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Sunglass Sale!!

Written by on August 20th 2015

2015_sunglass_saleWe are getting ready for our AUGUST SUNGLASS SALE, where, 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 10-50% 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 fall because we all know we will be outside as long as the weather allows!

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Filed under: FASHION!

Recent Light

Written by on July 14th 2015

Recently Refinery 29 published and article titled “Why I Stopped Dressing ‘Hot’ and Started Dressing ‘Weird”  by Laura Ruof. Where Ruof takes us through her teenage years when she tried to be daring and show her love of “weird” but just couldn’t hang. She was teased and worried about what others thought. She further explains her journey from “hot” to “weird.” Through this Ruof learns to dress for herself, simple in concept, she exoplores what makes her happy and how to dress that way.

It is a refreshing take on how to dress, in a world that has taken to body shaming all to often these days.

Here at Eye Spy we believe that you should dress for your self. You are the one who needs to feel beauiful and comfortable with not only your glasses but your whole self.

You are beautiful.
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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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DIY Herbal Eyewash with Dr. Deana Labrosse

Written by on May 28th 2015

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Using an eyewash is a great way to refresh the eye as well as treat common eye conditions such as dryness and allergies. If you’re a heavy computer user (and who isn’t these days?) or have seasonal allergies, chances are your eyes are feeling irritated. This workshop is designed to give you an introduction to over-the-counter treatments as well as ways to naturally make your eyes more comfortable.

We will be making and using a natural eye wash during the class and each participant will leave with a kit to use at home!

Note: You will be removing eye make up (if worn) during class, so be sure to bring your own makeup if you want to freshen up before leaving!

Spots are limited friends so click here to scoop one up!

 

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Eye Spy…An Ice Cream Crawl!

Written by on May 14th 2015

We can’t wait until Fridays in June when we will be towing the Eye Spy Airstream pop-up shop to some of our favorite creameries in Chicago ! Check out our spectacular sunnies *and* indulge in ice cream from 5-8pm with us!

We will be giving out free cones to the first 10 people that take a photo in our specs, post it on instagram and hashtag #eyescreamcrawl  :-)

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Anne et Valentin Party on Thursday, May 7th!

Written by on April 23rd 2015

We are putting the final touches on our plans for the Anne et Valentin trunk show! Here’s what’s going on:

Obviously, we will have all of the Anne et Valentin collection here!! Every single, perfectly-crafted frame in all of their glorious colors. Oh, and did we mention just how dreamy their sunglasses are for this season?! Le Sigh…

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We have got some other delectable things lined up for you! We will have an assortment of delicious savory hand pies from Pleasant House Bakery ! If you haven’t had one of these delicious pies from this Beverly bakery, then get your cute face in here and chow down on Thursday, May 7th! When you are finished with the savories, move on to our sweets from Flirty Cupcakes, which will surely give you the energy to pick out the dreamiest glasses in town…

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We will have crafted our own cocktails for the event as well, so after being fed and watered, you can pick out your favorite pairs from the lovely Anne et Valentin collection. And be sure to snag a pair of shades! After this winter, we all need to be outside as much as possible…so, that means we need sunglasses for all the margaritas we will be having on patios!

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Feel good about your purchase of simply spectacular eyewear; We are donating a percentage of our sales from the day to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation :-)

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See you on Thursday, May 7th from 3-7pm, and bring your appetite!

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Filed under: Mykita, NEWS!, Oliver Goldsmith

Our Newest Certified Optician!

Written by on April 23rd 2015

Congrats to our optician Clara for passing the American Board of Opticianry test! She is a rockstar…and a certified optician too!! We celebrated by taking these yearbook-style photos…

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Not everyone who sells and fits eyewear and lenses is a certified optician…but at Eye Spy, three out of our four opticians are board-certified…and proud of it!

You might think all we do is tell you if you look good in your eyewear, or not, but there is a lot more to being an optician. We take measurements that determine how your prescription lenses are made, decide on the design of the lens and the optimal material for your prescription, fit the the frame properly, select a frame that will look good with your prescription lenses, make sure that the lenses are made to the correct parameters, trouble-shoot and solve adaptation problems…and more!

