Archive for 'Niloca'

Filed under: Anne et Valentin, Anni Shades, Caroline Abram, EVENTS!, Francis Klein, Mykita, Niloca, Piero Massaro, Rapp, RES/REI, Sabine Be., Theo

Getting Ready for Our January Sale!!

Written by on December 30th 2016

Who doesn’t love a sale? Last year, we had people waiting at our door on the first day of our sale! And for good reason.

We have select styles of Mykita, Gentle Monster, Francis Klein, Anne et Valentin, Theo, Niloca and more on sale for 25%, 50% and 75% off! We even ordered over 50 frames exclusively for our sale that we are marking-down right now …so stop by starting on Monday, January 2 for the best selection!

Did you know that we are open everyday in January?! Yep….so you have plenty of chances to scoop up a great deal, and have no time for excuses! Our January Hours: Sunday & Monday from 12-5pm, Tuesday through Friday from 11-7pm and Saturday from 10-6pm.

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Filed under: EVENTS!, Niloca

18th Birthday Bash & Niloca Trunk Show!

Written by on September 24th 2016

We are now officially old enough to VOTE!

Celebrate with us on Saturday, October 1st from 11-5pm with a Niloca Trunk Show…and register to vote! 

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Niloca’s designer will be here direct from Australia, with his entire collection of eyewear for unabashed, confident eyewear connoisseurs, who pave a path to the highest peak and shout from its summit, “HERE I AM WORLD, TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT!!”

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We shot our most recent lookbook this past summer…
and captured some great shots with Niloca’s incredible designs along the shoreline of the Chicago River.

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This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Niloca collection, as the designer is touring the US and only stopping in a few cities, directly after the yearly eyewear show in Paris!

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But Wait, There’s More!
Did we mention that we will be registering voters *and*
awarding prizes & discounts if you cast your mock vote at Eye Spy?!?!

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We will have some lovely volunteers who will be happy to help you register to vote, which will be super-easy thanks to Rock The Vote but don’t worry, if you can’t make it, you can click on this handy dandy link and Register to Vote Here!!!

 

 

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Filed under: NEWS!, Niloca, Theo

Eye Spy our Newest Optician: Debbi!!!

Written by on September 20th 2016

You may have seen a new face around here lately…and that face belongs to our new optician, Debbi, the Glasses Guru. Debbi has over 17 years of experience and she sure knows her stuff! She is a wiz at adjustments – she will get your glasses sitting pretty on your face in no time – she hasn’t met a frame she could bend back into shape yet!

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We asked her a few questions so you could get to know her:

- How many glasses do you own?
1 optical and 1 sun! (She gave away all her sunnies – this lady has a heart of gold! But, don’t you worry, she will become a glasses addict in NO time!!)

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- Do you have a hobby?
I cook, swim, and love shopping – especially for kitchen wear (perhaps due to the fact that her mom has a catering business).

- There’s an EARTHQUAKE! and you can only save 3 things from the gaping hole forming under your apartment, what do you scoop up?
Photo albums, my journal, and of course, my prized possession – my beautiful, brick red KitchenAid mixer.

- What catches your eye at Eye Spy?
The neon yellow Niloca Clockwork frame….and the Theo Mille+26 in fluorescent red….as seen in the above photo:-)

- If you could be any mystical person/creature who/what would it be?
A unicorn with wings – they are so powerful and beautiful…and I could fly!

- Do you have a hidden talent?
I am a wiz at useless trivia…and don’t even get me started with old R&B!!!

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- Tell us something that most people don’t know about you.
I grew up on a farm with 30 dogs. (Whoa!!!)

Debbi is extremely patient, easy-going, and great at picking out spectacular specs…and we are sure you will think so too! Come by the store, say hi, and introduce yourself; She is excited to meet all of our fabulous customers:-)

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Filed under: NEWS!, Niloca, Theo

Eye Spy With My Little Eye…OUR NEW EYE DOC!!!

