(PRESS RELEASE) ALEXANDRIA, VA – 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 Feb. 16 to March 5, an online vote is taking 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 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The winner will be revealed during the Exclusive Boutique Buyer VIP Event on Saturday, March 17, from 5 p.m. to 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 vice president; 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 Fartash. “I am honored to sit on the panel of judges and be a part of history.”


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