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BEST THRIFT STORE

Animal Ark Thrift and Pet Store

At some stores, thrift shopping can feel like sorting through the debris of abandoned storage spaces and foreclosed homes. Sure, treasures can be found, but they're few and far between, hidden among so much junk it hardly seems worth the time needed to find them. At Animal Ark, the browsing experience is more like searching the attics of frugal but choosy grandparents. You might find some items that are dusty, out of style, or considered by some to be obsolete, but nothing that's stained, torn, or broken. Most things, in fact, are in great shape, and carefully organized. Full sets of dishes are always available, along with handy kitchen gadgets and interesting serving platters. There are dishtowels and handkerchiefs with hand-stitched decorations. A cozy book nook at the front of the store holds numerous titles, but for even cheaper paperbacks, check out the shelves in a back room, where you'll also find toys and garden supplies. Collectable dolls overlook the smallish but well-chosen women's clothing selection, and a charming shelf that faces the front window always features a festive display of items for the next upcoming holiday. As a bonus for pet owners, you can also pick up food and new toys and accessories for your cat or dog—Animal Ark runs a no-kill animal shelter as well as the store, so money spent here is helping pets.

BEST ADULT VIDEO STORE Sex World

BEST ART SUPPLIES MCAD Art Cellar

BEST BIKE SHOP Freewheel Bike

BEST BOOKSTORE (NEW) Micawber's Books

BEST BOOKSTORE (USED) Magers & Quinn

BEST BOUTIQUE Picky Girl

BEST CAMERA STORE National Camera Exchange

BEST CD STORE (NEW) The Electric Fetus

BEST CD STORE (USED) The Electric Fetus

BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKSTORE Wild Rumpus Books

BEST CLOTHING STORE (KIDS) Savers

BEST CLOTHING STORE (MEN) Heimie's Haberdashery

BEST CLOTHING STORE (WOMEN) Opitz Outlet

BEST COMIC BOOK STORE Big Brain Comics

BEST GAMING STORE Source Comics & Games

BEST GARDEN CENTER Mother Earth Gardens

BEST GIFT SHOP I Like You

BEST HAIRCUT Moxie

BEST LINGERIE Frederick's of Hollywood

BEST LIQUOR STORE South Lyndale Liquors

BEST MALL Mall of America

BEST MUSIC STORE Guitar Center

BEST MYSTERY BOOKSTORE Uncle Edgar's Mystery Bookstore

BEST NATURAL FOODS GROCERY Seward Co-op Grocery & Deli

BEST OUTDOORS STORE Midwest Mountaineering

BEST PET STORE Chuck and Don's Pet Outlet

BEST PLACE TO BUY A PIECE Clown Glass

BEST PLACE TO BUY USED VIDEO GAMES GameStop

BEST PLACE TO BUY VINYL Treehouse Records

BEST SALON/SPA Ivy Spa Club

BEST SCIENCE-FICTION BOOKSTORE Dreamhaven Books & Comics

BEST SHOE REPAIR George's Shoes & Skate Repair

BEST SPORTING GOODS Dick's Sporting Goods

BEST STORE FOR SEX TOYS Smitten Kitten

BEST TATTOO PARLOR Acme Tattoo

BEST TOBACCONIST Golden Leaf Tobacco

BEST TOY STORE Wonderment

BEST YARN STORE The Yarnery