At Richardson Vision Center, shiny displays of designer glasses and sunglasses tempt clients with the sleek designs of Ray-Ban, Vera Wang, and Jhane Barnes. Board-certified optician Paul Wayne Gerald draws from 23 years of experience to fit frames perfectly to faces, adjust and repair damaged eyewear, and cut and edge single-vision and multifocal lenses. He also helps clients find eyewear for rigorous activities such as extreme sports, fishing, golfing, and excessive winking.
Dr. Jeff Angobaldo goes out of his way to personally meet with every person who comes into Renaissance Plastic Surgery, whether they're considering a nip, tuck, or Botox. At other clinics these consultations are often performed by a physician’s assistant or scarecrow in a lab coat, but Dr. Angobaldo believes in the importance of getting to know his patients and understanding their beauty goals. He’s able to whittle away unwanted bulges with liposuction and put sagging features back into place with eyelid lifts and full facelifts. In his spare time, he offers his pro bono services to under-privileged patients in need of reconstructive work and travels to locales such as Bolivia and Haiti to donate his medical expertise to humanitarian efforts.
Targeting fat one pound at a time, Metabolic Research Center gives clients the tools for long-term and sustained weight loss. The team of board-certified physicians, registered dieticians, and out-of-work Soviet prizefighters built the basis of the center's weight-loss plans out of the research of Dr. George Blackburn, a pioneer in the science of nutrition. Dr. Blackburn found that crash dieting elicits a "famine" reaction in the human body, causing it to retain stores of fat and accumulate a layer of dust. Metabolic Research Center's customized programs avoid stringent dieting. They combine smart cooking and grocery shopping with techniques for stress management to address the emotional side of eating, making slimness sustainable.
Amid soothing sage-colored walls, patrons buckle in for body transforming in wraps designed to help shed weight and burn fat. Technicians gently fold their clients into toasty wraps that work to help sculpt leaner, smoother silhouettes capable of creating more aerodynamic shadow puppets. The shop?s repertoire of miocrodermabrasion, facial, waxing, and tanning treatments allows clients to ensure no inch goes unbeautified, and a collection of weight loss and anti-aging products for sale helps customers keep up the primping process long after guests leave the spa.
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.