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the Twin Cities

BEST GAME STORE

Source Comics and Games

For 14 years this mighty stronghold has stood, touted by fierce dwarfish warriors and timid nerds alike as the Cities' premier Geek House. The hallowed halls carry a dizzyingly comprehensive library of role-playing-game books, from the shiny new editions of Dungeons & Dragons to the arcane, out-of-print sourcebooks of first-edition Shadowrun. It's got your comic-book fix as well—in 2002 it received the highest award for a comic-book shop, the Eisner Spirit of Retailing Award. That quality continues with a dedication not only to national floppies and trade paperbacks but to local artists and writers. Source even caters to the geekiest of geeks: war gamers and collectible-card-game players. Barracks of figurines and paints are in stock for building pewter armies, and you'll find starter and booster packs for any card game you desire. But the best thing about the Source isn't its products, quality though they may be—it's the feeling of inclusion in a gamer community the store gives to every geek who walks through the door.

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 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

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BEST WESTERN CLOTHING STORE

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BEST WOMEN'S CLOTHING STORE Heartbreaker