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.
Honest-1 Auto Care's ASE-certified technicians keep vehicles in good health with surgery-like precision and care. Mechanics can rotate tires, repair the brakes or engine, or replace the vehicle's oil with synthetic-blend lubricant that matches the engine's recommended viscosity, ensuring the motor runs smoothly and has a competitive edge in the swimsuit portion of the 21-point inspection. As an environmentally-friendly business, Honest-1 Auto Care concludes services with eco-friendly disposal of old motor oil, and, if needed, lubrication of the chassis. Along with top-notch vehicle maintenance, Honest-1 Auto Care's centers cultivate a family-friendly environment complete with children's play areas, complimentary beverages, and large-screen TVs.
Owners Mike and Bob created Pro-Tek Automotive as a response to a proliferation of other garages' sloppy work, inferior components, and unfair prices. The two combine their more than 35 years of experience in building and tuning foreign and domestic autos, custom cars, and high-performance vehicles to perform a variety of automotive services, from factory-scheduled maintenance to prolonging the lives of cars by changing their oil, testing their emissions, and enforcing a strict bedtime. They also work to diagnose and fix issues with brakes, cooling and heating systems, electrical systems, and engines.
The duo and their team recognize the value of fortifying long-term relationships with customers. To do so, they keep each car owner's complete service history on file in their database, and send out reminders at the approach of scheduled maintenance dates.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
The blue garages at Audio-Fx welcome cars in need of aesthetic and sonic upgrades such as freshly minted electronics, sound systems, alarms, and custom design work. Inside the shop, the crew draws on more than 20 years of experience servicing Portland-area roadsters to refurbish rides with products from top brands such as Sony, Pioneer, Alpine, Cobra, and Panasonic. Wielding these parts, technicians expertly perform a range of services and installations, backing all of their labor with a lifetime warranty. The crew also tints windows with SunTek and LLumar films, keeping passengers and cars cooler than a dog that skateboards and speaks French.
Brake Team dedicate their nickname and business to one specialized, yet essential portion of customers' vehicles. Replacing brake pads, resurfacing rotors, and repacking non-sealed bearings may be some of the centers' more popular services, but the technicians are also capable of performing general automotive maintenance as well as basic brake system cleanings when needed. To help put visitors' minds at ease, the technicians also offer complimentary brake inspections, checking for potential problems and giving nicknames to each lug nut. The brothers currently own and operate 11 Brake Team locations throughout the Portland area and proudly embrace their reputation as local business owners within the Pacific Northwest.