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 $250 toward designer frames and lenses at the Spectacle Shoppe. The award-winning shop has five locations throughout the Twin Cities. This Groupon is valid toward frame and prescription lenses only. You also receive 25% off a second complete pair (prescription lenses and frame) made when redeeming your Groupon.
Owner-operated since 1969, the Spectacle Shoppe keeps more than 10,000 frames in stock. Drawing from more than 40 years of experience as an optician, owner David Ulrich helps clients to navigate an extensive collection of designer eyewear, which drops names such as David Yurman, Ralph Lauren, and Oliver Peoples 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 throughout 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, hot-shot 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resulting in faster turnaround times and greater accuracy than you’d get sending them back to the North Pole elves who originally made them.
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.