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.
Voted the area?s best women's clothing store by the readers of the Towne Courier in the 2010 People's Choice Awards and Voted #1 consignment store for the Top of the Town award 2013 and 2014 from CityPulse, Kellie's Consignments houses an ever-changing selection of men's and women's consignment apparel, furniture, and designer shoes and accessories in its expansive 13,500-square-foot showroom. The shop's one-of-a-kind inventory shifts more quickly than a caffeinated racecar, with a fresh selection of new merchandise from consignors constantly rotated in from consignors as far away as Texas. Handbags and footwear with pedigrees from designers such as Fendi and Roberto Cavalli keep patrons decked out in timeless fashions, and a selection of jewelry lets them further accessorize any outfit. Such designer deals led Lansing City Pulse readers to crown Kellie's Consignments Best Consignment Store in the 2013 and 2014 Top of the Town readers' poll.
In 2001, founder Carrie Rezabek Dorr began teaching dance classes in her very first studio. A lifetime of choreographing and performing across the United States had prepared her to teach others how to nurture their passion for dance. But an interest in fitness led her to explore mixing ballet and exercise in an effort to bolster her students' health and flexibility while reducing their chance of injury. Now called the Pure Barre method, Carrie’s fitness regime tones the hips, seat, arms, and abs by combining small movements with barre exercises that tone without building bulky muscle. This new regime ignited a fire under her students that soon spread to other studios across the United States. Today, instructors from Alabama to Washington continue to teach Carrie's method, while she continues to refine her techniques and search for the lost city of El Dorado.
An all-female team of fitness and nutrition experts creates a spa-like setting at Elements to help women feel comfortable while working out instead of toiling in a weight-filled warehouse. European-designed "smart" machines use advanced technology to personalize workouts by greeting each member by name, remembering their personal settings and performance, and serving as a digital coach throughout the session. For a more human touch, the center's personal lifestyle coaches develop highly tailored diet and exercise plans for each member, following up with them to provide support, encourage progress, and check for untied shoelaces. After workouts, women can relax in the detoxifying warmth of an infrared sauna or atop the warm, soothing jets of a hydromassage bed.
Even if PGPA Pharmacy’s name doesn’t ring a bell with local residents, its owners hope its community-minded focus does. As one of the few remaining independent, nonchain pharmacies in the area, it offers a selection that blends the prescriptions that customers need with organic and alternative products that further improve their sense of well-being. Elsewhere on the shelves are over-the-counter remedies, vitamins, dietary supplements, skincare products, and snacks. The pharmacy also administers shingles, pneumonia, Tdap, and flu vaccines—the latter not to be confused with the popular flue vaccine used to rid chimneys of imposter Santas. All of the staff’s products, services, and support pursue PGPA’s mission to promote health by providing the proper education to clients.
Both of the doctors of chiropractic at Okemos Family Chiropractic can attest to the benefits of chiropractic care. Dr. Craig Heinrich says it has alleviated his back pain and boosted his overall health, and Dr. Kirby Perrault notes that his wife’s spine has restrengthened after years of instability. They treat a laundry list of chronic pains, including carpal tunnel, slipped disks, tennis elbow, and pogo-stick ankle. After a consultation, they prescribe the proper treatment from a list of techniques including traditional spinal adjustments, massage therapy, and detoxifying footbaths.