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  • Eye Q Optical
    At its three locations in Harvard Square, South End, and Jamaica Plain, the Eye Q Optical team works to outfit clients with original frame styles. Most designs are its own innovations, manufactured in-house with inspiration from iconic eras and modern designers visiting from a far-off future. The Aphrodite frames play subtly on traditional cat-eyed styles, and the Apollo frames accentuate faces with bold rectangular shaping and primary blue colors. The Eye Q Optical team also carries frames by artistic independent makers including Rapp Eyewear, who hand-finishes its colorful frames in Toronto, and Rolf Eyewear, who manufactures frames and hinges entirely out of wood. In the Cambridge office, the Eye Q opticians collaborate with digital 3-D-fitting technology and a highly opinionated robot to select the perfect frames for each client.
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    12 Eliot St
    Cambridge, MA US
  • For Eyes Optical
    Though there are 130 For Eyes Optical stores around the United States, the company still has the heart of a small start-up. Owned and operated since 1972, when a small group of friends started it in Philadelphia, aiming for quality eyewear manufacturing as well as customer service. These same friends, aided by a few family members, still lead the franchise today. They ensure that each location adheres to their original principles and mandates for mustard-colored shag carpets. In each store, expert independent doctors test clients' visual acuity and general eye health with comprehensive exams. Then, a store associate helps each person outfit their eyes with designer frames by brands such as Ray-Ban, Prada, D&G, and Versace. For Eyes Optical has its own advanced 40,000-square foot optical lab in in Hialeah, Florida, where technicians shape, surface, and coat the lenses to fit each person's exact prescription. After creating the lenses?whether plastic, polycarbonate, or trivex Toughlites?they inspect and fit each into its corresponding frame by hand, a process that ensures quality control and guards against the robots, whose first objective is to hinder our eyesight.
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    56 Jfk St
    Cambridge, MA US
  • Raven Used Books
    Like Don Quixote, veteran bookseller John Petrovato has embarked on a tempestuous journey spawned from a love of books. In defiance of chain and online bookstores, John is returning the human face to the neighborhood book shop, parsing out used tomes with a personal smile and, often, a few words from the author. And he’s succeeding. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that this first incarnation of the new Raven Used Books—he made an amicable split with the co-owner of the original location—is located in Cambridge, where Harvard’s distinguished student body and professorship dwells. But even John's second store, located on Newbury Street, drew an equal number of book lovers, as well as speakers such as Noam Chomsky and a Best of the New nod from the Boston Globe. The reasons for John’s success in this struggling field are twofold. Many of the customers come because they appreciate the personal attention and literary culture that surrounds a local bookstore. And the inventory is nothing to scoff at. The Cambridge location stocks roughly 16,000 books—many of them from university presses—ranging in subjects from philosophy to social theory and poetry. The stock at the Newbury Street location veers towards more general subjects such as fiction, American history, children’s books, and children's books about social theory. And with roughly 2,000 new books arriving weekly between the two locations, the shelves are always packed with reading material for general readers and scholars alike.
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    52 Jfk St
    Cambridge, MA US
  • Abrano Collection
    The Baak Gallery is an independent art gallery where the finest works from area artists have been on display since its inception in 1976. This philosophy of cultivating and selling the finest masterpieces continues to this day and has expanded to the world of artistic jewelry. Baak is home to gold creations such as intricate earrings ($75+), necklaces, and bracelets (up to $2,000), while the gallery's sister store, Abrano Silver, is keeper of all things silver.
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    35 Brattle Street
    Cambridge, MA US
  • Berk's Shoes
    The styles in the window and the way people pay might have changed since Berk?s Store opened up shop in 1900, but the store still maintains its commitment to providing its customers high-quality casual footwear and apparel. As they peruse the store, shoppers can find boxes filled with desert boots by Clarks, sstylish flats by Toms and Dansko, and the ghosts of basketball players past wearing classic Chuck Taylor high-tops by Converse. For those who prefer to shop by phone or telegram, the store offers free shipping within the continental United States.
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    50 JFK ST
    CAMBRIDGE, MA US
  • ASA Hair Design
    The stylists at ASA Hair Design in Cambridge can provide you with the must-have hair colors and cuts of the season. Take a break from your long work week and enjoy a relaxing and nurturing facial at this salon. If you're looking to clear up your skin, a skin treatment from ASA Hair Design is exactly what you need. With services like hair cuts, color and highlights, and straightening, this salon has something for everyone. ASA Hair Design offers a plethora of beauty services such as make up application, but that's just the tip of their offerings. Test out a new coat of polish at this salon, a fashion-forward nail salon. Reduce stress and unwanted knots with a full body massage. Stop tweezing when ASA Hair Design can get rid of your hairs with greater convenience. This salon accepts walk-ins so that you never have to put your beauty emergencies on hold. Easily charge your payment using one of many major credit card options. Garage parking validation is just one of the perks of ASA Hair Design. ASA Hair Design is close to multiple parking options and public transportation. Creativity is around every corner at ASA Hair Design, so you know you'll leave ASA Hair Design with the best head of hair in town.
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    36 Jfk St
    Cambridge, MA US

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