Leon Butler opened Brookside Optical in 1989. He realized there was a void in the Kansas City market for unique custom and designer eyewear. Leon became known throughout the area for fitting hard to fit people, especially people with difficult prescriptions. He found lens and frame manufacturers that make products specifically for the strong prescriptions, and above all else unique eye. When the store was first opened it had none of the out of the box style that is in the store today. It followed fashion trends and the only thing that set them apart from everyone else is Leon’s ability to fit hard to fit clients, and constantly challenging the status quo.
Why We're No Longer in Brookside
Realizing that some consumers were wanting eyewear that was unique and not anything like what mainstream was doing Leon decided to bring a unique out of the box style to the Kansas City market. In 2001 Leon decided to move out to Overland Park to bring his unique take on glasses out south. In 2009 he decided to open a second location in Prairie Village for his loyal customers that continued to stay with him and bring Brooksides out of the box style back to the area.
The brookside Lab
Our lab will custom make your glasses with the personal touches previously not available for the average person. Each pair of glasses is hand crafted to only the finest specifications. We pride ourselves on having one of the most state of the art labs with the latest technologically advanced equipment in the world. Any order can be customized to add your own personal touch. With the luxury of having an on-site lab we are able to do many hard to fill jobs and customizations that every other optical shop will turn away.