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.
The Kansas City Star's hard-hitting journalism has netted seven Pulitzer Prizes over its distinguished 130-year history and expanded into cyberspace through its website, KansasCity.com. Fat Sunday editions, meanwhile, are glutted with rich content, including C.W. Gusewelle?s news column, a spread of color comics, and the ever-popular coupons and sales ads.
Recipient of the prestigious Best Print Publication in Kansas City from Media Mix in 2009 and 2011, 435 South Magazine has kept its dedicated readership abreast of the latest news and events in suburban Johnson County for more than half a decade. Within its pristinely designed pages, 435 South Magazine thoroughly examines local schools, neighborhoods, restaurants, and editor-selected "best of" attractions through a hodgepodge of long-form narratives, reviews, and photo essays. In addition to a new iPad edition of the print publication, 435 South Magazine uploads a constant stream of content onto its website and frequently updates its monthly calendar of recommended outings and phone-a-thons benefiting shelters for pet rocks.
The brainchild of a fashion-forward mother-and-daughter team, the charming Frankie and Jules boutique stocks trendy yet practical apparel and accessories for all occasions. Seasonal dresses hang neatly from wall displays, adorning the shop with splashes of color and eye-catching sparkle. A selection of everyday items includes embellished T-shirts, seamless leggings, and oversize sweaters. Finagled from chic Titans, these items come together to create cozy ensembles for casual Fridays and laid-back dates, whereas sleeveless sequined dresses elevate entrances into red-roped venues. Patrons may complete their looks with Frankie & Jules' selection of heels, boots, flats, and bejeweled accessories.
When physical therapist Mike Farmer grew tired of referring patients to a specialty store for shoe inserts, he founded his own at Metro Walk and Run, which also carries athletic shoes from Asics, Mizuno, and New Balance. Each staff member is a certified athletic trainer and physical therapist qualified to advise customers about which shoe types to wear and which brands of socks best absorb the liters of Gatorade secreted by feet. In addition to human experts, Farmer also employs a digital stride-analysis machine that records customers running on a treadmill to evaluate the efficiency of their strides when wearing different shoe types.
Owned by brothers George and Spiro Arvanitakis, Peter's Clothiers outfits gents in well-tailored suits, ties, and shoes from designer collections. For the ultimate fit, Peter's tailors custom-stitch shirts, pants, and even leather coats according to customers' measurements and style preferences. The clothiers hold all materials to a uniformly high standard of quality and their styling abilities are diverse—dressing gentlemen in looks from casual to formal, preppy to classic, or sporty to Flava Flav.