About Off the Wall

Eyewear Emporium

This Is How Our Story Began

 A vintage velvet couch rests between wooden shelves of eyeglasses at Off The Wall Eyewear Emporium. Local art and sunglass holders with moustaches decorate the walls. The shop on Elmwood Drive opened in November 2017 with some quirky not-so-common eyewear products.

 

“They say that people want to be in the same group as everybody else. Everybody wants to conform. I’m like, ‘nah! That’s not true.’ There’s always a little bit of something in everybody who likes to bend the rule just a little, so I’m bringing in that option,”  owner Steve Charlebois.

The Ottawa native’s romance with eyewear started with a strange incident 25 years ago. Charlebois and his friend had walked into an eyewear store in Ottawa. Seeing his long hair and clothing, the owners thought he was planning to steal something. But a friendship developed instead.

“One day, the one guy just said, you should do this. Because I started helping out at their store, just for fun. I didn’t even get paid,” he said.

Charlebois listened. He went to optician school at Georgian College in Barrie, Ont. and worked at a lens crafter owned by Italian eyewear giant Luxottica. That brought him to the east coast, where the company closed its operations during the 2008 financial crisis.

Eventually, Charlebois and his wife ended-up in Moncton. He had found work as an instructor for Oulton College’s optician program, which he helped launch by writing the curriculum. But after a few years, Charlebois decided it was time for a change.

“I thought about going back to school and changing careers entirely, and I was like, no. I’ve planned [the shop] for 10 years,” he said.

On their 3rd year, they have opened a second store at 1633 Mountain Road in Moncton.  This store is likely the BIGGEST optical store in the maritimes.  With a full lab, two optical lanes and full office for eye doctors, plus a massive selection of Canadian and European designer glasses, this store is unique with an amazing vibe.

On their 5th year, Fredericton location opened with a bang in a very busy plaza on Prospect Street. This store is similar to the Moncton location.  Open concept, warm vibe, local art on the walls and many great unique frames. 

Off The Wall Eyewear Emporium carries retro eyeglasses by Shuron, as well as brands like Zeal, Coco & Breezy, Ronit-Furst, TopLook, MODO, Spectacle Eyewerks, Fatal, Maui Jim, Dandy's, Rogers, Hemp Eyewear, EnChroma, and 3D Printed L-oL. The shop also sells contact lenses, sunglasses, motorcycle goggles, swimming goggles, safety glasses and provides repair, lens cutting, and lens fitting services.

This is steve and jen owners of off the wall eyewear emporium in new brunswick they love eyewear and unique not so common frames that are designed by canadians they help people see and love what they do small business that is local and family owned

Meet Our Team

this is steve charlebois optician owner of owee he has been doing this since he was in his teens loves living in the east coast of canada wiz at optical repairs and cutting lenses big time dog lover wears lots of glasses brands with progressive lenses

Steve

Owner & Optician, Contact Lens  Fitter, Repair Guy

Steve Charlebois Brings ‘Quirky, Funky Stuff’ to Moncton’s Eyewear Market..
“This is what I love. I love glasses. I love helping people”

this is jen owner of off the wall eyes does all the marketing social media print does all the accounting and buying brands researches designers loves to travel visionary making owee a destination creative glasses loves to wear handmade glasses that are one of a kind

Jen

Behind the Scenes

See those funny ads and video's?

All those great contests? Weird window displays? This is the gal that puts it all together

ween dogs are at the store off the wall eyewear finnegan violet and olive dauchunds that loves to come to owee they help you pick out eyeglasses moncton as well as some very funky specs moncton they love to be talked to and pet long haird dogs sometimes they try on the specs in moncton off the wall eyewear

Finnegan, Violet & Olive

Store Mascots

Often found on the vintage velvet couch or nibbling at your legs when you walk in. Our store mascots provides licks and cuddles while you shop. Long-hair wiener dogs.

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Maddi

Optician & Contact Lens Fitter

Maddi has been licensed for many years and comes with great experience. She is the opposite of Steve and more chill like Jen, BUT is seriously more organized then both combined. She gives a nice balance to all of us at OWEE.

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Jessica

Optician & Contact Lens Fitter

Jessica is the cherry on top that compliments OWEE's vibe. Super Smart. Super Chill. A carbon copy of Steve minus the craziness. PLUS, she has a wiener dog named Mabel

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Lynn

Extraordinaire Stylist

A well-known NB stylist of Dowd Street Studio and Leroy Brown plus an avid fan of OWEE, we just knew she would be a perfect fit. She is the fire under ALL our butts and is amazing with helping customers.

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Beth

Lab Manager

Over 20 years in the optical lab; we are lucky to have her on our team.  You will find Beth in the lab cutting lenses, tinting glasses and doing repairs.

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Karley

 Optician & Contact Lens Fitter

 A lover of cars, straight-up honest and an eager desire to learn; you will find her smiling and ready to assist. 