Written by on September 10th 2016

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Dr. Catherine Liu comes to us from Vegas and while she isn’t a fan of the cold weather, she does LOVE Chicago’s food scene. Her fav restaurants include Zaytune Mediterranean Grill, Pleasant House, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba and all the breakfast delights at Batter & Berries.

As a kid, she dreamed about becoming a basketball player, but as it turns out, there isn’t as much demand for 5’1.5″ pro players:-( She now imagines a life full of chickens, greyhound dogs, travel to far and distant lands and the perfect pair of teal glasses.

One of her most beloved places on the planet is a small farm in England where she attended a cooking school, lived an idyllic life picking veggies and became “one with the land.”

When we met Dr. Catherine this past summer, she was in-town to run a half marathon…and was able to swing by the shop beforehand. We were impressed by her knowledge and experience with a variety of speciality contact lenses. We were also happy to hear of her similar views on spending significant time with each patient in order to provide a comprehensive and thorough eye exam.

She is eager to meet our spectacular customers and provide an eye-opening exam experience! She has also fallen in love with the Theo and Nilcoa eyewear that we selected for her in the above pictures;-)

Feel free to read more about Dr. Catherine’s professional experience here, stop by to meet her on Thursdays and Saturdays …and schedule your next eye exam here!

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Filed under: Anne et Valentin, Anni Shades, Caroline Abram, EVENTS!, February 31st, Francis Klein, Gentle Monster, Kaenon, Niloca, Oliver Goldsmith, Rapp, RES/REI, Rigards, Spectacular Sunglasses, Super, Theo, Thierry Lasry, Unique Frame Lines

August Sunglass (and more!) Sale

Written by on July 29th 2016

2015_sunglass_saleWe are getting ready for our AUGUST SUNGLASS SALE !! Once a year, we round up all of our sunglasses, and go a little bananas on the discounts. 

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: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, FASHION!, Niloca, Theo

Customer Of The Week…Daily Double!

Written by on August 11th 2015

Help me welcome Robin to the Customer Of The Week Club!

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Robin’s first visit to Eye Spy Optical was a little bit strange…the Queen of Specs and the Optical Oracle were on at the shop and just moments before Robin stepped in the door, the power had all gone out. This did not deter Robin.  She had been sent by one of her fab friends to look at our unique frames and a little power outage wasn’t going to deter her.

She looked around for a bit, trying on frames in every color under the rainbow.  A Theo frame caught her eye…part of a limited edition of flourescent Mille specs…in bright blue and green.

I know this is purple...but you can imagine this in blue and green can't you?

I know this is purple…but you can imagine this in blue and green can’t you?

Robin loves color and accessories, so she also wanted to look for something she could wear with her jewel-tone outfits.  She tried on Niloca’s Fermie frame and knew she had found her frame-charming. The kalaidesope of amethyst, garnet and carnelian colors was gorgeous with her coloring and would match her hats!

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So it was settled…Theo and Niloca frames in gorgeous limited edition colors were going home with her.

We love Robin’s bold choices and think she looks beautiful in both of her new specs!

 

 

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Filed under: CUSTOMER OF THE WEEK!, FASHION!, Niloca, Theo

Customer Of The Week…Katie’s Quest

Written by on April 24th 2015

Hi All!  It is time for Customer of The Week again, and this time we chose a lovely customer who walked in with a pair of ho-hum tortoise specs, and left with some COLOR! Congrats to Katie!!!!

Katie is a world traveller and a professor in Indianapolis, IN and she knows awesome eyewear when she sees it. She had heard tales of a magical eyewear boutique in Chicago that carried an amazing collection of funky fun eyewear.  One early Saturday morning she set out on her journey, in search of this magical oasis. She endured an arduous journey full of stop-and-go traffic and evil construction monsters, but after several hours she made it to the store where beverages were offered to quench her thirst and lovely ladies helped her find the glasses of her dreams.

Katie was wearing a pair of ho-hum tortoise glasses and practically gasped at the rainbow of specs before her. She tried on many pairs, but they were too small, too big, or just somehow not right…that is until she tried on a pair of fun and funky metal pair of Niloca Clockwork glasses in a fun bright orange! They fit like a glove and had fun 3-D details and those dreamy sky blue temple tips! Glasses like these could only come from the mad genius design minds of the folks at Niloca, and they were perfect!

