Eyeglasses correct vision, make people look more intelligent, and—when worn upside down—enable a dormant wad of gray matter in the brain to control the Hubble Telescope remotely. Unleash the satellite-wielding capacities of your mind with today's Groupon: for $40, you get $220 to spend on a designer frame and lenses at the Spectacle Shoppe. The award-winning shop has five locations around the Twin Cities. This Groupon is valid toward a frame and prescription lenses only. You will also receive 25% off any additional purchases (except contacts) made while redeeming your Groupon.
Owner-operated since 1969, the Spectacle Shoppe keeps more than 12,000 frames in stock. Drawing from over 40 years of experience as an optician, owner David Ulrich helps clients navigate this extensive collection of designer eyewear, which drops names such as David Yurman, Ralph Lauren, Oliver Peoples, and others as you roam along its wall-racks. Hipster historians looking for something one-of-a-kind and past-approved will likely gravitate to the impressive vintage collection—touted as one of largest in the state—that Spectacle has amassed from closed factories across the United States and Europe, often in daring midnight heists. Frame prices range from $189–$499, with most costing about $259.
In addition to frames, the Spectacle Shoppe’s staff of accredited opticians can craft polarized ($129), mirrored ($100), and tinted ($40) custom lenses for their respective audiences of welders, hotshot pilots, and motorcyclists. The shop’s in-house lab grinds its own lenses, resulting in faster turnaround times and greater accuracy than you’d get sending them back to the North Pole elves who originally made them.
- I have been to quite a few places looking for glasses and I really like the selection that the Spectacle Shoppe offers. They have a wide variety of funky, traditional, and modern glasses. – Amy W., Insider Pages
- The prices on the glasses were decent and the lenses were very tough. They have held up to much abuse from my 1 year old son! This is one of the best places for eye glasses! – Jo B., Insider Pages
Entrepreneur and frame designer David Ulrich has cleared the vision of Twin Cities citizens since 1969. Besides creating a wealth of exclusive eyeglasses frames, such as the sleek 8 Below Zero collection and the retro-inspired Studebaker line, Ulrich opened Spectacle Shoppe to serve customers’ optic needs. There, teams of certified opticians accurately assess prescriptions and fashion single-vision, progressive, or bifocal lenses in the in-house lab. Clients confer with the staff to design custom frames or choose from the shop's thousands of one-of-a-kind frames, vintage cat's-eye styles, and double monocles.