Founded in 1914, the original New York City location of Sterling Optical doled out frames amid the Ford Model Ts and paperboys that swarmed the city's financial district. The original band of eyesight experts weathered years of economic depression by impressing customers with speedy, full-service vision care, later launching a second store near Washington, DC. Today, a century of steady franchise expansion has given rise to almost 200 store locations in 23 states. Most locations continue the tradition of offering one-stop optical services, giving customers access to exams and onsite labs that manufacture glasses in one hour. The spectacle provider has been named one of the nation's leading franchises by Entrepreneur magazine.
With a seasoned staff, all boasting 15 years or more of optical experience, Visions of Longmeadow equips world-weary eyes with stylish, sturdy, comfortable blinkers. Emphasizing atypical eyewear, these friendly sight shamans deliver a variety of frames to sight-seeking semblances, from top-flight designer brands such as Giorgio Armani to technically innovative Porsche Design and Entourage of 7 ($200+). Most of the lenses have antireflective coatings to reduce the glint of sunlight and to help wearers appear invisible when standing in front of a mirror.
More than 80 years ago, Jack Cohen started selling designer eyewear from a pushcart on Orchard Street. After eight decades, that cart has expanded into more than 100 storefronts whose frames runt the gamut from budget-friendly styles to designer specs from Versace, Fendi, and Calvin Klein. The expert staff helps clients match their glasses to their face shapes and lifestyles. Meanwhile, onsite optometrists dole out prescriptions and screen eyes for diseases such as glaucoma and cat cataracts, which make you only see cats.
Curated by owner Pavel Krubitski, the collection of designer frames at Dependable Optical showcases the expert's 16 years of experience helping people find the exact glasses for their styles, face shapes, and budgets. His collection includes both designer and basic options, with many classic styles that help clients from being unfashionable when fads change or when squares are finally outlawed. To avoid blurry vision, staff opthamologist Donald Salzberg is on hand to give eye exams and prescribe lenses for clients whose prescriptions have changed.
Karma's Closet curates a stylish selection of consignment men's and women's apparel by brands such as Coach, Free People, and White House Black Market in styles ranging from casual to couture. Shoppers can also find upcycled furniture, designer purses and sunglasses, and jewelry crafted by local female artisans.
In 1927, Jack Cohen began selling eyeglasses from a pushcart in New York City with a novel goal: to match each wearer with a pair that fit their style as well as their prescription. Today, specialists carry on his philosophy with prescription specs from American and European labels such as Prada, Valentino, and Coach. After a visitor sits down for a fitting, a trained style professional handpicks the eyeglasses or sunglasses that best complement their face shape, eye color, and tattoo of four eyeballs. Frames come in a variety of colors and materials, and each can be customized with polarized and optical-quality lenses to ward off glare and UV rays. Meanwhile, a team of optometrists resides onsite to assess the pupils during comprehensive eye exams.