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March Makers Pop-up on March 10th!

Written by on February 11th 2018

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We have invited Milton & Margies Soy Wax Candles, Bird Trouble & Earth Cadets to join us from 12-5pm on Saturday, March 10th for a mini makers market. These talented artisans make all of their goods by hand…and you are invited to make something too! Busy Beaver Button Co. is providing the materials for us to make buttons for the upcoming March elections!

Milton & Margie’s Soy Wax Candles

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Milton & Margie’s Soy Wax Candles creates 100% soy candles in reused containers like teacups and cocktail glasses. With scents are inspired by the Midwest like Camp Fire, Dusk and Great Lakes, it is hard to choose just one!

You may also recognize Milton & Margie’s from the Candles and Cocktails events we have been hosting once a month. If you are feeling crafty, sign up and you will learn how to pour and scent your own candle.

Bird Trouble

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Bird Trouble  is a line of stylish leather handbags and accessories for everyone with a bit of a wild side. Alexz designs her leather goods right here in Chicago  and is inspired by travel, DIY culture, her family who immigrated to the USA from Mexico and Chicago’s punk and rock and roll music scenes.  Fresh shapes, saturated colors and lots of fringe, what more could you want?

Earth Cadets

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Meet Earth Cadets! A line of hand-printed home goods and accessories that are made in Chicago. Krissy, the owner, has a strong commitment to maintaining and respecting our environment – using organic and recycled materials. Her colorful and bold prints are kind to you and kind to the environment.

Busy Beaver Button Co

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Owner Christen Carter started Busy Beaver Button Co out of her college apartment in 1995, making merch buttons for Guided By Voices. Twenty years later, Busy Beaver has evolved into a 25-person custom button mecca, creating over 85,000 designs and producing tens of millions of buttons for clients ranging from breweries to museums to people just like you.

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The January Sale is Here!

Written by on December 23rd 2017

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Happy New Year! It is time to celebrate new beginnings and we can’t think of a better way to start 2018 than with a gorgeous new pair of glasses. Oh wait…yes we can…a new pair of glasses that you picked up for a steal of a deal! With discounts that start at 25% and go all the way up to 75% off, it will be hard to get just one pair!

This is a great time to refresh your look with new eyewear, pick up that bold 2nd pair you have been dreaming about or get those computer glasses you have been thinking about for ages.

Anne et Valetin, Theo, Niloca, and Francis Klein are just a few of the brands that will be on sale, so get here early to see everything!

The sale starts at 11am on Tuesday, Jan 2. See you there!

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Donuts & Dreidels Holiday Party!

Written by on December 6th 2017

Have you ever wondered how to play the game of Dreidel? Kids around the world play this easy game throughout Chanukah….and we will teach you how to play too!!

We will also have candles from Milton and Margie’s for sale, and handmade jewelry by our very own Optical Oracle. In addition, all of our eye-related accessories will be on sale at 20% off!! This includes Eyebobs readers, eye masks, eyeglass cases, and more!

On Chanukah, kids typical enjoy jelly-filled doughnuts and chocolate coins, so we will have plenty of these treats on hand!! We will also have hot cider…spiked and non-spiked!

See you on Saturday, December 16th from 12-5pm!!

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November Trunk Shows are Here!

Written by on October 31st 2017

November Trunk Shows every Saturday

It’s Trunk Show month at Eye Spy! Every Saturday in November, we’ve got our favorite lines scheduled to make an appearance! Check out the line up below!

Saturday, November 4th: Article One Eyewear

Wes, the owner of Article One, is driving in from Flint, Michigan with his bags full of their newest 2108 collection that was just released last month. Hear the story behind how Wes started the company, what keeps him going, and the story behind each frame. Select your favorite shape & color combo and get yo’self a new pair of glasses & sunnies! 

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Saturday, November 11th: Double-Header! Kirk & Kirk and Niloca eyewear

Kirk & Kirk’s  Spring 2018 collection is sweet like candy! It is full of new, translucent bold, but wearable colors and shapes in their Kaleidoscope series. We will also be showing their Vivarium series that has retro colors and shapes.

Niloca pushes eyewear boundaries. The Australian designer makes eyewear for unabashed, confident eyewear connoisseurs, who pave a path to the highest peak and shout from its summit, “HERE I AM WORLD, TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT!!” Niloca’s collections are always a breath of fresh air and we can’t wait to see the newest additions!
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Saturday, November 18th: Anne et Valentin

Anne et Valentin’s Spring 2018 collection is full of pretty surprises. New men’s shapes, along with shapes for smaller faces were just introduced, along with their usual fantastic colors & fun shapes for men, women, and kids. Anne et Valentin is doing what they do best – unique designs that are easy-to-wear and comfortable- which is why they are always a favorite. AV_KOMPO 1556

Saturday, November 25th: Theo eyewear

Theo never disappoints, and this year is no exception! Bright colors and modern graphic shapes aplenty, the 2018 collection is full of fun and surprises! Their new bi-color series is a must-see for anyone who is looking for something a bit out-of-the-ordinary. 
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For a private showing on the Sunday following each show, call us at 773.477.2670, email us at [optician at eyespyoptical.com] for an appointment…or send us a message through Instagram

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November Food Drive for Lakeview Pantry

Written by on October 27th 2017

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During the month of November, Eye Spy Optical will be collecting non-perishable, unexpired food items!  Drop off your donation and receive a $25 discount on a pair of glasses!!!

