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.
Brake-O-Rama began as one location in 1949 but now boasts 14 service centers speckled across the East Coast. Together these automotive hospitals work as a force, repairing and maintaining domestic and imported vehicles of virtually any make and model. Before sourcing spare parts from the company's private warehouses, Brake-O-Rama's ASE-certified technicians thoroughly analyze vehicles with advanced diagnostic technology that includes four-wheel computerized alignment systems, electron microscopes that scan for chipped paint finishes, and magnifying glasses ever in search for clues to Professor Plum's murder. Meanwhile, Firestone, Goodyear, and Michelin tires fill the supply closets, allowing the patrons to tighten their grip on the asphalt before a cross-country trip.
Triple Diamond Limo relies on an integrated team to deliver smooth, stylish transportation, starting with drivers hand-picked for their experience and knowledge of the New York and New Jersey metro areas. In-house mechanics and detailers maintain the fleet of luxury vehicles, which counts WiFi-enabled sedans among limos and Hummers. The team schleps these vehicles to important regional hubs such as Newark International Airport, JFK Airport, and Philadelphia International Airport. To facilitate trips to the airport, a dispatch team monitors up-to-date gate and arrival information, alerting drivers to flight delays or airport Cinnabon-franchise closures.
Named for its location on the border between Jersey City and Bayonne, City Line Car Wash has kept cars looking sharp since the 1990s. Drivers can roll in for a quick machine wash with an interior vacuuming or opt for packages that include sealer wax, an undercarriage cleaning, and other services.
Waterworks Car Wash's touchless exterior wash uses a high-powered, soap-and-water spray to cleanse every appendage of your car’s fast-and-furious body, including its soft underbelly. The ultimate wash further caresses your coupe's coat by cleaning the wheels with Wheel Brite and administering generous coatings of triple-foam polish, clear-coat protectant, tire shine, and underbody sealant. Waterworks' car cleansmen will complete the premier package by evicting filth from dashes, center consoles, windows, and carpets. As a final touch, an aromatic air freshener will be added to attract cars of the opposite gender or lonely hot-dog carts.