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.
As one of the largest and most established maternity-wear franchises in the United States, Pickles & Ice Cream outfits moms-to-be and their bundles of joy with helpful gifts and stylish clothing from well-known labels. Designers such as Spanx, Prego, Seraphine, and More of Me dress expecting shoppers to the nines in eye-catching lingerie, swimwear, and outerwear suitable for any occasion, and adorable babywear swaddles infants in comfortable, colorful ensembles. Like a cocktail dress with plenty of cargo pockets, diaper bags from Babymel fuse fashionability with function. Pickles & Ice Cream’s assortment of thoughtful gifts of skincare and baby-care essentials stock shower gift baskets.
GNC sells a wide variety of supplements (vitamin and mineral and herbal) and other health products (sports nutrition, diet, energy, body care, and more). You're sure to find something right for you, such as Ginkgo biloba capsules or that box of SuperFoods Supreme you wish for every Groundhog Day.
Krystalina applies a higher purification standard to its water than most conventional filters can provide. A nine-step process includes reverse osmosis and ultraviolet sterilization, cleansing your refreshing sips of everything but the smoothest, best-tasting bonds of hydrogen and oxygen. Krystalina's system is under careful 24-hour watch, ensuring every drip and drop is as pure as new-fallen snow or new-erupted lava.
Full service optometric practice including optical. Dr. Renee T. Dunlap gives eye examinations to 6 month olds to 106 year olds and is licensed as a therapeutic optometrist and optometric glaucoma specialist. She also fits contact lenses for multifocals, keratoconus, and after cornea transplants and refractive surgery.
Physicians, nutritionists, and personal trainers join forces at Fit-Life MD, where they work together to maximize overall wellness. They use each client's specific physiological needs as a jumping-off point to develop custom plans––including everything from body-composition testing to outdoor boot camps––that target health goals. They even offer metabolic-rate testing and meal planning to round out their services, ensuring clients' health needs are fully met.