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.
Drawing on a 50-year history in the auto-maintenance industry, Castrol Premium Lube Express assembles a knowledgeable staff that nurtures vehicles seven days a week, without requiring scheduled appointments. Techs ensure that transports run efficiently and safely through a full gamut of services, such as belt replacements, tire rotations, and fuel-system maintenance. As a reward to loyal customers, techs supply rides with complimentary top-offs of motor oil and other vital fluids between visits for up to 3,000 miles after every oil change. They also demonstrate their devotion to automotive care by washing and detailing soiled chariots in a giant, onsite bathtub.
Bucks County Auto Care's squadron of ASE-certified technicians test and service vehicles, keeping drivers rolling along roadways safely, smoothly, and in accordance with state law. Along with a dose of fresh standard motor oil, the oil-change package features a thorough vehicle inspection that scrutinizes 27 essential automotive components including brakes and headrest-mounted hair reservoirs. During the included tire rotation, experienced mechanics swap around cars' rubber-clad feet to facilitate an evenly distributed level of wear and tear.
P/Max Personals Trainers use their experience to help clients of all levels and needs reach their fitness goals. In their training programs, they combine total-body resistance training with interval cardio-exercise and Pilates techniques for toning and shaping muscles and maximizing body fat loss. Depending on what each client needs, he may use dumbbells, resistance bands, and boxing drills, as well as nutritional planning. Clients seeking diet and nutritional planning can receive expert advice from personal trainer Peter Janora. P/Max Personal Training also hosts a mobile service that meets at a home or local health club.
For more than a quarter-century, Sears Auto Center-Old Forge Motor Cars has been keeping rides cruising smoothly with maintenance services and fresh brand-name tires. An online tire-size finder lets drivers peruse available rubbery soles based on tire size or their vehicles' year, make, and model; customers can also search for brands such as BFGoodrich, Cooper, Michelin, and Yokohama. Ailing cars can roll into the shop and let experienced technicians diagnose and treat their issues, from loose belts and hoses to squeaky brakes or wheels that become clumsily misaligned when cute convertibles whiz by. Sears Auto Center-Old Forge Motor Cars is open seven days a week and also harbors used vehicles available for purchase.
Pleasant Valley Farm began upon the back of a single horse. Since those early days, the family-run business has grown under the leadership of Lynne Hathaway-Epprecht, who has served as the head trainer since the farm's inception. Lynne has seen the farm's roster of horses swell to more than 20. She's also seen the construction of two arenas and miles of on-property riding trails. But the farm doesn't abandon tradition, a fact exemplified by the big red barn, an original feature of the property that dates back to the mid-18th century when George Washington first pointed it out to his best friend on a march.