Eye care center opens at Maple Tree Place (9/3/09)

Sept. 3, 2009

By Tim Simard

Observer staff

Maple Tree Place’s newest business opened this week with an eye on helping the community see a little better.

Williston Vision Repair brings together two longstanding optometrists from the Champlain Valley under one roof.

“Part of our vision is to be a community-embedded service for eye care for Williston and beyond,” said Dr. Nick Marconi, co-owner of the new center.

Tuesday, Williston Vision Repair’s opening day, was booked solid with patients, Marconi said. The office was still being laid out and set up, and Marconi said most of the center’s displays and equipment would be fully installed within a few days. Creating a startup business isn’t easy, he said, but he’s excited about the office’s location and future.

Marconi’s business partner is Dr. Michael Taub, who has worked for the past 15 years at Costco Optical in the Costco Warehouse in Colchester. Marconi worked for the past 11 years at Sears Optical at the University Mall in South Burlington. Both have been practicing since the 1980s, he said.

Combined, Marconi and Taub have nearly 50 years of optometry experience. And after years practicing in Vermont, they have close to 2,000 patients between them, Marconi estimated.

“We’ve been around a long time,” Marconi said, laughing.

Recently, the two eye doctors decided to branch out from working under corporate entities.

“We wanted to become independent because we wanted to offer more services and become more flexible than we were allowed to before,” Marconi said.

In addition to the two owners, Williston Vision Repair currently has three employees. Marconi said the company will offer full eye exams, evaluations, subscriptions and advanced diagnostic testing. Patients can also be fitted with new eyewear. In the future, Marconi said the company hopes to add more services, such as eye therapy.

“We definitely will be expanding our offerings in insurance,” Marconi said.

At their prior businesses, Marconi and Taub were unable to accept some of the numerous vision insurance policies. Now they’ll be adding the nationwide Vision Service Plan.

Marconi said business hours were still being determined, but he and Taub plan on being open Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. He said those times may change in the future.

Williston Vision Repair is located at 166 Sycamore St., Suite 150 in Maple Tree Place. For more information, contact Williston Vision Repair at 872-7447.