Established in 2010, EyeSpot is a one-of-a-kind eyewear destination: customers can meet with an optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam, have an ophthalmologist review the resulting diagnostic scans, and be fitted for new eyeglasses by an optician—all in a single visit.
Arcade Optical has been fostering ocular health since 1990. The shop's onsite optometrist examines eyes using classic tools such as phoropters and eye charts made from jumbled-up haiku poems. Once patients know their vision, they can have lenses placed into frames from Gucci, BCBG, Bebe, and other designers that line the shop's walls and display cases.
Paul Fox's vision extends beyond the literal meaning of the word. An optician for more than 20 years and the owner of Spectacle Eyewear, Paul is also a designer who makes his own frames, as well as a retailer who handpicks frames from independent designers such as Tom Ford, Velvet Eyewear, and Intrigue. The uniting theme at Spectacle, though, is no branding allowed on any glasses. "This is a no logo zone," Paul told South End News. Logos distract or take the attention away from the wearer, so all they have to focus on at Spectacle is which of the sleek, modern frames are best for them. The showrooms feature a wide and fashionable selection of frames, and Paul himself is always on hand to help clients find a pair that seems tailor-made for their face. Keep an eye, or nose, out for Paul's hot chocolate or carrot juice, which he keeps close by to serve to his customers.