New eye clinic opens in downtown Hanceville


Downtown Hanceville welcomed another new business Saturday, when the ribbon was cut on Love Your Eyes on Bangor Avenue. (Nick Griffin for The Tribune)

HANCEVILLE – Love Your Eyes officially cut the ribbon on its new location in Hanceville on Saturday. The primary care eye clinic offers eye exams, contacts, glasses and more.

Dr. Tracy Millwood is the optometrist at the new clinic location. She said so far, she has enjoyed having a location in a small-town environment.

“There’s not another store here so hopefully there’s a need for it and we really liked the small-town feel. You walk everywhere when you’re here; my kids come with me a lot of times and I always feel comfortable walking around here. I’m coming from Birmingham, so it’s a lot different, but I like it,” Millwood said. “We’re full service. We offer eye exams, contact lens exams, glasses, sunglasses, contacts, whatever anybody needs we should be able to take care of or point you in the right direction.”

Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail is excited to welcome the new business to town. Nail believes the new clinic will offer services to everyone the comes through Hanceville, not just its citizens.

“Hanceville draws from a pretty wide area,” Nail said. “We have a lot of folks that come from Hayden and a lot of folks that come from Blountsville, so being close to the county line I think is an asset for us and we think this is going to be a great business that’s going to offer a good service.”

After the ribbon cutting, Nail stressed how important it is for the people within the community to help support downtown Hanceville and the local businesses there.

“As downtown slowly comes back to life, and it’s sat dormant here for so many years with not a lot going on, what we have to get folks to realize is you’ve got to stop and shop here. If you like these businesses, you need to support these businesses,” he said. “If you keep driving to Birmingham or wherever, this can’t stay here forever so we’ve got to support these businesses. As a matter of fact, I’ve got an appointment myself; I need to get some new glasses. We’ve just got to remember, don’t just drive through downtown. Stop and support these businesses, whether it’s a restaurant or a retail store or a medical clinic or whatever, we’ve got to support them.”

Love Your Eyes is located at 201 Bangor Ave. SE. The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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