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.
"This is a candy shop for creativity," Make Meaning's CEO, Dan Nissanoff, told New York Family. The crafting hotspot, named the Best Crafting Hub by New York Magazine, boasts a dizzying range of activities. Inside the brightly lit confines, youngsters and adults can make candles, jewelry, and soap. They can also paint ceramic pieces, create paintings on canvas, and decorate cakes.
The inspiration behind the business? The connections that Nissanoff made with his family when they worked on craft projects together. In order to offer that up to other families, he created Make Meaning, where he and his staff lead guests through craft projects, organize special events from corporate gatherings to birthday parties, and encourage inventiveness and fun.
Zagat has pioneered the democratization of restaurant critique since 1979 with a collection of trusted ratings and reviews for restaurants in hundreds of cities worldwide. More than 375,000 surveyors sing praises and spit quips that the guide packs into pithy paragraphs about each restaurant, and a 0−30 scale quantifies the quality of food, decor, service, and cost into easily digestible ratings. Avid diners may contribute their thoughts to the discussion, submitting reviews for editors who compile the hearty contents of each listing with the same precision and eye for tasty detail as Willy Wonka's accountant.
Guided by the keen eye of founder and design expert Warren Kay, the textile technicians of Wolf Home handcraft home goods drawing from an expansive fabric collection. Patrons can design custom cushions by perusing Wolf Home's fabric-filled textile catalog. Select the textile of your dreams to transform it into drapes or cover a Bancroft sofa ($7,400, fabric not included). Wolf Home also helps add a touch of luxury to couchscapes with 20-inch square silk velvet pillows ($160).
Metropolitan Window Fashions’ expert staffers beautify windows and reinvent rooms with a wide selection of custom drapery, bedding, and reupholstered furniture that has been featured in the New York Times. Patrons can browse a long list of festive and functional Hunter Douglas window treatments, including chalet wood blinds ($103.48, including materials and installation) and designer roller or screen shades ($106.11, including materials and installation). Creative customers can collaborate on custom drapery, which generally cost between $300 and $700. Prices are based on materials, lining, and pleat styles, and do not include installation costs, which run $15 to $21 per linear foot. Metropolitan’s textile wizards will also materialize custom bedspreads out of thin air (starting at $200, not including fabric), perfect for swaddling a sleeping place or making your own ghost costume. Today's deal is also good for reupholstery service, which can revitalize elderly couches ($1,040 before fabric), chairs ($450 before fabric), and dining-room seats ($84 before fabric). Fabric for custom projects can cost between $30 and $100 per yard, depending on the type of fabric, its pattern, and whether or not it can talk.
The Skin Spa's brigade of aestheticians, therapists, technicians, and doctors defend dermises with products and services that cater to each client's specific need. Before each service, one of the spa's expert aestheticians assesses the client's skin and discusses habits, needs, and desires to determine which skin products to use and create a customized treatment. Refurbish your cranial façade with The SKIN facial, a 60- to 75-minute process that includes a cleansing, steam, and two to three different kinds of exfoliation to slough away lifeless cells and old scratch-'n'-sniff stickers. An extraction evacuates squatting blackheads from pores, and a massage loosens muscles strained from trying out facial expressions for innovative new emotions. The treatment also includes a mask, giving faces a bit of privacy before they begin attracting stares from enchanted onlookers. Although today's deal doesn't cover any of The Skin Spa's oncology-related products or services, the spa prides itself on its certification through The Skincare Therapy Center's training for oncology aesthetics.