Established in 1997, The Spectacle Shop is an independent opticians in Barnsley, with a team of staff focused on using the best available products from around the world and a commitment to provide exceptional customer service consistently. We are committed to using brands where we can be sure of fantastic customer service from our suppliers – there is no place for second best quality or service.
Philip Potter, dispensing optician , qualified in 1996 from Bradford college and started the practice in 1997. “I enjoy dealing with the best products in the world because, once you know how good things can be, it becomes very hard to compromise. I am very passionate about the quality and design of good glasses. I have travelled to all the major trade fairs around Europe to look for new innovative products, and sometimes do get a bit disheartened by the growth of huge corporations where passion is replaced by the bottom line, with less consideration for the end user. Married with three daughters, I enjoy walking and a good country Pub!”.
Daniel Metcalfe (Dan the Man) joined the team as a trainee technician in 2011 . Since stopped most of the in house manufacturing at the opticians in Barnsley, Dan is starting college in September 2015, training in dispensing. He is proving to be remarkable at consuming knowledge of products and has already built up a trusted following of customers who trust and respect his advice and growing knowledge of optics. Dan has a thirst for knowledge and will frequently tell the rest of the team, and the loyal customers things that they didn’t know that he has researched! Without doubt, the man to talk to about Maui Jim. Before joining us Dan worked at Auto Windscreens where he won apprentice of the year and his commitment to excellence and continued learning has allowed him to make the transition into a new industry very successfully.
Rick joined the team in February of this year as an optical assistant following in the footsteps of his brother Matt who trained under Phil as a dispensing optician. He is enthusiastic and passionate about customer service and the quality of products that are offered in store. Rick joins from an advertising background and is also enjoying developing the internet presence for The Spectacle Shop.