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BEST MALL

The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes

The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes are a retail chimera, blending strip mall stores and small town charm. There's no roof here, no interior—just New Urbanist streets with cute lampposts and piped-in music. The Shoppes hosts Anthropologie, and teens come here for Abercrombie and Hot Topic. Throw in the Twin Cities' newest Trader Joe's, mega-beauty emporium Ulta, and a next-door 16-screen AMC Theater, and you've got one-stop shopping for all your cultural needs. But the true joy of this mall is the parking: Visit during a weekday evening and you can pull your Passat right up to a meter-free curb and find yourself inside Baby Gap within ten paces (we counted). It's drive-thru convenience for mall rats.

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 CD STORE (USED) Cheapo Discs

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 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