Since its founding in 1980, Sun & Ski Sports has remained true to its philosophy: “do a few things, but do them better than anybody else.” The shop stocks equipment in five categories of extreme and outdoor activities, including camping, skating, running, bicycling, and water and snow sports. It specializes in these to ensure its merchandise maintains a high standard of quality, and its employees are knowledgeable participants in the sports their department represents.
Bikers can drop off their steeds for tune-ups from certified mechanics who put all brands through the rigors of a 12-point inspection, checking chains and adjusting wobbly pedals and malfunctioning spoke-card motors. While waiting, curious eyes might linger on a North Face two-person tent, a Blackburn Airtower bicycle pump, or a vast selection of shoes from brands such as New Balance and Asics. Men and women can traipse nearly barefoot in the park with Vibram FiveFingers, which offer minimal structural encumbrances for a more natural stride, or cast their feet aside for the new-wheeled prowess that comes with a Fuji SL-1 LE Ultegra performance road bike.
In 2001, Dr. Robert Samit had a vision, which was a pretty appropriate phenomenon, considering that he's an optometrist. He saw in the future a network of eye doctors, united under the banner of a single company that provides trusted community doctors and a huge selection of value-priced and designer eyewear frames.
Together with company president Sue Downes, they equip this army of eye examiners with the latest technology. When a doctor determines that a corrective lens is called for, he or she prescribes them and MyEyeDr.'s team of eyecare consultants helps patients choose from a huge array of frames from such brands as Gucci, Coach, Oakley, and Ray Ban RX.
Eyes For You's Dr. An Hollier frees patients from blurry situations with preventive care for ocular diseases and a brimming bouquet of designer frames. During each comprehensive eye examination, Dr. Hollier will explore the intricacies underneath each eyelid while evaluating eye health and determining refractive status for prescriptions. After squinting at pictures and reading avant-garde poetry aloud from the posters adorning the examination room, patients will undergo a screening to detect any potential signs of glaucoma. Each screening also tests distance and peripheral vision, along with taking eye-pressure. With early diagnosis, Dr. Hollier can help to keep a condition from progressing by designing a treatment plan and calling in for retinal reinforcements.
Colonial Opticians' peeper pros have been fitting faces with frames and sculpting lenses on site since 1964. Having weathered decades of capricious eyewear trends, such as radiation-emitting x-ray specs and disorienting 1-D glasses, the family business brings noses into sharp focus with frames ($100+) for both sun and shade. Vibrant, hand-painted frames from Ronit Furst ($240+) are a favorite among cartoon parrot librarians, and share wall space in the showroom with the stark geometry of Kliik's Danish lens cages ($223+). Shoppers carrying a current prescription in hand can also order custom lenses—including single-vision lenses ($78), bifocals ($120), and progressives ($250)—or choose from different lens treatments that protect against scratches, create a mirrored surface, or inhibit glare. Turnaround time may be as short as a day, but varies depending on the prescription and specifications of each client.
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.
In Greek mythology, Argos was a hero and a giant who was said to possess nearly 100 ever-watchful eyes. Though they couldn't possibly help clients see that well, optical surgeons Dr. Elena Mier Trotter, MD and Dr. Selvin Gnannakkan, O.D. want to try. As the resident physicians at Argos Vision and Eye Care Center, they use state-of-the-art technology to diagnose and treat ocular diseases ranging from the common to the complex.
In addition to preventative care, they also perform routine exams to check visual acuity and weed out which patients are actually under the control of tiny robots living behind their eyes. These exams can lead to custom fittings for soft or rigid contact lenses as well as glasses lenses. In the case of the latter, patients may be turned over to optician Alex Finkelshteyn, who will fit them for designer frames by brands such as Gucci, Ray-Ban, and Persol.