Getting to Know Your Vancouver Eyewear Specialist: 20 Questions for Morgan Hyde Nahanee

Anyone who’s set foot in the Spectacle Shoppe probably remembers being greeted with an authentic smile from eyewear specialist Morgan Hyde Nahanee. Her charismatic, friendly personality and dedication to exceptional customer service are some of the reasons her clients consider the Spectacle Shoppe to be the best glasses store in Vancouver (the gorgeous frames don’t hurt either). To help you get to know Morgan a little better, we decided to play a game of 20 questions.

Vancouver Eyewear Specialist

1. What’s one of your best childhood memories?

My early years were spent in the West End so I have fond memories of walking around Denman and Davie as well as going to the petting zoo and playground in Stanley Park.

2. Why did you decide to become a Vancouver eyewear specialist?

I was doing some clerical work for Leo here at The Spectacle Shoppe. He suggested I would make a great optician and let me work in the store with him for a couple of months. It didn’t take long for me to realise that it was a good fit: a little nerdy - lab work and optics –, a lot of contact with new folks (I thrive on interacting with others), a little fashion interaction, and tons of room for growth and change!

3. If you had to describe yourself in five words, what would they be?

Kind, generous, fun, silly and honest.

4. What three things would you do if you were the mayor of Vancouver?

Oh man, there’s a job I don’t envy! It’s so full of hard choices! I would love to see the city have more public restrooms, some kind of additional commuter systems for those of us who commute and clog the city with traffic, and something to help support young families so it would be easier for us to afford living in Vancouver.

5. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Super speed. Man, that would be great for so many things! I could tidy at super speed and I could rush to work when needed. It works so well for the Flash, I think I could handle it.

6. What’s the best part about coming into work at the Spectacle Shoppe every day?

I love working in a small store where I know our clients. I pride myself on my ability to remember faces, names and stories about clients. It’s great being able to catch up with folks I haven’t seen in a year or two. It often feels like my second home where I have nice visits with friends new and old.

7. What’s your favourite holiday and why?

I’m not a big holiday person, honestly. I love spending time with my family so I always enjoy that part and we love to snowshoe so that’s another great aspect of the winter holidays.

8. Who would play you in a movie about your life?

Oh man, I have no idea! Kate Winslet maybe? Lol

9. What accomplishment are you most proud of?

I weave in my off hours and learning to weave has been a huge accomplishment. It’s a craft that I loved as a kid and as I grew up, I kind of let go of thinking it would be too hard to learn. I love making beautiful, functional objects so each project is something I’m proud of but learning how to weave on a floor loom is an accomplishment I’m most certainly proud of.

10. If you had to wear one pair of glasses for the rest of your life what style and color would you choose?

Nooo never! I couldn’t! It’s impossible! I don’t own a million pairs or switch them up all the time but styles change, what I think looks good on me changes or my face changes as I gain or lose weight. I absolutely can’t imagine one pair for life! Lol

11. What was the first concert you ever went to?

Fred Penner I think. Or the Vancouver Folk Festival. My parents were huge music people so I got to go to a lot of concerts as a kid. My first teenage concert was Ani DiFranco if I remember correctly.

12. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go?

I’d say Europe. I really want to go to Croatia after seeing pictures from a few people this summer! It looks and sounds amazing. I have only been to Europe once (Austria for a friend’s wedding) so I would love to see more of it.

13. What’s the best piece of advice you can give to people who wear glasses?

Embrace it. Glasses can be super fun and a great accessory.

14. Did you have a nickname growing up?


15. What would your ideal weekend consist of?

Sleeping in and then doing some kind of activity with my family.

16. What’s your favourite thing to do with your kids?

They’re pretty easy to have fun with so almost anything but I love watching them play at the beach.

17. If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why?

Louis Riel. As a Métis woman, I think meeting him would be pretty eye opening and super interesting.

18. What do you think sets you apart as an eyewear specialist?

My ability to know our clients. I love the relationships I have with them. I think there is something really special about walking into the store and being greeted by name or at least recognized and remembered. I think it helps my clients know that they’re important but that I’m genuinely interested in them looking and feeling their best.

19. What’s the last gift you received?

My husband bought me some warm, comfortable workout gear from Lolë around Boxing Day, which was a really lovely and thoughtful surprise.

20. Is there anything your customers would be surprised to learn about you?

Probably lots! But maybe they’d be most surprised to hear that I generally think of myself as shy. I’m so comfortable in the store that I don’t see folks coming in as strangers but if I met them in another setting (like a big gathering), I’d likely seem very different and shy.

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Morgan Nahanee
Morgan Nahanee


Morgan is The Spectacle Shoppe’s Lead Technician and Customer Relations Specialist as well as a Principle of Spectacle Shoppe. She is a licensed contact lens fitter and dispensing optician and has been working for The Spectacle Shoppe since 2006. She graduated from Douglas College’s two year Dispensing Optician and Contact Lens Fitting Program in 2008. From contact lens fitting to eyeglass repairs and adjustments Morgan is eager to help you with any optical needs. Connect with Morgan Nahanee on Google+