the Spectacle is a true Utah Local Family Owned and Operated business.

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 and with panache. Comfort that is enhanced by the fact that 2.5 Eyephorics eyewear can weigh as little as 2.5 grams, about half the weight of a nickel!

the Spectacle also carries fashion lines by Oliver Peoples, Roberto Cavalli and the distinctive Danish designs of Pro Design Eyewear, to name a few.

At the Spectacle you can be confident that you’ll get fashionable eyewear that fits and suits you, not the salesperson.


the People

John Cottam
Licensed Optician
Making eyeglasses since 1964


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.

As an adult, with decades behind the bench designing custom specs in his store on the Las Vegas Strip for the likes of Elvis, Elton John, Ann-Margret, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr., plus plenty more of us who have never stepped foot on a stage… John Cottam says that eyewear doesn’t have to be… well… ugly either.

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

Cottam’s attention to detail, Old World craftsmanship and inimitable style has beckoned not only the stars, but Hollywood itself. He designed the tricked-out optics for Ridley Scott’s techno-thriller Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford.

Even away from the glitter of Vegas, Hollywood still calls on Cottam. Again and again, the cast and crew of Touched by An Angel found their way to the Spectacle looking for custom props, eyewear and expertise available nowhere else.

And because Cottam is an honest-to-Pete optician, trained and certified in the art and science of personal optics, you can expect not only precise prescriptions, but a tailored fit.

A sign inside the Spectacle says it all. “Some people sing. Some people paint. I make eyeglasses. John Cottam, Optician”.


Travis Cottam
Certified Optician
Making eyeglasses since 1987

Travis began his optical career in Las Vegas at a well known “One Hour” optical chain store. He was quickly promoted to Lead Laboratory Technician while still in high school! Later, he took his optical skills to a large lab working as Assistant Manager, overseeing the manufacture of hundreds of lenses and eyeglasses every day. Looking for a change of pace from their busy life in Las Vegas, Travis & Nicole moved their family to Salt Lake City to join forces with Travis’s father, John, at the Spectacle in 2006.


Nicole Cottam
Making eyeglasses since 2006

Nicole continues the family tradition, delivering fine eyewear to northern Utah. She brings years of style and personal attention to the Spectacle with her past experience as an Interior Decorator. Her expert assistance in selecting “the perfect pair” has helped many of our great customers to select just the right pair of eyeglasses.


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