Featured Partner: Uptown Optical

Posted on by Andy Hunt

Uptown Optical is locally owned by Mary Shull, an optician and daughter of an optometrist. The shop specializes in authentic vintage frames as well as the hottest new styles. An on-site lab offers same day service when available and eyeglass repairs. With 30 years experience in the retail and wholesale optical industry, Mary offers a unique, personal experience for the consumer with a focus on excellent customer service. In her words, "every one of my customers is a walking advertisement for Uptown. It's more than selling eyeglasses, it's about relationships".

1. How long have you been in business?

The store has been in business eleven and half years!

2. Number of locations?

We only have one location located in Missoula, Montana.

3. Give us a quick history about your store.

Uptown Optical opened February 2004 and is owned by Mary Shull, an optician and daughter of an optometrist. Having worked for eye doctors and a wholesale lab, Mary decided to go out on her own with a retail optical shop, specializing in a unique, non clinical experience with a focus on one frame for one person...Missoula style! The store has had two locations with plans to remain at its current location indefinitely. Mary just recently hired a part time employee, having run the business single handedly.

4. Give us one mind blowing fact about your shop.

Uptown rarely sells the same frame twice. When a frame sells, it is replaced with a different one!

5. What are your most popular items?

Proof has become a popular line, as well as Rayban, Etnia Barcelona, Seraphin and Prodesign Denmark!

6. Where can we find you on your lunch break?

I don't take lunch!

7. What song best describes your shop?

"Uptown Funk!" by Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars.

8. Who’s your employee of the month? Why?

Drew! He's great with customers!

9. What’s your spirit animal?


10. Why is Proof a good fit in your store?

It's unique with roots in the great Northwest!


Follow Uptown Optical:

Shop Address: 111 N Higgins Ave
    Missoula, MT
Shop Website: www.uptownoptical.com
Facebook: Uptown Optical
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