Since The Grainery first opened its doors in 1975, its stock has grown to include more than 4,000 natural and organic groceries and supplements, including many locally sourced items. To help customers navigate this cornucopia of items, staffers are on hand to direct shoppers to particular bulk spices, organic products, and rare items such as teff and sorghum, henna powders, and emu oil. Moreover, they can use their in-depth knowledge of the products to help customers select items that cater to specific lifestyles, including dairy-free, gluten-free, and Cheetos-free diets. In addition to food items, the store stocks cooking accessories that facilitate a healthy lifestyle as well as nonplastic food containers and utensils.
The beneficent family who owns the wellness center is wholly committed to helping visitors achieve their goals when it comes to health, confidence, and tranquility. Skilled staff bundle clients for slimming infrared body-wrap sessions, during which six separate wrap pads combine short and long infrared rays to melt away unwanted inches, diminish the appearance of cellulite, and burn off unflattering hats. The center also delivers custom cessation plans to help smokers quit cigarettes, complete with a 24-hour hotline to encourage clients to breathe easy.
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.
With tags emblazoned proudly with the Made in the U.S.A. moniker and simple, bright fashions that fit almost any neighborhood, it’s not hard to see American Apparel’s appeal. Their clothing, shoes and accessories are known for their edgy style and fashionable colors, with the added benefit of having every piece stitched together from their factory in Los Angeles. The downtown Seattle outpost of this retail chain is known for their ample collection of most things in the American Apparel catalogue, including the hoodies and long socks that come in hand during blustery Seattle days. Of course, the brightly-hued dresses and leggings are always popular with a certain set of youngish buyers, and the clothing cuts tend to skew toward hip-hugging, rather than baggy. If you’re unsure, hold out for one of their many sales to catch a piece on clearance.
At Spex in the City, Dr. Mark J. Hamilton and Dr. Cathy Tran lead their team in framing faces with trendy yet functional eyewear. The optometric physicians begin by examining eyes and conjuring up prescriptions that correct nearsighted, farsighted, or age-related vision problems, as well as those caused by wearing View-Masters as glasses. From there, frame stylists step in to help clients select complementary frames from D&G, Oakley, Tom Ford, and other major designers. Technicians at the in-house laboratory can craft the custom eyewear in as little as one hour, treating Zeiss prescription lenses with luxurious extras such as progressive thickness, antiglare coating, and the ability to discern dreams from reality.: