Imagine a class project turning into a full-fledged company — that’s exactly what happened to Scott Ballard in spring 2016.
“Skyline Specs was started in an entrepreneurship class at the University of St. Thomas,” Ballard said. “We’re completely student-owned and operated, and my mom helps out.”
It’s a simple, yet original and unique, concept: put the Twin Cities’ skylines on the side of sunglasses.
“I’m originally from Sartell, Minnesota,” Ballard said. “I was looking for an idea for a business that would create hometown pride that hadn’t been done before.”
Since their conception less than two years ago, Skyline Specs has grown in a number of ways. For instance, you can now buy a pair of sunglasses that features skylines from Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Seattle. On top of that, they’ve recently opened up a kiosk at the Mall of America.
Ballard is eager to bring Skyline Specs to Holidazzle this season.
“I’m excited to share my story,” he said. “We can’t wait to be a part of Minnesotans coming together for the holiday season.”
You can find Skyline Specs at Holidazzle from November 24 through December 3, and from December 21 through 23. Holidazzle’s full calendar run is Thursdays through Sundays from Friday, November 24 through Saturday, December 23. It is open Thursdays from 5-9 pm, Fridays from 5-10 pm, Saturdays from 11 am-10 pm and Sundays from 11 am-7 pm.