Long Island Opticians is the realization of a dream. My father, Alfred E. Santini, was an optician. Born into and trained in an era where learning a skilled trade was equivalent to a 10-year school: Going from apprentice to journeyman to master optician.
When I told my Dad that I wanted to “go into the business”, at first he discouraged me.
Why? Because he wanted me to be a doctor, specifically an optometrist. But I wanted to work with my hands, in a skilled craft. There’s nothing wrong with being an eye doctor, but I knew what I wanted to do: I wanted to make, fit and style eyewear. Continue