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Must-Have Summer Treats in Michigan

No matter where you are in the country, there are certain tastes that scream, “Summer!” Michigan is no different. Our state has some of the most tantalizing and nostalgic delights for foodies of all ages.

We know summer isn’t quite here yet, but once you sink your teeth into these snacks, you’ll be ready for some unforgettable summer adventures.

Classic Corndogs

What better way to celebrate summer afternoons than with a corndog from Pronto Pups? This cash-only restaurant has been a staple of Grand Haven for the past 60 years. They’ve never changed their recipe, and they clearly don’t have to. Grab your sunglasses, hit the beach, and make sure to get in line early if you want one of these for lunch. Pronto Pups is incredibly popular!

Craveable Coney Dogs

How could we talk about Michigan classics without mentioning Coney Dogs? Although it’s not clear where they originated, Coney Dogs have been a Michigan staple since the 1900s. Swing by your local hotdog joint and ask for one of these delights, slathered in chili, mustard, and onions. Our mouths are already watering.

Homemade Cherry Pie

It’s no secret that Michiganders love cherries, and it’s even less of a secret that we all love cherry pie. In fact, our state has two of the largest cherry pie tins in the world on display in Traverse City and Charlevoix. It’s no wonder the northern part of the state makes some killer confections. Make sure you stop by to taste one (regular-sized pie) for yourself.

Cool Chillers

If you haven’t tried a Boston Chiller yet, you’re missing out. Despite the name, this incredible milkshake was created in Detroit. It’s the perfect blend of Vernor’s (another Michigan staple) and vanilla ice cream that’s bound to cool you down on even the hottest of days. This shake was created by Frank Sanders (yes, the same Sanders that popularized hot fudge sundaes) to showcase some of the best that Michigan has to offer.

We want you to enjoy the tastes and sights of summer. Schedule an exam today before you start on your culinary road trip.

 

Grass grows out of the dunes by Lake Michigan while font over them reads, "SUmmertime in Michigan means driving to the nearest lakeshore with your loved ones and spending the day on the coast."

Michigan’s 5 Best Summer Getaways

Summertime in Michigan means driving to the nearest lake shore with your loved ones and spending the day on the coast. The doctors on our team are no different than you; they love the sand between their toes, wearing cool shades, and hanging out with their favorite people.

Whether you prefer “glamping” or setting up camp in the middle of the forest, our Michigan summer getaways have a little something for everyone. Check out our expert doctors’ favorite places to go in the summer:

Charlevoix

If you want to be surrounded by clear blue water (and, let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want that?) then Charlevoix is the getaway for you. With Lake Charlevoix, Round Lake, and Lake Michigan all nearby, there is never a shortage of water activities. Shop downtown boutiques and try local restaurants after a long day in the water. Charlevoix has a great mix of outdoor fun and city life.

Isle Royale National Park, Lake Superior

Isle Royale is the place to go when you want to get off the grid and be one with nature. This national park is a remote island positioned right near the Canadian border. The island has no cars and lots of green scenery, which makes it perfect for hiking or jogging. Explore the Greenstone Ridge Trail that links the island’s east and west sides or visit the Rock Harbor lighthouse.

Bad Axe

Set up camp in the thumb when you visit Bad Axe. This small town is just a quick drive from Lake Huron or Saginaw Bay. Like Charlevoix, Bad Axe has a great balance of outdoor exploration and downtown entertainment. If you don’t want to camp, Bad Axe also has options for the glamper on your trip, including everything from cabins to hotels.

Silver Lake Sand Dunes

If you are a fan of fast-paced adventure, buckle up and race over to Silver Lake Sand Dunes. With over 2,000 acres of dunes on Lake Michigan and Silver Lake, you’ll have plenty of room to walk or ride the dunes. Bring your own off-the-road vehicles or rent a dune buggy from a local business, and then get out there.

Where will your summer adventure take you? Stop in, tell us about it, and grab some sunglasses to protect your vision! With over 50 locations statewide, we’re never too far away.

Yellow tulips stand against a blue sky while text reads, "Springtime is one of the best seasons for festivals in our great state."

5 Michigan Spring Festivals You Can’t Miss

Spring in Michigan is a great time to get outside out and explore. The temperature is just right, not too hot, not too cold; flowers are blooming, and the skies are finally clear of snow. Springtime is also one of the best seasons for festivals in our great state. Wherever you are headed, our team has a fun festival and city for you to discover.

