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Eyes on Church

Posted by Staff / Posted on October 20, 2007

Eyes on ChurchEyes on Church is small, but makes up for size with glam, and has a loyal clientele that changes eyewear almost as often as their shirts. Owner Farhad Gharemani insists that he never carries two of any frame, and strives to stock the most unique items from lines like Alain Mikli and Jean Paul Gaultier

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SUNGLASS / December 17, 2009 at 12:37 pm
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Overpriced...
4eyes / December 22, 2009 at 11:05 am
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Farhad is the man. I was shopping for a specific brand/model of frames and although he didn't have them in stock, he offered to bring them in for me. He then ended up arranging a meeting with the sales rep, who happened to be in town and i got to view the entire collection!

I visited almost 20 Optical Shops in the city and Farhad went above and beyond to find me what i wanted. I would definitely recommend paying him a visit.
joe / February 13, 2010 at 04:39 pm
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Eyes on Church is the best optical store in TO! They have gone above and beyond! I am a very very happy customer!!
Allison / February 13, 2010 at 04:46 pm
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They really know their product, providing a great range of frames that are unique and stylish. They know how to read their customers and are adept at finding you frames that are just what you're looking for, but also know when to sit back and let you come to your own decision.
I recommend this place.
Mark / February 13, 2010 at 04:48 pm
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This place is amazing. The service is fantastic and the frames are right up there with New York and LA.


I recommend this place.

Allison / February 13, 2010 at 04:49 pm
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They really know their product, providing a great range of frames that are unique and stylish. They know how to read their customers and are adept at finding you frames that are just what you're looking for, but also know when to sit back and let you come to your own decision.


I recommend this place.

GUSS / April 12, 2010 at 10:14 pm
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Talking about Fashion? Defiantly Farhad is the man , he really knows what looks good on you ,so you don't have to search out once you visit his shop..
Highly Highly recommended
David Bell / April 13, 2010 at 06:58 am
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LOVE THIS STORE.... It has the most unique and cool eyewear! You will not find the selection of eyewear in like this anywhere in Toronto and the owner knows his inventory and will usually have 5 pairs picked out for you a couple minutes after you walk in. Great service and very low pressure. Make a stop here, it is well worth it!
mike / April 14, 2010 at 04:15 pm
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this place sucks the big one. Overpriced the staff sucks and so does eyes on church
mike / April 14, 2010 at 04:17 pm
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sure all the people saying this place is great is the people who work there
Darrin / April 15, 2010 at 10:31 am
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Love this place. The staff is amazing and the selection of eyewear is phenomenal.
rls / April 17, 2010 at 12:10 am
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Great selection. Farhad has fabulous taste and really helps with your choice. I've bought two pairs from him in the last four years and everybody raves about my glasses.
Expensive, but worth it for price and quality. Besides, you should ask for a discount. You don't expect to actually pay the ticket price at a store like this do you? The markup must be huge and there's surely room for a discount without eating into their profits too much.
david / April 19, 2010 at 08:38 pm
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Service quite good, place is small and gets busy and cramped at times, but not much can easily be done about that; business is good and you wouldn't want an empty store! Carry designer frames and all sorts of lenses, process orders fast. Lots of choices in stock to try on, close to downtown and central on Church Street.
I recommend this place
Mr Jasmal / May 11, 2010 at 09:57 pm
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Eyes on Church is defiantly one of TO's best kept shopping destination secrets when it comes to eyewear. Farhad is well informed on the world of style from what's happening on the street to haute luxury . . . If you see it walk down the runway, Farhard will go out of his to source it for you, or you might just change your mind when you lay your eyes on an array of the best and hard to come by offerings from all the major design houses that matter. . . Farhad has exquisite taste, superior customer service, alluring price-points, and a stunning collection rivalling almost all major retailers catering to the fashion set . . .
Mama Likes Design / May 24, 2010 at 06:14 pm
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I am a glasses whore. Sun, regular and even some that are un-wearable. They excite me in a way nothing else does. Sometimes, now this is awful, but sometimes I even switch a pair out during amorous moments to do it for a while in something different. You see, I’m a freak. And I am telling you: FARHAD IS YOUR MAN FOR GLASSES. I have purchased my growing collection (15 and counting) from one man and that man is Farhad. He is lovely, divine and incredible at his work. Trust his eye. He will do good things for your face.
wayone / August 13, 2010 at 12:34 pm
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Eyes on Church has the best collection not just in Toronto but dare I say internationally. I travel a lot and I am addicted to fashionable eyewear that fits my every mood. I have been in several high-end eyewear boutiques in London, Paris, Spain, Chicago & New York this year alone and none of them comes close to the collection and variety at Eyes on Church.

