William Van Gastel returned to Victoria in June of 2001 after a brief respite in Ontario. Daring to discard the shackles of the Collar, Tie and lab Coat, he opened a small shop called "Goo Goo Goggles". From our humble beginnings, Goo Goo Goggles has grown into a place where glasses can trundle in a field of joy.
Come indulge, there’s always something new at Goo Goo Goggles.
If you’re looking for a unique pair of glasses, Goo Goo Goggles is the place for you. We carry many independent lines from France, Belgium, England and Japan that you won’t find anywhere else in Victoria. We carry many designers including Dita, Thome Browne, Booth & Bruce, Kirk Originals, Lindberg, Wonderglasses, Rapp, Theo and Anne et Valentin, and new names are always being added to the rosters.
Goo Goo Goggles also boasts an extensive collection of vintage frames that can be transformed into prescription glasses or sunglasses. Make sure you check the drawers of the vintage furniture for more frames, as not all of the treasures are on display.
If you’ve sat on your glasses, don’t worry. Bring them into Goo Goo Goggles and we will fix them up for you. If you hurt your bottom, too, you can even have a seat on the antique bum massager that’s in the shop! Goo Goo Goggles offers a full repair service with a quick turn-around time, and there’s no charge for tune-ups, which can be done on the spot.
We believe visiting Goo Goo Goggles should be a unique experience. Not only will you find new glasses, you may also discover a new musician, or even walk away with an amazing painting by a local artist. Goo Goo Goggles are huge supporters of the arts. Our shop is filled with paintings, sculptures and music by local Victoria area artists – and almost everything is for sale.
In the back of the shop, there is even a stage, a drum set, keyboards, guitars and other instruments for live shows and open-mic nights.