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.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
For more than 30 years, the name of the elusive baked goods baroness has been a shopping-mall mainstay. Utilizing a secret blend of high-quality ingredients, her underground bakery bunker doles out oven-fresh favorites with the grace of a nimble gazelle wafting delicately across the African outback. Fuel up on chocolate-studded favorites (nuts optional) such as chocolate chocolate-chip and white chocolate, or try oatmeal raisin, cinnamon sugar, and peanut butter. Brownies and brownie bites come in similarly spectacular specialty flavors, with classic fudginess at the dark, chewy heart of each.
Nestled within the Oak Park Mall, Zonkers Arcade enchants youngsters and guardians alike with its extensive stock of family-friendly games. Customers can strive for kudos and prizes during rounds of redemption games or can compete in video and racing games with such varied titles as In the Groove 2, Dog Pounder, and Potato Sack Race: The Game! Zonkers also accommodates birthday parties, group chanting events, and fundraisers throughout the year. Not content to contain its fun within one place, the arcade has branched out with its family entertainment center Zonkers in the Great Mall of the Great Plains.