In nature, the only way for animals to achieve perfect vision is to crossbreed with an eagle, usually resulting in eagle-eyed abominations such as snakes with talons and flying pumas. Keep human senses sharp with today’s Groupon: for $50, you get an eye exam and $200 worth of prescription eyewear (a $319 Value) at Erker’s Fine Eyewear. Erker’s two locations, one on Clayton Road in the Granaway Market Place and one downtown on Olive Street.
Boasting a rich history, Erker’s Fine Eyewear has provided customers with striking spectacles since 1879—including Charles Lindbergh, who donned a pair of Erker’s custom goggles on his famous flight over the Atlantic. Give peepers the care and attention they deserve with an exam administered by Erker’s posse of experienced eye doctors ($119). Fashion-conscious squinters can pick out a new pair of prescription glasses or sunglasses from Coach ($149–$330), Maui Jim ($189–$350), or Gucci ($250–$395) to frame their best features, such as fetching baby-brown eyes and cosine graph-shaped eyebrows. Visitors can stop by and have the knowledgeable staff help them pick out new frames that meld seamlessly with their personality, face shape, and ‘tude-flashing 1870s penny-farthing.
Five Citysearchers award Erker's Fine Eyewear a perfect five stars:
- This place has some of coolest glasses i have every [sic] seen in my life. They have frames in so many different shapes, sizes, colors. It is mind blowing. Everyone that works there was able to help me find the best pair of glasses i have ever purchased. Do not go anywhere else they have really cool stuff. – stevethemachine
- Everything they have is absolutely fantastic. I have never seen frames that were like this before. – sscarnton
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In 1927, thousands of feet above the Atlantic, Charles Lindbergh was shielded from the elements only by the Spirit of St. Louis' thin linen covering. His eyes, though, boasted much sturdier protection on that historic flight—a custom pair of goggles designed by brothers A.P. and August Erker. More than 80 years and four generations later, the Erker name still stands behind high-quality optics.
Jack Erker Jr., great-grandson of August, presides over the business's two present-day locations, which have also played their part in adorning famous eyes. During Jack's tenure, Will Smith, John Goodman, and Shaquille O'Neal have all stopped in to swap needlepoint tips and grab a pair of stylish frames, which are sourced from Italian and German design houses, as well as his own manufacturing division, Studio Optyx.