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.
Ed Jenuwine began selling cigars in 1947, and his brothers John, Jim, and Lee joined him shortly thereafter. In the years between 1947 and 1988, they moved their shop to three different locations, all within two blocks of the house they grew up in. Today, the cigar empire they built operates out of locations in Troy and Sterling Heights, both of which feature humidors larger than 2,000 square feet and are stocked with thousands of different brands of cigars. Both boast comfortable smoking lounges with large televisions and WiFi access to give puffers a peaceful place in which to blow smoke rings, relax, or summon the ghost of Groucho Marx. The Sterling Heights location also sees bartenders pouring 78 types of scotch and other libations and hosts live music on Thursday and Friday nights.
In defining their style, men often have to choose a side: functionality or self-expression. Bachrach, however, fuses the two together with a collection that is equal parts dressy and casual. Established in 1877, Bachrach has been outfitting men for the biggest interviews of their lives or just fun nights out on the town with a diverse and versatile lineup of suits, dress shirts, ties, and pants. Beyond that, the company leaves no detail unnoticed by maintaining an equally robust selection of accessories. It includes cufflinks, tie bars, and even cologne so guys don't have to borrow a friend's or stuff their pockets with fresh-baked cookies just to smell good. With 36 locations in 15 states and a bustling online store, Bachrach makes browsing its collection quick and simple.
Though Macy's is primarily known for its clothing and home decor, the renowned department store is just as adept at feeding its customers as it is at fashionably clothing them. Inside the retail haven's many locations, casual eateries welcome shoppers with classic American dishes updated with fresh ingredients. Lighter plates, such as chopped salads and turkey sandwiches, are served up alongside favorites including grilled burgers and Alaskan cod and chips. Hearty, homestyle entrees of oven-baked meatloaf, chicken pot pie, and macaroni and cheese complete the menu.
CUSP, a sister boutique of Neiman Marcus, lines its shelves with apparel and accessories that set wardrobes afire with the flames of fashion. Labels range from trendy (J Brand) to ultra chic (DVF). Protect your hands from atmospheric wear with a pair of ivory knit mittens with a faux fur lining ($44), slick up kickers with zebra-print fleece welly socks ($40), or stand out in a Amanda Uprichard red silk dress ($194). Torsos, which threaten secession whenever they're not dressed in classy duds, can be appeased with a Phillip Lim 3.1 tank ($95), a black burnout linen piece with a racerback and the words "cool," "easy," and "nice" on the front.
Oakland Mall provides a premier Santa habitat, complete with a fun-filled game zone, a magical holiday train, and plenty of face time with Father Christmas. Wee ones have the chance to tell Santa exactly what they would or expressly would not like to find under their yuletide conifer, and parents can preserve the encounter with one of the convenient photo packages (starting at $15.99). Family units can also take advantage of the festive holiday backdrops for group shots, and a free online photo is included with every order. This Groupon can also be used toward tokens for train rides or as elf bait (token prices range from $2.25 for one to $12 for 10).