Wheel Wright Bike Shop's staff doesn't just outfit people with bikes–they outfit them with a lifestyle. Avid cyclists and riders themselves, the team uses a 10-point measuring and fitting system to choose the right bike for each customer. Once chosen, the bike technicians can trick them out with custom modifications in their full fabrication shop. They can also repair bent frames after bikers decide to play chicken with a car door. High-quality bike brands such as Trek and Giant line the shop's racks, alongside shelves full of accessories including helmets, lights, and riding gear.
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.
Cach? helps women turn heads with fun, vibrant outfits that transition easily from day to night. From lifestyle sportswear to cocktail dresses, the national specialty boutique has what women need to look fabulous before, during, and after their 9-to-5. To ensure a personalized shopping experience, stylists stand ready to advise customers in every boutique. Shoppers can even schedule a one-on-one appointment to streamline preparations for a special event.
Though these looks change from season to season, Cach? is known for incorporating bold prints and patterns into everything from floral pants and dresses to animal-print tops. On the flip side, Cach? also maintains an entire collection of LBDs?little black dresses?that fit in just as well at a cocktail party as they do at the office.
At Smart Toys, parents don't have to choose between fun and educational. That's because the staff at each location stocks their shelves with toys that fit both categories. Youngsters can learn as they play, developing eye-hand coordination while operating flying helicopters or practicing parallel parking with Hot Wheels. They can also express themselves creatively with art supplies by Crayola or boost critical thinking skills with board games including Clue and Monopoly.
Rally House encourages customers to wear their Philadelphia sports-team pride on their sleeves, heads, and everywhere else. For more than two decades, the shop has stocked clothes, accessories, and home decor that represent the city's professional teams including the Eagles, Phillies, Union, and 76ers. Its college spirit soars equally high with prideful relics that feature logos of Drexel, La Salle, Penn, Penn State, Rutgers, Saint Joseph?s, Temple, Villanova and West Chester teams. Guests can browse the space for unique finds, including pint glasses, vintage t-shirts, and license plate frames, among other items.
In 1933, the founders of Keswick Cycle opened their doors with a common goal in mind: to make each visitor feel like a part of the family. Almost 80 years later, a staff of avid cyclists and triathletes maintains the same friendly vibe at all three locations, meanwhile stocking an assortment of bikes and accessories. Bicycles from Cannondale, Specialized, Electra, and other big brands conquer myriad terrains, from roads and triathlon courses to mountain trails mucky with discarded cooking oil. Tires, apparel, and other accessories round out the inventory, situated around the shop's central hub, the services department. Here, factory-trained mechanics tune up or overhaul any type of bike or shopping carts masquerading as bikes. These same experts fit athletes for competition at the triathlon studio and, in their spare time, lend a hand to local charities.