Get to Know: Lee Blankenship

Native Memphian, Lee Blankenship has been hired as Eyewear Architect! Help us welcome him to the Eclectic Eye team and check out all the reasons he exemplifies the Eclectic Eye mission.

Full name: Charles Lee Blankenship

Education/job responsibilities:

I have a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and anthropology from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. As an eyewear architect, I will assist customers with choosing the perfect frames that match their style and personality, in addition to keeping them up-to-date on their personal prescription and ensuring they have a pleasant experience.

Volunteer activities:

OUT Memphis

Personal interests:

I am an avid baker and love spending time with my dogs.

How long have you lived in Memphis?

I was born and raised in Midtown Memphis. After I graduated from college in Arkansas, I moved back to my hometown!

What is something noteworthy you’ve been a part of?
Prior to working at Eclectic Eye, I worked for a local company called Hollywood Feed, a pet health food store. There, I partnered with local rescues and shelters to put on events or fundraising initiatives, and as a lover of animals—and of Memphis—it was great to be a part of an organization that helped promote the adoption of area dogs and cats in need.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Memphis?

Memphis has several burgeoning arts districts, namely Broad Avenue and South Main, and I love to explore their shops and galleries. There are also a number of great restaurants that have some amazing Southern-inspired food that I frequent. Other than that, I really enjoy taking my dogs to one of the big, beautiful parks around the city, such as Overton Park or Shelby Farms.

Where would you like to travel?
As a foodie and VERY amateur baker, all of my dream travel plans are based around eating good food. I would love to travel to some of the world’s great restaurants and experience truly diverse cuisines.

Closing comments:

I have a great appreciation for the design and craftsmanship that go into hand-crafted eyewear, and am really looking forward to learning how to marry that passion with the medical side of optometry to create a practical application that helps patients look good and see even better.