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

Customer of the Week!

Written by on September 6th 2015

Our uber-chic Customer Of The Week is Ruth!

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Ruth has been a customer here at Eye Spy for a few years now and she always has wonderful taste.  We love how these slightly oversized Anne et Valentin Modern Style frames look on her.

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Everything comes together in this frame – the shape is a reimagined take on vintage eyeglass shapes, the little pops of red metal on the temples make this frame modern and the tortoise is a classic color that is crazy versatile.

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Ruth’s Gentle Monster Magician frame is also an updated take on a traditional sunny and is a frame she will be able to wear for years.

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Chocolate chip acetate and gold metal…how can you go wrong?

Ruth’s frames have all the right elements and she will be able to wear them long after the current fashion trends come and go.  This is what classic style is all about!

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

Customer Of The Week…Dog Days Edition

Written by on August 25th 2015

Hi all!  These truly are the dog days of summer, so we chose our wonderful customer Victoria and her cute pup, Splash, for our Customer Of The Week!

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At Eye Spy Optical we LOVE glasses and we LOVE dogs, so when Victoria came in to pick up her new glasses and brought along her furry little friend, we were thrilled and HAD to have a picture of both of them!

Victoria has been a customer for a few years now and on her last trip here, she picked up 2 pairs – first, a gorgeous pair of claret red and minty green Anne et Valentin Minilook. The more traditional shape makes these are perfect for professional settings but have that gorgeous color that looks so great with Victoria’s coloring.

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She also decided on a pair of Francis Klein Club frames with a floral silk print.  We love how light and easy-going this pair is – perfect for summer garden parties and brunching outside!

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Victoria is happy with her new summer frames and Splash gives her paw of approval to both pairs!

 

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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, Caroline Abram, CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, FASHION!, Unique Frame Lines

Customers of the Week – Cute Couple Edition!

Written by on June 29th 2015

Our Customers of the Week are a fun and fabulous couple…three cheers for Erin and Tom!!!

ERIN+TOM FUN Erin and Tom used to live in Chicago, but moved to Wisconsin for graduate school…since Erin is working towards her PhD.  She is one smart cookie. They still make the trek all the way down to Eye Spy Optical for our fantastic glasses.  The both love fashion and think that glasses are the perfect accessory! They each left with 2 frames – a fun pair and a more serious pair for work.

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Erin chose a bright red pair of Anne Et Valentin Amber frames for her fun pair.  She had the hardest time deciding which color to get – she would have gotten them all if she could have – but the red was clearly the standout pair!

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For her work pair, she also pair of Anne Et Valentin Cozak frames in a warm grey color wtih just a hint of pink at the temples. Did someone say, “sexy secretary”?!?

Tom’s prescription is strong, so he had difficulty see the glasses he was trying. As a result, our Specs Wrangler and Erin got to work and chose a couple of awesome frames for him. Once his lenses were in, he was thrilled with the end result!

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He went home with a tortoise and blue Caroline Abram Joel frame that fits perfectly and complements his style perfectly.

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And for work, he will be sporting a handsome pair of Anne Et Valentin Modern Time frames with an occupational lens. The occupational lenses allow Tom to see up to approximately ten feet, so he can read and see his computer monitor really well…..but when he needs to drive or see anything far away, he puts on his other pair:-)

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We couldn’t love these two more and are sad that we won’t get to see them for another year.

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

Customer of The Week!

Written by on May 8th 2015

Happy Day to Customer of the Week…Phyllis!!!

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Phyllis was getting too much attention in her limited edition kelly green Anne Et Valentin Sagan sunglass-turned-optical frame – not the WORST problem to have – so she came in to find something a little more understated…perhaps even “boring.” Our Queen of Specs, Alissa, took on the task and did her best to help out Phyllis by selecting an elegant Move frame by Theo in a soft blue that really complements Phyllis’ eyes and skin.

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Unfortunately, Alissa’s attempt at choosing a boring frame wasn’t as successful as she thought, because Phyllis called us up the other day to tell us that she has been getting stopped on the street because of her newest frames too! People just won’t leave her alone! The nerve!

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We love the new frames and think she looks amazing. If you want to go tell Phyllis how much you LOVE her glasses, you can find her being a rock star realtor at Baird & Warner, volunteering at PAWS or walking her three rescue dogs….

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Next time Alissa will just have to try a little harder…or Phyllis just needs to get used to being a rock star :)

 

 

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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, Shop Local. Shop Lincoln

Shop Local. Shop Lincoln: Dinkel’s Bakery!

Written by on April 22nd 2015

In order to highlight our fellow independent small business owners on our stretch of Lincoln Ave., we asked our photographer, Dave Rentauskus, to take portraits of our comrades in our spectacular specs….along with a few shots of their shops.

Luke Karl, VP at Dinkel’s Bakery

Anne et Valentin makes wearable frames in some great color combos like this orange and black D-Mo frame that Luke is wearing.

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Dinkel’s was opened by Joseph K. Dinkel and his wife Antonie opened Dinkel’s Bakery in 1922.  He was a master baker in Germany and after immigrating to Chicago, they set out to start their own bakery.

Since then, Dinkel’s has become a Chicago institution and is now being operated under the third generation of Dinkels with Joseph’s son -Norman, his grandson Eric, and his grand daughter and her husband – Sandgren and Luke running the show.

They have kept tradition alive, using many of Joseph’s original recipes still to this day.

