Eyes on the Prize: Alum Takes Big Step Forward with Eyewear Line for Children
For Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University alumnus Ben Harrison (’08, MFA), what started as a personal mission has since evolved into a rapidly growing business.
When his son, Jonas Paul, was born with a rare vision impairment, Harrison and his wife Laura were looking for a creative way to help. Noticing a distinct lack of stylish, contemporary eyewear options for children, the couple took matters into their own hands and designed a pair for their son themselves. Before long, they realized the potential of doing the same for children everywhere, and Jonas Paul Eyewear was born.
Started in December 2013 as a small online operation, the company has grown into a full-fledged web-based retailer and wholesaler with a brick-and-mortar location on Wealthy St. in Grand Rapids.
Read more about the Harrisons, Jonas Paul Eyewear, and the company’s ongoing growth in this article from the Grand Rapids Business Journal.
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