Irwin Ave

Irwin Eve

Irwin is originally from Southern California. He attended UCSB and met Salli (the co-owner) there. He also did graduate work at the University of Tennesee and is proud to be a Volunteer. He worked as an audiologist for six years at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philidelphia. Irwin and Salli opened the first Occhiali in January 1988. He loves being back in Santa Barbara. When not at work, one will probably find Irwin golfing.

Salli Ave

Salli Eve

Salli is co-owner of Occhiali with her husband, Irwin. They met at UCSB and after living on the east coast for a few years, returned to Santa Barbara, opened Occhiali and have happily become a part of the community; making lifelong friends, and raising their two children. Salli is also the performing arts teacher at Anacapa School.

Yvonne Blanco

Yvonne Blanco

Yvonne is a native of Santa Barbara and has lived here with the exception of 15 months, when she attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She met Salli and Irwin in 1988 and 5 years later she was working at Occhiali. You can find her at the Santa Barbara store on most Thursdays. She loves to travel and looks forward to going back to Japan, Italy, and France, and to seeing new places.

Christina Redondo

Christina Redondo

Christina has worked for Occhiali since 1994. She lives in Camarillo with her husband Tim and part time with their daughters Arianna, who attends UNM and Renee who attends CSUCI. When not entertaining family and friends at home, Christina enjoys yoga, TRX, camping at the beach, and walking their corgi Keeley.

Pamela Martinez

Pamela Martinez

Pamela was born and raised in Santa Barbara, and now lives in Ventura. She has worked at Occhiali since October 1994. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her family and go on hikes. She has a blended family of 9 children and 5 grandchildren, and has celebrated 10 years of marriage to Vincent this past April 2014. She enjoys working with her sisters Terri and Lisa at the Montecito store.

Lisa Velasquez-Crabtree

Lisa Velasquez-Crabtree

Lisa and her husband, Thomas, live in Goleta. They enjoy the outdoors, especially camping at the beach. They have two grown children that have gone on to marry and bless Lisa and her husband with grandchildren. Lisa and Thomas love being grandparents! Lisa has worked at Occhiali since 1998, and enjoys working with her two sisters, Terry & Pamela.

Terri Dow

Terri Dow

Terri is the 3rd sister to work for Occhiali. She and her husband Doug were born and raised in Santa Barbara. They have raised two children and are now enjoying their first grandchild. Terri and her father are craft artists of Native American beadwork and basket weaving and they show their art at various art shows.

Erin Phelps

Erin Phelps

Erin has worked for Occhiali since 2002, but has been an optician since 1994, working for both eye doctors and high-end boutiques. She has been enjoying working on her new home in Oak View with her husband Rich. She also enjoys volunteering at the Ojai animal shelter, practicing yoga, and spoiling her Australian Shepard, Riley.

Loren Toscher

Loren Toscher

Loren has been with Occhiali since 2004 and began managing our downtown location in 2009. Loren grew up in Goleta and graduated from Dos Pueblos High, has a film degree from San Francisco State, and studied Speech and Hearing at Portland State. Loren returned to Santa Barbara to be part of the Occhiali family. In his off time you can probably find him out surfing Rincon with friends.

Samantha Eve

Samantha Eve

Samantha grew up in Santa Barbara and returned to the West Coast after receiving a BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In addition to working at Occhiali, she bakes and delivers cupcakes as the aproned force behind Violette Bakeshop and is the founder and artistic director of Out of the Box Theatre Company, a Santa Barbara community theatre company focused on contemporary musical theatre.

Robert Rowe

Robert Rowe

Robert is the son of fellow optician, Lisa. He is native Santa Barbara and married his high school sweetheart. They have a toddler son. In his spare time, he loves to bicycle around town and exercise. He is proud to be a licensed optician and part of the Occhiali family.

Lauren Doe

Lauren Dow

Lauren is born and raised in Goleta. She attended Dos Pueblos and UCSB. She has a 6 year old daughter, Lily, and 9 year old Boston terrier Bullet. She is soon to be married to Mike. Her spare time is dedicated to watching Lily play softball or soccer and spending time with the family. She loves working with her mom, Terri, aunts Pam and Lisa, and cousin Rob. Incidentally, Irwin and Lily are best buds!

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