For more than 20 years, The Beauty Source has helped shoppers strengthen their hair, cleanse their pores, highlight their eyes, and generally look their best. The shop's stock encompasses popular and respected lines such as Pureology, Redken, Matrix, and Jane Iredale. The Beauty Source's appreciation of its patrons extends beyond its knowledgeable customer service to its reward and VIP programs, as well as an agreement to split any treasure found on Paul Mitchell's pirate ghost ship.
Grateful Body is an all natural, botanical-based skin care company. We offer luxurious products that deliver beautiful results. Of course we are chemical and synthetic-free, vegan and great for those with sensitive skin. Grateful Body is a family owned and operated company since 1998.
Though there are 130 For Eyes Optical stores around the United States, the company still has the heart of a small start-up. Owned and operated since 1972, when a small group of friends started it in Philadelphia, aiming for quality eyewear manufacturing as well as customer service. These same friends, aided by a few family members, still lead the franchise today. They ensure that each location adheres to their original principles and mandates for mustard-colored shag carpets.
In each store, expert independent doctors test clients' visual acuity and general eye health with comprehensive exams. Then, a store associate helps each person outfit their eyes with designer frames by brands such as Ray-Ban, Prada, D&G, and Versace. For Eyes Optical has its own advanced 40,000-square foot optical lab in in Hialeah, Florida, where technicians shape, surface, and coat the lenses to fit each person's exact prescription. After creating the lenses?whether plastic, polycarbonate, or trivex Toughlites?they inspect and fit each into its corresponding frame by hand, a process that ensures quality control and guards against the robots, whose first objective is to hinder our eyesight.
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.
Certified by the American Board of Opticianry, the staffers at 20/20 Optical match faces with a pair of their more than 5,000 frames aided by customer-service chops that earned them a spot on Pacific Sun's Best of Marin Hall of Fame 2012. Their cache of glasses includes haute and stylish frames from designers such as Tom Ford, Lindberg, and Anne Et Valentin, which stand ready to welcome newly crafted single- or multifocal lenses. All lenses are cut with laser technology in 20/20’s own onsite laboratory by certified opticians.
Most popular offering: Couture Gel Nail Polish Starter Kit
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Q&A with Laura Kittredge - Jenkins, Founder
What sets your business apart from your competition?
We were the first company in the world to offer gel nail polish for home use.
We manufacture our polishes in California; they are free from harmful chemicals and never tested on animals. We also offer more than 100 "true gel" nail polish colors. Many celebrities wear our polishes, such as Jennifer Lopez, Kristen Bell, and Oprah.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
While my daughters and I were vacationing in Europe, we received gel nail polish manicures.
When we returned home to the US, we couldn't find anyone who had even heard of gel nail polish, let alone a salon that had the ability to remove it. And because the polish lasted for three weeks without chipping, fading, or peeling, we wanted more of it.
We searched and sourced the world over until we could put together a non-toxic gel nail polish product that we could use at home.
We decided that every woman needed to have access to this wonderful product, so we started Couture Gel Nail Polish for home use.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
Elderly women love our polish because it is "self leveling" and hides the ridges that women tend to get in their nails as they age.
My mother is so happy to be able to show off her beautiful hands again, because she was so embarrassed by the ridges that she could not hide prior to the launch of our gel nail polish.
What?s your favorite part about your job?
I love being able to work with my daughters.
My eldest daughter, Melissa, is the President of Couture Gel Nail Polish. My younger daughter, Kelsey, is Vice President of Fulfillment. We are also very proud of the fact that we are able to give back by donating a percentage of our proceeds to the fight against breast cancer for all the women we love.
We also donate a percentage of our proceeds to the children of Somalia through UNICEF.
At this stage in my life, giving to others is most important part of what I do.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our product is a true salon-quality polish.
Our bottles are a full size (0.5 fluid ounces), and our LED lamp is safe and holds the entire hand.