Mindy Bryant and her husband own Edge Optics in Fort Collins. Edge Optics is a hip, local Eye Care Clinic in Fort Collins! They are located right across from CSU campus, and near Old Town on College and Laurel. Edge Optics unique eye care practice offers handpicked eyeglasses, awesome sunglasses, and sport-specific eyewear for any activity. They also love catering to kids! Edge Optics has the coolest kids’ area in Fort Collins with games, books and movies! Mindy is a CSU ram and loves Fort Collins!
Fun Fact: Mindy has over 10 pairs of sunglasses so that every outfit can be perfectly paired with glamorous shades.
Describe yourself in three words:
Tenacious, goofy, dynamic
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Public Relations Director, Novelist, Event Planner, National Geographic Photographer (Ok, that might be a long-shot)
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
-Maintain a positive, happy, productive staff through bonding and consistency.
-Implement staff exercise breaks and positive reinforcement bonuses, as well as fine tune our training process.
-Update the 2017 marketing budget
-Give away at least 5 pairs of complete glasses and eye exams through Edge Optics Scholarship Program
-Revamp website and ecommerce site
-Reach at least 20 more local businesses with our free vision benefit package
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Keeping my marriage and two children alive as long as I have!! No, really though...it's been freaking hard and a small miracle. Ha! I guess my more polished response would be having the ability to give back to local organizations in imaginative ways. It is rewarding and so fun! I love thinking outside of the box and making a difference.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
I try really hard to block off time for exercise, fun, and family bonding. My husband and I have a date night almost EVERY SINGLE WEEK!! Even when we were broke, I made sure to follow-through with it. It has enriched and saved our relationship. I make sure to put down my phone when I'm with my family. I play hard with our kids! We go outside as much as possible which really helps balance life. I also only work part-time at Edge Optics. When I'm there or working, I make sure to put 110% into it so that I can leave feeling proud and accomplished. Then when I'm at home I put 110% into my family and maintaining the home.
What websites do you visit every day?
Including apps? Facebook, Instagram, Entrepreneur Magazine, BBC, Evernote....I'm sure there's more....
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
1. Biking everywhere, especially for family outings and date nights. 2. My husband and I love food so we enjoy progressive dinners together.....apps at Jax, Dinner at Fish, Dessert at Ace Gillett's, etc. 3. We spend a lot of time hiking and walking the trails.
What is your goal for retirement?
To be healthy, happy, well-traveled and full of life and adventure! I hope to be that crazy old lady that's buying art in France after skydiving in the Swiss Alps, and always with a glass of champagne in my hand...
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
Make sure you are very passionate about your company or product, AND your values before you begin. Hone in on your purpose for your particular endeavor and stick to that. People can sense authenticity. Being honest and real will be the difference. Don't take yourself too seriously, though. Make a plan and JUMP IN with two feet! If you fail, who cares. Life is about taking risks.
Any final comments?
I LOVE meeting new people, connecting to women, and feeling a sense of sisterhood in my community. Collectively, women are a badass powerhouse!! We need to stick together!
Come visit Mindy and get some quality eye care for you and your family!
Edge Optics Eye Exams and Unique Eyewear
706 S. College Avenue Suite 101
Fort Collins, CO 80524
HOURS OF OPERATIONS:
Monday-Friday: 9-6 pm
Saturday: 10-3 pm
Hi! I am Lisa Downer, married mother of 3 girls and a 20+ year resident of NOCO! I was introduced to HITC in January 2018 and fell in love with the concept of not only networking with local women in business but promoting/sharing them and what they do!
We have such a unique mission and it is right inline with my personal business passions! Come be a part of our amazing group of supportive women and learn how to build your Tribe right here in your own market! with me!