Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Clothing Store (Women)

Nordstrom Rack

Looking for the perfect interview outfit, but don't want to pay designer prices for that Theory blazer? Need some good running shoes, but don't want to shell out at the Puma store? Want to stock up on basics or statement pieces, or find your new favorite outfit? Nordstrom Rack has your back. Here you can score name-brand designs at up to 70 percent off what you'd find at other stores, which makes the Rack your one-stop shop for just about every occasion. For years, waiting to check out at the Rack was an epic quest. These days, you can ring up your items just about anywhere, thanks to pay stations and staff strategically placed throughout the store. The only bad part is that it's too easy to find "just one more thing" on your way out. But at these prices? We're sold.

Best Clothing Store (Women) (2012) Nordstrom Rack

Best Clothing Store (Vintage) Via's Vintage

Best Place to Buy Furniture FindFurnish

Best Lingerie Flirt Boutique

Best Boutique Proper & Prim

Best Clothing Store (Men) Atmosfere

Best Clothing Store (Children) Nu Look Consignment

Best Mall Southdale Center

Best Thrift Store Steeple People

Best Place to Buy Jewelry Jewelry Artist Mart at Walker Art Center

Best Haircut Moxie Hair Salon

Best Salon Honeycomb Salon

Best Massage Sanctuary Salonspa

Best Place to Buy Makeup Sigma Beauty

Best Bookstore (New) Common Good Books

Best Bookstore (Used) Uncle Hugo's and Uncle Edgar's Bookstores

Best Comic Book Shop The Source Comics & Games

Best Gaming Shop Fantasy Flight Games Center

Best Toy Store Creative Kidstuff

Best Gift Store Paper Hat

Best Place to Buy Vinyl Treehouse Records

Best Art Supplies MCAD Art Cellar

Best Smoke Shop Golden Leaf Tobacco

Best Head Shop The Hideaway

Best Adult Store The Smitten Kitten

Best Place to Buy Local Midtown Global Market

Best Hotel Hotel 340

Best Garden Center Leitner's

Best Pet Store Urban Tails Pet Supply

Best Outdoors Store Midwest Mountaineering

Best Dog Daycare Metro Dogs Daycare and Boarding