Since 2008, The Eyewear Gallery has searched the globe to find the most unique and fashionable frames to share with our patients and clients in Northern Virginia. This year, with the chaos of a worldwide pandemic, and the economic impact it has had on our communities, we set out to find a U.S. based, budget-friendly brand, without sacrificing fashionable style, good comfort and durability. Let us present Erkers 1879…
Founded in Saint Louis. MO in 1879 by A.P. Erker, Erkers 1879 remains a family owned company that has dedicated their lives to the art of beautiful eyewear. For over 140 years the Erker family continues to design high quality, fine eyewear that can last a lifetime. They truly believe that the only way to make great products in the future is to appreciate and give thanks to the prior generations who helped pave the way. They honor their ancestors and their milestones within the company by releasing a new icon each season that relates in some way to their 141-year history. For this season, it is The Story of the Trumpet.
The trumpet is an instrument that’s been around for centuries. Legendary jazz musician Miles Davis was born and raised in the St. Louis area and was known as one of the most important musicians of the 20th century, and the most revered jazz trumpeter of all time. The trumpet has also been used in battle to notify others what’s coming. “We like to think of our eyewear as classical, yet revolutionary. Like his music, Miles Davis always spoke with an economy of expression. And for Miles, it had to be fresh, or forget it. We have the same mindset at Erkers. We are always researching the latest trends and creating eyewear that is different and one-of-a-kind.”
Note from Dr. Dawn:
I have been in practice since 1996 and good nutrition has always been extremely important to me. In light of COVID-19, I wanted to share some products that can keep your immune system strong. A healthy body can either keep you from contracting the disease in the first place, or reduce your symptoms if you do get infected. For over a decade, I have been using Premier products for myself and my family because the quality of their products is unsurpassed and very different than what you will find in retail stores. Premier Research Labs (PRL) was founded to deliver uncompromising quality and effectiveness by providing 100% non-toxic and effective products. In fact, PRL has achieved an industry first in creating nutritional products based on quantum cellular resonance technology. Their products are free of undesirable chemical tag-alongs and are designed to deliver the very best quality to you.
Your body is a wonderland that needs constant maintenance because of all the junk and processed food most of us consume. Care for the body is one of the most important things you need to attend to, especially now! The human body is an incredibly complex and intricate system of cells, tissue and organs playing a central role in keeping you alive!
I am taking pre-orders for an Immune Kit. Pre-orders will receive 10% off the retail cost of $75.95 and can be picked up curb-side at our Reston office. The kit can also be shipped to your home, if preferred for an extra charge. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to order or with any product or nutrition questions and I will reach out to you. Stay healthy and safe and keep your body and immune system strong!
1 Bottle of Premier Vitamin C
Unlike most Vitamin C products, Premier Vitamin C is a potent, 100% natural botanical Vitamin C formula without synthetic ascorbic acid or calcium ascorbate. It features Super C-Pro™ Blend for optimal, full spectrum, nutritional support. The total Vitamin C content in this formula is from natural sources. This product delivers premier antioxidant power with natural free radical quenching activity for optimal immune support. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, which must be obtained through the diet because the human body cannot produce it.
1 Bottle of MicroBiome-18™
Good health starts in the gut! MicroBiome-18™ is a new genre of full spectrum probiotic formulas that offers 18 different strains of beneficial bacteria with a guaranteed 15 billion CFUs per capsule. This advanced probiotic support formula is based on the extensive science of the patented bacteria, DE111R Bacillus subtilis,* that has demonstrated unmatched probiotic support for the body’s intestinal microbiome. By crowding out undesirable bacteria, the gut maintains a healthy flora while also supporting the normal immune reaction of intestinal cells.
Exciting new research has shown Bacillus subtilis to be a highly effective, stabilized probiotic organism that survives stomach acid during digestion. It is able to persist in the GI tract by increasing its numbers and then re-sporulating.
