Patrons of The Olive Store can peruse a selection of elegant bottles to hold pure extra-virgin olive oils, olive oils flavored with ingredients such as Meyer lemons or porcini mushrooms, and balsamic vinegars imported from Italy. The shop also stocks pasta, cooking spices, and even EVOO-infused personal care products such as shampoo and lotion.
When Pavlina first opened her salon, the whole place was pure white, from the floors to the ceilings. She brought the monochrome venue to life with texture and color, adding black accents and an orange-leather couch that showcases the exposed-brick columns. She and her team of stylists apply this same artful eye to their hairdos, whether they are painting in highlights and lowlights, cutting hair into chic shapes, or smoothing strands with keratin and Bio Ionic treatments.
Originally from the Czech Republic, Pavlina keeps tabs on up-and-coming hair trends by taking yearly trips to Europe, rather than by asking hip babies what they want to look like as teens. Her international influences not only shine through in her styles, but in the salon’s products, which include hair color by Lisap and products from Kenra.
Surrounded by soothing, low-lit earth tones, visitors to Elements Spa Salon at Great Wolf Lodge are encouraged to relax from the moment they cross the spa's threshold. Many of the services incorporate Eminence Organic Skin Care products, an all-natural line made from fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
The human eye is quick to pick out something it has already seen, whether it's an uninspired business card or an unoriginal birthday announcement. Crystal Clear Images dodges this boredom-by-design by refusing to work with pre-made templates, instead applying its team's creative powers to crafting an original design for each project. Each project carries images and text tuned to the subject's identity, whether displaying pressed suits on a dry cleaners' brochure or the flashing warning lights on the business card of a snake oil salesman. The high-resolution printers can also spin out large projects, including vinyl banners and backdrops. Many projects can be performed with same-day service.
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.