BUSINESS: The Independent Eye: Inspirations Indies Show Off Store Design in #OpticalBoutique Hashtag By Staff Wednesday, July 28, 2021 8:20 AM NEW YORK—Owning your own practice is exciting on many levels, from getting to choose what frame lines you stock to ensuring you have the time to establish a meaningful relationship with your patients. It also means you get to design and lay out your own location—something that some may find exciting, while others may find that option daunting or overwhelming. The options for practice design are endless, and you don’t have to go at it alone. Some practice owners choose to hire a service that does the legwork for them, while others have been dreaming of this their whole lives. But no matter how you decide to go about practice design, there’s plenty of inspiration online to help you find your style.This week, we’re taking a look at Instagram, where many ECPs share their own practice design—inside and out—in the #opticalboutique hashtag. The hashtag is a perfect place to go for inspiration, or to show off your own design updates.In Asheville, North Carolina, the team at Optical Divaz showed off the exterior of their practice, which fits in perfectly in Biltmore Village, a historic area of the city. Image via opticaldivaz on Instagram.ForSight Eye is also located in a historic neighborhood, this time in Savannah, Georgia. The ForSight team showed off their exterior as well, which includes optical displays. Image via forsighteye on Instagram.New York City-based practice Lux Eye Optical showed a snippet of the interior design of their Mott Street location. Image via luxeyeoptical on Instagram.In Dundee, Scotland, the team at Spex Pistols displayed their bright yellow storefront, which gives passersby a sneak peek of what’s inside. It’s a perfect combination of optical boutique and the store’s punk rock aesthetic. Image via spexpistols on Instagram.The team behind Bond Eye Associates has recently remodeled both their Peoria and Pekin, Illinois locations, and took to Instagram to get the word out about what’s new. Image via bondeyelasik on Instagram.Finally, the Respectacle storefront in Leicestershire, England, shows how you can make your storefront individual, even when it’s part of a larger shopping center. Image via respectacle on Instagram.