Business is booming in Over-the-Rhine and a nationally-known eyeglass chain just opened its doors in the heart of the neighborhood. Read on for the eye-catching details.
Warby Parker recently opened its first-ever store in the Queen City. Located in the heart of Over-the-Rhine, this store is the third in the state.
“We’re excited to join the community in Over-the-Rhine,” says Co-Founder and Co-CEO Neil Blumenthal. “There are so many neighbors we’re eager to meet and there’s tons to take in. We’re especially happy to be just blocks away from Washington Park.”
Since its launch in 2010, Warby Parker now has more than 75 stores across the U.S. and Canada with more than 1,500 employees.
“Warby Parker was founded with a rebellious spirit and a lofty objective: To offer designer eyewear at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially conscious businesses,” says Blumenthal. “It all began when four friends wondered why buying glasses was so expensive and oftentime tedious. They set out to make the whole thing easy, affordable, and way more fun.”
Warby Parker allows customers to go around the traditional chain of purchase glasses. Instead, they design glasses in-house and work with customers directly to ensure that they receive high-quality, better-looking prescription eyewear that starts at $95.
“We can’t wait to have you over to our new Cincinnati home and keep the good times going,” he adds. “We believe that buying glasses should leave you happy and good-looking, with money in your pocket.”
The store is decorated with classic designs, much like you’d see in a library. It’s also similar to other stores in offering an atmosphere that is inviting and welcoming for customers.
Of course in a fashion-driven world, you want to look fashionable in every aspect of the word. And that’s where Warby Parker comes in. Their glasses are easy to fit, affordable, and fun.
The main identifier of the store is a larger-than-life-sized blue-footed booby (yes, you read that right), the company’s beloved mascot. It’s located in a sidewalk alcove just outside the store. Warby Parker says that the booby is there because the company identifies with its curious expression, charming tuxedo-esque plumage, and sense of playfulness.
To celebrate the opening of the store in Cincinnati, Warby Parker designed a pair of sunglasses that’s special to the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.
“We took our roundlenses Flynn in Smoky Quartz Crystal and made it over with Flash Mirrored Pacific Blue lenses,” says Blumenthal. “This Cincinnati-exclusive frame won’t be around forever, so check it out soon.”
Also available in the store are glasses for kids. “We’ve taken some of our favorite grown-up frames in a rainbow of hues and miniaturized them for tinier faces,” he adds.
The glasses are available in two sizes: Jr. (for ages 8 and up) and Jr. Jr. (good for kids ages 4-7).
Customers who aren’t quite sure of the frames they’d like to order can check out the custom-built app in what the store calls Point of Everything. There, you can get an overview of the glasses you tried on and even see any of the measurements taken in the store.
Prescription glasses from Warby Parker are shipped within days, and non-prescription pairs are immediately available to take home, and thanks to free lifetime adjustments, customers can stop in any Warby Parker for a “tune up.”
And because Warby Parker knows that dealing with insurance can be confusing, the team is there to make your experience goes as smoothly as possible. They accept certain UnitedHealthcare and Spectera vision plans that can often lead you to get a new pair of glasses for the cost of your copay. Additionally, there are other ways to save at Warby Parker including out-of-network reimbursement, FSA, or HSA.
Warby Parker also has a Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program, and have distributed more than 4 million pairs of glasses so far. Through the program, every time a customer purchases a pair of glasses or sunglasses, Warby Parker donates a pair to someone in need. To learn more about the Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program, click here.
Warby Parker is located at 1419 Vine Street in Cincinnati. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm.