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.
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.
For 45 years, Fantasy Costumes has supplied high-quality costumes for organizations and individuals for the likes of trade shows, holiday celebrations, and theatrical productions. Stretching an entire city block, the store loads its shelves with a multitude of historical, fairy-tale, and movie costumes and accessories for head-to-toe believability on any wearer. With the store's expansive selection, patrons can emulate most any decade, don Harry Potter robes, or paint whiskers on their cheeks with a selection of face makeup. The shop also customizes orders to fulfill unusual holiday and dress-up needs and can locate any rare items that appear only when a person repeats their names into a mirror three times.
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.
Camera lenses may be one-way windows, but with Crystal Connelly Photography, every photo shoot is a two-way street. Crystal collaborates with clients before and during photo shoots, helping craft pictures that can proudly be displayed on walls or mantles. A Florida native, Crystal has honed her skills behind the lens amid tropical sunsets and back-lit palm trees, learning how best to make use of her scenic surroundings.
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