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Filed under: NEWS!

We’ve got a new look!

Written by on June 16th 2009

Check it out!!!

Hey You!! Look at me!!

Eye Spy has a new look!

green is the new awesome

You know us, at Eye Spy, we like to be as green as possible. For a while, we’ve been bored with our plain brown facade. It didn’t accurately represent the Eye Spy attitude!

Then, Alissa had the brilliant idea of putting astro-turf on the store! She cut the panels in her own back yard and put them up with Velcro, so when we remove the middle two panels, we have a fun purple chalkboard hidden away! Wait, there’s more!

It turns out the astro-turf is made out of recycled materials. So we did get the green facade we’ve always wanted. It just took a little elbow grease and a lot of clever thinkin’!

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

CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!

Written by on June 15th 2009
Congratulations to AMY, our CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!

AMY chose these incredible ORANGE Anne et Valentin frames and ***wow*** do they look great on her! The orange frames make her eyes POP and SPARKLE. At Eye Spy, we love Anne et Valentin frames because their funky styles and interesting angles are so fun and bright. Especially these orange Anne et Valentin frames, they make Amy’s face light up!

Orange you glad we have orange Anne et Valentin glasses?!

Congratulations Amy, 1) on your awesome new Anne et Valentin frames and 2) for being our CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!

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Filed under: IC Berlin, NEWS!

Just in case you dropped your chopstick…

Written by on June 7th 2009


I just came across a photo of IC!Berlin frames being used in a, well, creative manner. We have always told our customers how durable IC!Berlin frames are, referencing real-life incidents…such as the time a customer inadvertently got his IC!Berlin’s run over by a car and the frames were not damaged at all!! But this photo just proves how useful IC!Berlin’s really are….and how much extra time some people have on their hands!

So, remember…if you drop one of your chopsticks on the ground and can’t find another set, just take off your IC!Berlin’s, snap off the temples….and dig in. Delicious!

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

CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!

Written by on June 6th 2009

Our CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK this week is SHELDON!

Sheldon came to us looking for a round tortoise frame a la William Gibson:

I’m William Gibson, I wrote Neuromancer.

We liked the inspiration of a round frame for Sheldon, but we knew he could pull off something a little bolder. He looks *great* in this frame from the Anne et Valentin Factory series.

makin’ Gibson jealous

Not only is this a great look, but the frame itself is nice and strong with reinforced hinges. The design of the frame is really special, with edges hand cut to give the sides multiple angles.

Great choice, Sheldon, and congratulations on being our CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!

……don’t forget!…….

Stop by Saturday, June 13th for our Sunglass Trunk Show featuring the frames of Persol, Maui Jim, and IC!Berlin! We’ll have a party going from 11-5! Get your Dad a snazzy new pair of UV Blockin’ specs for Father’s day!!!

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Filed under: Francis Klein, Lafont, NEWS!

Classics made easy — how-to…..

Written by on June 2nd 2009

Have fond memories of this? :

It’s Winnie Cooper!!!

Come on in to Eye Spy and try this:

Francis Klein!!!

Like the look of this? :

If you can’t be a famous directer, you can at least look like one!

Stop by the store at take a gander at this:

Lafont Reedition frames!!!

Love the classic cool of this?:

Marianne Faithful = Cool Defined.

Get your hands on these:

Oliver Goldsmith!!!

Before they’re gone!

……don’t forget!…….

Stop by Saturday, June 13th for our Sunglass Trunk Show featuring the frames of Persol, Maui Jim, and IC!Berlin! We’ll have a party going from 11-5! Get your Dad a snazzy new pair of UV Blockin’ specs for Father’s day!!!

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

CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!

Written by on May 30th 2009

This week, we’ve chosen JASON as our CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!

Jason actually bought his glasses in January. He started the year off right by buying TWO pairs of glasses; both fit his personality perfectly. One frame was a plastic Anne et Valentin and the other was this incredible blue and brown THEO titanium frame:

When we were trying to choose a customer of the week, we just couldn’t resist how awesome these frames look on Jason!

