Customer of the Week!!

Written by on April 8th 2014

We’d like you ALL to meet our newest Customer of the Week: Stephen!

B_STEPHENThis handsome, blue-eyed fellow decided to customize a pair of Anni Shades! For those of you who don’t know, Anni Shades are the only wooden (yes, WOOD) frames made in the Midwest! And they’re HIGHLY customizable. Taking advantage of that, Stephen chose this “Delray” frame in Ebony wood and selected an aqua blue accent. These far-from-basic frames suit Stephen perfectly, whether he’s going to his awesome job at Google, or brunching it with his hilarious entourage. :-)

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Filed under: EVENTS!, Eyebobs, Mykita


Written by on April 7th 2014

At Eye Spy we love a good Chicago cause.  When we heard that the READ/WRITE LIBRARY CHICAGO got their bike stolen (a.k.a. the Bibliotreka), we knew we had to do something to help! After some brainstorming, we decided to host two trunk shows as a part of our Green Scene events…and a portion of the proceeds from the day will go to help READ/WRITE  get a new bike! Mykita and Eyebobs Readers will be joining us for the day. (Ha! Readers for the Library!) READ/WRITE will also have  a little crafting session with some up-cycled book parts. Join us April 26th from 11-4pm!

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Wondering what  in the heck the READ/WRITE LIBRARY CHICAGO is all about? Please allow me to explain… The Read/Write Library is an all-inclusive collection of Chicago-specific media, produced by and for the community. Through their unique indexing of contributors and their open venue, they provide a space for individuals, organizations and ideas to come together, and creative connections to emerge. They also had a sweet bike called “Bibliotreka”, that some not-so-nice person stole this summer! We are joining in the effort to raise some funds to replace their beloved bike.


Wondering what  in the heck Mykita is all about? Mykita is a dream come true for those who are looking for a crazy durable light weight frame. They have got it down, with an all steel frame, a pressure hinge and a lovely assortment of shapes Mykita really make it happen. They also have a few plastic frames up their sleeves complete with a pressure hinge as well.


Next on the trunk show ticket is Eyebobs! Tired of those lame drug store readers that break two seconds after you walk out of the store? Eyebobs is just the answer…and the optics and styles are much better too! Each frame comes in about 5 different colors and every reading power! It’s magical…readers that you won’t be embarrassed to wear!!!! Hooray! Come in and try them all one to find one you love. Psssttt… they also have sunglasses!


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Join us for a day of trunks, fun, crafts and help get READ/WRITE a new bike!


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Customer Of The Week!!!

Written by on March 25th 2014

Hey there all you Eye Spy-ers and funky eyewear wearers! We’d like to introduce you to a first time customer and our newest Customer of the Week: Jaime!!
Adorable Jaime came in to our shop with dreams of her perfect frame. When we asked what exactly it was that she’d been dreaming of, she said she specifically wanted an oversized frame; either red or hot pink. It was almost TOO easy. We opened the Caroline Abram case, and there it was: the perfect frame. It was like Caroline Abram made this red and magenta “Flore” frame just for Miss Jaime! She tried them on…and that was pretty much it. Love at first sight! And to make matters even sweeter, her glasses came back from the lab just in time for her birthday!

So, Happy Birthday Jaime!! We hope you and your specs are very happy together. <3

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Filed under: EVENTS!, Mykita

Pop-up for Earth Day!

Written by on March 19th 2014

We are so excited about our big plans for our GreenScene event this year! We are mixing it up once again and having two pop-ups, along with DIY activities that are suitable for all-ages.


To start us off on Saturday, April 12thLost Girls Vintage will be stationed out front with their pop-up, Winnie; she is a friendly RV loaded with vintage clothing and accessories! For the DIY portion of the day, our friend Julie will be teaching bird nesting helpers and some seed starting techquines.



Next up, on Saturday, April 26th….we will be having a fundraiser for the Read/Write Library. Unfortunately, their mobile BiblioTreka was stolen, so they need some bucks to replace it:-( We will be teaching a class on how to transform old card catalog cards into little notebooks…and the library will be here with a small portion of their collection.


And to top it all off…we will have the entire collection of Eyebobs readers and Mykita eyewear here for a trunk show on the 26th too!! We have really out-done ourselves this time! Stay tuned for another blog post that highlights these lines.

And as an Earth Day reminder…we are staunch environmentalists here at Eye Spy and have been this way since day one, 15 years ago. We compost, save &  give used packing materials away to neighboring businesses, never buy any paper, email receipts, put LED bulbs in our outdoor sign, use china and glass instead of disposables…and recycle, recycle, recycle! Whew. Over and out!

