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our story

ARTSEE = Listening + Service + Quality

Come say hello.


our story

ARTSEE = Listening + Service + Quality

Come say hello.

Glasses are not a costume. They are a way of life.



Our trained, qualified and knowledgeable opticians always go the extra mile for our customers. Shopping at ARTSEE is a memorable experience where listening, knowledge, careful curation, and service are our mission. There is never a moment of pressure when you are shopping at Artsee.  Enjoy a tea or coffee and admire a beautiful art book. The Artsee team will make sure your visit will be one to remember.


Read about us in INVISION MAGAZINE



1. TREASURE HUNT: Owner Julio Santiago likes to scour secondhand stores, estate sales and enthusiasts’ collections to find vintage eyewear. At an upstate New York antiques auction, he discovered Hubert Givenchy’s prototypes for glasses he made for Jacqueline Onassis. 

2. PERSONAL TOUCH: Twitter and Facebook help publicize upcoming art exhibits. But Santiago also relies on old-fashioned mail for sending out handwritten invitations with impelling messages like “You must see this exhibit!” or “Come meet our new artist!”

3. EAST MEETS WEST: Along with being a top-notch optometrist, Dr. Veronica Ruelas is a certified yoga instructor and meditation guide. Her examination room is adorned with soothing elements — a large ceramic Buddha bust, fresh-cut flowers and an aromatherapy candle — to help patients feel at ease, and she leads in-store meditation exercises. 

4. BOLDFACE NAMES: Artsee’s customers are the business’ best advertisers. If they’re celebrities, all the better. Tyra Banks posted an Instagram of herself wearing Artsee glasses at the U.S. Open. Molly Sims, Lucy Liu, John Krasinski and Michael Pitt are among others who’ve made Artsee their destination for stylish eyewear.

5. SEE YOU THERE: During Vision Expo East, Santiago throws a big party in his store every year. “It’s to celebrate the optical industry.” Better yet, he offers an open invitation to anyone attending the trade show. 





 Vision is the Art of seeing what is invisible to others.

Jonathan Swift






Our Motto


Do not follow trends.

Your face is a canvas.

Listen. Listen. Listen.

Life is short get another pair.

Expect, no. Adventure, yes.

Eyewear first. Outfit second.

Be memorable.




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All photography provided by Sean Riva & Karin Kohlberg