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.

We recently got back from a trip to Milan, Italy. It is our 20th wedding anniversary next month and there was an international vision/eyewear show, called MIDO, being held there in Milan. I’ve always dreamed of going to an international show AND Italy…it just needed to happen. I closed the shop for a few days […]

I sometimes hesitate to instruct long-time eyeglass wearers, at their fitting appointments, in how to care for their new glasses, but we can all use little reminders and may not know everything, right? And, you are paying me to be the expert….so here goes. With the purchase of new eyewear, I will provide lens cleaning […]

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 […]

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 […]