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Though SEE Eyewear?s specs are only found in their stores, their designs sprout from imaginations around the world. Winner of reader's choice awards in cities ranging from San Francisco to Nashville, SEE Eyewear stocks its frames directly from fashionable frame crafters and passes on the savings of doing business at the source to customers. The company calls on fashion designers from France, Italy, and other style-conscious countries to create one-of-a-kind designs to be featured on store shelves and client faces. Before that happens, though, each potential frame goes through a rigorous design and review process to ensure its distinctiveness and quality before it can be added to the national eyewear shop?s exclusive coveted selection.

From cat-eye to horn-rimmed and perfectly round to wayfarer-inspired, the cost of each frame includes single-vision lenses, giving customers the simplicity of a flat price that doesn?t require customers to pay an extra prescription fee or mine their own bifocal quarry. SEE Eyewear also trains its staff members to be aesthetically savvy so they can find the perfect fashion-forward, vision-correcting specs for any face shape, mood, or fashion sense.

4024 The Strand
Columbus,
OH
US

At Vision Professionals, Drs. Chris Smiley, Jaclyn Paskiet, and Valerie Gardner combine their areas of expertise to provide patients with comprehensive ocular care. As director of the on-site specialty contact-lens clinic, Dr. Smiley specializes in difficult-fit contacts for patients with rare eye diseases or complex prescriptions. He also provides vision rehabilitation for conditions such as keratoconus and severe dry eye. In the on-site pediatric and binocular-vision clinic, Dr. Paskiet performs infant exams and works with pint-sized patients to help make picture books less blurry but just as edible. Dr. Gardner welcomes patients of all ages, and boasts experience in the treatment of glaucoma and other retinal diseases, as well as comanagement of laser vision-correction and cataract surgery. After the vision specialists decipher prescriptions, their optical-boutique team helps patients select fashionable frames by designers including Burberry, Tag Heuer, Tommy Hilfiger, and Nike.

7801 Olentangy River Rd
Columbus,
OH
US

Good vision doesn't just help people read street signs or recognize faces across a room; it affects the way that humans perceive the world. The eye care professionals at Northwest Vision Center keep this weighty thought in mind every time they call up a new vision chart. Whether the docs are updating prescriptions or hunting down sources of unexplained vision problems, their exams are as comprehensive as they are convenient. Once eyes get a clean bill of health, patients can also search for new specs from the center's extensive selection of eyewear.

2200 Henderson Rd
Columbus,
OH
US

Dr. Timothy Perozek, the official ophthalmologist of the Las Vegas 51s baseball team, and his squad at See Right Now bring the highest level of care to the examination and correction of maladjusted eyes. In the eye exam and contact-lens fitting, soul windows are carefully tested with a variety of lenses to root out conditions such as astigmatism and near- or shortsightedness, the leading reasons that so few children grow up to be astronauts, fighter pilots, and Batmen. Data in hand, Dr. Perozek can fit eye-hugging lenses to underperforming corneas, transforming myopic peepers into paragons of optical acuity. The squintily inclined also can opt for a pair of Lindberg ($550) or Blink frames ($195, including single-vision lenses) or simply pick up some Eyebobs reading glasses ($65) to make reciting the phone book even more enjoyable. Sunglasses from Prada ($225), Oakley ($150), and other premium brands keep pupils protected from glare and poker faces protected from the probing gazes of opponents.

4170 The Strand
Columbus,
OH
US

For decades, jcp portraits has welcomed families into its friendly studios, where photographers expertly photograph subjects of any age. Digital cameras, professional lighting, and a wide selection of backgrounds all work together to ensure a polished, personalized look for every family portrait, school picture, business headshot, or baby announcement. To customize the session even more, the staff also encourages guests to incorporate items with special meaning such as a baby blanket, a family heirloom, or the wishbone from grandma's first Thanksgiving.

After the final flash, clients and a team member head to the viewing kiosk, where they can select their photos and customize them. Beyond prints, memories may also be preserved on high-resolution MyImages CDs, gallery wraps, or through jcp portraits' archival program, which allows clients to store and share their portraits online.

2724 Eastland Mall
Columbus,
OH
US

It might be hard to believe considering its vast array of products, but Sears, Roebuck and Co. began with one accessory: watches. In 1886, Richard W. Sears bought a box of unwanted watches from a jeweler, thinking he could turn a profit by selling them. He was correct and committed to the watch business by hiring Alvah C. Roebuck, an experienced watchmaker.

As time went on, though, their business expanded its umbrella far beyond what people wore on their wrists. Sears became known as the place to shop for almost any appliance, from sewing machines to those magical boxes that create water from nothing and clean your clothes.

Today, the stores stock clothing, accessories, electronics, kitchen equipment, tools for outdoor living, and home decor. This variety is sustained by Sears's proprietary brands—Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard, to name a few—and other national names that populate the shelves.

3467 Cleveland Ave
Columbus,
OH
US