Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Wine Store

The Wine Thief

Could St. Paul be edging into hipsterdom? If the town of a-beer-and-a-bump is creeping toward cool, the Wine Thief is carrying the torch. Tucked into a tiny bit of food-and-wine heaven (Scusi and the Groveland Tap are each a bottle toss away), the Wine Thief has taken an approach to wine-selling that presumes people want to drink wines that taste good and bypass having to learn about appellations and varietals and terroir first. Wines are organized into categories: "Spicy," "Bold," "Harmonious," "Crisp," "Fruity," "Sweet," "Fizzy," and "Sake." Within those designations is a wide selection of wines, and a well-educated staff can help you define your flavor preferences, interpret the labels, and recommend food pairings. Although the store selects its wine with an insistence on quality, it also keeps an eye on price. There's almost always something to taste and somebody to chat with, maybe about wine or maybe about the playlist on the Current. The Friday and Saturday wine tastings feel like a wonderful jumble of a party, sort of like Wine Thief's website, where barking dogs, a Vespa-driving career gal, inept criminals, running police, and other bells and whistles can help while away a fanciful hour. Still want that beer to go with your bump? Try next door at the Jail Ale: same playful theme, same philosophy, same ownership.

Best Wine Shop (2013) The Wine Thief

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 Toy Store Creative Kidstuff

Best Used Clothing Store b. (a resale shop)