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.
Having been a locally-owned business since 2003, $18 Eyeglasses Place uses their expertise to help patrons adorn their ideal pair of glasses. The store's wide variety of brands—ranging from Rampage, D&G, Versace, Harley Davidson, Vogue, Gant, Guess, Candies, William Rast, Anne Klein, DKNY, Geek, Tommy Hilfiger, and more—offers prescription-holding customers a wide array of choices in shape, style, and color.
“I myself, I use it all the time—I have three kids and three businesses,” says The B12 Store owner Lisa Ruiz in an interview in the Journal Times. Lisa and the team at this Regency Mall shop tout the benefits of dodging vitamin B12 deficiency by partaking in weekly, fortnightly, or monthly supplement injections. Outside of the syringe, B12 can be found in dietary sources such as meat, dairy, and bingo balls—and its consumption may help stave off concerns such as fatigue and GI troubles.
Helping customers improve their vision is the main concern of the optometrists and eye-care professionals at Eye Boutique, who provide preventive screenings and help choosing from their more than 1,800 frames at each location. In each shop, licensed doctors of optometry scan eyes with comprehensive exams before diagnosing issues or prescribing high-definition Zeiss lenses and contact lenses from Optix and Acuvue. Designer frames from Guess, Nike, and Kenneth Cole house lenses fashionably, and Teflon protective layers help guard lenses from scratches and reduce glare. Sunglasses from brands such as Ray-Ban and Coach also protect eyes from harmful UV rays, creating an accessory that is both stylish and useful, like a diamond with a job.
The staff at Monkey Business Party & Gifts keep their shelves stocked with colorful party supplies and favors such as stick-on moustaches, bacon band-aids, and super balls. They carry themed supplies for birthdays, graduations, and holidays.
For nearly 20 years, Dr. Julie Johnson has been at the helm of Delafield Vision Center, where she faithfully serves the citizens of Lake County and beyond. Dr. Julie and her staff work together to outfit their clients in the ideal set of frames from a selection that includes high-end designers such as Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, and Tory Burch. Delafield also stocks a selection of exclusive designs that boast the latest in optical fashions, including placing a mini fedora over each eye. In addition to standard eye exams, Dr. Julie is proficient in adolescent optometry as well as performing special exams for those interested in pursuing LASIK surgery.