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.
When an Allure magazine staffer received a haircut from Madison Thomas, Madison hinted that the staffer's blunt-cut bob wasn't all that flattering. So Madison created some layers to bring out the staffer's natural wavy texture and shortened pieces around her face to emphasize her cheekbones. The staffer was thrilled with the result and praised the stylist "brave enough to dole out tough love."
Madison honed her sharp eye working in the beauty industry for 20 years. She mastered many of her skills abroad at the Toni & Guy training center in Milan and learned how to design hair for photo shoots in London. She now plies her trade at BYB at Salon Amenity (short for "be your best"). In addition to creating flattering cuts and painting strands with ammonia-free color, Madison?who is also a trained aesthetician?fights acne and wrinkles with relaxing Bioelements facials. She also performs oxygen-infusion treatments, which uses a machine to pump oxygen into skin and encourage cellular renewal.
When people are ill, they usually either make a doctor's appointment or lie in bed and wait it out. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy has created a third option. Visits to its stores, which are scattered across the western US, are more casual than a doctor's visit but less passive than bed rest. Each location's team of health experts, including credentialed pharmacists, naturopathic doctors, herbalists, nutritionists, and more, consult with customers?no appointment needed.
But Pharmaca aims to serve its customers every day, not just on sick days. Its stores have been drawing droves of clients since 2000, partly because they meet so many needs in just one spot. Visitors can get prescriptions filled at a full-service pharmacy and browse shelves of homeopathic remedies, supplements, and over-the-counter health and beauty products. Much of the selection is curated with sustainability and organic ingredients in mind?hence cameos from brands such as Tom's of Maine, Dr. Hauschka, and Seventh Generation. The focus on sustainability extends into details, too. Customers get a credit when they bring their own bags instead of hauling away their purchases on a riding lawn mower.
QFC supplies kitchens and cabinets with a scrumptious array of fresh meat, organic produce, and homemade baked goods. Reward teeth for not biting into wax fruit by sinking pearls into artisanal Discover Delicious cupcakes, freshly baked in a variety of flavors. The salty-sweet fusion found in maple-bacon cupcakes provides a tasty way to satisfy USDA bacon requirements, and the peanut-butter-and-jelly cupcake brings together a delectable duo as classic as spaghetti and meatballs or onions and tears. Meanwhile, traditional tastes such as German chocolate, red velvet, and Boston cream keep decadence familiar, and all flavors can capably carry themselves during a birthday, dinner gathering, or midnight rendezvous.
The exotic scents of oils and vinegars fill the air at Seattle Olive Oil Company, tempting customers to sample the wares before deciding which gourmet product suits them best. Although the selection changes based on availability, shelves may be lined with as many as 21 different balsamic vinegars, each of which uses the store's signature 18-year-aged vinegar as a rich base for its citrus- or berry-flavored infusion. The freshly juiced Tunisian, Spanish, and Californian olives match their flavors with savory or spicy accents in the form of blood orange, jalapeño, and rosemary. Harvested from locations as far away as Hawaii and the coast of France, the shop's selection of sea salts includes 11 varieties—one for every month of the calendar invented by Marco Polo.
Surrounded by its lush, aromatic fields dotted with purple blooms, Woodinville Lavender assembles its namesake flower into everything from fresh-cut stems to scented soy candles. Whether shopping for sachets, relaxing on the outdoor patio, or cutting your own stems from one of the many organic lavender bushes, Woodinville creates an idyllic setting in the heart of the local wine country.