For almost 20 years, the dedicated Peepers Family Eye Care staff has attended to the sight of its patients with meticulous eye exams and medical services, including LASIK laser vision correction. During appointments, the team employs the latest technology, such as visual field-testing equipment and retinal cameras, which provide an inside look at the eye, as well as snap professional images for retinas in need of headshots. After appointments, friendly staffers help clients choose the most suitable lenses and pick out the most face-flattering frames from name brands. They work to cultivate a familial atmosphere at each of their five locations, offering up family vision plans and extensive children’s eye care.
This week may bring Michael Kors and Bebe, and next week could feature Ann Taylor and Seven, but no matter when someone stops in Eye of the Beholder Consignments, items from high-profile brands can be found on the shelves. Handbags may carry names such as Prada, Coach, and Juicy Couture, and clothing may hail from Talbots, Chico's, and Coldwater Creek. The shop also stocks shoes, business suits, and maternity wear for expectant mothers and dudes who just want to get closer to their children by dressing as a nanny. A portion of proceeds goes to charities such as the Baltimore Humane Society and the American Cancer Society.
The trio of optometrists at Peepers of Severna Park restores optical clarity with a combination of traditional personal care, state-of-the-art digital machinery, and designer frames from brands including Oliver Peoples, National, Giorgio Armani, and Kate Spade. During eye exams, a trained doctor conducts a thorough vision history, performs a series of diagnostic exams, and runs computerized tests to determine eyes' ability to interpret poetry written in binary code. Following exams, calibrated lenses nestle between the grips of premium designer frames such as Oliver Peoples' Lance R frames ($339.95), Prada 22M ($299.95), or Candie’s Coco frames ($169.95).
Though there are 130 For Eyes Optical stores around the United States, the company still has the heart of a small start-up. Owned and operated since 1972, when a small group of friends started it in Philadelphia, aiming for quality eyewear manufacturing as well as customer service. These same friends, aided by a few family members, still lead the franchise today. They ensure that each location adheres to their original principles and mandates for mustard-colored shag carpets.
In each store, expert independent doctors test clients' visual acuity and general eye health with comprehensive exams. Then, a store associate helps each person outfit their eyes with designer frames by brands such as Ray-Ban, Prada, D&G, and Versace. For Eyes Optical has its own advanced 40,000-square foot optical lab in in Hialeah, Florida, where technicians shape, surface, and coat the lenses to fit each person's exact prescription. After creating the lenses?whether plastic, polycarbonate, or trivex Toughlites?they inspect and fit each into its corresponding frame by hand, a process that ensures quality control and guards against the robots, whose first objective is to hinder our eyesight.
Signature service: Freshly Blended Fruit and Veggie Treats
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30 Minutes or Less
Brands Used: Fresh, Whole Food
Pro Tip: For the freshest possible ingredients, please order 48 hours in advance.
Scott Nash started MOM's Organic Market in his mom's garage. He repurposed the space as a warehouse for organic goods, dispatching orders to local buyers. When he outgrew the space, he rented an actual warehouse, and then a bigger one, eventually outgrowing the home-delivery business and replacing it with a retail outlet. From there, the business mushroomed like a naturally grown, pesticide-free mushroom—it now maintains 10 retail locations across Maryland and Virginia.
Each location subscribes to a single mission—to protect and restore the environment. Store managers stock organic and local products whenever possible, and reduce waste by minimizing packaging. To power their stores, they call upon natural energy sources, such as wind and the earth's molten core. As an added benefit, they buy in bulk to keep prices low and author recipes that transform organic produce into delicious meals.