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 our planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in 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 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 a UK-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 Blue Corn 3-in-1 deep-cleansing scrub mask often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, and other national publications.
It’s an all too familiar, frustrating feeling—circling filled up parking garages in your car, waiting and hoping for someone to pull out before you run out of gas, overheat, or simply give up. ParkNow’s app neatly sidesteps the headache, streamlining the process of finding guaranteed availability by letting users book and pay for spots before leaving the house. Car-owners can also schedule services such as car washes, battery charges, or oil checks. Beyond the convenience, the service also aims to assist the environment by reducing the fuel consumption and traffic congestion accumulated by idling drivers.
Icon Parking Systems' parking facilities safely house vehicles of all shapes and sizes as owners go to work, relax at home, or take in the sights of the Big Apple. Conveniently tucked in the most prestigious corners of Manhattan—which are also the areas least menaced by aimless teenage tow-trucks—these lots offer easy access to any number of restaurants, Broadway theaters, and concert halls. Many automotive stables have no daily or weekly time limit, so drivers may come and go as they please or leave rides in the same spot for dedicated, month-long portraits. Monthly customers can sign up for the Preferred Customer Club, which grants them an exclusive card and half-off parking at any of Icon Parking Systems' 200 facilities or UFO landing pads scattered throughout Manhattan.
Though they're trained on a retinue of cutting-edge technology, Chelsea Face and Body's medical staff members handle people with just as much experience as they handle equipment. Before each session, they consult with clients and field questions about procedures and post-treatment plans. They then proceed with care, using precisely calibrated devices to reduce hair, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and acne scars, or to aid in their signature nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. They harness medical-grade, diamond-tipped microdermabrasion to buff away fine lines and sun damage for a softer, more radiant complexion, and use ZO Skin Health—Dr. Zein Obagi's bio-engineered skincare formulas—to brighten the face, hydrate the skin, or control oil production. Expanding on their affinity for advanced technology, they also give faces and bodies a new sheen using an Equinox CO2 fractional skin resurfacing machine.
Your day begins, a la James Bond, in the elegant confines of Classic Car Club Manhattan at 9 a.m. with coffee and a briefing on each car. Once you're fully educated on what makes the Nissan GT-R, F430 Ferrari, Lamborghini Gallardo, Shelby Cobra, and others so darn cool, you'll get to tear up some road matter with each of them, with lunch served along the way. You'll be back at Classic Car Club by 5 p.m., just in time for a cocktail hour, during which you may chat with your fellow drivers about which ride was the sweetest. Or you can just sit and make dazed vroom-vroom noises for the entire hour. Classic Car Club Manhattan is used to that.