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One of Chicago’s largest and longest-operating food pantries, Lakeview Pantry’s mission is to eliminate hunger and poverty in our community by providing food to fill the basic need of hungry people; increasing the independence of our clients through self-help initiatives and other innovative programs; and raising awareness of hunger and poverty and working towards solutions to eliminate them.

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1 in 9 people on the North Side suffers from food insecurity.

With 3 food distribution programs that deliver more than 1.6 million pounds of food to our neighbors each year and social services that help clients achieve independence, Lakeview Pantry aims to end hunger for good. Join us to be part of the solution.

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How Can You Help:

There is a greater need for the following items:

  • Canned Tuna, Chicken, and Beef
  • Cereal and Oatmeal
  • Ramen and Rice
  • Microwavable Mac & Cheese and Soup
  • Toiletries- Full and Sample Sizes

 All non-perishable, unexpired food items are appreciated!

Consider donating modest sizes. For example; several 24oz cans are preferable to one 64oz can, easier to carry home.

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For more information, please visit them online and follow them on Facebook

 

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October Donation Drive Benefiting: Share Our Spare!

Written by on September 29th 2017

October Donation Drive Benefiting: Share Our Spare!

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During the month of October, Eye Spy Optical will be collecting new/gently used items for babies and children age 0-5. Drop off your donation and receive a $25 discount on a pair of glasses!!!

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In 2011, ten Chicago mothers realized that they had more than enough “stuff” for their own children to grow and thrive and that there were plenty of other women in their community who could use the strollers, baby clothes and extra toys that their children had outgrown. They banded together to create a non-profit organization that would help mothers in Chicago who couldn’t afford to gather all the essentials for their babies and young children and Share Our Spare was born.

How Can You Help:

There is a greater need for the following NEW items:

  • Diapers size 2, 3 and 6
  • New packages of boys and girls underwear size 2T-5T
  • Pacifiers

Have additional items to share? Share Our Spare will also be collecting:

NEW OR GENTLY USED: NEW / UNUSED ITEMS:
  • All Clothing and Outerwear (ages 0-5T)
  • Baby Carriers
  • Baby Swings
  • Pack and Plays
  • Blankets (Stroller or Swaddle Size)
  • Bundle Me
  • Exersaucers
  • High Chairs
  • Play Mats/Activity Gyms
  • Strollers
  • Books
  • Diapers (all sizes)
  • Baby Soap and Lotion
  • Bottles
  • Burp Cloths/Bibs
  • Diaper Cream
  • Pacifiers
  • Wipes
  • Small Educational Toys

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For more information, please visit www.shareourspare.org or contact info@shareourspare.org.

Nearly ½ of all children living in greater Chicago live below the federal poverty level. Sadly, parents are faced with heartbreaking decisions such as reusing diapers and going without food. Chicago offers an unparalleled network of social service agencies to support these families in education and training, job placement, housing and food. However, no organization provides reliable cost-free essentials for the early years like diapers, clothing and gear.”

Share Our Spare also collects donations at their River West warehouse located here. They work with over 20 community partners to distribute newborn kits and other collected items to families in need and put all that  “spare” kid gear to good use.

Visit Share Our Spare’s website and follow on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated and inspired!

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Let’s Celebrate 19 Years!

Written by on September 23rd 2017

Eye Spy is turning 19 and we are having a PARTY!

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Here are the details:

  • When: October 19th, 11am – 5pm. 
  • Where: Eye Spy Optical. 3350 N Lincoln Ave
  • What: A party to celebrate YOU! 19% off lenses with frame purchase & select eyewear lines, cupcake-decorating, wine.

Thanks to all of our amazing customers who have supported us and independent eyewear for 19 years!

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August Sunglasses…and More Sale!!

Written by on August 2nd 2017

2015_sunglass_saleOur AUGUST SUNGLASS SALE is on!! Once a year, we round up all of our sunglasses, and discount every pair! 

All sunglasses are on sale from the beginning to the very end of the month! Come by and take advantage of discounts from 10-75% off of almost every pair of sunglasses in the store. Yowza! Just to add to the crazy of the sale, we have also put a a few of our eyeglasses lines on sale for 25% to 75% off!

Come by and let us fit you with lovely sunnies to enjoy for the rest of the summer… and throughout the winter!

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Vuarnet Pop-up Shop!

Written by on July 2nd 2017

Join us at Lakeview Live every Wednesday in July and August from 5:30-8:30pm behind the shop on Paulina…just south of Roscoe.

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On August 2nd, we will have a Vuarnet Pop-up with Iris the Airstream behind the shop on Paulina during Lakeview Live! We will have the entire Vuarnet collection…and it is huge!! Their mineral lenses are the best on the market, blocking out UV, infrared and blue light!!

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Have you met Iris the Airstream? If not, swing by! See you soon!
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Anne et Valentin June Pop-up!

Written by on May 22nd 2017

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The newest Anne et Valentin collection is incredible in scope, design and color. This is their strongest collection yet. They introduced so many fabulous new colors and new shapes that we went over-board when placing an order for the shop. On June 15th from 3-7pm, you will be able to see every shape and every color in their current and new collections. They have eyewear for men, women *and* kids.

This show is definitely not to be missed! Sneak a peek at some of the images below and see you there!

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