How did Uptown Eye Care get it’s name?
When I was looking at colleges back in 1979 I had my sights set on the University of Minnesota. After growing up on a farm, I wanted to be right in the middle of the Twin Cities. I wanted to live in a high rise and have an afghan dog. So much for the dog, but I did live in Middlebrook dorm for my first 2 years at the U of M. The dorm had 12 floors and that was high-rise enough for me.
Eventually some friends were moving out so I joined them, living in Dinkytown, Minneapolis for a year. That was a fun area but eventually I moved on again, this time to 24th and Harriet, right near Uptown, Minneapolis. It was so different from the Dinkytown area. There were artists, unique shops, the lakes as well as orange and purple haired students… I certainly wasn’t on the farm anymore. We enjoyed the live music at Famous Dave’s, the calamari at Filio’s restaurant and the martini’s at Chino Latino’s. To me, Uptown seemed like such a unique gem of an area right in the middle of Minneapolis.
From Uptown Minneapolis to Monticello Minnesota
Fast forward a decade to when I started my own eye care practice. I wanted to have an upscale optical center, something just a little different in our rural town of Monticello. I wanted to bring that “Uptown” feel to our small town Minnesota.
In fact, when we were doing the faux painting on our optometrist office’s brick walls, I told the painters to go down to Famous Dave’s in Uptown, Minneapolis, look at the walls, then come back here and repeat it at Uptown Eye Care. They did, and it turned out beautifully!
So the real reason I named our practice “Uptown Eye Care” is to remember how distinctly different the Uptown Minneapolis area was to me back then, and how it stood out as being above and beyond the normal city atmosphere. That ambiance is what we are trying to re-create here at Uptown Eye Care. We hope you get a sense of that when you enter our Monticello, MN eye care office.
(view a virtual tour of Uptown Eye Care’s Uptown Mpls-like office environment)
Uptown Eye Care is located at 560 Cedar Street, Monticello, MN 55362. Monticello is a city in Wright County, Minnesota, near Big Lake, Becker and Buffalo Minnesota. Uptown Eye Care is about 40 minutes north of downtown Minneapolis, MN.