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.
Sporting faux torches and animal skins on its walls, The Man Cave is committed to taking its title seriously. But its figurative meaning—a place where men can escape to let go of their stress—also applies. Here, barbers buzz or trim hair into neatened styles, often augmenting the service with a hot lather and towel shave. The cave is also a spa, with facials, back scrubs, and scalp massages that soothe the skin. As for mani-pedis, they don't come with polish, but they do include a complimentary jewelry cleaning and shoe shine.
At The Barber Pole, gentlemen with distinct hair preferences can trim their noodle nests into prim, eye-catching coiffures. A talented staff of experienced snippists molds the follicle farms of visitors while subduing unruly cowlicks and trimming sap-soaked tree branches. When paired with a cut, a meticulous shave accents the head's top trim like a hair-based diacritic. Each shave includes a hot lather and a light, soothing massage of the shoulders and upper back. Top-notch products are used, including Paul Mitchell, American Crew, and Royal Spa. Additionally, visitors can wind down and relax in a friendly atmosphere that boasts a nostalgic sports setting showcasing interesting memorabilia, such as Ty Cobb’s autographed right arm.
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With more than 386 locations dotting North America, JCPenney Optical's ubiquity is matched only by its extensive selection of contact lenses and designer frames that includes brands such as Armani Exchange, Liz Claiborne, and Nicole Miller. Despite this wide reach, all lenses are cut at the same optical laboratory, ensuring a consistency of quality and a pretty good idea of where to look if your glasses run away from home. Each location has an independent state-licensed doctor of optometry, who can perform vision exams and help clients determine which type of vision correction will work best.
At Legacy Sports Barber Shop, getting a haircut never means missing out on a highlight-reel dunk. Live games play on TVs positioned throughout the sports-themed shop, and the barbers wear referee–style shirts to add to the game-day atmosphere. But it's clear that no full-time ref could manage to cut hair with their same expertise. Their custom cuts often incorporate techniques such as razor edging, and you can even follow one up with a traditional hot-towel shave.