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What does it mean if you are experiencing dark spots or “floaters” in your vision?
That was the question posed in this month’s “Ask The Eye Doctor” column in the VSP EnVision Newsletter:
Q: What Are Those Dark Spots I’m Seeing in My Eyes?
While “floaters” are actually quite common, you’ll want to read Dr. Michelle’s entire explanation in the VSP EnVision Newsletter to understand why spots or floaters develop, the current treatments available for them, and when a visual disturbance warrants a trip to the optometrist.
You can view the complete response here.
Last month Candace Dickow at 944 Detroit approached us with a very cool opportunity: 944 was looking for 10 of Metro-Detroit’s leading Independent Trendsetters to participate in a special two-page feature in 944’s September Fashion Issue on what we thought would be hot this season in terms of fashion, style and accessories.
What we especially loved about the concept was that unlike many of the other major local, upscale lifestyle magazines in Metro-Detroit, 944 chose to focus on smaller, independent businesses, versus simply falling back on the big, upscale department stores that seem to be featured over-and-over again in other local magazines’ fashion spreads and pictorials.
At Urban Optiques, we’ve always scratched our heads when we see the local glossies turn to the giant department stores for product and insight on style trends.
We have scores of fantastic, smaller, independent boutiques and retailers right here in Metro-Detroit that have deep expertise in their industries and are blazing fashion and style trails at a pace that the more conservative department store buyers simply aren’t willing to commit to. And many of these featured businesses are offering deeper, more unique and exclusive collections than the corporate giants at Somerset Mall. In fact, in the case of Urban Optiques, most of our eyeglasses and sunglass brands simply can’t be purchased
Last month Urban Optiques sponsored the 2nd Annual “Buy Michigan First Festival” in Northville, and based on attendance and response, there is a tremendous amount of demand in Metro-Detroit for supporting the types of businesses featured in the “Independent Trendsetters” spread in 944. These smaller businesses create jobs, keep a large portion of their profits in the local economy, tend to reinvest into the community and are quickly putting Detroit back on the map as as an up-and-coming center of creativity, entrepreneurship — and yes — style.
Yesterday morning we were thrilled to see that EDGE Magazine published a lengthy interview I did with them last week around how to choose fashionable sunglasses and take care of your vision at the same time.
EDGE is the largest network of local Gay, Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) news and entertainment portals in the world, serving 500,000 readers from a variety of metropolitan areas around the United States and beyond.
Unfortunately, they don’t currently serve Detroit, but we’re hoping to change that with this story.
Check out the full article here (it’s pretty cool):
Special thanks to David Andrusia, the author of the article, and the entire EDGE staff for being so great to work with.
Our article offered advice on how optometrists and independent optical shops can use the Internet to build their business.
You can check out the full article here.
We’re fast approaching the six month mark since we took ownership of the downtown Northville optical-shop-formerly-known as Urban Optiks and relaunched it as “Urban Optiques.“
It’s literally been a whirlwind for the past five months and it seems like just yesterday that we celebrated our grand-reopening. Since then, we’ve made all kinds of improvements and changes (both large and small) to enhance the patient and client experience and we have dozens more on the way.
So I thought I’d take a few minutes today to bring everyone up to speed on what’s been happening around Urban Optiques, and some of the exciting things we have planned for the future.
As I go through this you’ll notice a common theme: newness.
Nearly everything about the past six months has involved some type of change in the existing business, the experience, the product and how we serve our clients and patients.
What I’m proud of is that I think we’ve been able to preserve all of the best things from previous owners of this practice, while making some exciting changes that open up new possibilities for growth and improved client service and vision care.
First, we just had our best week ever at Urban Optiques in terms of new clients, exams and eyeglass sales. March will likely be our best month since purchasing the business. Traffic into the store has been increasing week-over-week since November, but this past week felt like a real tipping-point for us.
What is even more exciting is that 75 percent of you are first-time patients.