TriJungle suits athletes up with an extensive stock of cycling gear, running clothes, swimsuits, and performance-enhancing nutritional supplements. Staffer Magui boasts experience as a triathlete, marathon runner, and spin instructor, an impressive resumé that she taps to help customers select the right gear. She can also guide shoppers through the store's aisles of nutritional supplements, athlete-strength sunscreen, and ear-drying aids to use in the event they're squirted with the water gun that traditionally announces the start of a race.
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.
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.
This Target, located in the Dadeland Station shopping center, has been remodeled and updated to include a Fresh Market, complete with extensive grocery and food offerings. Now a larger, more spacious outpost of the massive chain, this Target provides a wide selection and offering of merchandise for everyday life with shoes, electronics, and hardware. Shoppers can expect the usual discount sections that run alongside the typical housewares, fashions, back-to-school supplies and household goods with the $1 section. A large multi-level adjacent parking garage makes life a little easier, while the in-store Starbucks is perfect for a mid-shopping pick me up.
Eye Desire Eyecare and Optical Boutique's helpful face-framers stock their walls with name-brand, funky, and classic styles, dressing visages with fashion and imbuing eyes with clarity. During each 20- to 30-minute fitting, an experienced vision-guide takes time to discuss how different lenses, frames, and Superman costumes affect an individual's vision, sometimes using existing prescriptions to update looks. Customers can explore Eye Desire Eyecare and Optical Boutique's brand-laden shelves, with frames from the likes of Gucci, Chanel, Missoni, and Judith Leiber, though brands on-hand vary by location. Pop on a pair of Rodenstock frames with single vision lenses ($200) or use a set of Gant frames and lenses ($285) to fashionably signal rescue planes overhead. Sightseers can sport Armani Exchange lenses and frames ($335), flash Dior specs ($385), or decorate their soul-windows with Tag Heuer frames and lenses ($485–$585).
Artsee Eyewear has captured the attention of fashion icons and casual window shoppers alike with new and vintage style-conscious eyeglass frames. Raucous parades of oracular accouterments from around the world march into the shop each week, creating a well-curated assortment with innovative eyewear ranging from $300 to $1,600, with most frames clocking in at $535. In addition to flaunting day-to-day spectacles, the boutique also reveals itself to be a treasure trove of stylish sunglasses, garnering best sunglass store For Eccentrics by New York magazine, a title previously held by fashion-heavyweight The Mad Hatter's Haberdashery. Rivaling the eyewear in expressive personality is the store itself, clad in engaging visual art that changes as a new exhibition is ushered into the store every other month.