives in: South Minneapolis kind of like South Africa.
Orientation: I'm a female who enjoys males.
Education: Some college, but mostly life experience.
Occupation: Hospitality. I work in hotels.
Hangouts: Liquor Lyle's, Nordeast bars with names that no one remembers, downtown skyways, the Muddy Pig, Grand Cafe and Hidden Beach.
Turn-ons: A man who is taller than me, smells good, has a job, has a car and doesn't smoke. Fellow life eaters and cuddle rapers.
Nominated by: Nate Kadlac, fellow comrade and singleton.
About her: "Nicki, the ball of fire that lashes out her wit with masterful taste, shows loyalty like no other, is sexy to the S, enjoys Lyle's two-fers as if they were salty tater tots, and has different sized feet which help her conquer killer dance moves such as, 'churning the air butter and whipping it out,'" writes Nate Kadlac.
Bach PhamAge: 27.
Lives in: Uptown.
Education: B.A. in English.
Occupation: I work at an environmental lab and I'm also a DJ.
Favorite hangouts: Kitty Cat Klub, Azia, the Independent.
Turn-ons: I like witty girls who can dance.
Nominated by: I nominated myself.
About me: I have extraordinary conversations and am tons o' fun.
Brandon PenneyAge: 24.
Lives in: Minneapolis/St. Louis Park.
Orientation: Abundantly straight.
Education: Some College. I’d rather know my direction then go into debt finding it.
Occupation: Medical insurance claims/coding.
Favorite hangouts: The Muddy Pig, the Chatterbox, Fuji-Ya, Martini Blu, the Bad Waitress, the Twin Cities Food and Wine Experience.
Turn-ons: A woman with a good combination of looks, personality, humor, and oh yes— INTELLIGENCE. A woman who enjoys losing herself in passion and being as physical as I like to be, has a nice smile, is outgoing, confident, fun and gets my humor. Lingerie and a nice caboose always helps!
Turn offs: Emotional vampires, bad teeth/breath, liars, self-centered and conceited people, cheaters. Women who don’t use good reasoning. Women who blame everyone else for their own problems.
About me: I’m genuine; a dork who knows what he’s doing, respectful, creative, playful, smart. I laugh a lot. I’m a realist. I’m a listener. I always strive to better myself. Oh yes, I play Dungeons & Dragons. There, I said it.
Nominated by: My eldest sibling.
Clement ShimizuAge: 28.
Lives in: Seward, Minneapolis.
Orientation: Straight (I am a man who likes women).
Education: Working on a PhD (computer science).
Occupation: Research assistant, consultant.
Favorite hangouts: Open Book, Clubhouse Jager, anything Tex-Mex.
Turn-ons: I am looking for a vibrant person who is creative, funny and uninhibited. She probably wears colorful clothes and has a wild streak.
About me: I have dedicated my life to serving creative people. I do this through my academic research, my professional career, and my personal life supporting Minneapolis’ vibrant arts community.
Nominated by: Friend Kate Iverson.
Colin KloeckerAge: 24.
Lives in: Lowertown, St. Paul.
Education: B.S. in architecture.
Favorite hangouts: 331 Club, May Day Cafe, Little Szechuan, the St. Paul Farmers Market, potlucks with friends.
Turn-ons: a beautiful smile that’s quick to laugh, confidence, dancing like you mean it, single-speed bikes, girls who dig a beard.
Turn-offs: impractical shoes, too much makeup, people who are passive-aggressive, neo-cons, reality TV.
About him: “Tall, dark and handsome, Colin combines good looks with a great sense of do-gooding,” writes Taylor Carik. “By day he’s an architect for a small firm with a focus on affordable housing, and also writes about humanitarian issues, sustainability, and the built environment. By night he organizes a get-together forum that mixes big ideas with fun discussion over beers. That’s smart and sexy. Colin also likes to read, bike, relax and have a good time.”
Nominated by: Man-about-town Carik.
Colin MurphyAge: 29.
Lives in: Uptown.
Education: College graduate.
Occupation: Internet advertiser extraordinaire.
