Before eyeglasses, perfect vision was only experienced by individuals lucky enough to be born with latent mutant superpowers. Make room for other abilities with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $175 toward one complete pair of eyeglasses—frames and lenses—at Brookside Optical. By fitting clients with their exact specifications, Brookside's upscale boutique enhances eyes with a vast selection of spectacular spectacles. Brookside's frame and lens combinations encompass a small selection of $175 options and a vast collection of complete designer sets from lines such as Urband, l.a. Eyeworks, and Anne et Valentin ($225+). Bold designs that have the capacity to be carefully vibrant or daringly subtle allow patrons to be both seen and see themselves being seen—Brookside's resident crafters will accommodate any visionary stylistic goals, creating one-of-a-kind eyeball windows using components from smaller manufacturers. Because making glasses out of magnifying lenses can lead to direct-sunlight dangers for ants, professionals handle each custom construction in Brookside's on-site lab.
Leon Butler opened Brookside Optical in 1989 with the vision that all clients, even those with hard-to-correct eyesight, could have access to stylish eyewear. Today, the shelves stock colorful frames ($100+) by small manufacturers and such designers as l.a. Eyeworks, Theo, and Anne et Valentin. Whether in retro cat-eye shapes or planted with futuristic jet packs, each pair of glasses is crafted by the on-site lab and ready to wear within days.