Detroit Tigers Opening Day

While not technically a festival, Opening Day is quite the spring occasion, especially in Detroit. On Thursday, April 4th, the Tigers will play ball for the first time this season against the Kansas City Royals. Score tickets if you want to sit in on the action live, or take a trip to Detroit and stop into any restaurant or bar, as the whole city will be celebrating the start of the season.

Spring break for most schools falls during this week, so if you aren’t heading down to Florida with the rest of Michigan, take a trip to Detroit! Don’t forget to wear your Tigers gear and grab some sunglasses. Need a new pair? Our style-wise opticians would love to help you find the perfect pair for a day at the ballpark.

Tulip Time Festival

For 90 years, the lakeshore town of Holland has been celebrating its Dutch Heritage with their Tulip Time Festival. In 1929, the City of Holland planted its first 100,000 tulips; now there are tulips all over the city for you to enjoy. Although they are the highlight, the tulips are only just part of the Tulip Time Festival! There are Dutch dancers to watch, trolley tours to enjoy, and lots of other Dutch traditions to take part in.

This festival takes place May 4th  to 12th. With new activities happening every day, you won’t want to miss out on any of the fun.

Zingerman’s Camp Bacon

If you love food and history, make your way to Ann Arbor from May 29th to June 2nd to fill your stomach and brain. Appreciate bacon in a whole new way with this fun camp. Zingerman’s Camp Bacon is bringing in speakers to not only talk about the taste and flavor of bacon but also how to alter the flavor of the bacon by what you feed the animal.

We know you’re already salivating, so grab your tickets before they’re gone! 

71st Annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival

This 10-day celebration on every Michigander’s favorite island is happening June 7th through 16th. This event kicks off summer on the island – and that’s why we included it! Head up north to start off spring the right way, at the Lilac Festival.

There are plenty of fun activities on the island, from the coronation of the Lilac Festival Queen and Court, a 10k run/walk, and horse-drawn carriage tours, to concerts and wine tastings! No matter who you go with, everyone will be doing something they love. And to top it off, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful Michigan lilacs.

Festival of the Arts 50 Year Celebration

This free, three-day event in downtown Grand Rapids is celebrating its 50th year and we are excited to take in all the art, music, and dancing. Did we mention there is amazing food from various cultures, too? There are countless interactive elements to the festival that kids (or adults!) of any age will enjoy.

If you aren’t able to make it up to Mackinac Island for the Lilac Festival, never fear, Festival of the Arts takes place from June 7th through the 9th, so you’ll still be able to enjoy a Michigan spring festival before spring turns to summer.

 

Ready to take on a Michigan spring adventure? Whether you need sunglasses, a cleaning and adjustment for your glasses, or new contacts, our expert team are here to ensure you see our great state clearly. Stop in to one of our 54 locations or call us to set up your appointment today!

 

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Our Favorite Winter Sights in Michigan

Michigan has been our home since 1947 and we are deeply proud of our state. While we will admit that Michigan winters can be tough sometimes, we also know they can be stunningly beautiful. There’s just something about the way the snow glistens on the bare tree branches when the light hits just right, and just like that, Michigan turns into a winter wonderland.

When the snow falls, our team has a few favorite places that we like to explore each year, and we want to share them with you. Check out our list of favorite winter sights in Michigan:

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – Munising

A trip to the Upper Peninsula is always beautiful, no matter the season, but in the winter it is transformed into a breathtaking, frozen tundra. You can ski, hike, and even climb frozen ice waterfalls. The frozen lake is captivating to look at and is truly embodies “Pure Michigan.” Remember, if you’re headed way up north, be sure to pack extra layers!

Sleeping Bear Point and Shalda Creek – Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Don’t want to venture all the way to the Upper Peninsula but still want to feel like you’re “up north”? Check out the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. We love to wander through the snow-covered dunes and enjoy the views from what feels like the top of the world. And, if you are able to make it just after a large gust of wind hits the dunes, the layers of the sand change and create beautiful textures.

While you’re at the Sleeping Dunes National Lakeshore, make sure you make a stop at Shalda Creek. This creek is small and can be hard to miss as it heads into Good Harbor Bay, but it’s beauty is unparalleled. Make sure you wear warm winter hiking boots and snow pants, or waders, as the ice may be thin!

Rosa Parks Circle – Grand Rapids

Would you rather escape to the city? On the west side of Michigan, Grand Rapids’ Rosa Parks Circle is at the center of the city’s hustle and bustle. The city ices over the park and creates an outdoor ice rink for everyone to enjoy. If you go at night, you will be surrounded by decorated trees and the twinkling lights of the city. The Circle is also close to many restaurants, nightlife, and great museums that both kids and parents will enjoy.

