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FRITZ & HAWLEY GUILD OPTICIANS OF HAMDEN, CONNECTICUT

Our history runs deep.

Fritz & Hawley has been serving the New Haven, CT area for over 100 years. What was once the first optical shop in Connecticut was purchased by Gustave Fritz and George Hawley in 1900, becoming The Fritz & Hawley Company. From there, history was made.

A remodel resulting from a 1920s fire made Fritz & Hawley the first air conditioned retail store in the state of Connecticut in 1934. When Gustave Fritz passed away just a year later in 1935, George Hawley took the reigns and kept their business going for nearly 10 years, when Russell B. Fritz Sr. re-joined the business.

Over the next 30 years, the company went on to open four additional locations across the southern portion of the state. With stores in New Haven, Hamden, Milford, Branford and Stratford, business was booming!

From 1985 until 2018, the legacy of the Fritz & Hawley Company continued through the working hands of Russell B. Fritz Jr. at their last remaining store in Hamden, CT. Today, Emmanuel “Manny” Colón is the proud owner of the optical shop and has been carrying out the legacy of Fritz & Hawley, providing quality care and services to the Hamden, CT and greater New Haven area.

Visit us today at our 2313 Whitney Avenue location for all your eye care needs.

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1855

Paul Roessler, an optician, opens what’s believed to be the first optical shop in Connecticut, as well as the first between NYC & Boston, located at 816 Chapel Street in New Haven (The Phoenix Building).

1900

Gustave G. Fritz and George S. Hawley purchase the optical shop from Roessler and establish The Fritz & Hawley Company.

1920

The Phoenix Building catches fire,

1934

A remodel due to the fire causes Fritz & Hawley to became the first air conditioned retail store in the state.

1935

Gustave G. Fritz passes away, leaving George S. Hawley as the sole owner of the optical shop.

1945

Russell B. Fritz Sr. joins back into the business.

1950
Fritz & Hawley opens their second location in Hamden, Connecticut at 2341 Whitney Avenue.
1966

Fritz & Hawley becomes what is believed to be the first ‘Vision Center’ in New England.

1969

A third store is opened at 113 River Street in Milford, CT.

1970

The original optical shop moves down the road to 176 Temple Street in New Haven.

1975 & 1976

Fritz & Hawley open their fourth and fifth stores in Branford and Stratford, respectively.

1985 - 2018

The legacy of the Fritz & Hawley Company continues through the working hands of Russell B. Fritz Jr. at their last remaining store in Hamden, CT.

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OUR MISSION

TO SATISFY EVERY PATIENT

We pride ourselves on patient satisfaction. Whether it be contacts or glasses, Fritz & Hawley has a wide variety of options, services, and continued care that the whole family can enjoy.

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OPTOMETRIST HOURS

Monday through Friday 8:00AM – 5:30PM
Saturday 8:00AM – 12:00PM

Routine Eye Exams – Contact Lens Exams
Medical/Emergency Visits

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BUSINESS HOURS

Monday through Friday 8:00AM – 5:30PM
Saturday 8:00AM – 12:00PM

Should you need to make an appointment outside of our normal business hours, please ask and we will gladly accommodate your needs.

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OPTICIAN HOURS

Monday through Friday 8:00AM – 5:30PM
Saturday 8:00AM – 12:00PM

Eyewear Purchases – Repairs – Contact Lens Orders

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