We just heard the good news! Buttercup has a home in Arlington, Texas!
From the photographer’s Facebook post:
I am living it up in Arlington, Texas! I love my Mom and my 15 year old Staffy brother who was adopted a few years ago through Susie’s Senior Dogs!
Big Thanks to Beth Sparks-Jacques for sponsoring her photoshoot and to Susie’s Senior Dogs for sharing her photo and Great Job Animal Justice League!
An adorable rescue who is ready to find a forever home.
This mature lady (~8 years old) clearly has her own style and likes to accessorize (wearing Olivia). She has also worked toward perfecting her etiquette and confidence with the Texas Dogfather.
You can read Buttercup’s full story in the Facebook comments below and contact the Animal Justice League for more information.
How It Works..
1. Poor, pitiful dog seen roaming the streets catches the attention of an entire neighborhood.
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.
Many of you asked for it AND we wanted to share some the independent designer glasses we love with everyone.
Throughout the 40+ years Smith’s Opticians has been on the independent eyewear scene we’ve met a lot of lovely people. While some are able to easily visit, even bringing their children or grandchildren to the shop, many have since left Houston.
1. We’re a small business and we’d like to maintain the high quality customer service of an old school Opticianry with today’s superior optical technologies. It sounds generic but we mean it.
2. We’re not looking to become the next Warby Parker (gasp – it’s cool), we know you might shop there too. They do some things great but we hope you also support local and small businesses like us. (All of our glasses are prescription ready so you can bring them to your local preferred optical provider for lenses.)
3. A lot of our frames are no longer in production and therefore we may only have one or a few pieces. This is obviously the case with all of the frames in our room of vintage glasses.
4. Some of our vendors and collections restrict online sales.
We completely respect their brand integrity and have an intimate understanding of the pros and cons to shopping for glasses online. For example, one of our favorite independent designer collections, Dolabany, offers dozens of high quality glasses in current trends but they’re only available at our physical store.
In-store, we have more options than the big guys. WHY? because we can utilize independent optical laboratories and aren’t restricted by sales minimums or franchise contracts, etc.
Single vision prescription lenses are the most basic and common form of vision correction. A single vision lens is typically prescribed for distance but can also address eyestrain in up close corrections like eye strain or fatigue from screen time.
There are thousands of choices for multi-focal aka progressive lenses (aka PAL or no-line bi-focal). The process is highly individualized and for an exact fitting, both lens selection and measurements should be made in person with a professional.
We’ve worked for a really long time, you could say at a snail’s pace (slow and steady), to provide a unique selection of glasses from our inventory. Things together without the patience and help of a handful of extremely talented & wonderful people. (more on that soon)
Smith’s eCommerce site actually went live during a very VERY hectic week in July 2016. Yes, it’s a little late for an official announcement but you know we are usually pretty modest about these sort of things.
It’s not out of the ordinary for the shop to be bustling and seem like a bit of a party, however, that particular week was especially busy. It just so happened that the online shopping component of our site was scheduled for soft launch THEN we got word that the lawyers, bank, and realtors were ready to wrap up paperwork with Philip to ensure we had a roof over our heads.
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.
Space Montrose in Montrose (*gasp)
until 3 PM One stop shop for home goods + kids + stationary + Houston & Texas themed goods.
The D&Q Beer Station in Montrose (806 Richmond Ave)
Open until about 8 or 9. Give ’em a call to be safe (832) 705-0715
Their wine and beer selection is unbelievable and it includes plenty of affordable options. Don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations.
Big Blue Whale in The Heights 9 AM to 7 PM until 12/23 9 AM to 4 PM on 12/24 for the little ones & conveniently located in walking distance of at least a dozen shops along 19th Street
Cactus Records near Amy’s on 59 @ Shepherd
10 AM to 7 PM music, concert tickets, general gifts, and gift cards Snag a bottle of the Big Daddy’s Ass Burn Hot Sauce, it’s made in Houston 🔥 more record shops on the map: All Records (Greenway/Upper Kirby), Deep End (at Walter’s Downtown), Heights Vinyl, Sig’s Lagoon (Mid Main), Sound Exchange (Upper Kirby), Wired Up
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Bedrock City Comics on Washington Ave
(all locations on the map below)
comics, books, toys, games, apparel
The Classroom in Rice Village
10 AM to 5 PM
Game Guys Warehouse South Outer Loop The Mario themed warehouse visible from 45.
closed on 12/24 & 25
Gift your video game lovers a trip here for events, lock-in’s, cosplay, tournaments…
Geek Life in The Heights (look for the TARDIS) (713) 864-2880
Games, game accessories, and space to play + events.
Hello Lucky in The Heights
11 AM to 3 PM & 7 days a week until 12/24 Houston &
Texas themed apparel for all ages, accessories, jewelry etc.
Insomnia in The Heights (281) 440-1405
art, toys, and geeky gifts TIP: across from Hugs n Donuts & Fat Cat Creamery (great stocking stuffers or get yourself a treat)
Manready in the Heights (713) 861-6618
A variety of gift options, menswear, and masculine accessories.
My Flaming Heart in the Mid Main area (close to Smith’s) (713) 533-1147
Vintage & quirky gifts, unique & one of a kind clothes
Myth and Symbol in Rice Village
11 AM to 7 PM plus Monday’s through the holiday season
Unique and on trend jewelry, accessories, and women’s clothing.
Replay Vintage & The Place Upstairs in the Mid Main area (close to Smith’s) (713) 294-0245
The reincarnation of Replay on 19th + their sister shop full of oddities and vintage trinkets.
Reserve on Washington Ave next to Catalina Coffee and Cut Throat Barbershoppe (713) 750-9582
Retropolous & Yoko Vintage in The Heights
11 AM to 6 PM
2 story vintage shop with a very wide selection
Saint Cloud in Rice Village
10 AM to 6 PM
home goods + accessories + kids + women’s (near Cloud10 Creamey and Myth & Symbol)
The Wilde Collection in The Heights on Yale (713) 931-1904
Interesting oddities for truly unique gifts (includes taxidermy items).
TX/RX Labs on the east side
Gift a class or a membership. Learn a new skill or improve upon an existing one.
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