I started into the optical business at the age of 23 in 1976. I was completely in love with the occupation from the beginning. From that moment on, I strived to learn all that I could throughout my apprenticeship program. I was fortunate enough to have several ol' timers to learn from. Five years in, I knew enough to run a lab in the Quad Cities (where I stayed for almost 6 years)! In 1987, my Mom, Francis Krey, mortgaged her house to give me enough money for down payments on much bigger loans. With my brother, Kevin, my wife, Nancy, and a lot of hard work, my very own optical lab was open for business in the summer of 1987 (all within 4 weeks of finding the building). Of course, Mom was our honorary president until her passing in 1990. With many ups & downs over the next 26 years, we ran a successful Wholesale Optical Lab.
Then, like many businesses, times got very tough & eventually the wholesale business dried up. However, me being a little stubborn, I decided to create a unique concept in Retail Optical. Patients can now buy directly from the manufacturer!! You save time and money and your glasses will be built & fitted with care by the owner. Simply bring in your RX and within a couple of days, instead of weeks, you'll be wearing your new glasses that look & fit great!!!