The Story Behind the Mural

Author: First Sight

At First Sight Eye Care we live by the words “the art of eye care,” so we knew right away that we needed a location that embraces that message.  After finding the right location, we decided we needed a mural that spoke to us. The search for an artist began, and we quickly arrived on none other than local legend, Chad Mize. You may recognize his iconic sunshine with glasses piece that cruises the city on the sun runner. You may notice residents adorned with his “London, Tokyo, Paris, St Pete” shirt. You may have seen his free flow doodle designs inside of the Tropicana, Fair Grounds, or Bodega. This was the guy we needed for the job!


As we joined the small business community of St. Pete, we wanted to pay tribute to the people and places that make this city so great, to us. We asked Chad to incorporate some of our personal favorite St Pete establishments. Some of the highlights include the St. Pete treasure of Sunken Gardens; Dairy Inn, a longtime ice cream favorite; and Rubys Elixir, which is our personal favorite hangout.


Inspired by the “I <3 NY” slogan, we couldn’t resist the obvious pun of using an actual eyeball for the "Eye Love St Pete" message. Also, since St. Pete is so dog friendly, we had to have a dog sitting front and center. The dog in the mural isn’t just any good girl, it is our first-born, Lexi, who spent many days at the practice helping with construction.

Next time you’re driving down 1st Ave S, take a moment to check out our mural. Take a selfie, tag us, stop in and say hello, or have your glasses adjusted. We would be happy to meet you and help with any of your eye care needs.