As seen in press outlets including the San Mateo County Times, Peninsula Beauty stocks its stores with professional beauty supplies and salon products culled from a sprawling 10,000-square-foot warehouse. An eclectic array of more than 200 brands, from American Crew to OPI, helps men and women transform hair and nails into polished works of aesthetic art. Cosmetics and lotions stand ready to adorn epidermises, and an arsenal of flat- and curling irons allows for more believable quick-changes during impromptu performances of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
When people are ill, they usually either make a doctor's appointment or lie in bed and wait it out. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy has created a third option. Visits to its stores, which are scattered across the western US, are more casual than a doctor's visit but less passive than bed rest. Each location's team of health experts, including credentialed pharmacists, naturopathic doctors, herbalists, nutritionists, and more, consult with customers?no appointment needed.
But Pharmaca aims to serve its customers every day, not just on sick days. Its stores have been drawing droves of clients since 2000, partly because they meet so many needs in just one spot. Visitors can get prescriptions filled at a full-service pharmacy and browse shelves of homeopathic remedies, supplements, and over-the-counter health and beauty products. Much of the selection is curated with sustainability and organic ingredients in mind?hence cameos from brands such as Tom's of Maine, Dr. Hauschka, and Seventh Generation. The focus on sustainability extends into details, too. Customers get a credit when they bring their own bags instead of hauling away their purchases on a riding lawn mower.
Los Gatos Beauty's inventory of beauty supplies consists of more than 5,000 products from 200 professional brands. A bevy of dermatologist-recommended rinses and creams populates the skincare section, some bearing the Demalogica label, which connotes top-quality formulas free of irritants and artificial fragrances. Bottles of Pureology, Moroccanoil, and Redken products occupy the haircare and color sections, and polishes by essie—representing the season's hottest hues—line up in the nailcare department.
Ultra Fragrance not only stocks a staggering array of perfumes, skincare products, and makeup lines, its staff members help navigate the selection with a slew of online suggestions. A trend-tracking blog points out the scents and unguents recommended by magazines like InStyle and Cosmopolitan. Makeup gurus even share reviews and how-to-wear tips for specific products. With Ultra Fragrance's database of fashion analysis, customers can browse products from brands like Gucci, Donna Karan, and Dermalogica with confidence.
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.
Halloween Bootique’s shelves brim with thousands of fiendish, sexy, and imaginative costumes and adornments to fit all body sizes. Every fall, the Halloween outfitter opens its six locations across California, including one featured by the Orange County Register. At each store, adults and kids can choose their perfect look from a massive selection of zombie and queen costumes, ghoulish masks, props, and pages from Dracula’s summer-camp diary. Decorations such as skeletons, bats, and stuffed ghosts also induce chills as they wait to be taken home, where they add an eerie atmosphere to any party or trick-or-treat destination.