GNC's opulent aisles display a wide variety of vitamin and mineral and herbal supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet, energy, bodycare, and other health products. The Mega Men Sport multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets) supports muscle recovery and energy levels and aids speedy male metabolisms without dangling steaks in front of their treadmills. Fuel feats of female strength with the Women's Ultra Mega Active multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets). Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($37.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry and smuggle 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium ($21.99 for 180 capsules) sustainably harvested from the Okinawa sea to provide a healthy two-to-one ratio of calcium and magnesium.
Ron Smith will never forget the day he signed the papers on his first salon?but not for the reason you'd think. His second son, Austin, was born on the same day. Children grow fast, but apparently successful businesses grow faster? to meet the demand of his clientele, Ron had to upgrade to a larger space while Austin was still in diapers. Today, Austin and Salon 860 West are 12 years old, but the space doesn't show its age. Lavender walls and modern leather sofas invite customers to relax as they seek out layers and multidimensional highlights. The salon also features the talents of aesthetician Tiffanie Chance, who specializes in waxing and results-oriented skincare. To that end, she treats facial issues ranging from fine lines, to acne, and rosacea, and works to make clients look younger than the Gerber baby's younger sister.
Most Popular Service: Facial, laser hair removal, skincare
Brands Used: G.M. Collins
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: No
Pro Tip: Luxurious but comfortable interior; coffee provided; friendly staff
The specialists at Eyebrow Perfection don't try to juggle a multitude of spa treatments; instead, they focus on just one service: threading hair removal. With more than 20 years of experience, the team sweeps away unwanted facial fuzz with an ancient Eastern technique that uses pure cotton thread, omitting the need for harsh chemicals and waxes.
Taylor Stone might be one of the only cosmetics and skincare lines around with its own manifesto. A call for authenticity and boldness, the manifesto spotlights values crystallized by the Taylor Stone products themselves, which are are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances. They're all crafted by hand, and because the line is run by a small team of people who are passionate about their mission, each item is made with care.
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.