Urban Orchard brings farm-fresh, organic produce to the Windy City. Seven days a week, the market imports fruits and vegetables from farms in Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois, ensuring their products come straight from the field to the shelf. Fill your basket with free-range eggs from Milo’s Farm, all-natural pork and free-range chicken from C&D Family Farm, veggies from Twin Garden Farms, and baked goods from B True Bakery. Beyond providing customers with fresh groceries, the market’s local-first philosophy also helps nearby farmers continue to thrive, saving them from having to sell their land to the mustachioed cartoon villain that lives down the road.
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 staff at Genesis Art Supplies stocks its shelves with picture frames and art materials geared toward arts students and teachers. Its vast supply of tools for artistic creations, available both online and in the retail store, includes drafting tables, foam boards, children's activity kits, and a fountain of imagination fuel. Genesis Art also partners with educators to place school-supplies lists online, so parents and students can order online at ease, with no embarrassing in-store dance battles over the last pair of safety scissors.
The staff at PUPtection Health & Nutrition Center helps pet owners care for their furry companions with chemical-free pet foods, pet healthcare products, and toys for cats and dogs. Veterinarians consult guests and provide guidance on animal diets, helping owners make informed decisions when perusing healthy foods from brands such as Orijen, Acana, and California Natural.
Ulta's licensed staff, which partakes in ongoing training to keep skills sharp, creates customized looks and expert image enhancement using acclaimed beauty products. Like a loaf of bread in a space shuttle with a broken sunroof, hairstyles can grow stale between salon visits. A 45-minute coif-cultivation session, in which the stylist takes into account face shape and lifestyle, energizes follicles and forges a salon-fresh look. In the one-hour Dermalogica facial, an aesthetic augur examines skin in order to customize a course of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing session with Dermalogica products. The treatment leaves skin impeccable, like a recently buffed and oiled slab of marble.
The Millionaire Monk and Berry Bonds aren?t characters on some wildly eccentric daytime soap. They're just two of the cheeky names the team at Peeled Juice Bar has given to the juices, smoothies, booster shots, and breakfast blends that pack the shop's beverage-heavy menu of healthy treats. Baristas versed in the art of hand-blending drinks make a range of beverages to-order from local and organic ingredients. The staff never adds sugars or chemicals to bulk up flavors or appease mad scientists? taste buds. For customers looking for an especially salutary experience, the shop can supply enough juice for three-, five-, or seven-day juice cleanses that detoxify the body and bolster the immune system.
The juice spot's Evanston and Lincoln Park stores are both eco-friendly on the inside. The staff also keeps the juice bar's carbon footprint low by composting their fruit and vegetable matter.
Follow along as Favin the Maven, Groupon's beauty blogger, documents [her three-day juice cleanse with Peeled Juice Bar](http://www.groupon.com/articles/i-survived-my-very-first-juice-cleanse).
Everything You Need to Know About Green Juice
Health coach, yoga instructor, and all-around healthy person Katarina Arneric tells us what you need to make [green juice](http://www.groupon.com/articles/everything-you-need-to-know-about-green-juice) at home and how it stacks up nutrition-wise against salad.