Meet Kristen Girardi

Meet Kristen Girardi your certified TempSure Envi specialist. She came to Optix eager to help people grasp the importance of eye health. Kristen has been with us for 4 years and is now CPO, CPOA certified. She is excelling and growing what we are able to offer our clientele with the newest radio-frequency (RF) technology at Optix. Dr. Walters (newly married, now Dr. Crouch) discovered an instrument called TempSure Envi which uses RF to treat Dry Eye Syndrome.  Originally developed to reduce fine lines a wrinkles, this one of a kind treatment has also been known to reduce the irritation of dry eyes!Kristen Girardi

Kristen has taken the lead on this exciting technology while creating a whole new brand of care at Optix, Skin Care. “First and foremost I love helping people and making them feel better about themselves. If I am able to do that as well as being able to help the people suffering from dry eyes then I would say, That’s a pretty good day at the office!” -Kristen

To find out more about TempSure Envi and meet Kristen come out to Maggie B’s May 30th Downtown Weaverville from 4:30 – 6:30. We will be in the back room with wine and cheese to share. Hope to see you at our WINE & Learn event.



I don’t think we need to outline the obvious connection between our eyes, vision and our appreciation for art. Because we love art and are fortunate to have incredibly talented artists here in Weaverville, we want to share some of the recent local artists that we have been inspired by. We are proud to own and display their incredible work in the office.

local artist Vickie BurickVickie Burick, who is also a local musician, specializes in natural light photography. Her gallery of fine art photography portrays a closer, more intimate look at nature and the world around us.  She perfectly captured an image of the total eclipse from last year that has a beautiful abstract quality that resembles an eye. Please explore more of Vickie’s timeless work at


Denby Dale is a mixed media artist residing in Weaverville, NC. She is known for her adaptability within several artistic mediums including sculptural encaustic painting, abstract drawing, and small format assemblages. The abstract approach to all of her work is consistently informed by the embrace of color and mark making movement, juxtaposed with form driven minimalism. Find more colorful creations by Denby at


In line with enjoying local artist we hope you all will get out and experience this years Art In Autumn September 15th from 10:00 – 6:00. We will also be hosting a Pop-Up Shop at Optix Eye Care On Saturday and Sunday, September 15th and 16th from 10 – 6. The Pop-Up will be featuring all local artisans so you can make the most of your artsy Weaverville weekend! Make sure to follow us on Facebook to find out more details about this upcoming event.

One way to open your eyes is to ask yourself, ‘what if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?’  -Rachel Carson

Local Cloth Fashion Show – Art You Can Wear

With our passion for independent eyewear, we are inspired and encouraged by Local Cloth’s Project Handmade fashion show and all the artists who participated. When it comes to fashion and sustainability, Local Cloth continues to build a community around learning and sharing what they do. They offer regular workshops year round and also put on one impressively responsible fashion show every other year.

Fashion Show, Veronika Wildgruber, Mary Ray, Local Cloth

Jeans-Deconstructed & Reconstructed by Mary Ray from Banner Elk, NC.  Featuring Veronika Wildgruber “Strange Love” sunglasses.

This year we were fortunate to be a part of the biannual Project Handmade fashion show styling eyewear to compliment truly creative wearable art. As described on their website, the event “featured 42 garments made with locally sourced materials fashioned by local fiber artists. Techniques included spinning, knitting, weaving, felting, and of course design and sewing. The purpose of this event is to promote innovative use of materials and resources available in our region and to spotlight the economic potential of supply chain collaboration.”

This show sets itself apart from other fashion shows by holding a much higher standard for the quality it presents on the runway. Not just beauty but skill… That skill is executed with a responsible process that pays attention to detail not only in aesthetics and technique but how they source and even harvest their materials.

This Fair Isle North Carolina Cardigan by Martha Owen from Murphy, NC was made from wool from her sheep and dyed with indigo, cochineal, marigolds, lichen & mushrooms.

Fashion Show, Local Cloth, Project Handmade, Martha Owen, Woow Eyewear

Featuring Woow Eyewear “Keep Cool 2”


This was a personal favorite on the runway titled “Local Color” from artists Barbara Zaretsky from Asheville, NC. The shawl is hand-dyed with local walnuts. The shift is also hand-dyed using locally grown weld. It was a stunningly sophisticated set.

Barbara Zaretsky, Asheville, North Carolina, Local Cloth Fashion Show


This textile by Jessica Vedeler from Asheville, NC called “Simple Elegance” is woven organic fabric from local firm, Spiritex.

Woow Eyewear, Jessica Vedeler, Asheville, Local Cloth, Fashion Show

Featuring WOOW Eyewear “Be Happy 2”


Visit Local Cloth’s Community Dye Studio and Learning Center during the WNC Open Studios Tour this weekend, October 14th-16th, 10 am – 5 pm.

You can also go to to find out more about the non-profit organization and the many events they offer in our community.

Vicki Bennett

“Mountain Print Vest” by Vicki Bennett, Vicki Wilson (metalsmith)

Fashion Show, Local Cloth, Asheville, Liz Spear, Neal Howard

“Red-N-Black Fit-N-Flare Coat” by Liz Spear & Neal Howard

Fashion Show, Loretta Dian Phipps, Local Cloth

“Volcano Meets Ocean” by Loretta Dian Phipps












All hair and makeup beautifully designed by Ananda Hair Studio.

Photography by Max Ganly