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BEST HARDWARE STORE

Seven Corners Hardware

With spacious big-box hardware stores like Home Depot now the norm, entering the cramped, maze-like space of Seven Corners Hardware might be a bit of a shock. But think of it as an adventure, because like a hardware store in Harry Potter's Diagon Alley would, this place can work magic. This year the store celebrates its 75th year in business, and with its thriving store and online business, it certainly has a lot to celebrate. Need to build some shelves? There's a whole floor's worth of power tools and a back area filled with wood scraps. Need to fix a busted sink? This place has enough pipes and tubing to stretch across the city. Completely intimidated by tools? No problem, the staff is incredibly knowledgeable. Perhaps most impressive, bring in a rusty screw or bolt, and some employee will easily find a replacement amid thousands of plastic bins filled with screws, nuts, and bolts, and they'll probably be able to guess what you were using it for.

BEST HARDWARE STORE (2007) Seven Corners Hardware

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 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