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Kristin Kenney

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Kristin Kenney wants to start you up. As a technology lawyer at Polsinelli, she helps the city's dreamers and doers go from startup to seller. And she doesn't stop starting at 5 o'clock. Kenney helped found the Athena League, dedicated to empowering women entrepreneurs across many fields. All of this is impressive, but she also knows how to make a style impression: Think Audrey Hepburn and a blue tuxedo for New Year's. Color us disrupted.

Age: 32

Occupation: Technology attorney at Polsinelli

 Relationship status: Dating someone new

 What's your go-to drink? A great glass of red wine or cider. (And, yes, I know it tastes just like the apple juice you drank as a kid. I still love it!)

 Andre's or Elbow? No question — Elbow! My two favorite Christopher Elbow chocolates are sea salt and rosemary.

 What's your guiltiest entertainment pleasure? Every few months, I'll discover a new show on Netflix or Hulu and binge-watch the entire series, like Sherlock, Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards.

 What's the last thing that made you cry? Bridges of Madison County. Gets me every time!

 What's on your nightstand? My phone, East of Eden (one of my all-time favorites) and a bunch of other books I haven't gotten to yet.

 What's the coolest thing in your home? I have three brain-scan lightboxes that are part of a beautiful series created by Lee Tracy, a friend and artist I worked with in Chicago.

 What are you most vain about? Fashion. I spend way too much money on clothes and shoes.

 What's your workout? Combination of weights and cardio

 What physical feature are you a sucker for? Tall guys with great smiles

 Who's on your crush list? Funny nerds! I like guys who are smart, confident and have a great sense of humor.

 What's the best way for someone to hit on you? Be confident and genuine.

 The date I want: Involves lots of laughs, wine and good food.

 The date I usually end up on: Usually, it still involves lots of laughs, wine and good food, but may be in yoga pants on the couch instead of going out.

 What's your foolproof date restaurant? Julian in Brookside. Not only is the food amazing but the owner/staff are great, and they allow dogs on the patio. Bonus: It's really close to my house!

If you want to impress me, feed me: Something I haven't tried before. Or steak. Who doesn't love a good steak?

 What's your deal breaker? For me, it's important that my guy and I have chemistry, mutual respect and lots of fun.

 Heartbreaker or heartbroken? Both


Michelle Dreher

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Michelle Dreher isn't afraid to get her hands dirty. That's her job when she's hand-carving illustrations and working with three vintage Vandercook letterpresses and an 1898 Chandler & Price platen press. We've long been admirers of Dreher's colorful, bold prints of dinosaurs, ghost ships and alien abductions. But the creative force behind Two Tone Press won our hearts with her anti–Valentine's Day cards, holding such snarky slogans as "You'll do ... for now" and "Cupid makes me cringe." We'd be happy to get the one that reads, "I hate you" — as long as Dreher was the one sending it.

Age: 34

Occupation: Co-owner of Two Tone Press

Relationship status: Single

What's your go-to drink? Gotta have my coffee in the morning ... nectar of the gods. Later on, a good dry red Malbec is a nice way to end the evening.

Andre's or Elbow? C. Elbow all the way. They're almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

What's your guiltiest entertainment pleasure? I love board games, like Cranium and 7 Wonders. Also, my marathon nights of The X-Files.

Last Halloween, I dressed up as: A Gypsy.

What's the last thing that made you cry? I'm a sucker, so it doesn't take much to make me tear up. Could be sad puppies on TV or inspiring story I read about or the part in The Wrath of Khan when Spock dies ... gets me every time.

What's the coolest thing in your home? A giant bathroom mirror made by a friend of mine. It has a handmade ceramic frame around it with the word "VANITY" across the top and a bunch of round globe lights. It makes you feel like a rock star.

What are you most vain about? Being the owner of a print shop. I have four presses, which are all named after '80s pop stars.

What physical feature are you a sucker for? I like facial hair like that rough 5 o'clock shadow look over the clean-cut look. That look that says you don't mind getting your hands dirty.

Who's on your crush list? Chris Pine is pretty hot, but I know Paul Rudd is from Kansas City, so I wouldn't mind bumping into him on the street.

What's the best way for someone to hit on you? Just make me laugh. I like a good easygoing sense of humor. However, I have more of a dry sense of humor, so I probably find things funny that other people might not.

What's the lamest pickup line you've ever heard (or used)? I can't really think of any lame pickup lines, but this one time, I was taking a nude-figure drawing class, and the male model asked me out afterward. Awkward.

The date I want: I think it's really attractive if a guy can cook, so I would love for someone to make me an awesome meal complete with a nice red wine or a good stout beer. I don't think there are too many ladies out there who like stouts the way I do.

The date I usually end up on: I usually end up going out to dinner on dates, which is OK, too. I do think going to the movies is the worst idea ever. I love movies, but the point of a date is to get to know the other person, so why would you go to a place where you're not supposed to talk?

What's your foolproof date restaurant? I like Harry's Country Club, which is nice and casual. The food is simple, and they have quite a beer list. Top that off with the best jukebox in town, and I'm a happy camper.

If you want to impress me, feed me: Something homemade (hopefully something good so I don't have to pretend to like it just to be polite).

What's your deal breaker? Smoking is a deal breaker for me. When I worked at a coffee place, people would come in from outside, and the smell was just overwhelming ... total turnoff.

Heartbreaker or heartbroken? I'd have to say a little of both.

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