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Launched more than three decades ago, Site for Sore Eyes now operates in more than 35 showrooms throughout the Bay Area. Staffers at every location share their dedication when pairing customers with head-turning eyewear and contacts. The company offers a $25 warranty that secures all of its products, replacing broken frames for free and furnishing half-price replacements for glasses that are lost, stolen, or transformed into an acorn squash. In case eyes require prescription tweaks, each shop sits next door to California-licensed Sterling VisionCare doctors of optometry.

829 Broadway
Oakland,
CA
US

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.

2112 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley,
CA
US

Since The Dark Entry's original New Orleans location opened in 1999, the shop has geared its unconventional inventory toward punks, goths, and those with alternative lifestyles. Though the original location closed after Hurricane Katrina, its legacy lives on through the Berkeley shop, where visitors can stock up on death-metal band shirts, hair dyes, skateboard decks, and body jewelry. For customers aged 18 and older, the shop also has plenty of items geared toward adults, such as bedroom toys and flirtatious games.

2589 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley,
CA
US

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.

2100 Union St.
San Francisco,
CA
US

Optical Works, Phoenix Optical, and Fine Arts Optical have manufactured frames by hand for more than 70 years, resulting in a cache of tens of thousands of contemporary styles as well as more than 3 million unused vintage frames. Artisans handcraft each pair of glasses in French or Italian factories using materials such as bamboo, buffalo and ram horn, traditional metal, and plastics to customize specs and keep up with current ocular trends. A prescription lab forges custom lenses that fit into frames, enhancing vision with polarized sunglasses, hidden bifocals, special coatings, and hard-to-fit prescriptions for nearsighted third eyes. Each store showcases around 3,000 different pairs of frames that both emulate the looks of celebrities and suit individuals’ styles.

888 Valencia St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Del Sol welcomes guests to its storefront along the famed Pier 39 to peruse a variety of knick-knacks, souvenirs, and clothing for women, men, and kids. More than a peddler of good-time goods, Del Sol also manufactures its own items. The shop began in a Utah mall with a collection of colorful T-shirts including a signature tee that changes color in the sun, and now graces more than 100 locations, with the first full store opening in sun-filled St. Thomas in 1997. As sidewalks bustle with life and sea lions chatter outside, shoppers can peruse the Pier 39 location?s smile-inducing selection of jewelry, swimwear, hats, toys, and key chains to commemorate a family day out or accidental UFO crash.

Pier 39
San Francisco,
CA
US