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.
Two thousand pairs of designer frames pepper the walls of My Eyelab's various locations. Clients fresh from an exam with one of the onsite opticians swim through that sea of options, examining spectacles and trying them on to see which pairs will be accepted by their noses. With so many prescription and sunglass options to choose from, customers are able to find many pairs that match their personal style. And with specialty features like flexible arms and shatter-resistant lenses, specs are also customized to wearers' needs. Eye exams are performed by independent eye doctors conveniently located within or adjacent to My Eyelab stores.
Dr. Aman Sappal and his team of ocular experts elucidate vision with new glasses and contact lenses, vision therapy, glaucoma treatments, and other sight services. Comprehensive eye exams test vision essentials, such as refractive errors, visual fields, and pupils, before doling out fresh eyewear prescriptions. New lenses, from single vision to no-line bifocals, revel beneath anti-glare or anti-opaque coatings as they perch in stylish frames from designers such as Coach, Gucci, Calvin Klein, and Juicy Couture.
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, organics and naturals, 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 2013 alone, the company donated more than $4 million to charitable organizations.
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.
Elite Vision Center prides itself on its quick turnaround on prescription orders—thanks, in part, to an in-house lens-crafting lab. The full-service vision center's sales staff, meanwhile, helps patients find the high-end frames for these prescriptions. A resident independent optometrist tests for visual acuity and eye disorders, holding office hours throughout the week—including evenings and weekends.