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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Are you Smart Enough!!!!

Below is a riddle. The first person that can come into any of our stores with the correct answer will get a $200.00 gift certificate good towards a new pair of prescription eyewear.


Pronounced as one letter but written with three, only two different letters are used to make me. I'm double, I'm single I'm black, blue, and gray. I'm read from both ends and the same either way!!!!!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Bevel Trunk Show was a Huge Success!!!!!!!!!!

We would like to thank everyone for coming in and seeing the Bevel collection on Saturday. It was a great time and a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!

We would also like to thank Durable Darrell (Bevel's Celebrity Stylist) for coming in. It was really exciting. The frames from Bevel are abosultely stunning and if you were not able to make it in on Saturday come on in anytime to view the collection. Erkes's is the exclusive retailer of Bevel in Saint Louis. Come see what everyone is talking about. Find Erkers online at

Friday, March 26, 2010

Erkers Fun Fact!!!!!!!!!

Erker's Eyewear opened for business in 1879, can you Name all the Presidents of the United States that have been in office since Erkers has been open for business????
GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hint the pictures of all these fine men are shown below........

The Answer is......................................


They are listed from right to Left.

1. Rutherford B. Hayes President from March 4, 1877 - March 4 1881
2. James A. Garfied President from March 4, 1881 - Sept. 1 1881
3. Charles A. Arthur President from Sept 19 1881 - March 4 1885
4. Grover Cleveland President from March 4, 1885 - March 4 1889
5. Benjamin Harrison President from March 4, 1889 - March 4 1893
6. Grover Cleveland President from March 4, 1893 - March 4 1897
7. William McKinley President from March 4, 1897 - Sept 14 1901
8. Theodore Roosevelt President from Sept. 14,1901 - March 4 1909
9. William Howard Taft President from March 4, 1909 - March 4 1913
10.Woodrow Wilson President from March 4, 1913 - March 4 1921
11.Warren G. Harding President from March 4, 1921 - Aug. 2 1923
12.Calvin Coolidge President from Aug. 2, 1923 - March 4 1929
13.Herbert Hoover President from March 4, 1929 - March 4 1933
14.Franklin D. Roosevelt President from March 4, 1933 - Apr. 12 1945
15.Harry S. Truman President from Apr. 12, 1945 - Jan. 20 1953
16.Dwight D Eisenhower President from Jan. 20, 1953 - Jan. 20 1961
17.John F. Kennedy President from Jan. 20, 1961 - Nov. 22 1963
18.Lyndon B. Johnson President from Nov. 22, 1963 - Jan. 20 1969
19.Richard Nixon President from Jan. 20, 1969 - Aug. 9 1974
20.Gerald Ford President from Aug. 9, 1974 - Jan. 20 1977
21.Jimmy Carter President from Jan. 20, 1977 - Jan 20 1981
22.Ronald Reagan President from Jan. 20, 1981 - Jan. 20 1989
23.George H.W. Bush President from Jan. 20, 1989 - Jan. 20 1993
24.Bill Clinton President from Jan. 20, 1993 - Jan. 20 2001
25.George W. Bush President from Jan 20, 2001- Jan. 20 2009
26.Barack Obama President from Jan, 20 2009- Incumbent

There were only 18 previous presidents before Erker's was in business. That is pretty amazing. If you got this question right congratulations.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Italian Eye Exhibit At Grand Central Station in New York City!!!

At Grand Central Station in New York City was an exhibit on the history of eyeglasses from their invention in Italy to the latest trends.
Eye glasses were invented in 1204 invented by Salvino D'Armate is credited with inventing the first known wearable eyewear. Over the next 800 years eyewear has gone through many revolutionary changes. Styles have changed immensly and have become a staple in ever changing fashion world. Eyewear from the past 800 years is on display at the Italian Eye Exhibit in New York City at Grand Central Station.
Jack Erker, Tony Erker and Giovanni Vitaloni with Derapage from Italy were checking out the exhibit in New York.

From old real tortoise shell frames (now illegal to sell) to the most up to date eyewear that all the celebrities wear today were at the exhibit. Below is a picture of a pair of frames Elton John wore in the 1970's.

Check out the You Tube news post on the exhibit!!!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Bevel Trunk Show On Saturday!!!!!!!

If you have been putting off buying glasses well now it's time to pull the trigger. We are having a Bevel Trunk Show this saturday March 27th. Not only have we been the exclusive retailer of bevel in Saint Louis since the line started but we will be showing the entire collection of Bevel Eyewear at our Ladue Location. Not to mention we will be flying in Bevel's celebrity stylist Darrell Sell to join us for this huge event.

Bevel has consistently offered beautiful frames with amazing colors and we are excited to show them on Saturday. Erker's continues to offer the most beautiful and fashionable frames in Saint Louis. Small and large optical stores try and copy what we do at Erker's and a lot of them have come and gone. For 131 years Erker's continues to offer superior service and we carry elite european frames that use the best materials and are made of the highest quality that can not be found any where but at Erker's.
Stop in on Saturday and see what all the talk is about. When someone asks you where you got your glasses you can excitedly respond "ERKERS OF COURSE!!!!!!!!!!!"

