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.
The certified opticians at Lansing Ophthalmology fit visitors with a varied stock of prescription and nonprescription designer sunglasses. Encircle blinkers with stylish Oakley shades ($89+) or shield tear ducts while stomping onions for wine with a pair from Cole Haan ($115+). Single-vision sun lenses ($89+) let wearers speed-read sunsets with stunning accuracy, and cutting-edge lens designs from Seiko and Pentax rival the styles sported by Hollywood A-list talking dogs ($234+). Although this Groupon is not valid toward services, a staff of talented opticians—many of them certified by the American Board of Opticianry—is on hand to diagnose eyeball prescriptions. All sunglasses and lenses are insured by a yearlong workmanship guarantee, subject to an additional fee after 90 days.
Though Professional Eyecare Center lines its walls with designer frames from brands such as Gucci, Fendi, and Ray-Ban, its staff remains fixated on overall eye health. The team offers preventative eye exams, pre- and post-surgery care, and LASIK consultations for those who may be eligible for permanent vision correction. Team members also perform consultations and examinations designed to reveal signs of trouble and to pair patients with lenses that will finally allow them to find needles in haystacks or craft stores with minimal signage.
A welcome respite from chain stores and bustling malls, Retail Therapy welcomes visitors into a cozy brick building full of flirty dresses, flowing scarves, trendy sweaters and blouses, and one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Shoppers can outfit themselves in tanks and tops bedecked with colorful solids and patterns. A welcoming, friendly vibe permeates the boutique, which features an eclectic mix of furniture and shelves bearing treasures such as designer jeans and shiny trinkets.
With locations throughout the Midwest, Vision Center At Meijer's eye mavens outfit more than 700 frames with lenses carefully crafted in their own laboratory to specifically suit the eyes and face of each patient. Doctors demonstrate their care for patients' eyes by making sure all of them have a precise, up-to-date prescription. The center also works to keep frame prices low to help more patients find pairs of glasses within their price ranges.
In 1985, friends and business partners David Byl and David Broadworth decided to capitalize on Michigan's rabid in-state college rivalry with a store that catered to both Michigan and Michigan State fans. When visitors enter The Great Divide, they find a college apparel store split down the middle, with Spartans memorabilia on one side and Wolverines memorabilia on the other. The ever-changing lineup of jerseys, flags, hats, and knickknacks has earned the shop a loyal following from both schools, with floods of customers coming in for the annual Michigan-MSU football game.