If I see something while traveling that I must have I am so loyal to him I will jot down the designer and code number of that pair and have Farhad order it for me when I get back to Toronto. And he delivers at a cheaper price!

Don't know how he does it but Farhad keeps up with new and unique designers that no one else has but often high profile celebrities are wearing. Have you seen the Thierry Lasry collection? One of my favourites!

Farhad is cute too! What's not to like about Eyes on Church? Keep it up Farhad, I am one of your many loyal lifelong customers.
Wise Shopper / November 27, 2010 at 03:30 pm
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I agree, this store is incredibly overpriced, and the staff are shockingly pretentious. However, it's great to have the opportunity to try on expensive frames, find what you like, then buy them online (usually from the US) for half the price. That's what I did with a pair of Miklis I loved. Again, there's nothing sweeter than finding something that looks great on you then buying it elsewhere at a huge savings :)
wayone / November 28, 2010 at 10:05 pm
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I want to add another perspective without wanting to offend anyone. It is true Eyes on Church carries very high end brands that can be pricey but if you compare them with any other high end store you will see their prices are not unreasonable at all and they are open to negotiating with you. I like a good deal too but I also want to support my local business to have a nicer neighbourhood where people want to be. If we all decide to use our local stores to do our research and then buy online and from the US how is that supporting our economy and our fabulous neighbourhood and how will they be able to stay open?

Church Street has the highest rent in the City...higher than the Eaton Centre. That is why most business on Church Street lasts less than a year. There is a reason why Eyes on Church has survived so long and it has nothing to do with being overpriced. It is all to do with great friendly service and selection and people who are our neighbours who know our names and appreciate our business.

I have no affiliation with Eyes On Church Street, I am just a loyal customer and someone who believes in supporting my neighbourhood to keep it great. I am sensitive to people who prefer to shop outside their neighbourhood and especially their country because I am in the book business and all the neighbourhood bookstores are just about gone because of this very reason which affects me personally. This is just my opinion. My own family went to the US this weekend for black Friday shopping so we just agree to disagree and do what makes us feel good :-)
TO / April 13, 2011 at 02:05 pm
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Can someone please let me know of their price range? =)
Anthony / June 24, 2011 at 09:49 pm
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I went there few days back to get a pair of prescription glasses, and here's my impression - If you're looking for high end stuffs like Alain Miklis, this is the right place. The sales girl was quite patience throughout and picked me few frames that she thought would look good on me. Here's the big BUT - She is quite condescending. She has attitude of "I know what I'm doing", and I don't like that. In the end, I decided to go somewhere else(Spec and Spec), and boy glad that I did.
Simone / September 29, 2011 at 11:39 pm
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I just ordered a pair of glasses from here and they were fantastic. She really helped me pick a pair that suited me, and her honesty was refreshing. She knew what i was looking for and made sure i was happy with my choice. I highly recommend them. I normally don't spend that much on glasses, but they had a sale and i found what i was looking for!
Jeka / October 13, 2011 at 07:02 pm
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Absolutely terrible customer service. Went for an eye exam with their resident optometrist and they refused to include pupil distance in the eye exam, saying that they are required to charge $50 for this service by law and that buying glasses online is illegal as mandated by College of Opticians (what?).

