Rhody Gem: Find Handmade Eyeglass Frames at Olefson Art Optical in a Valley Neighborhood Tiny House

November 2023


What it is:

The mobile tiny house studio/store of Laurie Olefson, creator of one-of-a-kind handmade eyeglass frames (some with matching earrings), all suitable for prescription.


Where to find it:

Once on Acorn Street, go through the archway at number 23 to find a white-and-blue tiny house in the parking lot. While there’s no mistaking the building, a sign just below the roof peak confirms you found it.


What makes it a Rhody Gem?

If you are looking for spectacles that make a statement, this is the place for you. Former magazine art director (TIME, New York Times special publications, among others) Laurie Olefson makes eyeglass frames that she describes as “quirky” and “deliberately imperfect.” Each finished product has been cut, printed, hammered, grooved, sanded, and polished by hand from cellulose acetate inside the studio built to spec down to the circular windows sketched from John Lennon’s iconic glasses. The Olefsons are regulars on the craft and fine arts festival circuit, but no need to travel when crates are filled with colorful frames and artful readers right here. “We moved from New Jersey to hip Providence over a year ago, and we think we’re a good addition to the vibrant small business scene here!” explains business partner and proud husband Victor Olefson. “We have a story to tell and unique niche jewelry for the face!”


Olefson Art Opticals

3 Acorn Street
732-687-0193; Instagram: @lolefson



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