So, next time you pop into Eye Spy, ask for Clara, the Optical Oracle, to help you select your eyewear! :-)

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Filed under: Shop Local. Shop Lincoln

Shop Local. Shop Lincoln: Eye Spy Optical!

Written by on April 10th 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.

Alissa Fields, Queen of Specs at Eye Spy Optical

Alissa is wearing her signature Theo Cinquante in Hot Pink. The bright color really pops on this classic shape and is anything but ordinary – just like Alissa!

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Also known ’round these parts as The Queen of Specs, Alissa is the colorful and funky owner of Eye Spy Optical.

Eye Spy Optical came into being after many fruitless searches for red and purple glasses. Realizing that there was a lack of fun, colorful and funky glasses in Chicago, Alissa (a.k.a the Queen of Specs) decided that the folks in Chicago deserve glasses that have some personality!

Since Alissa was a kid, she wanted to start her own business. She had lemonade stands, worked in retail starting at 4 years old in her grandparents’ lamp store and earned an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. Alissa’s parents’ design background guided her interests towards well-designed and beautiful objects. The Queen of Specs wore glasses since the age of 12, and always helped her friends pick out their specs. One day, it finally dawned on her … she would love to have an eyeglass shop and fit people with spectacular specs.

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Fun Facts About Alissa:

How long have you been in business? 17 years

Who was your teenage celebrity crush? Charlie Sheen

If you could be any animal, what would it be? Mandarin Fish

Are you right or left handed? Right handed

What color are your eyes? Hazel

Where did you grow up? Rogers Park, Lakeview, Glencoe, Wilmette and Evanston…Whew!

What hood do you live in now? Mayfair

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Alissa and her staff  pride themselves in outfitting customers with frames that are bit out-of-the-ordinary. Many of their customers say that they are surprised at what eyeglasses they choose for them. They always hear how much our customers love their new glasses, how many compliments they receive, how much fun they had picking out frames…and how they will return to Eye Spy again and again!

They stock frames in every color of the rainbow, and sell more red and purple glasses than black glasses. They also do a ton of special orders, so if you are looking for something specific or more sedate, they can help you find it. They have spectacular specs and shades for men, women and kids.

Eye Spy Optical offers personalized fittings, “Try-before-you-buy” digital photos of you in your glasses, expert advice, comprehensive eye exams and contact lens fittings, and honest opinions…about anything and everything!! If you let them guide you and listen to their opinions, it will be easy to decide on your new pair of simply spectacular specs.

Eye Spy Optical * 3350 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago IL 60626 * 773-477-2670

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March Make Over Party!!!

Written by on February 21st 2015

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We could not be more tired of this winter! Whew.  With that, comes the all too familiar need for change… and we are here to help you out! Swing by Saturday, March 7th, from 12-4pm and get a make over! While you are waiting to get your makeup done by the wonderful Brenda Arelano, you can shop some of Milk Handmade’s lovely selection of accessories! The fun does not stop there! We will also have on hand some lovelies from Pretty Quick, who will be signing you up for free manicures! 934781_740770706031140_2585436193518330131_n

10405352_687163134725231_602007389308732650_n You know you can’t have a good party without some snacks! We will have wine, bruschetta and a few other tempting delights, to help you make some good decisions! We have had all too much of this winter, so get out of the cold  and into some hot new specs at our March 7th makeover celebration!

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Filed under: NEWS!, SpexWax

Welcome to SpexWax!

Written by on February 20th 2015

When David from SpexWax came strolling into Eye Spy a few weeks ago, we could not contain our excitement!!

He sent us a sample frame the week before….and we all wanted to keep the frame for ourselves. It was a green cat-eye…..made from discarded, colorful, vinyl records!

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The records were pressed by a music house in Ohio named Gotta Grooves, but were not exactly perfect. So….they were shipped to David in  Cali-forn-I-A.  Then, David bonds three records into one and cuts a unique piece of eyewear!!

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We went crazy and bought over a dozen on the spot!! Do you love them as much as we do?? Take a peek…

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