Spokane Journal of Business

Cozza Optical to close its doors

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•After 24 years in business, Sam and Barbara Cozza, say they’re closing the doors to Cozza Optical following a liquidation of inventory and equipment.

Founded in 1996, Cozza Optical has won the Washington Family Business of the Year and was a first runner up for National Family Business of the Year. The company also has been recognized as the gold winner in Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine’s Best of the City Awards for the last six years.

“Although we would have preferred to sell the business so our legacy of providing the region with a customer-centered optical center continued, the pandemic made that impossible,” Barbara Cozza says.

The couple originally debuted Cozza Optical at 5522 N. Wall before moving across the street to its current location at 5503 N. Wall eight years ago. The year after the original opening, the Cozzas purchased Thavis Opticians, which operated in a first-floor suite in the Paulsen Building, at 421 W. Riverside, in downtown Spokane, and have been operating a second location there ever since.

Effective immediately, both locations are offering 50% off stock frames and lenses in the liquidation. 

The Cozzas say they plan to take up winter residence in Arizona with summers spent in the Pacific Northwest.

“We want to thank Spokane for the support for the last 24 years,” she says.

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