Alaska Stores and Shopping

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To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?

Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.

800 East Dimond Boulevard
Anchorage,
AK
US

For more than 85 years, the ASE-certified parts specialists at NAPA Auto Parts have recommended and supplied quality parts from their network of stores that has grown from one parts shop to 6,100 locations nationwide. The National Automotive Parts Association organizes its more than 400,000 tools, replacement parts, and accessories in a unique and intuitive inventory-control system that tracks down customer selections quicker than the Dewey Decimal System equipped with a fast-forward button. To skip the shipping, the online inventory system also lets customers reserve their parts for in-store pickup for immediate gratification and diminished wait times. Proud sponsor of Martin Truex Jr.'s #56 car, NAPA Auto Parts meets the automotive needs of drivers both professional and recreational.

803 Bidwell Ave.
Fairbanks,
AK
US

For more than 85 years, the ASE-certified parts specialists at NAPA Auto Parts have recommended and supplied quality parts from their network of stores that has grown from one parts shop to 6,100 locations nationwide. The National Automotive Parts Association organizes its more than 400,000 tools, replacement parts, and accessories in a unique and intuitive inventory-control system that tracks down customer selections quicker than the Dewey Decimal System equipped with a fast-forward button. To skip the shipping, the online inventory system also lets customers reserve their parts for in-store pickup for immediate gratification and diminished wait times. Proud sponsor of Martin Truex Jr.'s #56 car, NAPA Auto Parts meets the automotive needs of drivers both professional and recreational.

12751 Old Glenn Hwy
Eagle River,
AK
US

The largest manufacturer and supplier of paints in the Pacific Northwest, Parker Paint enables new-hue-craving customers to roll and brush fresh coats of luscious pigments onto formerly drab and dreary household surfaces. To reinvent interiors, several options await including the semigloss Wall Glow ($34.27/gallon) and the Velva Kolor ($30.59/gallon), with a less-reflective eggshell finish. Parker Paint also carries a selection of weather-scoffing exterior paints, such as the flat-finish Flextron 100 ($33.03/gallon) to help homeowners paint a realistic yet unflattering outdoor mural of the neighbors.

6239 B St
Anchorage,
AK
US

At Turn - It Up Boutique, the selection of tops spans casual party tops and sparkling blouses for nights out on the town. The boutique curates denim and jackets as well, which pair with an inventory of accessories such as handbags, shoes, and jewelry. The shop’s fashions stay up-to-date with Hollywood trends and the innovations of top designers, and they always stock well-known brands such as LA Idol and Destroyed.

6634 lake otis park way
anchorage,
AK
US

Although Majestic Gems offers a range of services you'd expect from a national chain, it has just two locations in Branson, Missouri, and Juneau, Alaska, allowing the company to focus on intimate customer service. Owned by the Raghani family, Majestic Gems strives to become familiar with its clients' tastes in order to recommend the best pieces. Staffers reach into glass display cases to pull out rings, necklaces, and earrings that sparkle with gemstones from around the world, including diamonds, sapphires, topaz, and alexandrites. Meanwhile, jewelers help customers identify the perfect stone?for engagement rings and more?from a vast selection of loose diamonds, varying in cut, color, clarity, and carat.

The stores also carry signature brands such as David Yurman designs, Chamilia beads for charm bracelets, and Seiko watches. Experienced professionals provide repairs and appraise pieces of jewelry, including rings that, according to family lore, were forged in dragon fire. And while you're getting a clasp fixed or checking out an emerald pendant, ask the clerk for some tips on local tourist attractions, like Branson shows or tours of the Alaskan wilderness.

108 Peoples Wharf
Juneau,
AK
US