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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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Filed under: EVENTS!, Spectacular Sunglasses

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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Crazy Colorful Theo Trunk Show!

Written by on April 29th 2017

Who loves Theo? You do! So join us for the most colorful Theo trunk show yet on May 20 from 12-5pm!

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Theo is really bringing it this year with all of the great new shapes and vibrant colors that eyewear lovers have come to expect! 

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From show stopping acetates and to interlocking metals, there really is something for everyone. Come try on all of the new shapes and colors and pick out one…or two…or three for yourself!

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Filed under: EVENTS!, FASHION!

Nail Art Social & Tea Party

Written by on April 23rd 2017

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Join us on Mother’s Day weekend for a one-of-a-kind manicure! Artist Hillery Sproatt will be at Eye Spy Optical painting works of art on your fingernails on Saturday, May 13th. Her abstract floral designs will make you smile every time you look at your hands:-)

Invite your mom or a friend to join you…and stay for high tea with finger sandwiches, and scones!

Appointments are every 30 minutes and the nail painting costs $35/person.

Register here: http://bit.ly/2pRyt8Q

After you register for the event, we will contact you to schedule an appointment time.

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Beer and Chocolate Tasting!

Written by on March 31st 2017

Chocolate and Beer…2 great tastes that taste great together! Don’t believe me? Join us for a tasting of 4 artisan-made chocolate truffles matched with 4 craft beers and by the end of the evening you will definitely be a believer!IMG_4191

A cicerone from Bitter Pops  will be on-site educating participants on the carefully chosen beer selections and a chocolatier from Katherine Anne Confections will be leading the tasting.

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Katherine Anne Confections uses fair trade chocolate, locally sourced diary, and seasonal ingredients in each of her hand dipped truffles and other delightful confections. We have tried a few of their delectable chocolates and trust me, they are every bit as delicious as they look!

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Bitter Pops is a neighborhood beer shop that specializes in American Craft and International beer. They have a tasting room in the back where you try a sampling of wonderful beer on tap as well as an extensive selection of beer and cider to take home. If you are looking for something, but you don’t quite know what to get, their staff is full of beer-loving and knowledgeable folks that are easy to talk to and who make fantastic recommendations.

Friday, April 21 from 5-7pm

Reservations are required. The cost is $25/person for the tasting.

Only 12 spots are available, so register now at: http://bit.ly/2nH629M

 

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Introducing our Maaaaarvelous Customer of the Week!

Written by on February 22nd 2017

As we looked through pictures of our gorgeous customers in their fab new glasses, we realized with a gasp that Leslie has never been featured as our Customer of the Week! Well, something had to be done about this enormous error and so…without further ado, we present Ms. Leslie, our phenomenal (and patient!) Customer of the Week!

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This lovely lady has been a loyal customer at Eye Spy Optical for several years now and has a fine collection of handmade specs and suns.

Leslie is also part of Eye Spy’s sort-of-secret curly hair club (talk to Patsy and Alissa about membership opportunities).

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Leslie loves to wear glasses that show off her fun personality, but has found it hard to find small frames that are fun AND that fit her petite face.

Patsy, the Specs Wrangler, knew exactly what would make Leslie smile…a pretty metal Theo frame that was small in size, but still big in personality. Theo’s bright pink and orange Pli was just the ticket!

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Pli’s playful cat eye shape is ideal for women with smaller faces and it has just the right amount of pop! With the bright color and the unique folded detail at the temples, there is nothing boring about this frame.

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Leslie is a breath of fresh air on these dreary winter days in her new specs, we can’t wait to see what she picks out next!

 

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Pajamas + Friday the 13th at Eye Spy

Written by on January 11th 2017

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Our favorite day of the year is Friday the 13th…and our favorite outfit is pajamas! So, we have decided to put it all together and and have a little par-tay! Woo, hoo!

This January 13th from 11-7pm, we will be wearing our jammies at work, while dipping cookies into our hot cocoa . You are invited to join us. We will have board games, and be sharing our cookies and cocoa with you:-)

And since our January Sale is in full-swing….we will be giving 10% off on lenses with the purchase of a sale frame on Friday only!

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