Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Toy Store

Creative Kidstuff

Sure, it's easy to find bright and sparkly toys for the kids, as many shelves of Barbie dolls and rereleased Star Wars merchandise will attest. If you want to push off the beaten path a bit and find toys that are both entertaining (the name of the game for the kids) and offer a chance for growth (one thing the parents are looking for), the various Creative Kidstuff locations around the Twin Cities are a great bet. The stores are packed with kits that teach the rudiments of science, puppets to create their own theatrical performances, and a dizzying array of toys ready to fuel any imagination. More than that, Creative Kidstuff offers regular and special events ready-made to take youthful — and adult — imaginations to new heights.

Best Toy Store (2015) Creative Kidstuff

Best Toy Store (2013) Peapods

Best Adult Store The Smitten Kitten

Best Antiquing Stillwater

Best Art Supply Store Penco Artists' Supply Warehouse

Best Bookstore (New) Common Good Books

Best Bookstore (Used) Magers & Quinn

Best Boutique Cliché

Best Car Repair Great Brakes

Best Clothing Store (Men) Mills Fleet Farm

Best Clothing Store (Women) Nordstrom Rack

Best Designer Deals Opitz Outlet

Best Dog Training The Canine Coach

Best Furniture Repair Miller Upholstering

Best Garden Center Tangletown Gardens

Best Gift Shop Goodthings

Best Haircut Salon Stella

Best Home Brewing Supplies Midwest Supplies

Best Liquor Store Zipp's Liquors

Best Mall Mall of America

Best Meat Shop Everett's Food & Meats

Best Natural Foods Grocery Seward Co-op Grocery and Deli

Best Neighborhood for Shopping Selby and Snelling

Best Outlet Store Len Mall of America

Best Place to Buy Vinyl Yeti Records

Best Salon Hairpolice

Best Shoe Repair Lee's Shoe & Leather Repair

Best Sporting Goods Midwest Mountaineering

Best Surplus Store Ax-Man Surplus

Best Thrift Store Arc's Value Village

Best Used Clothing Store b. (a resale shop)

Best Wine Store The Wine Thief