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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!


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.


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!



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


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Filed under: Francis Klein, NEWS!, PlasticDelux, Rapp, RES/REI

So Many New Arrivals!!

Written by on July 2nd 2015

When we go to the eyewear trade show, it is tempting to buy everything in sight. Pun intended. Of course, we have a budget and a list and all sorts of guidelines to keep us in check….but, as you know, sometimes you just fall in love.

This year, we found a fun and affordable handmade sunglass line by PlasticDelux, Francis Klein introduced a ton of new fabulous colors, Res/Rei released some great masculine shapes, and, well, we just loved everything! Oh, and Rapp Eyewear wowed us too. Where are we going to put everything??

Here are some photos of our favorites that have arrived over the past few weeks…




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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, Francis Klein, NEWS!

Shop Local. Shop Lincoln: Black Hearts Hair House!

Written by on May 1st 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.

Heather Miller, Owner of Black Hearts Hair House

Heather is wearing Francis Klein Kristy in sparkly leopard print…need we say more?


Ever since she was a little girl, Heather Miller has been passionate about hair—from cutting her dolls’ hair, to styling all of her friend’s updos for prom, to dorm room hair color adventures; there has always been a constant: she has known that a hair salon—more specifically, her own salon– is where she belongs. After completing her certification at Pivot Point, she gained further education along with a blossoming clientele through the punk/alternative hair salons that Chicago has to offer. Her years of knowledge & experience paid off when the doors of Black Hearts Hair House in November 2008.



Fun Facts About Heather:

How long have you been in business? 6 years

Who was your teenage celebrity crush?  Luke Perry from 90210

If you could be any animal, what would it be? A panther

Are you Right or Left handed?: Right handed

What color are your eyes? Brown

Where did you grow up? Naperville, IL

What hood do you live in? Albany Park


Since 2008, she has morphed the space on Lincoln Avenue with the help of her talented staff of professionals into her dream of an alternative boutique salon that is able to accommodate a variety of clients–no matter what their budget is or if they want subtle blonde highlights or a bright, purple Mohawk–and always providing them with the upscale environment and service they all deserve.

Black Hearts Hair House * 3535 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 * 773-525-4344


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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, FASHION!, Francis Klein, Spectacular Sunglasses

Another Fantastic Customer Of The Week!

Written by on March 17th 2015

This week is a little bit special because our Customer of The Week is someone who has been working for Eye Spy for 10 years!  Say Hello to Karla!


Karla is always dressed for fun and when she saw the Francis Klein Royal sunnies, she had to catch her breath. And can you blame her?  They must have been designed with Karla in mind! Karla will look great at all of her three (yes I said three!) jobs – a shoe store, a jewelry store and for us!


To say Karla is a bit of a fashionista is an understatement. She is a pro at mixing patterns, textures and colors… so what could be better than sunglasses with a dash of fun, a spinkle of sass and a heap of glitter!



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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, FASHION!, Francis Klein, Rigards

Customer of the Week!

Written by on March 10th 2015

Yep, it is Customer of The Week time again. Wiggle your spirit fingers in the air for….Heather!


Heather’s  first visit to our store was a couple of January’s ago.  She drove all the way from Indianapolis, Indiana so she could look at our sale frames and was blown away by the amazing selection of fun and funky frames.  From that moment on, she was a customer for life!

She has made the pilgrimage to our shop a several times since (bringing friends!) and has collected a wardrobe of truly spectacular eyewear.

On her most recent trip, she picked up a couple of gorgeous frames.

FK Opera

Francis Klein Opera was part of our January sale, and called out to Heather the moment she opened the door.  Sparkly crystals and silver studs are pretty hard to say no to, especially when paired with a flirty cat-eye shape.



When she came in to pick up her Francis Klein, she fell in lust with a pair of  striking Rigards buffalo horn sunglasses.  But she decided she wanted to be able to wear them all day every day, and had us put clear lenses in them.  We couldn’t love them more!  We love it when customers customize a frame – with a special color, or a special lens – and make the frame truly their own.

We know, you are feeling a little jealous..but don’t worry, there are still plenty of cool specs left for you to take home!

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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!!!




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.


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!

January Sale

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, Anni Shades, Caroline Abram, EVENTS!, Francis Klein, Rapp, Theo

2014 November Trunk Shows

Written by on October 16th 2014

Yep, it’s what you have been waiting for all year…the new 2015 eyewear collections straight from Paris!!!! Hollah!

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While the Queen of Specs takes the long voyage to Paris every year, and suffers while doing so (just kidding!), we make it easy on all of our customers by inviting the representatives from a small selection of our lines to Eye Spy on Saturdays on November. We tried to mix it up a bit this year…so we hope you are as excited as we are!!

2014 NovTrunkShow_web

Which show should you put on your calendar, if you cannot attend all of the shows? Good Question.

Here are links to the lines that we are showing…Take a peek and see which ones might be your soulmate!

11/1: Rapp and Anni Shades -select shape and color and have a custom pair made just for you!

11/8: Francis Klein- select shape and color and have a custom sparkly pair made just for you!

11/15: Caroline Abram- sexy cat-eyes at an awesome price!

11/22: Theo eyewear- incredible colors and shapes in acetate and metal!

11/28: Anne et Valentin- very wearable shapes and colors…in unexpected combinations!

AND if you want a private showing on the Sunday following each show…just call us at 773.477.2670 or email us at [optician at] for an appointment :-)


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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!!!!

GINGA A96 - S540



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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.




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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