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.
American Lube Express maintains seven trained technicians onsite and rapidly shuttles vehicles through its two open bays before returning them to the roads from whence they came in top-notch shape. A 15-minute fuel-system treatment flushes out carbon deposits and varnish with a Full Throttle cleaner that tasks its microscopic scrubbers with cleansing the intake system and fuel injectors, potentially boosting a vehicle’s performance, gas mileage, and windshield-wiper speed. In order to earn the loyalty of its customers, American Lube Express dedicates itself to providing quick, thorough service as well as carefully orchestrated trust falls off the front porch. Aspiring Autobahn conquerors can await their newly invigorated chariots from the comfort of hamstring-relieving rocking chairs as fresh coffee percolates with excitement nearby.
At The Oil Exchange, auto owners stay in the driver's seat, sipping complimentary soda or water as technicians fill the engine with synthetic-blend oil. The drive-thru service center's technicians never act without full consent. They keep auto owners informed with education skits written by middle school teachers as they carry out state inspections or oil, transmission, and radiator services.
Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Just Brakes has expanded from one auto shop to more than 160 outposts across eight states. At every location, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicle safety with professional brake services including a lifetime warranty on parts, labor and platonic love. Though their specialty is brakes, the techs also perform routine maintenance and repairs such as oil changes, suspension repair, and belt replacement.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil-Change, which helps promote the longevity of each vehicle. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car—it cools the motor and helps prevent moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) service vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, technicians perform preventative services such as air-filtration, among others, as well as state emissions inspections. Jiffy Lube’s quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, complete a service only after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
The factory-trained technicians at McCombs Ford West and McCombs Superior Hyundai whip weary cars into shape with new oil and refreshing grooming sessions. During an oil change, mechanics evacuate the old lubricant and introduce the engine to up to five quarts of fresh and friendly fluid. Tire rotations help to even out tread wrinkles, improve balance, and put a stop to any bickering between tires about who's taken the most potholes.
The ASE certified mechanics at Performance Auto & Trans have remedied the rides of friends and neighbors for nearly two decades. From minor tune-ups, such as oil changes and tire rotations, to major overhauls, such as transmission or engine repair, they aim to restore reliability to every car's reputation. They also have extensive hands-on experience working with both domestic and foreign vehicles, and have cutting-edge equipment–including the industry's most current diagnostic tools–at their disposal.