Father, Daughter, Grandsons, & Great Grandkids
Some people might have thought a 52-yearold housewife who decides to go into business after 27 years of homemaking, child-rearing and civic and social activity is only going to make a spectacle of herself. How could she possibly survive, let alone succeed?
For Lois Copple, success came easily when she made not only a spectacle, but thousands of pairs of spectacles. And in her own words, she’s only just begun.
Copple is the owner of Whylie Eye Care Center and her venture into the business world began in 1981 when she decided to purchase the Whylie Opticians stores, located on Ingersoll and Locust streets, from her brother.
When Lois took over there was an awful lot to be done. Business had fallen off tremendously, The industry was changing and Whylie’s just hadn’t kept up. After 30 days of new owner ship Whylie Opticians went from being only opticians, making and selling glasses. To Whylie Eye Care Centers, offering complete eye care facility examining eye, treating disease, and specializing in contact lens fitting.
Shortly after that Kenton Copple joined the business, with his mechanical aptitude; Whylie’s build their own Lab to start manufacturing their own eye glasses in house.
Within three year of Lois Copple at the helm of Whylie Eye Care Center, Vince Copple, with his financial background joined the business.
With the Copple team running the business, Whylie’s has expanded to 12 Locations and 12 Doctors, and with the addition of three grandkids Whyie’s will grow and prosper for decades to come.