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 team of eye experts at Maz Optical has brought the world back into focus for more than two decades. Skilled opticians zero in on any sign of eye disease and calibrate fresh prescriptions for patients no longer able to see properly. Patients then take their new recipe for eyewear to experienced technicians, who help them order contacts or select frames from designers such as Prada, Coach, and Bebe. The professionals can answer questions about progressive lenses, give advice on protective coatings, and weigh in on which lenses are most likely to crack if worn to the opera.
Fusion 84’s cosmopolitan menu takes palates on a culinary tour of the world with exotic sauces and spices, fillets of fresh seafood, juicy steaks, and poultry. Like Cary Grant’s unplaceable accent, the tantalizing bill of fare draws influences from throughout the globe, blending Asian, Caribbean, European, and southern traditions in tasty small plates such as the mini blue crab tacos ($9) stuffed with citrus jicama slaw and garnished with pico de gallo.
Life coach John Hinrichsen first discovered the importance of personal motivation as an athlete. He has embarked on adventures ranging from high-altitude mountaineering to international backpacking. All of this accumulated experience helps him turn his motivational skills to others through his Image Cycling program, a themed indoor-cycling series. Held in the cool darkness of Centerport's Vanderbilt Planetarium, each group class guides students through a different cycling route set to inspirational music and vibrant panoramic imagery. John may coach groups during rides lit by images of the universe, hill climbs set to the sights and sounds of storms, or Bon Fire rides led by the invigorating smell of burnt marshmallows.
At each of its five locations, Vision Center helps clients achieve clear, focused fields of vision and an impeccable sense of personal style with eyewear from brands such as Ray-Ban, Versace, Prada, and Dior. Optometrists zero in on vision prescriptions or eye diseases with high-tech exam equipment, and friendly, knowledgeable opticians and in-house frame stylists craft looks that suit each client's one-of-a-kind eyes and face.
During the 50-minute signature European facial, a professional aesthetician at R. J. West first deep-cleans pores to rid them of sebum deposits. Steam then rolls over faces, like a hot cloud licking a zeppelin, to open pores before an exfoliation gently sloughs off dead skin cells to brighten dermises and stimulate the skin’s natural collagen production. A slathering of custom aromatic cream wafts a bouquet of relaxing fragrances into nostrils while dexterous hands knead the sinewy tendons of the hands and neck, relieving tension and loosening overly tight marionette strings.