So in all, I paid $65 for the eye exam and did not get the complete exam. It would have cost $115 to get what I came in for.

Avoid at all costs.
Sandy Naiman / October 17, 2011 at 06:48 pm
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I was strolling on Church Street when Eyes on Church caught my eye. I love the store's colour. Orange, my favourite. So, I popped in.
Farhad Ghahremani, the proprietor, was in Paris, but the selection of frames was dazzling. I needed a new pair of prescription eyeglasses and there was a sale. Why not? A little over a week later, I received a call. Today, I picked them up, but it was more than that. Farhad was so much fun. We hit it off. What style and taste. I've never seen so many exquisite one-of-kind frames. My new glasses are stunning. My husband agrees.
Best of all, though, was simply "being there." I will drop in whenever I'm in the neighbourhood. I felt spectacular leaving the store. And it's such a joy to "see" and be "seen" in my new specs!
Many thanks.
kaveh / October 26, 2011 at 01:14 pm
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I had a great experience going there very friendly staff, don’t talk too much which I love and respectful of your time. By the way I really recommend this place if you’re a type of person that appreciates really classy subtle and quality stuff if you are the type that likes flashy, logoed things they might still have things for you but I would recommend you to go to any other store I’m sure you will find your thing there but as I said if you are into quality and and subtly and class you really need to check out this store I loved the stuff they had, really good quality!!!!
kaveh / October 26, 2011 at 01:16 pm
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I had a great experience going there very friendly staff, don’t talk too much which I love and respectful of your time. By the way I really recommend this place if you’re a type of person that appreciates really classy subtle and quality stuff if you are the type that likes flashy, logoed things they might still have things for you but I would recommend you to go to any other store I’m sure you will find your thing there but as I said if you are into quality and and subtly and class you really need to check out this store I loved the stuff they had, really good quality!!!!
Bobbolicious / November 3, 2011 at 10:03 pm
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Glasses: Not just for nerds anymore!
Wow! This place has the best selection of designer eyewear! I have been getting my glasses here for about three years now and no longer do I bother even checking other places. They carry hand made Alain Mikli's from France, Prada, D and G,Tom Fords...just to name a few. They always have the latest trends in eyewear and offer alot of help and advice when choosing a pair. Farhad is extremely helpful and offers great advice on the right fit and shape for each customers face.

I had bough a pair of glasses that took about a week longer to craft then I was told, so the owner offered me a free pair of hand-crafted sunglass clip-ons. Now that is customer service!
Regina / November 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm
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Purchased a pair of prescription glasses at eyes on church after visiting 5 other optical stores. At any of the 5 locations, I was lucky to find one or two frames that were a maybe (this was after trying on many, many frames); at eyes on church, it was the complete opposite. After trying on various frames (12 to 15), only three were a no, the rest were in the running. There was one in particular, an Emilio Pucci, soon as I put them on, I knew they were mine. I am a progressive lens wearer, the cost of the lens was in line with every other place I visited, the frame was a little more, but so worth it!!! I loved eyes on church, and will make them my eyewear store from now on. Thank you Farhad for the great experience, you truly know what will look good on a person. Thank you.
Regan / December 2, 2011 at 06:01 pm
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Eyes On Church is the best optical store! Farhad is knowledgeable, up on the latest fashion in eyewear, and has a good sense with matching glasses to faces. The selection is staggering, and making a choice is quite difficult. Which is why I bought two pairs of eyeglasses and one pair of sunglasses!! I'm sure I'l be back in the Spring for something new.
Anthony / February 5, 2012 at 07:12 am
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Eyes on Church is the best. i am up to four pairs now - this store is addictive. I love rotating them for different moods and looks. I travel a lot and I am surprised how often i am stopped and asked about my glasses. Farhad is great at guiding you to different looks - pushing you (in a good way) a bit beyond your comfort zone resulting in a new great look. I highly recommend Eyes on Church - i suspect pair number five is on the horizon.
stephan devine / February 8, 2012 at 06:25 pm
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I want to thank you and compliment you both on your customer
service! When I first came by, I have to confess that I was expecting "Church Street attitude" but I am very happy to say that I couldn'thave been more wrong! Oscar you directed me to the Salt frames, which I tried on and fell in love with. I appreciated your product knowledge and that you let me just wander around, getting a feel for the Salt frames on my face. When I returned with my partner, we had visited
many optical shops that day: at one of your competitors we were ignored and at another, it was obvious that the product knowledge was lacking. Finally, when I came to pick up my new glasses, I appreciated that you both worked to allay my fears about progressives and that you even took me outside to get a feel for the new look!
So, Thank You! It will be my pleasure to recommend "Eyes on Church"
to everyone I know!
Take good care,
Stephen
Steve / June 18, 2012 at 10:38 pm
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By Far Eyes on Church is the best optical store in Toronto, I own over 10 pairs of glasses, I shopped and visited most of Toronto's optical stores but the glasses I bought from them always stand up and I always get so many compliments, Today I picked up another fabulous pair. I love this store I wish I have more money so I can by more and more glasses from them .
Thank you for the amazing service, and the great selection of glasses that make me always look faboulous .
Jean-Paul Boudreau / July 21, 2012 at 05:20 pm
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“Hats off to Farhad and the Eyes on Church Team! The eye-wear designs are exquisite, and the service is outstanding. For example, while on a recent business trip in Halifax I had a little accident with my new Mikli glasses; I emailed Farad for advice, and within minutes I received a response (from New York City where he was on holidays!) and he proposed an immediate solution. Amazing. I have very particular demands for eye-wear and Eyes on Church has exceeded my expectations. Thank you Farhad.”

