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Sweet Sixteen!

Written by on October 1st 2014

Sweet Sixteen!

It’s our birthday and we will cry if we want to. Cry tears of joy that is! On October 11th, 12-5pm  we will be  celebrating our Sweet 16 birthday here at Eye Spy! Oh, and we couldn’t be happier! Come and join us won’t you? Celebrate in fluffy dresses a la “16 Candles!” We will have cupcakes, spiked punch and some John Hughes movies!sixteen-candles.preview

Geeze oh pete’s we almost forgot to mention the topper, we will have some sweet work from Margie Criner, owner and mastermind behind Red Belly!

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From as far back as Margie can remember, she needed to make things. She recalls spending time in her dad’s wood shop in the basement of their house. About six years old, she made a walkie talkie out of a block of pine, a nail and some paint.

Now, years later, the tools she uses are more sophisticated, but the desire to produce remains the same. Margie’s  education in textile design, graphics, and woodworking allows me to fulfill her childhood dream to create.  Her work is

art_car (1)rooted in color, eco- friendly materials, with a heavy concentration in composition.

Founded in 2011, Red-Belly is a Chicago handmade company creating 3D art and eco-friendly accessories.  Each item is designed with modern aesthetics and traditional craftsmanship. Much of the work is one of a kind.  Margie wants her customer to have something that is unique, that is well considered throughout the design process.

 

 

Come and celebrate 16 glorious frame finding years at Eye Spy!

OCTOBER 11TH, 12-5PM!

 

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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Francis Klein

Customer of the Week!

Written by on September 18th 2014

Meet Allison…our Customer of the week!
Allison fell head over heels in love with this Francis Klein Ginga frame…

IMG_1319Allison came in looking for a something different, and boy did we find it. She and the Design Maven knew this was the one. Allison put it on and practically started glowing! She was on a hunt for either a purple or a tortoise frame; They managed to find the best of both worlds, as this frame starts out purple and fades to tortoise!

Allison you are a total beauty in this frame, and in general. If we were in the E/R and you were our doc, it would make our day having you show up at our bedside wearing this frame! Thanks for being our Customer of the Week!!!

Here’s a close up shot of Allison’s lovely frame!!!!

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Filed under: NEWS!, Niloca

TICK. TOCK. IT’S NILOCA TIME!

Written by on September 18th 2014

It’s about that time, it’s about that place, it’s about getting Niloca on your face!
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How dreamy are these new Niloca Clockwork series frames? I mean, come on now! They even come in almost all of Eye Spy’s favorite color combinations!

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Niloca describes this series as being: hard, edgy and a little bit brutal, made from exotic materials gathered from their own trip across the continuum. Designed in Melbourne, with a tip of the bowler hat to timelessness.

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The Specs Wrangler has been obsessing over the Clockwork cat-eye in the sky blue…we will see how long she can hold out before ordering that one. Oh wait, she just ordered it!

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Times a tickin’… come and try-on these titanium beauties that took a year to be manufactured!

 

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Filed under: EVENTS!, Julbo

Eye Spy a Rainbow Scavenger Hunt!

Written by on September 17th 2014

We’ve convinced the rest of the block to play a game with us. What is the game you may ask? It’s an EYE SPY rainbow scavenger hunt, of course! Come scoop up a map and go on a hunt during Sundays in September.

Return with your map and photos, get a bunch of super-secret prizes and enter into a drawing for a pair of kids’ Julbo sunglasses!

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The scavenger hunt is officially taking place every Sunday during the Lakeview Sunday Play Spot! But, you can pick up an Eye Spy scavenger hunt card from us or any of the retailers on our block and participate whenever you want:-)

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

Customer of the Week

Written by on September 10th 2014

Congrats to Phyllis!!!

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Phyllis has been coming to Eye Spy for years and years. Every time she buys a pair, she always gets so many compliments…or at least, that is what she tells us;-) When she saw this pair of Anne et Valentin frames, she was immediately drawn to it. This pair was part of a limited edition series of Anne et Valentin sunglasses. Only 25 sets were made for the whole wide world! (They are all gone, except for one lonely pair on our shelf!)

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Originally, her green glasses were sunglasses, as are many of Phyllis’ previous pairs. Instead, we turned it into an everyday pair with XTRActive Transition lenses. Why are XTRActive Transitions different from the good ole Transitions that we normally use?

All day Transitions XTRActive lenses adapt to help protect your eyes from fatigue and strain caused by UV light and bright glare outdoors, and even activate behind the windshield.  Indoors they have a comfortable hint of tint to shield your eyes from strain caused by harsh indoor light.

Phyllis sells real estate, so she is in and out of her car all day, when she is not in front of the computer, or walking her three cute rescue dogs from her volunteer gig at PAWS. These lenses are a perfect solution…and she is getting even more compliments than ever on her glasses…or as she emailed us, “I am still accosted by strangers every day re: the glasses.”

Congrats to Phyllis and her pups!Phyllis_dogs

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Filed under: Anni Shades, CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!

Customer of the Week!!!

