opens a brick-and-mortar store on Queen West opens a brick-and-mortar store on Queen West

(Images: Jessica Flower)

After launching two hugely successful stores in Vancouver earlier this year, the country’s largest online eyewear retailer has opened its first Toronto shop. Clearly Contacts’ new Queen West space features an on-site optometrist, brand name frames (including Dior, Balenciaga and Ray-Ban), in-house lines like Derek Cardigan, and prescription swimming goggles and sport glasses. While the store’s 700 frame styles represent a fraction of the 30,000-plus options available online, the shop does offer one very tangible benefit: the chance to test your frames in person instead of relying on the site’s webcam try-on tool.

317 Queen St. W., 416-205-9161,