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  • A Flexible Spending Account (also known as a flexible spending arrangement) is a special account you put money into that you use to pay for certain out-of-pocket health care costs.


  • You don’t pay taxes on this money. This means you’ll save an amount equal to the taxes you would have paid on the money you set aside.


  • You can use funds in your FSA to pay for certain medical expenses for you, your spouse if you’re married, and your dependents.

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Learn about Flexible Spending Accounts

  • For details about how your company’s FSA, including how to sign up, ask your employer.
  • All of your FSA funds for the entire year are available January 1st.
  • USE IT OR LOSE IT: FSA funds usually expire by Dec 31st or by March 15th.
  • You may be able to carry $500 of unused FSA funds from the previous year depending on your employer.


  • You have to be enrolled in a high-deductible plan to be eligible for a health savings account.
  • HSA funds are accrued throughout the calendar year.
  • An individual can contribute up to $3,350 a year, and sometimes your employer will make a contribution to the account, just like with a 401(k).


  • FSA/HSA funds can be used to purchase prescription eyewear and/or frames, including prescription sunglasses.
  • FSA/HSA funds can be used whether you have vision insurance or not.

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Anne et Valentin Annual TrunkShow!

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Want to hear a story? It begins like most do – with a man and a woman . . . For you see, ours is a story of love . . .
Anne is a romantic – a mind of artistic whimsy, eyes that see a world of color, and a heart that beats for Valentin. Now Valentin? He’s a serious minded optician, but his love for Anne is true. Together? They’ve created a fantastical line of beautifully crafted frames that embodies the spectrum between them; Anne et Valentin.
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Housed in Toulouse, France, Anne et Valentin has captured the imagination and devotion of followers world wide. Their attention to detail shines in each and every hand crafted product, and those that wear these lovely pieces count them amongst their most prized possessions.

For over 30 years the union of Anne and Valentin has been a passionate and professionally fruitful one. Each year the line continues to find a way to renew that initial commitment to wonderment and craftsmanship, and we – the audience – are gifted an incredible opportunity to share a piece of their love.

We here at Specs Optical count them as family; there isn’t a time in our memories where they weren’t with us. A part of us. Every day we count ourselves as lucky to be the exclusive Minnesota retailers of these inspired and beautiful frames.  Come in today and fall in love . . .



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Visit us for our annual TrunkShow


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Friday November 18th  12-6PM




Saturday November 19th  10-6PM


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True EyeWear Luxury

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Our luxury collection utilizes natural, sustainable materials — creating frames out of wood, genuine horn, and slate allow for unique comfort and styling.

Asian water buffalos are a revered animal in their homelands, as such; the horn is not utilized until after the natural demise of these protected animals. The innate beauty that comes from this lightweight material is apparent in the varying striation pattern showcased on each and every frame, not to mention the inherent tones of the horn itself. Natural dyes allow for even more variety and vibrancy on each of the multitude of layers that are a part of each and every frame. Additionally, horn frames are incredibly comfortable to wear and a phenomenal choice for people with skin allergies.

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The authentic shades and grain inherent in wood allow these frames to take on an unparalleled natural look, while natural dyes may be used to color the wood in more vivid hues or pastel tones. Lightweight, sturdy, and sustainable – these frames are a wearable love letter to the world around us.

Thin sheets of slate, in combination with layers of wood, allow for deceptively light and unique pieces that are truly one of a kind.

Each frame is handcrafted in Germany by craftspeople that are truly passionate about every aspect of the process.

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 For TWO days we will have over 200 frames that are ONE of a KIND!

Please visit us for our TRUNK SHOW on:

Friday, September 30th

Saturday, October 1st

12-6 PM Both Days!

Everyone at Specs Optical hopes to see you there!

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Introducing Dr. Chad Legois


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Dr. Chad Legois

Dr Legois


We here at Specs Optical are thrilled to announce that there’s a new doctor in the house – please help us welcome Chad Legois, OD to the Specs family!

With over eleven years of experience, Dr Legois provides comprehensive eye examinations on patients of all ages including contact lens fittings and evaluations, if desired.

Additionally, Dr Legois also specializes in the treatment of anterior segment conditions (such as conjunctivitis (“pink eye”), allergic conditions, dry eye syndrome, contact lens related red eyes, etc.) along with the diagnosis and referral of posterior segment conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, etc.

Dr Legois is a proud provider of Medica, Health Partners, and Preferred One.
Call 612-374-2114 today to schedule an appointment!

Everybody is theo

Everybody is theo


In 1987 a spark caught fire in the brains of Patrick Hoet (designer and anagram-namesake of theo) and his industrious team. The results of which have created a diehard following amongst the individuals, opticians and clients alike, who have been lucky enough to encounter these amazing frames.


For more than 25 years theo has captivated the public with their innovative designs, fantastical coloration, and architectural detailing. theo is NOT for the wallflower, nor is it simply a producer of frames; those who know theo know what it truly means to wear a theo frame – it is an extension of one’s inner self, of embracing living life to its fullest, of confidently presenting the whimsy and artistic exhibition that is present in each and every theo frame.