Campus Martius Park – Detroit

On the east side of Michigan, Detroit transforms their downtown park into a winter wonderland and ice rink. With fun activities from skating to broomball, there is always something fun happening at Campus Martius. Campus Martius is at the center of amazing restaurant selection, sparkling lights, and entertainment. Your eyes will never tire from taking in all the sights in downtown Detroit.

We love our Michigan roots and can’t get enough of exploring our great state. Do you have a favorite winter spot in Michigan? Be sure to share it with us!

Also, schedule an appointment today so you can be sure you are seeing clearly when you visit these great winter spots. You won’t want to miss a single detail!

Rx Optical expanding presence along the lakeshore

Rx Optical plans to open a third Holland location in the fall.

The Kalamazoo-based eye care chain is slated to open the office, at 590 E. 16th St., in September.
“We have enjoyed serving our patients in Holland since the early 1980’s, and in order to meet the increasing demand, we will be opening our third location in this area,” said George Jepson, Rx Optical vice president of marketing, in a statement.

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WHAT MAKES RX OPTICAL DIFFERENT? PURE MICHIGAN, PURE LOCAL

Since the very beginning, Rx Optical has called Michigan home. After our first office went up in Kalamazoo in 1947, we’ve grown at a calculated and measured pace, making sure we are continuing to meet the needs of our current patients.

This dedication to Michigan, its residents, our employees and our patients is what sets us apart from the rest.

Michigan isn’t just a name in our address. You can find evidence of our Michigan roots by simply looking around our offices. We use Herman Miller office solutions in addition of office seating. And our entire 26,000 square foot new corporate headquarters is furnished with Herman Miller office solutions. We also feature tables and fixtures custom-designed and fabricated by an artisan wood shop in West Michigan. We believe that supporting the communities in which we do business and making them a part of our lives is the right thing to do.

In addition to buying local, we produce locally. Our glasses aren’t made in a factory somewhere; they’re made by Dave. Dave works with other local professionals in our sophisticated, state-of-the-art lab located right here in Michigan. So, when you order a prescription, your glasses get the personal attention they deserve. Local production means fast turnaround, a controlled process, accountability, and personalization.

Here, you have a name, a face, and a story.

We have been betting on Michigan for over 70 years, and we won’t stop now. The traits of the Great Lakes state run deep at Rx Optical – resilient, industrious, supportive. It’s made us who we are today which is why we choose to give back. We love every community we choose to make a home in and choose to support organizations that promote many different causes including fitness for kids and, of course, vision care for those that don’t have access.

With over 50 locations throughout the state, we’re not hard to find. So, the next time you need eye care professionals who will see your whole face, hear your voice and see you as a person and community member rather than just a number, turn your sights to Rx Optical.

Business Growth

“A slow and intentional approach to expansion has been the key to Kalamazoo-based Rx Optical’s 70 years of success.

Rx Optical Vice President of Marketing George Jepson said for the company’s first 23 years, Rx Optical operated just one location. It has since grown to 53 locations throughout Michigan and a handful in Indiana, adding approximately two to three new practices each year.”

Grand Rapids Business Journal, Slow and Steady Wins the Race, 6/16/2017

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Training Expansion

“The $6 million expansion of Rx Optical Laboratories Inc.’s corporate campus in Southwest Michigan will support further steady growth for the company.

Key to the project on South State Street in Kalamazoo is expanding Rx Optical’s capacity for training opticians and retail employees, a function that President Steve Jepson calls a fundamental element of the company’s corporate culture and strategy.

The expanded training center at the corporate campus “is all about building great people for the long term,” Jepson said.”

MiBiz, Rx Optical focuses on training capacity with $6 million Kalamazoo expansion, 6/25/2017

70 Years in Business

“For the first 23 years, Rx Optical operated from a single location in Kalamazoo. Now, 70-years after that first optical shop opened for business, there are a total of 53 Rx Optical shops including three in Berrien County as they celebrate their 70th Anniversary in business.

Thanks to their growth over the past 47 years, Rx Optical is now the second-largest independently owned and operated optical retailer in the nation…and the oldest such retailer based in Michigan.”

Moody on the Market, Rx Optical Marks a Seven Decade Milestone, 6/20/2017

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New Office Locations

“Rx Optical, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, has followed the same patient-first philosophy since its founding in 1947 here in Kalamazoo. That philosophy, coupled with slow-but-steady growth plans, has enabled Rx Optical to become the leading eyecare provider in the state of Michigan with 53 offices across this state as well as Indiana.

