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 long corridor at Electric Beach Tanning & Salon is lined with doorways, each one leading into a world without traffic, deadlines, or ringing alarm clocks. Some of the rooms are dedicated to skincare treatments, others to tanning and hairstyling. But in one of them, licensed massage therapist Elaine brings time to a slow crawl while she loosens tense muscles with relaxing massages.
Though Elaine customizes her massages to meet your exact needs, she's especially skilled in Swedish, deep-tissue, and prenatal techniques. If stress is what ails you, try the relaxing Swedish massage; if you pulled a muscle while barking furiously at the mailman, you'll likely benefit most from a sports massage.
With locations in 13 states across America, Stanton Optical helps clients from Georgia to California achieve better vision with prescription glasses, sunglasses, and contacts. Its shelves are stocked with more than 3,000 frames and sunglasses from high-end brands, including Coach, Calvin Klein, and Armani. Full-service onsite labs help optometrists immediately craft glasses and clone monocles without the delay of sending eyewear elsewhere. Eye exams are performed by independent eye doctors conveniently located within or adjacent to Stanton Optical stores.
Helena Gibson, founder of Strut Hair Solutions, brings more than 10 years of experience to every thinning head of hair she helps. Drawn to the field of hair replacement by her own mother?s struggles with lackluster locks, Helena fits clients for wigs and promotes low-level-laser therapy as a means of boosting scalp health. She treats men and women alike, addressing hair loss caused by issues such as genetics, medical conditions, or watching too many scary movies.
Judging by their titles, Loanne the manicurist, Veronica the colorist, Donato the barber, and America the stylist could be the members of a salon-themed rock band. Instead, they're the staff at the heart of Blue Moon Salon, a boutique beauty shop. This quartet works together to perform precise custom haircuts for men, women, and kids, coloring treatments and highlights, and manicures with vibrant, glittery polishes.
Inside the sophisticated Prisma Salon & Spa—think sleek, mocha-hued flooring and cream-colored salon chairs—Nina Rosales whips hair into shape. Her long list of specializations includes coloring, highlights, razor cuts, men’s haircuts, and updos, which she delivers using products from Matrix, Paul Mitchell, and Redken.