the Spectacle

As a boy John Cottam, proprietor of the Spectacle, found himself hunched over a flickering candle one day trying to adjust his eyeglasses for a better fit. “Glasses shouldn’t have to be uncomfortable,” he remembers thinking.

Not surprisingly, all the eyewear at the Spectacle is comfortable.

Based in Utah for the last 30 years, the Spectacle brings comfort and style together like nowhere else in the state.

Only the Spectacle has eyewear by Tom Ford, Kawasaki, and the meticulously-engineered Swissflex 2.5 Eyephorics; frames so infinitely customizable, so versatile and stylish that everyone from the tiniest toddler to the heftiest Sumo Wrestler can wear them comfortably… read more

John Cottam

John Cottam

Licensed Optician

Making eyeglasses since 1964

the Spectacle

the Spectacle has been serving Salt Lake City and the Inter-Mountain West since 1985. Our certified and licensed opticians specialize in Custom Eyewear , rimless eyeglasses, and progressive lenses using the thinnest and lightest lens materials available. Recent advances in technology like Digital Lens Surfacing have changed the old rules in eyewear manufacture.

What could not have been done only a few years ago is now possible. Come by for a complimentary evaluation of your needs. The Spectacle owns a large collection of rare and antique eyewear. Stop by to see something unique.

Thank you for visiting the Spectacle. We look forward to serving you.


Where are we located?

Upstairs inside the Historic Trolley Square Mall for 30 years!

The Eyewear

The Spectacle proudly offers fine American, European and Japanese eyewear.

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The Custom Eyewear

We can cut lenses to almost ANY shape! Bring a drawing. We can work out a design together.

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The Vintage Eyewear

The Spectacle has a large selection of Vintage Eyewear for sale.

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