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.
For more than 70 years, the ASE-trained technicians at Brooks-Huff Tire & Auto Centers have maintained vehicles with services ranging from routine oil changes to major repairs such as transmission replacements. The company operates out of three locations in Baltimore metropolitan area and three in Pennsylvania, all of which uphold industry standards as Goodyear Tire and Service Network dealers and AAA-Approved Auto Repair centers. In addition to servicing nearly all vehicle makes of models, the company specializes in tire sales and service.
Heritage Honda revamps cruisers with comprehensive auto services performed by vehicular specialists. Under the oil-coated stethoscopes of Honda-certified technicians, horseless carriages are carefully inspected to make sure fluids are high, parts aren't worn out, and engine cylinders haven’t morphed into cubes. An oil-and-filter change pairs well with a front-end alignment ($100) or a tire rotation and new cabin air filter ($100). Replace batteries ($100) or front brake pads worn down from too many trips around Dead Man’s Curves, the draining men-only fitness club ($100). A convenient online scheduling form affords appointments for speedy express service or more intensive maintenance work.
One of the area's oldest full-service tire dealers in operation, Hillen Tire & Auto Service opened in 1917 under the helm of the late Joseph Schnitzer, whose sons, Marvin and Jerry, maintained the tradition of trustworthy service. Now, under the new ownership of former manager and lead technician Brian Smith, the auto shop tends to the needs of almost every car and motorized pogo stick manufactured since 1974. An inventory of 38,000 tires from brands such as Michelin and Firestone set cars atop quality rubber, and ASE-certified technicians keep cars healthy with auto services that include tune-ups, heating and air conditioning, and maintenance packages.
After 25 years of service, to the auto-maintenance professionals at Carney Tire and Car Care Center, the only thing more important than nurturing their relationship with the environment is nurturing their relationships with their clients. Inside their shop?which is heated by 100% recycled oil?they spruce up downtrodden rides with repairs and inspections of belts and hoses, as well as basic services such as oil changes and battery replacement. They break out advanced equipment to perform complex transmission maintenance and computerized engine analysis. Carney also serves as a title and tag service as well as a Maryland state inspection center. Their tire shop stocks quality rubber from brands such as Goodyear, Yokohama, Bridgestone, and Michelin, which keeps tires hugging the road like a bear cub hugs its favorite teddy human. Putting client comfort in the forefront, Carney Tire and Car Care Center has appointed their waiting area with plush leather couches and a large flat-screen TV.