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BEST CD STORE (USED)

The Electric Fetus

There are used CD stores that have larger selections than the Fetus, but in an age when most heavily involved music fans get their music online (legally or not), selection isn't really the point. A CD store isn't a conduit for acquiring music anymore, so much as a mecca of local music culture. Shopping at Electric Fetus, you can bump shoulders with members of some of the Twin Cities' best bands—and if you're there on the right days, a few will be manning the checkout counter. The 42-year-old Minneapolis institution hosts frequent in-store performances from big names like Brother Ali and Bon Iver. If you need further evidence that the Fetus holds a crucial place in the hearts of Minneapolis music fans, witness the reaction in late August when a tornado hit the store, smashing in windows and damaging the roof. Supporters rushed to the scene to photograph it, Twitter was flooded with messages of concern, and a benefit concert was quickly organized to help the store return to business.

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 (NEW) (2008) The Electric Fetus

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 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 THRIFT STORE Animal Ark Thrift and Pet Store

BEST TOBACCONIST Golden Leaf Tobacco

BEST TOY STORE Wonderment

BEST YARN STORE The Yarnery