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BEST DMV

Midtown Exchange DMV

The list of activities we'd rather do than wait in line for vehicle tabs could rival the contents of the Oxford English Dictionary. But as with any form of torture, there are degrees of misery, and what gets you through are the tiny graces. So it is at the Midtown DMV. The pampering starts with a play area: a scale model of a city bus where fussy toddlers are distracted with climbing and steering and calling out imaginary stops. Then there are the TV screens, which broadcast a brilliant blend of public service announcements and home videos of dogs, cats, and parrots doing things that make humans laugh. And when your number is up, it's like the people at the counter are there to help. It's a novel concept, and we're hoping it catches on.

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 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 PLUS-SIZE SHOPPING Mall of America

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