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.
The same passion for classic and vintage video games that led Michael to the finals of a Donkey Kong tournament galvanized him to open Video Game Depot several years later, which he runs with an aim toward holding on to what video gaming used to be. Stepping into the shop is like stepping into an anachronism, where vintage Ataris mingle with PlayStation 4s on the shelves. Michael?s clientele often stop by to trade in old Nintendo Entertainment Systems for other consoles or pocket money for asking out Princess Peach?s less-distressed cousins. The store's inventory is constantly expanding, with recent additions including game soundtracks, an ever-rotating selection of consoles, and several arcade cabinets such as Donkey Kong and Ms. Pacman. His passion has passed onto his four sons, who help run the store's websites and counter before the family sets off for home to game together in the evenings.
All Fired Up serves as a portal to a wonderland of creative possibilities, where guests select figurines and dishware from multiple walls’ worth of pre-fired ceramics and unleash a flurry of brushstrokes over unembellished pieces. All of the shop’s bisques are dishwasher-safe, and its water-based paints are non-toxic and easily washable from hands, clothes, and Bride of Frankenstein wigs, making projects appropriate for artists of all ages. A panoply of pre-made designs makes a great starting point for gifts, which visitors can further personalize with hand, foot, or paw prints. Locally owned and operated, All Fired Up helps play its part in the community with a wealth of fundraising projects, such as paintable piggy-banks for donation drives.
A denim jacket by Diesel Kids, a flower-patterned dress by Janie and Jack, and scores of other clothes hang from racks, their tags often showing a discount of up to 70% off. That's because these fashionable kids' duds are gently used. At 23 locations across the United States, Kid to Kid stores buy used children's and maternity clothing, as well as toys and baby gear made by high-end brands. Before selling them-—with thousands of items priced at less than $5—they meticulously inspect each item for quality and to confirm that no child is still literally attached to them.
Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy employs the Vaganova method of classical ballet instruction. Its instructors teach pointe, pas de deux, and character and historical dances to produce athletic, well-rounded dancers. Achieving a high caliber of skill through this method, students have gone on to dance professionally with a variety of organizations, including the American Ballet Theatre, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Riverdance. Though it has a focus on excellence, the academy also offers classes for recreation dancers and beginners of all ages.
?Clich?? and ?mundane? are not words one would use to describe The Look?s cache of chic clothing, lingerie, and adult products. The 7,000-square-foot boutique houses rack upon rack of fashionable streetwear alongside sensual bras, panties, and costumes. It also stocks hard-to-find adult accessories such as massage oils, lotions, and incense designed to enhance romance. Garments? tags reveal upscale brands such as Obey, Lucky-13, Dreamgirl, and Seven 'til Midnight.