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Fun Facts About Luke:

How long has the Dinkel’s been in business? Since 1922

How long ave you been working there? 2008

Who was your teenage celebrity crush? My idol was Wynton Marsalis

If you could be any animal, what would it be? Peregrine Falcon

Are you right or left handed? Right handed

What color are your eyes? Brown

Where did you grow up? Kansas City, KS

What hood do you live in now? Lakeview

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Dinkel’s Bakery has expanded thanks to the wonders of the internet and now people who grew up eating delicious goodies from Dinkel’s can now buy them and serve them to their families no matter where they live by visiting www.dinkels.com.

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Dinkel’s is the kind of bakery that puts a smile on your face. Just one bite of deliciousness and you will be hooked!

Dinkel’s Bakery   *  3329 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago Il 60657 * 773-281-7300

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

Customer of the Week!

Written by on January 19th 2015

Three Cheers for Dana…Our Customer of the Week!

Dana is styling in her Anne Et Valentin frames!

Dana is styling in her Anne et Valentin D-Gree frames!

Dana is a long time customer and a whole lot of fun!  Dana is an actress and a fitness & dance instructor and she loves to wear fun and funky frames when she isn’t sporting her contacts.

She picked out her first pair of funky specs from Eye Spy Optical in 2001!!! You don’t believe us? Well, take a peek at the evidence from our photo album below!

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When Dana came in for frames this time, she told the Optical Oracle that she wanted something a bit more serious and grown up.  The Oracle had the perfect frame in mind, Anne et Valentin D-Gree in a beautiful soft tortoise and purple combo.

D-gree has just the right blend of serious and sass!

D-gree has just the right blend of sophistication and sass!

D-gree’s angles and colors really complement Dana’s amazing smile and are still fun and funky. No boring frames for her!

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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Francis Klein, RES/REI

Customer of The Week!

Written by on January 5th 2015

3 Cheers for James, Our Customer of Week…and his Francis Klein Salto frames!!!

 

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Francis Klein Salto. A sophisticated frame for a sophisticated guy.

James followed his wife into Eye Spy last summer, when they flew into town from Chapel Hill, North Carolina…since Brooke needed her annual glasses fix from Eye Spy:-) This was James’ *first* pair of specs, and he walked out looking like a rock star. Brooke tried to out-do him and get two pairs, but that’s another story…

We had to make James our Customer of the Week, as he just stopped by to get an adjustment on his glasses….and we finally got to take his photo in his new specs:-)

James was back in-town in order to attend  Eve of the Eve, an annual  black-tie event to raise money for HighSight, later that evening. HighSight is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide academic and social support to Chicago high school students, and James is on the board, so he had to look his best. Lucky for him, the Specs Wrangler was able work her magic and tame those frames in no time!  The event was a success, and James even sent a picture from the evening.

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James is rocking his tux and glasses like a boss!

Even though this is James’ first pair of glasses, he is already in love with wearing cool colorful frames….so, he is already thinking about his next two pairs!! Which one would you choose??

We can’t wait to see which he frames he will be sporting with his tux next year!

 

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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, Anni Shades, EVENTS!, Francis Klein, Lafont, Niloca, Rapp, RES/REI, RVS, Theo

Time for our January Sale!

Written by on January 2nd 2015

We are even more excited than you are!! Why you ask? Well, we have a new custom, colorful, handmade line on the way to Eye Spy in January…and frankly, we need somewhere to put all the new frames. We don’t have any extra room at Eye Spy, so that’s where the sale comes in!!

For the ENTIRE MONTH OF JANUARY, our handmade eyewear will be discounted from 25% to 75% off, with prices as low as $99!

Swing by to check out deals over a 100 pairs of frames including Theo, Anne et Valentin, Rapp, Res/Rei and Mykita. Best of all, we will have  of Lafont, Francis Klein & RVS frames that will be up to 75% off! Treat yourself to a new look for the New Year!

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We are also having a Friends and Family Event! Join us on Thursday, January 15th from 11-7pm for 15% off prescription lenses as well as additional frame discounts.

Show your loved ones how you shop local and purchase handmade products that last:-)

We will have snacks & drinks upstairs…and in the downstairs family room, movies will be playing for the kiddos…along with freshly-popped corn! Honestly, what more could you want while shopping for glasses?

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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, FASHION!, Theo, Unique Frame Lines

What’s that you say? Two Customers of the Week?

Written by on December 31st 2014

Yes!  Mark & Jill and their fantastic technicolor frames are here for Customer of the Week!

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Mark in his Theo’s and Jill in her limited edition Anne Et Valentin sunnies.

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Customized CustomEyes Sun Clip!

Mark, a die-hard Anne Et Valentin fan, was convinced to try something a little different this go around – he is a bit of a connoisseur when it comes to fantastic frames, as he has been a customer for over 10 years!

And oh boy! He was happy when he put on his new green Theo Aramis frames with custom-made sun clips by CustomEyes. As you can imagine, Jill couldn’t let Mark be the only one in the family getting new eyewear!! She chose an Anne et Valentin limited-edition sunglass to protect her eyes….and look great, of course!!

Mark and Jill are a great match. They both have a creative eye and an adventurous spirit!  Just ask them about their recent cycling trip through Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand.  We want to see some pictures!

 

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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, NEWS!

Holiday Hours!

Written by on December 24th 2014

If you would like to stop by our humble shop of custom, colorful, handmade eyewear…please be aware that we have some changes to our schedule due to the holi-daze!

In addition to our regular hours of Tuesday-Friday 11-7, Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12-5, we will be open or closed as follows:

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Hope to see you soon!!

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