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Customer Of the Week!!!!

Written by on March 16th 2014

Big St. Patty’s Day cheer for our new Customer Of the Week, Margaret!!


After much deliberation, anticipation, and waiting…Margaret decided to go with a customized pair of Anni Shades “Chapman” in Sapele wood! We love our wooden frames, so we were more than happy to put Phil (one of the craftsmen behind Anni Shades) over in Alliance, Ohio to work on these one-of-a-kind beauties! Now, in any dire situation, Margaret will always have some wood to knock on…just in case.  :-)

By the way, there of less than a handful of wooden frame designers out there, and even fewer who do it right. And Anni Shades are only sold in a handful of store across the entire country. How’s THAT for exclusive, guys!?

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Written by on March 2nd 2014

Starting off March the only way we know how…WITH A NEW CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!

Meet Christie!

Christie had been pining for a pair of glitzy Francis Klein frames with just the right amount of purple and sparkle. After many trials and tribulations, we finally got to the right frame: a customized Francis Klein “Iona” in crystal lavender with pink Swarovski crystal decor…and icy blue temples! We appreciate that she was patient during the grueling process of finding the perfect frame. And we’re so happy she chose these flawless beauties!

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Written by on February 23rd 2014

Happy Sunday everyone!! Meet our newest Customer of the Week: Stacie!!

We couldn’t have picked a better customer/frame match here, folks. Caroline Abram makes some pretty sweet cat eyes, but it takes a special person to rock them with finesse and class. Whelp, Stacie does that and more with this Caroline Abram “Ines” frame in red and cherry. Stacie looks like she came camera-ready for this photo shoot, but that’s just her natural beauty accentuated by those stunning specs!

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Filed under: EVENTS!

March Makeover Party Time!

Written by on February 18th 2014

Join us on Saturday, March 8th from 12-4pm!

This year we went a little over-board and invited a make-up artist, a hairstylist, a jewelry designer *and* an accessory designer to join us for our swaree!! The more, the merrier…right?!

We will be having Brenda Arelano here giving FREE makeovers. She works for NBC, but is squeezing us into her busy schedule! If you google Brenda…you will see her in her many different pairs of specs from Eye Spy Optical:-)body_arelano



Along with our usual lovely makeup artist Brenda giving FREE makeovers, joining us this year will be Laura from Maven Collection!! Maven specializes in ethically-sourced products that are handmade by artisans across the globe. Maven is based in Chicago and has a fabulous assortment of accessories & home goods…that will be at Eye Spy for the day!

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We have also invited another Laura…Laura of Hunter Gatherer Jewelry.

photo credit: tara mackey

photo credit: tara mackey

Hunter Gatherer is an independent jewelry and accessories brand founded by Laura Prieto-Velasco based in Chicago, IL. Hunter Gatherer’s designs juxtapose dramatic and minimal forms inspired by our shared biological roots and anthropological artifacts. Each seasonal collection is handmade in limited quantities and brings timeless wearables for men and women meant to compliment a contemporary nomadic lifestyle.


Finally, for the slam-dunk….Art+Science stylists will be here giving bang-trims, up-dos and hairstyle advice…all for free:-)


We can’t wait for new makeup and hairstyle ideas, fresh new accessories and cocktails….can you??


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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Rapp


Written by on February 16th 2014

Three cheers for the new Customers of the Week: Siamak & Meret!!!

This cool couple walked outta here with some of the coolest specs around. Their journey began many many months ago when Siamak first found these Anne et Valentin “Electric” frame in white with red and blue trim last January! (That’s longer than most of my relationships. HEYOO!)

*ahem* Moving on… Meret found her Rapp ”Rosalind” frame in this beautiful purple/brown gradient on the year anniversary that Siamak found his frames. AWWWW!!!

This couple definitely has the cutest Valentine’s Day-esque “frame love story” ever, so they definitely earned this Customer of the Week spot!


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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Theo

Theo Eyewear Lasts a LOOOONG Time!

Written by on February 6th 2014

We have noticed a trend over the past 15 years here at Eye Spy. People LOVE their Theo Eyewear. The frames are handmade in Belgium and have style of their own.

Some of our customers love their Theo’s so much, they keep them for over 8 eight years! Other customers love their Theo’s so much that they purchase one or two new pairs per year:-)

Either way, we are glad that they endure the test of time…and our cutomers have glasses that they love soooo much.

Here are a few photos of customers that have been wearing their Theo frames for over four to eight years…and still get compliments on thier frames!

Harold & Zara


Richard/ Dick O’Day



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