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Vision Expo East NYC 2010

Erker's Back From the International Vision Expo in NYC. Bringing the best frames in the world back from New York come by Erker's and Check out the latest and most up to date eyewear the industry has to offer. For 131 years we have been looking for quality, workmanship, and great fashion to bring back to Saint Louis. Our customers continue to support us and we strive to offer them the best that Saint Louis has to offer.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy Saint Patrick's Day from Erker's

Just a few fun Facts about St. Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick was not Irish by birth; he was a Romano-Briton Christian missionary born in England

An estimated 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed on St. Patrick's Day 2010, according to a Guinness spokesman

Saint Patrick was known for banishing dangerous animals from Ireland, particularly snakes, according to legend

The color originally associated with St. Patrick was blue; green became associated during the 19th century

There are four places in the United States named Shamrock (West Virginia, Texas, Indiana, Oklahoma) and nine Dublin's (Dublin, California and Dublin, Ohio are most populous)

There are more Americans of Irish origin than there are Irish in Ireland (36 million Americans claimed Irish ancestry in 2008; population of Ireland was 4.4 million at the time)

Happy St. Patrick's Day From Erker's

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Wonder Why All The Frames At The Chain Stores Look The Same!!!!!!!!!!!!

Its time to be informed my friends!! If you have ever looked around at optical and think that all the frames look, and feel the same except they have a different logo slapped on them. Well you are not crazy because they are!!!! When you go into to most national chain stores they are owned by one company. This company is called Luxottica. They are the largest optical manufacturer in the world. They own over 5000 locations and sell their brands out of these locations. All of these locations essentially carry the same thing!!! Although the brands make look different the frames are the same quality. Luxottica pays lots of money to license a top brand name. They then take a frame they manufacture by the truck loads and use the brands to make it look like a different product. What they are really doing is using the same frame for many different brands. Do not be fooled!!

You can buy a Prada frame or Stereo flex (luxottica brand) they are the exact same frame except the Prade frame is $350.00 and the Stereo Flex is $100.00. Pretty amazing huh. So in optical you are truly paying for the name. You are not buying quality. Below is a break down of the names and the retail stores Luxottica owns.

They are slowly creating a monopoly in the eyewear business and the consumer hurts with lower quality frames and less design. Just remember before you shop look at other frames that are of true quality and design. Come feel the difference at Erkers in downtown Saint Louis or in Ladue. Find us online at Erker's has been in business for 131 years selling quality frames, there is a reason we do not offer 1 frame that is made by Luxottica in our stores.

Don't be fooled by a name slapped on a frame it does not necessarily mean quality!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Orgreen Handmade Danish Design

Orgreen, often seen as the bowsprit of the enormous clipper ship of eyewear - always a few meters ahead no matter what the course.

Taking inspiration from the american classic car era when glamour and functoinality played strong roles in design - with a 1950's Corvette as a particular favorite - Orgreen Optics presented exciting frames time and again.

Pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the optical world by taking colors to the next level. The world craves the colors of Orgreen and perhaps this is why Orgreen became as famous for their colors as they are for their design.

Orgreen works with 11 Factories in Japan and are responsible for everything from the basic raw material to the processes of cutting, bending , stamping, soldering, polishing, colouring, and of course the finishing of the frame.

Each process goes through many different processes before the Orgreen cuts the shape of the design. Quality is a cornerstone of the philosophy of Orgreen. They demand excellence in each step from initial design to final product. The essential criteria are, sriving towards zero defects and continuous quality improvement.

It doesn't get much better than Orgreen. Come feel the difference of this exciting eyewear at Erkers in Downtown Saint Louis or Erkers in Ladue. Fine us online at

Friday, March 12, 2010

Orgreen Eyewear at the Oscars!!!

Orgreen Debuting at the Oscars. Looking fantastic is Sam Worthington in a pair of Black Acetate and titanium Orgreen Glasses. Don't know who Sam Worthington is?? Put a little Blue Paint on him and send him off to a far away planet and maybe it will come back to you. Avatar is the highest grossing movie of all time and he played a leading role in it. Back on Earth he looks just as good while wearing his Orgreen frames.

Check out the entire collection at Erker's downtown Saint Louis or in Ladue.
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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Introudicing The Mad Scientist of Derapage Eyewear!!!!!!!!!!!

In Milan we found many exciting frames and talked with many companies. We always wonder how will eyewear evolve to the next level and what could be done that has never been done before and every year we are blown away. Another line we have taken on is Derapage Eyewear. This is a line we are so excited about we would have traveled to the moon to get it. If you don't know what a Derapage is, check out the link below.

That's right its a crazy yet controlled driving maneuver. Only the bold and the professional are willing to try it. Well some crazy Mad Scientist up in the mountains of Torino has taken the art and beauty of the racing world and interpreted it into a line of eyewear called Derapage. Using sleek lines, light weight materials and a patented mounting system Giovanni has created one of the most beautiful, sleek, and rock solid frame lines the world will be seeing in the near future!!! Shown in beautiful Brown, Black and Silver what more can you ask for, Well.... Giovanni is already thinking ahead, get ready for a splash of color and watch how this frame takes off. What an amazing and unique line of eyewear that offers something totally different in a sea of mass production. We found the diamond in the rough and the needle in the haystack!!! We are so excited to bring this to the US and can't wait for everyone to see it.
Check it out at Erker's in Saint Louis and get ready to be blown away.
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Just got back from Milan, Italy bringing the best Eyewear in the World available only at Erker's!!!!!!!!!!!

Jack, Tony and Jack III Erker just got back from Europe bringing back the latest and most fashionable eyewear the world has to offer.
Our latest stop was Milan, Italy. Milan is recognized as a world reknown fashion design capital. Milan is especially famous for its design houses and shops in the Piazza Duomo. The city has a rich cultural heritage and legacy, and has a unique cuisine. We experienced some of the most well dressed and fashionable people from all over the world doing business in Milan. We are excited to say that we found many great lines and we look forward to our customers coming to our stores and checking out what we found. Stop on it to Erkers and let one of our knowledgeable opticians show you the newest stuff in town. come to to find our locations and hours.