The Eyeglass Factory, with hundreds of colorful frames that range in style from austere to flashy, is a treasure trove for prescription holders. As lens grinders work behind the scenes to churn out corrective spectacles, with a typical turnaround time of one hour, customers are entertained by the endless permutations of color and style in frames from designers including EyeFunc and Thierry Mugler. Generic options surround peepers in a wide range of hues at lower prices, ideal for those who lose their glasses frequently or need to make a large pile of stuffed animals seem more refined.
For more than 26 years, the staff at Vision Center of Westboro has been correcting their guests’ vision with the latest frame styles and cutting-edge lens and optometry technology. To correct these vision-related problems, the staff prescribes scratch- and impact-resistant lenses that reduce glare from streetlights, oncoming traffic, and infomercials for BluBlockers. Friendly staffers help guests select feature-flattering frames from Ray-Ban, Nike, and Prada, and they fit these glasses and sunglasses frames with custom lenses to keep their vision clear.
The on-staff optician at Plante Opticians outfits eyes with prescription lenses and frames crafted by a bevy of name-brand designers such as Gucci, Tag Heuer, and Ogi. Inside the boutique, voted Best of Worcester by Worcester Mag in 2009, an abundance of mirrors and deep-blue walls flanks shelves of stylish eyewear.
Since Dr. Stanley Pearle opened the doors to the first Pearle Vision in 1961, the franchise has expanded to more than 800 stores nationwide. In these stores, optometrists assess the ocular health of patients before onsite opticians help them navigate the assortment of frames from brands such as Versace, Ray-Ban, and DKNY. If they're not in the store, clients can utilize the Try-On tool, uploading a photo to see what they or their dog looks like in different types of glasses. Pearle Vision also helps focus the world with contacts from Acuvue and Biofinity.
The owners of The Optical View do their business of selling designer eyeglass frames in an aptly named city: Framingham, Massachusetts. The shop's curated collection of glasses and sunglasses boasts pedigrees to rival pampered Eukanuba champions, coming from brands such as Versace, Oakley, Silhouette, Gucci, and Ralph Lauren. Experienced staff members and qualified doctors perform eye examinations and hand-fit frames to ensure that each pair of glasses or contacts sharpens vision to its utmost ability.
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.