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J. Galt Eyewear has opened on Euclid Avenue; new T.J.Maxx coming

J. Galt Eyewear brings handcrafted frames to Chevy Chase store

Dawn Stratton talks about artisan-made eyewear at her new Lexington shop
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Dawn Stratton talks about artisan-made eyewear at her new Lexington shop

J. Galt Eyewear has opened in the former Sew Fine space at 800 Euclid Avenue. The store offers an assortment of handcrafted frames from small, independent artisans from around the world.

Owner Dr. Dawn Stratton wanted to bring unique eye wear to Lexington at a more affordable price than high-end designer brands.

“The pricing on eye wear has really skyrocketed, so we started to do some research and discovered that there are many independent, very small artisans from around the world that handcraft their frames,” she said.

The store’s J. Galt line will be $175 for frame and lens. The boutique line will start at $300. Exams will also be conducted on-site.

The store, designed by Liz Toombs of Polka Dots & Rosebuds Interiors in Lexington features soothing gray hues, inviting wing back chairs and modern light fixtures. Handsome tables are made of repurposed wood from the Pepper Distillery. And the stars, of course, are all the fun frames on display.

“We’re hoping that it will be a little niche in Lexington for those who kind of want to escape the designer route and find something very unique,” Stratton said.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. 859-294-2020. Facebook.com/jgalteyewear.

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