Vision Expo OPTImum Retail Award Finalists Announced, Voting to Commence

02/16/2018

Alexandria, VA – February 16, 2018 – Vision Expo has announced the finalists for the first annual OPTImum Retail Award. This new awards program celebrates independent boutique retailers by showcasing their products, storefronts, visions and most importantly – their stories.
The finalists are:

  • Atelier Mira (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Eye Q Stylist Opticians (Holetown, Barbados)
  • Spex By Ryan (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada)
  • Todd Rogers Eyewear (Andover, MA)

From February 16 to March 5, an online vote will take place to help select the winner. To vote, as well as see the photos and stories of the finalists, click here.

Finalists will share their stories and vision for their brand at Vision Expo East during a free Pop Up Talk in the Galleria Lounge (G280) on Friday, March 16, from 3:00 to 3:30 pm. The winner will be revealed during the Exclusive Boutique Buyer VIP Event on Saturday, March 17, from 5–6:30 p.m.

To determine these finalists, award submissions were reviewed and voted on by a committee of industry leaders, including James Spina, 20/20 Magazine Editor in Chief and Senior VP; Christian Roth, Designer and Co-Founder of CHRISTIAN ROTH Eyewear; and Arian Fartash, OD and Instagram social influencer, @glamoptometrist.

“The OPTImum award is a showcase of the most prestigious retail stores from across the globe”, said Dr. Arian Fartash. “I am honored to sit on the panel of judges and be a part of history.”

The finalists will be highlighted on Vision Expo’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn social media channels. Visit the Vision Expo East website to find out more about these awards and events.
Editor’s note: Finalist bios and headshots, and images of finalist retail spaces, will be available upon request.

About Vision Expo
Vision Expo, the worldwide conferences and exhibitions for eyecare and eyewear, are trade-only events that draw more than 30,000 eyecare professionals each year. Co-owned by Reed Exhibitions and The Vision Council, Vision Expo gives back to the entire ophthalmic community. Proceeds are used by The Vision Council to educate consumers about the importance of vision care and the options in eyewear and other related products. In 2017, The Vision Council reached millions of consumers with its messages through marketing materials, public relations outreach and strategic partnerships. Vision Expo is a proud supporter of Think About Your Eyes, a national public awareness campaign, presented by The Vision Council and the American Optometric Association, designed to educate the public on the benefits and importance of getting an annual comprehensive eye exam. Keep this viral campaign going! Sign up at enroll.thinkaboutyoureyes.com. For more information, visit VisionExpoEast.com.


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