Jean-Paul Boudreau, PhD
Toronto
Cherril Biggs / November 30, 2012 at 09:07 pm
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I just love my new glasses. Very unique and special. I feel like a new person. Awesome selection and easy finding the "perfect pair".

Pricy but worth every penny!!

Thanks Farhah!!
Dan / December 14, 2012 at 04:36 pm
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Exceptional service. Personal and friendly — dedicated to making sure you're satisfied. Continue to treat you as a valuable customer long after you've bought a pair. Will keep going back.
Cheryl Lefton / March 9, 2013 at 01:55 pm
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Farhad is my GO TO eye shop forever. He carries the most varied and stylish frames. He is amazing and will go to any length to make sure you are happy with your selection. I sit like a queen and he brings the selection of stunning frames for me to choose. Believe me that is very difficult when they are all wonderful. I get tons of compliments on his eye wear. I have 4 pairs now, am afraid to walk in for fear of falling in love with a fifth!
Dean Hayze / March 11, 2013 at 02:23 am
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Outside of having some of the most amazing glasses in the city, Farhad and Ramy are both charming, engaging and thoughtful guys with a distinguished sense of style. They put so much care into their customer service that you feel like you're sitting in their living room playing dress up, trying on all their one of a kind superstar Shades. The only thing missing, was a glass of wine... or 2:) Because you may need it to decide on which pairs to purchase. Damn every time I leave that place, I walk out with 2 pair.
So if you are looking for a sexy pair of shades or a pair of sophisticated, classic frames. Eyes On Church will not only provide you with a wonderful selection but they will grant you an experience like no other place in Toronto.

Love those Guys!!!!
JGSchemb / March 19, 2013 at 05:29 pm
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Words cannot describe the impeccable service that I received from Eyes on Church. Farhad was very patient with me in terms of picking a pair of glasses that would fit my small frame (which is a very difficult thing to do). He was found me a perfect pair that not only fit my personality, but fit my role as a student and a professional. I was so impressed with Farhad's work that less than a month later I had to return and order a pair of prescription sunglasses. Once again, Farhad not only stayed within my budget, but found me a pair of sunglasses not only helped me drive better, but looked fantastic.

