Like hardboiled detectives, prescription lenses clear up blurry mysteries and frequently end up framed. Focus on the facts with today's Groupon: for $40, you get $250 toward designer frames and lenses at Spectacle Shoppe, with locations in Burnsville, New Brighton, Rogers, St. Paul, and West St. Paul.
Spectacle Shoppe's oft-awarded cache of more than 12,000 designer and vintage frames adds interest to oculars, and lenses ground in the in-house lab sharpen blurred vision. The stock includes 8 Below Zero fashion glasses designed by owner David Ulrich, designer frames from Bvlgari, Mikado, and Ralph Lauren, as well the cat-eye spectacles of vintage frames. The store's helpful face framers have adorned the nose bridges of celebrity clientele including Kenneth Branagh, Bette Midler, J-Lo, and Snuffleupagus. Customers can find bold frames covered in eel or adorned with mink, opt for subtle pairs, or select professionally elegant monocles to sport. Most frames range from $189 to $499, and the most frequently spotted price tag reads $259.
Spectacle Shoppe's in-house lab merges stylishly formed frames with sight-clearing functionality, grinding lenses to each client's needs. Single-vision lenses offer uniform sight calibration ($30–$429), and bifocal ($199–$299), trifocal ($229–$289), and progressive lenses ($259–$650) allow for multiple prescription strengths. Additional add-ons include polarization to reduce glare ($129) and tinting to shield eyes from the sun's sequined cabaret routines ($40).
Entrepreneur and frame designer David Ulrich has cleared the vision of Twin Cities citizens since 1969. Besides creating a wealth of exclusive eyeglasses frames, such as the sleek 8 Below Zero collection and the retro-inspired Studebaker line, Ulrich opened Spectacle Shoppe to serve customers’ optic needs. There, teams of certified opticians accurately assess prescriptions and fashion single-vision, progressive, or bifocal lenses in the in-house lab. Clients confer with the staff to design custom frames or choose from the shop's thousands of one-of-a-kind frames, vintage cat's-eye styles, and double monocles.
The selection was amazing; I've never seen such a huge inventory in the 20 years that I've worn glasses.Marianne 1964, Citysearch, 4/23/10
Great customer service, honest employees, and I will definitely be back once my eyes get worse (which they always do).Holly W., Yelp, 1/29/11
Tips from Groupon Customers
“Great place, knowledgeable and friendly people, large array of choices, fast service.”
“Spectacle Shoppe has great selection and service - they made picking out a new frame for glasses very easy and enjoyable.”
“Joe was VERY helpful!! He KNOWS his stuff VERY WELL!!!”
2050 Silver Lake Rd.
New Brighton, Minnesota 55112
2001 Burnsville Center
Burnsville, Minnesota 55306
350 Saint Peter St.
St. Paul, Minnesota 55102