They have the best billboards in the Northern Illawarra.
Each week there’s a fresh and funny saying outside See Side Optical in Thirroul’s King Street that will always bring a smile to your face…if you can read it!
For those of us who need help to see things more clearly, Sonia and the team are there to help.
“We were laughing about a funny quote we had read when we made the decision to write it on the board out the front,” says Sonya. “They’re just for fun but we have accidently ruffled a few feathers from time to time. We’ve stopped using Irish names and replaced them with the names of our husbands, and we once had a joke about women that coincided with the spill of Julia Gillard. We got some tough feedback so pulled that one down quick-smart!
“The board has become such a feature. We have people popping in to remind us to change it because they walked down the street yesterday and are looking for a new joke!”
See Side Optical has been the smiling faces helping people with their glasses under Anita’s Theatre in King Street Thirroul since 2006.
The team all live locally and pride themselves on their excellent relationship with the local community.
“Local people are the heart of our business,” says Sonya. “We walk past our customers every day,” she says, “so we want everyone to be happy.”
The team at See Side Optical is only too happy to sort your new glasses, and their after-sales service is fantastic, with the team ready tweak your specs when you walk off the street.
“All of our staff are qualified optical dispensers,” she says. “We are here to help.
“We keep our stock fresh so we always have a new range of frames. That’s important in a small community. And we have a wide range of brands and styles- from budget to designer, so there’s something for everyone.
See Side Optical also has long-serving optometrists and the latest in testing equipment enabling the optometrists to monitor the health of the eye.
“As most eye disease happens slowly, it’s really important to have a picture of good health to work from,” says Sonya,”so any change can be treated straight away. “We have ultrasounds and a visual field machine, to ensure the best result for our customers,” she says. “But it’s the customer service that we believe sets us apart.
“It’s important people feel comfortable in their glasses and they know they can come to us to freshen their look, get a new prescription, and sort out any problems they have. We really are here to help people see things more clearly!