Favorite hangouts: Urban Bean, Uptown Bar, C&C Music Factory Club, Turf Club, Rossi’s, Hexagon, anywhere Story of the Sea is playing, Leaning Tower, Caffrey’s, Keller Golf Course.
Turn-ons: Someone who is passionate and intelligent, embraces quirkiness right up to the point before it becomes obsession, is confident without arrogance, is employed, enjoys good coffee and good beer, understands the need for independence, always has a cap and mittens on in winter time, can walk as fast as I do, understands the importance of sports, loves great rock bands and knows that Tom Petty is the man.
About him: “Colin works at an ad agency downtown,” writes friend Amy Kilgour. “Colin also plays hard. That isn’t limited to rubing it up at the local bar watching sports or singing in the local band Success Man. He’s been known to play some great practical jokes.”
Nominated by: Kilgour, a k a Kat Scratch Eva.
Dan FrailichAge: 24.
Lives in: Minneapolis.
Orientation: As an arrow, straight.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the U.
Occupation: Jewelry store owner/operator.
Hangouts: The Local, Brit’s, Lake Calhoun, dog parks.
Turn-ons: Someone who is witty, funny, confident, laid-back.
About him: “He owns his own car and his own jewelry store, rescued his dog, oh yeah, did I mention he’s hot too!?” writes a friend.
Nominated by: I have an inkling that it is an old friend of mine/former roommate
Edgar AvalosAge: 22.
Lives in: East Calhoun, Mpls.
Education: Some college.
Occupation: I work for CCD and I’m a model.
Favorite hangouts: Chambers rooftop, Tum Rup Tai, Jetset, El Meson, Walker Art Center.
Turn-ons: A sense of humor; someone that who laugh at all my stupid jokes; a guy who is up to date on current events (not just Britney); a guy who can go from a concert to a black tie event; a nice smile.
Turn-offs: A guy who kisses with his eyes open; most Republicans; wearing sunglasses at night .
About me: I’m funny, caring and adventurous. I’m a down-to-eath guy always making a good time out of anything. I’m always down for trying anything new. I’m modeling for some of the local agencies and having fun with that. I take pride in my Mexican roots and try to embrace them when ever possible.
Nominated by: Mitch Kelly.
Joe MidthunAge: 29.
Lives in: Lyndale neighborhood, Minneapolis.
Education: Horse Apples.
Occupation: Editor, La Luz Comics.
Favorite hangouts: Punch and Judy's Viaduct Inn, Oak Street Cinema, the Wienery.
Turn-ons: Robots, hair, Heath "The Ledge" Ledger.
Nominated by: Emily Condon, BFF.
About him: "In addition to having the sexiest mouth and best head of hair in the great state of Minnesota, Joe is astonishingly smart, witty, hilarious and charming - he's a powderpuff and a bad boy wrapped into one handsome-as-hell package," writes Emily Condon.
Matt BakkomAge: 39.
Lives in: Minneapolis — Southside Forever.
Education: Master of fine arts.
Occupation: Visual Artist and organizer.
Hangouts: Nick and Eddie, Hong Kong Noodle, 7th Street Entry, Uptown Theater, Minneapolis Public Library and the roof of my building.
Turn-ons: Intelligence, charm, curiousity, good humor, style, tolerance and soft skin.
Turn-offs: classism, cruelty, dependency, dishonesty and wounds that won’t heal.
About him: “Minneapolis’ finest exporter and importer of fresh ideas that will highlight Minneapolis artist communities and their endless possiblities,” writes Jon Jon Scott. “Plus he battled Spankrock to a dance-off!”
Nominated by: Jon Jon Scott.
Michael TaliercioAge: 26.
Lives in: Uptown Minneapolis.
Education: Professional degree.
Favorite hangouts: Open Book, Quang, Turf Club, Azia, 331 Club, Nomad.
Turn-ons: Going out. Intelligence. Humor. Vodka Red Bull. Electric guitars. Black lace. Surprises.
Turn offs: Staying in. Complaining. Acoustic guitars. Crying. More crying. Antiques.
Nominated by: L'Etoile Magazine editor Kate Iverson.
