An eye on St. Charles Vision Uptown
Specializing in high-tech eye exams, treatment of eye diseases, difficult contact lens fittings and innovative eyewear, St. Charles Vision Uptown is owned by Dr. Charles Glaser, who started the practice in 1975. 

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Glaser says his goal is to take care of patients’ visual needs in a caring and attentive manner. Buyers Theresa Durr and Chris Yarbrough focus on purchasing exclusive high fashion eyewear lines and specialty contact lenses.

Brands include Chanel, Prada, Oliver Peoples, Persol, Maui Jim, Zegna, Coach, Paul Smith, Ray Ban and more.

Glaser adds, “Our frames range from approximately $60 to $800 – there’s a price range for every patient.”

This winter, red frames seem to be all the rage, as well as holiday “sparkle” with rhinestones. “The traditional tortoise shell frames and rimless frames area always popular,” he adds.

This month, St. Charles Vision Uptown will host its trunk show (Dec. 3-4) where half-price eye exams and 20 percent discounts will be offered. “Frame representatives will be here with the newest releases styles of the season,” says Glaser.

Information, 866-6311, 8040 St. Charles Ave.; For more locations and information on other locations and outlets, visit www.stcharlesvision.com. 

Shopping at Saint Germain
As the owner of Saint Germain, Faye Cannon believes in customer service and catering to customers’ individual needs.
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She opened up the store in 1978, a time when "there was not a shoe boutique" in the area, she recalls. It was a dream come true for Cannon, who says that as a child, she had envisioned owning a business.

Today, the store sells designer shoes and accessories; for the last seven years Cannon has been the only independent who carries Donald J Pliner shoes, handbags and leatherwear in the city. Saint Germain also carries fine jewelry from designers around the world, including Ray Griffiths, Mizuki, Suzanne Kalan, M3 by Mary Magrill, Vibes, Lois Hill, Manak and more.

She reaches a broad clientele – "all ages, and across the board," she says, noting that tourists and locals alike are drawn to her store. "You can always find shoes or a handbag to change an existing outfit," says Cannon.

She notes that some trends of the season include textured patent leather, metallic patent leather, metallic crocco (a mock crocodile material), flat shoes, open-toed shoes, chunky heels and, as always, boots." This month, the store will feature a fine jewelry show on Dec. 17 and 18, which may prove to be helpful for those struggling with last-minute holiday gift ideas.

Information 333 Canal St., 522-1720.