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Friday July 10th, 2015

Posted at 11:00am

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Windsor’s first optical “boutique” is opening on Ottawa Street.

Located in the former Gregor Jewellery building at 1474 Ottawa Street, The Walkerville Optical aims to offer a selection and service unlike any other in the region.

“The eyeglass industry is dominated by big designer names, but those designers have little to do with the actual design of the glasses. They license their brands to big frame manufacturers but the quality of the brands aren’t reflected in the quality of the frames. You end up paying a premium price and all you get is a premium name. With so many stores carrying the same brands it is nearly impossible to find something unique,” says owner Mark Trudell, a Registered Optician since 2003.

Seeking out collections from all over the world, The Walkerville Optical featues frames for everyone, from frames made with vinyl records, recycled metals and plastics to real wood, you are sure to find something unique to reflect your personality.

“Every collection we offer was hand-picked because we felt it offered something specific to our selection. Many are made in Europe or Japan, and some in the USA. We didn’t pick based on brand, it was based on style, and it was based on quality. We wanted frames from designers we saw as artists,” Trudell said.

The Walkerville Optical features antique furniture and shelves displaying the eyewear, each piece of furniture as unique as the frames it displays. Keeping with the antique theme, The Walkerville Optical is creating a museum of optical artifacts. “We’d like to develop a nice display that shows the history of Opticianry, with old frames, tools, lenses, and equipment for eye exams. We are always on the lookout for more interesting spectacle related artifacts.”

You can find more information on their website here.

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