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 folks at Midnight Motors believe that cars are different from one another and need to be treated as such. That's why the professional detailers stock more than a dozen specialty cleaners, dressings, and polishes, and carefully pick and choose from the potpourri of products based on each car's condition. Solutions such as Diamond Shine Plus paint sealant?which is formulated from 26 ingredients?bonds to the paint's surface and gives it long-lasting protection from fading and oxidation. On the interior, detailers can comb through carpets and upholstery with heated soil extractors, which infuse every fiber with shampoo and deodorizers. Custom detailing packages add weight to the company's automotive-individuality philosophy by allowing motorists to put together a series of treatments?including buffing, waxing, and engine detailing?that meet the specific needs and allergies of their own prized vehicle.
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.
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.
After eight years of shining up rides across different Portland dealerships, Aaron Hunt opened his own shop in 2010, where he singlehandedly lavishes up to six cars with waxes, clay bars, and other treatments from Auto Magic and Meguiar's. Vacuums evict grime from carpets and seats, and soft cloths banish water spots left behind from drives through puddles or a selkie’s driveway. Hunt Auto Detail also protects paint and upholstery with warranty-backed Trident systems and deflects UV rays with tints and 3M Clear Shields, and calls in a paintless dent expert for ding repairs. Drivers can await their autos while flipping through magazines and sipping bottled water in a cozy front reception area.
Portland’s status as a transit-friendly city is built upon an infrastructure that lets people choose whether to drive somewhere or not, offering public transit, ample walkways, and dedicated bike routes. Just like a bicycle, however, cars need maintenance and care. Luckily, Portland auto repair shops and services are spread throughout the city for the best service available.
Portland car shops include No. 1 Japanese Auto Service on NW 16th, which has a solid reputation for Honda and Isuzu services and high ratings for customer care. Everett Street Auto Works in Old Town/Chinatown boasts high ratings for their prices and efficiency all around. Both No. 1 and Everett have honest, reliable price quotes that are more than competitive. Some Portland auto repair shops, such as Andy’s Auto Supply and Repair on SE Powell, provide their customers quotes on parts, giving them the option of having the work done or taking the do-it-yourself approach to save on costs. Si’s Auto Body on NE Glisan provides comprehensive services, prices that rival any chain, quick repairs, and high-quality work. Mackin’s Auto Body on NE Broadway goes the extra mile with their service, giving cars a wash and vacuuming before customers pick up their cars.
Portland car wash options range from automatic, such as Kaady Car Wash in Southwest Portland with its soft-touch wash, to hands-on attention at Washman Auto Spas in the Broadway district, for interior and exterior cleaning at reasonable prices. Eco Car Wash in North Portland offers a $10 wash and polish, drive-through style, and NW Auto-Spa kicks it up a few extra notches with their expert detailing to leave a car looking “showroom new.”
Car services in Portland are spread throughout the city and give cars the attention and service they need to keep going in any weather, without needing to drive too far to find them.