Cigar King caters to smoke-savvy shoppers with a wide selection of cigars, cigar accessories, and more in a welcoming shop accented with cozy leather chairs and classic hardwood floors. Browse cigars from brands such as Ancient Warrior, Ashton, and Baccarat and pick them up by the box, bundle, five-pack, cubic busload, or sampler. Puff-happy patrons can check out an Alec Bradley family sampler ($34.95) or a CAO Conmemorativo collection ($40.95), and world-traveling inhalers can fume their way across the globe with an Xtreme travel humidor ($19.95). Light lip logs in style with an Evertech triple torch lighter ($34.95), or put out stogies and unexpected mustache fires with a leaf-shaped Boca Grande Maduro ashtray ($19.95).
At European Imports & Gifts, mementoes for all holidays and events march along shelves, from intricately painted animal statuettes to sparkling gilded ornaments. Collectibles, such as a butterfly-winged Precious Moments ballerina ($19.95) or a pink, multifaceted Swarovski pig ornament ($21) transform tumbleweed-ridden curio cabinets into flashy boomtowns. Be-ribbon an offering for a unique someone with themed gifts, including a music enthusiast all tuned in mouse ($19.95) or a ceramic mug, colorfully emblazoned with “Daddy Needs Coffee” ($9.95). European Imports & Gifts ensures presents suitable for the most elegant wrapping paper and frequent new arrivals, seasonal collections, and event-specific doodads for Fathers Day, graduations, or the successful end of a pet's job search.
Licensed as a private detective by the State of Illinois since 1991, John C. Frycek has decades of experience in both investigation and personal protection. Backed up by his veteran corps of supporting professionals, Frycek boosts peace of mind through services including bug sweeps, undercover surveillance, and background investigations. Professional protection rounds out the agency's offerings, with crews providing personal safety for such high-profile individuals as politicians and the more popular Muppets.
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 our planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in 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 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 a UK-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 Blue Corn 3-in-1 deep-cleansing scrub mask often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, and other national publications.