It’s unusual to have three opticians under one roof, but that’s what you will find at The Eye Opener in Corunna. Mark Hodgins opened the business in 1979 on Lyndock Street and by the early eighties, moved to 219 Hill Street, where they remain today. Then his son Jason and daughter-in-law Kate joined the business. “While we’ve always had part-time staff, it’s truly a family business. My grandfather worked here for ten years after he retired from his career and my sisters and I worked here when we were in high school,” says Jason Hodgins. He and his wife, Kate, met in school and graduated from Georgian College in 2010. “Our education was a little different from my Dad’s. He travelled and completed his through correspondence, while we had a traditional education. He would be in California, for example, and they would ask him to complete his exams at a nearby college.”
The team understands the advantage of completing all the work in-house. “You get to use your hands on the mechanical side while running the equipment. You get to crunch numbers and do math with the prescriptions. I love those parts, but I’m also super excited about new fashion. I love it when the new frames come in.” Every single frame in the shop is hand-picked by Hodgins. “We really enjoy helping customers pick that perfect frame. I enjoy the challenge of making their lenses cosmetically appealing, even with a strong prescription.” Having an on-site lab makes this all possible. “My Dad established the lab really early on and that really sets us apart.” The lab also allows them to do on-site repairs for customers.