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Nicollet Village Video

One of the last local independent video stores that's still devoted to diversity, this messy, musty, but quite well stocked outlet continues to impress. On a recent visit, we lingered longest in "Documentaries"—any smart vid store's clearest path to distinction—and found an early-'60s doc by Exorcist director William Friedkin called The People vs. Paul Crump, Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl's 1950 stunner Kon-Tiki, and Jim Hubbard's 69-minute Homosexual Desire in Minnesota. Another extreme rarity we spotted was a loyal customer being allowed to float his late-fee charge of $20.42. "No problem, just get it to us next time," said the clerk. You won't find that at Blockbuster.

BEST ADULT VIDEO STORE (2007) Nicollet Village Video

BEST VIDEO RENTAL (2006) Nicollet Village Video

BEST VIDEO RENTAL STORE (2008) Nicollet Village Video

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