Eye-trepreneurs

InVision Chooses Minneapolis’ Trendy North Loop for Its Fourth Location

By dba Staff
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 12:08 AM MINNEAPOLIS—InVision Distinctive Eyewear opened it fourth location in the trendy, fast-growing North Loop section of Minneapolis.

Chromos Eyewear Store and Give-Back Program Join the Norman Childs’ Family of Companies

By John Sailer
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 4:15 PM

PITTSBURGH—Continuing the family tradition, not only in eyewear but also in altruism, Daniel Childs has launched Chromos, a trifecta that consists of a line of eyewear, a store in the trendy Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh, and a give-back program that provides eyecare and eyewear to the area’s underserved children. The son of Norman Childs, who founded Eyetique, 3 Guys Optical and Norman Childs Eyewear, Daniel Childs is following his father’s example with the launch of Chromos as part of the Childs’ family of companies.

Expanding on a Solid Foundation of Luxury

By John Sailer
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 2:00 PM LAS VEGAS—After years of "right sizing" the business during a bad economy, Luxury Optical Holdings (LOH) is now poised for aggressive growth...and has already taken advantage of its position by recently adding new stores to its portfolio of high-end stores.

SVS Vision Employees Pay It Forward By Giving Out $10,000 in Cash

By John Sailer
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 9:30 AM GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—As this Midwestern regional optical retailer does every year at its annual meeting, SVS Vision paid it forward, and this year it did so by giving company employees $10,000 in cash and telling them they could do anything they wanted with the money. They decided to give it all away to people walking around Grand Rapids.

Morgenthal Frederics' Flagship Makes Its New Home in Historic New York City Building

By John Sailer
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 3:35 PM NEW YORK—Luxury Optical Holdings (LOH) moved its Morgenthal Frederics flagship store into New York City's historic Carlton House at 680 Madison Avenue on Saturday, April 18, 2015. It is the first commercial resident of the historic building, just steps away from the luxury optical retail store's original flagship location at 699 Madison Avenue, where it has operated since 1999 and will continue to do so until mid-May.

Loyalty is a Two-Way Street for Co/op Optical’s Owner, WCE, LLC

By John Sailer
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 10:00 AM DETROIT—It seems that optical groups in the Detroit area are getting a lot of attention these days. Perhaps that's because in a city that is infamous for its recent economic woes, the various optical retail chains that serve this market are not only surviving but thriving, remodeling and adding locations at a healthy pace.

Wisconsin Vision, LTD Launches in Milwaukee With Group's First Downtown Location

By John Sailer
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 10:05 AM MILWAUKEE—The group that owns and operates 23 Wisconsin Vision locations throughout the state, six Heartland Vision Stores in Indiana and Illinois, and seven Eye Boutiques in Chicago, launched a new brand, Wisconsin Vision, LTD, last month.

Bronx Born and Bred, Metro Optics Adds Fourth Location

By John Sailer
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 11:00 AM BRONX, N.Y.—After adding its fourth location in the Bronx at the end of 2014, Metro Optics has reached a level at which it can now take advantage of certain economies of scale.

Unexpected Detroit Opening Helps Optimize Henry Ford OptimEyes

By John Sailer
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 3:30 PM MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich.—When dba caught up with executives from Henry Ford OptimEyes last month when the optical group was named Regional Retailer of the Year at the 19th annual Transitions Academy in Orlando (see below), dba learned that the company has grown from 17 to 19 locations since March of 2013 (see "Optical Group Flourishes After Merger With Major Health System").

Union Approved and Staffed, Wisconsin Vision Expands

By John Sailer
Monday, November 24, 2014 10:30 AM NEW BERLIN, Wis.—With its business built serving organized labor, Wisconsin Vision already had its eyes on acquiring a practice that catered to the United Auto Workers (UAW) when that practice unexpectedly came up for auction earlier this year.

Multiple-Location Practice Finds its Software Solution in the Cloud

By John Sailer
Wednesday, November 05, 2014 12:10 AM

NEW HOLSTEIN, Wis.—When Cheryl Roers, OD, bought her first practice, it was easy enough to use an in-house server to support her electronic health record software, but as she gradually added locations over the years, it became clear that she needed a more efficient solution. She found her answer in cloud-based computing.

MyEyeDr’s Fast-Paced Expansion Grows at a Rate of One Location Per Week

By John Sailer
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 2:00 PM VIENNA, Va.—After surpassing its goal of 60 locations and $100 million in revenue by the end of 2013, MyEyeDr’s expansion drive continues unabated.

How One Ophthalmology Group Finally Got Its Optical Dispensaries Under Control

By John Sailer
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 1:00 PM TOMS RIVER, N.J.—Where does a six-location ophthalmological group turn after spending 25 years being unsatisfied with the three different management companies that have handled its optical dispensaries over the years? In the case of Ocean Eye Institute, the answer was Vision Associates.

Halpern's Lean Practice Management Cuts No-Shows in Half

By John Sailer
Monday, August 18, 2014 12:30 AM Halpern Eye Care, under the management of the family practice’s third generation, Ryan Halpern, OD, has recently implemented strategies to improve patient flow and to take advantage of economies of scale for this nine-location regional group along with the six-location Vision Associates practice it acquired in Maryland last year.

Northeastern Eye Institute Touches Customers 'Everywhere They Are'

By John Sailer
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 8:12 AM SCRANTON, PA.—After instituting doctor-driven dispensing, complete with a pager system similar to those used while waiting for a table at a restaurant, along with other promotional efforts, Northeastern Eye Institute saw a substantial uptick in sales for this optical group in northeastern Pennsylvania.
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