When Dr. Greg Ossip and Dr. Colleen Brown first drove by the old Irvington muffler shop off of Washington St. and Ritter set to become the new branch of Ossip Optometry Brown was to manage, she was skeptical.
“The building was an absolute disaster when I first saw it, but Dr. Ossip just has an eye for this kind of thing.” Brown said.
Sure enough, the Irvington branch of Ossip – an optometrist and high-end eyeglass merchant originating out of a house in Broad Ripple in 1952 – opened in 2011 to the immense popularity the company usually enjoys. Making their first million in just a few short years.
“We tend to attract up-and-coming, progressive-minded people, there are a good amount of those in Irvington.” Brown said.
Selling brands from Ray Ban to Converse, Ossip prides itself on being a leader in eyeglass style and provision of the latest optometric technology and procedures. The wood-paneled store designs with their glass display cases full of eyeglass arrangements and relaxed lighting create an air of calm and sophistication.
Dr. Brown herself boasts a dense background in the field of optometry. A lifelong resident of the Irvington neighborhood, Brown’s father owned an optometry practice in the area called Fox Optical. She worked there as a child until it was bought out by Ossip.
Brown is still an active member in the community, her and the rest of the store’s staff participate in local events like Irvington Halloween fest. Much of the staff lives in town as well.
“I’ve been doing this my whole life and just love it here,” Brown says. “At the rate it is growing, Irvington could easily be the next broad ripple.”
The store has recently hired a third optometrist in preparation for their expanding customer base. It is open from 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM on weekdays.