About me: "This tall, dark, and sarcastic twentysomething recently became a lawyer but is a creative at heart," writes Kate Iverson. "An avid art collector, inspired painter and aspiring gallery owner, Mike is as artistic as he is business saavy. Always up for excitement, he can not only start the party, but can shut it down - and keep you laughing the entire time."
Mitch KellyAge: 24.
Lives in: Minneapolis.
Occupation: Sponsorship marketing and project coordination.
Favorite hangouts: Jetset, Tum Rup Thai, Lagoon Theater, FireLake.
Turn-ons: A strong sense of humor.
Nominated by: N/A.
About me: I love music and movies, go out to eat way too much, hate the cold, and believe in ghosts.
Nate KadlacAge: 29.
Lives in: Uptown Minneapolis.
Orientation: I like the ladies.
Education: I quit college. I'm a keeper.
Occupation: I make things usable, and pretty. Internet style.
Favorite hangouts: Lyle's, Tao Foods, the Bulldog.
Turn-ons: I'm looking for a beautiful woman who isn't satisfied or comfortable. A woman who can enjoy a righteous game of chess, shows a similar hatred for living in that big house for half the price, far far away from friends and family. I'm looking for a woman who can share with me some great music because I'm too occupied checking out that new Wes Andseron flick. I'm looking for that woman.
Nominated by: Saisha Harris. BFF.
About me: I keep busy by designing the hell out of the Web while lip-synching with ease, and trying my hand at directing short films. Never turning down a challenge, owner of a passport, I enjoy a cocktail while taking in my surroundings as I'm a go-with-the-flow unless-the-flows-not-going kind of guy.
Nate NelsonAge: 28.
Lives in: I stay on various couches in the Selby Corridor.
Orientation: Whatever John Wayne was. Hetero-riffic?!
Education: Beauty school dropout.
Occupation: Turf Club door guy, aspiring local musician, webboard poster.
Favorite hangouts: Turf Club, Clown Lounge, Cougar’s, Organ Haus, Triple Rock, the Entry, Hexagon Bar, the Bonezone.
Turn-ons: LOTR tramp stamps, hairless arms, French manicures, karate.
Turn-offs: Crocs, pleated pants, young girls, B.O., man hands, girls who won’t pick me up for our dates.
About me: I do not own a television.
Nominated by: I have no idea, but I like where their head is at.
Ramon-Larence ColemanAge: 29.
Lives in: Downtown Minneapolis.
Orientation: A lover of all things beautiful! But specifically I consider myself gay.
Education: B.S. in biology, B.A. in art history, B.F.A. in fashion design and a B.F.A. in performance art.
Occupation: Fashion designer for a major corporation.
Hangouts: Too Much Love at First Avenue, Caterpillar Lounge/Azia, Chambers, Jetset, Bar Lurcat, the Lounge, Transmission at Clubhouse Jager, Spyhouse, 20.21, Eli's, 112 Eatery, Barbette, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Sculpture Garden.
Turn-ons: A vibrant and honest spirit, strong-willed but not arrogant. Someone who is successful in their own right. Someone who challenges me. Intelligence and dry humor. An unconventional guy who sees beauty in everything. A great smile is always sexy too.
Nominated by: Emma Berg.
About him: "A fun, lighthearted guy who is often quiet, mysterious, and can be thought-provoking, but is also very adventurous and energetic (apparent through his ever changing hair styles)," writes a friend. "An extremely polite and thoughtful individual who genuinely cares about those who he chooses to surround himself with."
Toby CrynsAge: 28.
Lives in: Uptown.
Orientation: I like ladies.
Education: Finishing up my master of education at the U of M.
Occupation: I own and run my own company — a web site design and consulting firm.
Favorite hangouts: Turf Club, Terminal Bar, First Ave, Sebastian Joe’s, C.C. Club, Liquor Lyle’s, Red Dragon, Super America.
Turn-ons: A lady who burps with uncompromising abandon and laughs loudly. A genuine niceness, bright eyes, boldness in the face of a challenge, and a desire to make out with me.
Turn-offs: Laziness, cigarettes and fat-free ice cream.
About me: I grew up on a small farm in rural Illinois and moved to the Twin Cities four years ago as part of my ongoing quest to seek out adventure, wherever it may lurk.
Nominated by: Megan Gustafson, my best friend.