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BEST CD STORE (USED)

Cheapo Discs

Now more than ever, CD ownership is a transitory venture: buy an album, find out you only like half of it, rip the half you like to your computer, and sell the CD for just enough money to turn a $15 mistake into a $10 lesson learned. But for those of us who like to physically possess our music—you never know when your hard drive's going to die—spending 40 bucks for enough music to fill a five-CD changer is pretty sweet. The biggest game in town, Cheapo is the perfect destination for crate-digging impulse buyers. Sure, a trip through their filled-to-bursting recent arrivals bin can leave you spending 20 minutes marveling at how the "alternative" glut of the '90s gave us an unspeakable amount of debris, but then you hit pay dirt: It could be some obscure drum 'n' bass compilation, or a decent entry-level greatest hits comp of an artist you've always meant to check out, or some brand-spanking-new (yet still $9) promo copy of a hot release that some rock critic played once and sold for beer money. Whatever your tastes, shopping at Cheapo is a lot more fulfilling than downloading random crap from Napster.

BEST ADULT VIDEO STORE Nicollet Village Video

BEST ART SUPPLIES Art Materials

BEST BABY GOODS STORE Baby Grand

BEST BIKE SHOP One on One Bicycle Studio

BEST BOOKSTORE (NEW) Micawber's Books

BEST BOOKSTORE (USED) Magers & Quinn

BEST BOONDOGGLE Corn ethanol

BEST BOUTIQUE Design Collective

BEST CAR WASH Mermaid Car Wash

BEST CD STORE (NEW) The Electric Fetus

BEST CHARITY American Refugee Committee

BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKSTORE Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers

BEST COMIC BOOK SHOP Big Brain Comics

BEST EYEBROW WAXER Anne Marie Roe

BEST GARDEN CENTER Highland Nursery, Inc.

BEST GIFT STORE Re Gifts

BEST HAIR COLORIST Seong Heui

BEST HAIRCUT Salon Stella

BEST HARDWARE STORE Seven Corners Hardware

BEST JUNKYARD U-Pull-R-Parts

BEST LINGERIE Frederick's of Hollywood

BEST LOCALLY GENERATED WEBSITE Bus Tales

BEST MALL The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes

BEST MEN'S CLOTHING Intoto

BEST PAWNSHOP Hy's Pawn & Jewelry

BEST PET ADOPTION A Rotta Love

BEST PLACE TO FIND LOCALLY DESIGNED CLOTHING Cliché

BEST SCOOTER SHOP Scooterville

BEST STORE FOR SEX TOYS Smitten Kitten

BEST THRIFT STORE Unique Thrift Store

BEST TOBACCO STORE Lewis Pipe and Tobacco

BEST TOY STORE Kiddywampus

BEST USE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS Highway 100

BEST USED CLOTHING Ragstock

BEST USED CLOTHING (KIDS) Once Upon a Child

BEST VIDEO RENTAL Nicollet Village Video

BEST WINE STORE WineStyles

BEST WOMEN'S CLOTHING Picky Girl

BEST YARN STORE Clickity Sticks & Yarns, LLC