Written by on September 4th 2014

Welcome back to the same bat channel and bat place! Allow us to introduce Todd, who was actually one of the first people that the Design Maven helped when she started at ye ole Eye Spy.

Todd came in looking for something different and fun. His first pair of Eye Spy frames was an RVS frame in a matte black and speckled tortoise. He loved them so much that he added a second pair of Anni Shades that, sadly, bounced out of his bike bag. He was looking to replace his beloved lost frames. (Hopefully someone found them that really needed them, right?)

Todd found this beautiful Anni Shades Glimpse frame with a secret aqua accent…

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Todd is really lovin’ his new frames and hopefully these will *not* bounce out of his bike bag. Below is his first pair of Eye Spy glasses. We did notice that he somehow scratched his lenses, and replaced them under his scratch warranty!

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Thanks for being so much fun to work with Todd and such a good sport on one of the Design Maven’s first days!!! (Ya know, back a few years ago.) And…if you know a student at New Trier High School, they might recognized Todd as a fabulous history teacher! Have a great school year everyone and congrats to Todd for being Customer of the Week!!

 

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Filed under: EVENTS!

Back to School Trunk Show!

Written by on September 2nd 2014

Back-to-school brings new classrooms, new clothes, check-ups and of course… NEW GLASSES!!! We’ve got our favorite kids line in-the-house Sunday, September 14th from 12-4pm… Etnia Barcelona!! Etnia Barcelona really nails it with their color and shape options, topping it off with hilarious names of some of our favorite childhood places.

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To add the fun of the trunk show, Lakeview Chamber of Commerce is blocking off Lincoln right in front of our store for some playtime! They are putting a play spot in from Roscoe to School, so come run, jump, skip and play! (Oh, well and pick out some new glasses *obviously.*) We will also have a musical guest for the day playing in our Airstream! Little Miss Ann will be jammin’ it up with the kiddos at 3pm!

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We’ve also convinced the rest of the block to play a game with us. What is the game you may ask? It’s an EYE SPY rainbow scavenger hunt, of course! Come scoop up a map and go on a hunt. Return with your map and photos and get a secret prize!

Our fabulous Dr. Labrosse will also be fielding some questions, a la Lucy from the Peanuts. She might event have a few optical illusions up her sleeve.

peanuts-doctor-is-in1See you September 14th, 12-4pm for the party and playtime!

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Filed under: Caroline Abram, CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Unique Frame Lines

CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!!!

Written by on August 28th 2014

It’s that time again, THURSDAY!!! Which, also happens to be Customer of the Week day! Meet Brooke, who once upon a time lived in Chicago, and then moved to DC, then traveled back to Chi-town to shop for glasses. Brooke tried and tried again to find glasses in DC but nothing lived up to Eye Spy. So back to Eye Spy it was for Brooke. After spending some time with the Specs Wrangler she settled on  Caroline Abram. Brooke scooped up two frames, although we only got a picture in one frame.

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Brooke acutally insited a photo with the Queen of Specs. She even talked her hubby into getting a pair of glasses, who since he had never been here he got a referral discount! Brooke you look like a total babe in your new Caroline Abram frames! Thanks for the travels and tons of fun! We will see you when you want new frames!

Here’s a peek at her frames!

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We will see you next week at the same bat time and on the same bat channel for Customer of the Week!

 

 

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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Francis Klein, Unique Frame Lines

Customer of the Week!!!

Written by on August 21st 2014

It’s that time again folks, customer of the week time that is.  Allow us to introduce Beth, delcared her self the orginal the Pink Lady. Beth tried to find glasses at a shop that shall not be named (aka the Voltermort of Glasses Shops, and yes we did just say that.) She quickly realized that her personailty was just too much for that store.  Beth’s lovely daughter Ruth brought her into Eye Spy, turning her over to the thoughtful hands of the Design Maven.

Beth and the Design Maven had a blast picking out these beautiful Francis Klein Bisou frames in sparkly leopard. Not only does she look awesome, she looks like she might teach you to bake or maybe just kick you to the curb, like any Pink Lady would.

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Thanks for being such a B.A. Pink Lady Beth you look amazing in your Francis Kleins! We had a blast helping you pick these beauties out!!!

P.S. did we mention that Beth also got a referral discount since her daughter Ruth referred her here! Refer a friend and they save

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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Thierry Lasry

CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!!!!

Written by on August 14th 2014

 

 

 

It’s Customer of the Week time again! Allow us to introduce you to our newest Eye Spy babe, CHARLENE! CHARLENE, is a friend of our book keeper Karla. Karla brought Charlene in and it was love at first sight with these Thierry Lasry Orgasmy frames!
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Charlene can be found biking around town, with her little dog in the basket, you can’t see him but he’s real sweet! She also is the make-up guru boucing from show to show. Thanks for being such a blast Charlene! Take a peek at her frames up close and personal!

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Take note of Charlene’s sweet bike!! She biked here as part of Bike Lakeview! Show up to particpating shops in Lakeview on your bike and wave your helmet at some one and get a discount! Its green, gets you outside and has some serious perks!

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