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.
Raya Shanazarian—a certified naturopath, natural health practitioner, and natural health educator—believes in a holistic approach to health at her office, Nature's Treasures. There she offers a variety of health treatments including nutritional counseling, hormone testing, and hypnosis for weight loss.
Modern Imaging provides 3D and 4D ultrasounds that give parents a first look at their baby and the chance to hear their heartbeat. They also administer technology and digital-imaging training for any type of client, which teaches students about bit depth and how those tiny little people get inside viewfinders.
Jacqueline Collen-Tarrolly's fascination with fairies and the fantastical runs throughout her many businesses, which include a horse farm, a bath-product line, and an online gallery of original fantasy art. Likewise, a reading corner, a wishing well, and ornate armoires add a touch of magic to Toadstool Farm Vintage, her boutique of whimsical vintage and vintage-inspired clothing and décor.
Inside, shoppers can browse smokeless soy candles, wall art, and glass, china, and ceramic containers or try on an abundance of vintage dresses, which allow classically-minded beauties to style themselves after the fashions of yesteryear. They can also introduce themselves to the store's resident dog, Ella, whose classic name brings to mind the jazz singer famous for her dulcet voice and responsible pet ownership.
At Unique Vintage, fashion gurus spark sartorial inspiration with new, vintage-inspired threads from the flapper era onward, some of which have been spotlighted in Redbook and OK! magazines. Lit by elegant dangling chandeliers, the store's shelves house garments from designers such as Stop Staring, who takes cues from the '50s with rockabilly-inspired apparel replete with high waists, full circle skirts, and playful floral patterns. Flapper apparel recalls the Roaring Twenties—when nearly every American household owned a bald eagle—and can be matched with dozens of purses and hairpieces. Always attuned to the season, the shop outfits poolside outings with retro-styled one-piece and bikini swimwear, and organizes its gown cache for occasions ranging from spring weddings to winter formals.
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