Serendipity stocks a huge selection of both practical and enchanting gifts. Pick up a pair of adorably tiny baby shoes by Kaya's Kloset ($22), or finger through autumn-themed gemstone jewelry ($15–$65). Other handmade items include sweetly aromatic bath and body products from Backyard Soaps ($8–$15) and funky hair accessories from the Sassy Mermaid ($6–$15). This deal is also good towards any of Serendipity's weekly jewelry-making workshops. The fused- glass workshop ($28–$48) on October 21 shows crafters how to concoct their own bowl, nightlight, or dish commemorating David Duchovny's career, and the Gingerbread Friends necklace workshop ($20) on December 11 shows children how to make a cookie-themed gift for the holiday season.
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.
The owners of The Optical View do their business of selling designer eyeglass frames in an aptly named city: Framingham, Massachusetts. The shop's curated collection of glasses and sunglasses boasts pedigrees to rival pampered Eukanuba champions, coming from brands such as Versace, Oakley, Silhouette, Gucci, and Ralph Lauren. Experienced staff members and qualified doctors perform eye examinations and hand-fit frames to ensure that each pair of glasses or contacts sharpens vision to its utmost ability.
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Staff members at Performance Nutrition fuse their training in nutrition and fitness with a broad knowledge of the science of protein powders, multivitamins, and nutritional oils. After listening to clients explain their fitness goals, staff members flip through the encyclopedia in their skulls to pick out products—gluten-free supplements, herbal remedies, workout-recovery bars, and more—that match individual needs.
One of the East Coast's best-known Members-only wholesale retailers, BJ's serves more than six million Members in more than 200 clubs as far west as Ohio. Within these sprawling locations, BJ's helps provide more selections to savvy shoppers looking to knock out most of their errands in a single stop. In the same visit, Members can stock up on economy-sized groceries?including USDA choice meats, farm-fresh produce, and everyday essentials?grab name-brand electronics, and even plan a vacation through BJ's Travel. Each service makes up a single part of BJ's well-rounded retail experience, but simplifying shopping isn't BJ's only goal; in 2012 alone, the company donated more than $2.2 million to charitable organizations.