Entrepreneur and frame designer David Ulrich has cleared the vision of Twin Cities citizens since 1969. Besides creating a wealth of exclusive eyeglasses frames, such as the sleek 8 Below Zero collection and the retro-inspired Studebaker line, Ulrich opened Spectacle Shoppe to serve customers’ optic needs. There, teams of certified opticians accurately assess prescriptions and fashion single-vision, progressive, or bifocal lenses in the in-house lab. Clients confer with the staff to design custom frames or choose from the shop's thousands of one-of-a-kind frames, vintage cat's-eye styles, and double monocles.
The friendly team at Metro Optics is dedicated to the ocular wellness of everyone who steps into their welcoming clinic. Here, doctors Reznicow and Tuttle inspect eyes to guard against health concerns and assess sight, employing advanced technology instead of asking patients to read letters from bowls of alphabet soup. Once they've determined a prescription, the practice's opticians craft lenses using their in-store lab. The specialists then outfit eyes with frames from a selection of over 1,000 styles, which includes brands such as Gucci, Armani, Rayban, D&G, Guess, and Prada. Should clients find themselves unable to choose a look, they are welcome to take home up to three pairs to test-wear before making their final decision. The staff also supplies patients with contact lenses, and can provide prescription sunglasses to shade eyes year round.
Look + See's eyewear studio is as swanky as any art gallery, with pale-green walls lined with mirrors and sculpture-esq wooden shelves displaying glasses. Their stock of fashionable frames from around the world was smelted in the factories of top designers. Frames from OGI run between $100-$269, Vera Wang rims cost $150-$280, and Gotti’s chic eyeball offsetters are $315-$558.
The American Lung Association of Minnesota recognizes the 2 million gallons of Blue Planet gasoline pumped every day at Plymouth Station Holiday & Auto Center as a “Clean Air Choice”. Blue Planet boasts that its fuel’s low emissions equate to removing 40,000 cars off the road, even while delivering the same number of miles per gallon as traditional gas. Each eco-friendly fill-up also saves money when paired with certain car washes, which claim to get cars in and out of the 112-foot scrubbing tunnel in five minutes or less, even when the line is around the block or the parking lot has been freshly carameled.
SVS Optical Center’s founders opened their first shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1974 to help the community clear up its vision. But even these optical gurus never foresaw their humble business expanding to more than 50 locations sprawled across 10 states. Today, each shop continues the tradition of ensuring ocular health and crystalline sight, beginning with exams from seasoned optometrists. Afterward, patients head to the optical dispensary, where they try on frames by Coach, Tiffany, Nike, Versace, or Ray-Ban. The staff then fits the stylish selection with polarized and scratch-protected prescription lenses to help guests read books clearly or see a charging moose from a distance. Most of SVS Optical Center’s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.
If practice makes perfect, David Whiting, MD, must be approaching that standard: he has performed more than 95,000 LASIK eye surgeries in his career. While racking up those impressive stats, the board-certified ophthalmologist has held medical-director positions at institutions including LasikPlus and Joffe MediCenter. At Whiting Clinic LASIK + Eye Care, he and his staff make use of both extensive experience and advanced technology to perform treatments including LASIK eye surgery, cataract procedures, and lens implants to treat severe nearsightedness or just allow for useful backup eyes. Patients get to experience the fun side as well as the medical side of the intricate equipment: during their visit, they'll interface with iPad systems and select their own music to listen to. The clinic itself was built to Dr. Whiting's own specifications, including eco-friendly construction methods, sweeping glass walls that light up with changing colors at night, and nature-inspired artwork that allows patients to revel in their renewed vision.