Friday – April 18th
Saturday – April 19th
12pm – 6pm
It’s the most wonderful time of the year
With flex spending expiring
Synapses are firing, you’re thinking “Oh Dear!”
I must spend it by the end of the year.
It’s the hap- happiest season of all
With that last minute shopping, last year’s gift you’re topping
By stopping at Specs Optical
It’s the hap- happiest season of all.
There are glasses for sunning
All which are stunning
And made with the best lenses, too!
There are frames decked with crystals
That will get you some whistles
And less than that just will not do.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year
With Certificate gifting
Their hearts you’ll be lifting
By showing you care
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
With the holiday and flex spending (aka HSA or cafeteria plan) seasons upon us, may we suggest a SPECS OPTICAL gift certificate. Hand-written and enclosed in a beautifully designed wrap and baby blue envelope, the SPECS OPTICAL gift certificate is available in any denomination, never expires, and goes perfectly with those health savings account dollars you or a loved one may need to ‘use before you lose.’ As they are available year-round…stop by the shop, call or email anytime and we’ll set you up!
Just this past June, I (Andrew) had the privilege of volunteering at the Special Olympics in Stillwater with the Opening Eyes Program, supported in large by the Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF).
Opening Eyes is one segment of a larger effort called Healthy Athletes, which provides care in several areas including FitFeet (podiatry), Healthy Hearing (audiology), and Special Smiles (dentistry). The program performs detailed vision screenings and provides education about vision conditions, as well as free corrective and protective eyewear for the athletes. Information gathered from these screenings is entered into a database that is then used to advocate for improved health care policies for persons with intellectual disabilities.
According to the LCIF website, “research has shown that among Special Olympics athletes, 68 percent have not had an eye examination in three years, 37 percent are in need of eyeglasses and 18 percent wear clinically-incorrect eyeglasses.” In order to bridge these gaps, the LCIF partnered with the Special Olympics in 2001 to begin vision screenings at their sporting events worldwide with a multi-year, multi-million dollar commitment. Since, more that 350,000 athletes have been screened with prescription eyewear provided to nearly 99,000 athletes. Pretty cool!
I was really impressed with the size and scope of the Opening Eyes set up. The tent was at least ten times the size of any other at the event, allowing for the multiple stations and variety of screenings, including shape chart differentiation, color recognition, and full refraction. As well, I was impressed with the level of respect and attention that is given to the athletes. The spirit of the event is nothing but positive.
For my part, I was mainly involved in making the eyewear, something I also do everyday at SPECS OPTICAL. Hundreds of frames and lenses were donated, allowing us to produce many of the prescribed eyeglasses and sport glasses on the spot. I know I did at least 45 pairs the first day. It was non-stop operation from 8am to 4pm. A good 200 pairs of eyeglasses were shipped off to be made (in these cases, the lenses were not immediately available) and then shipped directly to the athletes.
On the last day, a mother of one of the athletes came to our station to tell us about her daughter’s experience with the Special Olympics. She told us that, while she had a great event, her daughter exclaimed that she absolutely loved her new glasses and it was her favorite part of the entire weekend. Wow. I don’t think I could have felt any happier than at that moment.
One other thing I thought was really cool was that, in addition to all the medals they won, each athlete was given a badge to wear around their neck that listed each of the Healthy Athlete areas on it. For each one they visited, they got a punch or stamp, which they could then redeem for a variety of prizes. I thought this was a great way to encourage all the athletes to bring attention to their overall health and feel a sense of pride about it.
While I unfortunately did not get much time to spectate the events, I could hear the excitement and words of encouragement coming from the track throughout the day. There was also a steady stream of entertainment, including dancing, fun picture taking, unicyclists, jugglers, etc. So much good happening at every turn. It was a great way to spend a weekend!
If you would like to know more about the Lions Club International Foundation and the Special Olympics, or would like to make a donation to either organization, click on either for a direct link. And, feel free to ask me about my experience any time you are in the shop!
Just a reminder that a SPECS OPTICAL hand-written gift certificate, wrapped in a beautifully designed enclosure and envelope, is the perfect gift for any Eyewear Enthusiast (yes, that’s a real title.) But really, you don’t have to be an EE to appreciate the value of a SPECS OPTICAL gift certificate. They can be used toward an eye exam, prescription specs and sunglasses, non-prescription sunglasses, accessories….the sky’s the limit (seriously, you can’t purchase the sky with it…sorry).
Though they are available all year, SPECS OPTICAL gift certificates are perfect to give now because they can be used in conjunction with any remaining Flex Spending (or, HSA) dollars you or your loved one may have left to use up before the year’s end.
Stop by the shop, call, or email us and we can set you up with a SPECS OPTICAL gift certificate any time. Available in any denomination and they never expire. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Since he was 15 years old, Bruno Chaussignand has been a part of the optical industry. He created his first collection in 2004, which included a nosebridge-less design, a technically innovative eyeglass that garnered much attention. He followed up in 2008 with the Stand’Art collection, which was “a tribute to the great classics of haute couture.”
Bruno’s newest collection, known as Time Out, reflects ten years of work and thousands of drawings. These designs are not meant to reflect the past nor jump ahead into the future, but to simply be contemporary ‘specs for pleasure’ that are comfortable and stylish.
Bruno Chaussignand eyewear is created in France and handcrafted from entirely natural (cotton flower, horn and titanium), un-lacquered materials as to avoid potential allergy risks. Come take a look at this beautiful, clean and elegant collection…now available at SPECS OPTICAL!
The teaming of Xavier Derome and Aurelia Brenner resulted in a creative collaboration that focuses on the art of eyeglass frame design, starting with particular attention to the ‘matter,’ or basic materials from which their pieces are built. Their multi-laminated ‘cellulose acetates,’ or natural plastics, require more than 60 manipulations done by hand to create.
The results are truly beautiful and are best viewed in person to fully appreciate. The vibrancy of their colors, ingenuity of patterns, and unparalleled mulit-laminate striations are like no other collection.
In addition to showing his entire collection of eyewear, here at SPECS OPTICAL, Xavier Derome will be bringing the DeromeBrenner collection of accessories, including rings, chains and bracelets created from the same amazing acetates and 925 grade sterling silver used in their eyewear. These pieces are shown in many of the finest boutiques around the world in partnerships consistent with their “100% French values of refinement, quality, authenticity and exclusivity.”
Come meet Xavier Derome on Tuesday, May 1st between 10am and 7pm at SPECS OPTICAL, and see all the stunning acetate designs within his eyewear and jewelry collections. As always, there will be a variety of delicious treats and beverages served throughout the day. We look forward to seeing you all!
We recently updated our website to include information regarding our ON-SITE LENS FINISHING LAB. To take a look, click on the LAB option on the menu bar at the top of the page. Below is the accompanying video that also appears on our YouTube channel.