IT'S NOT ABOUT THE EYEWEAR,
HOW IT CAME TO BE...
THE STORY OF DAVALT OPTICAL
The last place you think you’re going to meet the person who’s going to make your wildest dreams come true is in a mandatory course for the State of Florida but that’s where I met Patty Davalt.
If you’ve met her you know, she’s an amazing woman with the kindest heart. We’ve always admired how she navigated her underdog status in a big box industry, so we couldn’t think of anyone better to turn to for advice when we were ready to open our optical boutique.
We asked to pick her brain and she agreed, which was when she told us she was looking to retire. I’ll never forget the goosebumps the three of us shared when she said “I’m a firm believer that God brings me people that need me and people I need. No one but my husband knew I was thinking about retiring and then here you are, sitting in front of me, a week later.”
WE’RE BELIEVERS TOO!
The stars aligned and within a few months Patty was passing the Davalt Optical legacy on to us, Clinton and Kelly Ross. We still pinch ourselves nightly.
The location, the people, the differences we get to make in our customer’s lives, we couldn’t have architected a better fit if we tried.
Our journey to becoming opticians started back (before we met) in the early 2000's. I was a teenager craving a science-minded career path so I decided to get a job in the opticianry field to see if I liked it enough to go to school for it. Turns out it was perfect! Around the same time, Clinton was moving back to Florida and wanted to make a career change. He found opticianry and was hooked right away.
Over the years we've been fortunate enough to work with some of the most experienced and knowledgeable opticians and doctors in Florida, who generously took the time to teach us their methods. Doctors we still learn from and have amazing relationships with to this day.
We may be new owners but the same values that Patty Davalt established all those decades ago still remain etched in the way we serve, we’re committed to excellent craftsmanship, celebrating our community, and providing custom solutions for all of your eyewear needs.
IF IT’S ABOUT YOUR EYES, WE CAN HELP!
Give us a call or stop by our boutique! Heck, make a morning out of it.
Five Points historic district is worth a stroll. Whether it's catching a movie with a glass of wine at Sun Ray Cinema, antique shopping at Five Points Vintage or Fans & Stoves, or devouring something delicious at Taqueria Cinco or Bakery Ribault, we bet you'll find something you love in our neck of the woods.
25 fun facts ABOUT
CLINTON & KELLY
If we could style one celebrity with eyewear, Clinton would fit Eugene Levy and Kelly would pick Oprah Winfrey
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10:00AM - 6:00PM
10:00AM - 2:00PM
👉 After hours available by appointment.