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.
Automatic scoring systems keep tabs on every strike and spare inside Mockingbird Lanes, where balls tumble toward 32 clusters of pins. Along with rounds of open bowling, the alley hosts seasonal leagues for men, women, youngsters, and senior citizens alike. During cosmic bowling every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening, the lanes glow with black lights and club-style lighting while DJs play upbeat tunes.
Beyond the bowling alley, Mockingbird Lanes houses its own pro shop, where technicians fastidiously repair malfunctioning gear or customized new equipment. After final frames, visitors can reenergize inside Laneslide Diner, whose cooks specialize in American classics such as philly cheesesteaks. Over in the Bird's Nest Lounge, meanwhile, bartenders decant libations amid six big-screen TVs, a billiards table, and an internet jukebox that plays hit songs in between recordings of dial-up modems.
Below large wooden beams, artists of all ages bend diligently over their pieces, dabbling in palettes filled with colorful glazes. Families, birthday-party guests, summer-camp attendees, and students fill the many tables at It's Yours Pottery, painting raw bisque piggy banks, coffee mugs, and ceramic flying saucer props. Pottery isn't the only star of the show, though?on other days, the tables hoist fused-glass pieces, tiles, stones, beads, acrylic paints, and slabs of clay for hand-formed figures.
Bold shades of pink peek through Runway Boutique?s floor-to-ceiling windows, enticing passersby inside to peruse the store?s selection of fashionable apparel from top designers. The racks are filled with tops, dresses, and jeans from brands such as Big Star, Hudson Jeans, LA Idol, Havaianas, and Rock Revival, as well as seasonal accessories that can accompany a summer dress or a wintertime coat made of yak pelts. The store completely overhauls its inventory every season, allowing guests to stay up-to-date on the latest fashion trends.
Retrofitted from former city buses, Nebraska Party Bus's 6-vehicle fleet conveys revelers about town in party-style buses. The air-conditioned and heated transports include a upholstered 30-footer with a private party area in the rear, encouraging between-bar mingling, whereas a pair of 42-seaters are perfect for ferrying wedding guests to receptions or back to central casting's rent-a-wedding-guest unit. The buses serve Omaha, Lincoln, and Council Bluffs, offering patrons comfortable conveyance throughout the metro area.
Since 1966, The Post and Nickel's staff has been dressing men and women in designer apparel that changes as current trends do. Today, their roster of designers includes contemporary and classic names such as Hugo Boss, Michael Stars, Ted Baker, Georg Roth, Splendid, Ella Moss, Hudson, DL1961, Sam Edelman, UGG, Frye, Joe's Jeans, and more. Whether guests are searching for denim, shoes, hoodies, or dresses, the shop?s staff can help customers swath bodies in on-trend looks appropriate for casual or dressy events.