Trendy eyeglass store comes to Oak Park

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By Marty Stempniak

Staff Reporter

A ritzy eyewear boutique will soon be joining the bustling business stretch near Oak Park Avenue and Lake Street.

Regional chain retailer Spex is opening its 15th location, which will debut in Oak Park sometime in January, according to Marketing Director Marilyn Frank. The store will take the place of still-operating JJ Koolhaus, 120 N. Oak Park Ave.

Frank said they decided to venture into Oak Park because they've received requests for a location here, and they don't have anything right nearby.

"Oak Park just has the right feel for what we do, and even just in conversations with customers, people are pretty excited that we're opening a location there," she said.

Spex offers "well-crafted" eyewear from brands such as Prada, Ray Ban and Chanel. They also have an optometrist on hand at every location.

"These guys are the real deal and will certainly fit nicely into the district," said David King, the commercial leasing agent who helped Spex find its space.

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john murtagh from oak park  

Posted: November 5th, 2010 12:09 PM

The dialog makes me wonder how much money Oak Park gave the Dollar Store to move into the old Wahlgreens store on Madison Street. The Dollar Store arrival was announced almost simultaneously with the Spex announcement. Probably a dollar.

Fair Competition Is Good  

Posted: November 3rd, 2010 3:01 PM

Madly Poppin failed in part because the Village Board created a competitive disadvantage by giving Well Street Popcorn $24,800 to locate in Oak Park, which was a third of their total costs to open. I wonder how much Oak Park gave to Spex to move to Oak Park. When will the Village Board learn to help businesses prosper in Oak Park instead of driving businesses out by creating competitive disadvantage for existing businesses? (Yes, I realize that is a rhetorical question.)

Competition is good  

Posted: November 3rd, 2010 11:13 AM

Competition makes the strong survive. Madly Poppin failed because Well Street Popcorn offers a much superior product. If the eyeglass store on Lake is as good as you say, they will survive the competition.


Posted: November 3rd, 2010 9:08 AM

Um.....we have a trendy eyeglass store that sells well-crafted designer frames ON LAKE STREET, called The Eyeglass Shop. Way to run another long-existing business out of town! (remember Madly Poppin'?)

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