Congratulations, Jason, what a great choice!

……don’t forget!…….

Stop by Saturday, June 13th for our Sunglass Trunk Show featuring the frames of Persol, Maui Jim, and IC!Berlin! We’ll have a party going from 11-5! Get your Dad a snazzy new pair of UV Blockin’ specs for Father’s day!!!

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Filed under: NEWS!

’tis better to give…

Written by on May 27th 2009

Now that you have awesome new glasses, what are you going to do with all those old specs?

Whatcha gonna do?!

1) Be a responsible glasses-wearer and keep one pair as a back-up!

2) Bring the rest to Eye Spy!

Eye Spy Optical is sponsoring a campaign to collect used eyeglasses, jewelry, and hearing aids!


The donated glasses and other items will be sent to New Eyes for the Needy, a non-profit volunteer organization whose mission is to improve the vision of poor children, adults and seniors in the United States and throughout the world.


Last year, New Eyes paid for new prescription eyeglasses for 5,945 needy residents of the U.S. In addition, over 200,000 pairs of recycled eyeglasses were sorted, tested and shipped to medical missions and international charitable organizations in 24 developing nations.


For additional information, visit their website at www.neweyesfortheneedy.org. We have a collection box in our store located at 3350 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago

We also have collection boxes at the Lakeview YMCA on Marshfield and at Wishbone at Lincoln and School.

……don’t forget!…….

Stop by Saturday, June 13th for our Sunglass Trunk Show featuring the frames of Persol, Maui Jim, and IC!Berlin! We’ll have a party going from 11-5! Get your Dad a snazzy new pair of UV Blockin’ specs for Father’s day!!!

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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Frost

CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!

Written by on May 23rd 2009

Congratulations to Annalee, our CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!


As soon as Annalee tried on this Frost frame, she was in love, and I think it’s easy to see why.

Congrats, Annalee, it’s great to have you as our CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!


Stop by Saturday, June 13th for our Sunglass Trunk Show featuring the frames of Persol, Maui Jim, and IC!Berlin! We’ll have a party going from 11-5! Get your Dad a snazzy new pair of UV Blockin’ specs for Father’s day!!!

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Filed under: Francis Klein, NEWS!

Well, Hello, Remarkable!!!

Written by on May 17th 2009

Oh my!

I just stumbled upon what may be one of the happiest places on the Internet!

A blog devoted to ***vintage eyewear***

Two teenagers modeling “Boy Watcher” glasses, California, 1965.

Click here to check out Note de l’Hotel, my new 2nd favorite blog (after this one, of course).

Vintage shapes are very much “in” right now and it’s fun to look at all of these styles. But buying actual vintage frames creates the risk of breakage when putting prescription lenses in the frame.

That’s why I’m so very delighted to have lines like Francis Klein and Lafont bringing back the vintage shapes. And who would I be to forget my lovely Theo, they’ve been taking inspiration from these vintage geek shapes and re-making them with titanium in bright colors!

Oh joy joy joy, it’s such a lovely day to look at AWESOME GLASSES!


Stop by Saturday, June 13th for our Father’s Day Party featuring the frames of Maui Jim and IC!Berlin! We’ll have a party going from 11-5!

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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Lafont

CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK

Written by on May 16th 2009

It’s a family affair this week with our CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!

Susan came into the store after her daughter, Allison referred her to us. Susan chose a *gorgeous* pair of Lafonts that make her blue eyes SHINE!

It’s no wonder she trusted her daughter’s spectacle advice, check out the frame Allison chose:

It’s not only good looks and brains that run in this family, it’s snazzy specs too!

and don’t forget to:

Stop by Saturday, June 13th for our Father’s Day Party featuring the frames of Maui Jim and IC!Berlin! We’ll have a party going from 11-5!

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