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Gail

Extraordinaire Stylist

A true extrovert with a passion for fashion, Gail has a flair for finding the right frames for our clients. A lifelong animal lover, she currently has two rescue dogs and breeds Bengal cats.

this is steve charlebois optician owner of owee he has been doing this since he was in his teens loves living in the east coast of canada wiz at optical repairs and cutting lenses big time dog lover wears lots of glasses brands with progressive lenses

Steve

Owner & Optician, Contact Lens  Fitter, Repair Guy

Steve Charlebois Brings ‘Quirky, Funky Stuff’ to Moncton’s Eyewear Market..
“This is what I love. I love glasses. I love helping people”

this is jen owner of off the wall eyes does all the marketing social media print does all the accounting and buying brands researches designers loves to travel visionary making owee a destination creative glasses loves to wear handmade glasses that are one of a kind

Jen

Behind the Scenes

See those funny ads and video's?

All those great contests? Weird window displays? This is the gal that puts it all together

ween dogs are at the store off the wall eyewear finnegan violet and olive dauchunds that loves to come to owee they help you pick out eyeglasses moncton as well as some very funky specs moncton they love to be talked to and pet long haird dogs sometimes they try on the specs in moncton off the wall eyewear

Finnegan, Violet & Olive

Store Mascots

Often found on the vintage velvet couch or nibbling at your legs when you walk in. Our store mascots provides licks and cuddles while you shop. Long-hair wiener dogs.

maddi.jpg

Maddi

Optician & Contact Lens Fitter

Maddi has been licensed for many years and comes with great experience. She is the opposite of Steve and more chill like Jen, BUT is seriously more organized then both combined. She gives a nice balance to all of us at OWEE.

121127196_748846619041111_34949333961330

Jessica

Optician & Contact Lens Fitter

Jessica is the cherry on top that compliments OWEE's vibe. Super Smart. Super Chill. A carbon copy of Steve minus the craziness. PLUS, she has a wiener dog named Mabel

290590625_488357582972796_8563703050742645299_n.jpg

Beth

Extraordinaire Stylist

Lab Manager

A well-known NB stylist of Dowd Street Studio and Leroy Brown plus an avid fan of OWEE, we just knew she would be a perfect fit. She is the fire under ALL our butts and is amazing with helping customers.

karley.jpg

Karley

 Optician & Contact Lens Fitter

 A lover of cars, straight-up honest and an eager desire to learn; you will find her smiling and ready to assist. 

301093450_4956600054444693_652915796949386478_n (1).jpg

Gail

Extraordinaire Stylist

A true extrovert with a passion for fashion, Gail has a flair for finding the right frames for our clients. A lifelong animal lover, she currently has two rescue dogs and breeds Bengal cats.

this is steve charlebois optician owner of owee he has been doing this since he was in his teens loves living in the east coast of canada wiz at optical repairs and cutting lenses big time dog lover wears lots of glasses brands with progressive lenses

Steve "That Guy"

Owner & Optician, Contact Lens  Fitter, Repair Guy

Steve Charlebois Brings ‘Quirky, Funky Stuff’ to Moncton’s Eyewear Market..
“This is what I love. I love glasses. I love helping people”

this is jen owner of off the wall eyes does all the marketing social media print does all the accounting and buying brands researches designers loves to travel visionary making owee a destination creative glasses loves to wear handmade glasses that are one of a kind

Jen "The Hammer"

Behind the Scenes

See those funny ads and video's?

All those great contests? Weird window displays? This is the gal that puts it all together

ween dogs are at the store off the wall eyewear finnegan violet and olive dauchunds that loves to come to owee they help you pick out eyeglasses moncton as well as some very funky specs moncton they love to be talked to and pet long haird dogs sometimes they try on the specs in moncton off the wall eyewear

Finnegan, Violet & Olive

Store Mascots

Often found on the vintage velvet couch or nibbling at your legs when you walk in. Our store mascots provides licks and cuddles while you shop. Long-hair wiener dogs.

maddi.jpg

Maddi

Optician & Contact Lens Fitter

Maddi has been licensed for many years and comes with great experience. She is the opposite of Steve and more chill like Jen, BUT is seriously more organized then both combined. She gives a nice balance to all of us at OWEE.

69689927_10162421418865501_1347042709147

Lynn

Extraordinaire Stylist

A well-known NB stylist of Dowd Street Studio and Leroy Brown plus an avid fan of OWEE, we just knew she would be a perfect fit. She is the fire under ALL our butts and is amazing with helping customers.

301093450_4956600054444693_652915796949386478_n (1).jpg

Gail

Extraordinaire Stylist

A true extrovert with a passion for fashion, Gail has a flair for finding the right frames for our clients. A lifelong animal lover, she currently has two rescue dogs and breeds Bengal cats.

121127196_748846619041111_34949333961330

Jessica

Optician & Contact Lens Fitter

Jessica is the cherry on top that compliments OWEE's vibe. Super Smart. Super Chill. A carbon copy of Steve minus the craziness. PLUS, she has a wiener dog named Mabel

290590625_488357582972796_8563703050742645299_n.jpg

Beth

Lab Manager

Over 20 years in the optical lab; we are lucky to have her on our team.  You will find Beth in the lab cutting lenses, tinting glasses and doing repairs.

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Haily

Optician & Contact Lens Fitter

Haily joined our family because our ethical values align with her own (and we are awesome, duh). She is brutally honest and genuinely cares about improving your eyesight. She will help by recommending a product best suited to your visual needs, while assisting you to select eyewear that exemplifies your personality. Haily is a bit of a nerd- who are we kidding - huge nerd, a pitbull mama, and outdoor enthusiast. Drop by and say hello at our Freddy location. She is always happy to help.