The shelves at MOM's Organic Market teem with certified-organic groceries and produce free of chemicals, pesticides, and fertilizers. Fill a cart or 10-gallon hat with lunch fixings such as roasted turkey slices from Applegate Farms and Imagine low-sodium chicken broth. GT's Kombucha Gingerade joins assorted Chobani yogurts to create power-packed breakfasts, and Vitacoco coconut water soothes parched straws with electrolytes. Grocery carts may also be filled with a variety of gourmet cheeses, gluten-free food, sustainably farmed seafood, and local and organic dairy and meat products. The storefront, built with renewable materials, fume-fighting low-VOC paint, and energy-efficient skylights with LED bulbs, mirrors its eco-friendly offerings. Additionally, customers may bring old electronics to MOM's for recycling during February, before walking past two charging stations outside the market charging green vehicles such as electric cars and certified-organic mechanical bulls.
The staff at Flawless Serenity are merely enhancers of natural beauty. They wax off unwanted hair from brows and upper lips and clear out clogged pores during facials. Clean canvases pop with professional makeup applications for daytime, weddings, and proms. And refreshed visages are completed with lash- and brow-tinting services. To make sure clients feel confident, Flawless Serenity also provides an FAQ page with helpful answers to questions such as "What products do you use?" and "What makes clouds stay up?"
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.
Studio K owners Kathy and Cliff Hughes have assembled an auspicious roster of licensed staff members who provide a comprehensive list of haircare services. Quality products such as Morrocanoil, Redken, and Matrix aid trained scissorhands to produce lustrous results, inducing jealousy from freshly waxed cars and slickly waxed mustaches. Women can don a range of styles from summery bobs to floor-length evening 'dos, and men traditionally opt for short, polished pompadours. After locks are adjusted to the optimal length, blow dryers gently cement styles without the harsh bronzing techniques of yesteryear.
GNC's opulent aisles display a wide variety of vitamin and mineral and herbal supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet, energy, bodycare, and other health products. The Mega Men Sport multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets) supports muscle recovery and energy levels while aiding speedy male metabolisms without dangling steaks in front of their treadmills. Fuel feats of female strength with the Women's Ultra Mega Active multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets), ideal for vigorous women. Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($35.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry while smuggling 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium, sustainably harvested from the Okinawan Sea to provide a healthy 2-to-1 ratio of calcium and magnesium.