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