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Born in Buffalo: Bottle Opener Sunglasses

What would a Buffalo Bills game be without beer? And what good does a bottle of beer do you if you don’t have an opener? Yes, there are some twist-off bottles being passed along these days, but at the same time, there are still plenty of beers that command an opener. Plus, as the days get chillier, opening a twist-off at a Bills game can prove to be a bit difficult.

3410768Anybody that has ever tailgated, at one time or another, has looked around for an opener to no avail. It was one of these times that times that Kevin Garbes, a true blue Buffalo Bills fan, came up with the idea to incorporate a bottle opener into the design of a pair of sunglasses.

After one particular game, Kevin set out to tackle the perplexing problem. He decided to incorporate a bottle opener into a classic pair of polycarbonate Wayfarer style sunglasses. After solving the bottle opener dilemma, he figured out that the best way to sport the Bills logo was to brandish the team’s insignia onto pinhole sticker lenses.

1441372876“As a company, we are extremely happy about the feedback the sunglasses have received so far,” said Kevin Garbes, owner of Tailgating Sunglasses. “I was excited to be in attendance at Ralph Wilson Stadium this past weekend to participate in what inspired the sunglasses in the first place.”

Already, the sudsy sunglasses are gaining popularity online, through social media likes and links. The handy dandy sunglasses sell for $19.99 on Amazon, and can be found at the company’s website.

4710634_origIt won’t be long before the glasses start popping up around the city, seeing that retail is making a comeback in downtown Buffalo. I have a feeling that we will also be seeing other teams around the NFL picking up this ingenious device. Or any beach hut or airport kiosk that is looking to outfit customers with a pair of black shades with a built-in beer opener.

Just think of the people who will find this practical – boaters, college students, picnickers and/or anyone else who might find themselves trying to whack the edge of a bottle against a piece of metal, a stone, or even their teeth!



Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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