About Us

Founded in April 2019, SOMA OPTICAL is an independently-owned shop in the heart of Boston's "South End" neighborhood. The SOMA "team" is married couple Christos and Alissa Karabelas and their friend and fellow optician, James Schlepper. 

At our physical location, we offer an extensive collection of rare, obscure, and handmade eyeglasses from around the world. Every brand we carry has a story, and it is our honor and privilege to tell that story to our patients. Basically, we are a small group of passionate eyeglass nerds that truly enjoy time spent helping somebody find that perfect pair of glasses.

We built this online shop during the COVID-19 epidemic in an effort to adapt. It is the goal of our online shop to be a reflection of our physical store and have them both continue to evolve together.

It is important that all of the business that we do is ethical and fair, and that the luxury of our products translates into the luxury of your shopping experience with us. It is our pleasure to make sure everybody is 100% satisfied with their level of customer service. We are reachable, present, and always happy to help in any way we can. 

Please feel free to visit our retail location's website if you want to see more about what's going on at our shop and follow us on Instagram / Facebook to stay up to date with more of the day-to-day stuff. 

Thank you for coming to our online shop, and please feel free to contact us with any questions, or special requests!


- Christos, Alissa, and James