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Now you may think that her gorgeous Nilocas are exciting, but wait until you see her 2nd pick…

Mille+12a bright candy red pair of Theo Mille+12 glasses were singing their siren song to Katie.  Lo and behold…Katie tried them on, and again, they too were just right!

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We love how they almost GLOW on Katie’s pale skin and light blonde hair.

Katie’s journey was complete and she was happy. She returned home, happy to have found her new favorite eyewear boutique and excited about her cool and colorful new specs. AND, she lived happily ever after.

The End.

 

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Filed under: Niloca, Shop Local. Shop Lincoln

Shop Local. Shop Lincoln: Paulina Meat Market!

Written by on March 4th 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.

Johnny Begale, Sausage Kitchen Manager

Johnny is wearing a spicy Jawd frame by the Australian eyewear designer, Niloca, who are known for unexpected shapes and unique use of color in their handmade frames.

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Paulina Meat Market is one of those great family business that are hard to find these days. In 1984, just as the current location was opening it’s doors, Johnny’s dad Bill, applied and started his career, learning to “break down cattle and serve carnivourous Chicagoans.” He and his wife, Laurie had the opportunity to buy the business from the original owners in 2006, and have made the market their own, exapnding their selection of fresh meats and sausages and compimentary products to appeal to the needs of their customers while still keeping the original roots of their German-American Meat Market intact.

Johnny has a degree in accounting from Illinois Wesleyan University and worked for 2 years at McGladrey, but found himself wondering if that was the right fit.  He began working for the family business in 2011 with the Sausage Kitchen team. “I have an awesome family and was fortunate enough to have a place to go when I needed to take a step back and figure things out.” Johnny has also put his accounting and business knowledge to good use, helping to make Paulina Meat Market the World Class Meat Market it is today.

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Fun Facts about Johnny:

How long have you been in business?  Paulina Market has been in business since 1949 (65 years)

Who was your teenage celebrity crush?  I was 19 when Annapolis came out (just on the edge of teenage years), and James Franco is a stud in that movie so would have to go with him!

If you could be any animal, what would it be?  I would have to be a bird, a Bald Eagle to be specific I guess.  I don’t know much about Bald Eagles, but I love to travel and I love my country so that would be a sweet animal to be!

Are you right or left handed?  Righty

What color are your eyes? Brown

Where did you grow up? Niles, IL

What ‘hood do you live in? Roscoe Village

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Johnny and his family want Paulina Market always strives to understand its customers and their meat-eating needs and pushes itself to be the best market in town!

Paulina Meat Market * 3501 N. Lincoln Avenue (corner of Lincoln & Cornelia) Chicago, IL 60657 * 773.248.6272

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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: EVENTS!, NEWS!, Niloca

Let’s Dance…with Niloca!

Written by on December 26th 2014

You know how some things just go together…peanut butter and jelly, picnics and sunny days…David Bowie and Niloca! …or is that just me?

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The first time I laid eyes on these babies, I was wowed! The colors, shapes, and even textures that the talented Colin Redmond and his team use in their designs are fit for a queen…or maybe a space alien king!

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I can’t think of anything better than getting dressed up in a pair of Niloca specs and spending the day dancing through the wonderful world of that crazy music making genius at the David Bowie retrospective at the Museum of Contempoary Design in Chicago. The show features over 400 objects from a 5 decade career including handwritten lyrics, set designs and COSTUMES!

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Niloca hasn’t been around for 5 decades yet, but with their fun and playful designs, I am willing to bet that  they will be.

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You will have to hurry if you want to go visit Bowie’s world…the last day of the show is January 4th, and you should definitely go, even if you don’t have a pair of wacky specs to wear (but you know where to come if you want some!) The MCA will have special Extended David Bowie is a Holiday Hours  for the last week of the show, so you really don’t have an excuse for missing it.

You know you want to.

You know you want to.

 

 

 

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