Woodlawn Optical
Serving the Wedgwood Community for over 35 years

Hours

Monday - Friday 9:00 - 5:30
Saturday 9:00 - 1:00
Closed Sunday

Eye Exams available
Monday and Thursday
by Dr. Stephen Goo OD

 

'(206) 523-6676

 

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8032 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA  98115

 email at:woodlawnopt@gmail.com

Complete Eyewear starting at $109              Annual June Anniversary Sale - - 20% off frames and lenses.... see store for details.

 
To see or not to see...Do you take your eyesight for granted? 

At Woodlawn Optical, we take your eyes and eye care very seriously. 



Your eyes are
our business!
          

Woodlawn Optical has been a resident of the Wedgwood community for over 34 years but has actually been in business since 1947.  Now, what does that tell you about a company that has been around for 57 years and still going strong?  According to the Small Business Administration, only 50 percent of small businesses survive past their first year of operation. 

Ray Bailey started his optical business in 1947 in the basement of his home on 65th & Woodlawn, hence the name of Woodlawn Optical.  In 1970 Ray took on a partner - his new son-in-law, Fred Cook.  The business had outgrown the basement and it was time to find a new home.  They wanted a location that would retain that small neighborhood feeling and found the perfect fit in Wedgwood.

Over the next several years, thanks to the hard work and support of the Wedgwood community, the business flourished and it was soon time to hire another optician.  Glenn Charles started in the Fall of 1978 and has gone from apprentice to optician to manager to owner in the last 26 years.  "From the first day of work, I've enjoyed the people in the area.  I like the neighborhood mentality where your customers and neighbors soon become new friends."

With daughter Jennifer, who has worked at Woodlawn for over 12 years now, they maintain the same commitment to the customers as Ray Bailey did 57 years ago.  Being a smaller business, Woodlawn Optical can take the time to provide different types of service that the chain and warehouse stores can't or won't.  "We do a lot of repairs on glasses."  Soldering broken frames back together is a lost art that has been passed down from Ray to Fred and now to Glenn and Jenny.

"The styles and technology of eyewear has changed dramatically since 1947 but our commitment is the same as it was in the basement days - honesty, quality and service.  Come in and give us a try.  We look forward to meeting you."

reprinted with permission 
article from Sept/Oct 2004 issue of The View Ridge/Wedgwood Real Estate Report & Newsletter
by Paul H. McLaughlin, John L. Scott