To call The Body Shop a mere skincare, body care, fragrance, and makeup 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 our planet. She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in 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 ecofriendliness 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 a UK-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 screen printed by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments, such as the Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil, often appear in Flare, Chatelaine, Canadian Living, and other national publications.
The tailors at Peter Parvez can learn nearly everything about a client in 30 minutes. Measurements, lifestyle, ambitions, aesthetic tastes?they all come to light. And after the half-hour fitting, the team crafts a custom suit or shirt that fits as naturally as a second skin and complements the immeasurable aspects of a person. Patterns, fabrics, and styles can all be altered, giving a guest the option to evoke a vintage elegance with a double-breasted suit or to embrace a more contemporary look with pinstripes.
Although the tailors take a holistic view of the man or woman wearing the suit, when practicing their craft, they focus on the most minuscule detail. They hand-sew every button into place, cut and roll the collar, and add working buttonholes to the sleeves for an extra layer of functionality. Additionally, they invest the time needed to install a pure silk lining into every jacket, making suits comfortable enough to become a viable alternative to pajamas.
Simon’s Bike Shop is where you'll find the perfect bike to conquer your next outdoor adventure. This friendly family owned shop has been providing specialty bikes on Robson Street in Downtown for over 20 years. They carry a wide selection of brands including Bell, Fox Racing, Blackburn and Shimano. Along with many styles of bikes suited for different terrain such as bumpy roads and mountains. Come in and check out the latest active wear and bike accessories to pair with your new ride. Simon’s Bike Shop also offers a bike rental package for touring Vancouver. This package comes with a helmet, backpack, security lock, and city map.
Hi-Fi Centre is Vancouver's premier audio/video store. We specialize in high quality home theatre and music systems for your home and we have the city's largest selection of quality headphones. We also offer professional design, engineering and installation.
Lavan's nature alchemists collect herbs and fruit, vegetable, and flower extracts sourced from the Israeli countryside to blend into their all-natural bath and body products, which have been lauded in SweetLife and Fashion Magazine's blog for producing “silky results in an instant.” Mixed according to ancient recipes, the balms and soaps are hand-packed into recyclable glass containers before staffers arrange them on the shelves of Lavan's luxe downtown store. In the center of the space, a large, round sink sprouting multiple faucets whispers for customers to sample soaps and salt scrubs. Knowledgeable staffers serenely explain the benefits of the exotic ingredients, or direct men and women to salves specifically designed for their skin needs. All of products are hypo-allergenic, paraben-free, and never tested on animals, making them gentle enough to use on babies who take strong ethical stances on the treatment of animals.