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.
As avid golfers themselves, Pro Golf Discount?s staff members boast a wealth of experience and professional equipment advice. They are eager to direct shoppers through stores full of golfing merchandise from brands such as TaylorMade, Nike, and Callaway, pointing out the differences between the quality products. They lead lefties to their expansive selection of left-handed equipment, and discuss the advantages of their specialty women's gear with ladies. The master club fitters evaluate clients? swings with advanced Launch Monitors and the Foresight Sports GC2 golf-simulation system, enabling them to recommend equipment that is suited to the customer's specific needs.
Most of the locations host golf lessons within their onsite golf theater hitting cages, where top golfers dish out expert tips and techniques. The Tacoma, Bellevue, Lynnwood and Bellingham locations feature repair centers, where technicians can spruce up clubs in preparation for upcoming tournaments or a golf vacation.
Owner and aesthetician Cortney Moody draws on more than a decade of experience to share her passion for skincare through custom treatments performed with natural botanical products and essential oils. A blend of products determined by a thorough skin analysis swathes faces to fight aging, reduce acne, or ward off dead skin cells. Her collection of facials fight specific skin concerns and add-on treatments employ ingredients such as baobab oil to reduce fine lines or vitamin C to revive ho-hum skin. The extreme lip treatment softens chapped pouts, and a collagen eye treatment unpuffs puffy eyes and sends dark circles to the space between Saturn's rings.
We produce one of the largest collections of gourmet sea salts in the world under the Caravel Gourmet brand that is sold nation wide. The retail store in Lynnwood has both an olive oil and gourmet sea salt tasting bar daily. The retail store offers a huge selection of natural sea salts and spices, gourmet foods and gifts.
With spring bursting from the earth like a bony hand from a freshly dug grave and summer a pale horse on the horizon, there are any number of terrifying events to cope with: Mother's Day, prom, graduation, and May Day, to name but a few. All of these are best met head-on with floral arrangements, potted plants, or decorative containers heaped with treats courtesy of Stadium Flowers. A Sweet Bird Garden ($44.98) comes nestled in a woven basket adorned with a bird and filled with a palette of flowers. Treat mom or an open-minded dad to a vase of Spring Roses, garnished with raffia and butterfly. Non-traditional options also abound, such as a more-edible-than-flowers Nature's Bounty ($69.98) or a prettily practical Daisy Pitcher ($19.98, $44.98 with flowers). And just in time for prom night, a gorgeous four-rose wristlet corsage with kalanchoe ($34.98) makes a beautiful pre-apology for ruining a date's dress before she can return it to Nordstrom's.