As the weather shifts to Autumn, I’ve felt myself remembering the cooler mornings last year, arriving at the shop to find the Japanese Maple leaves fluttering around the courtyard and on my door mat. There’s something about the familiar that is comforting to me, to think “I remember this last year”…to anticipate watching the stormy rain through my shop windows, the hum of my Nespresso machine, and to realize this isn’t foreign anymore, and it feels like home.

I’ve shared a lot about my personal adoption story on my social media and here. Last week, I found completion and closure in the journey and I wanted to share here as it ties into why I’m so grateful for my shop and YOU! The past 10 years has been a long drawn out roller […]

Brought this plant friend from home…like most everything else in my shop, it has meaning. It was a gift from a former employer 12 years ago, she’s a bonsai ficus. When we lived near Asheville, NC, I helped an optometrist open a brand new practice, part of my job duties were watering and babying the […]

That is a question I receive every day, usually more than once. It’s a good question. The short answer is no, however I can submit an out-of-network claim form for you and your insurance company will usually reimburse you within 2-4 weeks. Why not? The long answer…gets out soap box… First of all, I don’t […]

I’m a habitual smiler. Even with a mask on, I smile…I can’t help it. I walk down the street and I smile at people. I value connecting with others, to make them feel seen….and really I just feel it’s common courtesy to acknowledge others whom we cross paths with in our daily lives. So, really, […]

At Specs, I’ve committed to only carrying independent eyewear lines. What does this mean? Most of the popular brand names you see in eyewear are owned by one large monopoly. They own stores, they own insurance companies, they own lens labs. They have purchased the brand rights and mass produce eyewear and charge way more […]