Your most important accessory is not your watch, your favourite bag, or even your wedding ring. It’s the one that sits at the focal point of your face, all day: Your glasses. Yet these days, many of us put little time and effort into choosing our specs, preferring to head online for fast, convenient service, without leaving our homes. The downside? We don’t get an optician who can ensure that our glasses meet our vision needs or the guidance of a fashion expert who’ll help us choose the pair that suits us best.
Enter Faranak Da Costa, a licensed optician who previously worked as a fashion stylist. She aims to combine the convenience of online and the service of high-street optical stores with her new business, Speedy Specs. How it works: You contact Da Costa via phone, email or website and she’ll visit your home or workplace to give you a complete eye exam and expert guidance on choose the glasses that suit your preferences and style. She’ll also go to care homes, or carry out group visits.
The business idea came to her because of her experience working in conventional optical stores. “No one was servicing people in the comfort of their own homes,” says Da Costa. “Customers would come in – elderly people with mobility problems, busy parents with their kids, or professionals trying to squeeze in a visit during their working day. I knew there had to be a better, more convenient way to cater to and help these people.”
Speedy Specs offers frames to fit every pocket and taste, starting at $195 for frames, lenses and coatings. There are also high-end frames from exclusive Korean and Canadian brands, handcrafted in materials like Italian acetate – not run-of-the-mill designer specs that you’ll see in every high-street optical store. From exam to doorstep delivery takes just a couple of weeks – and all without you having to leave your home.
Speedy Specs is now operating throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. Services may be covered by your insurer and direct billing is available. To find out more, visit www.speedyspecs.ca, call 604-500-3815, email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow on Instagram, @speedyspecs.