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LAist Goes Shopping/Interview: 'Society of the Spectacle' in Highland Park

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Throughout Los Angeles, small businesses play a integral role in the daily life of each neighborhood. When LAist stumbled upon the gorgeous 20s bungalow that houses the Society of the Spectacle eyewear boutique in Highland Park/Eagle Rock, we fell in love. It's a place where locals love to hang out—plus due to the shop's stellar ratings on Yelp and other sites, those living farther away often make a special trip just to shop there.

Sisters Amy and Katie O'Connell have turned the eyewear selection process into a fabulous experience. Whether it's the ghost-like picture of Slash staring at you from behind the window shade, or one of store's many quirky collections, there's much to see as you try on frames. LAist recently caught up with Katie O'Connell to learn about the history of the store, tips everyone should keep in mind when selecting new eyewear, and why Highland Park is such a fantastic and "mysteriously convenient" neighborhood.

LAist: When you were growing up, did you and your sister always want to open a store together?

Katie O'Connell: No. Believe it or not, this shop happened as a result of a dream my sister had. We live together and we worked at LA Eyeworks together, and one day she woke up and told me about this crazy dream. She doesn't ever talk about her dreams, but this one was really vivid. So the dream was the catalyst, and we decided we'd do it if we could find something affordable near our house here in Highland Park.