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Warby Parker opens its first Kentucky retail store at The Summit

To celebrate its opening Warby Parker is re-releasing an old favorite: Jasper sunglasses in Whiskey Tortoise, now with flash-mirrored Pacific-blue lenses.
To celebrate its opening Warby Parker is re-releasing an old favorite: Jasper sunglasses in Whiskey Tortoise, now with flash-mirrored Pacific-blue lenses. Photo provided

Warby Parker, the eyewear destination offering designs for men and women, will open at The Summit at Fritz Farm on Saturday. It will be the first Kentucky store for the New York-based company.

The Warbyparker.com website has proven popular for its free home try-on concept. Brick-and-mortar showrooms offer the complete line of eyeglasses and sunglasses, as well as opticians to adjust frames.

The new space has a local flair, featuring a set of three original murals by Lexington artist Ben Wiseman. The store also carries a collections of books from independent publishers, including titles by Lexington-based Institute 193, “40/40: 40 Years 40 Portraits,” by Guy Mendes, and “Institute 193: Volume One.”

To celebrate its opening, Warby Parker is re-releasing an old favorite: Jasper sunglasses in Whiskey Tortoise, now with flash-mirrored Pacific-blue lenses. It will be available only at The Summit at Fritz Farm store. You won’t find them online.

Of the 70 planned businesses, 12 retailers and one restaurant opened their doors on April 27, 2018.

More shopping news

▪  Fashions from Bella Rose have been featured in the art installation “Illuminated City” since January, displayed in the windows of the Triangle Center on West Main Street, alongside works by Lexington artist Marjorie Guyon.

From 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Gallery Hop, the windows will come to life during “Fashion in Motion” a fashion show with live models and music.

▪  It’s Christmas in July at House by JSD Designs at 250 Walton Avenue. Save 20 percent storewide on home décor and accessories Saturday through July 29. On July 27, the store will remain open until 7 p.m.

▪  This weekend’s Distillery Market is a two-day event, 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Distillery Square, 903 Manchester Street, and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at Oliver Lewis Way and Versailles Road. You will find local boutiques, artists, food and drink vendors.

▪  The Shops of the Woodland Triangle — High Street, Woodland Avenue and Maxwell Avenue — will host Twilight in the Triangle from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. There will be boutique sidewalk sales, art, music, food and drink vendors, and a pet costume contest.

Shops include Fox House Vintage, Serendipity Boutique, Black Market and Bluetique. The event is a fundraiser for the Lexington Humane Society and Paws 4 the Cause.

▪  Lucia’s World Emporium at 328 North Ashland Avenue, will host the annual party on the patio warehouse sale Monday through July 29. The sale will feature samples and closeout jewelry, purses and scarves from the company’s fair-trade Guatemalan wholesale business. Sample jewelry ranges from $2 for earrings, $5 for bracelets and $7 for necklaces. The more you buy, the better the price. All in-store dresses will be 30 percent off.

A Whole Foods Market opens Friday, June 23, in the Summit at Fritz Farm with a new building twice the size of its former Lexington building.

Harriett Hendren: 859-231-3175

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