From the mouths of theo, they are    “ increasingly determined to design glasses that always incorporate a touch of humour, individuality and a certain ‘edge’. And we’ve stayed true to this vision. After all, our goal has never changed: together with the theo optician, to make glasses-wearers happy and to offer them an unforgettable experience … we’re tremendously proud to be able to collaborate worldwide with a select group of individual opticians who have embraced theo and who, in turn, bring our love for design, originality and quality to their customers.


But our story doesn’t end here. In the meantime, theo has grown into a platform where designers of all kinds (glasses, fashion, furniture, etc.) can work in synergy with a small army of enthusiastic employees at our warehouse in Antwerp. The drive to keep on inspiring and surprising is simply in our DNA. That, and our love for our fans.”



theo loves you.

Specs Optical loves you.

Join us for our trunk show featuring theo –

   Friday, April 8th & Saturday, April 9th, from 12-6 pm.



Anne et Valentin Trunk Show

Do NOT miss our annual Anne et Valentin trunk show!

Our favorite trunk show of the year!

Rama Valentin, Anne’s son, will personally fit you with her latest designs.

Handmade in Toulouse France, come experience the amazing quality and designs!

Every time you put on an Anne et Valentin frame you can feel the Love that was put into each piece.

Read about the Love story that helped create the line.

Friday November 20th 12-6PM

 Saturday November 21st 12-6PM

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Anne et Valentin 2014 Fall TRUNKSHOW

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Friday – November 21st


Saturday – November 22nd



Morgenthal Frederics Horn, Slate & Wood TRUNKSHOW @ Specs Optical


Friday  -  October 24th

12pm – 7pm

Saturday  -  October 25th

12pm – 6pm



RetroSpecs TrunkShow Sept. 5th-6th, 2014

RetroSpecs & Co. represents  and celebrates the “Golden Age” of eyewear manufacturing. Their collection of “real deal” vintage eyewear has been lovingly restored with precision and meticulously archived. They are categorized into one of five archives: Early Modern, Vintage, Specialty, Buffalo Horn Inlay, and MUSEUM.


What does it mean for a piece to be classified as “Museum”? It means there are five or fewer known to exist worldwide. These extremely special and rare frames are only made available for viewing or for purchase on special occasions. One happens to be coming up.

Adam Cowfer of RetroSpecs & Co. will be at SPECS OPTICAL on Friday, September 5th from 11am-7pm, and Saturday, September 6th from 12pm-6pm, 2014.

This will also be the WORLD PREMIERE of the new titanium and buffalo horn collection CUTHBERT & CHEN. Don’t miss out!

Specs Optical Sunglasses 2014

Get ready for the summer of 2014, Minneapolis!

The sun is finally here and we are ready to prepare you with a whole new smorgasbord of beautiful sunglasses by the eyewear collections you’ve come to know and love. DITA, Mykita, Anne et Valentin, Morgenthal Frederics, Lindberg…they’re all here! Stop by the shop this Memorial Day weekend and check out our largest selection of sunglasses to date. There truly is something for everyone.

TOP ROW: The DITA MACH THREE is a fashion-forward hardcore solid sunglass with a definitive presence. Its sleek matte finish and real gold plating demand to be worn with confidence. Looking for some glamour and whimsy? Try the Paris-based FRANCIS KLEIN MARGE (names always sound more elegant in French). A black & white layered acetate with hand-set Swarovski crystals and silver metal accents to add a bit of shimmer without being over-the-top. Mirrored lenses are back with a vengeance! MYKITA has it covered with their HEINZ in collaboration with bernhard wilhelm. Amazingly lightweight and flexible sheet-cut stainless steel that will spoil you with high style and comfort. Somehow they manage dressy and sporty at the same time.

MIDDLE ROW: As always, LINDBERG of Belgium has designed an extremely light, clean, but modern sunglass in the 8579. Matte finished acetate fronts are paired with metallic titanium temples to create a classic yet industrial look…for the die hard design & architecture enthusiast! THE SUN! MORGENTHAL FREDERICS created the 187 in the retro style of Jackie O. A staple piece for the collection now introduced in fun new colors, including this Striated Mauve Fade. A perfect alternative to the classic black sunglass for a gal needing a bit of color in her life & substantial sun coverage.

BOTTOM ROW: Adding on to their MovieStars collection, the MORGENTHAL FREDERICS LANCASTER represents made-to-order Hollywood style. The clear acetate keeps it modern, while the shape and fit allow it to remain a part of your sunglass collection for years to come. ANNE et VALENTIN (a Specs Optical client favorite for many years) loves simple & elegant styling with a touch of the unexpected. The SAGAN sunglass combines super high quality acetate construction in a just off the beaten path shape with well thought out color pairings. This olive front with deep red temples combination works with everything. And finally, the MYKITA MYLON UNO! This sunglass is truly at the forefront of design technology. A 3D printed(!) frame with exceptional fit, comfort, and durability. This particular shape, with its wrap around front, creates sun coverage like you wouldn’t believe. And, the mirrored lenses give it a ridiculously cool vibe. Are you groovy enough to pull this one off?

 Stop by SPECS OPTICAL soon for your perfect new 2014 Summer pair(s) of sunglasses!