Optical Prism May 2022 - Page 38

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Philémon maison d ' optique
Voskin ' s
Eyes ON King

Windows into the soul of eyecare

Some of Canada ’ s funkiest eyewear boutiques
BY SUZANNE SENDEL

In covering Canadian optical practices and visiting a variety of shops and boutiques , I am always in awe of a funky find .

Whether high-end luxury or a trip down memory lane , opticians get to paint their vision by design .
With so many creative destinations , personalized style and great vibes , our country offers many wondrous windows into the soul of eyecare that I couldn ' t help but share .
I ' m not sure if many of you know this , but back in the ' 90s , I sold a TV show to WGBH / PBS in Boston . The premise was that of an eccentric , passionate interior decorator and his Hungarian sidekick who would tour the nation , critiquing , and co-critiquing , various destinations with a biting edge .
No matter how lavish or simple , we would base our destinations not only on the decor , but the people who have created a great space .
Coming from an architectural and interior design background , I ' ve always enjoyed how colour , space planning and originality have infused businesses .
I only wish I had entered the optical world sooner , as I would have loved to feature some of these spaces I have found to be worthy of sharing .
Here are a few of our country ' s bestkept secrets , gems and destinations of optical shops that I have visited and have made me want to return .
MONTREAL ' S VOSKIN ' S Ahn Ton had a vision of creating an " open kitchen " concept , featuring a
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