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.
At the age of 11, Peggy Newlan began sculpting her mother's hair into beehives and french twists. She practiced on friends and family members, her fingers becoming more and more adept as she styled manes and picked locks. Despite her innate talent for hairstyling, Newlan pursued a career in accounting and banking. Eventually, she returned to her true calling, joined ooh la la Salon, and purchased the company in 2003.
Newlan now leads a team of stylists, as well as a massage therapist and a skincare expert who is an educator at Florida Academy. The beauty specialists perform a variety of services, from cuts, highlights, and ionic hair straightening to nailcare and spa services such as facials, massages, waxes, and spray tans.
Amid the metal siding and slate-grey hues of its industrial-inspired space, Bombshells Salon beautifies clients with a panoply of professional services. The stylists specialize in color treatments, decorating strands with subtle highlights or adding bold hues, along with crafting flattering styles with custom cuts and flatiron-styling services. Men can even find a service to suit them, from professional barbering to chest waxing. Styling packages are also available, such as the women's pinup package with eyebrow waxing, or the men’s pompadour package, which includes a scalp massage.
Pampering gets a manly makeover at Sports Spa USA, where men can recharge after a tough workout with a sports massage or remove dirt and grit from digits with nail-grooming services. The men's spa also provides facials, hair removal and trimming, and haircuts in a no-frills environment where the focus is on effective treatments and high-quality products.
At her namesake Vinnie’s Barber Shop, stylist Vincene Lewis imbues customers’ hairstyles with stylish inspiration. Joined by an experienced team of scissor-wielders, Vincene whips the manes of men, women, and children into shape, creating unique looks that outwardly reflect guests' inner personalities. As discarded hairs fall gently to the floor, the shop’s two traditional red, white, and blue poles swell feelings of nostalgia and spur candy-cane makers to new creative heights.