Started in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, this nationally recognized and trusted eye-care center now operates in nearly 800 company and franchise locations nationwide. The master visionaries at Pearle are well-trained in assisting all bespectacled beings, from casual librarians to picky, temperamental Cyclopes. They'll help navigate a nearly endless array of sight-enhancing options: house lines of simple, durable frames and lenses, designer frames from Versace and DKNY, prescription Ray-Ban shades, and contact lenses to suit the chemistry of even sensitive sets of eyes.
One of the East Coast's best-known Members-only wholesale retailers, BJ's serves more than six million Members in more than 200 clubs as far west as Ohio. Within these sprawling locations, BJ's helps provide more selections to savvy shoppers looking to knock out most of their errands in a single stop. In the same visit, Members can stock up on economy-sized groceries?including USDA choice meats, farm-fresh produce, and everyday essentials?grab name-brand electronics, and even plan a vacation through BJ's Travel. Each service makes up a single part of BJ's well-rounded retail experience, but simplifying shopping isn't BJ's only goal; in 2012 alone, the company donated more than $2.2 million to charitable organizations.
Owners Jed and Jessica Leach established Opt Eyewear Boutique in 2010, and set out to bring luxury sunglasses, frames, and lenses from all corners of the globe back to their Providence shop. Their ever-growing stock includes eyewear from renowned brand names—such as Prada, Lafont, and Ted Baker—as well as the latest styles from independent manufacturers. Most recently, they’ve shifted their focus back onto regional soil, carrying products crafted by local students and startup companies such as Arborglass. They help shoppers navigate the selection inside their newly renovated store, decorated with sleek wood floors and mod white furnishings that recall boutiques found sprinkled across London and the inside of Martha Stewart’s mind.
Providence Optical is known for its great selection of authentic vintage frames but also carries a wide variety of contemporary classics and cutting-edge shapes. Peruse the vision center's eclectic collection, test driving fashions from popular international designers including Gunnar, Eye'DC, Bruno Chaussignand, Strada Del Sole, and Swissflex. In addition to its impressive selection of pre-made vintage and designer goods, the experienced staff at Providence Optical will cater to your creative whims, helping you customize a pair of frames while sharpening any less-than-20/20 judgment in the process.
Now in their 10th year of dueling instruction, U.S. Fencing Association–certified coaches Michael and Anne Olson invite local squires to apprentice under the blade at their 3,500-square-foot sword school. At Blackstone Valley Fencing Academy, students ranked amateur through Arthurian clash in a safe and controlled environment over the course of six weekly classes. Beginning swordspersons are required to take the intro to fencing class, while experienced participants can wield their choice of foil, épée, or slashing saber as they parry and riposte across the academy’s four regulation-length electric-fencing strips. Sessions are divided by age for jousters as young as 7, and you can check the class schedule here. Participants should wear an embroidered gambeson and burnished chain mail, or at least court shoes and comfortable long pants.
Everyone is treated like family at Duquette Family Eye Care. We provide professional, quality eye care to patients of all ages. Call to schedule an appointment and/or to see if we accept your medical insurance. Our office hours are Monday and Wednesday 8:30 - 6:00; Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 - 5:00; Friday 8:00 - 3:00.