Trust me, stick with Farhad and Eyes on Church and not only will you have amazing quality glasses, but you'll be receiving compliments by everybody who sees you in his glasses. Thanks Farhad, you are the man.
al / May 6, 2013 at 10:57 pm
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I do not enjoy shopping. When it is essential for me to do it i find it to be a chore. I find shopping for sunglasses even more difficult, especially along, because there is so much selection and it is impossible to truly see how the look on you without having a distorted perception. On my quest this weekend to find new sunglasses i stopped by all the most raved about sun glass stores (9 in total) and did not find anything i liked or received much help. That was until i went to my last shop, which was on a whim. Being disappointed so many times already it was so refreshing to walk into Eyes on Church.

Three very knowledgeable gentlemen spent over an hour picking out what sunglasses they thought would best suit me with only encouragement to take my time to make any decision. The services was exceptional. Their selections on the highest quality products were eclectic. I will never shop at another sun glass shop again. Check them out.
Karen and Jess / June 23, 2013 at 09:45 am
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My Partner and I both met Farhad last fall. We were looking for interesting frames that suited our personalities. Farhad and his staff took great care in helping us to to look at several options from their amazing selection of one of kind frames. Farhad was not only great at making suggestions but knew where his product came from and details about the designers who created them. We were in a time crunch and Farhad went out of his way to ensure that we received our frames in days. We would highly recommend that anyone looking for a personal touch, professionalism and high level of knowledge visit Farhad and his staff at Eyes on Church.

Thanks again Farhad,

Karen and Jess
Edward Cox / July 3, 2013 at 02:16 pm
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Eyes on Church is the only optical shop for me! Farhad has been taking excellent care of me for several years. It's a pleasure to work with someone who has such an excellent knowledge of fashion eyewear. I still get a kick out of when strangers stop me on the street to say "those are great glasses!".
Thank you Farhad!
JAL / July 17, 2013 at 10:23 pm
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This is a fabulous place to get your glasses. The selection is amazing. Farhad the owner is warm, friendly and knows his stuff. He also has an eye for what looks good. He stocks fashion forward and high end frames, and insists he never sells the same frame twice so your look will be individual. My wife and I were visiting from Nova Scotia and were short on time. Farhad opened the shop for us on a Sunday, his day off. Customer service is definitely a priority here. Thanks Farhad.
David Dunkley / July 22, 2013 at 08:16 am
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I've been shopping here for years!

Just home with my new glasses -- LOVE them!!!

The customer service, pricing and selection are the best. I highly recommend Eyes on Church!

