Sewickley Soup Crawl – March 19, 2016
After enjoying a few balmy weeks of pre-spring temperatures, the only saving grace of waking up to 30 degrees and the occasional falling snowflake this past Saturday was knowing it was the perfect weather for the 5th annual Sewickley Soup Crawl.
We were one of 18 businesses along Beaver Street who participated, each of us being matched with 18 local eateries that provided the soup. Our ladles came courtesy of Pizza Roma, who had whipped up a huge batch of Sausage Pastina for us to dole out.
Just how large is a huge batch? Well, we were barely an hour and a half into the event and had already gone through 15 gallons of soup. That didn’t surprise us – last year, we completely ran out!
So while customers arrived for their normally scheduled appointments, perusing our inventory on a quest to find the perfect pair of glasses, volunteers dished out enough soup to satisfy the palates of 600 hungry ticket holders. You should have seen the sidewalks – they were absolutely jammed-packed.
The event was produced by Explore Sewickley, a 501c(3) nonprofit dedicated to helping the Village of Sewickley thrive. The Soup Crawl is one of a few they do throughout the year, which in the past has included Wine Crawls and Beer Crawls, too. Soup is always the biggest draw, though – they sold 150 more tickets than last year.
We had a great time and really enjoyed meeting everyone who came through the door.
“Sewickley’s such a small, close-knit neighborhood. We always participate and show our support of what they are doing. And it’s also a lot of fun,” added our retail director, Adam Speece.
“Seeing the difference” goes beyond simply providing our clients with high quality eyeglass frames.
As far as we’re concerned, that statement reflects a commitment to offering products and services that address a wide variety of vision issues – including color deficiency.
It’s why we’re pleased to announce that colorblindness exams and specially crafted lenses are now available at our South Hills Village, Monroeville/Wilkins, Wexford, and Robinson Eyetique locations.
These products come via a partnership with EnChroma, a California-based company created through a Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health. EnChroma is comprised of innovative researchers, engineers, technology experts, and a pioneering advisory board of vision scientists who work to develop cutting-edge optical technology for the estimated 300 million people worldwide with color vision deficiencies.
“This partnership allows people who are color deficient to experience the world in a whole new and exciting way. One of our main goals at Eyetique is to provide an exceptional experience and care to all of our patients. The EnChroma lenses help us achieve this goal by giving color deficient patients the ability to experience color like they never have before,” said Dr. Meghan Dugan, one of the optometrists at our Robinson store.
Most people think colorblindness means you only can only see black and white or grays. The truth is, very few have cases so severe. More commonly, it’s the inability to distinguish between certain colors – typically reds and greens and the occasional blue hue.
Color deficiency happens when one or more of the color cone cells are either absent, nonfunctioning, or detect a different color than normal, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
The good news is that most color deficiencies are treatable – and we’re here to help. Call and schedule your appointment today:
South Hills Village – 412.854.2222
Monroeville/Wilkins – 412.825.5300
Wexford – 724.940.5300
Robinson – 412.788.5353
Times have changed since Norman Childs opened his first Eyetique nearly four decades ago.
What hasn’t is a companywide commitment to being an active participant in the community, identifying how and where we can help our neighbors “see the difference.”
Today, Norman’s son and Chromos Eyewear founder Daniel Childs is carrying on that tradition of caring with the introduction of the Chromos Cares program.
Whenever you purchase a pair of Chromos Eyewear, proceeds go towards providing underprivileged elementary and middle school students in the Pittsburgh Public School system with a free eye exam and, if needed, corrective lenses.
To date, 196 exams and 172 glasses have been donated to students attending Arsenal, Arlington, Manchester, Faison, Lincoln, Miller, Weil, and Allegheny.
“I was inspired to create this program because I have always loved working with kids,” said Daniel. “After learning about the vision problems within our city schools I became passionate about getting involved and fixing it to the extent that we can.”
The American Foundation for Vision Awareness estimates that close to 25% of school age children have vision problems significant enough to impair their academic performance. Families having difficulty making ends meet aren’t always able to put resources into proper eye care. As a result, too many kids end up struggling in the classroom, or worse, giving up.
Doing what we can to help them see a brighter future is a no-brainer. It’s why we carry the entire line of Chromos Eyewear in our stores, ensuring your participation in the program is a breeze.
“A lot of kids lose out on a chance of success in school because they are misdiagnosed with a learning disability when really the issue is that they cannot see,” Daniel added. “The key is working with kids in the elementary and middle school age groups in order to curb the problem before it becomes a deterrent for real world success.”