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BEST PLUS-SIZE SHOPPING

Mall of America

Whether you celebrate or camouflage your curves, if you're above a size 16 you know the importance of great, well-fitting clothes. While it's still often hard to find them, shoppers know that through a combination of persistence, personal style, and patience, good, non-matronly clothes can be found locally for reasonable prices. Downtown Minneapolis has a good mix of designer outlets and department stores, and Maple Grove's b&lu (www.bandlu.com) website has a national reputation for its sprightly, fun fashion. But we give the nod to the Mall of America because it has the widest stylistic variety of brick and mortar stores. You've got the swinging punk/Goth/vintage look of Torrid, while Deb Plus has allowance-friendly jeans, tees, and little date dresses for juniors. Bloomingdale's showcases sophisticated pieces from Alex Evenings, Anne Klein, and Ralph Lauren in perhaps the most elegant setting of them all, while Nord- strom throws Calvin Klein and Michael Kors into the mix. Stalwart Lane Bryant features continually good work pants and jeans and the Cacique line of lingerie. On a budget? Swing by Marshall's and the Nordstrom Rack outlet, which has several racks with sizes up to 4X and a shoe department nearly as jaw-dropping as the home store's.

BEST ADULT VIDEO STORE Sex World

BEST ART SUPPLIES Wet Paint Artists' Materials & Framing

BEST BABY GOODS STORE Peapods

BEST BIKE SHOP Freewheel Bike

BEST BOOKSTORE (NEW) Common Good Books

BEST BOOKSTORE (USED) Magers and Quinn

BEST BOUTIQUE Cliché

BEST CAR WASH T & Y Service Co.

BEST CD STORE (NEW) The Electric Fetus

BEST CD STORE (USED) Cheapo Discs

BEST CHARITY Women Against Military Madness

BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKSTORE Wild Rumpus

BEST COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASS Tap Dance with Jan Puffer

BEST DMV Midtown Exchange DMV

BEST DOG PARK Minnehaha Park

BEST FULL-SERVICE SALON/SPA The Sanctuary Salonspa

BEST GAME STORE Source Comics and Games

BEST GARDEN CENTER Mother Earth Gardens

BEST GIFT STORE Avalon

BEST HAIRCUT Hair Police

BEST HARDWARE STORE Seven Corners Hardware

BEST HORSE TRAINER Mac Robertson

BEST KNITTING STORE The Yarnery

BEST LIQUOR STORE Merwin Liquors

BEST MALL Midtown Global Market

BEST MEN'S CLOTHING STORE Lava Lounge

BEST METAPHYSICAL SUPPLY STORE Magus Books & Herbs

BEST MUSIC STORE Vintage Music

BEST MYSTERY BOOKSTORE Uncle Edgar's

BEST PET ADOPTION Safe Hands Animal Rescue

BEST PHARMACY Schneider Drug

BEST REASON TO READ THE PIONEER PRESS Ruben Rosario

BEST SCIENCE-FICTION BOOKSTORE Dreamhaven

BEST SERVICE Wayzata Eatery

BEST STORE FOR SEX TOYS Smitten Kitten

BEST TATTOO PARLOR Saint Sabrina's

BEST TEA SHOP La Société du Thé

BEST TOY STORE Creative Kidstuff

BEST USED CLOTHING FOR KIDS Arc's Value Village

BEST USED CLOTHING STORE Buffalo Exchange

BEST VIDEO RENTAL STORE Nicollet Village Video

BEST WESTERN CLOTHING STORE

BEST WINE STORE France 44

BEST WOMEN'S CLOTHING STORE Heartbreaker