They also have the best designed store I've ever seen.
Laure Henley / August 31, 2013 at 03:11 pm
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Eyes on Church is small but emphasizes quality. Great selection, great service. Farhad knows his business and delivers quickly. He is a lot of fun to deal with and an interesting person to chat with. So well-traveled, he gave me so many tips for my next trip next winter. Of all the shops in Toronto, I strongly recommend this place.
I LOVE MY NEW GLASSES!
arbella / September 20, 2013 at 02:06 pm
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Eyes on Church has one of the largest selection of fashionable & unique glasses. They do carry the commercial brands but also many fashionable & trendy designs not seen in Toronto. The staff at Eyes on Church were able to offer a variety of styles to my mother & I, based on our personal style & personalities. I was extremely pleased that in less than two hours we were able to choose the right sunglasses and also prescription frames for my mother & also fill the prescription. We picked up the prescription glasses in less than one week with flawless results & fittings. The advice and expertise is very impressive, as I've been to many other places and had to go 2-3 times and without much receiving great service. I've already returned back for the 2nd time as i'm in love with their sunglass selection and will be purchasing two more pairs. The prices are very reasonable for the quality and uniqueness of their products. Thank you Farhad for everything & having such a welcoming vibe to your store. I have already referred 3 of my friends to Eyes on Church.
Dayjob / December 12, 2013 at 05:56 pm
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Recently checked out Eyes on Church and was really pleased with the great customer service beyond a really sophisticated selection of frames.
I don't usually enjoy shopping for eyewear - complicated prescription etc.... however Ramy was great; super friendly and put me at ease.
From there Farhad directed me through the selection process amazingly and came up with a pair of glasses that I loved and suited my style. The response to them has been super positive. I popped in a week or so after delivery for a slight adjustment and Farhad was once again great to deal with. The prices are comparable to anywhere else I've purchased glasses from - if not better priced for premium brands - and they carry of the minute styles. A really topnotch experience... its been 3 months and I love my glasses
Marleen / December 20, 2013 at 04:48 pm
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What a relief to discover 'Eyes on Church'! I no longer need to search from city to city to find unique eyewear.
Having bought three pairs of glasses there in the last two years, each time I found:
- a range of state of the art styles from which to choose
- customized service - satisfactory solutions provided to fit
frames on an Asian nose
- prompt delivery - even when one lives in a remote community
1932 kilometers from Toronto.
- care and concern for customers
Thank you Farhad!
Brian / January 22, 2014 at 09:41 am
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Eyes On Church knows their stuff. Specifically, Farhad - he has an eye for style and can quickly and expertly match you to a new pair of glasses. The selection is unmatched in the city, and you have the added bonus of knowing that the frames you purchase are one-of-a-kind. When they're gone, they're gone. As a designer (and very happy owner of a new pair of glasses designed in Belgium) I appreciate that my eye wear is a piece of art that says something about my style. No where else in Toronto will you find the high end selection, expertise, attention to detail and customer service that Farhad and his team deliver. Highly recommend them!
Cheryl / March 7, 2014 at 08:46 am
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Love my funky new glasses. Still having trouble getting one pair to fit correctly, but on the whole I am very happy with the product!
Drew Williston / April 7, 2014 at 04:45 pm
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Today I had the best experience at Eyes on Church. The custom fitting, the knowledge and the great inventory selection that Farhad has is by far the best in the city. I am a Hair stylist in a busy salon an every time i wear one of their pieces i get compliments on them. I will never go any where else for my eye wear. Keep up the amazing work guys I,M A BIG FAN.
YOU SHOULD BE TO!
Geoff / April 13, 2014 at 06:10 pm
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My thanks to Farhad for opening this store. I was surfing the net looking for a retailer of a specific frame when I came across his store. I decided to go visit the store and what a treat!

Farhad and his colleague quickly pulled out more than a dozen frames and helped me quickly narrow down the options by preference.With his advice and guidance I decided against the frame I went for originally and bought not just one but two different pairs of glasses. There were so many choices it was hard to narrow them down even to those.

They went the extra mile (and then some) to get the glasses for me quickly and to make sure they were right. I have lost count of the number of times people have complimented me on these glasses. This is not an experience I've had before.

I have given a number of people the name and address for his store. I give them a six out of five for service and for choice. You can be sure that I will be back.
Mike / April 15, 2014 at 08:51 pm
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I've bought several pairs of glasses at Eyes on Church...a unique selection of eyewear and great service from Farhad and the staff. I highly recommend it.
Robert / May 8, 2014 at 09:27 am
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Another customer satisfied 150%. I decided to shop locally for my new glasses and ended up with not one but two pairs since the choices were so fantastic. Like Geoff above, they went above and beyond the extra mile for me through a series of problems that were no fault of theirs. Consider me a customer for life!
YEP! replying to a comment from Wise Shopper / June 16, 2014 at 11:13 am
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Yes I agree support our local business! Shop online!
Sean / August 31, 2014 at 06:25 pm
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Was absolutely satisfied with the service and selection - I went in searching for a particular pair of glasses and was very helpfully shown a much better choice. Now two months later I've lost count of how many complements I have received on the frames! The service is excellent - I never felt pushed to make a choice. Best of all, Farhad's advice is outstanding. I am not buying frames anywhere else and have recommended Eyes on Church to colleagues and friends.
Stephanie Lynn / October 22, 2014 at 11:15 pm
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Great service. Gorgeous eyewear. What more could you ask for? Thank you for the beautiful sunglasses ladies. I will definitely be back for more:)

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