Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Holiday Hours - Last minute gifts and Flex Spending!

 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
We hope everyone is ready for the Holiday...but just in case we will be open TODAY 12/24 until 4pm in the event that you need a last minute gift. We DO have Gift Certificates available.
Our complete hours for the remainder of 2013:

Tuesday 12/24: 10-4
Wednesday 12/25: CLOSED - Merry Christmas
Thursday 12/26: 10-6
Friday 12/27: 10-6
Saturday 12/28: 10-5
Sunday 12/29: CLOSED
MONDAY 12/30: 10-6
Tuesday 12/31: 10-6
Wednesday 1/1/2014: CLOSED Happy New Year!

 Yes we WILL be OPEN on a Monday, (hopefully my head won't explode), just this once in order to help those with expiring flex-spending dollars. We will resume taking Mondays off to play golf, poker or ping pong in 2014, so don't get used to it :)
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and we hope everyone has a healthy and happy New Year!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Holiday Gift Guide/Flex Spending Planning Reminder #1

 It's December already? Yep... ALREADY. So while you're dodging tasers at Wal Mart and trying to track down the latest Playboxstation13.6 or whatever you might forget that the flexible spending money in your FSA/HSA account is sitting there waiting for your attention. This will serve as reminder # 1 of who knows? I have ADD and might forget to post another one. So plan accordingly.
 In any event...we have over 7000 items available to help you make the most of your flex dollars...like the luxurious rimless collection from FRED (pictured above) or the whimsical reinterpretations of vintage classics from L.A Eyeworks (pictured below).
These also make great gifts...and of course we offer Gift Certificates so you don't have to actually make any decisions yourself. Stop in soon...the clock is ticking.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!!

 We hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving holiday! We will be closed in order to stuff our faces and watch football tomorrow but will return on Black Friday 10-6. Doc Larry will be in and has a few appointments still available. Give us a call at 410-528-1877 to schedule an eye exam.
 We will also be open on Small Business Saturday (downtown from 10-5).
Don't forget that WE DO have gift certificates available at both the downtown and Bel Air locations and your flexible spending dollars are good here!
Hope to see everybody soon! Happy Holidays!!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Coming soon. Fall Edition.

It's time for Fall...and per usual we have a ton of NEW and amazing inventory to share. On top of that we still have even MORE coming. In the next few weeks we will welcome Traction Productions and Dilem back to our shop.

Handmade in France and completely amazing... our selections will be like limited edition works of wearable art. (we will have 1 of each... so first come first served.)
Also from Braun Classics in Germany we will offer an amazing collection of P3 vintage recreations in neon colors. Forget tasting the rainbow... you can wear it.

Stop in soon to see all the best options.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Now in Bel Air! Linder Opticians is now Paris West Optical. - Updated 9/10/13

We've been talking about it for a bit now...but it's official. Linder Opticians in Bel Air is now Paris West Optical. For those who didn't know, Bruce Linder was a master optician who for 37+ years provided exceptional service and quality eye wear in Bel Air, Maryland. (and I thought 19+ years was doing something).
Unfortunately, Bruce was diagnosed with a non-treatable form of cancer a little while back. He wanted to make sure that his business continued in such a way that his loyal customers would continue to be taken care of and also that his lovely wife Cindy wouldn't have to deal with the loose ends and stress of his business. Based on the recommendation of mutual customers, suppliers and as well as the reputation of our shop, Bruce placed a call to me earlier this year. To be honest, while flattered, I was not interested initially. I had spent the last almost 20 years working on Paris West and had only in the past few years been able to take time off. But Bruce confided his condition to me (I am a 2 time cancer survivor) and he was so cordial on the phone that I figured meeting him for lunch wouldn't hurt. Besides everyones favorite former employee, Aubrey and her pocket sized optical super model daughter Kendall reside in Bel Air -along with the rest of her ever expanding family.
I had a very nice lunch with Bruce... we had pretty much the exact same beliefs on how an optical shop should be run. How quality and individualized service is so hard to find nowadays...and that most transactions had such a cold and corporate feel to them and there wasn't any real relationship building between the business and the clients. I was impressed by the longevity of his shop and that his passion for it had continued unabated for close to 4 decades. Still, I wasn't convinced. I live an hour away from Bel Air. I don't know much about the community. (And lets face it, I kind of look like a cross between a motorcycle gang member and a terrorist...not exactly the look that plays well on Mainstreet USA).
I left and went to meet Aubrey, her husband Isaac (pictured above in that cool shirt) and the kids. (and to use her pool...but don't say anything). I mentioned my meeting and the empathy I had for Bruce and his situation, but still felt it was a bad fit. That's when Isaac asked if my opinion would change if he and Aubrey would buy the shop with me as my partners. After all, Aubrey was one of my most trusted and competent employees for 8 plus years and had only left when her son Rylan was born and the commute to the city became too much. Aubrey, who is a 3rd generation Bel Air native and who only lived 5 minutes from Linder Opticians. To make this long winded post shorter, obviously that made a huge difference... and here we are...going from Changing the face of Baltimore to Changing the face of Maryland (thanks to my brother Lance for the tagline). We have already tripled the existing inventory at the shop, but other than that we have no plans on doing anything different than the late Bruce Linder would have done... providing exceptional customer service, fantastic products and an unmatched value. We hope to make him proud and glad he chose us. Stop in and let us show you.

