No, this post has nothing at all to do with Casablanca, I just couldn’t help but throw the “kid” in there. Here’s Looking At You is an upscale eyeglass boutique that is new to Ambler as of last month. HLAY (for the sake of brevity) shares an entrance way with In These Shoes on Butler Avenue, which makes sense, as they likely appeal to the same audience.
Owner, Francis Templin, has outdone himself in designing the store, it has a gallery feel and is stunning. Templin is a former Coast Guard Medic who has a passion for fine things, eye glasses being high on the list; his personal collection is eclipsed only by that of his new venture. Each frame as well as every piece of furniture and lighting was hand picked by Templin. You may wonder, as I did, about the palm tree (seen in the photos below). At first it seemed a bit out of place, but it makes perfect sense when you observe the collection it accompanies. This speaks to the variety of frames that you will find here; if you can’t find something you like at HLAY, it probably doesn’t exist.
While visiting with Francis I couldn’t help but notice the amazing artwork in the rear of the store. As I moved closer I realized that this was not a piece of artwork hanging on the wall but an incorporated masonry scene. Apparently this building originally housed the Wissahickon Fire Company, which was founded in 1891 after an infamous fire that claimed several Ambler hallmarks. It’s impossible to miss, be sure to check it out while visiting Here’s Looking At You, it is a pretty incredible piece of history!
Templin plans to offer some artisan pieces as well, ideally crafted by a local artist. If you feel that you would be a good fit, stop in for a visit. Heck, regardless of whether you are an artist, are in need of new frames or not, stop in to say hello and welcome Francis to town!
Here’s Looking At You
71 E Butler Avenue, Ambler