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ClearView Optical | 119 Main St. NW | open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday + 10 a.m.-noon Saturday
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (Jan. 29, 2024) – Discover a world of clear vision at ClearView Optical, your premier eyewear shop!
"We are your one-stop destination for all your eyewear needs," states Maritza Ramirez, who co-owns the shop with Stephanie Reed Marsh. "From prescription glasses to sunglasses, we have a wide variety of frames and lenses to suit every style and budget. We can help you find the perfect frames that complement your face shape and personal style."
In addition to eyewear, ClearView Optical also offers a variety of accessories to enhance your vision, including anti-glare coatings, polarized lenses and blue light filters.
"Our knowledgeable team can help you choose the best options for your lifestyle and visual needs," she said. "At our optical shop, we believe that eye care should be affordable and accessible to everyone. We offer flexible payment options to ensure that you get the best possible care without breaking the bank. So, whether you need a new pair of glasses or simply want to update your look, visit our optical shop today. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to assist you with all your eye-care needs."
Learn the ins and outs of ClearView Optical, what makes it a Must-Try Monday-worthy business and why you should make it a destination the next time you're near downtown Gainesville by reviewing the exclusive Q+A with Ramirez below.
Q: When did your business open and where? If your business has operated at other locations, please list those.
A: We opened on Feb. 14, 2023, at our current location.
Q: What drew you to operate your business in downtown Gainesville?
A: The diverse culture, and [we] fell in love with the atmosphere and the history of our building.
Q: What kinds of products and/or services does your business offer to the public?
A: Eye exams, frame adjustments, prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, sunglasses, eyeglass frames, eyewear accessories, lens coating and treatments.
Q: Can you give some examples of unique products and/or services you offer that aren’t easily replicated elsewhere in town?
A: Quality customized workmanship for unique shapes and sizes. Custom shooting glasses also.
Q: What offerings are you most proud of and why? Give us the scoop!
A: We offer custom frame designs that are tailored to individuals' preferences. We have an in-house finishing lab for quicker turnaround time.
Q: Do you target a specific audience? If so, can you please specify?
A: No, we are happy to help anyone who needs our services.
Q: If you aim to target everyone, can you please explain how and through what products and/or services?
A: By addressing a wide range of preferences, needs and budgets, we have created an environment that is welcoming to a diverse customer base.
Q: What is your favorite “must try” item you offer and why?
A: Getting your glasses adjusted and being properly fit for a pair of glasses that accentuate your facial features. We also have some great cleaning products to keep your lenses clean!
Q: In your own words, what makes your business a positive addition to the downtown cityscape?
A: A centrally located optical store in the downtown area provides convenience for residents and workers who may need eye-care services without traveling far. We [also] have a bilingual staff member that is able to communicate with Spanish-speaking customers.
Q: If you have other locations nearby, can you please provide what cities you’re located in?
A: No other locations at this time.
PHOTO CUTLINE | ClearView Optical is located at 119 Main St. NW just off the historic square in downtown Gainesville. Find additional photos shared via the @GainesvilleGeorgiaGovernment Facebook page.