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7960 W Rifleman St #150
Boise , Idaho , 83704 USA

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190 N 8th St
Boise , Idaho , 83702 USA

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Our company was founded in 1991 by Dr. Jeffrey Johnson and his wife Lynda.  It has been said that it was purely by accident, and unexpected. Others have said it was fate. Whatever it was, here's how we began.

Jeff and Lynda moved from California so Jeff could attend Boise State University. There he completed his undergraduate degree and worked at St. Luke's hospital as an x-ray technician. In 1987, upon graduation from B.S.U., he headed off to Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.

After much discussion and consideration, it was decided that Lynda and the children would remain in Boise while Jeff moved to Oregon. At the time their son, Ryan, was 3 1/2 years old and their daughter, Kendall, was born three months later. For four years the family had regularly scheduled telephone calls, pictures and projects created at pre-school were sent off in the mail, and Jeff came home every other weekend to visit.

The plan was that upon graduation Jeff would return to Boise and work as an optometrist in an established practice. Well, that was 1991 and at the time there weren't any openings for optometrists. Not wanting to uproot the family and move, it seemed the only alternative was to open a practice...and Artisan Optics was born.

We've been asked over the years how Artisan Optics survived and grew to where it is today. It always come back to this:

"When you get the culture right, you can achieve anything. The culture we have at Artisan Optics began with like-minded people coming together, sharing a vision, learning to trust one another, building a team with a strong foundation, and working toward a common goal of providing exceptional patient care and customer service. Over the years these values have endured to become the Artisan Optics culture.

It's a once in a lifetime experience really. Not everyone has the opportunity to be part of something like we have...a team that goes beyond professionals working together. This is a group of the most incredible people, both professionally and personally. I'm so fortunate. I get to come to work each day and be surrounded by truly amazing people".

Dr. Jeffrey C. Johnson


Artisan Optics now has two locations: Artisan Optics Uptown near the Boise Towne Square Mall and Artisan Optics Downtown located in the heart of downtown Boise.