Each Eye Doctor?s Optical Outlets location is doctor-owned, uniting the staff with a common vision to sharpen sight and boost eye health. Eye examinations reveal prescriptions and uncover any other ocular problems. After patients choose a new set of lenses, the in-house technicians get to work crafting them in the shop?s own lab rather than sending them off to be made during a summer camp?s arts and crafts day. Sundry designer frames border eyes in looks from Giorgio Armani and Marc Jacobs to Nike and Harley Davidson, and there is usually a trio of technicians in the shop, enabling multiple clients to summon help with a single pigeon call.
GNC's opulent aisles display a wide variety of vitamin and mineral and herbal supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet, energy, bodycare, and other health products. The Mega Men Sport multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets) supports muscle recovery and energy levels while aiding speedy male metabolisms without dangling steaks in front of their treadmills. Fuel feats of female strength with the Women's Ultra Mega Active multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets), ideal for vigorous women. Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($35.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry while smuggling 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium, sustainably harvested from the Okinawan Sea to provide a healthy 2-to-1 ratio of calcium and magnesium.
Vitamin Discount Center maintains its moniker by offering high-quality, health-boosting products at low prices. Cold sufferers can stave off a winter sniffles with Emergen-C (30 packets for $8.90), or bolster liver health with Solaray milk thistle (60 capsules for $18.69). Opt for innard peace with a soul-scrubbing CleanseSMART kit by Renew Life ($21.75) while finding outer satisfaction with hair-restoring Viviscal (60 tablets $45.41). Sporty shoppers can browse an array of bulk boosters like Jack3d ($26.65), which helps build muscles so that you'll never again need to search for your keys in order to move your car. Vitamin Discount Centers also carries a line of bath agents from Kiss My Face, Naturally Fresh, and more to match hearty insides with outer beauty.
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.
High-fashion frames from Prada, Cartier, and Michael Kors line the walls at Absolutely Optical and Eye Trends. The 3,000 designer-quality frames in stock on any given day include an extensive selection crafted from long-lasting materials such as titanium, stainless steel, or virgin zyl plastic imbued with fade-proof color. Technicians wander through the shop, waiting to fit the frames with distortion-free sunglass lenses, the newest generation of antireflection lenses, or googly eyes so it seems like you are awake while guarding a boring art museum. For prescriptions, patrons can consult the onsite optometrist, Dr. Jay Weil, who not only tests vision but also bolsters eye health with procedures ranging from hydrating treatments for dryness to LASIK surgery.
Village Health Market strives to stock its 16,000-square-foot store with a wide selection of organic and natural products, including more than 150 bulk items such as nuts, dried fruits, and coffees, along with more than 130 varieties of fruits, veggies, sprouts, and gourmet items. A shopping cart will guide you on a world tour through the grocery aisles, which feature complete selections of Thai, Indian, Mexican, gluten-free, and kosher foods, as well as a full line of dairy, dairy alternatives, non-dairy, and non-dairy alternatives for dairy. Quell hungers with Sami's Bakery millet and flax chips ($3.69) or bread ($4.89) while slamming thirst up against a locker with a large assortment of organic wine that includes the flavorful Badger Mountain chardonnay ($11.99). More than 40 kinds of fresh meat and seafood are available, such as wild blackened salmon ($15.99 a pound). And the café/deli features more than 65 cold items in the deli case, 20 vegan dishes (try a vegan spinach pie, $3.79 each), more than 20 ready-to-eat hot foods (selection of the day, $7.99 a pound), 30 sandwich combinations, and an organic salad bar ($6.99 a pound).