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2017 Houston Holiday Markets

’tis the season to put your overwhelming number of tote bags to good use

Shop Houston holiday markets for well made goods, unique gifts, vintage pieces, jewelry, accessories, and more.

The ultimate list of holiday markets in Houston’s inner-loop, because we know you love more than cool affordable glasses.

Not only are these events full of local artist, makers, collectors, and creatives, but each one is hosted by a Houston small business or historic/cultural organization.

updated regularly through 12/23

Special Thanks

Special Thanks

to local beespectacled beekeeper and owner at Bee2Bee Honey, Nicole, for helping us compile this list.

Her local raw honey is available at the Houston Dairymaids and online (w/ free Montrose pickup).

Here are some examples of what you’ll find

Lux Cups

enamel pins and awesome goodies

El Coqui Cactus

surreal succulents and terrariums

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These Dogs in Glasses are out of this World

No, these aren't Photoshoped images of dogs in glasses.

they're professional galaxy glamour shots

 

Of course we have a huge soft spot for dogs in glasses! Actually, we get a warm and fuzzy feeling every time we spot ANY creature sporting a pair of specs, especially after a ruff day.

 

As such, we present you with a collection of recent galaxy glamour shots from our bespectacled friend and professional Houston photographer, Robyn Arouty.

 

adoption and frame details are listed below

All of these QT’s are looking for a forever home right here in Houston.

 

Not in Houston? Transportation can be arranged, no problem!

get specific information on adoption for each dog

Have a full home?

Consider sponsoring a rescue’s glamour shots to increase their chances of finding a special place.

Featured Frames


Karma in Olivia by Kala – made in USA
Maximus in bold red Copacetic by Jonathan Cate


contact us for availability on the following frames:
Precious wearing deadstock vintage Ora
Frankie in Tang by Victory
Vinnie rockin’ kids vintage glasses
Mona in vintage pastel pink cat eyes
Roxie wearing vintage cat eyes with rhinestone embellishments
Pearl shines in Dauphine by KREWE (Matte Champagne with flat gold gradient mirror lenses)


Smith’s Opticians, Now with Online Shopping


The ONLINE selection of glasses is just a representation of what you’ll find in the store.
Think of this website as the boutique version of Philip Brown’s Optical Emporium (aka Smith’s Opticians).

We hope you tell everyone you know, especially the out-of-town folks who always love your specs!


Our physical store will remain home to Houston’s largest selection of glasses with 1,000’s of choices!


Yes, it’s true, Smith’s long rumored website, with online shopping, has arrived!
New eyeglasses, sunglasses, and information are added regularly.
The site is technically still in beta (testing) so please be patient and nice with your constructive criticisms.

Now you can browse some of our favorite independent designer glasses and new old stock vintage, all from the comfort of your home, pj’s, bath tub, favorite cafe, or wherever else you may prefer.

We’ll even mail any of these fine frames, with or without single vision lenses (current prescription required), to you or as a gift, anywhere in the U-S-A.


If you don’t find the perfect glasses on our shiny new website and can’t visit the shop,
send a message and we’ll search high and low.


What!? When did all of this happen?

 


KREWE Pop-Up at Saint Cloud

Kristin (aka LoveKDot Instagram) rockin' St. Louis and Octavia sunglasses by KREWEWe asked KREWE to come join in on the Super Bowl fun this weekend in Houston!

A few surprises ensure as we team up with Saint Cloud, who is graciously hosting, and MALK, providing yummy refreshments.

It’s also a great opportunity to get your Valentine/Galentine gift all squared away, just sayin’.

Event Details:
Saint Cloud
Friday, February 3rd, 11 AM to 5 PM
5217 Kelvin Dr. – Rice Village
[Facebook Event] | [map]

Can’t make it? Send us a direct message on our Instagram & we’ll see what we can do.

 
 
Smith’s Opticians has stocked KREWE’S full collection since 2013.

Stop in the shop or call for inventory inquires if you’re looking to put your prescription in a KREWE frame, need an adjustment, or just want to check them out.

As the brand and products have evolved Philip continues to be impressed, which many of you know is a difficult task.

Keep an eye and ear out for KREWE’S exclusive, custom designed acetate releases and optical relaunch this year.

 
 
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Where to Find Houston’s Biggest Selection of Glasses

Here’s the official word on the location and fate of Houston’s biggest selection of glasses, Smith’s Opticians, or as we sometimes call it, Philip Brown’s Optical Emporium.

If you popped in for a visit or drove by the shop in 2016 you may have noticed the giant FOR SALE sign on the building.

2016 was quite the roller coaster ride for us… Good thing we are a ‘glass half full’ kind of team!

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RIP Astroworld (by JohnnyUpsidedown)

Wait! WHAT is Going on?

The short answer, a lot – including expanding our selection and launching this very website. Continue to get the general details and read the official story or skip to the outcome.

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FOR SALE/MOVING?

One day, in 2015, a large board that read “FOR SALE” curiously appeared on the pole of the old neon sign at the corner of Austin and Wheeler.

Talk about an unnerving surprise! In Houston’s real estate market anything is possible and many of you didn’t realize this was a rental property. Moreover, Smith’s has been in Houston’s Third Ward for over 40 years and had never imagined calling another place home!

