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BEST CD STORE (NEW)

The Electric Fetus

Whoever first observed that location is everything obviously never stepped inside the Fetus. Our community's most venerable purveyor of pre-recorded audio media couldn't be tucked into an odder pocket. How to explain its 40 years of glorious success? "Parking, parking, parking!" maybe, or better still, "inventory, inventory, inventory!" Sure, Cheapo boasts more square footage, Treehouse and Roadrunner have way more to offer adventurous listeners, and neither Vital Vinyl nor Fifth Element are touchable in dance music and hip hop, respectively. But the Fetus has incomparable range—especially in rock and jazz—not to mention a ridiculously sale-infested calendar, an unusually fertile used section, steadily swelling vinyl bins, and a dazzling array of gifts and "lifestyle accessories" that has served as ancillary customer bait since the store opened its doors in 1968. At a loss for a last-minute wedding gift? Pick up a copy of Harry Smith's sumptuous Anthology of American Folk Music ($80.72), and toss in a scented candle and/or bong. You'll have the lucky couple thinking you're the smartest thing in the universe for the rest of their natural days...unless they split and have to decide who gets which discs.

Best CD Store (New) (2011) Electric Fetus

Best CD Store (New) (2009) Electric Fetus

BEST CD STORE (NEW) (2007) The Electric Fetus

BEST CD STORE (NEW) (2006) Electric Fetus

BEST CD STORE (NEW) (2010) The Electric Fetus

BEST CD STORE (USED) (2010) The Electric Fetus

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 (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 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