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 company's 8,000-square-foot space brims with apparel and accessories by more than 60 designer brands, including Hudson, AG, Mavi, Rock Revival, Joe's Jeans, 7 For All Mankind, True Religion, Citizens of Humanity, UGG and many others. New inventory arrives daily, replenishing racks with classic, casual clothing as well as on-trend attire bedecked in freshly inked timestamps.
Family-friendly amenities and helpful employees help the shop keep its high-fashion stock accessible. Throughout the store, staff members stand ready to recommend fits and styles that complement each customer's body type. Eight dressing rooms invite visitors to slip into a pair of jeans, and the walk-in mirror room allows them to inspect the fit from every possible angle. To make shopping easier for parents, the boutique also features a play area where children can entertain themselves while their parents shop.
Sometimes you love a garment so much you have to set it free. The open armed and stylish folks at Turn Style Consignment Stores know a gently used gem when they see one, and faithfully find a new home for them?via five stores in the Phoenix Valley. They consign second-hand garments, accessories, and home furnishings from casual sellers and convincing bridge trolls before lining their racks and shelves with the items. Many of their shoes and handbags hail from designer brands such as Gucci and Chanel, and their policy?prohibits anything that's not from a designer, better department, or specialty story.
For more than 15 years, the staff at Triangles has been outfitting residents of The Valley with on-trend and one-of-a-kind swimwear. A large selection of mix-and-match pieces (A to E cups) ensures clients can customize their suits for the correct top and bottom sizes. A selection of sandals, cover-ups, and dresses complete beach outfits. Triangles also provides specialty garments including belly dancing tops, satin corsets, and flirty holiday outfits.
With only 33 seats inside and 40 outside, Petite Maison stays true to its name. And though it be but little, it is fierce. The cozy French bistro was named a 2010 Best New Restaurant by Phoenix magazine and won the Best Late-Night Nosh award from the Phoenix New Times. Concentrating on classic, rustic French dishes, chef James Porter sources local foods to create such dishes as foie gras with cranberry chutney and seared sea bass with lobster risotto. His meals pair well with a selection from Petite Maison’s extensive wine list, which also features cocktails, cordials, and beer, and they can be enjoyed under sparkling chandeliers or surrounded by flora on a garden patio. And for daring diners eager for even more rich cuisine, Porter offers a staff meal from 10 p.m. to midnight on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. This creative meal—whose menu is announced on Twitter only hours before—gives the cooks the chance to show off their talents by preparing their best dishes and performing their best torch-juggling routines.
At all 200 Cookie by Design locations across the country, bakers hand-craft cheery cookie centerpieces from scratch with the creative flair of a florist. Founder Gwen Willhite stumbled across the inspiration for these artistic treats back in 1983 when, suddenly unemployed, she found she had time to combine her passion for baking and crafts. Today, each edible bouquet is prepared with the same care she showed when first starting out. She decorates each cookie by hand and personalizes the colorful confectionary arrangements for all occasions, including birthdays and housewarmings. Her cookies come in a variety of shapes, from ducks to hearts, and can be ordered in forms other than bouquets, such as baskets or trays. To get the most out of their medium, the bakers also design and decorate cookie cakes. In many instances, they’ll even hand deliver packages and can offer same-day delivery on select items, and cookie creations are always available onsite.