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BEST MALL

Midtown Global Market

It may be a bit of stretch to call the Midtown Global Market a "shopping mall," what with its decidedly un-mall-like open layout and festive atmosphere (live music acts regularly play on center stage). Shoppers seeking respite from the sprawling, chain-store mega-malls of suburbia relish Midtown for its myriad ethnic specialty shops. Where else can you buy Hmong crafts, North African dishware, and Tibetan-made jewelry under the same roof? The grub is equally eclectic, ranging from West Indies soul food (from West Indies Soul) to Scandinavian pastries (from Café Finspang). And while the Midtown Global Market lives up to its name with its international ambience, its philosophy remains stridently local. All of its 50-plus shops and restaurants are locally and independently owned.

Best Place to Buy Local (2015) Midtown Global Market

Best Restaurant for a First Date (2014) Midtown Global Market

Best Holiday Shopping (2013) No Coast Craft-o-Rama

Best Cheap Eats (2013) Quang Restuarant

Best Candy Store (2009) Fiesta in America

BEST PLACE TO HANG OUT WITH THE KIDS (2010) Midtown Global Market

BEST CRAFT SHOW (2008) No Coast Craft-o-Rama

BEST FLAN (2008) La Sirena Gorda

BEST CANDY STORE (2008) United Noodles

Best Restaurant to Take Out-Of-Towners (2018) Midtown Global Market

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 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