Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Antiquing


Want to see how the other 1 percent lives? Plan a shopping excursion to the well-to-do river burg of Stillwater, but focus your attention instead on the secondhand: the old, the used, the antique. If antiquing in Stillwater has you thinking of your grandma or of bed-and-breakfasting newlyweds, think again. This 1850s-era lumber town is a spot ripe for old, unique, and sometimes weird second-, third- or fifth-hand stuff, much of it affordably priced. In Stillwater you've got it all in one spot. The town's attractive Main Street is an antiquer's paradise, with over a dozen shops offering everything from that art deco wedding ring you'd been scouring town for to a collection of Zane Grey westerns to the gigantic neon sign from a 1950s-era burger joint. Oh, and if you are a newlywed bed-and-breakfast type, be sure to visit when the fall colors are peaking, and plan to brunch at one of the many eateries facing the river. It just doesn't get more romantic than this.

Best Myth (2012) Stillwater Bigfoot

Best Adult Store The Smitten Kitten

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 Toy Store Creative Kidstuff

Best Used Clothing Store b. (a resale shop)

Best Wine Store The Wine Thief