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  • The Body Shop
    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.
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    10300 Little Patuxent Pkwy.
    Columbia, MD US
  • AT&T Portables
    An authorized AT&T retailer, AT&T Portables sets itself apart from the crowd with customer-service-oriented staffers who guide shoppers through the process of picking phones and accessories from an extensive inventory. Each employee is well versed in the bells and whistles of the latest smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Blackberry, and Nokia, helping shoppers translate tech specs into real-world pros and cons. Customers’ chosen phones are accompanied by a range of protective and stylish accessories, as well as cellular plans that provide an appropriate amount of minutes, text messages, and bandwidth for sending and receiving urgent cat videos.
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    110300 Little Patuxent Pkwy.
    Columbia, MD US
  • Cobbler's Bench Shoe Repair
    When it comes to footwear restoration, the experts at Cobbler’s Bench Shoe Repair don’t just go through the motions. Instead, they put in the extra effort to return each pair to a like-new condition, a quality instilled by the company’s founders, Charles and Sara Stern, in 1946. All repairs are completed within three days and use equal or better materials than the original manufacturer, which helps protect shoes from environmental damage and teasing from snobby loafers. Cobbler’s Bench also maintains an offsite plant with special equipment to carry out particularly complicated repairs.
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    8630 Guilford Rd.
    Columbia, MD US
  • Second Edition Books
    Since 2005, friendly book monarchs John and Kathy Byer have built a browser's kingdom of more than 15,000 books, recently adding legions of DVDs, CDs, and vinyl to their burgeoning empire. Each hardcover and paperback comes neatly arranged by type, from romance to children's books to science fiction, and they range from 50%?80% off the suggested retail price. Nostalgic VJs and cash-strapped Frisbee dogs will happily sniff through the DVD selection ($4 per disc), the sisterly compact discs ($4.95), and their great-uncle vinyl ($3.99). New trades occur weekly, rendering Second Edition a valuable hub for anyone looking to pan for gently used gold, dog-eared Newbery Medals, or gently-eared dog gold.
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    6490 Dobbin Rd
    Columbia, MD US
  • The LED Diet
    A lot changes in 20 years. Newborns become college students, the House of Representatives updates its roster 10 times, and a boulder becomes a slightly smaller boulder. But, for disciples of The LED Diet, one thing stays the same: their light bulbs. LED bulbs can last for up to two decades, casting homes in the low-energy, cooler-burning light. Three years of testing have resulted in an inventory of superior bulbs designed for spaces ranging from kitchens and ceiling fans to sparkling chandeliers. In addition to saving energy, "LEDs are certainly more attractive than the curly CFLs," one of The LED Diet's clients told the Washington Post. LED comprehensive lighting plans can cut down on energy usage from lighting by up to 80%. They also come equipped to install the bulbs themselves, meanwhile ensuring that they leave the abode spotless or with precisely its original number of spots by covering their shoes. Along with bulbs, they can also install thermostats and LED-compatible dimmers. Afterward, they'll happily replace a bulb if it burns out or, if necessary, remove and refund everything within 90 days of installation.
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    5729 Whistling Winds Walk
    Clarksville, MD US
  • Columbia Association / Columbia Ice Rink
    At the Columbia Association, visitors find not only a place to work out, swim, or enjoy the great outdoors, but a place to connect with the local community and get to know their neighbors. Families take in live music by the lakefront during summer festivals, or glide across the ice at the public rink. Meanwhile, aspiring athletes build muscle, flexibility, and form with practice at indoor and outdoor tennis courts, or regular trips to the high-tech Columbia Gym. Columbia Association also helps its members maintain a healthy lifestyle with a wide variety of facilities, including nearby golf courses, 23 swimming pools, and even an attached horse center, where humans can learn to ride and horses can get in shape for swimsuit season.
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    5435 Beaverkill Rd.
    Columbia, MD US

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