Chic Optique has been through multiple hurricanes and multiple recessions. But owners Julie Slater and Karen Carroll have kept it going through it all.

Both women, who have been in the optometry business since before Chic Optique, Carroll in New York and Slater in Davie, cite their passion for customer service and wanting to help people as a big part of who they are and why they’re successful.

“We believe in customer service. We are always there to try and lend a hand,” Slater said. A lot of it, they say, is listening to people and what they need.

They also believe in being a part of the community and contributing to it, including SunServe, Broward House and other local organizations.

When Carroll opened Chic Optique in 2002 and Slater became her business partner in 2003, the Shoppes of Wilton Manors, where they’re located, was having problems with crime and most of the storefronts were empty. Now, 15 years later, there are a couple empty storefronts, but, overall, the shopping center is in much better shape and Slater says Chic Optique is right where she and Carroll wanted it to be years ago.

“We’re a staple here. We are known in the gay community, at least nationally,” said Carroll, who said that being in the community is as much a passion as being in business.


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