The shop is located at: 328 S. Main Street, Bel Air, MD 21014
410-838-8988. We are open Tuesday thru Friday 10-6 and Saturday 9-1.

Update 9/10/13: Just to avoid any confusion (as if my inability to form proper sentences isn't enough)...we have NOT moved the original location (521 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21201) we are still there, having just signed a new 10 year lease extension. This is an additional location. (hey...we're like a chain now... if 2 links can be considered a chain). Sorry if it was unclear earlier.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Vote for Pedro... I mean for us. Pretty please :)

How can you say "no" to these faces? Well maybe Cailin's face...I say no to Duane on a daily basis. (the Patty Paillette specs he's wearing are in stock however, and they're easy to say "yes" to.)

Friday, July 5, 2013

YES! We ARE open today and tomorrow!

YES...we will be open TODAY July 5th from 10-6. (we may still have spots open for Doc Larry, call for availability) and we will be in tomorrow, July 6th, as well from 10-5. Stop in and check out the new arrivals from Jono Hennessey and much more!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Gail Spence 9904 aluminum half eyes by Pro Design. Get them while they last!

Long time readers of our blog know what big fans we are of Pro Design and their Gail Spence aluminum re-issue collection. We were thrilled when after 20 years, Pro Design decided to re-issue (and improve upon) these timeless designs from the 80's.
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and there will be NO MORE of these beauties manufactured.
There is a silver lining however, and that is we DO have a limited supply of these classics available for immediate purchase...in ALL 4 colors. (Red, Copper, Turquoise and Silver).
The even better news is that we are selling these at 50% off of the suggested retail of $325. (that's $162.50 for those of you who are bad at the math). We will even include FREE Priority Mail shipping with purchase. But hurry...these never last long. (I think my mother is texting me as I type this). Orders and questions should be sent to us at pariswestoptical@yahoo.com. Don't miss out! Order today!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Are you ready for Summer?

Hope everybody is ready for summer...if not, we have a ton of cool new shades from Salt Optics (pictured) and many others - in stock NOW!
 All styles...all price ranges... stop in while the best stuff is still here!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Happy Easter! Happy Passover! Happy Spring!

 Great Spex>jelly beans and chocolate covered eggs (don't get me started about peeps)...just sayin'... and they're unleavened for those celebrating Passover. We hope everyone has a great holiday!

Monday, March 11, 2013

New Barton Perreira video : Traffic

vimeo.com/60527963 click the link to check it out.

Spring Preview

 I'm sorry for the lack of 2013 updates... I guess we're still recovering from our "Raven Superbowl Victory Hangover"...along with the fact that we've actually been crazy busy (thank you for that)...we do update our Facebook pages on a weekly basis, so if you have a need for more useless commentary and pretty pictures then feel free to like us or friend us (or both). Despite the dearth of posts there is certainly not a dearth of new beautiful products arriving in the shop. (my New Years resolution to reign in my purchasing lasted approximately 24 hours this year...which is an improvement over last years 22 hours so I'll take it.) Here's a brief sampling of the goodies in stock or on their way for that new Spring look you're considering. Up top we have Patty Paillette...absolutely beautiful handmade Italian frames for women... you've never seen anything like these.
Chanel for a more subtle Italian design

                      Jono Hennessy. Handmade and limited edition from Australia

Etnia Barcelona... beautiful and super colorful from Spain

Masunaga. Unbelievable quality...handmade classics from Japan.

Cody Air. From the creator of Zero G. Milled, screwless and solder free... extremely light and durable. 

There's actually a ton more from the likes of Barton Perreira, Orgreen, Salt, Boz, Mykita, Oakley, Pro Design, Kala, Fred, Tag Heuer and much, much more.  Stop in and we'll show you.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Closed today due to weather

Due to the snow, sleet, freezing rain, poor drivers etc we will be closed today  :(

We will however be back tomorrow at 10 am  :)

The even better news is that our new spring arrivals (like those from Etnia Barcelona - pictured above) have already arrived.  So once winter is finished having it's final little tantrum of 2013, stop in and we can help you welcome spring with a sexy new pair of specs :D