Growing up in Benton, Kansas, fourth-grade pals Monte Ysidro and Jason Bell were probably more focused on seeing the chalkboard clearly than opening a collection of high-end optical boutiques. And yet, beginning in 2002, that's just what they did, starting out humbly in a 10'x10' kiosk at a local mall. Today, friendly staffers at each Specs location point guests in the direction of designer frames and prescription sunglasses by brands such as Gucci and Versace. The crew also employs advanced technology to create lenses with high-performance coatings, custom-fit curves, and high definition, which allow wearers to make out the moon's facial expression.
Dr. Boyle specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the eye, and also performs general family optometry and administers emergency care. Leather sofas and green plants add a homey touch to the office, where patients try on frames by Vera Wang and Eddie Bauer. Once they've selected the frame or shoulder-perched monkey who will hold their lenses in place, customers peruse panes by Varilux, Hoya, and Kodak, available in a wide variety of materials and styles.
Opticology Eyecare’s Dr. Greyson Barger stresses the importance of routine eye care and starts examining the eyes of patients as young as 6 months. These exams allow him to check for more than just eye problems—he can also check for hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol. When performing the exam, Dr. Barger wields the Icare tonometer to check eye pressure, which, unlike using an air-puff test or blowing into a patient’s eyes, reduces patient discomfort.
Though it's known for turning out bubbling slices of locally renowned pizza, Mulligan's Pub still sports the same classic, no-frills ambiance it established more than 20 years ago. Soft bar lights and buzzing neon beer signs exchange glows like a firefly swap and gently illuminate the quadruple meats flecking a famous Mulligan's specialty pizza. Gluten-free slices cater to sensitive stomachs, and a hearty list of toppings colors creatable pies. Between bites, patrons can tend to arcade and video bar games or heated rounds of keno with new acquaintances or old invisible foes.