For awhile it was unclear if the building was actually for sale.

The uncertainty continued for quite some time, literally over the course of several months and into the summer of 2016.

In that time Philip worked diligently to explore the options. While we hoped to purchase the property there were a lot of barriers to realizing that dream and it seemed like just as many to moving.

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THE OUTCOME…

Philip’s dedication brought an answer in July 2016.
We can now say, with relief, that the location we have all come to know and love will remain the home of Smith’s Opticians for the foreseeable future!
 

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“Wow!! so what’s next?”

There’s a lot of cleaning to do (we started upstairs)

More parking!
It has been years since the building got a fresh coat of paint.
Expanded floor space & selection – even more glasses!
Stay tuned for updates on our store hours and details about any other changes – like when we kick off renovations.


Think: “Bigger, Better, Only Looks Fancier!”

 We won’t can’t change too much, promise.


Wrapping things up…

Last but certainly not least! We wouldn’t be where we are without YOU! Seriously, we appreciate it!

To keep going strong, as a team, we need your help to spread the word…
tell everyone you know, shout it from the hills – well, we don’t have hills but – from the dives and patio bars to the Petroleum Club.


Read more about the launch of our LONG rumored website with online shopping.
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Comming Soon…

Call for Models: add eyewear model to your resume
Why we don’t work on commission or play hard ball with the sales pitch


Shop Houston Last Minute

Need to do some last minute holiday shopping in Houston?

We’ve got a few suggestions on where you can find thoughtful and unique gifts. The map below is categorized and includes all of these shops plus many more.


The icon indicates hours for 12/24 (Christmas Eve Day) & any additional special holiday hours.


Oh yeah, in case you didn’t know, you can purchase a Smith’s Opticians gift card online.

Quite possibly the most practical and fashionable gift card in town.

There are so many great places in Houston we surely missed at least one or two.



2016 Houston Holiday Markets

head over to the updated list for 2017

2017 Holiday Markets

Visit these inner-loop events for all of your holiday gifting needs. Not only are they full of local artist and makers but every event is hosted by a Houston small business or historic/cultural organization.

We’ll update when we hear of more.
please email us a link if we missed one!

Friday, December 16

Navidad on the Esplanade
details (16th & 17th)      official website
6 to 10 PM @ Navigation Esplanade
2800 Navigation Blvd, Houston, Texas 77003 [map]
Ornament decorating for kids of all ages.

Saturday, December 17

HMAAC’s 1st Santa’s Workshop Community Market
details (this is the 2nd of 2 dates)
10 AM to 4 PM @ Houston Museum of African American Culture
4807 Caroline St, Houston, Texas 77004 [map]
arts and crafts gift making station, family friendly, pics with Santa
WALKING distance from Smith’s
13 celsius’ 10th Annual Wine Sale & Customer Appreciation Event
details
12 to 4 PM @ 13 celsius
3000 Caroline St, Houston, Texas 77004 [map]
Featuring Amaya Roasting Company’s locally roasted coffee, Weights and Measures’ fresh-baked bread, local honey from Bee2Bee, and Houston Dairymaids with cheeses & advice for pairings.
Navidad on the Esplanade
details (this is the 2nd of 2 dates)      official website
3 to 10 PM @ Navigation Esplanade
2800 Navigation Blvd, Houston, Texas 77003 [map]
Ornament decorating for kids of all ages.

 

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Houston Holiday Market List

Holiday Markets to Shop Small 2016

Visit these inner-loop events for all of your holiday gifting needs. Not only are they full of local artist and makers but every event is hosted by a Houston small business or historic/cultural organization.

We’ll update when we hear of more.
please email us a link if we missed one!

Friday, December 16

Navidad on the Esplanade
details (16th & 17th)      official website
6 to 10 PM @ Navigation Esplanade
2800 Navigation Blvd, Houston, Texas 77003 [map]          Ornament decorating for kids of all ages.

Saturday, December 17

HMAAC’s 1st Santa’s Workshop Community Market
details (this is the 2nd of 2 dates)
10 AM to 4 PM @ Houston Museum of African American Culture
4807 Caroline St, Houston, Texas 77004 [map]          arts and crafts gift making station, family friendly, pics with Santa
WALKING distance from Smith’s
13 celsius’ 10th Annual Wine Sale & Customer Appreciation Event
details
12 to 4 PM @ 13 celsius
3000 Caroline St, Houston, Texas 77004 [map]          Featuring Amaya Roasting Company’s locally roasted coffee, Weights and Measures’ fresh-baked bread, local honey from Bee2Bee, and Houston Dairymaids with cheeses & advice for pairings.
Navidad on the Esplanade
details (this is the 2nd of 2 dates)      official website
3 to 10 PM @ Navigation Esplanade
2800 Navigation Blvd, Houston, Texas 77003 [map]          Ornament decorating for kids of all ages.

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Sat 12/3 Sunday 12/11 Saturday 12/10 Friday 10/9
Friday 10/16 Saturday 12/17
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Hey There.

Welcome to the new digital home Smith’s Opticians! We’re excited to have created a fun little glasses playground for you to enjoy.

Curl up with your laptop, tablet, phone, whatever, and take our quirky little site for a spin. Maybe, just maybe, you’ll find something you’ll absolutely love. We hope so :).