Jacqueline Samuels has become an overnight sensation. Last month she opened “The Snuggery,” a little cabin in Penfield, NY where she offers private cuddle sessions for $60 an hour: no nudity, absolutely no sex, just platonic touch that she says studies have shown can have a positive effect on your mental and physical well-being. (She received a Bachelors Degree in Brain and Cognitive Science from the¬†University of Rochester and is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Social Work). Well, the Internets eat this kind of thing up, and within days, she went global,¬†appearing on CNN¬†(without her knowledge) and getting inquiries from abroad. Apparently the world needs a hug. So we contacted Samuels via her tasteful little website and asked her about the snuggling biz directly:
Q: When did you start this business?
A:¬†I’ve been snuggling informally in exchange for payment for a few years but only in the past month or so did I establish “The Snuggery.”
Q: How many clients have you had? And of those, how many are repeat clients?
A:¬†I’ve had a handful of clients. Most come back over and over. Now, with all the publicity, I have more clients than I could possibly see. My waitlist has about 50 people on it and I’m fully booked. I’m not prepared for this volume of clients but I suppose I will get prepared quickly.
Q: What is your typical client like? Male, single, professional, lonely?…