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.
Licensed opticians and board-certified optometrists helm Buffalo's Best Opticians' three eye emporiums. At each location, they can assess ocular health during comprehensive exams or fill prescriptions from other doctors. Once patrons' vision is determined, friendly staff members help them select eyewear from a collection of more than 1,000 unique frames. Styles from designers including Vera Wang, DKNY, and Vogue are filled with single-vision or bifocal lenses to fashionably and functionally surround eyes. For those seeking sharper sight without glasses or attaching periscopes to their heads, Buffalo's Best also offers contact lenses.
“Beauty before comfort” is too often used in the fashion industry. Walk’n Comfort’s staff foot care professionals don’t see a reason to trade one for the other. For more than 20 years, the footwear specialists have designed and sold fashionable shoes that not only bear the details and aesthetics of chic clothing, but also contain orthotic soles and design features that provide unparalleled comfort. The store houses three distinct shopping areas—one for the sale of footwear of all types, a clinic staffed by foot specialists, and an on-site lab for modifying footwear or orthotics. This convenience saves customers the hassle of buying shoes from one store and having to track down the nearest elf cobbler.
Soon after Rochester Optical was founded in 1932, the staff established contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense to supply the armed forces with durable, combat-ready glasses. Today, they continue to specialize in military eyewear, along with high-performance sports and safety glasses and a huge selection of designer frames. A team of optometrists—which includes a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a fifth-generation Rochesterian, and an eye doctor who has worked at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Salem, Virginia—performs comprehensive eye exams, and technicians manufacture lenses in an in-house, state-of-the-art optical lab. In addition to traditional single-vision lenses or no-line bifocals, they create digitally surfaced, free-form lenses that offer an expanded field of vision and minimize image distortion, allowing wearers to more clearly see apparitions standing next to them.
Updating its stock of designer shades every week, Eyewear Sunglasses helps protect eyeballs from UV rays and glare by shielding them in style. Aviator and wayfarer frames from Ray-Ban hint at a classically cool sensibility, while wraparound frames from Porsche say, “I've probably been to Europe.” Customers can drop into the brick-and-mortar shop to peruse the eyewear selection or arrange for at-home delivery of prescription and non-prescription glasses.