1 Bottle of Premier Green Tea Extract
Green tea’s timeless health benefits can be traced to its naturally occurring bioactive compounds called polyphenols. One abundant type of polyphenol in green tea is called catechins. Catechins are known to exhibit potent free radical neutralizing properties. The major catechin in green tea leaves is called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) and is considered to be green tea’s key active component. It is also valued for its active antioxidant properties.
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Several studies have found connections between regular exercise and reducing risks for several common eye ailments such as cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma. Cardiovascular exercise will lower intraocular pressure, which is pressure in your eyes, and also increases the blood flow to the optic nerve and the retina.
Vision problems and eye disease can also stem from high blood pressure and high cholesterol. A healthy diet and regular exercise are two of the most important steps you can take to lower both!
Time to get active!
Something as simple as a brisk 20-minute walk four times a week will increase your pulse by as much as 25 percent. It's also a great way to enjoy the sunshine and get some extra Vitamin D, which will boost your immune system!
If walking isn’t for you, consider doing something else that increases your blood flow, such as bike riding, swimming, running, dancing, jogging up and down a flight of stairs, and so many other things. Of course, Dr. Dawn's favorite is dancing! No matter what the activity is that you choose to do, you will not only be benefitting your eyes and vision, but you’ll be strengthening your heart health, too.
So, in a nutshell… What can you do?
For the 9th consecutive year, The Eyewear Gallery received the Talk of the Town Award for its dedication to providing excellent customer service! The Talk Awards congratulate those companies that are committed to making their customers' experience the best it can be!
Memories in EG Sight...
EG's mission is to provide our customers with the best quality, fashion forward eyewear from around the globe. This is why the Eyewear Gallery team travels to eyewear shows wherever emerging and trend-setting eyewear artists are showcasing their latest eyewear masterpieces. We thought we'd take a moment to share with you some of our fondest memories of the frames, the artists and the places that make EG your eyewear boutique!
We first meet the beautiful and talented Caroline Abram in Paris at SILMO, 2013 and instantly fell in love with the fresh, feminine design of her frames. It wasn't long until we understood the frames were but a mirror of the artist herself. Seeing her again in Milan at MIDO, 2014, again in Paris at SILMO, 2015 and New York City, Vision Expo, 2016 and 2017 was always such a treat. The Eyewear Gallery is honored to be one of the first to bring her Parisian inspired frames to America back in 2013. Her designs continue to inspire us.
Speaking of MIDO in Milano, 2014 we could never forget the ecologically sustainable frames of designer Stefano Del Noce. His frames were bringing back tinted sunglasses before tinted sunglasses knew they were coming back! We love these lightweight, funky frames as much today as we did at first sight. In fact, we loved them so much that we were the first boutique in the US to carry his line. Although, we highly doubt we were the last!
The Italian Eyewear Exhibition in Miami, 2015 was full of design surprises. One of our faves was meeting the founder of VANNI EYEWEAR, Giovanni Vitaloni http://vanniocchiali.com/en/ and his associate Luca. We are still so honored to be one of eighteen U.S. boutique owners to be invited along with sixty Latin American and eight Canadian proprietors.
And if that wasn’t enough the EG travel team caught up with the Mucelli Family and their trendsetting Les Pièces Uniques collection, handmade in Milano.
Did someone mention SILMO 2013? Dr. Dawn could not stop wearing her leopard-print frames compliments of Tom Cody, winner of SILMO's prestigious "Best of the Best," award! Their lightweight style never dragged her down in the avenues of Paris. Quite the opposite; they lifted her up!
"Traveling for fabulous frames is a tough job but somebody has to do it", said no one ever! The EG style team loves bringing back fashion forward frames from wherever fashionable frames are happening. Stay tuned for our next fabulous frame adventure and pop into The Eyewear Gallery today to SEE our exciting line of unique frames!
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As the year ends, we think about all for which we are grateful. We appreciate the opportunity to help every one of our client's see clearly and look fabulous!
Thank you for placing your trust in us for your eye care needs and for referring us to your friends and family. We wish you the happiest of holidays and peace, joy and good health in 2016!
"Like a fine work of art, every face deserves a fabulous frame!"