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.
As a kid, Jason Dilks visited his favorite pizzeria nearly twice a week. The pizza he loved had a thin crust and the cheese rested on the bottom, stepping aside to let the tomato sauce?s flavor play center stage. When Jason grew up, he became a mechanical engineer and moved to South Philly. There, he saw a need for the kind of pie he loved, so he started a pizzeria of his own.
At Slice, cooks handcraft and hand-toss dough daily, using a blend of flour that makes the crust thin and crispy when baked atop hot stones. Cheese makes up the foundation of these Trenton-style pies, which are then topped with tomato sauce. The sauce is made by hand-crushing San Marzano tomatoes, instead of throwing them up in the air and smashing them between a pair of hand cymbals.
Patrons choose from more than 30 toppings when customizing pies, including Maglio sausage, caramelized onions, and broccoli raab. The kitchen can also accommodate guests with dietary restrictions by making pizzas with gluten-free crusts and vegan mozzarella.
As the joint namesakes of Salon Christopher, co-owners Chris Angelastro and Chris Moore run their sizable team of stylists with experienced aesthetic eyes. Moore draws upon years of climbing the ranks in a New Jersey salon, and Angelastro taps a lifetime of growing up in his dad's salon. Today, their joint venture boasts both stylists' chairs and mani-pedi stations. Under the owners’ direction, stylists rinse locks in ebony shampoo bowls, lathering strands with products that boast shampoo-championship-ready pedigrees from brands including Italian-import Davines and Australian line Kevin Murphy.
Founded in 1914, the original New York City location of Sterling Optical doled out frames amid the Ford Model Ts and paperboys that swarmed the city's financial district. The original band of eyesight experts weathered years of economic depression by impressing customers with speedy, full-service vision care, later launching a second store near Washington, DC. Today, a century of steady franchise expansion has given rise to almost 200 store locations in 23 states. Most locations continue the tradition of offering one-stop optical services, giving customers access to exams and onsite labs that manufacture glasses in one hour. The spectacle provider has been named one of the nation's leading franchises by Entrepreneur magazine.
Countless trees fly by under your feet as you soar hundreds of feet above the ground. Suddenly, the forest floor below opens up into a gorge. At Red River Gorge Zipline, riders witness this incredible sight on regular canopy tours set amid the picturesque wilderness of Daniel Boone National Forest. The system's ziplines span more than 4,000 feet above the forest canopy, with the longest reaching about 1,900 feet in length. At the end of the tour, dual racing ziplines send riders charging down from more than 200 feet above the ground, and reaching speeds exceeding 50 mph. All of Red River Gorge Zipline's guests are strapped into harnesses for the duration of their tours, while helmet cams document their adventure.
Anthony Rossano created b2 after running Bernard's Salon & Day Spa for more than 20 years. Today, he matches men and women with the talented teams of stylists and colorists who bring their skills to b2's three locations—each as modern and airy as a cloud on a hovercraft. The Cherry Hill salon and the circular Washington Township salon are both completely white inside, and Philadelphia's b2 is marked by wood accents and geometric shapes. All three salons offer facial waxing; technicians renovate nails in Washington Township and Philadelphia.