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Rejoice, four-eyed friends, as Warby Parker comes to Tampa

The new Warby Parker showroom at Oxford Exchange opens Saturday morning.

Photo by Justine Griffin, Times staff writer

The new Warby Parker showroom at Oxford Exchange opens Saturday morning.



When I was in the second grade, I told my mom I was having trouble seeing the chalkboard at school. She took me to the eye doctor. I couldn't read the big "E."

And so began my 20-year relationship with glasses, which has been hot and cold over the years, generally depending on whether or not I was in middle school.

I love that glasses have become "cool." When I was a kid, your choices were rimless owl face or plastic circle doom. Now, there's every shape and size and shade available, and the more they stand out, the better they're loved.

So I was delighted when my girl Justine, a business reporter for the Times, reported that Warby Parker is opening a showroom at the Oxford Exchange in Tampa. For most of the country, Warby Parker's gorgeous frames are only available online. I've done three free at-home "try-ons" -- where they ship you five frames for free and you can see what you like before ordering -- and I've never had success. I blame my tiny mutant face, for this and for most of the world's wrongs.

But now - well, starting 9 a.m. tomorrow when the showroom opens - I can try on as many frames as I like without worrying about shipping or picking the right five to sample. And the frames are really affordable, often just $99 for the lenses and everything. Justine has all the info in her Q&A with Kaki Read, a communications manager for Warby Parker. Check it out.

[Last modified: Friday, February 19, 2016 11:57am]


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