Rx Optical opened its two newest Michigan locations—in Breton Village (Grand Rapids) and Ann Arbor—in May. This is the second Rx Optical office to open in Ann Arbor.”

Vision Monday, Rx Optical Stays True to its Formula for Success and Adds New Offices at Measured Pace, 5/31/2017

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70 Years in Business

Leading eye-care provider, Rx Optical, opened two state-of-the-art offices in Breton Village (Grand Rapids), Mich. and Ann Arbor, Mich. in early May to serve their growing patient base. In Fall 2016 the company opened offices on Drake Road in Kalamazoo, Mich. and Knapp’s Crossing in Grand Rapids, Mich. Rx has 53 locations throughout Michigan and Indiana. New and existing locations provide eye glass lens manufacturing and fitting, medical patient care, eye-care solutions for adults and children, contact lens fitting, adjustments and repair. The new offices are located at 1858 Breton Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, Mich., and 3275 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich. This is the second Rx Optical office to open in Ann Arbor.

“From our beginning in 1947 in Kalamazoo, we have expanded at a measured pace, never interested in sacrificing our commitment to our patients to a demand for growth,” said George Jepson, Rx Optical Vice President of Marketing “Steady and sure, our steps forward have come when we could afford to responsibly commit to cities and towns which were being underserved – markets where patient names had become numbers. That’s where we have always seen the opportunity to instill care and value back into a service and products that we see as pretty darn important to the lives of our patients.”

-BenZinga, Michigan Eye Care Provider Celebrates 70 Years in Business; Adds Two State of the Art Offices, 5/23/2017

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Charlotte Office gets facelift

Rx Optical has recently completed a full remodel of their Charlotte, MI office. This office has been in Charlotte since June of 1993 and after 23 years was ready for a facelift.

Rx Optical has 50 locations in Michigan and is dedicated to supporting the local economy. All fixtures and furniture used in the interior remodel were made in Michigan. All Rx Optical Opticians are certified by the American Board of Opticianry or training for their certification; something that is not required in the state of Michigan. Rx Optical bills most insurances including; Eyemed, Spectera, Davis Vision, VSP, NVA, BCBS and many others.

The Charlotte office offers a full line of services including eye exams for contacts and glasses; medical exams and dilations; dress, safety and sun glasses; and contact lenses. Frame lines at this office include; Coach, Ray Ban, Tiffany, Nike, Dolce & Gabbana, Dragon and many more. In addition they carry a line of American Made safety frames from Artcraft.

Louise, Dr. Kong and the rest of the team in Charlotte look forward to showing you their new office. Please visit RxOptical.com/Charlotte for office hours and additional information.

Charlotte Location
New Office exterior just waiting on landscaping!

Charlotte Store Interior
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Rx Optical opens office in The Village at Knapp’s Crossing

Rx Optical opened its 49th Michigan location today in Grand Rapids at 2000 East Beltline NE. The new office is located in The Village at Knapp’s Crossing, in front of D&W Fresh Market. This location features an extensive line of name brand frames including: Oakley, OGI, Paul Smith, Chloé, Michael Kors, Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry, Alain Mikli, Columbia Sun, Nike, Ray Ban, Coach, DKNY, Prada, Ralph, Polo, Tiffany and more.

All glasses are manufactured at Rx Optical’s surfacing and finishing laboratory in Kalamazoo. Eyeglasses and contact lenses are delivered to all 52 Rx Optical locations each night by their own couriers. Rx Optical employs a team of insurance specialists that work with virtually all vision insurance providers. Eye exams are available with Doctors of Optometry and eyewear is designed and dispensed by Certified Opticians.

Rx Optical takes great pride in creating Michigan jobs and supporting Michigan’s economy. The Knapp’s Crossing office is furnished with Herman Miller office solutions, a Zeeland, MI based furniture company, along with custom made fixtures and frame boards from Kalamazoo Custom Woodwork. Rx Optical purchases their office supplies for all 52 of their locations and corporate office from Meijer and use only Ford and GM vehicles for their fleet.

Rx Optical’s headquarters remain in Kalamazoo where they began in 1947. Incorporated in May of 1966, Rx Optical is one of the oldest optical companies in Michigan. They rank #30 in the United States and are one of the largest privately held optical retailers in the country with 52 locations in Michigan and Indiana.

Knapps Crossing Location