Influenced by members of his family who were dedicated opticians themselves, Mark Dolabany’s involvement in the optical trade began at a very young age. In junior high school he began taking summer jobs, working at an optical store handling and repairing eyeglasses.
During a time when glasses were handmade – the old-fashioned way – repairing glasses was not as unusual as it is today. However, his appreciation for the design and production of this era resonated and remained with him throughout his career.
After high school Mark worked as an apprentice optician, learning the skillset, professionalism and loyalty that are traditionally seen in the industry throughout Massachusetts. Mark soon gained his Massachusetts license; and after practicing as an Optician for a several years, he got involved in wholesale and distribution by establishing Dolabany Eyewear. He is now the sole designer and producer of the company’s frame collections.
Over the years, Mark Dolabany has seen the industry go through many changes. From the take-over of large distribution companies in the retail sector to the proliferation of optical internet retailers, however, his beliefs and loyalty remain true to the independent optician and eye care provider, and to preserving the profession.
Dolabany Eyewear continues to sell their brands only through brick & mortar locations, not through “big-box” chain-stores or internet retailers.